Monthly Archives: September 2011

Rehearsal Not broken music, music still half-built, its girders and its scaffolding on view. Each repetition shows us something new that we half-heard before, but with a tilt that brings it ever closer to the best. Perfect because imperfect, not … Continue reading

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Utopia Greenhouse that grows raspberries for our tea and several kinds of salad when we dine. We live in this vast home that was once mine and I’ve asked you to come share it with me. Sixteen long shelves full … Continue reading

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This was a challenge poem…

Cecelia Tan challenged for a short poem about love and magic here and I couldn’t resist because I haven’t written a villanelle for months. Love is the spell that changes everything It makes us better or it makes us worse … Continue reading

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Hard to know whom this poem will offend most

Valediction I still have most of you. They changed your shape Carved you and stitched you. Threw away my balls but when – as happens – someone hostile calls what I chose mutilation, madness, rape, I think unfondly of you. … Continue reading

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Countryside – For Elaine O’Neill Open the carriage doors, take one step down. Feel light frost on cement beneath your foot Doors beep and close. An electronic hoot The train departs. It’s going back to town. And when it’s gone, … Continue reading

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The story of Gallus Mag

As my friends know, one of my particular bugbears is the transphobic radfem blog called GenderTrender and run by someone who goes – as she is perfectly entitled to do – by the pseudonym Gallus Mag. As often happens when … Continue reading

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I’ve been getting a white screen on startup, sometimes the moment I turn things on, and after the machine has been resting. So far I’ve been able to work around this by pressing F12 or by the three-fingered salute followed … Continue reading

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