Monday, July 25, 2005

Canon Fodder

The person whose mind I admire most has recently
voiced his bemusement with my return to the crow.
"I refuse them categorically," was his comment regarding
this form of Internet Publishing.

He is a reasonable man...

But here I go again, spouting off and putting rambling
thoughts onto the "public" space of the Internet.

Proposal for New Canon:

(apologies, Mr. Bloom, but the bloom is off of your'n)

Ministers of Prose: Graham Greene & George Orwell.

Ministers of Verse: Ted Hughes, Nazim Hikmet & Ernesto Cardenal.

Woody Guthrie Memorial Troubadour Division:
Neil Young, Phil Ochs, Willie King Abdullah, Billy Bragg.

Short Story Secretary: Sait Faik.

Walt Whitman Memorial Secretary of Letters:
President Ginsberg.

Ministers of Imbibery: Shane MacGowan, Brendan Behan,
Willie Nelson.

Division of Social Sciences: John Dos Passos.

Vice President: No canon is complete without Ernest Hemingway,
and naturally he will be loyal to the President:

Mark Twain, the alpha and omega of all American literature.

It has come to my attention that I have not mentioned
Mrs. Olds, Mr. Pamuk, Frank "Star Dust" Bidart or Bobby
"Star Bucks" Dylan... Sorry, Frank.

Sunday, July 10, 2005


Can't seem to kill this crow.

Incidentally, if you can only read one book this summer,
it should certainly be Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
by John Perkins. Mind-blowing.

Soon to follow: Handy Tips for the Poetry Reading, another
in the Writing Tips series.