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Tuesday, March 5th

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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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lagniappe

reading table

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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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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the beat goes on

2,500 posts—and counting.

*New Zealand.

Thursday, August 11th

sounds of London

DJ EZ, live, London, 2014


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

—Rae Armantrout, “Hoard”

Saturday, March 5th

This sound-world I could inhabit, happily, all weekend.

Gérard Grisey (1946-1998), Vortex Temporum (1994-96)
Ensemble Sonorama, live, Argentina (Buenos Aires), 2013


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When we recognize we ‘think again’
without knowing what or if
we thought before.

—Rae Armantrout, “Fusion,” excerpt (New Yorker, 3/7/16)

Friday, 12/2/11

what’s new

Black Star (Talib Kweli, Yasiin Bey [formerly known as Mos Def])
TV broadcast (The Colbert Report), 2011

“Fix Up”

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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“Astronomy (8th Light)”

Vodpod videos no longer available.

More? Here.

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I’m on a crowded ship
and I’ve been served the wrong breakfast.

This small mound
of soggy dough
is not what I ordered.

“Why don’t you just say
what you mean?”

Why don’t I?

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To be awake
is to discriminate

among birdcalls,
fruits, seeds,
“to work one’s way,”
as they say,

“through.”

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Apes can mind-read.
Studies show

what makes us human
is our tendency to point.

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I am not alone in this
sentence.

—Rae Armantrout, Money Shot (2011), misc. fragments

Tuesday, 11/22/11

Frederic Chopin, Mazurka in C Major, Op. 24, No. 2
Martha Argerich, live, Sweden (Stockholm), 2009

More? Here. And here. And here. And here.

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musical thoughts

When I don’t play Chopin for a while, I don’t feel like
a pianist.

—Martha Argerich

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Look how
we “attempted to express ourselves.”

Every one of these words is wrong.

It wasn’t us.
Or we made no real attempt.
Or there is no discernible difference
between self and expression.

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The outer world means
State Farm Donuts Tae Kwando?

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Today could be described as a retired man humming
tunelessly to himself.

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Any statement I issue
if particular enough

will prove
I was here

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It’s as if
the real
thing—
your own
absence—
can never be
uncovered.

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These temporary credits
will no longer be reflected
in your next billing period.

—Rae Armantrout, Versed (2009), misc. fragments

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