Pi(e) Day 2019 poetry

A pi-based poetic form for Pi(e) Day.


Since 3/14 is Pi(e) Day, I thought I'd create a poetic form based on π, or at least on the approximation that we're celebrating, 3.14.

This is a word-count prosody, in 3 stanzas:

  • 3 lines of 3 words each
  • 1 line of 1 word
  • 4 lines of 4 words each

Their Work of Light Done

rain-pressed black-
flake layers of


sink into their dissolving
self beds, will not
with March-crazy winds
be stirred to dance.

-- Carl Bettis

Image info: from the book A Apple Pie and Other Nursery Tales, author and artist unknown.


NaPoWriMo 2019

Domesday Book

Gearing up for National Poetry Writing Month 2019 in April. I'm already writing a poem for every day in 2019 for a Facebook group, but during April I will posting a poem for every day on the blog. Some of these poems will be by heteronyms - a term coined (in this usage) by Portuguese poet Fernando  […]

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A vague reading plan

The following are the books I plan to read in the near future. I'm sure I'll end 2019 with only a few of these crossed off. I won't necessarily read them in the order they're listed below, and I'll be reading other books in-between or simultaneously. The Tale of Genji, by Murasaki Shikibu Mrs  […]

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But if I *were* to read only women authors...

Margaret Cavendish from Luminarium

I've been trying, over the past some years, to diversify my reading--not necessarily by genre or subject, but by authors. I grew up a bookworm, and over the years I've read probably thousands of books by white, cis male, mostly heteronormative, mostly Anglophone writers. It occurred to me a while  […]

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Reading about writing


A remark upon The Great Outline Debate

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Cabinet of Fossils ebook now available

Cabinet of Fossils cover

I've turned my chapbook of lefty political poetry, Cabinet of Fossils, into an ebook. Where can you buy this book, you ask?

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10 things that scare me

I'm following advice I read from horror writer Richard Thomas to list 10 things that scare me, the better to write fear. In no particular order. 1. Listening to my heart... (a) ... rather than my head. My heart is reckless. (b) ... when I lie in bed, on my stomach, ear to pillow. I have an  […]

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Poetry 365: I Am Legion

Dark Poetry

As I mentioned before, I'm doing 365 Poems in 365 Days this year. When I write at this rate, whether for a whole year or just for NaPoWriMo, I use a few heteronyms. I have five of them--six, if you count "Carl Bettis." Basil Cartryte: the experimentalist, a fan of Marcel Duchamp, John  […]

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Current reading, 1/4/2019

The the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Right now I'm reading Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse. If you hate head-hopping, this is not the book for you. Head-hopping is part of the method. As Eudora Welty says in the foreword to this edition, "the novel never departs from the subjective." Interesting, to me, is the  […]

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