R Johnson: the eye may be said to be the sun in other form

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ark Press Summer Reading Series & Workshop (2011) Schedule ::

Come on out!!  Readings, talks, and workshops free and open to the public.

Interests & talismans ::

John Cage/ writing good not well/ HD Thoreau’s “Higher Laws”/ Wm Blake’s Illuminated Manuscripts/ Polis/ “savage names”/ compost/ “Organic Form”/ John Coltrane/ Evan Williams/ Gertie Stein/ Days in the Wake/ “soul-making”/ Soul music/ process/ TV/ Laurel and Hardy/ Lightnin’ Hopkins/ Townes Van Zandt/ “the word was made good from the start” (CD Wright)/ Sentences/ Tim Hecker/ fiddle music/ the fact that Bugs Bunny always takes a wrong turn at Albuquerque on the way to Pismo Beach and goes on to have other adventures/ Lyn Hejinian: “A pause/ a rose/ something on paper”/ Ruskin’s second “everlasting law”/ river-life/ “THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THIS MOMENT”/ This passage from Huck Finn: "It's lovely to live on a raft.  We had the sky, up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made, or only just happened—Jim he allowed they was made, but I allowed they happened."/ “Music = no music” (no music = music)/ JJ Rousseau’s The Reveries of the Solitary Walker/ D Wordsworth/ Chainsaw art/ J Clare’s “The Nightingale’s Nest”/ nests (in general)/ songbirds/ CĂ©leste Boursier-Mougenot’s finches/ Robert Smithson/ Robert Creeley/ Guy Davenport’s sense that “a change in attention is a change in culture”/ Hank Williams/ Christmas lights/ Being alone together/ melodies and harmonies/ M Rowlandson: “I was alone and God was with me”/ Son House: “The blues is by its own self”/ Francesca Woodman/ Susan Howe/ Mountains x 2/ “My mother is a fish”/ thrift store records/ L = A = N = U = A = G = E is fossil poetry/ Burn barrels/ paper/ cinderblocks/ block prints/ Jen Bervin/ our hometowns/ your hometowns/ cemeteries/ gardens/ the visionary/ Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell duets (especially, “If This World Were Mine”)/ broken fences/ ditches bursting with cattails/ “Opposition is true Friendship”/ R Blaser: “Companions are/ horizons”/ cooking/ getting Christine drunk enough to sing/ Jasper Johns/ Virgil’s shepherds/ Bob Dylan/ Will Oldham/ Shit that falls apart/ Shit that’s just about to fall apart and doesn’t/ C Coolidge’s Space/ coffee/ tinder/ horses/ Jonathan Edwards/ Robert Johnson postcards/ “THE WORLD IS CHARGED WITH THE GRANDEUR OF GOD./ IT WILL FLAME OUT.”/ “Maximus to Gloucester, Letter 27 [withheld]”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAYxpSjkyAg (“An American is a complex of occasions.”  (Amen.)/ Niedecker/ yellow then purple/ jadite/ kitchen/ ahimsha/ salt/ bread/ eggs/ fall then snow then green; then tiger lilies/ letterpress/ herons/ plant & turn/ a field/ fluttering laundry/ birch paper/ that high lonesome sound/ innocence perforated by experience makes way for roadside flowers/ Dog is an anagram for God and our dog only wants to play ball the moment that we sit down to do something else/ seeds (atoms)/ fireworks/ fuzz pedals/ distortion/ amplification/ rust/ weather “the news,” etc./ Getting born again (and again and again)/ Milton’s Satan: “Myself am Hell”/ EP dragged through the wasted edge of his agency and reborn in love at Pisa: “Nothing counts save the quality of the affection”/ torn envelopes/ clippings/ cut-ups/ green glass/ ATTENTION!/ Rimbaud (via Donald Revell): “it began with the laughter of children; it will end there” / Jack Spicer’s “Imaginary Elegies”/ the mysteries of small houses/ The Poetics of Space/ drift wood/ Midnight Orchard/ morning stars/  loose change shining on the carpet/ W Whitman: “I stop somewhere waiting for you”