• DarwinBeagle

    The Birth of Darwin

    A short biography of biophilia

    Gestation: 1486–1859

    A clam plops out of a lovely young woman.
    Everyone paints oil portraits of the clam.
    In them, foam wreathes the sand merrily
    Like icing on a cake at a baby shower.…

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    Report on a Wedding Outside My Window

    Byrdcliffe, June 1, 2013, 4:41pm:

    A wedding commences below my studio window. Bride processes with father, gait of a turkey. The groom takes her hand. Smiling/shrugging excitement. Please be seated. I wonder if I’m in the very top portion of …

  • dg-professor-crotch

    A Visit From the Professor

    Circumstance obliged me to invite professor Donovan to dinner. I doubted he knew my name, yet he accepted gratefully and arrived at my home alone the next evening. My girlfriend ate with us, after I begged her to in private, …

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    A Sentence From My Novel-in-Progress, Presented Completely Out of Context III

    Entire oceans would empty from her eyes some nights and she would drown without even knowing how or understanding what it was that was drowning besides a collection of limbs without meaning that she referred to as “myself,” for lack …

  • maul

    Short Etymology of the Word “Blockbuster”

    Report of an anonymous confessor to the episcopal court of Milano, 1503.

    Sforza* was already a dead man.

    I repeat: My involvement in the affair, late as it was, would have doubtless proved supernumerary to the workings of heavenly Justice. …

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    A Sentence from My Novel-in-Progress, Presented Completely Out of Context II

    Her father was an empty space defined by flesh.…

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    A Sentence from My Novel-in-Progress, Presented Completely Out of Context

    She imagines an entire life with This Hortense, of two awkward bodies bound in each other’s geographies, an un-choreographed duet beginning with blushing collisions until it peeled back into something tender and sad that they eventually understand as a certain …

  • Stanleyson2

    Letter of Recommendation for Stanley Stanleyson

    This one student of mine
    had a real tough time
    figuring out the assignments
    due dates
    how to do them
    and
    where the classroom was
    even though the room number
    never changed

    I blame myself
    of course
    for this student’s …

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It’s Time to Get Things Started – Some Words on Pitching

Elizabeth Hyde Stevens, a member of the Kilgore Trout Home for Wayward Writers, brings you this – an inspiring message about summoning the confidence to pitch your work. You can read this, and much more, in her book Make Art Make

DarwinBeagle

The Birth of Darwin

A short biography of biophilia

Gestation: 1486–1859

A clam plops out of a lovely young woman.
Everyone paints oil portraits of the clam.
In them, foam wreathes the sand merrily
Like icing on a cake at a baby shower.…

JAW

Poem Written Before Jaw Surgery

Jaw

Weird world shape
Breaking and unbroken
Until it isn’t

Triangular mule
Mute substructure of tune
Tongue cage

I mourn your worn-out trudge
Cycle of worms
Limit of words

I seek leeches to chop you down
And resaddle your hollows…

CIMG2194 copy

Report on a Wedding Outside My Window

Byrdcliffe, June 1, 2013, 4:41pm:

A wedding commences below my studio window. Bride processes with father, gait of a turkey. The groom takes her hand. Smiling/shrugging excitement. Please be seated. I wonder if I’m in the very top portion of …

dg-professor-crotch

A Visit From the Professor

Circumstance obliged me to invite professor Donovan to dinner. I doubted he knew my name, yet he accepted gratefully and arrived at my home alone the next evening. My girlfriend ate with us, after I begged her to in private, …

6217835303_ebeb13f893_z

A Sentence From My Novel-in-Progress, Presented Completely Out of Context III

Entire oceans would empty from her eyes some nights and she would drown without even knowing how or understanding what it was that was drowning besides a collection of limbs without meaning that she referred to as “myself,” for lack …

maul

Short Etymology of the Word “Blockbuster”

Report of an anonymous confessor to the episcopal court of Milano, 1503.

Sforza* was already a dead man.

I repeat: My involvement in the affair, late as it was, would have doubtless proved supernumerary to the workings of heavenly Justice. …

Gilbert_Stuart_620x350

A Sentence from My Novel-in-Progress, Presented Completely Out of Context II

Her father was an empty space defined by flesh.



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Treaty_of_Paris_by_Benjamin_West_1783-slider

A Sentence from My Novel-in-Progress, Presented Completely Out of Context

She imagines an entire life with This Hortense, of two awkward bodies bound in each other’s geographies, an un-choreographed duet beginning with blushing collisions until it peeled back into something tender and sad that they eventually understand as a certain …

Stanleyson2

Letter of Recommendation for Stanley Stanleyson

This one student of mine
had a real tough time
figuring out the assignments
due dates
how to do them
and
where the classroom was
even though the room number
never changed

I blame myself
of course
for this student’s …

dg-smoke-manatee

This Thing Between Us

The manatee in my hammock this morning turns away from the love seat. He observes the lane, the schoolchildren waiting under their backpacks. He does not like to see us eat parfaits, my bride and I, on the flowered love …

Soup

Just a Bowl of Soup

She made the soup and had the thought that she probably experienced the same exact amount of happiness eating a hot bowl of soup on a winter’s day as a cavewoman. She felt accomplished by the smell of the broth …

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Reach for a word

You reach for a word as you reach for an itch.

—Maurice Merleau-Ponty



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