Monthly Archives: February 2013

Originally posted on tankawanka:
As I mentioned when I road tested John Mackenzie’s new album of poetry, I had one more experiment to perform with it. The idea came about while listening to the album, and especially whenever he said…

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Originally posted on The Wisdom Of Life:
Each of us is dealt a blended hand of biology and circumstance from which patterns of behavioral rituals emerge that largely define our experience of life. This crucible of biology and circumstance comes…

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Neurons in Art

  Neurons ain’t just great to think with, and about, they can be pretty damn gorgeous to look at too. Go and check out these brain paintings by Greg Dunn over at WIRED .

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after Our Lady of Perpetual Dementia by Andrew Griffin

after Our Lady of Perpetual Dementia by Andrew Griffin Your weave of dendrites stiff and white with winter now— neurons hardened knots where memory once sang through fallen, forgotten branches.

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The Sky as Winter Pond

This sky tonight might be the untouched pond we once circled in childhood winters—small white flecks scattered in black, stars still in our eyes. —The above is today’s stab at an image I’ve been trying to capture in words for … Continue reading

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[the sequential moon] (poems from old notebooks, 1991)

Here’s a poem written in June, 1991. It appeared in the December, 1992, issue of Prairie Fire. [the sequential moon]        sometimes the thin moon is the curved & serrated front     edge of an oyster knife        the stars are a litter … Continue reading

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A book to look for next month: Autobiographical Memory and the Construction of A Narrative Self

Autobiographical Memory and the Construction of A Narrative Self. “Scholars from multiple disciplines, including cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, anthropology, and philosophy have begun theorizing and writing about the ways in which autobiographical memory is organized, the role that narratives play … Continue reading

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Birches in Winter

These thin red fingers of white birches that grasp at winter skies—they can’t touch the pale sun, nor can our cold hands reach one another. Update: Andrew Griffin wrote a response to this one very quickly.

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Three poems from Mumbling Jack, the album

https://www.shoplocket.com/products/wJsDo-mumbling-jack-an-album-of-poetry Storm Poem (In the Vaulted Ceilings) There are high windows of stained glass where the Virgin sits, north-lit, numinous, one hand—half-hidden in the white-trimmed cuff of a blue robe—folded atop a scarlet cloak on her lap, the other beneath, … Continue reading

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“…A Patience So Unwavering / It Makes The Mountains Itch” Vermeersch and the rational approach to art

The title of this post is taken from the middle section, 2. Call Me Coyote, of Paul Vermeersch‘s poem, “Three Anthropomorphic Studies”  which appears in his 2010 collection The Reinvention of the Human Hand. In my head I gleefully refer to … Continue reading

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Originally posted on tankawanka:
Defeated by heat We failed to reach your tombstone West of Ma’anshan We lacked your intense desire To embrace the shining moon AGG20040626 The endless depth of both the natural world and the conscious mind meet…

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Willie Nelson’s Guitar or, If It Ain’t Accessible and Quantifiable It Ain’t Art.

This article by Eric Kandel, Your Brain on Klimt, and this interview with him got me interested in attempting to articulate some thoughts about art and the perspective from which I approach it both in making and partaking. I am … Continue reading

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“right basal ganglia of nude mouse brain”

is a search term that brought someone to my blog today.

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A Few Notes About the Poem “Lower the Boom”

I wrote “Lower the Boom” (downloadable audio here, text below) in the late ’90s while working as a baker for Dunkin’ Donuts.  For about half of my shift, I would be alone. For the other half of the shift a doughnut … Continue reading

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Originally posted on tankawanka:
Cover design by Marie Fox. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marie-Fox-Artist/218791494879223?fref=ts A couple of weeks back I wrote a review of John Mackenzie’s new album of poetry, Mumbling Jack. This review was based solely on armchair listening, but the true test…

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The Light of Other Suns

I much prefer the light of other suns, already embedded in our skin, from which these hands and eyes are made, the light that moves within our veins and flashes and sparks through the lobes and fissures folded into our … Continue reading

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Stoner Tanka for A.E. Housman

And naked to the hangman’s noose The morning clocks will ring A neck God made for other use Than strangling in a string. —from Housman’s “On moonlit heath and lonesome bank” Gonna build a house, man, in blue remembered hills. … Continue reading

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Andrew Griffin’s Catalog of New Emotions

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Jobbed-up (pronounced: /ˈdʒɒbd ʌp/ ) adjective — describes being in a state of anxious desire for something you don’t really need, convinced it is scarce when it really is not. To job someone up verb – to…

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Open The White Magnolia Petals (poems from old notebooks series)

I was out walking yesterday and, as I always do at this time of year, stopping to admire the glossy fur coats of magnolia buds and feeling impatient for the appearance of the blossoms. That generally happens in May around … Continue reading

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Neuroplasticity and OCD

More good brain stuff from Duke University. This time it’s neuroscientist Nicole Calakos studying the effects of diminished neuroplasticity capability in the basal ganglia of mice and finding that it might have some bearing on obsessive compulsive disorders. One of the … Continue reading

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