(from canto li)

12th of March to 2nd of April
Hen pheasant’s feather does for a fly,
green tail, the wings flat on the body
Dark fur from a hare’s ear for a body
a green shaded partridge feather
 grizzled yellow cock’s hackle
green wax; harl from a peacock’s tail
bright lower body; about the size of pin
the head should be. can be fished from seven a.m.
till eleven; at which time the brown marsh fly comes on.
As long as the brown continues, no fish will take Granham

(Ezra Pound, from Canto LI.)

a picture of savage life

“70. Beneventum was built by Diomede, the nephew of Meleager (Cluver, tom. ii. p. 1195, 1196). The Calydonian hunt is a picture of savage life (Ovid. Metamorph. l. viii.). Thirty or forty heroes were leagues against a hog: the brutes (not the hog) quarreled with a lady for the head.”

(Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. IV, chapter XLI; p. 646 in volume 2 of the Penguin edition.)

march 1–march 15

Books

  • Deborah Eisenberg, All Around Atlantis
  • Deborah Eisenberg, Twilight of the Superheroes
  • Pierre Clastres, Chronicle of the Guayaki Indians, trans. Paul Auster
  • Charles Olson, The Distances
  • Graham Greene, Travels with My Aunt
  • Joe Brainard, The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard, ed. Ron Padgett

Films

  • Play Time, directed by Jacques Tati
  • Minnie and Moskowitz, dir. John Cassavetes
  • Tomatos Another Day, dir. James Sibley Watson
  • Please Vote for Me, dir. Weijun Chen

Exhibits

  • “Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition,” Met

not as good as st. martin

“73. I know not how to select or specify the miracles contained in the Vitæ Patrum of Rosweyde, as the number very much exceeds the thousand pages of that voluminous work. An elegant specimen may be found in the Dialogues of Sulpicius Severus, and his life of St. Martin. He reveres the monks of Egypt; yet he insults them with the remark, that they never raised the dead; whereas the bishop of Tours had restored three dead men to life.”

(Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. III, chapter XXXVII; p. 428 in volume 2 of the Penguin edition.)

february 16–february 29

Books

  • William Burroughs, Naked Lunch
  • Janet Hobhouse, Dancing in the Dark
  • Deborah Eisenberg, Transactions in a Foreign Currency
  • Deborah Eisenberg, Under the 82nd Airborne

Films

  • A Woman under the Influence, directed by John Cassavetes
  • Wings, dir. William Wellman

Exhibits

  • “Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art,” MoMA
  • “The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde,” Met
  • “Jean Debuffet: The Last Two Years,” Pace Gallery
  • “From Iceland,” Luise Ross Gallery
  • “Tom Friedman: New Work,” Luhring Augustine
  • “Charles Burchfield: Landscapes 1916–1962,” D. C. Moore Gallery