Archive for April, 2010


We were watching an elaborate set up of dominos falling and I was thinking about the phrase “set in motion” and drew pleasure from its paradox, and I thought about the Egyption concepts of neheh and djet, time and eternity, which did not mean time and unbounded time, but something like change verus perfection/completion, cyclical versus linear, timeliness versus timelessness, and the noise of the dominos was scarab wings, which became the perfect wings of the Nike at Samothrace whose marble perfection is motion set in stone.


I was troubleshooting my phone

When I list all the things that I wish I could reset to factory settings, my phone is near the bottom of the list.


This is my method for falling asleep:
I walk to the edge of the water
and let the waves lap toward
my feet with their white foam
and sand-glazing wash,
and I stand there as the
tide rises and eventually
the water wraps itself
around my feet in waves,
waves which dig my heels
into the sand and fortify my
position on each outrush,
and the sun gets hot
on my shoulders, the cold
sea water so bright and
refreshing on my feet,
I prolong this for as long as I can,
feeling the sea-suck pull water
between my toes, and the
sun is so hot on my shoulders,
a stripe of pelicans soars
barely above the skin of the water,
until the waves are pouring in waist-high
and the powerful undertow finally has its
way with my wave-buffeted balance,
and I succumb and am pulled to sea.


The energy of a cubic centimeter of empty space has been calculated to be one trillionth of an erg.


Thr smoke from the campfire revealed the sunbeams that had been there the whole time.

It was night

it was night and the stars made me think of the speckled skin of a rainbow trout. I concentrated on feeling the stars below me–me hanging from the bottom of the Earth like an iron filing.

I watched the red coals clouded by the embers they were becomming and thought of the birth of a star in the cold of space. how different star fire is, I think, than the flames I’m familiar with.

clouds came and I could only see the stars in patches. with concentration I was able to invert the foreground and background, but that’s lie. I wasn’t able to.

the sounds of waves grew louder in the darkness. i imagined all the starlight shining on the sea, warming it slightly. I huddled closer to my fire.

Word of the Day: Teratogenic

The term stems from the Greek τέρᾰς (téras, genitive τέρᾰτος- tératos), meaning monster, or marvel and λόγος – lógos, meaning speech or, more loosely, the study of.