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  1. Pamela,

    Attached is the graded version of your writing assignment. Please let me know if you have any questions.


  2. To what purpose, April, do you return again?
    Beauty is not enough.
    You can no longer quiet me with the redness
    Of little leaves opening stickily.
    I know what I know.
    The sun is hot on my neck as I observe
    The spikes of the crocus.
    The smell of the earth is good.
    It is apparent that there is no death.
    But what does that signify?
    Not only under ground are the brains of men
    Eaten by maggots.
    Life in itself
    Is nothing,
    An empty cup, a flight of uncarpeted stairs.
    It is not enough that yearly, down this hill,
    Comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers.

  3. P.S. Have you seen the new(ish) "Marie Antoinette," the one directed by Sofia Coppola? Is it any good? I was in the mood for some flashy anachronism tonight & briefly flirted with the idea of renting it. When I saw that it was rated PG-13, however, I wondered if it might not be an over-hyped bore. Your thoughts?

  4. Michael Lopez-Alegria

  5. http://brent-goodman.blogspot.com/

  6. http://www.smartmoney.com/home/living/index.cfm?story=rent&cid=1012&pgnum=1

  7. clean kitchen
    clean bathroom
    more laundry??
    write & print cat sitter note
    print out poems to revise in South Bend (ha!)
    clean up study a bit, and dining room
    clean living room
    Do paper bills (mortgage, water)
    email IAC about getting preliminary scores and feedback summary

  8. Pinwheel

    I was tending the garden when a bee flew
    up my blouse & stung my left nipple
    I was claimed then
    I wanted to be a better girl
    I am not a girl reaching back with a corked finger
    into a fruit drink
    I carry ice & worship fur

    My body is split down the center
    fur & wet in spite of alcohol
    crème brulée nights
    with the goaty headed man
    long nails curling down
    becoming cloven
    I'm not alarmed
    I like the smooth
    pillowed slick

    I smell like lemons
    floating the pool in my red swimsuit
    Hey Mary Mary count your fingers
    you might be Harold Lloyd you might
    have exploded accidentally
    a brother & sister
    bang the crap out of the pedestrian
    pushbutton on Meridian & 15th
    they really slam that thing
    I am jealous of the knob's
    silvery skin

    During the vivisection
    a perky girl appears onstage
    to reapply my lipstick I shiver
    put my hands in my pants
    a crime scene
    a transparent zebra marble
    spins & cracks the base of my neck
    at night it sings Zip-a-dee-doo-dah
    I am a deer upside down black tongue
    poking out
    naaa naaa naaa

    I fold the clothes of my dead
    into giant plastic bags dresses shirts
    socks slippers the whole shebang
    my dead smell like lemons
    their teeth are extremely white
    marshmallow white
    my sister is perfect
    she has a perfect body
    her hair is a gold wasp's nest
    I fold her Snow White pajamas
    into a square

    I see the reptile man on television
    & realize it is my husband
    holding a two headed turtle to the camera
    all three of them smile

  9. Camels are brown and have 1 or 2 humps on their backs. In Muslim countries camels may be used to buy wives.

  10. First Poem for You

    By Kim Addonizio

    I like to touch your tattoos in complete
    darkness, when I can’t see them. I’m sure of
    where they are, know by heart the neat
    lines of lightning pulsing just above
    your nipple, can find, as if by instinct, the blue
    swirls of water on your shoulder where a serpent
    twists, facing a dragon. When I pull you

    to me, taking you until we’re spent
    and quiet on the sheets, I love to kiss
    the pictures in your skin. They’ll last until
    you’re seared to ashes; whatever persists
    or turns to pain between us, they will still
    be there. Such permanence is terrifying.
    So I touch them in the dark; but touch them, trying.

  11. http://jxnsvns.blogspot.com/2007/04/part-of-team.html

  12. http://sixsentences.blogspot.com/2007/04/hotel-fire.html

  13. Palace of Desire

    In the midday sun the dust rose
    between intakes of breath. It was that sudden.
    The woman’s body gave a single, short spasm
    at its coming. The boat she lay on idly circled
    the palace pond. While her servants softly rowed
    away from the dust she dreamed
    of ways to kill her husband.

    She could slip her curved dagger
    behind his esophagus and pull
    from ear to ear: it was sharp enough,
    and she wanted to watch him expire.
    Or she could capture a crocodile and starve it
    before bringing her brother near: but
    she couldn’t think of captured and him.

    She could poison the tip of a needle
    and prick his forearm in his sleep:
    he already has one scar there from her.
    Or a bit of poison in his wine could do it:
    the slow acting kind so he goes to sleep
    with an upset stomach and never
    arises from his bed of state.

    But who would replace him? He I understand.
    He I can somewhat temper. I fear the unknown.
    Her silk cloak rubbed across scars on her shoulders
    and back. She dreamed also of being with her daughter.

  14. If history shows that we've moved from a mythological to a philosophical viewpoint, where are we now? Is it an hysterical point of view (based on a Republican/religious/extremist advocacy of how to view the world)?

    Please confine your response to less than 100 words.

  15. Special thanks go to LC for getting to me all of these wonderful photographs taken during my 40th birthday celebration a couple weeks ago!

    To view the photos, click HERE.

    (I know other people have taken pictures and if you are reading this and have pictures to share with me, I'd love to see them! Thanks!)

  16. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDUhkf3qYww