Archive for December, 2019

Saturday, December 14th, 2019


In other news
The cat is having puppies
The puppies are having pancakes
The pancakes are meeting in the kitchen to discuss what happens next

Friday, December 13th, 2019


. . . and you thought yesterday was dark.
But can there ever be enough light? “They can’t kill us,” said the man on the bus.

Thursday, December 12th, 2019


“The genius defines “inapprropriate response”:

‘Suppose my friend telephones and asks, ‘Is my wife there?’ ‘No,’ I reply, ‘they went out, your wife and my wife, wearing new hats, they are giving themselves to sailors.’ My friend is astounded at this news. ‘But it’s Election Day!’ he cries. ‘And it’s beginning to rain!’ I say’”

                     – Donald Barthelme, from The Genius

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019


Believe in this –
How the fur flies –
& shopping asleep

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019


Here they come again –
The seasonal shadows a-creeping, then
Whistle a happy tune

Monday, December 9th, 2019


“To have written these many words and not mentioned pleasure! After forty years of reading Schuyler’s poetry they still deliver pleasure on every level, most of all the pleasure of being stirred when rereading them. Auden, Schuyler’s sometime patron and friend, thought, pleasure the ultimate critical standard. It took me years to accept this. For too long I thought there had to be an intellectual or moral structure to support what gave me pleasure. Could you just love a poem?”

– from “A Few Words on James Schuyler” by William Corbett

Sunday, December 8th, 2019


When a new pen arrives in the house
It’s like a new lease of life – and if it isn’t
It should be

Saturday, December 7th, 2019


It would have been the sovereignty of, like, the boomerang. Determination was not the same as interference. That’s how we knew. Then the menus were handed out.

Friday, December 6th, 2019


“. . . and the arrival of the vanguard of the bridal guests, prevented further discussion.

‘Her Grace, the Duchess of Valmouth; the Honourable Mrs Manborough of Castle Malling’ – ffines’ voice filled the room.

‘You shall hold Baby, Lieutenant, while I – ’ Mrs. Hurstpierpoint flapped expressively her loose-winged sleeves.

‘Sir William West-Wind, Mr Peter Caroon, Mrs Trotter-Stormer, Sir Wroth and Lady Cleobulina Summer-Leyton, Sir Victor Vatt, Master Xavier Tanoski, Lady Lucy Saunter, Miss à Duarté, Miss Roxall, Lady Jane Congress, Lady Constance Cadence-Stewart, Mrs. Q. Comedy, Lady Lauraguay, Lady Lukin de Lukin, Mrs Lumlum, Mr Argrove, Mrs Lositer, General George Obliveon, Lady Parvula de Panzoust.'”

                                    – Ronald Firbank, from Valmouth, Chapter 11

Thursday, December 5th, 2019


“‘Congratulations’, his voice pealed out, ‘to Peggy Laugher, Ann and Zillah Bottom, Almeria Goatpath, Thisbe Brownjohn, Teresa Twistleton, Rebecca Bramblebrook, Junie Jones, Susannah Sneep, Peter Palafox, Flo Flook, Simon Toole, Molly Ark, Nellie Knight, Fanny Beard, May Thatcher, May Heaven, George Kissington, Tircis Tree, Gerry Bosboom, Gilbert Soham, Lily Quickstep, Doris Country, Anna Clootz, Mary Teeworthy, Dorothy Tooke, Patrick Flynn, Rosa Sweet, Laurette Venum, Violet Ebbing, Horace Hardly, Mary Wilks – ’”

                                    – Ronald Firbank, from Valmouth, Chapter 8