Saturday, January 20, 2007

Simple Machines

Back on March 11, I quoted David Jauss's Writer's Chronicle article about the "Lever of Transcendence." Now I see Jauss has a website where he has placed some of the article.

What other simple machines might offer transcendence?

The wheel and axle of transcendence?

The pulley of transcendence?

The inclined plane of transcendence?

The wedge of transcendence?

The screw of transcendence?

I guess "lever of transcendence" already implies "fulcrum of transcendence."

Writing Exercise

Write a poem composed only of beautiful sentences.

Write another poem, well, put together another poem composed of beautiful sentences written by others. These sentences should come from the writings of others who are not considered poets. Use at least four sources.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Writing Exercise

Write a poem titled _______ Trap. Use whatever noun you'd like to fill in the blank. Within the poem, do not use that noun or any synonym for it again. The poem should be between 12 and 20 lines long. There should be a sonnet-like turn somewhere in the argument of the poem. Also, within the poem, mention the name of one person who lived more than a century ago.

Saturday, January 06, 2007


Tom was house sitting for us last week when he almost died. The doctors say, in a few more hours Tom's blood would have gone septic. Lord.

Now he's fine.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007


Anybody know anything about the summer workshop at Fishtrap? Their website doesn't give much info.

Portraits of Abraham Lincoln

Your assignment:
1) Write a poem titled "Portrait of ..." (whoever or whatever).
2) Put at least one inaccuracy into the portrait.
3) Go out and spend it.

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