What is action? (2017)

Two collectives: anon and not 

"In The Human Condition (1958), Hannah Arendt describes three central human activities: labor, work, and action. Labor “corresponds to the biological process,” and includes anything we do to keep ourselves and others alive: food production and preparation, cleaning, childbirth. Work is whatever contributes to the “world of things,” the made world: craftwork, construction, city planning, but also the creation of works of art and of laws. So what is action?" READ MORE

 

On Property and Monstrosity

"We bought an old garage surrounded by fruit trees—apple, pear, peach, plumb, apricot, and cherry—planted a decade ago by Dan, the previous owner, who, in addition to gardening, made soccer goals (“Goal Oriented” was the name of his business). Three years ago Dan’s wife died and after that, he let things go. Compass weed (an opiate) and thistle (good for tea) grew thigh high all around the trees" READ MORE

 

The Poet Scholar (2013)

"As I am a person who reads and a person who writes, a person who researches and a person who invents – a person who teaches and a person who edits – I can only consider the question of the poet-scholar from the inside – and so what follows is a subjective and gendered account of the position of the poet-scholar in the form of a list 1-10."... READ MORE

 

April Fool's (2012)

"All poets are fools.

The word comes from Latin, “follis,” which means a leather bag, or a bellows. It comes to mean mad or insane or just plain stupid (I suppose) because of this image of an empty bag, a bag filled only with air whose only purpose is to blow more air." READ MORE

 

 The Witch's House: POetics (2011)

"When Hansel and Gretel are truly lost, have almost given up hope, they are saved not because they stumble unwittingly upon the house (as I’d remembered it), but because a bird sang. The bird, then, might be the poet, delivering the children toward what seems to be an answer, a miraculous solution to their suffering—a world beyond this one in which there is no more hunger."... READ MORE

 

Someone Shot my Book

"1. Bullet

Someone took my book out into the woods and shot it.3 The book is intimate with violence now in at least two ways: both as subject matter (violence is what it’s about), and as target. The book reaches the gun as its interlocutor. Or, now the book, with holes throughout, needs to be written again." READ MORE