Ice Friday: Richard Blanco

Richard Blanco’s Only Brother:

We carved an entire range of mountains

out of styrofoam block, covered their peaks

with sand for snow, the slopes with pines,

the valleys with fall maples and live oaks.P1000813

We made great rivers flow on the illusion

of tin foil crinkled and painted royal blue,

crossed them with mighty balsa bridges.P1000891

We placed townspeople where we wanted:

gazing into the shops, gathered at the chapel,

or waiting for the train, lapping obediently

under our command around the village

that took us six years to build, and one day,

in the backyard, we set it on fire, quietly

stood by the flames and let it all vanish.

The Window is Open

They were driving from San Francisco down to Monterey, and Davis wasn’t feeling well. He had waxed immortal the night before, fueled by drink and Guided by Voices. 20140823_225836It seemed to Davis that Ellen was driving badly, changing back and forth into the lane, bumping methodically over the strips of tars, just to worsen his nausea.

“You have to pull over.” He didn’t make it out of the car and pressed his The Club is Open T-shirt over his face so tight that the puke shot up inside his sunglasses.

She stared out the windshield, her arms crossed. “You’re disgusting.”

“Do you have a napkin or something?”

“Remember that we’re staying at Doris Day’s Bed & Breakfast tonight?” She rolled down her window.204721890392e6be0c8ca86ff1e3ce49“I guess I should get another shirt.” He half expected her to drive away as he rummaged in the trunk.

She rolled down her window. “She might even be there, you know.”

But she wasn’t and he slept in the big bed with the window open and had a shower and a very good dinner after that.

Ducks, Magnetic Permeability & Rogue Waves

Today’s writing entailed the following research:

Good food for ducks: Wheat, grapes, frozen peas, earthworms and any salad mix. 20140703_152202Magnetic Permeability: The permeability constant (µ0), also known as the magnetic constant or the permeability of free space, is a measure of the amount of resistance encountered when forming a magnetic field in a classical vacuum

Rogue WavesLarge and spontaneous surface waves in open water.Screenshot (90)They can be extremely dangerous, even to large ships.

Ice Friday: Cormac McCarthy’s “Blood Meridian”

Cormac McCarthy doesn’t allow the reader a moment to breathe among the barbarous imagery of Blood Meridian or The Evening Redness in the West.

Now driving in a wild frieze of headlong horses with eyes walled and teeth cropped and naked riders with clusters of arrows clenched in their jaws and their shields winking in the dust and up the far side of the ruined ranks in a piping of boneflutes and dropping down off the sides of their mounts with one heel hung in the withers strap and their short bows flexing beneath the outstretched necks of the ponies until they had circled the company and cut their ranks in two and then rising up again like a funhouse figures, some with nightmare faces painted on their breasts…P1000854…riding down the unhorsed Saxons and spearing and clubbing them and leaping from their mounts with knives and running about on the ground with a peculiar bendylegged trot like creatures driven to alien forms of locomotion and stripping the clothes from the dead and seizing them up by the hair and passing their blades about the skulls of the living and the dead alike and snatching aloft the blood wigs and hacking and chopping the naked bodies, ripping off limbs, heads, gutting the strange white torsos and holding up great handfuls of viscera, genitals, some of the savages so slathered up with gore they might have rolled in it like dogs and some who fell upon the dying and sodomized them with loud cries to their fellows.