January 9th 2019: (Edwards Rd.,) Cutting patterns from a sheer, black material. Making a shirt for a soldier. I have never made a shirt before: I am winging it. The best way to cut patterns, I suppose, is to work from a cardboard template. My landlady appears at the window & asks, "Where is the … Continue reading dream diaries…55
December 19th 2018 Spending some time at Nick B's house. He lives a structured life. I notice that he completes several crosswords every day. The Times' Cryptic included. A list of clues: 'Rename, rename!' 6 (the answer being, obviously, rename!?) 'keeps us on land and sea.' 4/7 (ship builder) 'early morning shopping trip' 4/7 (head … Continue reading dream diaries…53.
The shape of The Shale Basin, soon to be wintered, shading the bed of the Puget Sound, etching, at anchor, an orbit in the near-frozen water, caught between kelp and canopy of cloud. Low, early December sunlight casting long shadows, shafting the surface; an ever-complicated dance. Slow repetition, return and feign of … Continue reading The Shale Basin.
The day she won the National Exclamation Lottery - which was also her birthday - she decided, at once, that almost the first thing she would do was buy her old man the boat. She was generous like this. But, first, she had to go to work. So, she finished her second coffee, pocketed her … Continue reading Hejira.
December 4th 2018. Pete S. phones from Scotland. He is on one of his walking expeditions with the Christian Fellowship. He says he would have sent a postcard, but there are no postboxes. He sends a generic photo of a postbox (?) as if this were some proof. "What about the scenery?" I say. "Well, … Continue reading dream diaries…51
It was a heatwave. Elton John & Kiki Dee’s perky Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, was top of the pops pretty much the whole summer, with Elton looking rather more wired than Fozzie Bear to Kiki’s, ‘air-head brunette’ ragdoll, Jemima, from Play Away. Dr. Hook’s persistent, un/easy listening hit - A Little Bit More - … Continue reading Crop Circles.