And burgle any syllable I want

And then went down to the sea…

Stop that!


Why are you fucking up a poem?

Set keel to breaker on your ass

And see how Pound is doing it again.


I will not even think to make this rhyme

Or know what I am doing with this poem

Except that I am feeling lines to come

Perhaps from being stalled on Gunhill Road

Awaiting here two others for their ride.

I now am in the mumble state it’s Pound

Who’s forcing up contractions I can’t stop.

I now have time to poke about myself

Make mock of silly nonsense I support

But who can see the banners that I raise

For causes too ephemeral to fade

Surviving in the shadows of the day?

And ah, we had our dreams and crazy hope

Our picture of a world that couldn’t be

(The Bus)

A man with a terrarium got on

Opaque inside a massive plastic bag

(How I can take in all while on a bus)

Within the tank some lizard or a snake.

Are these content to live in glass

Content enough with water, stones and food?

As we, within that bubble of our times,

Those days when we were all that world and not.


I forgot what I’m needing for this poem


From Pound the Cantos this is mine.

Am I beyond the gondolas this year?

I sat on steps

While everything was all too much this year

And I am seeing rainfall now.

Clearer than solidly as air

The gods in air as Pound described

And of the dead

Who talked to soon-dead sailors through their blood

I number myself one from time to time

As wraith-like in my movements, less than real


I have no history as old as what Pound knew

So I can question my existence reading him

Since dawn to my waking brings no local light

See Canto four, gossip of an era long since gone

The people only Pound would know

I cannot rush the matter further on

Pesaro and Sigsmundo household names,

Ah, Sigsmundo, Malatesta Prado’s boy

A wealth of other once-knowns with the name

Canto thirty-six, my own unending me

I do not leave my likeness over where


Ezra, what can I say

What can I tell you now

A-stretcher and awaiting tests?

I think they think it is my brain

Would your Italians know now how to think

Of how in Hospitals are set

The contradicting facts of every life?

Your ancient Greeks say nothing of the time.

I don’t know what to tell you in your poem.

This is your poem, my pencil and my book,

My canto but I know this is still yours.

So Ezra, you should see me with the sick.

Walk now with me past stretcher beds and chairs

With fearful muted glance at all the ills,

So here we have a poetry of pain,

The rhythms of the doctors as they speak

From clinical to language of the day, with

Tones reflecting competence and calm.


These are not your greasy bastards so well done

The way you play with them through history and time,

A tale of gritty human sordid acts

And blundering through difference to the same,

I think we have to say this is insane.

Ezra Pound, I am not done with you,

In need of other cantos for the times

Your history through Chinese and the Dodge.

With what would your Venetians now contend,

The forms as not so different now as then?

You saw it in the thirties you lived through

Like every age of punish pain and death

Negotiated misery and want.

The few always atop are feeding well

On aspirations, dreams or stupid hopes

(I need your Cantos come complete

The ding an sich not excerpts broken down).

Explain to me the meaning of your rides

The ones you run through history, I mean

Your digging through the faintest most obscure.


Today a massive mammoth wait

At bus stop but at least the day is warm

And I can see the street where I was raised

I see how people look at others’ kids

And see in me an empty place they filled.

We have new words for newer things

So would you see the forms that you recall?

I do not know what happened in your head.


Ezra Pound



I currently have 186 followers from around the world, Europe, Asia, and Latin America, but I have no idea how many live here within the five boroughs of NYC. This post is an invitation to a group of poets who meet every week.

Meetups has a collection of groups with similar interests. The main Meetup page, for more about Meetups.

About the Poetry Table group:
“Bring some copies of a poem that you wrote or someone you like (optional). Do not bring food or anything to drink. All members are required to buy something at this cafe. Everyone will read one poem and after we will spend 20 to 30 minutes of spontaneous writing which we will also read. There is no obligation to either write or read whatever a member may have written.”

So, if anyone is interested, reply and I’ll send the meeting address and times.
Hoping to see you there!


William Butler Yeats

(Not a member)


Who knows what you like?

Facebook knows.

Who knows who you know?

Facebook knows.

Who knows what news articles you read?

Google knows.

Who knows how many Android apps you opened in the past three years?

Google knows.

When Facebook announced that users could download all the data about them, New York Times Tech reporter BRIAN X. CHEN downloaded his and reported:

I Downloaded the Information That Facebook Has on Me. Yikes.

By BRIAN X. CHEN April 11, 2018

“With a few clicks, I learned that about 500 advertisers — many that I had never heard of, like Bad Dad, a motorcycle parts store, and Space Jesus, an electronica band — had my contact information, which could include my email address, phone number and full name.”

“Most basic information, like my birthday, could not be deleted. More important, the pieces of data that I found objectionable, like the record of people I had unfriended, could not be removed from Facebook, either.”

“’They don’t delete anything, and that’s a general policy,’ said Gabriel Weinberg, the founder of DuckDuckGo, which offers internet privacy tools.”


And Google:

“For my personal email account alone, Google’s archive of my data measured eight gigabytes, enough to hold about 2,000 hours of music. By comparison, my Facebook data was about 650 megabytes, the equivalent of about 160 hours of music.”

So where does the data come from? A data-broker called Acxiom,

From the New York Times article,, Mapping, and sharing, the Consumer Genome, by NATASHA SINGER  JUNE 16, 2012.

“Few consumers have ever heard of Acxiom. But analysts say it has amassed the world’s largest commercial database on consumers — and that it wants to know much, much more. Its servers process more than 50 trillion data ‘transactions’ a year.”

And from Acxiom:

“Personicx is Acxiom’s household-level consumer segmentation marketing product that groups U.S. households into one of 70 segments based on demographic characteristics. These 70 clusters are organized into 21 distinct life stage groups made of up households that have reached similar life events…”

The article provided links to getting Facebook and Google. I downloaded my Facebook data and got a Zip file that opens into four folders: html,  messages, photos, and index. Under html, Ads, Aps, Contacts, Events, messages, photos, pokes, security, timeline, and videos. Ads showed a long list of companies and services, some I had no idea about. Security showed every time I opened Chrome or Facebook, and the others are as named. In the Messages folder is a list of names of those I contacted. I’m sure there is more, though. Photos showed the ones I put on Facebook but also some from my Animal Pictures folder on my hard drive.

Index provided a break from the dull data. My profile was actually funny on account of misinformation and had solid laugher. The address given wasn’t an apartment but a post office box I gave up seven years and change ago. I had rummaged around various supernatural sites for amusement and possibly writing in that genre, so under “Activities” only Nigromancy. What? I simply do not summon the dead! I hadn’t put a birthdate so Facebook made one for me, taking eighteen years off my actual age, and the best in show here is under “Family.” Only one name, a woman on my friend’s list whom I lived with in the mid-seventies is listed as my sister!


Google is much larger and more complicated. The whole download took 587 megs and nearly five hours and broke into twenty-four folders. The Drive folder shows me all the text that happened on my Chromebook since April 3rd 2017, including my poems, blog posts, lists of magazines, submission records and so on. The folder structure was identical, and the poems, etc. are as accessible as on the hard drive.

However, “accessible” doesn’t apply to other of the twenty-four folders opened from the Zip drive. “Bookmarks” gave me a link to an html page, but instead of bookmarks a Google Map picture of my house and a note that I lasted visited nine months ago. Items in some folders open only as code without a view option, while other with the option lists dates and times of whatever but no specifics. I watched more videos  than listed, and several I never heard of. My searches are listed by month but in JASON, so unreadable to me.

How accurate? Items under “News” stops at October 17, 2017.  Given the mistakes, I wonder if the software involved does more of the decision-making than the humans who run it.

And private, finally? Well, private to me because I can’t read JSON files.

For your Facebook data:

For Google:

Owl looking askance


Men’s Magazines


Erotic is my term, against

Those dysphemistics such as filth,

Or crying down corruption of some code.

To me such wording made no sense,

And then the printing press stopped still.

I was there to watch it all explode.



This poem is  published in the February 2018 issue of Blue Unicorn.

THIS AND THAT (December 29th)

Tiny Kittens Rescue Service

“TinyKittens is volunteer-run, and our purpose is to blaze new trails in animal rescue. We want to show that every life has value, and we often prove that by taking on the really hard cases that wouldn’t be given a chance anywhere else.”

Their activities include fostering pregnant feral cats, maintaining a feral cat recovery ward, a trap-neuter-return program and “kitties in the classroom,” teaching kindness.

You can see their work on LIVE rescue kitten tv.


The next two items are from Smithsonian pop-ups: Federal Tea Taster and White Knights with an accompanying blog.

For 99 years, the FDA had a department called “The Board of Tea Experts” whose function was to test imported teas:

The FDA Used to Have People Whose Job Was to Taste Tea

By Kate Eschner

“The Board of Tea Experts, as they were called, was created as part of the Tea Importation Act of 1897.” The concern was more about purity, because then all kinds of adulartents were found in all kinds of foods. The chemistry for a detailed analysis wasn’t available, so tasting was the test. The Federal government had been trying to get rid of it since the Nixon administration, but the act was finally repealed in 1996. At the time of repeal, the head tea-taster was chemist Robert H. Dick, an assistant tea taster, Faith Lim, both based in Brooklyn, and two further tasters at the ports in Boston and San Francisco.

The tea-tasters way of brewing is somewhat the way I do it but without weighing the tea. Otherwise, I brew it, poured it and tasted it. The article didn’t go further, and I wonder if the tasters also steamed the leaves by rinsing the pot in boiling water before adding the tea and let it sit while boiling the water for it.


White knights?

Contradicting certain current ideas about the Middle Ages, again from the Smithsonian, Not All the Knights of the Round Table Were White

By Rose Eveleth

In addition to the knights we’ve all heard about (No? Go to Wikipedia), there is also a Sir Morien: “He was all black, even as I tell ye: his head, his body, and his hands were all black, saving only his teeth. His shield and his armour were even those of a Moor, and black as a raven…”

The article points to the delightful blog, Elodie Under Glass, “In vitro veritas: science, feminism and the media.”

In her article, Black Knights, Green Knights, Knights of Color All A-Round: Race and the Round Table, Elodie states, “Since it seems like some sad internet people are mad that a man of color is going to play a role in a modern adaptation of the King Arthur mythos, I thought I would drop some classical-education truth-bombs about the 5-ish Known Men Of Color in King Arthur.”

“First off, six percent of the Knights of the Round Table were men of color. Granted, that’s only three out of 49 men, but the entire expanded United States Congress is hovering around 13% people of color and only has one black Senator.”

She discuss a Sir Palamedes the Saracen, and his brothers, Sir Safir and Sir Segwarides. They were Saracen (Arabic) princes, the sons of King Esclabor of Babylon, an area near modern Baghdad.

Elodie also points out that “Interestingly, in Arthur’s time, race as we know it didn’t exist; Western Racism is a very modern, very colonialist concept.”

She relates different arthurian legends in her delightful blog.
Again the URL:


Here’s Tiny Kitten’s  Amelia and her brothers

Amelia and brothers
That’s that for This And That for December 29th.