begins his long march
which is a trespass
across strange earth.
of the foreigners
to whom he is the foreigner
are silken whistles
which he misses.
This is a long march.
This is a strange earth.
I am my own stranger.
AmpersandsThis quiet nightAmpersands by ashellessmind
I rescind belief
Their patient meaning
collapses into impatience.
Listen for this virtuosic
language to conclude.
Now single nouns
must be governed
by single adjectives.
A reflection of
my own singleness,
a reflection upon
my own lack of governance.
Their meaning of unity
I reprove. Their meaning
I beg to cease.
Let there be no remnant
for a remainder.
Let there be
no more anymore.
Of endings, I can see
only one. A period
upon this long period.
A plague upon all waiting.
Rain TracksThe insinuation of softRain Tracks by ashellessmind
rain into my listless ears
dispirits, disengages, distances,
detracts. 24 years, seized with
yearning, collapse--one into another.
The year I became a Christian,
which is the year you drowned me
with love, recast as an absent stage,
the seat of lingering & malingering.
Even malediction gives way to its own
rhetoric, growing malleable & impalpable.
I hardly exist: spurred on in spurts.
& so a sputtering like rain tracks
is laid upon my brain pathways.
A Saturday spent silent, in sky-watching &
sound waves, as a warper & a wonderer,
as a wearisome husk, as nothing
but a weight, whittled thin, hollowed
out, watered down, waiting for my bride.
Rape WordsURape Words by ashellessmind
Can’t write no poems
outta rape words
get inside yo mouth
& won’t let ne good words out
push inside yo mind
& suck yo best thoughts dry
press against yo chest
& suffocate w/e
wants 2 b expressd
swim around inside ya
curse ya shove ya blind ya
cry cry cry cry
Dreaming of Cameron MorseDreaming of Cameron MorseDreaming of Cameron Morse by ashellessmind
after Du Fu
This, then, is how I will position myself
at last, as you are leaving me,
the wild one, & myself the Confucian.
I, here remain: confined by my
& you: as wandering
as the wildebeest you narrate, that river merchant
of your own envisioning.
How ironic, then, that we who mixed
Xanax with alcohol,
whose roommates fled, going insane
would do nothing more at your Bachelor’s
party than remember the other
and hold a discussion with our fiances present!
The truth is we have both mellowed with age,
& you, being older, perhaps
have mellowed even more than I, taking a responsible
job & a wife, settling down,
even if in Beijing.
This is the only thing for which I can never forgive you:
that being older, you were always
a couple of steps ahead:
first to write a decent poem, first to write
the other off, first to marry, without even
telling me, first to fly away
& when I pursued, first to fly away again.
Spam Goes LiteraryFrom NPR.orgSpam Goes Literary by kaujot
Morning Edition, August 8, 2006
The e-mail came from an unknown address and the contents were equally inscrutable. "If they fire, Watson, have no compunction about shooting them down."
What did this person want?
The answer lay in an advertisement attached to the e-mail: "Now listen! This stock could help you make huge amounts of money in weeks!"
It was spam, but a modern literary version. Spammers are still hocking stocks, selling schemes to shrink your waistline or make other things grow bigger. But they're now enlisting great writers in their efforts: Charles Dickens, George Bernard Shaw, or in this case, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The lines in the e-mail were from Sherlock Holmes.
Greg Newby immediately guessed that. He's the director of Project Gutenberg, a nonprofit that has posted online the full text of books since the very early days of the Internet. Newby says people sometimes contact h
Low literacy increases risk of death [. . .]From The University of California, San FranciscoLow literacy increases risk of death [. . .] by kaujot
Low literacy increases risk of death and misunderstanding of medical consent forms
Literacy at less than a ninth-grade level almost doubles the five-year risk of mortality among elderly people, regardless of education, socioeconomic status, or health, according to a study led by a researcher at the San Francisco VA Medi cal Center.
From a public health standpoint, this has important implications, says lead author Rebecca Sudore, MD, a staff physician at SFVAMC and an assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Poor literacy appears to have long-lasting effects on patients health. This is yet just one more reason why improving the educational system in the US is so important.
The study appears in the August 2006 issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, a special issue devoted to the topic o
Unknown Writers - Issue 2IntroductionUnknown Writers - Issue 2 by imperfect
I have always believed that deviantART homes some of the most talented and exciting writers on the internet; people you should watch out for because I am certain you'll see some of these names on the shelves of your local bookstores, and in literary magazines, in the future.
The writers that are reviewed in this article will be well known to the literature community for their quality and talent, but I imagine they'll be unknown to the wider dA community, and it is you that this article is aimed at. This isn't a feature we expect you to read in one sitting, but rather, imagine it to be a magazine that you pick up when you have a spare ten minutes. Bookmark it and come back to it when you fancy reading some quality literature.
I am indebted to DementdPrncess who designed and created our fantastic UW logo, and the "seniors" in the literature community who gave up their time to help me put together this feature. Please show them a bit of
News! News?!? NEWS!!!!!News! News?!? NEWS!!!!!News! News?!? NEWS!!!!! by lolly
News. Hot button issue, or more accurately, a hot topic issue. The news system as of right now is very chaotic. People are going willy nilly with it and posting whatever they like and for a while it was even appearing in your message center. Let me address that quickly. A fix was made so that users can no longer submit to Hot Topics, DA Blog or Notices, so no more goofy spam showing up there anymore. If something shows up in there is has been posted by an administrator. So that should clear up some immediate clutter and abuse potential.
Next, things will be getting tweaked so things can be down voted, thus leaving things of a higher quality to rise to the top. Speaking of quality, I understand you are all excited about being able to submit news on your own now. But does this mean you should simply submit an article that says I dont know what to submit? No it does not. You, as an individual need, need NEED! to take a bit of re