4 abr. 2007

About Ammons I always have to conclude my tuner just doesn't pick up that frequency. I've tried reading Garbage but the garrulousness just rubs me the wrong way. What he thinks of as an interesting observation or idea leaves me cold. I really don't think everyone was meant to get all channels. We should be fine with that, too. Nothing of that "this book should be on every poet's bookshelf" argument. Think of a sound wave travelling around and making other objects vibrate sympathetically. A piece of rock doesn't vibrate along to much, it just reflects sounds back. The carpet neither echoes nor reflects, it just absorbs the sounds. A shelf of snare drums in a drum store buzzes constantly whenever anyone makes any noise. It picks up everything but only produces a buzz. The reader can't be a stone, a carpet, or a buzzing snare.

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I was looking for a particular book and opened a box of office supplies from when I moved last summer. There was a metal tube there at the bottom of my box; I wasn't sure quite what it was. I fished it out and realized it was the top part of my hi-hat stand, which I had given up looking for last November or December. It got separated from the base of the stand, which was in another box of drum hardware. I found the clutch too. Now to see if the bottom half of the stand can be reunited with the top this weekend.

6 comentarios:

Jordan dijo...

In high school I used to write moebius poems on calculator tape. Then someone showed me Ammons's tape for the turn of the year, and then someone handed me a beer, and then...

Jordan dijo...

(This was college. I was a total incorruptible nerd in high school. I was mildly less nerdy in college.)

Jordan dijo...

This concludes today's episode of Jordan Davis's Self-Regard.

Jonathan dijo...

Enough about you...

Tony dijo...

The Ammons of _Garbage_ is a much different poet than the Ammons of say, _Expressions at Sea Level_.

Jonathan dijo...

I get the epiphanic Ammons a little better than the garrulous "explainer" Ammons. I still think I'm missing something though.