exhausted. returned from work around 11pm starving. saw the pineapple i bought on saturday on the counter and was too lazy to cook so i ate a pineapple for dinner. in my first grade class, a student asked me how to spell ground. so i wrote it on the board. then she asked me how to spell around. so i erased the g and added an a. she thoughtfully tapped her pencil on her chin a few times and dimple-smiled and said, that’s REALLY interesting.
(hotel row, guam)
i am almost done with a new chapbook called “all with ocean views”. it is a collage of text from travel magazines. i am very interested in the representational devices of “touristic discourse”. it is actually quite painful for me to read travel magazines. guam is a tourist destination for japanese tourists, our economy is heavily dependent on tourism. i want to know what happens to a subject within the constraint of “touristic discourse”. i want to know what happens to this discourse when deprived of image and destination, which it so heavily depends. what happens when there is no destination for touristic desire? does this textually constructed desire consume itself when it is constrained within text? i don’t know, but maybe the poems know. after all the atrocities the japanese military committed on guam during the war, now japanese tourists come to golf and sun.
the poems are composed of 4 lunes each and a dangling word. a lune, inspired by Robert Kelly, are most often three lines with five syllables, three syllables, and finally five syllables again. mine a variations in the sense of the margin (usually the first and third line are indented … also, there is one long line made of two lunes lineated by slashes and separated by a dash (here it appears as two lines cause not long enough) also, the poem is in brackets near the bottom of the page, as if a caption to the blank space…and all the text is single quoted for some reason (dont ask me!)… HERE IS A SAMPLE & what do you think? (be kind, i usually don’t post my own poems):
[ ‘the enduring myth
of’ ‘the world
covered by hotels’ ‘well fed disease free
‘the endless resort’
‘happy my culture \ is alive / and well’ ‘a weaver
creates a remote \ village’ ‘at / the end of every
my optometrist said that my eyes are not getting enough oxygen. that seems kind of odd. have a nice play (after katy)