Artificial Heart

Compendium Monday #2

BOOKS & JOURNALS I'm just beginning:

Obviously, I can't recommend these yet, but they've been recommended to me by trusted sources.

BOOKS I've just finished...



This essay, by the Editor-in-Chief of Ecotone, begins the latest: The Migration Issue.

You can find more about him HERE.

You can find this, and other captivating pieces in the issue of Ecotone pictured above.


Mischief and other minds by Francis O'Gorman can be found in the January 10 issue of TLS, and if you're at all curious about or interested in the work of Algernon Charles Swinburne, this is an illuminating read. I am only aware of Swinburne's work because of a creative writing workshop I took at Sandhills Community College a few years ago. One of the students--an ageless, timeless, curiousty--always came to class wearing expired military garb, reciting Swinburne's work in a warbling voice, sounding like a tide that might pull you out to sea. 


Nobody Walks was the most unexpectedly good film I watched this week. 

Today's Catch


I just read the letterpress zine, Ker-bloom! Issue 97: A Letter to My Son, and I have to recommend it. 

This is from the final page:

"My blood is brackish to the point that it always tries to flow seaward. Some of that blood is in you; it will steer you toward open waters."

Doesn't that make you want to read more?

I went over to a friend's house tonight after dinner, and she gave me the following books of poetry to read: 


The Ghost Soldiers, James Tate

from Help: "I said I didn't want any help from anyone, but, then, when no one offered me help, I was really hurt."

Artificial Heart, Peter Gizzi

from Salt: "...One fish multiplies for poverty

silently stuck in the deep

A silence unstuck in the weeds/above a rock, dividing"


Atlantis, Mark Doty

from Homo Will Not Inherit: "I'll tell you what I'll inherit: steam,

and the blinding symmetry of some towering man,

fifteen minutes of forgetfulness incarnate."


I'm already enjoying them. 

Worked on these logo designs today. Just some preliminary ideas for the Moss Beauty logo...

More to do on these tomorrow...