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Thursday, October 31st

never enough

Bela Bartok (1881-1945), String Quartet No. 4 in C major (1928); Quatuor Ebène, live, France (Wissembourg), 2013

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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Domestic as
an empty shopping cart
parked on a ledge
above a freeway.

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), from “Hang On” (New Yorker, 10/21/19)

Wednesday, October 9th

sounds of the 14th century

Guillaume de Machaut (c. 1300-1377), Messe de Notre Dame (begins at 6:15; preceded by Introit [polyphonic chant]); Ensemble Gilles Binchois, live, France (Le Thoronet Abbey, Provence), published 2011

 

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Identity is made
of select experiences.

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If you are genuinely sick,
the leaves recede

and the flickering holes between them
come forward—

not angels, but
unnamed objects

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), from “Vultures” (Poetry, 10/19)

Saturday, October 5th

sounds of New York

Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die (JB, trumpet, compositions; Lester St. Louis, cello; Anton Hatwich, bass; Chad Taylor, drums), live, New York, 2018

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, March 5th

more

Laurie Anderson (with Bill Laswell [bass], Colin Stetson [bass saxophone], et al.), “Only An Expert” (L. Anderson), live (TV show), 2010

 

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A career in vestige management.

A dream job
back-engineering
shifts in salience.

I’m so far
behind the curve
on this.

So. Cal.
must connect with
so-called

to manufacture
the present.

Ubiquity’s
the new in-joke

bar-code hard-on,

a catch-phrase
in every segment.

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), from “Manufacturing”

Sunday, October 14th

back to church

“My Soul Is a Witness for My Lord,” Mt. Ramah Primitive Baptist Association, Thomaston, Ga., 2011

 

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A string of raindrops
dangling
from an iron bar reveals
opportunities for
clarity.

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As if you could escape
by following

the path you carved
there

to its prescribed end.

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As if, after all,

the thing that comes to mind
squared
times inertia

equaled the “real.”

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), from “Worth While,” “Inscription,” “Equals” (Versed [2009])

Wednesday, August 29th

Friday in Chicago

They’re playing at the Chicago Jazz Festival.

Chris Speed Trio (CS, tenor saxophone; Chris Tordini, bass; Dave King, drums), live, Italy, 2015

“All of Me” (G. Marks, S. Simons)

 

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“Argento” (C. Speed)

 

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Light was on its way
from nothing
to nowhere.

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), from “Accounts”

Sunday, August 26th

more sounds of Shreveport

Pastor Brady Blade Sr., Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band (Brian Blade, drums, et al.), Hallelujah Train, Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, “Amazing Grace,” live, Shreveport, La., 2017

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Monhegan Island, Maine

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The present
must be kept empty
so that anything
can happen:

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), from “Empty”

Tuesday, July 17th

sounds of India

Hariprasad Chaurasia (1938-, bansuri), Raag Hansadhwani, live

 

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I’m not lonely
because I have secrets;

I’m lonely because words
can’t bring the past into the present

(which amounts to the same thing).

—Rae Armantrout, from “Pretty Little” (London Review of Books, 7/19/18)

Saturday, November 26th

sounds of Christchurch*

Roy Montgomery, “Five Bears,” 2016

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The way “The Tennessee Waltz”
is about having heard

“The Tennessee Waltz”
before:

an almost floral
nostalgia,

is what we call
beautiful.

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), “Overhearing,” fragment (Veil: New and Selected Poems)

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2,500 posts—and counting.

*New Zealand.

Thursday, August 11th

sounds of London

DJ EZ, live, London, 2014


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reading table

She went around pre-registered
for her own eventual absence.

—Rae Armantrout, “Hoard”

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