Posts Tagged ‘ Bob Arnold ’

selection from otata 27 March 2018, edited by john martone

Ketti Martino

Procedo per implicite rinunce
perché la gratuità dell’esistenza
è nel rigore estremo, incanto
che contiene solo il necessario.

I sogni, col ato corto di una pianta
acerba, vogliono maturare piano,
senza pesi, per traboccare di bellezza.

I proceed by implicit renunciations
because the gratuity of existence
lies in extreme rigor, charm
that holds only the necessary.

Dreams, with the short breath of
an unripe plant, want to mature gently,
without weight, to overthrow with beauty.


Procedo per implicite rinuncia e Dimmi furono originariamente pubblicate in Atelier. Procedo per implicite rinuncia and Dimmi were originally published in Atelier. Translations jm


Anna Maria Domburg-Sancristoforo


chicchi di riso —
nella ciotola tonda
splende la luna

rice grains —
in the round bowl


Maria Teresa Sisti

red tulip —
a stem without thorns
who fears the wind

Lucia Cardillo

cambia il tempo . . .
una pigna rotola giù
nell’erba alta

weather changes . . .
one pinecone rolls down
in the tall grass

Bob Arnold

Selections from Heaven Lake
Longhouse Publishers


I’ll Never Be Poor


How she does it
I don’t know

don’t want
to know

will never
know as

she turns to me and
it’s new all over again


Know What You Do


What does it all mean?
it means times have changed
and we’re supposed to change with it


take the quiet, the river, the old
road, animal lore, secret pathways
respect for stick, leaf and silence

and throw it all away

do as we please
barge where we barge
litter as we like

you don’t know what sort of
agreement and law and universe
you are asking to destroy when

you do this



otata 27, March 2018



Soak It In | A Longhouse Birdhouse


thanks to Soak It In at A Longhouse Birdhouse


Source: A Longhouse Birdhouse: LONGHOUSE BIBLIOGRAPHY TO DATE ~

A Longhouse Birdhouse: WHY POETRY ~

A fine enough poet but I believe the best mind of Matthew Zapruder comes through in this excellent new book of essays — really one long essay — on the same subject of why poetry, why poets, why is there air, and he even scores points on Auden’s much over-used ragged line “poetry makes nothing happen” . . . with a delightful twist, Zapruder will show the reader that is exactly right: poetry MAKES nothing happen. A big word that “nothing.”
In these essays Zapruder shows forth as a natural born teacher.
Take up this book.
[ BA ]

Source: A Longhouse Birdhouse: WHY POETRY ~

A Longhouse Birdhouse: EARNED HERMITAGE ~

Letter To The Next Landowner


You won’t keep it up like we did

Not to worry — we did it for a half century


The stone hut, the sturdiest looking, will go first

I built it for our son — earth to earth


The house we re-built from ground to ridge

All the time it made the most perfect sense


A minister and his wife owned the house before we did

He not only sold us the house, he married us


The land was cut & mowed & planted & moved & loved

Every day of our lives, but don’t believe it


The land will tell you —

We are buried here


Our bones are the stones to be found

Wait for the wind

Bob Arnold


Source: A Longhouse Birdhouse: EARNED HERMITAGE ~

A Longhouse Birdhouse: KATHY ACKER ~

“There’s going to be a world
where the imagination is created
by joy not suffering,
a man and a woman
can love each other again
they can kiss and fuck again
(a woman’s going to come along
and make this world for me
even though I’m not
alive anymore).”

Source: A Longhouse Birdhouse: KATHY ACKER ~

A Longhouse Birdhouse: SOMEBODY BLEW UP AMERICA ~

Source: A Longhouse Birdhouse: SOMEBODY BLEW UP AMERICA ~