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[6-16-2009 Update Insert: Most of what is in this space is now moot. I found out what I was doing wrong and have reinstated Archives and Labels searches. They do work. However, in certain cases you may prefer Labels to Archives. Example: 1976 Today begins in November of 2006 and concludes in December of 2006, but there are other related posts in other months. Note: Labels only shows 20 posts at a time. There are 21 hubs, making 21 (which is for 1976 Today) an older hub.] ********************************* to my online poems and song lyrics using Archives. Use hubs for finding archival locations but do not link through them. Originally an AOL Journal, where the archive system was nothing like the system here, this blog was migrated from there to here in October of 2008. Today (Memorial/Veteran's Day, May 25, 2009) I discovered a glitch when trying to use a Blogger archive. Now, it may be template-related, but I am unable to return to S M or to the dashboard once I am in the Archives. Therefore, I've decided on this approach: a month-by-month post guide. The sw you see in the codes here stood for Salchert's Weblog when I began it in November of 2006. It later became Sprintedon Hollow. AOL provided what were called entry numbers, but they weren't consistent, and they didn't begin at the first cardinal number. That is why the numbers after "sw" came to be part of a post's code. ************** Here then is the month-by-month post guide: *2006* November: 00001 through 00046 - December: 00047 through 00056 -- *2007* January: 00057 through 00137 - February: 00138 through 00241 - March: 00242 through 00295 - April: 00296 through 00356 - May: 00357 through 00437 - June: 00438 through 00527 - July: 00528 though 00550 - August: 00551 through 00610 - September: 00611 through 00625 - October: 00626 through 00657 - November: 00658 through 00729 - December: 00730 through 00762 -- *2008* January: 00763 through 00791 - February: 00792 through 00826 - March: 00827 through 00849 - April: 00850 through 00872 - May: 00873 through 00907 - June: 00908 through 00931 - July: 00932 through 00955 - August: 00956 through 00993 - September 00994 through 01005 - October: 01006 through 01007 - November: 01008 through 01011 - December: 01012 through 01014 -- *2009* January: 01015 through 01021 - February: 01022 through 01028 - March: 01029 through 01033 - April: 01034 through 01036 - May: 01037 through 01044 - ******************************************************* 1976 Today: 2006/11 and 2006/12 -- Rooted Sky 2007: 2007/01/00063rsc -- Postures 2007: 2007/01/sw00137pc -- Sets: 2007/02/sw00215sgc -- Venturings: 2007/03/00216vc -- The Undulant Trees: 2007/03/00266utc -- This Day's Poem: 2007/03/00267tdpc -- Autobio: 2007/04/sw00316ac -- Fond du Lac: 2007/04/00339fdl -- Justan Tamarind: 2007/05/sw00366jtc -- Prayers in December: 2007/05/sw00393pindc -- June 2007: 2007/06/sw00440junec -- Seminary: 2007/07/sw00533semc -- Scatterings: 2008/08/00958sc ** Song Lyrics: 2008/02/sw00797slc ********** 2009-06-02: Have set S M to show 200 posts per page. Unfortunately, you will need to scroll to nearly the bottom of a page to get to the next older/newer page.


Friday, November 3, 2006


This Day's Poem- tdp092806 and tdp092906 Since in my introductory entry I included two poems from my This Day's Poem series, I decided I should exhibit the rest. This series-- though I didn't know it was going to be a series at the time--began on 09.28.06 after I had read an online poem by Steven Gehrke. I recently read in an entry on Silliman's Blog that there are at least 10,000 poets presently writing in these United States. I suspect far more are, yet even a mere 10,000 is beyond any practical comprehension. - 2 - 09.28.06 After Reading a Steve Gehrke Poem And so it was, in the last eye of imagining, a distinct incision into which/ nothing entered, and beneath which/ no speck of what had been taken could ever return, as the lights// went out. [ Seven hours later--around 8 AM--the author of the above, deliberating about what he'd written, pic- tured a professor discussing his work in a class, having first given copies of it to his students. He began by noting the biblical tone of the first line, and indicated that the author was taking a chance there, but that it seemed--in the context of what follows--to be (possibly) a necessary choice, if indeed it was a choice. Next he notes that in the final line an even greater chance has been taken, as that line could be peremptorily dis- missed, be labled a cliche, and a horrid one at that. However, he speculates there is more here "than meets the eye" and that the author may/ have taken this/ obvious risk because the mystery aspect of his poem required it, and that he hoped he had given those words new life because--given what comes before--they elicit connotations which deepen the poem's mystery. He then points to the double slants in that line and to the single slants in each of the two earlier lines. He questions why they were placed there, and concludes they are pause markers. He says one might think of musical scoring, or the sprung rhythm accents Hopkins used, or the dashes Dickinson used. If the final line were read straight through, its two last words would take on a different meaning. A reader seems to be forced by them to read those last two words more slowly. He then turns to the poem's title. "Why does this poem have the title it has? What do we know about the poet named there? Can we discern what poem by that author was the catalyst for this poem? Is there a need to know this, and is there a pertinent connection, or perhaps more than one connection? Whatis the author of the poem before us talking about?" The professor goes on and does come to an acceptable answer, among other acceptable answers which seem to be hiding in the piece, and that answer has to do with body parts and with actual medical operations; but let's see what all this deliberating caused the author of this work to do. Before showing that though, there is another important insight the professor here reveals to his class. He tells them he thinks this author invites readers to revise what he has written/ because he knows each reader confronting a work of his does so from his or her own sensi- bility, and he wants each reader to become actively engaged. He sites another recent work by this author, a work he entitled: "3 Tonalities". In that work he presents three versions of the same 13 words, the same 16 syllables, in the same order. He then, on a different day, offers a critical reading of each tonality, a reading which lets one see how a given reader might prefer one of the tonalities over the other two because of that reader's sensibility. ] _ 09.29.06 After Reading a Steve Gehrke Poem (a re-vision) And so it was, as the lights went out, in the last eye of imagining, a distinct incision into which nothing entered, and beneath which no speck of what had been taken could ever return. - - Brian A. J. Salchert

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