Monday, January 8, 2007

Dear Yesenin,

Did you know that most of the pop music in Paris is sung in English? With some singers it's difficult to tell, but have a listen to my boy Howard Hughes singing at the Kitchup. Also, big shots, Herman Dune kind of rule too. But even better, is the guy that quit the band, Andre Herman Dune. Andre moved to Berlin, while the other two still live in Paris.

Sunday, January 7, 2007

Dear Yesenin,

I have just finished a translation of your "The Witch". I think you'll prefer it to all others. After all, we're family, and have a very deep understanding. And, I used Ezra Pounds method. Also, have you seen "The Milky Way"? It will blow your *(^% off!

The Witch

head uncovered and whacked out ;
quick, sudden, though stout.

Eves all death to himself;
his clouds overlap the moon.

His push-off-song becomes unglued;
crazy whistles in the tree line too.

The fur trees slap and impale;
Owls choke on the mouse's tail.

Our fishwife coughs and spits;
Out and up where the sky is lit.

Locks swung like vipers;
ablaze in the dead of winter.

By her feet and by her throat;
the clouds go into statues.

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Loch Yes,

It was rather foolish of me to follow NOW's review(s). I should just see what they hate, and I'll love it. It is really amazing how often this is how it ends up. Babel. The only thing it had to do with Babel was the dumbstruck and botched. But that is not what bothered me. It was the emotional blackmail. More acting than there was a story. And like they say "if you want to send a message, go to Western Union."


Wednesday, January 3, 2007


The Poetry Book Society has announced the shortlist for this year's T. S. Eliot Prize, to be awarded to the author of the best new collection of poetry.

Now in its thirteenth year, the T. S. Eliot Prize is 'the prize most poets want to win' (Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate) and 'poetry's most coveted award' (The Times).


Tyrannosaurus Rex versus the Corduroy Kid by Simon Armitage [more]
Tramp in Flames by Paul Farley
District and Circle by Seamus Heaney [more]
Bad Shaman Blues by W. N. Herbert
After by Jane Hirshfield
The Blood Choir by Tim Liardet
Horse Latitudes by Paul Muldoon [more]
Swithering by Robin Robertson
Redgrove's Wife by Penelope Shuttle
Dear Room by Hugo Williams [more]

The winner of the Prize will be announced on Monday 15th January 2007, when the prize of £10,000 will be presented by Mrs Valerie Eliot. The T. S. Eliot Prize Readings will take place on Sunday 14th January 2007 at the UCL Bloomsbury Theatre, London WC1. Tickets can be booked online at

Find out more at


The Poetry Book Society is delighted to announce the launch of the School Shadowing Scheme. Aimed at 14-19 year olds, the scheme will run for the first time this Autumn in conjunction with the 2006 T. S. Eliot Prize, and will enable students to shadow the judging panel as they deliberate on the shortlist.

Teachers will encourage their students to shadow the judges and to read some of the wonderful poetry which is not on the national curriculum, but which represents new work from the year’s best poetry collections.

For further information, please read the PBS press release.

"Nothing is more highly to be prized than the value of each day"

Did you know that obsidian is "Itztli" in the Nahuatl language? Irina reminds me of English poet, Alice Oswald. So stoic and severe!

Hardy's ma jeunesse fout le camp was the wrong thing to listen to whilst reading Akhmatova. How can a grown man be so yielding to such pathetic frenzy. Sooooooooooooooooooooo beautiful, I am crushed!
Consider yourself hugged,

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Dear Yesy,

May I send you a review of a review? Paul Muldoon. Do you know him? I doubt that you do and I doubt that you'd like him. Let me tell you why you wouldn't and why I would - if either of us come to reading him. Ken Babstock from the Globe writes more about Muldoon's Oxford lectures more than he does on Horse Latitudes - the new book of poems. He gets off on what Charles McGrath from last Sun. New York Times Mag. sites as "stunt reading," and "cryptocurrents." This is how Muldoon does his reading. Ken interprets, "like a shad but stouter, more compressed," as having the "cryptocurrent" of Seamus Heaney. Who cares, right? I do, against my better judgment. I'm walking to the shop to buy it now!


Yo bro,
Is it getting colder? Or, do I have the dts...
I saw a pal of mine today with his Russian hat. Only -3. Nonetheless, I dug through a heap to retieve my old boy.
I think I have seen Mowat in one of those parka's. And I bet that Bob Flaherty had one, too! I truely love these things. Where can I find one?