If one can never concede the defeat of one's own knowledge, one can never be a humorist.

If one can never be a humorist, one can never be perfect.


The world is replete, yet there is no end to fiction.

U.S. Bonds

In absence of the prerecording, the risk is who might hear.

I want to holler but the town's too small.


That poetry is not here to make these axioms cohere.


That poetry is a wilderness prior to philosophy.


That the poem is the garden of the propositional.


That the prototypes of poetry
(the heart, the thing, the idea, spring and/or the rose)
are not evidence of its misapplication.

On the Partisan & Propositionality

Char, Leaves of Hypnos: "Brighten the imagination of those who stammer instead of speaking, who blush the moment they assert something. These are steadfast partisans."

Foundations of Stuttering: [on "utterances having low propositional substance"] Many sources have reported that no stuttering occurs in recitative speaking at various assemblages, such as in certain church rituals. In effect, such performance is choral speaking. Stutter is also said to not be evident in even solo performances of, for instance, the Lord's Prayer, or the Pledge of Allegiance. Regarding this latter group of examples, it should be clear that the propositional value of such expressions is minimal, and that rehearsal and practice must play a crucial role.

* * *

Proposing that the partisan has no need of speech.

Domains & Intents: 6

  • Propositionality.
  • Portability.

Stevens, the lighthouse.

"We must endure our thoughts all night, until
The bright obvious stands motionless in cold."


Behind the "incalculable balances", the cruelty of the parent's corrections. Against the improvisations of the child, he bestows a degenerative gift: personhood.


Masanobu Kuno sat down and hand-wrote the lines:

"Do not envy the fathers of others."

"I can't be your horse to ride, but you two be good friends."

"Please be an unbeatable person like your father and avenge my death."

No line from there to here, no line to steer the fingertip across the face, no line to stay the instruction.

13 Lines on Smallness, from Lucretius

How small can anything be? We know of creatures
So tiny they would seem to disappear
If they were less than half their present size.
How big do you suppose their livers are?
Their hearts? The pupils of their eyes? Their toes?
Pretty minute, you must admit. Well, then,
What about things like those atomic motes
That form the elements of mind and spirit?
Diminutive, to say the least. Nor can we
Find with our finger tips the cause of smell
That clings there from the touch of marigold,
Centaury, heal-all, wormwood, southernwood.
So images move beyond our powers of sight.


The father proves nothing by immobility. To join to the occasion, he must follow, and follow, and follow, and follow.


At twenty months, the son is the gladdest usher.


In the background of the visual field, the child is a charged object. To fix one's attention to him is to fall away from much of the world.


To understand Char's sense of acquiescence, one must understand what he chose to sentinel: the sovereignty of the child.

Longfellow's Visitors

"A German woman, with a strong accent, called to talk to him about 'The Building of the Ship,' which she was planning to read in public, and which she called 'The Lunch of the Sheep.'"


That poetry is thankfully mistaken.


That poetry is essentially hostile to invention.


Home is the compose key.


Reducibly yours.

That the inevitable parental subsidy to the child is chiefly a grammar.

Ætiology of the Snark

Niche is my curse.
Curse is my niche.


Save for grammar, young thing, I have nothing of which to remind you.


Young thing, I have nothing to remind you of.


That the "human spirit" is too well-furnished to be crowded into the future.

That the quotation marks are evidence of this.

Line by Elias Canetti

What can be told without great impudence?


The father is a holdover. Tall, neutral angel, frequently lapsing into the human.


That poetry stages the struggle to assert an ontology.


That the mien of poetry is eligibility.


"No not now."

A mere alveolar ridge between immanence and withholding.


We say 'blue sky' as if it were a staple. Not circumambient –– an ecstatic fragment.

But a boy in the sleeve of a song points high on cue.  Blue, blue, blue! it's a musical accompaniment.


The father thinks of the son saying to the father:

Any joy is adequate, 'parting hero'.

Momentarily –– the future is accommodationist.

Line by Steve Malmude

Any joy is adequate, 'parting hero'.

More Manners

"Those who like their discourses what used to be called 'marrowy' (ie, denunciatory of the opposition) will seek vainly for what they want in Browne."

Peeping Mot p.5

Where is the entire interview? What is a mistaken belief?

Like at mid-evening, when it's impossible to conceive of a solitary failure, and unmarketability is an accommodating landlord.

"Chain of title." "Talent agreements."

Failure and marketability, interviewed, mistaken for brothers.


Always the soft boys.
Always the arts.
Always the grapevines.
Always the hirelings.

Publication is not origin.

Peradventurer's Concordance, Book of Genesis

  • 18:24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city 
  • 18:28 Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous
  • 18:29 and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found
  • 18:30 I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found
  • 18:31 unto the LORD: Peradventure there shall be twenty found 
  • 18:32 speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found
  • 24:5 said unto him, Peradventure the woman will not be willing
  • 24:39 unto my master, Peradventure the woman will not follow
  • 27:12 My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem
  • 31:31 for I said, Peradventure thou wouldest take by force
  • 32:20 will see his face; peradventure he will accept of me
  • 38:11 be grown: for he said, Lest peradventure he die also
  • 42:4 for he said, Lest peradventure mischief befall him
  • 43:12 again in your hand; peradventure it was an oversight
  • 44:34 with me? lest peradventure I see the evil that shall come
  • 50:15 dead, they said, J–– will peradventure hate us, and will 


No breeze necessary for the child's mind to lean forward.


The happy son throughout the day, in the forecastles of description: "yellow", "purple", "blue".  He pardons me my task-making, bursting into his tropical outlets, to refresh the elemental world with the digressions of a visual intelligence.

I don't mind that he comes first. As with Olson: "There is no strict personal order / for my inheritance."


Before pitiless animals, it grew larger and larger, the Exhibition on a string.

Like moralizing to a child, there is no preparation for this –– this dislocation. I'm in the same boat, in the outer ring of the innocent section.

Peeping Mot p.4

The Ministry of Information and the "waste product" –– anachronistic, both.

The Conceptual Poet and the Hiring Committee

  • Invests in genre limits, provided one can violate them.
  • Somewhat underdelivers, often dancing around the encounter.
  • Tendency to pleonasm, though clearly wants to charm. Hints of personals ad in the LRB.
  • Open to traveling for panel appearances.
  • Seeks to individuate. Cites collectives as evidence of curatorial abilities.
  • Claims not to know who Laurie Anderson is.
  • Hyperlinks to allegory (the most repeatable and literary of devices) as evidence of invention.
  • Is flexible, underspecifying the 'movement' as necessary, hesitant to commit to self-description should the next conference demand another.
  • May read too many back issues of October –– envious of painting's egress.
  • Good at market research, though strangely views literature as emerging market.
  • Skeptically references something called "Flarf". (HC - No one knows what this is.)
  • Provides consistent consumer reporting on previously used theoretical apparatus.
  • Definitely willing to travel for panel appearances.
  • Possible hire.

Peeping Mot p.3

Bargaining at the counter, the avant-gardist tackles the convoys of scholarship to concoct a personal best -- the 'only one of its kind'.