The Cold Tap Sings

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Category: Poems

NOTEBOOK, 1981

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NOTEBOOK, 1981

by Eileen Myles

I was so willing to pull a page out of my notebook, a day, several bright days and live them as if I was only alive, thirsty, timeless, young enough, to do this one more time, to dare to have nothing so much to lose and to feel that potential dying of the self in the light as the only thing I thought that was spiritual, possible and because I had no other way to call that mind, I called it poetry, but it was flesh and time and bread and friends frightened and free enough to want to have another day that way, tear another page.

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From the Desert to the Deep Blue Sea

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Driving from Las Vegas to Seattle via Grand Canyon and Yellowstone

5 mountain passes
4 national forests
3 Indian reservations
1 continental divide
4 national parks
3 campsites
3 waterfalls
2 volcanoes
12 lakes
10 gas stations
3 roundabouts
4 diners
3 motels
3 yellow Volkswagen Beetles
2 bald eagles
1 western tanager
0 condors
6 burgers
1 circumhorizontal arc
38 coffees
4 dust devils
5 buffalo herds
2 cowboys
5 hikes
1 float
2 cars

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2,772 miles
2.5 weeks
2 companions

Sunday 17th June – Tuesday 3rd July 2018

STAY RAIL

Stay Tail

A poem found on the Blodgett Canyon Overlook Trail in Ravalli County, Montana, USA.

HOW TO FIND GREEN SPACES IN CITIES

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How to Find Green Spaces in Cities

What happens to your romantic life
if you don’t use dating apps?

What France’s “Spiderman” reveals
about your views on immigration.

Blackcap, redstart, yellowhammer:
what’s in a bird’s name?

Please don’t roast marshmallows
over the erupting Hawaii volcano.

[All content (including title) mined from internet news headlines on my Twitter feed at 11:45 am on 30th May 2018]

SOME BEAUTIES

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Some Beauties

the falcon hears the falconer
loud and clear

she simply disobeys

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slaughter contains laughter

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some beauties:
Nyiragongo’s lava lake
butterfly stitches
fisting
Tatiana’s letter
Egil’s lament
Eyjafjallajökull

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(yes you are my lodestone yes)

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the falcon
must be female
for the tiercel is the male

(so-called
because he is one third
of her size)

tercel-gentle (Walter Scott)
tassel-gentle (Shakespeare)
tassell-gent (Spenser)

small compliment / vast continent

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some more:

stormlight
cloudbursts
backflips
geodes
cashews

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trust contains us