- It rhymes with Lisa. Not Liza, and not Lissa. The middle vowel is a long e (represented as "i" in the international phonetic alphabet). This is the most important thing.
- The s is unvoiced. (A voiced s, or alveolar sibilant, becomes a z.)
- The first vowel is less important. I pronounce it as a schwa. Some people pronounce it as another long e like the middle vowel. A little over-enunciated perhaps, but not wrong.
- The last vowel is another schwa. (No one ever gets this wrong.)
Now it's like we're in the same room!
- I recorded a poem for InDigest's Poem of the Day podcast. Listen to it here. (See also recent Poems of the Day by Kathleen Rooney, Kate Greenstreet, Mark Leidner, Sommer Browning, Brandon Shimoda and other lovelies...)
- I played Exits Are (at first I typed "Exist Are") with Mike Meginnis. You can read the results here. Exits Are is text-based adventure game as literature. You can play too.
- There's a new issue of Open Letters. It's the 5-year anniversary issue and the theme is criticism, with long essays on critics like Gore Vidal, Elizabeth Hardwick, Virginia Woolf, and Randall Jarrell, as well as a poem by the wondrous Chris Nealon. (Nothing by me in here, but I promise a perfume column for next month.)
Martin made this valentine (click it to enlarge):
It's my favorite thing. The line is from a poem Kathy and I wrote. The back says, "I don't know about you but I find the dead of winter romantic."