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The Quotidian

There can only be one reason for a long silence: too much other stuff to do. Right? Oh wait, it could be nothing’s happened worth noting. Or could it be one is too out of touch with what’s happening to note it down. Or that one is none – and all – of the above at once. In other words just living and sometimes writing a blog and sometimes not.

e.e. cummings said that the life of the poet was to fight a battle of being nobody-but-yourself and if you didn’t want to do that you could do something easy like learning to blow up the world. He said that if after ten or fifteen years of fighting the battle to be nobody-but-yourself you write one line of poetry you should consider yourself lucky. He spoke somewhat metaphorically perhaps to an audience of young hopeful poets, but he was right about one thing: in the question of what comes first, the being or the writing, the answer is indisputable. Any writer who has tried it the other way around has learned the hard way.

So, to keep things up to date, here are the activities that have comprised my being of late. If you want, call it what I’ve been doing.

1. Learning to sing Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, songs from Bill Whelan’s Riverdance and jazz arrangements composed by Tore Johansen for my choir, off by heart.
2. Digitalizing the scores for the above into midi-files for the choir.
3. Walking my pony-sized dog.
4. Brushing the above.
5. Watching Houston Animal Cops.
6. Assembling a 120 page poetry manuscript.
7. Writing and re-writing and re-writing the Preface to the above.
8. Piddling with making a website.
9. Weighing up the option/commitment/benefit of taking on teaching creative writing alongside Elizabeth Ayres.
10. Taking a day off to watch season one of the Sopranos non-stop.
11. Going to Venice and back.
12. Traveling to book publisher conventions to evaluate books for the third year in-depth English course that my school has decided to not offer next year anyway.
13. Reading His Dark Materials (no, not seen the film)
14. Reading Mary Stewart’s King Arthur series (yes, why not?)
15. Watching all the Cohen brothers’ films, in the order in which they were made.
16. Preparing and executing the first public reading of my Norwegian language poems.
17. Starting to think about the next…
18. Molding young minds (what we sometimes call “teaching”)
19. Watching the crocuses break through what seemed to be permafrost.
20. Imagining this bleak ice world turning green. It will, by June, I am sure of it!

Okay, off to do task #18 on that list!


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