Archive for December, 2007

christmas present

contributors copies of blue dog & HEAT arrived in my mailbox on the same day. nice stuff: check them out.

i know, this blog-posting is woefully inadequate. hmmm.

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everything

is a carefully carved status reminder forged

outa rain scrabble & the colour red but not in

that order eg i miss my first dog to whom i would

go ‘shut up’ i also miss the absence of one of

those houses where you play in the foundations

in the oil-stained dirt just imagine the scientist

i would be with all that time alone & boundless

junk & string my animal keeping track of the ex-

periments faithfully my best friend going home

because he won’t understand the rules go &

move to queensland then for all i care just see

where that gets you a life of ignominy no doubt

fuck you i’ll talk to the wall it’s painted brick

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f-a-c-e-b-o-o-k

during the week the mandatory ‘is’ disappeared from facebook’s status updates. it’s an amazing event, one really worth commenting on in a blog entry. what does it mean? why did it happen?

firstly it means facebook users are no longer constrained by the present tense. thus, the average facebook user need no longer be a writer of fiction. previously any status update other than ‘Derek Motion is logged into facebook and typing his status’ would have been at least a stretch of the truth. now, instead of putting ‘Derek Motion is cooking turkey bacon’ (for example) one might put ‘Derek Motion just finished cooking some turkey bacon’. much more honest.

of course there are those facebook users who have never really treated the status field as a direct mimetic ‘Derek Motion conduit’. we all know there are those that do. ‘Derek Motion is thinking this’, ‘Derek Motion is thinking that’, ‘Derek Motion is getting a drink of water’ etc etc. screw that (& you know who you are conduit-people). the status field has for me always been a field of play. ‘Derek Motion is Ralph Macchio’.

& this means the limitations of play have been expanded. i welcome this move. i welcome the confusion traditional facebookers are experiencing. i applaud the committee that worked long into the night to come to this radical change of status-policy. perhaps they referred to evidence such the amount of people in some of those ‘one million people demand this or that’ groups. perhaps they didn’t. at any rate, let’s all move forward with gusto into this new era of past, present & future personal status.

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elfinboycut

once upon time i was a house rhyming

lips with tulips but then i have to become

me here & now \ finding that les murray already

did several things / yes i was annoyed but

later on (in your linguistic past) i realise

the stringing together of these things to be

more important / & i print a fuckin confess-

ion on my blog / when the future was

now i was then obviously & simultaneously

looking back to this reading / threading / knitting

/ watching susan hampton knit recently / she

seems unembarrassed maybe then hope

lies inviting & naked for all barack obamas

/ there is nothing on tv anymore what

happened to life / look it is cheap porn

in another country \ sbs now & 11 oclock /

how overly expected (an amalgam of nonsense)

they are picking up an israelii dwarf / the

synthetic violin tries (somewhere) to make

it all tragicomic / then we lived happily &

ever after \ this is not me / i do other

things

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i can’t remember the names of all the media sources i access on a daily basis, i don’t desire that kind of confidence

fran drescher, cbs, & flushing queens or something

the chair commercial that coincides with a slap of thunder

most of my day happens in a one-hour-drama

you know what: everything can be summarised into a much smaller & shorter account, &, it makes absolute sense to be radically indecisive about this kernel, this brief & communicable summary statement. furthermore, answers are only ever derived, poetically, by going at things indirectly, & amassing a body of units, words, phrases, ideas that add up to a summarisable stance. there seems to be a rhythm in this.

who cares about natalie wood? puts money into the venture…

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position vacant

there’s a job going at csu for a lecturer in writing.

i quote: ‘It is also anticipated there will be opportunities to develop new subjects in writing and supervise honours and postgraduate students.’

i am one of those postgrad students. & come to think of it, i would suggest i am the only one actually doing research into creative writing, as opposed to literary studies.

so, wanna supervise me? i’m thinking we’ll meet over a few beers; there will be none of those ‘academic seminars’ required of me; & yet, you will have boundless knowledge that relates to everything i’m hoping to do – you will not be lazy.

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tadadat

i’ve been blogging here for 2 years. a success, of sorts.

sarah had a poem in this weekend’s Review section of The Australian. i like it.

read here about Westerly losing it’s funding. i’m a bit unsure about it. there is the possibility that funding could be directed more effectively than towards the ultra-expensive ‘major lit-journals’. but, there’s no guarantee the money taken away will even be still directed vaguely towards the arts. so, i guess this is bad.

i have a new idea. i’ll talk about it later.

to those who want my chap, i’m on it, they will be in the mail. i’m just kinda slack at the moment.

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