Ways of smiling

Her intrigued assurance

about literature

made the writers’  muse smile

she didn’t like real women

Her teacher at school  became

contemptibly jealous.

She wasn’t caring

so we were told tactlessly

what to read and what to shirk

but she dismayed  us for our

uncertainty;  books  matter;

even  that we  revolved slowly

in some  planetary action

for human salutations

This remade  powerfully—

the way  to live

or to live improperly was

to read   art works with the eye of truth

and they affected me,

and  ironised

other ways of seeing

the ambitions of over-egged theory

and hence our being.

I was educated to love with all my heart

MW word of the day




noun kuh-NEE-siks


: a systematic study of the relationship between nonlinguistic body motions (such as blushes, shrugs, or eye movement) and communication


“[St. Vincent] wasn’t shy about striking the classic guitar idol kinesics … —chin up and out, eyelids in some fickle, fluttering state between open and shut, her guitar neck curiously lighter than air.” — Ryan Snyder, Yes! Weekly, 12 Mar. 2014

Kinesics experts read body language. They determine a baseline, then use slight, sometimes nearly invisible, variations in posture and delivery, looking for clusters of signals that could suggest if someone is lying.” — Drew Loftis, The New York Post, 24 Oct. 2015

Did You Know?

Anthropologists began to take serious interest in nonverbal communication through gestures, postures, and facial expressions in the 1940s. It is believed, however, that the publication of Ray Birdwhistell’s 1952 book Introduction to Kinesics marked the beginning of formal research into what we know familiarly as “body language.” Over 60 years later, the results of kinesics are deeply entrenched in our culture, giving us a whole new language with which to interpret everyday encounters and interactions

Punctuated, unconditional space of privation

“I’m not  surfing

on the tide of  realistic. frustration

exactly,so much as idealising

what one has.

To be able to bear satisfaction,

in order for grieving  to help ,  is unmistakable,

how the culture we can’t  see,

consumer capitalism ,depends

on the idea that toleration

every time we feel a bit hesitant

or scoured or inimitable, is  an omen

we beat, say, or we bop.

It’s only in  the punctuated

unconditional space of privation

that we can begin to  follow thoughts

.to really imagine or conjure with these.

It’s very difficult to allow

what we’re frustrated by  to remain alive

In making the case for  preventative thinking

I want to make it fascinating

so that people converse

or think  in different places

and extend their boundaries

so our thoughts can flock and even migrate.