Poetic Projects & The Flaming Lips
I had a bag I could fill with books for my trip to Texas. I decided to bring books I’ve read and re-read, and keep coming back to, as well as a couple new books I’m not done with yet.
The Library of America edition of Wallace Stevens’s collected work
Louise in Love, by Mary Jo Bang
The Worldly Country, John Ashbery
The Oval Hour, by Kathleen Peirce
Notes for Echo Lake, by Michael Palmer
Littlefoot, Charles Wright
These books are keeping me busy thinking about “projects.” The difference between a project in the Mary Jo Bang, Louise, sense, and a project in the Wallace Stevens sense. Both types of projects are very interesting to me, in their obsessive investigations.
In other news, I got a tattoo. Yes. And I like it very much, even if it has nothing to do with poetry. Take me swimming, and you'll see it.
As well, I just picked up tickets for The Faming Lips show in Kansas City in September. I’ve followed their work for nearly 20 years, and this will be my first Lips live show . . .