Tuesday, May 8, 2012


Happy Birthday Gary Snyder 8 May 1930


Farewell Maurice Sendak
(June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012)

Last year Mr. Sendak told Emma Brockes, a reporter for The Guardian, who asked him about electronic books: “I hate them. It’s like making believe there’s another kind of sex. There isn’t another kind of sex. There isn’t another kind of book! A book is a book is a book.”

(New York Times, May 8, 2012)



Robert Sund

FEBRUARY 27, 1978

After staying up late
at Lyle's
--------rice & spinach
hot coffee
stories strung together
----in the night,
I went home to
light a fire in my stove.

A long time since I was here.
I open the door —
moonlight on the floor
-----like a silver plate at a feast!
I strike a match
light the lamp,
and look around.
My house looks at me
My bed,
my table and chair,
the stove,
the cedar walls.
Everything looks
---------surprised and
-----speechless at me.

[ please click image to enlarge ]

JANUARY 1, 1984

It snowed last
-----night while everyone slept.
In the clear sky and sunlight
ten miles away
---------the foothills take
-----one white step
-------------into the mountains.

There is only a handful of this edition printed (I believe 350 books) so row swiftly to catch your copy. Sund's "journals" were complete and exquisite poems, and this collection, netted by two of his friends, the poets Tim McNulty and Glenn Hughes, shows the same polish and gleam of Sund's earlier and seminal collection of poems Ish River. Not to be without.


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Photograph of Robert Sund courtesy of Mary Randlett