Waywords and Meansigns 

Interesting e-mail sent my way this week. Derek had read my post on the “Finnegans Wake Toolkit” and sent me a note about this wild endeavor — to put James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake to music. Amazing. Check it out. Waywords and Meansigns: Recreating Finnegans Wake in its whole wholume. James Joyce’s Finnegans …

Passions of Elizabeth Bishop 

A big fan of Elizabeth Bishop’s work. Her poem “The Fish” is probably one of the best contemporary poems beginning: I caught a tremendous fish I won’t ruin the poem for you (was rainbow, rainbow, rainbow!). Find it here: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/fish-2 There’s a new biography out on Bishop, who did not have …

Oliver Writes off the Subject

One of the chief things I take away from Richard Hugo’s The Triggering Town, is the possibility of writing on a subject while not speaking of it directly by using (seemingly) unrelated events, places and tone to speak of the subject. Writing off subject is one way of feeding the subject, while not …

Dillard! 

You know it’s all her fault. Annie Dillard makes me want to be a writer and not just any writer, but one that is filled with poetry, and reverence and beauty. I want to write like her and there are times when I think I’m close to succeeding. Is this …

Spiritual Geography

I was young when I first came to read Dakota. I was searching, and a friend thought it might help guide me. True enough. Over the years, I’ve returned to this classic memoir about finding yourself not where you expected, but as you are. Each time the book reveals new things. …

Based on a True Story, winks Borges

  When reading Jorge Luis Borges one is constantly flipping back to the cover. Exactly what am I reading?  Fiction or non-fiction? Borges’ prose is so well crafted one is never fully sure if the work is a piece of make believe or if the material is thinly veiled truth. There …

Here’s Where The Story Begins

  Around 1990, or so, I was traveling through the Alberta foothills on some news assignment with my photographer Shaun B. We were in his truck, and we were listening to The Sundays’ song “Here’s Where The Story Ends,” and I envisioned, completely, in my mind a young couple who …

Faulkner’s Terrain

William Faulkner is either loved or loathed — I slouch toward the former, especially Absalom, Absalom! It’s utterly brilliant, one of those tour-de-forces. “Tell about the South. What’s it like there. What do they do there. Why do they live there. Why do they live at all.” ― William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom! …

The Finnegans Wake Toolkit

Found this great online resource for tackling Finnegans Wake which I have attempted several times without much success, I’m afraid. Maybe you. Maybe me — but somewhere down the road. I love what poet Ezra Pound said about the book: I will have another go at it, but up to present I …