January 28, 2005

em ty [Filed under: General Discussion]

I stumbled across this post today on a weblog written by Ron Silliman, a modern poet of sorts. Its about an interesting genre of poetry know as pwoermds (a blending of “words” and “poems”). Given Mike’s recent post, I don’t think he’d like a poem like:


But, maybe? Truly, this tiny little pwoermds has some nice complexity. The first thought is “language,” but then you notice the hint at the words “laugh” and “age.” Has anyone ever heard of this genre before? I thinks its pretty neat.. and, the best part is I can claim to have read about 20 poems during my lunch hour and written about 200. and1.

January 27, 2005


It’s autumn in the country I remember.

How warm a wind blew here about the ways!
And shadows on the hillside lay to slumber
During the long sun-sweetened summer-days.

It’s cold abroad the country I remember.

The swallows veering skimmed the golden grain
At midday with a wing aslant and limber;
And yellow cattle browsed upon the plain.

It’s empty down the country I remember.

I had a sister lovely in my sight:
Her hair was dark, her eyes were very sombre;
We sang together in the woods at night.

It’s lonely in the country I remember.

The babble of our children fills my ears,
And on our hearth I stare the perished ember
To flames that show all starry thro’ my tears.

It’s dark about the country I remember.

There are the mountains where I lived. The path
Is slushed with cattle-tracks and fallen timber,
The stumps are twisted by the tempests’ wrath.

But that I knew these places are my own,
I’d ask how came such wretchedness to cumber
The earth, and I to people it alone.

It rains across the country I remember.

I haven’t been posting poems regularly for several reasons, but looming large among them is that I haven’t been reading much new poetry. For some time now, my interests have been seated roundly in the past. I read poetry now, not to learn or to experience the new or unfamiliar, but to remember, to recapture a bit of what I’ve loved before. The whole of the reason I posted the Masefield poem was that beautiful couplet: “Only stay quiet while my mind remembers / The beauty of fire from the beauty of embers.” And, in truth, many of my old favorites are favorites precisely because they evoke strong memories, and many more address directly the importance of memory itself. Sometimes, they do both:

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January 24, 2005

Thanks [Filed under: Admin]

Thanks for the upkeep!
I haven’t posted here for a while, but I hope to put some poems up soon…

January 22, 2005

Back On-line (for Now) [Filed under: Admin]

I’ve updated the Guts of Winter to something the cool kids call an unstable nightly, a term that here means that things might all go to Hell in a very fast handbasket. Not much has changed yet, but with new guts I can start installing anti-spam stuff. And the posting interface has changed a bit. I have just spent a redonculous amount of time, though, trying to get everything on the main website to look like nothing changed at all. I’m tired now. So I’ll just leave it at this: I think it should be safe to post away, but something might break. Let me know if something does.

Also, as a general rule, I’m always willing to entertain design ideas. This site is remarkably customizable, so if you want to try something out, just let me know…

January 21, 2005

Important: ReadMe [Filed under: Admin]

I’m a-gon’ attempt an upgrade to the infrastructure here. The blogware needs a new pair of shoes. I haven’t had a chance to test everything locally, so I have a feeling things may be buggy for a little while, but I’m about to lose my free time (right about… NOW), so it’s now or never, and never might be fatal. The upgrade will help with the comment spam, meaning we can turn on comments again, and it will make the interface a little nicer, a little smoother. Also, the password encryption is stronger in the new version, so no strange unwanted unfriendlies will be able to break in (btw, if you’ve forgotten your password, I can’t retrieve it, but I can reset it for you—just shoot me an email: Administrator 4t joke of all trades d0t com). I apologize in advance if I break things. I’ve been known to break things before. But I’ll do my best.

I mention this because as of this posting, I can’t guarantee that anything will work right until I finish the upgrade (and I can’t really guarantee anything then, either!). It’s best if nobody posts until I’m done. Thanks.