Monday, February 27, 2006

probably my favorite thing i learned during my tahoe vacation

It was a pretty long trip with many highlights, but one of which was definitely the news that one can make a grammatical sentence of infinite length using only the word "buffalo". Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo. Ad infinitum! If you can't parse that yourself, ask me next time you see me. And only one of those buffalo's refers to the town in Western New York (yeah, that's right--it's not "upstate", it's in Western New York. I'm going to give the multitudinous geographical regions of New York the respect they deserve, now that I'm no longer a solipsistic New Yorker. Or maybe I just want it to be known that where I'm from is not called "upstate New York" by anyone but city folk. It's called the North Country, dammit. Maybe spending 5 days in the mountains has taken the city out of me a bit....)

Friday, February 17, 2006

ana grammar

i think my favorite anagrams of my names are:
mailsack joan
jack no salami

that's all.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

fashion and poetry!

Coco Chanel once said something like "put everything on and then take one thing off," which seems to be quite a good bit of fashion advice.

Does this work for poems as well? I think it might. I see lots of people writing past the ends of their poems.

So I'm saying it now. Write your whole poem, and then take the last thing (stanza, line, etc) off.

Monday, February 13, 2006

i don't think i was getting a big ego, but just in case...

I was walking by Dog Eared Books today, and I happened to spot that in the dollar bin--the books they keep outside--a lit journal I have a poem in. Humility, thy name is bargain bin.

I had never before thought about this situation, let alone what it would feel like.

My consolation is that an Aimee Bender hardcover was also in the bin. People don't like poetry, but I guess they don't like hardcover books either.

rule number one: tell everyone about PILLOW FIGHT

Rule number two: Tell everyone you know about PILLOW FIGHT!!!
3) Wait for the Ferry Building clock to strike 6:00pm
4) Don’t hit anyone with out a pillow (unless they want it)
5) Don’t hit anyone with a camera

When: 6pm on Valentine’s Day (February 14th)
Where: San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza (at Market and Embarcadero)

In case of rain, put your pillow in a plastic bag.

Having missed out on participating in a flashmob, I don't want to miss out on this.