Poems from New York, #21

my move(s) back to Virginia

the first step in an agrarian lifestyle

twenty-first century style

surrender glamour

go home

live consciously

take time

eat well

work hard

sleep long

dance huge

be kind

rest easy

this is politics.

this is choice.

this is real life.

 

Some thoughts on Radiator, by Hilary Easton + Co. at Gibney Dance, 280 Broadway

Radiator, Hilary Easton + Co. May 13, 2017, 8pm. Gibney Dance, Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, 280 Broadway, New York, NY 

video

there’s a lot of space between my body and yours until there’s not

seascape 

once you know what I’m doing are you still interested?

radiator

Is it interesting/ is it possible to write about dance/ art without writing about internal experience?

kelp

pretend until it becomes real

candy bars burning 

you’re so cold I can’t touch you

spoked through

evening time

burned the candy wrappers to keep me warm

radiator 

 

 

10 thoughts for the Upcoming Year: 2017

  1. “People who have been landless know that the land is invaluable; it is worth everything.” – Wendell Berry, The Essential Agrarian Reader, pg. 29
  2. How can you stay in the house all day and not go anywhere?
  3. Tax policy: “Limiting the pro-life agenda to the issue of whether abortion should be legal or illegal is the most hypocritical example of a low-sacrifice issue masquerading as faith-based justice. Regardless of your view of the legal issue, you cannot claim to be truly pro-life unless you are also willing to fight for the high sacrifice of Judeo-Christian guided tax policy.” – Susan Pace Hamill, professor of law at the University of Alabama
  4. A question: how to get mad without feeling hopeless; how to be hopeful  without being useless?
  5. Land use: “As agrarians, we are advocating both that rural land remain open and working, and that people move back to these places… That is, people moving to rural communities should be buying a small property to call their own, but also a share in the much larger surrounding countryside.  How can we accomplish such a transformation of landowning aspirations?” – Brian Donahue, The Essential Agrarian Reader, pg. 46
  6. 2016 I decided to create specific, reasonable, and visionary desires.
  7. 2014 I decided that life is the pursuit of art service sex education children adventure love and family.
  8. “We don’t just choose the things we like; we also like the things we choose.” – Alex Korb, neuroscience researcher
  9. Unqualified affirmation: “Bugbee argues that “the measure of our understanding of reality lies in our capacity for the responsible realization of unqualified affirmation.” Unqualified affirmation presupposes that we allow the world of things and bodies to become fully present to us, to let their demands be felt by us, and that we not distort or block – whether through fear, laziness, or arrogance – the stream of reality that continually surrounds us.”  Norman Wirzba, quoting Henry Bugbee, The Essential Agrarian Reader, pg. 89
  10. Sometimes focusing is the act of starting over again each time you get interrupted.  It’s easier for some to do than others, but it is possible.

 

 

 

Poems from New York, #19

Pretty much

A journal is only useful to the one using it

When they’re using it

Afterwards

we call it special

keep it on shelves in boxes and museums

where it collects dust and is as dead

as something that breathes no more

Poems from New York (Joralemon St.), #18

the case for osmosis

this is how

we/ they used to write:

an idea would come to

you

you research

expand idea

draft

draft

redraft

show

feedback

redraft

publish

ruminate.

This is valid.

So is mess.

A brain rejoices in an opportunity to be challenged; to exercise

The case for osmosis 

is a phrase that comes to me

while

flipping through

Orion

fingering images

absorbing ideas without reading

being childlike

as an adult

the case for osmosis is both a

poem

and the beginning of a poem

yet to be researched