The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet. Where they overlap, it is in every point of the overlap. - Novalis

Monday, August 15, 2011

Peter O'Leary

Peter O'Leary - on religious poetry, Robert Duncan and much more. Great interview.

An Interview with Peter O'Leary

(Here is his essay on Duncan that he mentions in the interview.)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Duncan Delirium

 Thanks as usual to Ron Silliman (here), I have this great back issue of "W" from the Kootenay School of Writing.

W10: A Duncan Delirium
Spring 2005
Contributors: Leslie Scalapino, Pauline Butling, Peter O’Leary, Lisa Jarnot, Leonard Schwartz, Stephen Collis, Miriam Nichols, Kim Duff, Jordan Scott
Material submitted in connection with the KSW’s Robert Duncan Festival “Before the War”, held in April 2005. Includes critical writings by Butling, Schwartz, Collis and Nichols, Duncan-related poetry by Scalapino, O’Leary, Jarnot, Duff, and Scott, plus a mystery bonus feature. Edited by Stephen Collis.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

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In the high seat, before dawn dark,
Polished hubs gleam
And the shiny diesel stack
Warms and flutters
Up the Tyler Road grade
To the logging in Poorman creek.
Thirty miles of dust.

There is no other life.

Gary Snyder - Turtle Island 1974

Saturday, August 6, 2011


Paradise: late 12c., "Garden of Eden," from O.Fr. paradis, from L.L. paradisus, from Gk. paradeisos "park, paradise, Garden of Eden," from an Iranian source, cf. Avestan pairidaeza "enclosure, park" (Mod.Pers. and Arabic firdaus "garden, paradise"), compound of pairi- "around" + diz "to make, form (a wall)." The first element is cognate with Gk. peri- "around, about" (see peri-), the second is from PIE base *dheigh- "to form, build" (see dough). The Gk. word, originally used for an orchard or hunting park in Persia, was used in Septuagint to mean "Garden of Eden," and in New Testament translations of Luke xxiii.43 to mean "heaven" (a sense attested in Eng. from c.1200). Meaning "place like or compared to Paradise" is from c.1300.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Norman Fischer

Zoketsu Norman Fischer
ZenPoetry Homepage - Poetry, Essays, Interviews
Norman Fisher: A Test Case for Being, by Brian Unger in Jacket 2

New Poems, March 2011.


My initial interest in Fischer, poet and zen priest, was sparked when Ron Silliman told me that he was an important influence on Leslie Scalapino.

From Unger's essay:

"Norman Fischer’s work is best described by Hank Lazer as part of a new spiritual realism that has developed in the past fifty years, first noted by Gertrude Stein in the 1935 essay “Poetry and Grammar,” which was a riposte to Emerson’s “The Poet.” Stein wanted to get writers to move away from Emerson’s focus on the poet’s transcendental relation to nature and divinity onto language itself, “in which a form of divinity resides, not wholly beyond words, but within them.” This is developed by Lazer and Fischer. Lazer describes his creative poiesis as investigative, spiritual, and heuristic:

" … a phenomenology of spiritual experience — a writing that engages momentary experience and that embodies particular intervals of consciousness.”

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Cope on Stein

Cope, Karin. Passionate Collaborations: Learning to Live with Gertrude Stein. Victoria, BC: ELS Editions, 2005. [Cope's blog]

Must read. Also a really beautiful book - shows the influence of Bringhurst's Elements of Typographic Style.

Reviewed by Heather Cass White (pdf)