Saturday, December 31, 2005

sitting

down at the
piano

finding

that the hands

are
no longer
in sympathy with

                      one
another
open
in a new
window

target ="_blank"

cando
code so
easy

but can't
do when
the mind is
struggling

& is other-
wise

closed

Friday, December 30, 2005

There have been

some good submissions to the Hay(na)ku competition, but you still have 48 hours from the time of this post to outdo them.

Great prizes!

Great
way to
start the year.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

high/light of a time away

on
my back
on a banana

lounge,
looking up
at a night

sky
unencumbered by
any polluting light

Home is

Bach on the CD player, & not having to justify why you're listening to that weird classical shit.

a small gazetteer for harry k. stammer

It is a bi-
polar order, un-
encompassed by
direction. South is
elsewhen, places
you came from,
have been, are. North
is the point you
move towards
at night. Bosch's
oranges. Sun-
shine dreaming.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

I have driven

thousands of kilometres up & down the east coast of Australia. I have seen echidnas, lizards, kangaroos, wallabies, emus, cattle, school buses, possums, snakes, many varieties of birds. & I have seen many varieties of the sign below,


but I have yet to see a koala in the wild.

I think the signs are there just for overseas tourists to photograph.

Friday, December 23, 2005

sea, sun - great things

Karri
Kokko's post
about the winter

solstice
& darkness
descending across the

(Fin)
land has
frightened me. So

I'm
shutting up
shop for a

couple
of days
& heading north,

Maybe
it'll be
a voyage of

dis-
covery. Maybe
only an excuse

for
a long
drive. Or maybe

it's
just the
old familiar familial

obligations.
Anyway, to
everyone, season's greetings.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

A Game of Chess

I was never a competent chess player, & haven't played for many, many years. But I've always been intrigued by the chess board, its numeracy – 4³ or 8² squares – the layout, the lines of fight, the moves.

Its construction carries with it an unlimited series of directions in which one can move, not necessarily linearly, think of the knights' moves, the act of castling. & if you fill those squares with words, randomly selected, then a set of conjunctions can be created, not necessarily meaningful, but often promising just that.

I've done a few visual poems along those lines. Filling up all the squares, not just those that the chess pieces initially occupy. The structure, the sameness of it, inhibits multiple outputs, so I've permitted myself only four over the past two years. Too many & the words, their combinations, would be over-whelmed by their surroundings, would become meaningless.

The first one, published in the New Zealand print journal brief was conceived as a homage to Marcel Duchamp, a great chess player, & named in honour of his The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even. The poem below, Erudite Singer, (click on the image to enlarge)appeared in Crag Hill's print journal Spore 2.0. Geof Huth generously wrote of it - &, as usual, succinctly nailed the concept:
"Mark Young produces a simple visual poem entitled “Erudite Singer,” which consists of a checkerboard pattern of white and black squares covered with black and white words. The set up of the words encourages us to read the poem in multiple directions as we hunt for sense, for some linear syntax that we don’t quite find—every line of sense runs out before it gets far. But this pulsing network of whites and blacks, of words and shapes, ends up giving us a vague but palpable impression, and we are moved as we read from “erudite” in the upper left corner to “singer” in the bottom right corner."

Erudite Singer (2005)

 
I have allowed myself only one variation, taking a point in a real chess game & placing the words in the positions they would be if they were the real pieces. I had the idea that it would be nice to track each of the moves as they occurred, but in a static setup, board by board, this would become boring, the proverbial watching paint dry. So I contented myself with just the original all squares filled in, & the progress report.

Marko Niemi came across a couple of the pieces I had in xStream, and, after translating them into Finnish, included them in the wonderful series of vispo that he has up at Nokturno. But now he's gone further, & has produced a kinetic piece called Tzara vs Breton, 1921, inspired by my chess pieces, but with all the moves in.

Marko writes:
" In fact, the Maori words are from a poem named "Toto-Vaca" by Tzara which can be found at http://www.artpool.hu/Poetry/ soundimage/Tzara.html. I didn't even know it's Maori, and also wondered how you were able to recognize the language, but then I made some googling and found out that Maori is (or at least has been?) spoken in New Zealand so I guess that might be the reason it looks familiar to you? A funny thing with it is that it somewhat resembles Finnish, for instance "te" means "you" (in plural) in Finnish, "he" means "they," and "kivi" means a "rock."

The black Breton words are from his poem "Toutes les écolières ensemble" and its English translation. And the moves used in the pieces are from the first game of the first match between Deep Blue and Garry Kasparov, in 1996, the first ever game to be won by a computer against a world champion (although Kasparov eventually won the first match). "
I don't know if the Tzara piece is all Maori - &, by the way, New Zealand is now officially bilingual – since I don't recognise some of the words, but there's enough Maori words there to claim it as such.

It's fantastic to see something you only ever thought about made real. Thank you for the piece, Marko, & thank you for dedicating it to me.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

For some reason or other

I've had the Ferlinghetti poem "Dada would have loved a day like this" running around in my head. Not just the poem as printed, but transformed as if it were one of Bill Allegrezza's kinetic pieces with the words fading in & out.

& since I don't know how to do those, I've compromised by deciding to post Kurt Schwitters' Kleine Dada Soirée.
 


Yes Dada would have loved a day like this
with its not so accidental
analogies

Okay

so I know it's coming up to the, ahem, festive season, &, being generous souls, you're busy getting pressies - prezzies? - for everyone else. But why don't you do yourself a favour & get some for yourself, simply by writing a brilliant hay(na)ku & entering it in the hay(na)ku competition. Probably doesn't have to be brilliant even, just somewhere this side of good.

The prizes for the ten best are far, far better than those sox or handkerchiefs that your Great-Aunt Pulchritude is going to send you. &, I promise you, they won't have the lavender scent that comes from being stored in her drawers for the last ten years.

Freight

"…and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen
Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,
Had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on."

W.H.Auden: Musée des Beaux Arts

(photo from TIME's best pictures of 2005)
tranquileyes
Today the
postman brought
me a 12" black
disk with a
hole in the
middle. Is
this a record?
the
train watches
the station depart

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

enigma
of the
quarter past the
hour

        

horo
logical
clock
et
science

arches,
turns on a
shapely angle
& walks
two four
words

the
Sad Dada
Spam Filter

a gaudy
image of
A.Gaudi
Franco-
phile
watching a
raucous
olive-backed oriole
riding the
palm fronds

much like
an opportunistic
surfer catching
fish as they
catch a
wave &

shouting
the news to
others

did the earth move for you, too?

The Washwool Lagoon, a few kilometres south of us, black swan haven when we first moved here 2½ years ago, where we first saw turtles locally & worked out what to look for to find them in the other lagoons, where I first saw a jabiru, home to pelicans & other water-birds, has dried up.

Locals tell us it's the first time in their memory that this has happened, but add that for a long time water was actually pumped into the lagoon, probably to give the cattle somewhere to drink. It’s never been pumped in while we've been here, &, in addition, I noticed a year or so ago that the farmer whose land borders the lagoon was drilling bore holes a couple of hundred metres away.

The catfish in the lagoon have probably dug into the mud, gone into a state of suspended animation to wait for rain. I do not know what has become of the turtles.

The lagoons in the Botanical Gardens pretty much dried up a year or so ago; & judging by the amount of water that was in them when we came, & how quickly it has evaporated, it makes you wonder just how much rain fell at some point in the past to bring them to a serious depth. I've mentioned before that the lagoons are remnants of earlier wanderings of the river, created, kept full, by flooding. The last flood here was 1998, I think.

But one interesting piece of history has come out of it. When we first came here, & saw the sign "You have now crossed the Tropic of Capricorn" outside the tourist centre on the main highway that runs through the city, we assumed that it was, in fact, the actual line of latitude, that to get to the local supermarket we had to pass over it. However, some months ago, on one of my cartography explorations, I discovered the Tropic of Capricorn was actually about five kilometres south of that sign, that it ran through Gracemere, the original white settlement in this area, now a growing satellite town/suburb on the highway that runs inland.

On the road that runs by the Washwool Lagoon, there are, on opposite sides of the road at one point, a couple of white concrete structures that look like bus-stops. They've puzzled us, because this is not a road that buses would run along. We've just discovered that these are actually the true markers for the Tropic of Capricorn, were the original tourist signs; but because they were on a secondary road, where people had to detour to see them, the local authorities decided that they'd arbitrarily move the Tropic north, to a spot on the main highway, where it was more convenient for people to stop, & buy souvenirs.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Today the
postman brought
me a poster-
size portrait
of Terence Stamp
in his role as
Billy Budd. I've
hung it from
the yard-arm.

Pièce de pestilence

Locusts kick the front
door in just after
I've got into bed. I
jump up again, wrap
myself in a fresh
kimono, hose the snow
drifts out from under
my eyes & tongue. The
cat offers me a gun
but in deference to
the neighbours I decline.
That, & the fact I prefer
hand to hand combat
this close up. Or hand
to wing chung, perhaps.
Learn from the gladiators,
carving knife in the right,
in the left an aerosol can
of cooking oil. Learn from
the great chefs, a little
early preparation saves
a lot of later time. Soon
over. Soon on the stove.
Sauteed in a little butter.
The cat offers me oyster
sauce. I decline. I've
always been a chilli man.

I think

that one of the reasons I like crime stories so much - apart from the puzzle-solving aspect which i enjoy - is because, for each writer, the protagonist - I deliberately do not use the term hero or heroine - is usually the same person. You know what they're about already, don't have to work out the quirks of their character.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

appear

fruit
of the
loom

the punched card programmed
loom
the fruit
of

Joseph Marie Jacquard
who was
the apple of
Babbage's
eye

lum-
inary
for
Turing

enigma

Saturday, December 17, 2005








farmer, fox, bag
of corn, chicken

fox, bag of corn

bag of corn


chicken





farmer, chicken
farmer

farmer, fox
farmer, chicken

farmer, bag of corn

farmer
farmer, chicken









chicken



fox


fox, bag of corn

farmer, fox, bag
of corn, chicken

A couple

of recent posts at chris murray's tex files, one on Andre Breton & one on Max Planck & the language of Quantum Mechanics, combined to prompt my memory of the poem at the bottom of this post, originally published in Blackmail Press #4, June, 2002.

I also received an email earlier on this year about the poem, part of which read:
"MoRST stands for the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology, which advises the (New Zealand) Government on policy issues across the science world.

The Ministry has recently refurbished its offices in the Reserve Bank Building at number 2, The Terrace, Wellington. A part of this refurbishment was the creation of five large meeting rooms, as the Ministry frequently hosts forums and workshops on science and research topics.

In seeking to find a name for each of these rooms, we have had a small team of staff sharing their favourite poems that use scientific terms and imagery. One of these is your poem Scar Tissue. We would like to display the poem, in full and as published, in one of the rooms and have selected the words NEUTRON FLUX, from the poem, as the room name. The door plate would state the name of the room and acknowledge the poem and you as the author."
Unfortunately, I think the idea might have died, because I've heard no more about it apart from the fact that a couple of the authors were being difficult about granting permission. A pity.

Scar Tissue

We cannot leave emptiness alone,
even a space so small
it is beyond most common definitions.

Who knows the provocation for such
actions. Start large, & there’s
certainly ancestral memories —
agoraphobia controlled by
inventing animism, filling in the gaps
by ascribing godhood to everything
in sight & gods to everything beyond.
Start small, learning as schoolchildren
by seeing blood or pond water under
a microscope display such levels of
intricacy that we automatically allocate
to all such spaces, even those we
cannot see, an infinite number
of inhabitants. It used to be a metaphysical
conundrum, determining how many angels
danced on the point of a needle. Now
it’s called neutron flux & though we have
invented machines to measure it, still use
the language of Dada for description.

Phonoms, leptons, quarks & quasars —
these words were all originally Tzara’s.

In flew


Ensor

the big Thor-oh?

in
vino veritas,
in  flu  enza

§

Delirious
with the
flu I think

thunder
= Thor-hammer,
coughing = Thor-ax.

§

Nothing
there I
could have Thor-saw.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

                                           painted my
self into
a cor-
ner


using the
first line of
an other's
poem as the
last line
of my own

now I'm in

open 
water

out of breath / out of my depth

&
the sharks
really do
appear
apathy, n. Indolence of mind.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Lorna Dee Cervantes

has a series of longish autobiographical posts up at her eponymous blog, recollections of her life 30, 20, 10, 5, 1 year ago.

They're absolutely brilliant. Open, emotion-provoking but not necessarily emotional though the pain (& the joy) comes through, precisely written, intense.

Wonderful writing.

No wonder

it felt hot today. Got up to 40º C, that's 104º F.
the
current thunder
doesn't roll, sounds

more
like a
fat man farting.

listenin' to

Twenty years of schoolin'
& they put you on the day shift
Look out kid
They keep it all hid
Better jump down a manhole
Light yourself a candle
Don't wear sandals
Try to avoid the scandals
Don't wanna be a bum
You better chew gum
The pump don't work
'Cause the vandals took the handles
Wheeee. & heads off into the middle distance making Bob Dylan harmonica noises & keepin' the mosquitoes at bay

hay hay hay(na)ku

O
the tyranny
of distance. I

am still waiting
for my
copy.


But others have received theirs. & I am pleased by the emails I have received, & by the responses that are beginning to appear on the blogs. Eileen has begun - & I'm sure will continue - to post links to them. & don't forget the competition - details below.

de bon matin

Today, with the day barely begun,

I take a plate out of the dishwasher & find a baby gecko, about 1 inch long, clinging to the edge, very much alive &, I'm guessing / hoping, unwashed. I take the plate outside & flick the gecko into the garden.

I go out the other door to have a cigarette & tread on a dead mouse, no doubt brought there by the cat, intact except for a couple of teeth marks, but very dead. I throw that into the garden as well, for the ants or birds. If I'd put it in the rubbish-bin it would be stinking before the rubbish was collected. A grand-daddy gecko, about 6 inches long, watches me.

Three black cockatoos, rare visitors here though they're around other nearby parts, drift across & land in the gumtree in the back garden. Beautiful birds, red on the underneath of their tails, much more laid-back & raucous than their white counterparts. Birds of good omen, though amazingly pre-historic in their facial features when seen up close. Rainbow lorrikeets yodel from one of the other trees, feeding on the yellow flowers. The more they eat the less end up in the pool.

The TV tells me that David Hicks has been granted British citizenship – his mother was British. Now, perhaps, he might get out of Guantanamo Bay.

My summer cold seems to be disappearing. The sneezes & sniffles have gone, & the coughing is indistinguishable from my normal smoker's cough. I'll probably go back to work tomorrow, but today I'm catching up on my domestic duties. & my blog-reading.

The temperature is already well on its way to the predicted 38º Celcius. Just under a 100 Fahrenheit. I'm not a great fan of air-conditioning, but it's necessary here, so I'm running the ceiling fans all through the house to get the air moving before I close it up & do the dreaded dead.

I have finished (re)reading Robert Crais' entire output. I'm definitely a crime novel fan. But who to read next?

The washingmachine beeps & reminds me of my domestic duties. I hope there are no geckoes inside.

I hang out the washing. Lizards scuttle away. Green ants promenade on my legs. They're tenacious little bastards, stick their pincers in & refuse to budge. You have to flick them off at just the right angle.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Replaying the episode
in three/four
time. Aggravation
is easier to handle
as a waltz. Able to be
overlayed, things
added, bustles &
bodices, a baroque
orchestra laying down
a line of limited
emotion. Anger
diminishes with each
turn around the
floor. Is ended by
the formal bow,
the courteous curtsy.
             some
of the time

the line
goes taut
o-
illogical

but I am
beaten to the
body & left
with a grab-
bag full

of glassy-eyed

head-
lines

"…the last day the sharks appeared."

Del Ray Cross

becomes a centurion at anachronizms.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Starfish

#3 is up.
tour
de force

de
Anatole France,
an irregular shape or surface
produced by a procedure of
repeated subdivision

-
niquet
in the gyre


"Oh thank you for giving me the chance
of being ship's doctor. I am sorry I shall have to ref-

use…

-ful"
some of the
people, some
of the time

Another word from "The meaning of Tingo"

Ariga-meiwaku (Japanese): An act someone does for you that you didn't want them to do and tried to prevent them doing, but they went ahead anyway, determined to do you a favour, and then things went wrong and caused you a lot of trouble, yet in the end social conventions required you to express gratitude.
& check out The Meaning of Tingo blog.

Australia's new anti-terror laws

are basically racist. They've just been passed in Parliament, & now, with an official blessing for the cause, White Australia rises up drunkenly to drive the Muslims from the beaches of Sydney.

As someone said. "What a surprise. The descendants of convicts are acting like criminals."

Sunday, December 11, 2005

in-
tent

or accident

either
way
"a splash quite unnoticed"
"Had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on."

wings' wax melt
in a
maze

meant
for a mini-

tour

Yesterday

was the first day of the fifth year that Australian David Hicks has spent in detention, probably illegally, most of it in Guantanamo Bay, convicted of no crime.

He is the last westerner amongst the prisoners held there, none of them U.S. citizens, all "captured" in the Middle East or in Afghanistan. Hicks was sold to the U.S. after being detained by the Northern Alliance near Kandahar, spent a month on a U.S. carrier, two years shackled in a cage at Guantanamo and another six months in solitary confinement away from sunlight. He was charged with non-specified acts in June 2004. His case hasn't yet been heard.

Since the U.S. decreed early this year that a special U.S. military commission - something not used since the Second World War - would try the alleged terrorists, eight countries have insisted that their citizens be repatriated. Many were freed on their return home because nothing could be found to charge them with.

But not the Australian Government. It has abandoned him, to whatever trumped-up charges the U.S. want to bring. So what if he fought with the Taliban - it wasn't a crime at the time he was doing it. & his activities at the time, the level of his involvement, still haven't been outlined.

& the Australian Government has the support of most of the Opposition Labor Party. A motion put forward in the Senate by a Greens Senator, that David Hicks be brought home, was defeated 53 votes to eight, supported only by the Greens & the Democrats. Fifteen Senators, most of them Labor, abstained; none voted for the motion.

The Left is now mainly a party of the Right, as strident in its support of anti-terror legislation that is racist & dismissive of human rights as the supposed conservatives. There are new sedition laws that mean that anti-globalization protests, or protests such as I took part in during the Vietnam War era could quite easily be classed as seditious acts, the participants held without charge, unable to communicate with anyone except their lawyer, & their lawyer liable to be charged if they told anyone what their client was being held for.

Fuck the Government. I have just committed sedition.

The Hay(na)ku competition - the full-text post

from The Chatelaine's Poetics.
Sunday, December 04, 2005

HAY(NA)-COOOOING RIGHT ATCHA!

Ahem :: a notice :: please to read and mayhap participate! I, after all, am all about you.

HAY NAKU TO YOU!

To cyber-celebrate the release of THE FIRST HAY(NA)KU ANTHOLOGY, Meritage Press is delighted to sponsor a

HOLIDAY HAY(NA)KU CONTEST

judged by anthology co-editor Mark Young. To participate, send your hay(na)ku to mhcyoung@gmail.com.

Deadline: December 31, 2005. Poets can submit from 1-10 hay(na)ku.

Information on the poetic form "hay(na)ku" (a tercet of one-word, two-word and three-word lines) is at http://meritagepress.com/haynaku.htm as well as the Hay(na)ku Blog at http://eileentabios.blogspot.com. Any topic or variant on the form is welcome.

Mark will pick up to ten hay(na)ku whose authors will receive as PRIZES:

THE FIRST HAY(NA)KU ANTHOLOGY, Eds. Jean Vengua and Mark Young

and other Meritage Press titles:

THE OBEDIENT DOOR by Sean Finney;

OPERA: Poems 1981-2002 by Barry Schwabsky;

100 MORE JOKES FROM THE BOOK OF THE DEAD by John Yau & Archie Rand;

PINOY POETICS, ed. by Nick Carbo

PUBLISHER'S PRIZE:
From Mark Young's list of winners, one hay(na)ku author also will be selected by OENOPHILES FOR POETRY to receive a bottle of fine wine (limited to residents of U.S. and states that allow shipments of alcohol from California).

ELIGIBILITY:
Open only to authors not in THE FIRST HAY(NA)KU ANTHOLOGY

# posted by EILEEN @ 2:18 PM

Saturday, December 10, 2005

importal
separation

    or, other-
    wise, th'
    element of
    distrust

"That night, even though it was cold in the Domain, he walked slowly, forcing her to share the pace, allowing a second self to walk behind him & forensically replay everything that had gone on, that had been said, looking for clues in the gestures, in the dialogue. Some comment had triggered his replication, a statement that he thought implied other than its surface meaning. It was if she had said "Your dinner's on the table" & left out that it had been there for four hours, had grown cold, & dry."

something she said, or something
the self that walked behind
caught sight of out of
the corner of its eye

    ;peripheral

in-
tent
nobody is anywhere
turning great stands of,
even of plantation, trees
into novels that you
can't put down or
poems that reach inside
& squeeze yr entrails
until yr ears weep antacid

Friday, December 09, 2005

Phoenicia

went
swimming in
the Roland Barthes

sym em
bol
ism





up

is

not

down


"There is coral beneath the surface,
There is sand, and berries
Like pomegranates grow."

separation
voydeur

equal opportunity

Perusing
the pages
of the stud-

poet
calendar
, I
believe equal opportunity

should
be afforded
those of us

who
are passed
studliness by bringing

out
a calendar
made up of

a
miscellany of
months from the

sixties
& seventies,
every one included

given
the chance
to select a

time
when their
date looked good.

Thursday, December 08, 2005




panzer
memories

entry points

mur-
ex

the Scilly Isles

"parachutes, my love,
could carry us higher"

Phoenicia


"Bryher, an aged warrior
in her double-breasted
wool jacket and tailored
skirt, brusquely cut
white hair, did not
give off any hint of
sadness, or melancholy."

search phrase #587

Question
Google believes
the pelican can

answer -
"Does Pat
Boone have AIDS?"

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

I hadn't visited

Clayton A. Couch's blog for some time. Everytime I went there since May, several times over several months, the space increasing each time, it hadn't been updated; & silent blogs of writers I like are like deaths in the family. So I stayed away.

But because he's recently posted some poems to As/Is, I decided to check back. Found it was active again, had changed its name from Word Placements to Humming to Itself. & it is humming.

Some good stuff there, & it's good to see you back in blogland, Clay.

an interloper note on the six-liners

So

they do not
flow

nor are they meant to

rocks in a river

wat-
er

moves
blitz

krieg
lights

strung out along the

high-
way

Joy Division's

panzers
embryocation

Father Juniet's Cart


A week late I
finally get round to
turning over the
calendar. December
in this collection of
loose impressionists
is represented by
the pompous toll-
collector, Le Douanier,
Henri Rousseau. It
cheers me up
immediately. But what
a waste. My depression
could have been
carried away in
Father Juniet's cart
seven days ago.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Sorry, Aretha

I
just don't
know what to

do with myself
so I
play

Dusty
Springfield songs
in the hope

the son of
a Preacher
Man

might
come along
& take time

to make time
& tell
me

every-
thing's alright,
yes it is.

Monday, December 05, 2005

follicle

mon-
ocular

""Let him talk," said Dupin, who had not thought it
necessary to reply. "Let him discourse; it will ease
his conscience.""

Jacques un à son goût

unemplayment

ignorance is
blitz

To quote my friend Karri Kokko

Oppia ikä kaikki

Runouslehti Tuli&Savu ja digitaalisen runouden sivusto Nokturno ovat koostaneet lukiolaisille suunnatun tietopaketin, jossa esitellään mm. visuaalista runoutta. Mukana ovat Geof Huth, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Jim Leftwich, Mark Young ja nöyrin palvelijanne KK.
Some background information, first from Leevi Lehto:
September 30, 2005 4:26 PM The upcoming issue of Tuli&Savu, the poetry magazine, is a special one with 5000 extra copies to be delivered to 100 Finnish high schools, and featuring, among others, a Finnish adaptation of Charles Bernstein's famous Experiments list.
& then from an email from Marko Niemi who curates Nokturno:
Yes. In fact, it's all about the same project, in a way. Tuli&Savu (Fire&Smoke) is the leading Finnish poetry quarterly, and is published by the poetry association called Nihil Interit, of which chairman is Leevi Lehto. Nokturno is published by Nihil Interit, too, so there's a close relationship between them. The newest issue of Tuli&Savu is directed to high school students, and it will be sent to teachers of Finnish language and literature so that they can use it in their classes.

Along with the issue, there will be a web site which is made in cooperation with Nokturno (and it also will be published in Nokturno). The goal of the site is to introduce to students some marginal and less known forms of poetry and methods of doing poetry. I'm gathering a selection of contemporary visual poetry, and would like to include your poems there too, in addition to Geof, Jukka, and Karri

The Holiday Hay(na)ku Competition

     The
     party of
     the first part

hereinafter to be known as Meritage Press (whose figurehead is not a man in bed but the Queeeen of Preeeen herself, Eileen Tabios), has announced a holiday hay(na)ku competition to celebrate the launching of The First Hay(na)ku Anthology, first prize to be a selection of books from the Press.

It's open to anyone not included in the anthology, can include hay(na)ku that have already appeared (though new work will be given preference) & closes at 3.00 p.m. Australian Eastern Summer Time on January 1, 2006 (that's midnight, California Time). Full details are available at the hay(na)ku blog.

& as sole judge,

     I
     am quite
     amenable to bribery.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

offset
printing

abbess

sometimes he would walk down to the lagoon
to look for the pelicans, but get
distracted by the turtles

i-
magery

"The man whom you see, venerable in age and
wisdom, is Jorge of Burgos."

follicle

Saturday, December 03, 2005

   s
e
   r
r
   a
t
   i
o
   n
s

Mothra come home, all is forgiven

It's
a month
for mad moths
They're everywhere. In lifts, on chairs, on the street, in rooms, on windows. Very much like the above; at least they have a similar decal on their upper wings.
après ski

pat-
chouli

"images of J— — assail him"

like a Turing Machine, the
answers indistinguishable
from a human being's

oestrus

offset
printing

Friday, December 02, 2005

abyss

psycho-
path

it was not that he was lonely, just
that he lived alone with
only his cat, & the crooked
margins of his poems

"The Philosophical Lamp illuminates two absurd sights,
the first a closed circle of smoke with mouth, pipe and
nose constituting a single entity, the second formed by
the candle, the wax of which, while soft and already
melted at its lower end, is increasingly firm towards
the burning wick, towards the light."

lorgnettes

après-ski
Today the
postman brought
me a tall
ship &
a GPS receiver
to steer
it by.
& then he
placed a
square

of
black silk
upon his head

Thursday, December 01, 2005

apothecary

madrigal

ratio-
cination

"Capital punishment is the most premeditated of murders, to which no criminal's deed, however calculated, can be compared."

Mercator's
projection

abyss