After Words

After whirls listen whale hush comes the cat jigs the bat for your cares ward off dangerous asks. For love these old letters wild bedraggled wag around nest of gnarled grunts mosses bones hair vines. The old alphabetical guard strains in place at attention runes assigned ward beds grand command inspection. Sparse words heal after…

A Loss of Intimacy

How does one create a sense of intimacy with a blog? The very word, blog, heavy and lugubrious, suggests something one may not want to get too close to. Does intimacy imply a kind of secrecy, like the sharing of handwritten letters over time between two persons who have never met in propria persona? The Latin…

Scamble and Cramble: Two Hep Cats! The Poetry Episode

A new Scamble and Cramble episode has been posted to the Comics page! And, meantime, regular readers of The Coming of the Toads may notice a new format now in the works. Please browse around and let me know what you like or not of the new template.

Counterpoint

This is another table poem – the words and lines formatted within the rectangles of a table inserted into a document. The table consists of 5 columns and 21 rows. A kind of counterpoint is created when the poem is read horizontally, vertically, diagonally. Formatting widgets (spacing, alignments left or right, cuts, etc.) have been…

We Are Sorry For The Delay

I had answered my ringing house phone to a recording. I put the phone on speaker, set it down on the counter, and waited for the caller to come on live. The recording continued, as if with indefinite intent. I opened Garage Band on my laptop and recorded the message, later adding the other tracks…

A Load of Dirty Laundry

For you distressed I carry yr clothes hamper downstairs taste every word prior to yr ears like mosquito static in yr hair I sit on yr head snatch one with my tongue smell yr salty skin yr cheeks freckled read as shame burr sounds around yr funny ear fickle bone bowls. Still you don’t care…

Few Notes on “Loving,” Fiction by Henry Green

I’ve been looking to read more Henry Green for some time. New York Review Books is in the process of reissuing a collection, introductions to the minimalist titled works by a few of today’s influential critics –  Daniel Mendelsohn, James Wood, Francine Prose, and others. Originally published in 1945, Loving was Green’s fifth book. Other…