Saturday, August 30, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 188

A Diversity of Voices

If one makes a lot of speeches, one is sure to
be seized at some point by the desire to stop posturing as an authority, and to
borrow the motley of the clown.
Robertson Davies
Intro to How To Design A Haunted House

It worked as astrology does work - in a sort
of lurching, flouncing, vertiginous fashion that sometimes seems to produce
utter nonsense, and at other times comes up with a piece of blazing truth.
Robertson Davies
What Will The Age Of Aquarius Bring

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 187

Shop Talk NOT

Ken Kesey and his merry pranksters (…) had been absolute technological freaks. They were obsessed with the idea of recording their lives in every possible way. They kept tape recorders running all the time. They even used videotapes.They used tape-lag mechanisms. They took movies of their own lives. They kept diaries. They had strange diaries in which you couldn’t write in your own diary; only other people could write in your diary.
Marshall McLuhan,
Contemplating Me

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 186

Premier Free Radical Scavenge

As soon as the generals and the politicos
can predict the motions of your mind,
lose it. Leave it as a sign
to mark the false trail, the way
you didn't go. Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Wendell Berry

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 185

No Bodies! Just Voices

For now imagination, a gangly vine,
Grabs for a life.
from Likes Buttered Toast,
By Elizabeth Powell
From New Ohio Review

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 184


My brother once commented, 'Now I get how writers work. You're magpies.' Which we both understood to mean: Writers scavenge from wherever they can, In the case of 'Divine,' I scavenged from Dante, Plato, the Bible, fairy tales, old vampire movies….  When I googled 'magpies' for this statement, I discovered they possess a few more writerly traits: they are clever and often despised, little po├Ętes  maudits. The Chinese considered them messengers of joy, but the Scots thought they carried a drop of Satan's blood under their tongues. They are fond of bright objects.
Kim Addonizio
The Best American Poetry 2013