Gina on Hotels and Asterisk 4. Thanks Gina!



The new issue of Abraham Lincoln, i.e. Issue #2, has a couple of Massey/Mynes collabs.

Closing in on the third installment of the birds for example-If and When series. Hopefully HBO will renew my contract and the storyline won't be left a hanging indent.

The sad
bitter sweet contagion
the days

Alan Davies from Book 2


Solstice is June 21st.

opening lyrics

One of my favorite opening lyrics from a song:

What was that you just said?
That didn't make any sense to me
It's not the way I see it man
I'm almost tired of listening to you

Cheery, no?

Be the first to name the song and band and I'll send you a broadside.

Just emerging from migraine. Ah, much, much better.

xii from aurals

Rose hips along the fence
top dot
red in breeze a
thriftless energy
to be or
burgeon say
these sparrows so
possessed in their horniness
they neglect all
just to balance there

Tony Baker


Matutolypea (noun)
Pronunciation: [m-tu-t-l-'pee-]

Definition: A rare word for an everyday occurrence: ill-humor in the mornings, getting up on the wrong side of the bed.

Usage: Occasionally, we include a non-word in our Word of the Day series just to demonstrate the line we see between words and non-words (others may disagree). The Web has made it possible for everyone to publish words, genuine or not. Beware today's word: it is cute but not authentically derived.

Suggested Usage: This is obviously a facetiously concocted word that mixes Latin and Greek in a way impossible in either language. This is why it does not occur in any English dictionary, not even the Merriam-Webster, which accepts pretty much any word it bumps into. It is not clear why the concepts "dawn" + "grief" would refer to getting up on the wrong side of the bed rather than a sad dawn, a sad greeting to the dawn, etc. But there are even problems with the selection of the stems.

Etymology: Today's derivation was based on "Matuta" of Matuta Mater, the Roman goddess of the dawn, newborn babies, and harbors plus the Greek word for "grief, sorrow," lype. (The Latin word for morning is "aurora," also the chief goddess of dawn.) The Greek word for morning and the goddess of morning is "eos," so eostugia "morning sullenness," would be a more consistent derivation for the target meaning, though there is no evidence such a word was used in Greece. Of course, if "stick-to-it-iveness" can become an English word, so can today's, but we would recommend waiting to see if this word sticks.


This has been a for real winter. After a summer drought it should replenish the water table.

Put together my garden seed order. Mostly the usual stuff with some wrinkles. A slew of various flowers, hoping I can create some beds in the front yard for these. New to the roster: turnips, melons, spring onions, horseradish, and blueberries.

interm measures


bright green turf
then shadow, lilac
in the foreground next
door's vine. Invite
the words along eyes
open martin's wings fold
in & dive amongst
never "the scenery" but
a shifting of things I
do I do live in.

Tony Baker

I recommend New Order for New England winter. It is making me through...