a citizen of the city of ideas

Apr. 30th, 2017 12:08 am
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For reasons that don't really need exploring at this juncture, I totally failed to post any Cavafy while I was actually in Greece. (Mostly, I couldn't decide what the right poem was, and then I gave up and decided to save him for later.) I want to remedy that now, however, because Cavafy is wonderful.

the stairway of poetry is so steep )

the soul's wicked cartridge

Apr. 28th, 2017 11:25 pm
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The first Rita Dove poem I ever posted, way back in 2009, was "Ludwig Van Beethovens' Return to Vienna" from Sonata Mulattica: A Life in Five Movements and a Short Play (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2009). It's still one of my favorites, and although I've posted a whole lot of Rita Dove in the years since, I haven't been back to Sonata Mulattica since 2010. I bought a copy a couple of years ago, though, and it's time. To tell the truth, I really recommend just going and reading the whole book; but nevertheless, here is another one I love, for some of the same reasons:

Cambridge, Great St. Mary's Church )

WisCon 2017 Schedule

Apr. 28th, 2017 11:03 am
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Saturday, 10:00 – 11:15 am, University C
Join the Mod Squad: Enhance Your Moderation Skills
Christopher Davis [Moderator], Victoria Janssen
Ever go to a panel and spend your time thinking, "With a good moderator, this would be a much better panel"? We will review several ways to be that good moderator, offer tips and tricks, and generally work on improving WisCon's already high standards for panel moderation. We strongly encourage you to attend this panel if you are moderating at WisCon, especially if it's your first time. It's also a great experience if you ever have been, or think you ever will be, a panel moderator anywhere.

Saturday, 1:00 – 2:15 pm, Conference 2
In Anticipation of Black PantherInda Lauryn [Moderator], Candra K. Gill, Victoria Janssen, JP Fairfield, Krys
#BlackPantherSoLit! Two years before the film is scheduled for release, Black Twitter trended the hashtag in anticipation. While we're waiting for 2018 to get here, let's talk about why we are so eagerly looking forward to Black Panther. Let's discuss what we are hoping for from Black Panther and Wakanda, especially after the success of Luke Cage. Let's also discuss what we are afraid could go wrong and whether we have faith in Ryan Coogler and company to give us the MCU film we all deserve.

Saturday, 2:30 – 3:145 pm, Wisconsin
This Canon is Fired: Redefining the “Must Reads” of SF/F and Comics Canon
Jake Casella [Moderator], Victoria Janssen, coffeeandink
Lists of genre greats often include lots of straight cis white men and not much else. What works and creators are being left off of these lists? What's on the lists that shouldn't be? What do the new SF, fantasy, and comics canons look like?

Saturday, 9:00 – 10:15 pm, University B
Fanfic, Retcon, and Zombies, Oh My!
Carrie Pruett [Moderator], Gwynne Garfinkle, KJ, Victoria Janssen
Let's talk about what happens in the murky territories where fanfic meets original works. Do writings that use original works in the public domain—modern-day Sherlock Holmes characters, zombies in Jane Austen's worlds—count as fanfic? When a series gets unwieldy or unpopular, it can be rebooted or rewritten with different parameters: maybe a character comes back to life, changes gender, or gets a new backstory. Are there differences between retcon and fix-it fic, other than who owns the copyright?

Today is Better Than Yesterday

Apr. 27th, 2017 10:33 am
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Today feels better than yesterday, so it's time to list some positives to hopefully keep that trend going.

1. Our final concert of the season went well, and so did the reception afterwards. The audience seemed inclined to hang out and eat for as long as possible. I carried many empty wineglasses into the church kitchen, and a friend gave me a very, very welcome ride home. I don't live far, but I'd been on my feet for about three hours. (We had to run everything with trumpets and timpani during the warm-up, since we didn't have those guys for the dress rehearsal on Tuesday.)

2. A close friend of mine will be in town this weekend, and I will see her Saturday night. Since she's staying near Chinatown, I am sure we shall manage an excellent dinner; I've already sent her a list of possibilities.

3. Elderly Cat spit out his stomach pill last night, but took it this morning and appeared in good spirits.

4. There are movies out and coming out soon that I want to see.

5. I have my WisCon schedule!
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...unfortunately, so are the boxes piled in the living room. Also the dining room table is full of things. Also the kitchen counter. The workshop is still full of boxes somehow. I think they're breeding, because we don't actually have many things. It's likely all books and art supplies and baby clothes, at least from what I can see of the labels (my books! i missed you!).


OTOH, some stuff's been packed away so long it's like opening presents at Christmas. I'm mildly surprised how consistent my personal aesthetic is, colors and textures and stuff. Old things are clicking nicely into place with the new.


We passed final inspection last week (the bank one, not the township, our town does not perform CO's), and we've been crashing here since Sunday, as I more or less threw an undignified shit-fit about paying for a house we weren't living in.


I need to start making at least a few tentative motions of resuming my sadly neglected practice. I blew up the microwave yesterday. Also jacked up two different computers. Only W's desktop and my Nook are functional rn. *sigh* Haven't had that problem for a while. NTS: meditation: It's good for you. It's good for your electronics.


Some of the guys are coming over to play MtG, so I'm determined to sort out the dining room today.

sing america

Apr. 26th, 2017 10:10 pm
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Sometimes you've just gotta throw up your hands and post some real classic Langston Hughes.

I, too )

Wednesday Reading

Apr. 26th, 2017 11:29 am
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What We Pretend To Be by ifitwasribald is one of the more interesting Avengers stories I've read - the "normal" humans of the group, Tony Stark, Clint Barton, and Natasha Romanoff, are all dosed with super serum by an enemy. The story is a sort of psychological study of how each of them would deal with the potential of becoming more like Captain America, or more like Hulk. There was also unexpected Tony Stark/Bruce Banner slash.

The Price of War by shuofthewind is a massive retelling of the first season of the Daredevil Netflix series, with the addition of Darcy Lewis, who never met Jane and Thor and ends up becoming a lawyer. I loved that this story had a lot more female characters than the original version, but was sad that Karen's character gets less to do because it's Darcy's story now. There is eventual Darcy Lewis/Matt Murdock. My interest in the story lagged a bit once the romance kicked in, but I still enjoyed all the comics (616) characters who appeared.

new spheres

Apr. 25th, 2017 08:43 pm
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Speaking of poets who are gay for God, here's a little of our good friend John Donne, for April 17:

I am a little world made cunningly )

go out into your heart

Apr. 25th, 2017 07:38 pm
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I borrowed K's copy of Rainer Maria Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God back in January, when I was upstate for her secret wedding. If I'm remembering correctly, the Rilke volume was one of the (many) books that K and D used to build an altar for their ceremony, which was a miracle of both structural and literary soundness (and also pretty special). Anyway, K told me to keep Rilke through poetry month, and I can't disappoint her, can I? There are a lot of really spectacular poems in this volume, but this one got me where I live.

You are not surprised at the force of the storm )


Apr. 25th, 2017 09:03 am
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I really, really hate the Marvel "Secret Empire" storyline is which Captain America is magically retconned to have always been Hydra (read: Nazi). I know why they did it - they think it's shocking and edgy and will make their penises larger. They figured, they've already killed Cap once, and taken away his super serum, so all that's left is making him the very thing he and his creator hated. There is a distinct lack of imagination happening.

Nope. Nope, nope, nope. Burn it down.

In contrast, I'm really enjoying a lot of the new comics that don't have anything to do with Nazi Bullshit. I will continue buying Black Panther and Ms. Marvel and Hellcat and Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, to name a few. But I will not buy Nazi comics, unless Nazis are getting punched. And stomped on until they are gelid. And set on fire. And eaten by angry jackals, and then pooped into a vat of acid.

Some say you can't complain if you haven't read the material. But I do what I want.


Apr. 24th, 2017 09:14 pm
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I reread this poem yesterday, while I was trying to plan out the rest of the month; I'd actually forgotten how totally gorgeous it is, and like...yeah. Okay. This one.

Monet Refuses the Operation )

5 Positives Or Else

Apr. 24th, 2017 08:53 am
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1. I have choir this week! It will be exhausting, but fun and meaningful. We're finishing off our season on Wednesday night.

2. My laundry is done. Also, I bought some new underwear. So! Thrilling!

3. I spent most of Saturday lolling around, napping and reading fanfiction. But I also did a smidgen of cleaning up. Elderly cat was pleased with my lolling.

4. I cheered up a friend who was having a really hard day. We can't do much about her ongoing stress (aging, ill parent) that she isn't already doing, but at least I got her out of the house and delicious food and chocolate into her.

5. I cuddled Adorable Tots and fed them oatmeal.

one love

Apr. 23rd, 2017 03:28 pm
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An extra poem for today (or for April 16), only a little bit because I was talking with a friend about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead the other day, and that play always makes me think of tennis. Tennis, and death possibly being a boat.

The International Open (Tennis Players vs. Poets) )

Updates: Swancon, back home.

Apr. 23rd, 2017 01:25 pm
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I flew back from Swancon last Tuesday. Plane landed ahead of schedule. It was 4am. Spent a couple of days adjusting. It was a bit of a culture shock coming back to Singapore.

But Swancon has been awesome: nourishing to the soul and uplifting my spirits.

each one of us a queen

Apr. 23rd, 2017 12:14 am
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Tonight I went to see Anastasia on Broadway (it's still in previews, but opens next week). It was fantastic on several different levels, but one of the things I loved most was how great an adaptation of the movie it is—like, no spoilers, but it's really faithful to the movie while also being a really different show, and it works so well. I would also like to give a special shout-out to Dmitry's floppy hair, which was truly superb and made me a little weak in the knees.

We also went for delicious Russian food and vodka beforehand, because we were feeling thematic; so, in keeping with the theme, some Marina Tsvetaeva:

Hell, my ardent sisters, be assured )

memory speaking in dactyls

Apr. 22nd, 2017 12:41 pm
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I spent a lot of time thinking about this poem while we were in Greece, but I had so many poems I wanted to post while we were there that some of them had to get saved for later, and this is really more of a poem about Latin than about Greek. Luckily, I then missed a whole bunch of days, so here is an extra poem for April 15.

A Meditation on Dactylic Hexameter )

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