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2022-05-26 Spiders, spiders, spiders.

2022-05-12 Ants, wasps, beetles.

2022-05-12 Foggy morning after a very stormy night.

2022-05-11 Last, next. 86: Signs of Spring (Contra Costa Goldfields) 87: Nat’l Parks (Sequoia)

2022-05-08 Happy 85th to Thomas Pynchon! I’m not going out today (too much to do at home) so here’s a photo …

2022-05-08 It’s been a busy week.

2022-05-02 From July to September 2020, I posted pictures of bookmarks I’ve collected over the years. The …

2022-04-30 Goodbye, tiny apartment.

2022-04-30 spine poem #9: hay(na)ku The widening spell of the leaves, my life corrupted into song. Pure, …

2022-04-27 spine poem #8 “Spring shade, spring essence.” Song of the departed stranger. Music, imitations, …

2022-04-26 Culture or delusion: the distinction, often, rests on how many people share it.

2022-04-25 Jewels and Binoculars

2022-04-25 Twitter Replacement: A Tragicomedy in One More Act 5 E: Ingredients are just scattered around — and …

2022-04-25 Twitter Replacement: A Tragicomedy in Two More Acts 3 Estragon: These idiots have no idea how to …

2022-04-25 Twitter Replacement: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts 1 Estragon: What a boring TV show! Vladimir: You’re …

2022-04-25 My Actor’s Nightmare

2022-04-25 Every day in May of 2020, I posted a randomly selected pair of books from my personal library in a …

2022-04-23 spine poem #7 Overtime field work, temporary help: why aren’t you at work?

2022-04-22 Hooray for a back injury that makes you cancel everything, including participating in an extremely …

2022-04-20 spine poem #6 Mermaids in the basement howl ravishing disunities. These are not sweet girls.

2022-04-19 List #1 5 years, 7 months 17 years, 10 months 1 year, 8 months 11 months 7 years, 1 month 9 months …

2022-04-16 spine poem #5 Locusts at the edge of summer, harping on all day. Permanent red blood: tin, straw, …

2022-04-15 “A mysterious leaden sarcophagus discovered in the bowels of Paris’ Notre-Dame cathedral after it …

2022-04-13 Rabbits, thunder, red squirrels.

2022-04-13 spine poem #4 Bedouin of the London evening, nobody’s Ezekiel, seeing things of no country I know — …

2022-04-11 A book is never more fascinating and alluring than when it’s being placed in a cardboard box to be …

2022-04-09 spine poem #3 The novice insomniac, sleeping with the dictionary, calling a wolf a wolf… My …

2022-04-08 Fox, spiders, finches.

2022-04-08 After six years on a shelf, my old Olivetti has a room of its own.

2022-04-06 spine poem #2 Stealing sugar from the castle, playing the black piano, passing through broken …

2022-04-06 Sleet, grey squirrels, geese.

2022-04-05 I first encountered book spine poems at Stan Carey’s blog, Sentence First. He’s been at it since …

2022-04-05 spine poem #1 Oceanic codes, appearing in the middle distance above the river, tug the great enigma …

2022-04-05 It’s National Poetry Month. Since I am one of the Unacknowledged Legislators of the World, I guess I …

2022-04-05 “We are difficult. Human beings are difficult. We’re difficult to ourselves, we’re difficult to each …

2022-04-02 So it has come to this

2022-03-29 Birch, crow, maple.

2022-03-28 Coyote, woodpeckers, bald eagles.

2022-03-26 For reasons that made sense at the time, I backed up all my archives, then deleted everything. As a …

2022-03-26 …we profoundly misunderstand the very nature of art when we think we know in advance what readers — …

2022-03-24 Robins, cardinals, red-winged blackbirds.

2022-03-24 We just moved into our house.

2022-03-20 I just remembered why I stopped offering free workshops years ago.

2022-03-20 Last, next. 85: Mile Marker (Arrow) 86: Signs of Spring (Contra Costa Goldfields)

2022-03-09 Keep Ithaka always in your mind. Arriving there is what you’re destined for. But don’t hurry the …

2022-03-08

2022-03-08 We just bought a house.

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2022-02-16 Last, next. 84: United States of Letterpress (Full Circle Press) 85: Mile Marker (Arrow)

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2022-01-14 Last, next. 83: Snowy Evening (15,901) 84: United States of Letterpress (Full Circle Press)

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2021-12-08 Last, next. 82: Pitch Black (lined) 83: Snowy Evening (15,901)

2021-10-11 Last, next. 80: Trailhead (PCT) 81: Autumn Trilogy (Maple)

2021-10-04 Seventy-seven years ago today, one of the two men I was named after was murdered by the Nazis, his …

2021-09-05 I found this in a book I just pulled off the shelf. The website is still live, mostly, but it …

2021-09-04 Last, next. 79: 50 (Grass Stain) 80: Trailhead (PCT)

2021-08-20 I found this yesterday in, I’m guessing, the book that I bought there in the spring of 2001. A …

2021-08-04 Last, next. 78: Nat’l Parks (Great Smoky Mtns) 79: 50 (Grass Stain)

2021-07-22 This morning, I went inside a bookstore for the first time since January 2020. I picked up part of …

2021-06-25 Last, next. 77: United States of Letterpress (Erin Beckloff) 78: Nat’l Parks (Great Smoky Mtns)

2021-05-10 Last, next. 76: Kraft (graph) 77: United States of Letterpress (Erin Beckloff)

2021-04-25 Variations on the 10-Minute Spill

2021-04-15 Can Poetry Be Taught

2021-04-02 Last, next. 75: Letterpress (Genghis Kern) 76: Kraft (graph)

2021-03-21 Another just surfaced. (Full series here.)

2021-02-21 The last time I was in a bookstore was 55 weeks ago. Since then, I’ve bought every book online, most …

2021-02-21 Last, next. 74: Nat’l Parks (Rainier) 75: Letterpress (Genghis Kern)

2021-01-20 Last, next. 73: Nat’l Parks (Denali) 74: Nat’l Parks (Rainier)

2021-01-18 Here’s another straggler that just surfaced. From the same era that produced this bookmark. (The …

2021-01-09 Here’s another bookmark that just turned up. I remember it being cluttered and tousled, the sort of …

2020-12-12 Another entry in the intermittently active Bookmarks series. This is actually a receipt not a …

2020-12-05 Sixty years ago today, one of the two men I was named after — my Opa Nicolaas — dropped dead …

2020-11-26 Last, next. 72: United States of Letterpress (Starshaped Press) 73: Nat’l Parks (Denali)

2020-11-24 A late entry to the Bookmark project. I pulled a book off the shelf just now and stumbled on this:

2020-10-31 How I Build Things

2020-10-22 Last, next. 71: Autumn Trilogy (Elm) 72: United States of Letterpress (Starshaped Press)

2020-10-14 A Day in the Life Minneapolis, 05:30 CDT How I begin every morning tea for her coffee and the blank …

2020-09-18 Last, next. 70: Kraft (lined) 71: Autumn Trilogy (Elm)

2020-09-11 From 10 July to yesterday, I posted bookmarks from 43 different bookstores. Sixteen of them are …

2020-09-10 And this brings us to the end of the run. I will continue occasionally posting other bookmarks — and …

2020-09-09 This version surfaced a few weeks ago, too late to be included in the original post.

2020-09-08 An excellent bookstore so richly and lovingly stocked, it seems much larger than it is.

2020-09-07 I picked up armloads of science fiction and fantasy here in the early 80s. Better selection that B. …

2020-09-06 The most recent version I have, and the last for this series. Some friends sent me an envelope full …

2020-09-05

2020-09-04 The villain sweeps on stage and strikes a pose. We boo uproariously. He basks in it, studying his …

2020-09-03 From the last days of the Hungry Mind. After selling their name to a short-lived online school, they …

2020-09-02

2020-09-01 This turned up in a used book I bought in Salt Lake City, or possibly Santa Fe.

2020-08-31 I wandered in during their first anniversary in May of ’96 and was instantly ensorcelled. I appeared …

2020-08-30

2020-08-29

2020-08-28 A bookmark labelled bookmark from a bookstore called The Book Store. Reminds me of the yellow and …

2020-08-27 I love this place. (I did a doubletake when I saw the cover of Franzen’s How to Be Alone, not only …

2020-08-26

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2020-08-24

2020-08-23 From sometime in the mid ’00s.

2020-08-22

2020-08-21 In the strip mall across the street from the original Cheapo. I assume it must have been connected …

2020-08-20 Exquisite used shop. An astonishingly broad selection for a place the size of my living room, …

2020-08-19 Pitch-perfect bookstore. I salute their buyers. For example, I can take in its poetry section almost …

2020-08-18

2020-08-17 I love places like Wallace and Mercer Street to the extent they remind me of the Book House. A …

2020-08-16

2020-08-15 From sometime in the early or mid ’00s.

2020-08-14 The Blackwell’s by the university was my bookstore during my semester in Aberdeen, but I haunted the …

2020-08-13 I found Edmond Jabès’ Book of Questions here. Yes, in a Borders. In Richfield. Right there on the …

2020-08-12 Last, next. 69: Nat’l Parks (Acadia) 70: Kraft (lined)

2020-08-12 The great Labyrinth. My favorite shop in NYC. Possibly the closest in feel to the Hungry Mind in its …

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2020-08-09 From the mid-teens.

2020-08-08 Okay, Green Apple, Black Oak, then City Lights. (I was sorry, therefore, to discover that Black Oak …

2020-08-07 Love this place. A little house, with nooks and rooms devoted to different genres. In the SFF room, …

2020-08-06 I remember really liking Prairie Lights, but I’ve only been there once, passing through on a …

2020-08-05 This Borders replaced Odegards, which had held on a little longer than the St Paul store. It’s …

2020-08-04 Fantastic shop in the heart of Uptown. Everything The Strand wishes it were.

2020-08-03 This will always be the real Amazon Bookstore. Imagine the alternate universe where the venerable …

2020-08-02 Another Sunday, another Powells. From around 2011 or ’12, I think. The period has vanished from the …

2020-08-01 Hungry Saturday.

2020-07-31 Odegards at Victoria Crossing closed in ’96. (And was replaced by I wanna say an Aveda?) A few years …

2020-07-30 The erstwhile Biography, now known as Bookbook. Not sure whether I love or hate the new name. Either …

2020-07-29 No bookmark, just a business card from Biography. It was driven out by the Marc Jacobs infestation …

2020-07-28 I picked this up when we visited the USSR exhibit at Expo 86. The USSR may be gone but the Peoples’ …

2020-07-27 Almost perfect book store. Large enough to feel like you probably missed something, small enough not …

2020-07-26 Powells again. This is from around 2010 or so.

2020-07-25 It’s Saturday, which means it’s time once again for a Hungry Mind bookmark. Another tiny one from …

2020-07-24 Rounding out this NYC week is the Strand. I wish I could say why, but I’ve always merely liked …

2020-07-23 Now this is how you do a used book store. (I thought I also had a bookmark from when it was Gryphon, …

2020-07-22 Maybe it was in its decrepit twilight, but I found Gotham forbiddingly hostile and risibly pompous. …

2020-07-21 Sorry, everyone: yet another dead book store. I found this inside an older book I received from a …

2020-07-20 Housing Works is such a cool place. And possibly my favorite bookmark: good cardstock, great …

2020-07-19 For about five years, I lived an easy walk or a short Streetcar ride away from the Burnside store. I …

2020-07-18 Ah, the Hungry Mind. I started going here when I was nine to collect Tintin books. This was my book …

2020-07-17

2020-07-16 Lovely shop. I’ve seen it turn up as a location in TV shows when they want the characters to seem …

2020-07-15 Great little shop. Perfect name for a used book store. It was in Linden Hills, next door to the Dunn …

2020-07-14 I think I must have found this tucked in a book I bought somewhere else, since I have no memory of …

2020-07-13

2020-07-12 City Lights is a great bookstore, of course, and I try to go every time I’m in the City. But if you …

2020-07-11 St Mark’s was small but mighty. A regular stop when I lived in the gravity well of NYC. But I’m 0 …

2020-07-10 Two bookmarks that resurfaced in old books around the house. The Odegard’s at Victoria Crossing …

2020-07-09 Last, next. 68: Mile Marker (Deer) 69: Nat’l Parks (Acadia) The Acadia is yar.

2020-06-11 Last, next. 67: Wednesday Green 68: Mile Marker (Deer)

2020-05-07 Last, next. 66: Coastal (Chesapeake) 67: Wednesday Green

2020-05-04 Six Zoom Meetings Before Lunch

2020-04-09 Last, next. 65: Nat’l Parks (Yosemite) 66: Coastal (Chesapeake)

2020-04-04 My Plan for National Poetry Month

2020-02-18 Last, next. 64: Nat’l Parks (Zion) 65: Nat’l Parks (Yosemite)

2020-01-06 Last, next. 63: Shenandoah (Maple) 64: Nat’l Parks (Zion)

2019-11-29 Last, next. 62: Shenandoah (Oak) 63: Shenandoah (Maple)

2019-10-29 Last, next. 61: Shenandoah (Birch) 62: Shenandoah (Oak)

2019-10-21 Key Master of Brainerd.

2019-09-20 Last, next. 60: MN Yellow 61: Shenandoah (Birch)

2019-08-08 Last, next. 59: Mile Marker (Stars) 60: MN Yellow

2019-07-06 Last, next. 58: Mile Marker (Arrow) 59: Mile Marker (Stars)

2019-05-27 Last, next. 57: Coastal (LA) 58: Mile Marker (Arrow)

2019-05-06 Last, next. 56: Wednesday Green 57: Coastal (LA)

2019-03-25 On Poetry and Bullshit

2019-03-24 Last, next. 55: Kraft (graph) 56: Wednesday Green

2019-03-10 So sorry that Sixth Chamber closed for good today. Here are two bookmarks. One is from the mid 90s, …

2019-02-19 Last, next. 54: Kraft (lined) 55: Kraft (graph)

2019-01-08 Last, next. 53: Clandestine (A) 54: Kraft (lined)

2018-12-20 twenty-five years

2018-12-12 Last, next. 52: Shenandoah (Maple) 53: Clandestine (A) (I apparently missed taking a succession …

2018-10-12 Last, next. 50: Shenandoah (Birch) 51: Shenandoah (Oak)

2018-09-19 Last, next. 49: MN Red 50: Shenandoah (Birch)

2018-09-02 On Morning Pages

2018-08-19 Last, next. 48: MN Blue 49: MN Red

2018-07-16 Last, next. 47: Wednesday Blue 48: MN Blue

2018-06-23 Drake’s Equation & the Church

2018-05-07 Last, next. 45: Coastal (SF) 46: Kraft (lined)

2018-04-08 Last, next. 44: Kraft (lined) 45: Coastal (SF)

2018-02-27 Last, next. Kraft Lined. 43, 44.

2018-01-21 Last, next. 42: Pitch Black 43: Kraft (lined) My first Lined Kraft since the first pack back in …

2017-12-29 Last, next. 41: Shenandoah (Maple) 42: Pitch Black (new style)

2017-11-25 Last, next. 40: Shenandoah (Oak) 41: Shenandoah (Maple)

2017-10-19 Last, next/next. 39: Shenandoah (Birch) 40: Shenandoah (Oak) 40a: Dime Novel (as my “ongoing” poetry …

2017-09-20 Last, next. 38: MN Blue 39: Shenandoah (Birch)

2017-08-20 Last, next. 37: Pitch Black 38: MN Blue (Last of the original order from almost exactly three years …

2017-07-20 Last, next. 36, 37. (These are the first two of the new-style Pitch Black)

2017-06-14 Last, next. 35: Two Rivers 36: Pitch Black Fun facts: This is the last Two Rivers, and the first …

2017-05-25 Last, next. 34: Chicago 35: Two Rivers (Last of both.)

2017-05-05 Last, next. 33: Two Rivers 34: Chicago Finishing the Two Rivers early: the staples, as always, were …

2017-04-21 Last, next. 32, 33. (Only one more Two Rivers after these two… Saving one of my favorites for …

2017-03-20 Last, next. 31: Chicago 32: Two Rivers

2017-02-11 Last, next. 30: Pitch Black 31: Chicago

2017-01-11 Last, next. 29: Snowblind 30: Pitch Black

2016-12-21 Last, next. 28: Two Rivers 29: Snowblind

2016-11-21 Last, next. 27: Pitch Black 28: Two Rivers

2016-10-09 Last, next. 26: Chicago 27: Pitch Black (Also pictured, a black and silver Zebra Sarasa.)

2016-09-08 Last, next. 25: MN Yellow 26: Chicago (Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago)

2016-08-03 Last, next. 24: MN Red 25: MN Yellow

2016-07-08 Last, next. 23: Two Rivers 24: MN Red

2016-06-18 Last, next. 22–23: Two Rivers

2016-05-24 Last, next. 21: Pitch Black 22: Two Rivers (The previous succession is missing: 20 Pitch Black to 21 …

2016-03-09 Last, next. 19: Shenandoah (Oak) 20: Pitch Black

2016-01-26 Last, next. 18: Snowblind 19: Shenandoah (Oak)

2016-01-07 Last, next. 17: Shenandoah (Maple) 18: Snowblind (Snowblind is only a day old, but I’ve already …

2015-12-02 Last, next. 16: Shenandoah (Birch) 17: Shenandoah (Maple)

2015-10-31 Last, next. 15: Two Rivers 16: Shenandoah (Birch)

2015-09-26 Last, next. 14: MN Blue 15: Two Rivers

2015-08-15 (Feb 2021: This is the beginning of my tracking Field Notes as I used them. I originally entered …

2005-06-12 Poetry and Shock

2005-05-08 On the Hay(na)ku Form

2004-06-24 Empty the room to see the room. Strain against voice to discover voice.

2003-08-14 Drive my Car

2003-03-06 The Tracery of a Pattern I am crawling slowly through Invisible Cities. It reads like so many prose …

2003-03-03 Walter Ong, Orality & Literacy: The personal diary is a very late literary form, in effect …