1. Now that we’ve established that poetry is work, let’s move on to questions of productivity. How much should a poet produce, ideally? As much as one half-assed garden, planted by a person with a drinking problem, who did not read the directions on the seed-packets very closely. Elizabeth Bishop only ever wrote one poem, a villanelle about an elk breaking up with her (“The Elk Breaks Up with Me”), and if I may say so she did very well with it. Wallace Stevens only wrote five poems, and every one of them was insured for one million dollars, like a famous pair of legs. The greatest living poet, Nicolas Cage, continues to amaze us by never having written a poem at all.
    — Patricia Lockwood is my hero. (via yourmonkeycalled)
     

  2. Summerland, Calif. (2014)

    I was so lucky to attend Paige’s baptism. I love this family like crazy, and it’s a real treat to see all the kids.

     


  3. april-is:

    Tim Riggins Speaks of Waterfalls
    Nico Alvarado

    You want to know what it was like?
    It was like my whole life had a fever.
    Whole acres of me were on fire.
    The sun talked dirty in my ear all night.
    I couldn’t drive past a wheatfield without doing it violence.
    I couldn’t even look at a bridge.
    I…

    Nation Poetry Month returns as it always does: via april-is. I love it and I love Tim Riggins.
     

  4. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver, Wash.

    Enjoyed an impromptu visit to Fort Vancouver and the Pearson Airfield today. Also enjoyed running photos through VSCO Film.

     

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  6. Arches National Park, Utah (2014)