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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.


Monday, November 6, 2006


2 Poets: David Antin and Denise Levertov Late last night into early this morning I read the better part of a David Antin interview. Blessedly, he has a sharp mind, otherwise he would not be able to handle the threads of logic and intuition his talk performances require. It is difficult to do what he does, but he believes that as poetry began as an oral art/ so should it remain. His sense of poetry on the page is/ that it becomes drier and drier over time. I, as you may already know, do not have that sense; but due to the comic in me, I find what he does attractive. I even imagine myself now and again as an associative stand-up comedian, though if I ever do attempt to be one/ I will have my wee body brought on stage on a stretcher. An opposing view comes from the late Denise Levertov. She felt poems should be written with a pen or a pencil, then vocalized to catch "awkwardnesses". I tend to write mine that way. Lately I have been writing them on notepad paper. She further felt/ a poet should be in a kind of meditative silence when composing a poem, and that it is best if a reader is in a similar state. I believe imagination can be revealed and enjoyed in as many ways as one can imagine. - - - Two clarifications - Antin does not see himself as a stand-up comedian, but neither does he disparage humor. He would say one must go with the flow, or alter the flow as best seems fit. What he does is not automatic writing, although the quickness of his mind may sometimes make it seem so. The art he practices is highly active and interactive, and getting each passing moment right is the challenge. Unless one has a photographic memory, Antin must be caught on tape, a fact he fully realizes. Tape time is important, therefore, as well as is attention span and his intuition of the intelligence level of a given audience. Gather ye forces as ye may. . . . - Works resulting from some ways of imagining are not what I would class as poems, even if the authors of them think they are. Hey! I can be a versifier as easily as anyone else can. I've probably used all or part of the first line of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" a dozen times as a starting point to express another view. I have also done the like with other nursery rhymes. Once, when I read that Hamlet had a weight problem, I changed the famous "To be or not to be" soliloquy to: Tubby, or not tubby, "that is the question. Whether 'tis better to" go on a diet, or build a kite, and fly it. - I hope Shakespeare doesn't mind. = = = = = = = Sites to visit - antin.593 - (Nicholas O'Connell, interviewer) Brian A. J. Salchert

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