Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Excerpt from a Thesis Piece

Attempt To Trace A Small Thing As It's Turning

Part III.

Loneliness is a hungry machine & she cooks. Her crooked seams have held my attention:

Who is it that I remind you of? Say, “Oh my stars,” and it’s your dead mother’s mother. Wake up beside you and the way you watch my nose as if it’s your own. The one you’ve always told me was so hateful.

I don’t have an eye for color, can’t feel the selvedge edges intersect before unbolted. The log cabin has a basement and in it she is listening.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I Watch the Clock

Summer. It's going by way too fast. Normally, I would be indifferent to this rapid passage of time but this particular summer, I have to turn in a book at the end. (Read: MAJOR PROJECT due for grad school.)

So, in order to think about something other than the poetry I should be writing RIGHT NOW, I'm going to take a breather and focus on things that have made me smile recently.

1) Late birthday presents! Two albums on vinyl:

2) I won two VIP tickets to the DeYoung, thanks to the awesome organization where I volunteer (Streetside Stories.)

3) Alex came to visit! I haven't seen him in SEVEN years. Highlights included breakfast at Jim's (my favorite diner), walking around "Sunday Streets" in my neighborhood, listening to 'Girls' and helping return lost four year old skaters to their parents.

4) Finished reading "Invisible Bride" by Tony Tost. This guy's poetry is off the chain. Highly recommended.

5) Mark sent me his new album (which is totally rad!) Finding this in my mailbox with accompanying note on Saturday was The Best.

6) NPR's "Tiny Desk Concerts." Seriously, check this link out. I've been blazing through all of these on my iPad - can't stop watching. Lightning Dust is particularly impressive.

7) I started a top-secret new crafting project that is turning out really well. I know, I know... not the right time to dive into a DIY-fest. But working on this (while watching Season 1 of True Blood - don't judge!) has provided some relaxing interludes. Pictures coming soon...


Friday, July 2, 2010

Ten Things I Love Friday

Per the request of the lovely Meg-Murph, we're going ROUND TWO on this puppy.

1) Afternoon tea at Neiman Marcus. Four of us got mega dolled up and Great Gatsby-ed our Sunday afternoon away. Everyone (except me) revealed that they are leaving San Francisco in the very near future. (Germany, New York City, and a national tour have pulled this posse in some very different directions.) Next outing before we effervesce: Crepes in Rockridge.

2) Homemade enchiladas! These bad boys were nothing short of lip-smacking bliss. Despite what you might think, two people CAN actually eat this entire pan of food by themselves... Oh dear.

3) So originally, this entry was just going to be "Scrabble." But look how many glorious things there are in this Saturday morning (e)pic? Coffee. Odwalla. PlayStation. (This particular match saw me use up all of my tiles to spell the word, "BROTHEL." That doesn't suck at all.)

4) I couldn't decide between two songs this week, so they're both going in. "Lola" by The Kinks and "Equalizer" by Clinic.

5) Dive-bar karaoke on school-nights. The Knockout's Monday night hipster-fest has the best catalogue I've seen yet. More Morphine than you can shake a stick at!

6) The only thing that keeps me from being terrified is that the driver has a PhD. That's got to count for something, right? "Doctors with Ducatis: A Memoir of Life in the Mission."

7) "Grapefruit" by Yoko Ono. This is really a lovely little book. Pocket-sized and to the point. (Drill a hole in this book. It's what she would want.)

8) "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men" - Some things show up just in time.

9) Making super-wild granny square afghans for my friends. How can you look at this and be sad? HOW? (Goal: Make the one pictured below.)

10) Gracias Madre! This great new vegan restaurant just popped up in my hood, and I've been swooning over the butternut squash quesadillas for days now. (Oh. And the mojitos? Crucial.)

Lots of LONG-WEEKEND love. This is going to be a good one...