April 30, 2012

The Problems Go With It

The nights

The old neighborhood

All things past

Clich├ęs about tenses getting you nowhere

Taxis vs. planes on runways

Rental cars vs. canoes

The end result is different

The end of times is more times

Everything collapses into one so it can be another

Have you ever watched them build a brick wall?

They're pretty great

Location:S Culver St,Baltimore,United States

All Around This Town


Certain smells

Night-time and way behind but that's ok

Is that open?

Is that what's going on here?

We mean some things

Tractor beams don't happen by accident

Lean in

As in go with it

As in I hope you enjoy your breakfast

The water's warm

No one ever went wrong by protein

Location:M St NE,Washington,United States

Do You Know What I Mean?

A lot to wonder about

When you can see through something

It's hard to measure the space between here and there

Distance vs. velocity vs. getting there faster and faster

Starting a new book vs. finishing what you're reading

Vegetables, nutrients, good for yous

We live a lie because ice is lighter than really cold water

Or that's why we live at all

Location:7th St NW,Washington,United States

Constant Capsule Contact Coffers

Who's idea were the enzymes

And approaching something like another lightspeed problem

First a switch and then many switched and many-er things out the other end

Does this accelerate the rate of change or alleviate it?

Does this convey a comforting sense of where I'm at?

Continuous who's getting more questions are not the answer

Continuous anything is not the answer

There is a time for watching

There is a time for doing

There is a time for sharing

Why collapse them?

How much of this is lies vs. how much of this is Monday?

This town is full of birds

Location:14th St NW,Washington,United States

Giant-like, Meaning Something


The famine side of feast or famine


Outstretched hand on an outstretched arm

Nothing saved

Nothing new

Borrow borrow borrow

The red fish

The remembrance

Embrace it, you say

He, she, another day

We're sitting around a table

We see through the walls

The kitchen window earns us a reset, but it still doesn't matter

That thing in your lungs

It's the end

Location:14th St NW,Washington,United States

Sooooo Dreamy!

I had these massive thumbs

I was reenacting something important and uncontrollable

Wielding, welding, woodwork, memories

Sunrise, sore shoulders, woodsmoke, feelings

Present like a symptom

Collapse the ankle

Like mere minutes

You can take speech out of circulation

You can take pennies away because they cost so much

You can put jeans in the dryer with stones and coins and they'll look older

You can wash things by hand in cold water

Look at your palms

Look at the back of your hands

Consider dirt and grass

I had these massive thumbs, you see

Location:Hobart St NW,Washington,United States

April 29, 2012

Does This Look Like May To You?

Sometimes you win in the bottom of the ninth

Down by two with nothing until the end

And the a lot of something


This isn't a metaphor, it's reporting

And I was there


Sometimes you win

Sometimes the sun is up

Sometimes it's April


You get the point


There is a use for every ruler

Levels are amazing things

I'd love to be able to jump higher


I made johnnycakes for breakfast

They were delicious

Location:Washington Blvd,Baltimore,United States

April 28, 2012

The Sound of Excited

The highlights on your pupils are Japanese-big and quivering

There are searches for little sisters

There are expectations and assurances

The smell of woodsmoke calls you home

Trays and ropes and rain and second

People people people

It is spectacular

As in magnifique

As in the fourth of July


Vunderboond for real

It's ok to not know what you're talking about

As long as you're not pointing a loaded weapon at somebody

The sun is long down

The rain has come and gone

Gentleman, gentleman, there are dogs enough for everyone

Location:Portland St,Baltimore,United States

April 27, 2012

And Then There's a Hawk (Summer Winds)

There's a second chance

There's many ways to look at it

Sometimes many act as one, but we rarely call attention to the common other way

There's pants and sweatpants and then there's the sweet and the down

Puffy vest vs. Summer?

Summer wins

Neither have hands

Both have sunsets

A smaller group inside of a bigger group inside of the laws of thermodynamics

Feedback all the way down to the ground

A moment of happy memory that isn't gilded

Running from anger like it's the Plague because it turns out to be pretty plague-like

There's a day and another day and another

It's starting to remind me of a wolf dressed to look like a sheep

The many shades of carriage

The after-effects of too much sun

Impacts measured, observed

Measured, observed

Sever, consider, cut, infinitives, more, forward-facing, weekends, catch up, nutrition, pace

The many shades of throttle

A really great pair of socks

More more more more more

Again again

Ever ever ever ever

Over the top, through the bridge, tighten



Location:Emory St,Baltimore,United States

April 26, 2012

All The Bigger to Think You With

There is a sun

And there are lies

There are spirals caused by gravity

And those caused by repeated action you're not proud of

Plants have roots -- some more effective than others

Decisions are nothing like trees

Here's a hint: I'm very successive

At least that's what a buncha guys out in California are telling me


Maintain a steady stride

Constant revolutions equal miles

How's your heartbeat?

Two two two two

Tow away, tow outwards, too much

Symphony for one

Code done coded


In the corner



I'll say




Many many forever

Many many blank

The folds, the wrapper, the sound

Location:Emory St,Baltimore,United States

April 25, 2012

Some Say the Newton Was Ahead of Its Time

Travel between galaxies, think about it

Inertia cuts both ways

So does lightspeed

We talk about things that ring true

We talk about alloys and precious metals

Actually, is there a such thing as precious metals or did I just make that up

If the communication communicates then it isn't mangled, but other things might be

What can you make with a cloud?

What can you test?

What can you measure right now?

What good is it?

A guy I used to work with once saw someone take a header off that bridge

I don't think he was sitting where I'm sitting

Telescopes, compression, monocles, individual trees or blades of grass, useful assumptions, expected distinctions

Sometimes a good day keeps getting better on the heels of a bad one, and I'm trying to figure out if that's why I do this

Brass is different things to different people, and there were and still are a bunch of people that either don't have a clue or don't care

There is maybe no difference between those for you

Are you sitting in the sun?

By water?

In a pair of your favorite jeans?

Try being ridiculous a little more

Might be good on you

Meanwhile, I promise to try to eat a little more regularly

We'll catch up later

Location:Whitehurst Fwy NW,Washington,United States

This Is This Is This Is This O's This Was This Is This

Nocturnal is as nocturnal

A study of cookies, cake, and butter

Partitions in France

Unseasonal chill

Unearned relaxation

Explosions in movies vs. explosions in a staged play

You lean on it for a reason

Myths rest

Undiscovered creatures and untested theories

Render as in fat

Balance carefully


Somebody, you, somebody, you, somebody

We need more of you

Location:Dover St,Baltimore,United States

April 23, 2012

It Tends to Ends; Monday, Monday; and Tomorrow

I picked up a book on haircuts and another on the importance of dressing nice

It could be any year in almost any country

But it isn't

I'm back in 2012 Baltimore

I close my eyes and I'm somewhere else

Your eyes are open, you're somewhere else, and I like that on you

You can only put so many pins in a t-shirt

Buttons tend to be strewn on floors or they stud an elevator panel

Children have an innate sense of buttons, everyone knows that

Why am I wasting your time?

Heat makes the air swirl and the dust rises until it collapses

Cold makes the water shrink then it freezes and it grows

Daylight makes the planets sing and the birds help orphaned girls with laundry

Pictures make the day stand still and everyone mistaken

Pillows let the head rest

This is the waiting


Everything is moving into place

Location:Dover St,Baltimore,United States

April 22, 2012

There You Have It

How much change vs. how much quickly same

Squint your eyes and you'll see gravity wells everywhere

It's more beautiful than sparkle

Wrap myself up in beautiful

Cruising on a lazy bike, handmade shoes, reposada, poolside naps, new friends, dogs and food by the fire, 11pm ice cream before bed

Only have a few more hours before it's time to head back east by heading three hours west

Gravity wells play tricks on you

Don't fight it

Sounds good at least

My skin is singed

But my life is on fire

Location:W San Antonio St,Marfa,United States

April 21, 2012

Well Hello Gorgeous

In West Texas, you think of a song and you buy it

No not because there might be some rattler at your boot a moment later

There isn't some fear you're gonna die in the desert

I could put it down that way

Make a good read

West Texas desert voice

All boots and belts and hand-worked wooden handiwork

They made a shed that's shaped like a starship because they could

This town is full of because they could -- that's why you should visit

I could say something about never going home, but I got this girl back east, you see

All kinds of reasons

But heads up, maybe a month?

There'd be a lot of sitting

Mixed in with some walking


Except for this right here, I'm making it all mine

Location:W San Antonio St,Marfa,United States

April 20, 2012

Don't Call It a Cornerback

Texas and steers

Nightmare walkers, psychopath talkers

Books on music on tape


The legendary autumn

The king of things larger and smaller

Disjoint the annoying aftermathers


Got it gone

Got it going for mooring long

Ice cream one after the other


You're the Rose Parade!

Your arms are the best arms bested

Ever after, ever more, ever crystal, ever torn


Past lives by the mile

Stolen nibbles for wise gauges

Skin can smile beast, beast, beast

Location:Convair Rd,El Paso,United States

This Is Your Boarding

This is your on-boarding process

This is offlining a little bit of everything

This is leaving a lot bit of the last 100 days back in Baltimore to talk among themselves


Shirt sleeves



From taxi to taxi to heaven to heaven the rocking you're expecting

Trevor, get the light

Earrings and earphones and ear wigs

Sets and pieces

Please ensure all kinds of stuff for me while I'm away

You're the best

Location:Baltimore St,Halethorpe,United States

April 19, 2012

How Farther, How Arch

How farther the farther

How comb the comb

Forbid the coaxing spoil the dial

Wake up to the newer buffer

Ever forward, ever failure

Deeper and deeper and farther still

We learned quite a lesson from that there prohibition

The space between two sections or a cave with unreliable lighting

Salt flats again, some other barren something, a concrete expanse piled high with barrels

Girders upon girders into space

Outer space

Time to consider open-ended issues

Display cases

Outdoor seating areas complete with ceramic chimneys

The intersection of many advancing cultures

Tomorrow we take the hill

And the next day we get serious after breakfast

Our children will remember the hats

They'll call them quaint

But here you are

Bleeding out



And almost forever

Third on the left

Location:Portland St,Baltimore,United States

Foot-Pounds, Past Lives, And So Forth

I got you this great picture of a cartoon squid but my phone crashed out without saving it right

And it is wicked late and I need to be up real early so I'm not gonna roll back down to the cartoon squid again

I need to get some sleep instead

And there are plenty of those squid -- you'll see them soon enough


Could you find me some ultra-biodegradable, safe-for-everyone-in-every-way markers so I can throw them into the sea?

It doesn't matter who thought of that

Or who followed it up into a joke by adding the Red Sea to the mix

It comes down to the fact that you open it up and you see all the people


What's the last thing that surprised you

Be honest


Have you seen
Our hourglass-patterned
Divan going going
Going over the

Pretty much everyone
Over forty and over fudge
Dreams of a day that'll
Glow like
Exit signs and neon hearts and today's date on your phone.


Heisenberg's fudge
Fuzzy fudge
Statistical fudge

I-can't-spell caramel
But-I-love-the-scene caramel
And-am-a-sucker-for-rhythm caramel


Don't worry, I know there are far better places I could traipse

But I'm gonna turn in for now


The day is over when you say so

Somebody said so

Location:Portland St,Baltimore,United States

April 17, 2012

Someday You Will Be Selected

To weigh the evidence being lined up against one of your peers

Things will happen at distances from their causes

Time will wrap its arms around you to make a new you

Someday you'll sit somewhere and everything worse will fall away, but it will take everything better with it

Diamonds and pebbles will be one

You'll stop seeing atoms and spheres and electrons will be loosed from the shells in your mind

Your body will set you free

Down a hill or across a floor or through a door

You'll risk injury

You'll breathe and breathe deeply

You'll flex your toes and then curl them into the soles of your shoe

You might check the wind

Exhaust, something being fried into delicious, laundry detergent, dirt, greenery

There will be stoplights and loss and forgiveness

Faces will come to you one at a time over a period of weeks and sometimes you'll remember names

Who, what, and where will be on the tip of your tongue

Every one is asking, So what? So what?

You've got this one.

April 16, 2012


You got some

Late night

I don't care about your facts

Sometimes going to the farm will involve a farm

Sometimes they will quit of their own accord

The World Trade Organization

The G-8

I work in Washington, DC

That's how we write it out

Wheelwright, playwright, player, housecat, domesticated cattle, Tuesday, the letter R

Crying faces all the way around the world

Reflective faces on top of something else

Habits all around us

All these people know what we want far better than we do

Turn your eyes to the sky -- sun or stars or clouds

You were made for this


Location:Carroll St,Baltimore,United States

April 15, 2012

A Painting Is Born

A country is composed

A ballet is destined

A match evolves

Beginning with a herd of 80 animals in the Middle East over ten thousand years ago

If they go for ever and ever they keep going

Blue walls, square corners, southwestern states, military specialists

Another hundred shades of not white

So so many siblings

So so many jetpacks heading upward

It's star-showers all night again

Pink shirts to come, the dome of the sky, done done done

There are things you won't get past, there are days that follow this one, there are always more haircuts

This discussion is done

Location:Melvin Dr,Baltimore,United States

April 14, 2012

G-U-I-NEA That's Right!

It's lovely out and so I'm out in it

We chip away the wall to find new walls

Could it be chips all the way down?

Breeze, sunshine, staying hydrated -- these are not challenges

A bunch of people died here in the 18th century

Similarly in the 19th

It's probably easier to get rid of centuries


An if-then chain a day long

A backyard five row houses long

A prop plane overhead

(To occupy my time)

A drink on a wire table, my ass
In a wire chair

Feet crossed at the ankles like it's Saturday

Indulgent like it's Saturday


Birds overhead

Tree limbs overhead

In case of fire, break glass

Be merry

Location:S Fremont Ave,Baltimore,United States

April 13, 2012

Intensive Purposes

Porpoises stand on their own

I see your star-shower and raise you the weekend to come

Scrollwork, thick volumes, boughs and twigs

The last Staff of Wisdom

The last ring in the Evening Bell

Words that are hard to pronounce

Big-ass eyes and highlights and more sunshine

The First Assistant vs. the Second Assistant

Saying the same thing over and over

The sunset wants my place

The sunset is watching me

I will find flowers

Location:Penn St,Baltimore,United States

April 12, 2012

Two Months, 515 Unread Messages

It's where I'm at

And I've made peace with it

I could tell you about hints of vanilla

And that'd lead to chatter and chatter about Tahiti

My favorite head massage

Pink ties

Vision quests in the desert

Pretty people

This is the motherfuckin' life, motherfuckers

Do you worry about asteroids hurtling toward Earth, or real estate values on Neptune, or the chances of a tsunami in the mid-Atlantic?

We'd call that shit a tidal wave


Bring it

Percussion is melody tonight

Location:Penn St,Baltimore,United States

Review: Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room

Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room
Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room by David Weinberger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The good of this book is really good. But it goes on to get repetitious and loose and at its worst moments downright trite. So here's the deal... Read it, get revved up, and when your enthusiasm wanes, just put it down and move on. The good you get from it up to that point, though, is well worth it.

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April 11, 2012

Every Home Has Hundreds of Spiders In the Walls, Keeping It Healthy

Warm bricks


Communication across generations

Defenders of our shores, defenders of our homes

Counting from one until you're through

When you set your mind to something you try not to forget

Unpaired and roadside

Fried food

It's as if your garbage can has a lid made of lead

Squinting your eyes to get the contrast

The ease of turning your head a bit vs. lasting change in public sentiment

The neatest pile ever piled

More angels, more trying, more now

Breathing exercise

Like jumping, like your way back, like the shuffle, like the Golden Age of the Big Four, like you got this, like what they'll say afterward


Location:Portland St,Baltimore,United States

April 10, 2012

More Than Company

To run incredibly fast from one place to another

To make decisive movements but without reason

A particular object slipping out of your grasp

Or the once-solid becoming nothing before your very eyes

Somethings may take a long time, but everything happens

Let's tie reason's slumber to the tail of an angel that isn't paying attention

Don't worry, he won't smite you

Let's hide our problem out on the salt flats where witches fear tread

Let's get ourselves a nutritious meal and tip generously

This haul won't get any shorter

Hills and un-hills, alike

Like fever and cold clamminess dancing across your forehead

A whole bunch of likes

Little things standing in for big things

Every thing that brings me back to you

A solid as

A couple of buts

Like like like

Turn it around

You won't find it cheaper

Location:Portland St,Baltimore,United States

April 9, 2012

Can't Stop or Won't Stop?

Good night, Ms. Dall -- I find myself looking for facts that just don't matter

I remember sitting on a dirty floor in the basement of the Tokyo Rose, having abandoned my post at the bar


You, and the others that night

Rumors of messy love triangles that also didn't matter

For that 30 minutes nobody was getting a drink and nobody needed one


I think I'm driving to New York tomorrow for dinner with a friend and hopefully some other friends that are more like brothers actually

And the situation is shitty because that's what it takes to get us together

And that's shitty, too


You look back and you look forward and you hope not to walk into shit


I used to write like this


I like that Cold War Kids song about taking family vacations and swearing you'd not take another drink

But I'm having a drink right now and that's not a problem


All kinds of things make you look in all kinds of directions

Lefties say the darnedest things

Racists say the darnedest things

Almost dead people say the darnedest things

Hey you, you know who you are

If you lie to me I'm going to want to punch you in the goddamned mouth

I already want to punch you in the mouth

I wish I had punched you in the mouth back when

You really could've used it

But my daughter was with me and she really thought your girlfriend was great

And I just don't punch people in the mouth

I don't know that I have it in me

Location:Portland St,Baltimore,United States

April 8, 2012

There Is a One, and There Is a Two

I don't know

What's your favorite reference coin for scaling a photographic subject?

What's your favorite white for a living room?

I don't have the strongest opinions on countertops.

I remember roofs more than roof-decks.

The sound of hooves in the distance and my life rarely cross paths.

The sound of a train in the distance late at night.

Industry in my city is more often dying industry.

A rooftop, summer, early early morning, flat on my back, been out all night, someone's sheer-ish shirt over my face softening the light. Pretty perfect.

Wrap-around porch, between ocean and sound, North Carolina, sun on its way to set, blood pressure on the floor, warm skin, cold drink. Also pretty perfect.

I'm sick of this cough

It'd be a winter-echo if I didn't love winter so much

That's what I've got

Location:Portland St,Baltimore,United States

April 7, 2012

The Third Person in a Moderately Sized Group of Individuals

An ongoing struggle between cardinals and dogwoods

A war that keeps it local

A correction concerning quotes from subjects in varied states of mental disarray

Cannon fire before lunch

Blood before smoke

You take a pole and drive it deep into the earth

You take another pole and you do the same

And then another and another and eventually you have something stable

We've built on rock and sand and mud and less

We used to levitate

We used to laugh about it

One, two, three, four

Tell me about elevators, tell me about France

One, two, three, four, five

Tell me about annuals and Arbor Day and the last last last

Location:Bernard Dr,Baltimore,United States

April 6, 2012

Make Up the Make, Model, Serial Number

(or "Something About a Rain Delay Leads to Double-Header)

Something like showers and flowers

Something about this being the first day of 180-odd days

Weak attempts to connect a past-time to something larger

A discussion of the economics -- all the way to the ground -- of American baseball would be fascinating

Like Moneyball but actually about the money

Like when you step back and you start looking at every industry as "workfare," like that view you take sometimes where you see television networks as merely optimized ad delivery channels

Cars, seen from a plane at a certain altitude remind you of ants and there is absolutely nothing new in that

From low orbit a variety of features -- man-made and otherwise -- are visible and while that fact is interesting it is more or less useless on most days

What you can see from wherever you are has wildly fluctuating value

What you can see is changing

How you see is changing what you see

What you see is changing how you see next

Like tomorrow and so on

Where I'm at:
Armchairs, butterflies, quarterbacking, under-investment.

Risk portfolios, raise the stakes, urgency, some things do really matter, priorities.

A little bit of a chill, time with me people, time with me, sunlight.


More to come.

Location:Melvin Dr,Baltimore,United States

April 4, 2012

The Bellow Something Softly

Believing. Beautiful bubbles. A battery of thoughts.

A full complement of thoughts.

Tattered shawl of desire.

Nineteenth century aphorisms vs. the tiers of avarice.

Twentieth century sentries.

Drawings of drumming centaurs.

Sea shells and sea shores.

Football and shaggy dogs. Shetlands. Hinterlands. Dimanche.

The dimmer the anchor the further the haul.

The fur. The hand. The brow.

Ham-fisted hat-erdays.

What's it worth?

What's it worth to you?

It's always cobwebs we're shaking. Always for no good reason.

Tilt you head to the side till it makes sense.

Scoop up earth and sift it through your fingers.

Still outstretched. Still bumpy.

Hold it in the light.

April 3, 2012

Be Scared

This one goes out to all the 911 dispatchers

Like a comfy change of clothes, but for everything

I'm working on earning it and thinking it till then

I'm saving up for a celestial-scale warm iron that's gonna make everything OK

I say could great things about living in Baltimore and you either hear me or you don't

I can get loud when I'm frustrated

My great grandfather was pretty much blind before I was born

There's this thing about neck tattoos, this other thing about "survival," this thing about freeloaders vs. accountability, this thing about plateaus, this thing about a good meal or a good drink or remembering to eat lunch

This thing about teen moms, this thing about 911 dispatchers and suicide lines, this thing about the Fall line up

This thing about unbridled hate, this thing about tortoises, this thing about baby anything

Some days it's like all stripes

Some days Johnny Cash

We've got two more left, you guys have been great

I've got to hold it in my hands

I've got to, got to, got to

Location:Penn St,Baltimore,United States

April 2, 2012

No Freebies Here, Son



Blocked out.

Viennese fodder, meet mid-century meat grinder.

How do you draw a pony?

How do you quarter a match?

There is spit-up all over your dream journal, my precious.


Come sit by the fire and we'll chit-chat the finer points of god's eyes and lengths of lengths.



Forever in spectacle.

Day or night I will go

Where there is a floor strewn with everything I have.

Let's focus on the smells.

I've got a few more boxes to get through.

This one says "Misc"

Real fucking helpful, Jamie.

Location:W Cross St,Baltimore,United States

April 1, 2012

Colonel, Where Are You Taking Us? I Thought We Were Staying in the City

Maybe we've misjudged ice cream

Maybe we couldn't resist chasing after the forgers

We're training

We're learning to outrun translation and confound surface tension

It's a good night for a walk

Ahead of the rain

Count your lucky stars

Give thanks to hydrogen bonding, it's the bestest bonding we've got

Give thanks to the Spanish language, it is among the dopest

How many nights have I lain half in love with a language isolate

How many foolish nights, how many ignorant days

I'll tell you, though, the training is paying off

By the end of the week, I'll be levitating through walls and bend stones to my will by merely staring

The future is hidden under our new, ridiculously comfy mattress

In nine short months it will be ours

Everyone, everything

What's with the fake accent?

It is. It is.

Location:Melvin Dr,Baltimore,United States