Archive for October, 2019

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019


— Clear your mind of cant (Samuel Johnson)
— Do not attempt to improve your neighbor or your neighborhood by what or how you read. (Emerson)
— A scholar is a candle which the love and desire of all men will light. (Emerson and Wallace Stevens)
— One must be an inventor to read well (Emerson)
(Thank you, Harold Bloom & David Lehman)

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019


To minimise friction on a wing
The layer of air nearest the surface
Should always move smoothly

Monday, October 21st, 2019


Well, it reads well, but it’s not well –
So I would suggest that “The Well” is not a great title.

Sunday, October 20th, 2019


Alarmed by the clanking of bewildered beasts . . .
Several onions, a gang of onions

Saturday, October 19th, 2019


If only she had not had that extra helping of nothing she would not feel so dizzy and giddy now. It’s only her astronaut training that’s keeping her upright.

Friday, October 18th, 2019


Support for parts of the body. Hiding
from snoopers. Leaving the city on the end
of a rope. Bewildered reptiles shadowed
because of their family background.

Thursday, October 17th, 2019


Compleat fallowdom brandworded & lorded
Suspections unleashedly brokespeak & noodled
(It goes without saying . . .)

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019


The delicate after-waft of flammable genderness
Exhausts the nose tubes of the plain-speaking waffle hound
(Could I be any clearer?)

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019


Passed, or past?
You would expect The Poet to know
The difference. (Parse me my knitting.)

Monday, October 14th, 2019


Recalculate and recalibrate
The weight
Of the fish scales