Dailies 1/10/18


John Lee Clark – Four Slateku

What is the point of travel
For a DeafBlind person
Other than the food the people the shops
And all that
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 “One recent string of tiny poems are what I call ‘slateku.’ Those poems have to fit inside the space of the classic Braille slate. A slate has two strips of metal or plastic connected by a hinge. One strip has depressed dots, and the other has windows, and you clap them together with paper in between. You use a stylus to make Braille dots. You sort of write backwards—but not in the sense of spelling backward. You still spell in the order that a word is spelled, but the direction in which you do it is opposite, and you also make impressions that are the obverse of the dots you want to pop up. Anyway, a classic slate is 28 cells across and four rows down. Those are very relaxing poems. Lazy poems. I suppose that’s what I need these days!”

– John Lee Clark, interviewed by Kaveh Akbar at Divedapper:  “I am almost entirely locked out of contemporary American poetry”: John Lee Clark


Cate Lycurgus – Suppose the Function Is Praise

When doctors have given their final shot
or volleys rocket insomniac dark, without thought, lift

your hands. In strobing raids, at pepper spray, with cheek
to asphalt, at fault or not, go on, lift your hands. And stand

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Heather Derr-Smith – Traitor

You were always so afraid. The loss you lived with
was too much. Maybe you were born with skin
that stung in the rain. Maybe the light hurt you
more than others. I sought you out, called gently

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Poetry Diary: looked this up today to try to help a depressed friend who I’m worried about. 

Wendell Berry – The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me
 and I wake in the night at the least sound
 in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
 I go and lie down where the wood drake
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