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April 28 2017

What Alex Jones is doing here isn’t an attempt to reconcile his public persona with his private role as a dad, and I suspect the media is wrong when it insists that’s what this trial is about. What he is doing is of a piece with what Trump does and Jeff Sessions does and Sean Spicer does every day: He is deliberately destablilizing core American institutions of truth.
The Alex Jones Trial Pits Reality Against Trumpian Reality. And Reality Might Lose.

To help scientists to tell their stories and to engage and educate, AAAS put in place a very helpful Advocacy Toolkit.

Also, the organisers of the march for science extend their activism for science beyond the march. Currently, they are planning to build an organisation centered on informed advocacy, community building, and accessible education and aim to create new programmes and scale existing programmes to improve the relationship between science and society.

When Science Is Under Attack…

April 27 2017

Every poem is a scene of language. It is a rite without a ceremony.
— Edward Hirsch How to Read A Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (1999)
Authors are actors, books are theaters
— Wallace Stevens 

April 26 2017

And that disturbing loss of equilibrium, that radical redefinition of time, that entry into an atemporal present, is one of the key features of lyric poetry.
— Edward Hirsch How to Read A Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (1999)
Reading is complicity in the creative process.
— Marina Tsvetaeva

April 25 2017

I felt a deep affection for
the smallest of my island industries.
No, not exactly, since the smallest was
a miserable philosophy.
— Elizabeth Bishop “Crusoe in England” Geography III. Farrar. (1976) 
And if sun comes
How shall we greet him?
Shall we not dread him, 
Shall we not fear him
After so lengthy a
Session with shade?
— Gwendolyn Brooks “truth” in Annie Allen. Greenwood Press (1949)

April 24 2017

I really love you, 
believe me. It is something I inherited
from my mother.
— From Attila József’s “Attila József” which Edward Hirsch calls his “love poem to himself.”

April 23 2017

Their campaigns have in many respects been complementary. Both candidates embrace the slogan “ni droite, ni gauche,” popularized by the interwar fascist leagues. Macron, bauble of the extreme center, seeks to substitute for the traditional right-left divide a vision that opposes globalizing, educated, cosmopolitan professionals to backwards, bigoted, and unenlightened nationalists: Le Pen’s worldview in camera obscura. For both Macron and Le Pen, openness, free movement, and European integration can be counterposed to patriotism, “national preference,” and the defense of entitlements. The prospects for either option depend on a significant recomposition of the electorate.

Landscape of Treason (n+1)

Grey Anderson on the French elections, the demise of the Socialist party, the rise of a rebranded FN, and the societal shifts of the last 5 years.

April 21 2017

Poetry, she says, is a natural means of translating the murkiness of what happens to the brain under anesthesia.
The Poetic Intimacy Of Administering Anesthesia

April 19 2017

Guess today’s date. #Konstanz #snow #toodamncold

April 17 2017

Play fullscreen

All You Fascists Bound To Lose

Stumbled over this Woody Guthrie cut from a 1940s radio broadcast. The other performers are Sonny Terry, Pete Seefer and Cisco Houston (probably.) 

BRB, need to dust off my guitar.

April 16 2017

Spicer’s apology, as heartfelt as it may be, doesn’t entirely resolve the issue. He is enmeshed in an Administration in which designations of us and them, our people and not our people, the good ones and the bad ones, provide a rubric for almost every policy. For Spicer to revert, as a default, to such terms in explaining why Assad is worse than Hitler suggests that he—and, it is a safe guess, others in the White House—are either not registering the implications of what their boss is saying or are doing so all too well.

Amy Davidson: Sean Spicer Is Very Sorry About His Holocaust Comments



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April 15 2017

We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.

W.B. Yeats Per Amica Silentia Lunae (1917)



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Writing is embodiment. Reading is contact.

Edward Hirsch How to Read A Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (1999)



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April 14 2017

No, I don’t feel death coming.
I feel death going:
having thrown up his hands,
for the moment.

James Baldwin. “Amen.” Jimmy’s Blues and Other Poems. Beacon Press. (2014)


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I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster, 
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent. 
I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.
— Elizabeth Bishop “One Art” in Geography III (1977) 

April 13 2017

Rhythm is a form cut into time, as Ezra Pound said […] Rhythm is all about recurrence and change. It is poetry’s way of charging the depths, hitting the fathomless. It is oceanic.
— Edward Hirsch How to Read A Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (1999)
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