Stephens letter this week…..
Did you know that just after we released Typing Writer, Tom Hanks released a typewriter(ish) app called The Hanx Writer. The Hanx Writer is the number 1 app on iTunes but our app is much more like a typewriter. Carolyn Kellog gets into The Tale Of The Dueling Typewriter Apps.
Mama Scout reviews The Rumpus’ Letters For Kids.
Suzanne Koven interviews New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast about her new graphic memoir.
Yumi Sakugawa: Aquarium.
The Rumpus interview with Jim Ruland. I like this interview because he talks about gambling addiction.
In Provincetown this week we did an exercise I got from Marie Howe that starts: Write down ten things you don’t remember.
Did you know that the etymology of resentment is re-feel. Resentment is re-feeling things.
Technically, what are you most afraid of?
p.s. Marie mentioned this poem from The Incognito Lounge by Denis Johnson and I went and found the poem. Apparently Johnson wrote it while a fellow in Provincetown. So here you go. Isn’t it interesting how something so dark can bleed and breathe with so much life. Love love.
Whatever the foghorns are
the voices of feels terrible
tonight, just terrible, and here
by the window that looks out
on the waters but is blind, I
have been sleeping,
but I am awake now.
In the night I watch
how the little lights
of boats come out
to us and are lost again
in the fog wallowing on the sea:
it is as if in that absence not many
but a single light gestures
and diminishes like meaning
through speech, negligently
adance to the calling
of the foghorns like the one
note they lend from voice
to voice. And so does my life tremble,
and when I turn from the window
and from the sea’s grief, the room
fills with a dark
lushness and foliage nobody
will ever be plucked from,
and the feelings I have
must never be given speech.
Darkness, my name is Denis Johnson,
and I am almost ready to
confess it is not some awful
misunderstanding that has carried
me here, my arms full of the ghosts
of flowers, to kneel at your feet;
almost ready to see
how at each turning I chose
this way, this place and this verging
of ocean on earth with the horns claiming
I can keep on if only I step
where I cannot breathe. My coat
is leprosy and my dagger
is a lie; must I
shed them? Do I have
to end my life in order
to begin? Music, you are light.
Agony, you are only what tips
me from moment to moment, light
to light and word to word,
and I am here at the waters
because in this space between spaces
where nothing speaks,
I am what it says.
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