Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Better a poem be nearly wrong than nearly right.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Arts of Strangers

You cut your own hair,
you wring your own shirt,
you do your own favours.

Monday, November 25, 2013

“It really is a nation”

“There comes a time in the history of a nation when its artists and intellectuals no longer feel a need to assert at all times that it really is a nation, with a culture of its own.”

— From “Brazilian Poetry Today”, by Paulo Henriques Britto, in the Los Angeles Review of Books

Saturday, November 23, 2013

And they all lived


Monday, November 18, 2013

When the horizon is a tightrope

Still from Touch (video, 2002), by Janine Antoni

Balance is a process, not a state. It means holding steady a centre of gravity: a negotiation among mass and momentum and energy. On this depends stability and mobility. The tightrope walker keeps moving, or else she falls, and her successful journey is an ongoing compromise between her own mass, tension in the wire, and universal gravity.

— From “A fine balance”, in the November 2013 Caribbean Review of Books

Sunday, September 01, 2013


paracauary silhouette

On the Rio Paracauary, Ilha do Marajó; 26 August, 2013

Tuesday, July 09, 2013



Wednesday, July 03, 2013


— What is wrong with a poem?
— All the right things.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013


a drawing of words

Thursday, March 21, 2013


At the cash register in a Manhattan bookshop:

Customer: I give Autobiography of Red to everyone I have a secret crush on.

Clerk: Does it work?

Customer: Not yet.

Sunday, January 27, 2013