Poets Write About Watching Birds. Thin Air. Flutter gayly.

Bukowski.

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Hungover like green-clipped grass, weeping, hemorrhagic dew. Like a hatchet, buried in pink dirt, for years. Most writers I hang with think writer’s block is a steaming pile of horse shit. This follows the well established at least write something rule.

Every semester, after reading Buk, students proclaim: “I could write that poem.”

I answer, “Go right ahead.”

Ginsberg.

I like how he announces he will capture the birds forever, and does.

Hardy.

Cranky dude usually. Lightens up here. I prefer neutral tones, and other poems.

James Wright…

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A truly GREAT poem. And the title of this excellent collection embedded. Hmmm….The jay bouncing, playful, seems apt for this bird. Two takes on one hangover. Simply the crystallization of a moment, twice. One purpose of poetry.

Other “watching a bird” poems”? Anybody want to wade in? Is this like the moon, moon, moon for poets? They must include certain elements in every fucking poem?

NO

YES

MAYBE

Shut up like a snake in a shoe. Wait.

Astronaut loses tool bag. That’s cool. Except said tool bag is now traveling at maybe 22,000 miles per hour. So I guess getting hit by this tool bag in years later, while hanging out in space, might, well, suck. NASA tracks all of this, maybe 12,000 items now, orbital debris the nice name. Why I am blogging about this? Not sure. Fuck off.

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This morning at 7 a.m. I was in the dark and cold woods. Flurries of snow spiraled about me. The trees yawned. I saw a fox squirrel the size of a Nerf football. I sat shivering and reading Into Thin Air (the book, not the article). The pages were hard to turn due to my bulky gloves.

I thought “Does reading about something very cold (Mt Everest) make me colder now?” If I was reading The Florida Keys by Joy Williams would I be warmer? What if I read a book about watermelons? Would I then feel the urge to spit a seed into the grass alongside my baby-baby Subaru?

I wonder.

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I was nominated for a Pushcart. This made me feel less sad.

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5 responses to “Poets Write About Watching Birds. Thin Air. Flutter gayly.

  1. I’ve read into the wild and joy williams’ florida keys guide (maybe the best guidebook ever).

    Now I’ll go read some of the poems you link to-

  2. into thin air is the tits, freaky-deakily compelling. and congrats, yayyyyyyyy pushcart sean!

  3. HELP ME GET THIS, COMMENT ALL INFORMATION THAT WILL HELP ME GET THIS, THANK YOU EVERYONE, PLEASE HELP ME, GIVE ME DOSSIER TIPS, ETC., THANK YOU
    New College of Florida announces an opening for a Writer in Residence, spring semester 2009 (February-May). The successful candidate will have two published books or the equivalent, two years experience teaching creative writing, which can include instruction as a graduate student, and be strongly committed to playing an active role in the community of our residential honors college. MFA, MA, or equivalent degree preferred, but experience considered. Writers whose work engages multiethnic experience and/or issues of identity especially encouraged. The Writer in Residence will be responsible for teaching two semester-length writing courses (preferably one multi-genre introductory course and one course in the applicant’s specialty), and will give at least three public readings. We have particular interest this year in candidates with experience in playwriting and/or prose. Salary $22,500 for .75 FTE, with no benefits. Send curriculum vitae, letter of application, writing sample, dossier with three letters of reference and official transcript, and two course proposals (one for an introductory level course and one more specialized course) to […].

    [END THAT PART]

    Can someone email me course proposals they have used, I don’t know what that is, I will research your course proposals. Can someone email me their letter of application, I don’t know what that is. Can someone give me instructions on “letters of reference,” do I just get three people to email me letters? Where do I get an official transcript? I plan to do research, I just want all the information I can get before I do things, the more information I have the greater the chance I will get this, I really want this. I will research, people can help however. Thank you people.Thank you everyone.

    ALSO: IS IT EVEN POSSIBLE THAT I CAN GET THIS? IF IT ISN’T PLEASE TELL ME SO I CAN GIVE UP NOW.

  4. The Tao Lin comment is NOT Tao Lin, people.

    Some douche bag goes around pretending they are Tao Lin.

    Which I guess is a hobby.

    S

  5. Congrats on the Pushcart nomination, Sean. Nice work.

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