Main Entry: sot·to vo·ce

Pronunciation: "sä-tO-'vO-chE
Function: adverb or adjective
Etymology: Italian sottovoce, literally, under the voice
1 : under the breath : in an undertone; also : in a private manner
2 : very softly -- used as a direction in music

Monday, December 13, 2004

outsider ink

this month, my work has been spotlighted in Outsider Ink and i've been asked to be the Poetry Editor for future issues and am quite happy about this. It's a good journal and worth reading. To read my work visit

Monday, December 06, 2004 beauty will be convulsive

"beauty will be convulsive or will not be at all" wrote Andre Breton. I've been reading a lot of philosophy lately, going back to my roots of the ancient Greeks and I came across a lovely little book called "On Beauty and Being Just" by Elaine Scarry. I had been thinking in lofty terms lately - notions of true Beauty and Love, all with capital letters, and wondering if such things existed, and if so, then could I still define them as I had so cockily and confidently in graduate school. Had I, at my wizened old age, become more cynical and less certain of absolutes, or was I more convinced. Scarry's book, which I use as a framework here, so if you like this, you'll enjoy Scarry (select link to read more) beauty will be convulsive mystic river | endless shades of grey

"It's that old expression about the wings of a butterfly changing the world. How one thing affects another thing and so it goes. I keep thinking of this when I see the film Mystic River, a film about three boys and their childhood growing up in a town that I once lived in, in exactly that part of town, and so I watch these characters and I see my old streets and the corner market and the local liquor store and I hear the accent that is done remarkably well by the actors in this film, save for a few guffaws that make it seem that anyone from Boston must sound slightly retarded, overall, here is something perhaps too accurate for comfort, and as one who still visits the old hood, Mystic River touches home every time. Well, Dennis Lehane should know. " mystic river | endless shades of grey: