change agent
reading o RING OF

she rose from those / lovers of the difficult
the hours were wild, welcomed her sea pink, violet, welcomed
and no man knows the story, and that's a shame to whom

Slavoj Zizek is in conversation at Central Library, 630 W 5th St, btw S Flower St and S Grand Ave, 7pm, Reservation required


still too chicken to post this to wompo

this part is from yesterday

my "a" and "s" keys are on the way out

because I have been thinking today about a certain political party's likely nominees to the executive office together with this list and with -- admittedly, not just poetry, but also teaching


while I ws disturbed by the "writing the body" feminist trend in criticism and art as having some strange-to-receive spects vis a vis biological difference nd aesthetics before now, the focus on the female, fertile bodies in the election is disturbing & throws a new light on this -- is it more possible for mle writers to leave the body and its functions behind? is there a matching effort, say in some fatherhood poems, for male poets to reach out *to* society and the body in order to ground the work, because otherwise it is not s grounded as women's writing?


many single issue voters will vote for a certain party's ticket on moral, not political, grounds, many for a single issue (to overturn Roe and continue to attempt to make political appointments to the Supreme court)

many candidates who are not particularly religious, spiritual, or church-going have felt it important to make (often empty) gestures toward showing this;
I am increasingly distubed by the gap between rhetoric and analysis of action -- at the same time

I have noticed -- particularly among younger writers -- an increasing willingness to apply a moral opinion to writing of others -- i.e., this writing is not "right" because it is not situationist, formal, etc.

or a larger intolerance, "being a vegan/following the 100 miles guideline/organic/fair trade is the only ethical way to live -- even the sympathetic characters in this story are eating EGGS"


a certain choice for vice president converted from roman catholicism to a pentacostal protestantism; whereas in the past, a concern, perhaps left over from the reformation in England, was that a foreign power would be making decisions about censorship, stands on political issues, etc., so much so tht many roman catholic politicians carefully distinguish their beliefs and those views espoused by their religious leaders from the way they would govern, one candidate hs (in some cases unsuccessfully) tried to align policy -- including book banning, censroship, library book budgets -- with her adopted american-based religion

or, "faith shopping"?

we are all familiar with the sad fact tht homeless men surf porn on public library computers next to children researching school reports, and with budget cuts for book buying, and controversies over text choices in public institutions of learning

but what of poems and books and movies that represent a range of human experience, not what is "right" and perhaps not with a frame like "this is purient" or an interpretation or judgment applied? is this the message of reality tv or incest poems -- it really happened, so, whatever, what can we do?


age of consent, voting age, parents' and the state's responsibility to protect and provide for education and health until 16? 18? 21? in an age of earlier and earlier physical maturity and greater ideational access to adult society? women as teachers, and institutions in loco parentis?


Hi Art Friends,

I am writing to invite you to two exciting art events this week that I am involved with.

The opening reception of Documental, a video Exchange between Los Angeles and German artists.
Kim Schoenstadt and I have co-curated this exchange, in conjunction with artist collective Nüans, in Düsseldorf, Germany. The artists in the show are:
Anina Brisolla, Eli Cortiñas Hidalgo, Marcus Herse, Kao Okada, Angela Ellsworth, Nancy Popp, and Kevin Young and Kent Young

The opening reception is 5:30-8pm on Thursday, Sept 4th at the Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University
For info call: 714-997-6729
Address: 1 University Drive, Orange, CA 91866 (the Guggenheim Gallery is in the Moulton Center, at the corner of Palm and Center streets at the SE corner of campus)

SECONDLY (but related): Anina Brisolla is giving a lecture on her work at Chapman tomorrow night (Wednesday, Sept 3rd) from 7 - 8pm (also at Chapman, in Moulton Center, rm167)

Anina is visiting from Berlin. Her video, Porto Heli, is featured in the Documental video art show at the Guggneheim Gallery (Sept 2nd through October 4th). Anina studied art at the School of Visual Art in New York, and at the Academy of Fine Art in Enschede, The Netherlands, and has exhibited her work in Germany, France, Sweden, Vienna, and The Netherlands.

Brisollas’ work plays with the transfer of media, the translation from real world to scale-model on to video, referring again to another medium: that of painting and drawing. With this cross-examination of media she questions conditions of perception itself and creates spaces that all share one fundamental tone: a melancholic commentary about society’s need for efficiency.
Palin first attended Hawaii Pacific University and then transferred to North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene. In the fall of 1984, she transferred to the U of I. She attended U of I that semester and in spring 1985, spring 1986 and fall 1986. She took two breaks to return to Alaska, including the spring semester of 1987 as an intern at a television station. After graduation, she returned to Alaska to work for KTUU in Anchorage.


neither one of her college-age children seems college bound; at lest the last few presidential children have attended UT, Stanford, Yale...


John McCain made a little joke at his wife's expense. Referring to her alma mater -- Cindy McCain is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she was a cheerleader and sorority sister -- he called it "USC, the University of Spoiled Children."


does he even know where his children went to school? are his sons in the military college grads? dunno


open draft response to a guide to religious ministries, 2002, one of the items I got for $2 a bag in Winchester, VA (including six pr ferragamo and bruno magli slingbacks and three pr leather slip on sandals (red maine trotters, black patent talbots flats, ... and airplane books and levis, a sweater, a shirt, and not including black hills gold earrings and amethyst earrings for 50 cents)

ah, materialism and the opprtunities a 6 - 7 N foot accords

the decision to dedicate one's life/self to a vocation is different than tht of choosing a career

of course, we all have several careers, aside from our vocations, but there are those with trditional vocations, or without them -- ex., parenting as a vocation or adopted vocation vs. inattentive or accidental/inattentive parenting or "assumed" giving birth to children w/o western high culture "parenting" -- and there are those with non traditional vocations -- artists -- and there are those with careers that some others have as vocations -- ministry, scholarship/teaching, etc.

can this decision be recast as an answer to a question -- what will I do with my life? vs. what will I be / who am I? -- I say 1) only insofar as one desires to actually control the uncontrollable can one attempt to make these decisions -- not just once and for all but at all -- although these questions are of course always at the forefront of the thoughts of a fully conscious human

questions are not answers, and decisions are; it is interesting the greater tension between "deciding" what one's real essence / being IS or WILL BECOME versus "deciding" the meaning -- the interpretation of the process and series of events and objects produced in a life -- one would like to have applied to one's efforts/process

here our book goes onto claim that a question about being -- a "call" to "answer" the question Doris Day sang /discussed in "que sera, sera" -- a "call" to "nounship" (state of being) is THE CALL


the commitment to the religious vocation section is weird; I think it is trying to communicate the way that a sense of purpose proceeds from the tautological relationship between honoring what one IS and BEING

this view of vocation is that vocation expresses what one is / one's being, while occuptions do not do this

I love tautology; I think it is an honest philosophical relationship / core; so I don't really understand how things like social service, or placing moral values into practice in some way can be confused with this sort of direct vision of the being verb (by some said to be the idea of "god")


is a life of prayer the same as a life of poetry

how can a life of pryer relate one to community / society rther thn be a closed feedback loop? the comparison to a life of writing -- even poetry -- makes this more cler EXCEPT THAT only "god" "reads" prayer unless one dabbles with canon, no?

and what does it mean to change literary or religious canon, differently thn it means to pry -- more different than it means to write, although all writing has at some goal the goal to change canon

whaat gives meaning to being or the pursuit? well, the prctice, the work

not "faith"

except -- is prayer work? does it effect? not directly, and *essentially* not directly, but as a relationship / a communication with the esoteric in a way tht poetry is eminntly practical

and here our book urges that relavance is tailoring message to udience, and not about meaning at all

think life through
reading is important
the more one knows, the more one can manipulate
manipulate decisions / answers

do things that further the pursuit


strange equation in the text: one w/ a religious career = servant
(not the strange portion)
someone doing, committed to doing AND serving
a symbol of service -- in word deed and being (how diff from previous? in an artist?)

happiness in fulfilling one's pursuit the lifetime reward (the tautology, w/o canon change)


what are we called by (vocation)
we hear it in convenient times