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the blackbird sings night competing*

a long whistle, a whistle, a green
turn to the right, peach upon blue,
tweet, chatter, breathe
in the freshly cut mint, a hint
of basil, orange setting, apple… 72 more words


Virgil Thomson — Symphony No. 2

This has been a rewarding month for me, at times exploring composers who I have only incidentally listened to in the past and listening to more of their compositional output.   271 more words


Summer Plans!

Yes, this was supposed to be a Saturday post, but blogging is exhausting and I had other things to do.

So, plans for the summer. Other than plans (or the lack of) for relaxing and enjoying a summer free of any weekly obligations to be on campus (last summer I had to take a course, which was actually one of the most fun and relaxing classes I’ve ever had––but it still had a schedule you had to stick to) or of any strict scheduling, I have a few academic plots to pursue during the summer. 863 more words


Not quite Midnight in Paris

I’m smiling again–post father’s funeral and open heart surgery. Frankly, it’s been a helluva year. But I have something fun to look forward to: Paris! 217 more words


"IIIIIIIIII." -- Gertrude Stein



Gertrude Stein

from Geography and Plays (1922)


Clinch, melody, hurry, spoon, special, dumb, cake, forrester. Fine, cane, carpet, incline, spread, gate, light, labor. 2,094 more words


Teaching note

So it’s give or take, who keeps track, the anniversary of this blog, in which honour, here’s from the syllabus to The Art of Compost, the second coming of it. 382 more words