Wishing Well. Well wishers.


I've written a few lines about the dead. They are full of blood and mush. Talking about the end is in itself a type of slurry.

There is nothing concrete about the passing of time- only the physical that changes. For me and you this means lines and stretching and growing noses and ears. The trees gain rings and knots of wisdom. They produce leaves and then we pile them up. Our new land a vast blacktop that coats the soil in a slick our car tires can tune to.


I ramble a bit. I ramble on to public transportation. I ramble about nature and the forgetting of nature and the ignorance of nature to the human condition. How nice it must be to be a tree and see all things from all heights. A tree that can be protected by the perimeter of central park, or doomed like the development across the street.

So the deadline for poetry is December 1st. Our open-mic is December 9th. I can't even write poem 6 for Meena Alexander's class. This is the truth. I have written some lines here and there. They are dead dead dead. Syntax hollow. Roots like ginger in swamp water. Endstops like speedbumps that grow as you approach them.

All the pretty comparisons. Nothing will be Fall 2009 again. I remember Fall of 2006. I didn't think I'd make it in these hallways. open faced sandwiches. gloved and ungloved shaking of hands. We are certainly never circles freehand.

Before I get too blustery, I urge all of you to either read Whitman (Song of Myself) or Thoreau (Walden) this winter. This is my usual recommendation. Stay true to your stomachs and don't go off the deep end. Rip everything to shreds and start over again. Evolve and grow your rings and give rings and break them.

Editors: Final meeting emails will be sent the second 1/2 week of December, check the emails you provided.

Senior Poetry Editor,
Rebecca Kish

it's free you lazy bones.

CUNY Lost and Found
Featured Poets:David Henderson, Margaret Randall, David Meltzer.
December 8, 2009, 6:30 p.m.
The CUNY Graduate Center, the Martin E. Segal Theatre, 365 Fifth Ave, New York, NY
Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative is a publication project emerging from archival and textual scholarship done by students at The Graduate Center, with the primary focus on writers falling under the rubric of the New American Poetry. Since accessibility to archival material proposes alternative, divergent and enriched versions of literary and cultural history, the Initiative takes the New American rubric writ large, including the affiliated and unaffiliated, precursors and followers. The archive is not simply textual but living and guests for 2009-2010 include David Henderson, Margaret Randall and David Meltzer. Come celebrate the launch of our first series, including works by Amiri Baraka, Robert Creeley, Edward Dorn, Kenneth Koch, Muriel Rukeyser, and Philip Whalen.

so cool? --->

The Paris Review Salon

Poet: Timothy Donnelly
December 17, 2009, 7 p.m.
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th Street, New York, NY

Timothy Donnelly is the author of Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit (Grove, 2003). His poems have appeared in "Harper's," "The Nation," "Ploughshares," and elsewhere. He is a poetry editor for "Boston Review." This reading also features Colum McCann and is hosted by "The Paris Review" editors Christopher Cox and Dan Chiasson.

Sponsored by NYU Creative Writing Program and The Paris Review

ok ok?
NYQ Reading Series
Featured Poets:Linda Lerner, Steve Cannon, Savonna Smith
December 21, 2009, 6 - 8 p.m.
Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY
$7 gets your first drink

As eclectic as the city itself, this reading presents three readers from all walks of life - it is all about the poetry...

Sponsored by The New York Quarterly Foundation, Inc.
Info: info@nyquarterly.org

Alright. nough of that. see how I used a "gh" Did you know they want to dig up Camus' body and re-bury it somewhere. His son is saying "nuh-uh." He wouldn't care. I'm sure of it.



-xo reebok

November is National Novel Writing Month

I'm blogging from the Tree House.

I'm staring at the skinny tan Moleskin notebook I plan on using for my NaNoWriMo novel.
Staring is the operative word, because so far, I've written one page and have two days of catching up.

For those writers who are unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, here is a super-crash course.

The goal of this month is to get you to write. Doesn't matter what. Doesn't matter how good. It is simply, To Write. Writers write. And in the course of the month, you will pump out 175 pages (50k words) by Midnight on November 30th.

The page/word count is a but intimidating, but it isn't as scary as it sounds. It's totally do-able, and it's FREE.

The way I look at it every year is this: even if at the end of the month you only keep 100 pages, 15 pages, or one line, at least you're writing.

To sign up go HERE.

Add me as a writing buddy: Giipsyrosex

write on,