messier objects
from a catalog of nebulae
"what aren't comets"


I have a copy of Lumen

1655–65; < L: a mist, vapor, cloud; akin to Gk nephélē cloud, G Nebel fog, haze

resembling a nebula

1. hazy, vague, indistinct, or confused: a nebulous recollection of the meeting; a nebulous distinction between pride and conceit.
2. cloudy or cloudlike.





the visual and esp. tactile quality of a surface
the characteristic structure of the interwoven or intertwined threads, strands, or the like, that make up a textile fabric
the characteristic physical structure given to a material, an object, etc., by the size, shape, arrangement, and proportions of its parts

4. an essential or characteristic quality; essence.

a. the characteristic visual and tactile quality of the surface of a work of art resulting from the way in which the materials are used.
b. the imitation of the tactile quality of represented objects.
6. the quality given by the combination or interrelation of parts or elements.
7. a rough surface quality.
8. anything produced by weaving; woven fabric.

textile: to weave (texere)

text: 1300–50; ME < ML textus text, terms, L: text, structure, orig., pattern of weaving, texture (of cloth), equiv. to tex(ere) to weave + -tus suffix of v. action
the skeleton of a herring
a pattern


sateen cotton satin (satin, non-cotton)
slips at the seams
smooth hands float

lustrous, lustre

to be held during treatment
acid bath
draw lint

for crochet

it has been pointed out to me that oftentimes in central and south america, asia and africa (where less of our CA produce comes from), horrible pesticides are used, too

wiki also ss that orgnic does not mean only organic fertilizer (huh???)
Plain Weave


glad rags

lilian gish?

(other crepe -- crepe de chine, ex.)

frays easily; needs seams

wear, fret, by rubbing, strain


taffy woven, taffy twisted, pulled

the first (cubic) balloons

iridescent (two color) taffeta

lampas: broadcasting weft


"a fair hot wench in flame coloured taffeta" shakes

charvet -- clever


gingham is a fabric not a pattern,
not a form, not a plaid, stripe,

no right side nor
a wrong side in the
white vs. red,
red and the black,

spring green and blank,

tan... half and half and half mixed
I am a Miracle Gro woman. While I would never kill and till (or weed and feed, or sow winter oat in SoCal), a lawn, garden, or part thereof, and just pull grass and weeds in flowerbeds (des temps en temps), I spray poison on broadleaf weeds (I have a coexistence pact with blooming clovers). My flowers are low maintenance. They do not require me to labor at $75-150/hr. They do not take away from my ability to strip paint with toxic chemicals. They do not require anyone else to labor. They smell good, not like poo, or like low voc oil based paint disposed of properly.

If feed corn and soy were organic, that probably would have changed the health situation I have, and that of every woman in my hometown, but victory gardeners do not spray tomatoes with Treflan, poisoning the water supply. Those are weed killers, not fertilizers, anyway.

Don't get me started on soy paint.

I think gardens are cool, hate (and am allergic to) grass/lawns, but: NAFTA (what is food security? actually -- what does it mean? does it mean not having to exploit the providers of food?): why spend city (treated) water, hours, cages, etc., for tomatoes?

I think growing hot & specialty peppers is cool because anyone with a window ledge and an old tin can can do it. Plus those suckers are $8. a pound, even in California.

But if one lives in a desert, drip-watered raised beds full of imported bone meal and mulch for tomatoes; alfalfa in Wyoming emptying the Colorado River, and not only fetish lawns, but then fetish lawns that must be made without tools.

People at the 99 cents only store bought out the seeds, people at the hardware stores are buying veggie seedlings: tomatoes in season here in California are 10 pounds for a dollar. That's right: 10 pounds for a dollar. Like citrus in Florida in season. I hate to see post college kids (since we are privileged it is our responsibility to impoverish ourselves serving our basic needs at Whole Foods and overpriced greenmarkets) and really suffering people spending what is over $5 a pound for vegetables in labor & water (labor valued at minimum wage).

Remember the e coli recycled water deal.
against each other the colors vibrate
red dress / blue dress

they say it is not powerful, it says sex
they say it is not sexy, it says cheap
the red dress speaks, they try for redress

redder than lips

so red, reflects onto skin, pinking it

the devil wears a blue dress (it is cold)
soldiers wear dress blue
each thanatos wears a color

a lie your eyes are blue, the sky

your gold dress

summer distilled, milleflores (sp)
light embodied
Death of Deborah Digges

I unfortunately was an early student of Deborah's -- she wasn't the great teacher and mentor that by all accounts she became, was, for two decades -- she hadn't written a memoir.

She was a good poet, someone with a good ear who wrote about form -- in fact, I felt that she'd been hired mostly because of this -- we had a few students very interested in form. She was enduring her Plumley divorce, I think. In the class were now-novelist James Conrad, Barbara Tran, Caroline Crumpacker, one of the two poet Sarah Kennedys (I think)....

What I keep returning to since I heard the news is the ways her poems are Plath obsessed; the ear, totally different, the approach to form-as-executed, I think finally more sophisticated. But the obsessions are there, and then I remember her focus on the repetitions of the repetive form to enact obsession, the knife poem, the big cuts/little cuts poem...

has no nap

worsted from Worstead; cult of the long fibered cotton grown by slave plantations in the american south, as opp. short fiber cotton grown elsewhere

flannel is flannelette in UK
renaissance virago (not derogatory)


khaki chino

military -- uniform
color or cloth or nationality

Tweed, harassing who?

"in the weeds"

a corruption of... (twill)

dyed with lichen, manna, moss...

this "too plausible" explanation may be folk etymology, noting a use of "twedlyne" in 1541, and suggesting "tweedling" in parallel to "twilling" as the origin of "tweed";

"chaise lounge" for "chaise longue"


False etymologies are a consequence of the longstanding interest in putatively original, and therefore normative, meanings of words, a characteristic of logocentrism. Until academic linguistics developed the comparative study of philology and the development of the laws underlying sound changes, the derivation of words was a matter mostly of guess-work, sometimes right but more often wrong, based on superficial resemblances of form and the like. This popular etymology has had a powerful influence on the forms which words take (e.g., crawfish or crayfish, from the French crevis, modern crevisse, or sand-blind, from samblind, i.e. semi-, half-blind), and has frequently been the occasion of homonyms resulting from different etymologies for what appears a single word

Chatty Cathy, gabby Gabrielle

Gaping, gapping, sagging, bagging slacks, slack pants, trousers


a weave invented


(for exploring)
from Amy King

A couple of months ago, Amazon quietly
unleashed some sort of campaign to strip certain books of their sales
rankings. Unfortunately (& not so coincidentally), most of the books targeted fell under the
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A Petition -- http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/in-protest-at-amazons-new-adult-policy
ok, failing the poem a day thing, I'm doing a revision aday, see if that helps


Twilight lines or ribs
with an extra eve
the pattern or its appearance

Beneath, basic.
Beating heart, whelk, red sea, tyrean purple, beats
well, swinging, until it will
drill, locked in step, regimented,
woven double to a strong bias,
or sail.

Examples of twill fabric are chino,denim, gabardine, tweed and serge.

Even-sided twills include foulard or surah, serge, twill flannel, sharkskin, herringbone, and houndstooth. Warp-faced twills include lining twill, denim, jean, drill, covert, chino, gabardine, cavalry twill, and fancy twill.



most delicately cheap
a bit of girl
muslined, dressed

Serge de Nimes



blue clay


course cloth
sack race

flour bags
and ashes

rag jute hemp


Middy Braid
Frizette Gimp
Gimp Braid

this is from a series begun a long time ago; some of the poems have been published, including at petticoat relaxer. working off the premise that women are weavers.


roast duck: sweat duck for 3 hrs @ 250 degrees covered; I added some brilliant goose fat and 1/2 cup (all I had) cheap black olives (I wold add a can of chea black pitted olives in future, and onions if you can have them)

then put duck upright o guiness can and roast 1 hr (at least) until skin is crispy

basil leaves removed from stems
pan drippings (not realy defatted, just the major fat drained off
also the goosefat had some old chestmuts and pan drippigs therein


dish out on cooked lentils, but nuke 1-2 mins to crisp skin, heat pesto-like yumminess
Irish linen is the brand name given to linen produced in Ireland.
To be Irish linen fabric the yarns do not necessarily have to come from an Irish spinner
to be Irish linen yarn the flax fibre does not have to be grown in Ireland.
the design and weaving skills must be Irish, and must take place in Ireland.

Finished garments, or household textile items can be labelled Irish linen, although they may have been made up in another country.