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la Universidad Desconocido: week 1

Had a little trouble following the discussion of the readings in more than fragments. Read a classmate's beautiful poem "Lullaby for insomniacs," remembering and mourning for her mother. I presented my poem "un ejercicia en la forma pronominal" and got some really valuable notes. The title is not really a title to speak of and the quote from Leiris needs to go -- Enrique Winter recommended I cut a few lines at the end.

But people really seemed to appreciate the poem and find it amusing. Ran out of time before we could read another classmate's poem, I'm going to read that now.

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Versos bíblicos: Poemario

I've started putting together a chapbook of poems based on Biblical verses -- using as a core the poems I've been posting lately under the tag book:bible. It's looking interesting! I'll present the chapbook at the taller de poesía en la Universidad Desconocida. The contents (currently -- I am hoping to write at least one more poem this weekend):

  1. "Profetizarse" -- quotes from Genesis, John. Invocation of God asking for His Word.
  2. "Caminos de la carne y del Espíritu" -- quotes from Romans, Psalms. Dialog between flesh and Spirit.
  3. "Vete y haz lo mismo" -- quotes from Luke. Meditation on the parable of the good Samaritan.
  4. "Tíramela" -- quotes from Leviticus, John. Meditation on casting the first stone.
  5. (untitled) -- quote from Ecclesiastes.
  6. "insensible" -- quote from Matthew.
  7. (untitled) -- Meditation on prophesy with reference to Joel.
  8. "Esqueleto" -- Meditation on prophesy.
  9. "Lo que diría la esposa de Lot" by Karen Finneyfrock.

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Thursday the 17th

descanse en paz, Gabo

“Gracias, maestro Gabo. Viaja tranquilo, que seguirán vivo entre nosotros”.

-- Jaime Abello Banfi

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Sunday the 13th

Reading list

The poetry workshop at la Uni. Desconocida is starting in a week! The reading list for the first session:


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Saturday the 12th

Let's listen to

Hometown skiffle!
You're welcome :)

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Thursday the 10th

Flesh, Spirit

Reading "Canto de guerra de las cosas" last week I was struck again by the epigraph and decided to read the 8th chapter of Romans. Here are two poems (one I started writing in Spanish and finished in English, and one I started writing in English and finished in Spanish) based on a few verses from that.

The Ways of Flesh and Spirit

by J Osner

2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Psalm 23

I will not walk forth
in the ways of the flesh
but in the ways of the Spirit. I will not
subject myself to the law of sin
and of death. For both
are of the flesh, which is not I --
though I'm living now, this moment,
in a lump of flesh. I'll walk
my pathway of the Spirit
of life in Christ Jesus, this lump
will come along for the ride.

I'm flesh which must follow
the law of sin and death --
would be no question
of walking
in any other ways
but the ways of the flesh,
for I am flesh. Will fear
no evil, for you will be with me.

And so we'll walk forth together
flesh and Spirit,
side by side
--indeed inside!--
along our separate paths
of Self and Other.

Romanos 8

por J Osner

Carne, te estoy adentro de vos
Tus sensaciones y reacciones
Son las mías. Cuando eructás
Soy yo el que me debo excusar.
Distraeme por tu hambre
Y por tu satisfacción.
Intimidame por tus anhelos;
No los voy a reconocer. Voy
A andarme conforme al Espíritu
De vida en Cristo Jesús y me retraeré
De vos y tu concepción asquerosa
Del mundo, tu valle
De la sombra del Mal
y del Muerto.

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Saturday the 5th

Sobre la presa

Un borredor:

Diamond Mill Pond, Millburn

por J Osner

El agua se desliza
sobre las piedras y el concreto
de la presa y
¿cómo voy a describir?
esas sensaciones visuales
y ese sonido
y la brisa
que los pelos cortos
de mi nuca ya inquieta -- no he foto
mira ya y ve
el corriente blanco
que anda sussurando y temblando
y escucha -- puedes oír
las hojas secas
que en la brisa se agitan
y las alondras también
cantan encima
del corriente furioso.
Ladra el perro.

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Wednesday the second

Huellas sangrientas

Huellas sangrientas

por J. Osner

La cara del paísaje se cubre de rasguños
largos derechos y bien construidos;
hieren con arte y cuidado la tierra.

--Josner Ávala

Como herida abierta
se extendía el camino
sobre la tierra. Corría muy cerca
río, pero las aguas no fueran
a servir para limpiarlo.
Había empezado a cicatrizarse;
pero mis pasos lo enconaron.
Los vi ensangrentar detrás de mi;
¿cuáles larvas raras se alimentarían allá?
¿Cuál nuevo ser aquí se nacía?

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Sunday, March 30th

State Trooper

Very productive Mountain Station jam session this morning -- here's the set list and a track:

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