Monday, December 29, 2008

Email Glitch - Update

I've been getting various and sundry reports for the past few months that my outgoing email is not being delivered, randomly. If you wrote me and I didn't respond, drop me a line. I can receive emails just fine. I'll respond to you using another account that seems to be working.

So, in short, I haven't intentionally been ignoring anyone. Sorry for any inconvenience.


I think I've fixed the problem. Unfortunately, it looks like it's been going on for more than a few months. Maybe even more than a year! It wasn't malware, as I suspected, but an advanced settings tab that I needed to make some refinements to. Darn computers.

Sorry for all the weeping (Rachel ;). I really do return emails. Faithfully.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

R.B. Kitaj

The Neo Cubist - R.B. Kitaj
I'm enjoying the painting book I received on Christmas.
Maybe some poetry will come out of it. Who knows?

Saturday, December 27, 2008

My Top 20 List - Plus 1

The Best Poetry I Read in 2008

(In no particular order, except Frank Stanford is the king.)

The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You – Frank Stanford

The Light the Dead See – Frank Stanford

Ooga-Booga – Frederick Seidel

Itinerary: Poems – Reginald Shepherd

Internal West: Poems – Priscilla Becker

A World Beyond Myself – Rutger Kopland

What Water Left Behind – Rutger Kopland

The Salt Daughter – Christine Hamm

Figured Dark – Greg Rappleye

Dog Language – Chase Twichell

The Snow Watcher – Chase Twichell

Orange Girl – Simone Muench

Sleeping Woman – Herbert Scott

High Windows – Phillip Larkin

Alive Together: New and Selected Poems – Lisel Mueller

Necessary Stranger – Graham Foust

Glass, Irony and God – Anne Carson

The Beforelife – Franz Wright

For Love: Poem Nineteen Fifty to Nineteen Sixty – Robert Creeley

Deepstep Come Shining – C.D. Wright

A Murmuration of Starlings - Jake Adam York


Tuesday, December 30th, 6:00 p.m. The Hammes Bookstore at Notre Dame.

See you there.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

What Tom is Learning at WMU

I like a little report when Tom gets home from school. "So, son, what new and exciting things have you learned this semester?" This is what he said: Kegel exercises for men. I'm glad our money isn't being wasted. I never knew.

One More Room

Maybe it's the weather. Maybe it's the fullness of the house with everyone home. I'm dreaming my big house dream again. The dream house keeps opening, room after room after room.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

A 50 Percent Chance of Texas Today

Q. And did you fully recover from your injuries in the 1992 cow accident?
A. Yes.


Q. And how did he attack you?
A. From behind, with a tape measure.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Not That

Yesterday I succumbed to peer pressure and joined Facebook. I'm not proud, but there it is. This morning I have a Facebook hangover. Or maybe it feels a bit like when I started using a cell phone. I knew I had to do it, but the looming possibility of wasting enormous amounts of time hung over me like an overused metaphor. In one day I picked up 23 friends. My son, Tom, has 329 friends! He doesn't even know 329 people.

Anyway, the long and short of it is, you can join me there, but I'm only going to check it in the morning. Facebook seems like the perfect way to avoid writing, and let's face it, kids, I'm not a spring chicken. I don't have tons of time to waste not writing.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Primary Colors

Tom has a new band, Primary Colors. Their first CD is called "Live Amuteurs."

You can download free songs here:

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

The Christmas Song

Sunday, December 07, 2008

I See

Q. All right. I see here today that you're wearing glasses?
A. Uh-huh.
Q. Were you wearing those at the time of the accident?
A. Yes, I was.
Q. Do you have to wear those glasses every day?
A. Yes.
Q. What are those glasses for?
A. Seeing.

Living With It

Winter has moved in, with an amazing amount of luggage. Jeez.

A. Fill the wood rack. Shovel snow. Lug buckets of water to the humidifiers. Shovel snow. Knock the cats off the counter. Shovel snow. Bake monster cookies with friends. Mmmm. Shovel snow. Sample beer and monster cookies with friends (taking care not to bite friends.) Mmmm. Shovel snow.

B. Study for final exams? Write 12-page papers? Glare menacingly at my family when they speak above a whisper? Of course not. Naa-naa-naa-naa-boo-boo I'm done!

C. Blog? Well, maybe.

D. Write? (see A.)

E. Attend readings? Of course (taking care not to bite friends.)

And you?

Tuesday, December 02, 2008


I dreamed last night that Gene and I had another baby, easy delivery, right at home, in our own bed. Then the first thing this baby did was learn to use the cell phone. I'm not sure what my subconscious is trying to tell me, but whatever it is, it doesn't seem good. Perhaps I need to check online to see my real children's cell phone usage this month.

Monday, December 01, 2008


I guess we need to plan something. How does next week sound? I need some help here. Does anyone have a day or place in mind? My mind is comfuzzled. I don't know what to do.