Saturday, November 1, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

APPLE OF OUR EYE ~









Emily Dickinson's gravesite
w/ family members
Amherst, MA.
20 October 2014

photo 2014  © bob arnold









Thursday, October 30, 2014

AROUND THE BOOKSHOP 5 ~






Longhouse, Vermont






THE POSTHUMAN ~





Andrei Codrescu
photo Henke Olofsson



"Hippies were often misconstrued as being

antimaterialistic and Zen inclined, a misconception

aided by poets Gary Snyder, Joanne Kyger, Diane

di Prima, and Philip Whalen, who were Zen

trained. In fact, the baroque imagination of LSD

led most young counterculturists away from

emptiness and toward fulsome teeming matters like

instant communication, better bodies, cosmetics,

immortality, and youth potions, all of which

translated two decades later into the internet and

biotech."

ANDREI CODRESCU   THE POSTHUMAN  DADA GUIDE

Princeton 2009













Wednesday, October 29, 2014

GALWAY KINNELL ~







Galway Kinnell
1927 ~ 2014


"Through it all, he held that it was the job of poets to bear witness. “To me,” he said, “poetry is somebody standing up, so to speak, and saying, with as little concealment as possible, what it is for him or her to be on earth at this moment.”
The New York Times, 29 October 2014






BRIAN JONES ~















Brian Jones
The Making of the Rolling Stones
Paul Trynka
Viking 2014



If you've read Keith Richards Life
— now read a biography of the founder of The Rolling Stones
it promises not to jive





Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CID CORMAN'S OF ( A PEEK ) ~








THE
CONTAGION


 


God is a symptom -

like philosophy.
We're sick to death of

each other and our

selves - contaminate
everything we

can get our minds on.




_____________________


Cid Corman





All last winter and into this winter approaching we have been working on editing, typing and designing the new issue from Longhouse of Cid Corman's final two volumes of

Expect it to reside in one big book.

 It will be out for release in 2015.

 This is a massive undertaking since Cid left the manuscript in ten loose leaf notebooks, all typed, with revisions on the original transcript to be deciphered
 (decades of receiving letters from him, no problem).

We're gaining and we thought we'd offer a peek with the poem above.

The poem is from Book 5, part III, under the heading "Transmutings."

 Considering the world at present, one can see Cid was twenty to thirty years ahead of himself.

[ BA ]

"Cid" drawing © bob arnold

 






Quiet Accomplishment
Remembering Cid Corman
by Gregory Dunne
Ekstasis Editions/Victoria, B.C.


In the meantime, here is Gregory Dunne's modest, well-built memoir of Cid Corman; concerning itself mainly with Cid's many decades in Japan, while threading throughout a fine juxtaposition of the poet and the poet's writings. Dunne also offers his sharp eye to the full opus of — quite valuable — as well as his interview with Cid Corman first published in American Poetry Review.










Monday, October 27, 2014

SMARTIES ~





YOUR SMART PHONE MESSAGE



 

you know

the social




order is

fucked

 


when the

assassin

 


ignores

his enemies

 


and instead

shoots

 


his

friends




one more tragedy. . .Seattle


no matter where my eye goes now — town & country —
 everyone but me & the crazy guy
 owns a smart phone
 has their ears plugged with buds, wears head phones
 is tuned IN while OUTdoors. 

They see and feel but don’t hear the breezes
 all parts of the day, their messages are constant
and when not there — expectant!

Life on the edge.


B O B   A R N O L D







RAY JOHNSON ~
















A  Y    J  H  N  S  O  N

not nothing
Edited by Elizabeth Zuba
essay by Kevin Killian
SIGLIO 2014


www.sigliopress.com















Ray Johnson has forever been my favorite modern artist (USA) — a mixture of so many — Duchamp, de Kooning, Picasso, Cornell, Cage, Brainard, Warhol, Bruce Conner, and somebody I'm missing. It's good to miss somebody, keep a space open.



"Dear Andy,

I telephoned John Cage and t old him
that you wanted me to  interview him for Inter
view and he laughed and laughed and said  "That's
the funniest thing I've ever heard."
I said  "Maybe we could not talk to each other
for a half hour?"

Ray"




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