Dailies 5/19/17: pronouns, sewing, joy, minnows, & the crown of a human’s eye


Note: I wanted to make another mention of a Paris Review article that I blogged about yesterday re: Fonograf Editions and Eileen Myles.  I at first wasn’t going to mention this, (as I wanted to draw more attention to the subject of the article than to the language used in it,)  but this was the 1st article I’ve read in which Myles is referred to as “they” rather than “she.” After reflection I’m drawing attention to this now, as people who write about Myles will need to know to check into what pronouns to use, and because, in general, it’s an interesting topic for those who love language….

Something intriguing to think about, anyway. Now on to the dailies:


Chase Twichell – The Phantoms for Which Clothes Are Designed

Sewing patterns are designed for imaginary
people, based on average measurements
taken in the 1930s by the WPA

Read rest of poem


Thomas Lux – Ode to the Joyful Ones

          Shield your joyful ones.
from an Anglican prayer

That they walk, even stumble, among us is reason
to praise them, or protect them—even the sound
of a lead slug dropped on a lead plate, even that, for them,
is music. Because they bring laughter’s
brief amnesia. Because they stand,
talking, taking pleasure in others,

Read rest of poem 



Sara Lupita Olivares – Moment Where I Keep What I’d Wanted to Give

once they appear
I reach out to touch
the minnows

Read rest of poem 


Jack Marshall – Eye-Crowned

In the oasis of interior rest, come
lie with me on a cushion
of quantum foam

Read rest of poem 



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