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Caption Contest?

Seriously — We need the Crawfords on this case!  Step it up, people!get-attachment.aspx

“We know our shit”

                  RJ Gibson (So much for keeping it clean!)

 “Shootin’ the Shit”

               Alain Park (Seriously, what is it with these MFA boys?)

“Plumbing the Depths So You Don’t Have To”

Lee Prusik (Traded this one in for my own entry: “You should see our snake!”)

 “If we can’t clear your pipes, no one can”

“Taylor” Lawson (A young man who knows his way around the “facilities”)

 “You know I’ve never seen you and the Ty-D-Bowl Man in the same room at the same time….”

 Amy Grimm   (Actually I’ve always wondered about this myself.)


Wild Fennel

Wild Fennel

So yesterday, as they were delivering a (not really) brand new couch (from the Habitat resale shop in Port Townsend)) to my studio, the delivery crew and I had a low-key debate about the monster plant growing in front of the cabin. We had two votes for dill, one for wild asparagus, another for random weeds.

Okay, I’ll confess: Wild asparagus was my guess. I actually have no idea what vegetables look like when they’re not in the produce aisle, and for most of those it’s a good thing they wear signs. Furthermore, I have been waiting for years for someone—anyone—to answer this question: Do Brussel Sprouts exist in the wild?

So I’m lounging on my “new” couch last night and reading away the long Pacific Northwest evening and I find myself choking on the scent of musky licorice and—Eureka!—I have an answer. Not to the sprouts thing; to the weeds outside the door.

Wild Fennel. A big giant overgrown bush of it. The picture above is archival. We trampled the bush down pretty bad yesterday as we dragged the couch through it—but no worries. It’ll spring back to life faster than you can say California Cuisine.

AWP 2014 — It’s a Wrap

AWP 2014 — It’s a Wrap

Imagine one of those ven diagrams: three intersecting circles where one circumscribes introverts, the second agoraphobics, and the third misanthropes.  That little dot where the three intersect: that’s me.  They could do a “Hoarders” episode on the way I covet private time; I loathe crowds of any kind (a crowd is any more than two other people who I don’t know within ten feet of my person); and as for the misanthropy part, well I don’t hate people nearly as much as some other writers I admire or your garden-variety politicians do, I just wish they’d go do all that rude obnoxious crap they do over there some place.  Preferably next to you.

From “Citizen” by Claudia Rankine : Poetry Magazine

From “Citizen” by Claudia Rankine : Poetry Magazine

I haven’t done much if any of this: reblogging original writing from other sites, but this poem by Claudia Rankine…

I read this and I felt like I got smacked upside the head hard, with the wisdom stick.  I hope you like it, too, but the primary reason I’m posting it here is so I will always know I can get my hands on it.  Never know when I’m going to need a refresher or  to go upside someone else’s head.

From “Citizen”


You are in the dark, in the car, watching the black-tarred street being swallowed by speed; he tells you his dean is making him hire a person of color when there are so many great writers out there.


You think maybe this is an experiment and you are being tested or retroactively insulted or you have done something that communicates this is an okay conversation to be having.


Read the rest of the poem here: From “Citizen” by Claudia Rankine : Poetry Magazine.

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Arisen from the Sickbed: Photos from the Winter 2014 Residency

I really was sick as dog for the entire residency.   And I really do only have two outfits.  Photos by the amazing Alissa Whelan.


Have You Seen Me?

Have You Seen Me?

This milk carton ad is brought to you by SMU Litfest, whose website is up and running.

Our three Undergraduate Research Assistants–Will, Mariana and Kalen–are busy postering, Facebooking, Tweeting, and otherwise getting the word out.  If you’re anywhere near Dallas during the third week of March, do yourself a favor and stop by SMU, where all of these writers (and others!) will be found. Stop by and meet Nan Cuba, Erica Dawson, Tarfia Faizullah, Jennifer Key, Jamaal May, Kyle McCord, Tim Parrish and Rob Yardumian.


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