Nancy and I decided that 17 years of marriage marks the Parrot Anniversary and bought ourselves a sun conure. Bozzie is a very entertaining critter who might be the smartest thing in the house; she’s certainly got us well-trained! She’s incredibly interactive, very loud, very messy and entirely endearing.
Besides Bozzie, our current livestock quota comprises one dog, one cat, two rats, one guinea pig, one hamster and a Siamese fighting fish; keeping some of the pets from eating the rest is a logistical challenge everyone welcomes.
My one regret is the matching conure we had to leave behind. (If anybody’s interested, tell the PetCo at Essex Green Mall in West Orange, NJ, that I sent you.)
When my folks were in town last weekend (thankfully, before the big blackout that knocked us offline for a few days) I helped my dad set up a blog here.
Here’s the thesis: “In this age of internet and blog the possibility opens of a free circulation of works (poems and poetics in the present instance) outside of any commercial or academic nexus. I will therefore be posting work of my own, both new & old, that may otherwise be difficult or impossible to access, and I will also, as it comes to me, post work by others in the manner of a freewheeling on-line anthology or magazine. I take this to be in the tradition of autonomous publication by poets, going back to Blake and Whitman and Dickinson, among numerous others.”