Monday, July 10, 2006


First, Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino sez:

On the Hay(na)ku Form

The first thing about the hay(na)ku is, you can't write just one. Once you begin to get the hang of it you just wanna keep going, finding and then refining your technique. The second thing (I find) is the hay(na)ku is conducive to hyperbole. Now, normally, to pile up hyperbole is to risk committing the ridiculous, or else (and here's another term for you all) resulting in what I call "squelch." "Squelch poetry." Squelch is just what you think it is, just what the word implies, or, one poet's noise is another poet's communication. . . . Unlike the Japanese short forms, the hay(na)ku is a one-two punch.

And then some of Gregory's hay(na)ku -- pomo hay(na)ku! -- here!

Secondly, Tom Beckett says that through PUNCTUATIONS I've progressed from "start[l]ingly regular brilliance to everyday genius." Thank you, Tom. I hope the MacArthur Foundation hears ya. I can use one of their "Genius Grants" of half a million bucks as I'm hoping soon to embark on clearing 4 acres for vineyards. Missy WinePoetics needs must be authentic and this just continues what she needs to do for her art....and in case some of you had been thinking all along that I was just making things up, did you see the recent NYTimes article on British artist Anya Gallaccio? Prior work includes once arranging "the leaves and petals of 10,000 red roses into a fragrant, Rothko-like Color Field abstraction that gradually shriveled into potpourri on the gallery floor [and installing] a 32-ton block of ice in the boiler room of a disused London pumping station, leaving it to melt away over the course of two months."

So Gallaccio's latest project, "After the Gold Rush," in a collaboration with the winemaker Zelma Long, will culminate next summer in 400 half-cases of six different types of zinfandel. It's apparently a project that deals with place and lo and behold, during the process Gallacio discovers what I've long been blathering about as a blogger (not to mention essayed in BAY POETICS): "the practicalities and subtleties of the process of making wine [is] a practice that turns out to have a surprising amount in common with making art."

So really, MacArthur Foundation should grant that I'm a genius. I'm sure the check is in the mail.

Thirdly but not leastly, purring over what Allen Bramhall says about Galatea Resurrects: here. I like how Allen phrases "instigating the critical side" -- I like the idea of instigations and not just critiques.