Poetry News

I'm just now catching up on poetry news – congratulations to Mr. Merwin.  

Whitman quotes Merwin in The Wild Kingdom:

The line is taken from:
For a Coming Extinction

  Gray whale
Now that we are sending you to The End
That great god
Tell him
That we who follow you invented forgiveness
And forgive nothing

I write as though you could understand
And I could say it
One must always pretend something
Among the dying
When you have left the seas nodding on their stalks
Empty of you
Tell him that we were made
On another day

The bewilderment will diminish like an echo
Winding along your inner mountains
Unheard by us
And find its way out
Leaving behind it the future
And ours

When you will not see again
The whale calves trying the light
Consider what you will find in the black garden
And its court
The sea cows the Great Auks the gorillas
The irreplaceable hosts ranged countless
And fore-ordaining as stars
Our sacrifices
Join your work to theirs
Tell him
That it is we who are important



I will be at Bergen Street Comics in Brooklyn, NY on SATURDAY, NOV. 13, signing books and "in conversation" with the Internet's Tucker Stone. It will be like Jim Fowler on Johnny Carson mixed with Pekar on Letterman. I should also have some new zines finished by then, I hope? Please stop by and say hello. Present your business card.

The Wild Kingdom Cover

Please note, this is the actual cover of my new book:

Not this, which several websites have reported:

I know, they're pretty similar, but if you look closely, you can tell that the first version is more pleasant and more scientifically accurate. Also the first one is what the book looks like.  The second version is incorrect and should be discarded. What must have happened is, because one file was created as a .gif and the other a .jpg., the different algorithms must have introduced statistical errors into the data. It's an easy mistake to make. If you're using Netscape on your T-Mobile everything should appear correctly.


Today on the way home from breakfast I found a turtle in the road. To save him from being run over, I put him in my kitchen for a while. I woke Katie up to look at it. At first she thought it had got into the house on its own somehow. Then it crawled into the cat's food dish and sat there. We put it into a box and brought it to the park.