Tuesday, September 30, 2014



Ray DiPalma
Obedient Laughter
Otis Books 2014


Italo Calvino
Collection of Sand
Houghton Mifflin 2013


from Obedient Laughter

At first when the meteor showers began

You met more and more people on the streets

At all times of day eager always to share their

Thoughts prompted by a discrete sense of conjectured

Outcome. And often when three or four had gathered

Shouts of "mine" would be heard — seizing and

Then contriving a moment of personal clarity from

What was a mysterious abundance. But then as

The showers continued day after day and their trajectories

Seemed to alter fewer and fewer people were there to

Encounter and hear bark their claims at the sky

As most now began to take shelter indoors.



Monday, September 29, 2014


G E R R Y   L O O S E

24th July

Anvil of a thrush

S U S A N   H O W E
Spontaneous Particulars
The Telepathy of Archives
Christine Burgin
New Directions 2014


Poetry has no proof nor plan nor evidence by decree or in any other
way. From somewhere in the twilight realm of sound a spirit of
belief flares up at the point where meaning stops and the unreality
of what seems most real floods over us. The inward ardor I feel
while working in research libraries is intuitive. It's a sense of self-
identification and trust, or the granting of grace in an ordinary
room, in a secular time."

~ Susan Howe

Three cheers for mail out of the mailbox
even if some of our postal workers have gone crabby
go to another town, they're fine!  
Now that we're in some months of a long detour
such a round ride home over hill & dale
with many weeks of accumulated mail!

Sunday, September 28, 2014


These British blokes grew up and kept abreast with Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Guitar Watson
and find themselves a few years ago on stage
alive and

Saturday, September 27, 2014


The start of the stonework began the last few days left in August, at the peak.
Be sure you frame the windows below extra strong.

Twin windows now in, trimmed, painted and one is an entrance to the upstairs loft.
Scaffold remains for the stone work already started. The backing and inside wall for the stone work is more steel. We have it, so use it, and it's tough.

It's field stone, irregular, part of the property.
If you have to trim the window frame around the stone, so be it.
Paint the stone in.

Here's looking through the woodlot to where we are

The scaffolding for holding the stone and the worker is as practical as it gets.
The scaffolding lumber will later be dismantled and used for the next job — either as scaffolding
or building material.

Between lugging the stone up the ladder and setting the stone in mud (mortar)
figure a day on each side of each window. The lintel below is four 2 x 6 spruce on edge
with two top plates over that sandwich. Angle braces will also be built in under the lintel.

Detail of the wet work

Bringing stone up to the second floor

Rarely, but now and then I trim a stone. I tend to like what I find and work with it.

Brush the mortar as it sets up to have the sweep and texture of rough stone

Fitting stone just right

Almost there. The supervisor on the ground keeps watch.

Tools of the trade: sacks of mortar, dolly-cart to move stone

Come September

The next day, set in stone

The pause of rock & hammer

Finished up stone

Look for a good face on each stone, some have two

photos 2014  © bob & susan arnold



Friday, September 26, 2014


Three new titles from the resolute Pine Island (Florida) publisher —
who once published as The Bookstore Press from Lenox, Massachusetts.
The best things are the ones that keep going.

Aram Saroyan, The Street
John Nizalowski, Land of Cinnamon Sun
Bill Worrell, Places of Mystery, Power & Energy

I   R   I   E       B   O   O   K   S


The Master Crafters in Poetry and Life of the Tang

Christopher M. B. Nugent
Manifest In Words,
Written On Paper


Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Geometry of Innocence Flesh On the Bone ~

photo Walker Evans


Che Guevara
by Ciro Bustos
Che Wants to See You
Verso, 2013

"After 40 years of keeping his tale largely private, Bustos, a crucial member of Che's operation to launch an Argentine revolution, delivers a seamless memoir that relates his role and Che's plans for South America before the latter's 1967 execution by the CIA in Bolivia. Bustos left Buenos Aires for Cuba soon after Castro's revolution—he'd heard a radio broadcast from Cuba in which Che had placed the Cuban struggle in the context of achieving Latin American self-determination. In Havana's suspicious atmosphere his loyalty and identity were questioned, which continued across a decade of reconnaissance for Che throughout South America and Europe. He narrates with nuance his devotion to Che as well as doubts about their enterprise's feasibility. In one absurdist drama, Bustos answers a mysterious invitation to China, refuses to repudiate Castro, and is promptly sent home. Castro eventually abandons the Argentine project: "Havana had taken off its earphones and pulled down its antennae." In prison, Bustos denies all guerilla activity and is eventually granted asylum in Sweden. Bustos's powers of observation and critical commentary make this required reading for both historians of revolution and future world-changers." Publishers Weekly

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


The me that is seen. . .  D.H. Lawrence

Garry Winogrand
Edited Leo Rubinfien
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art / Yale 2013
460 duotone illustrations

No other photographer got himself into the mess of living
 with photographs
 greater than Garry Winogrand.