Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Read JS’s Nuclear chap.. a bit monotone on the doom, but I’m interested in how she progresses through a subject, an arc of thinking in full view and the incorporation of sources as lists, litanies- the authority of the named world, as in headlines, diagnoses too- echoes the authority of the poet’s pre and post spools. Friends who grew up in Dayton remember “a whole technology that sees only swords,” the newspaper printing a giant bull’s eye over a picture of their city, finding their own blocks, schools, houses in the photo. It was the blast zone for when/if the nearby military installation was bombed by the Soviets, and known to top the list of likely targets, everyone had a plan, “a necessary illumination.” Parents said they would drive toward the source.


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