for Alex

Thought feels the edges.
Just so far it was only yesterday?
So far it seems now till tomorrow.

Time isn't space.
Away for the day, one says--
gone fishing. Now and again.

The sounds echo in the quiet morning--
such faint edges of place, things, not yet quite seen.
But one knows the familiar presences.

The world will be as one left it,
still there, to reappear again perhaps
where it always is.

--Robert Creeley


this cocaine's for horses

this cocaine's for horses, it ain't for men
the doc says it'll kill me, but he don't say when

(from cocaine blues)

the inside of a man

There is something about the outside of a horse
That is good for the inside of a man.

-Sir Winston Churchill

Afleet Alex

We interrupt this horselessness to offer you a little horse.

Early May: Jen's thesis is due
May 5: cinco de mayo; also, Jen teaches her final class @ brown
May 6: Jen attends her final class @ brown & gives a reading with her fiction class

What a week the first week of May will be! There is, to be sure, a derby party in the works. (If you're reading this, you're invited.) At last year's party, I really felt shamed for not being able to provide more information about the horses & history of the derby. Anytime someone asked me something I didn't know, I just shoved another mint julep in their face. But not this year! I'll still be shoving mint juleps, of course, but we're going to do our homework.

I think the first horse we ought to check out is Afleet Alex. Granted, his name doesn't have the poetry that I covet in my racehorses, but then neither did Smarty Jones. I haven't been keeping up with the races lately, but apparently Afleet Alex is kicking some booty.



"This horse is a beast," said Jockey Jeremy Rose after the race. "He's classy enough to sit off the speed and take off. I really didn't have to do much with him, other than keep him out of trouble. I've been on decent horses before, but this one is special because of the way he runs. He is so athletic and professional. He does everything you ask him, whether it is in a workout or a race. It seems he has an unlimited amount of gears; that's why I think he can easily go longer."

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And also new, DIAGRAM

Issue 5.1 of DIAGRAM is up and live and crazy, at the usual place:

:: WHAT YOU'LL FIND IN 5.1TEXT (variously, including collaborations, javascript poems, multimediacraziness, and lots more) by: N. M. Courtright, Chad Davidson and John Poch,DJ Dolack, Ryan Flaherty, Miriam Greenberg, Kelle Groom, Janis Butler Holm,Elizabeth Kerlikowske, Christine Boyka Kluge and Rick Mullarky, Lisa Lee,Menage a Trois: Brea Burton, Jill Hartman, and Cara Hedley, Peter Mishler,Caryl Pagel, Marc Pietrzykowski, Derek Pollard, Peter Jay Shippy, EricTorgersen, Gautam Verma, and Scott Withiam.


REVIEWS: Matt Dube on Marie Curie, Shara Lessley on Sabrina Orah Mark's THEBABIES, and the DIAGRAM staff on Brian Leung's WORLD FAMOUS LOVE ACTS andJessica Helfand's REINVENTING THE WHEEL.

IMAGES BY: Adelheid Mers and Alexander Rose

SCHEMATICS: 2 Irrigation Engineering Images; Combinations for PyramidBuilding; The Contrast Between Natural and Enforced Releases of Doubles;Extraction of "Prominence" Feature; Fully Developed Cumulonimbus CloudShowing Internal Currents. After this Stage the Cloud Will Decline; TheGeneral Procurement Procedure; and Some Insect Wings

H_NGM_N #3 is new!

[[There's some great stuff in this journal -- check it out! And look for writing by editor Nate Pritts in the upcoming issue of horse less review.]]


H_NGM_N #3, our first fully online issue, features poetry by Adrian Blevins, Adam Clay, J.L. Conrad, Mike Dockins, Tom Dvorske, Matt Hart, Clay Matthews, David Saffo, Jim Simmerman, Tony Tost & Thom Ward, essays by Daniel Becker on Frank O'Hara & Robert Lowell & by Joe Wenderoth on Chaim Soutine, a story by Matt Dube, a portfolio of artist Keith Gamache's work & some gags by Tom Horacek to keep the mood light.Spend some time with the site & you'll find we've archived our first two print issues as fully downloadable (& free) pdf files. Pop into the editor's office to hear what I have to say & check our submission guidelines to find out how you can be a part!