* Got back from Denver last night. Natch, I'm too pooped for a post more substantial than bullet points, or the equivalent. I hemorrhaged so much money into travel expenses that I didn't buy many books this year, but our combined haul is pretty good. First up I'm reading Post Moxie by Julia Story, just out from Sarabande. I've been telling people my new poems are inspired by Bluets (Maggie Nelson) and City of Moths (Sam Starkweather) but I now realize Post Moxie, which I read in manuscript form a couple years ago, predated those texts as an inspiration. You can read three of my new poems, thusly inspired, here. (Thanks to Hannah Miet for the comment!) More are coming to a Denver Quarterly near you.
* I learned a new word: janky. This from the mouth of Katie Caron, a visual artist (ceramics and installation) we spent some time with in CO. Judging from context alone, "janky" seemed to mean a little rough around the edges, or slightly crappy in execution. Urban Dictionary provides a less nuanced or at least more emphatic definition, more like "crappy, period."
* I also learned the origin and actual meaning of the phrase "Oh, the humanity!" which, if you think about it, makes no sense. You probably know that it comes from the radio broadcast during the Hindenburg disaster. Here's the little-known fact, as reported by John: The zeppelin came crashing down into the ground crew, which was called the Humanity. A bit of transcript from the broadcast: "And oh, it's…burning, oh, four or five hundred feet into the sky. It's a terrific crash, ladies and gentlemen. The smoke and the flames now and the frame is crashing to the ground, not quite to the mooring mast. Oh, the humanity and all the passengers screaming around here." (I assume he read this in a book, because I can't find a reliable reference online. I did find this slightly different account: "Herbert Morrison's famous words should be understood in the context of the broadcast, in which he had repeatedly referred to the large team of people on the field, engaged in landing the airship, as a 'mass of humanity.' He used the phrase when it became clear that the burning wreckage was going to settle onto the ground, and that the people underneath would probably not have time to escape it. It is not clear from the recording whether his actual words were 'Oh, the humanity' or 'all the humanity.'") Either way, I put this up there, in terms of stuff your teachers unwittingly lied about, with how your blood's not really blue. Also, how everyone thinks "Wherefore art thou, Romeo" means "Where are you, Romeo?"
* Allen has been requesting a post about Apple. But I don't think I have anything new to add. It's already been said that the high price point of Apple products, for "Mac people," is "a feature, not a bug." I've never understood the claims that what you're paying for is better design, since I find Macs frustratingly difficult to use, and pretty generic-looking from the outside, like "designer" toasters from Target. Also, I've used Dells for decades and never had a virus of any significant consequence. I don't like gadgets, I'm not a gamer, and I have better ways to waste my money (by which I mean, more fun for me). What else is there to say? Yo Big A: How about some FAQs or talking points?