Please suspend any donations. Last Friday after two days of tests, scans, bone-marrow extraction and so on, our Doctor came in the evening to say the cancer had badly metastsized…to bone marrow, liver, right lung, kidney and small bowel. Nothing to be done except palliative care and that I had at most two weeks to live. So that’s it. I can’t see I shall ever get back here. Emails will reach Val firstname.lastname@example.org who obviously will pass along to me whatever she can. Bits of it all have been fun and it’s been a decent run.
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It is Lisa’s birthday today: good company. Medical events are moving faster. A few days ago I signed my non-resuscitation documents, and then the non-hospice request. Tomorrow morning is a full blood test, followed by an echo scan: then a full MRI scan, ending with blood-marrow extraction.
(February 17, 1937 – December 31, 2016)
San Francisco Chronicle obituary .
It has been a bad year, but I won’t haunt Christmas. What space of this I can so rarely now find energy sufficient to open, let alone use, exists purely because a few generous friends (I thank particularly Jeremy Noel-Tod and Ian Heames) click the donate button. I’m grateful to them, and to the actual analogue friends in town…. Sam, Sara, Ace and Guthrie; Daniel, Jenny and Bramble; Franco and his restaurant for… their constant help and presence. Otherwise I have been able only to see immediate family and representatives of most medical specialities, over more than a year.
I’ve no strength to send out a card: but those who wish to will find this. Enjoy these days. Love from us, Val and Tom
I can do no more than report with sadness (the news is second/third hand a short while ago) that Ray DiPalma was found dead after being missed from his teaching. I know nothing but that. I owe Ray a lot… he was responsible for my first job at Bowling Green S.U. and published me in his DOONES press magazine and books. His own work, from poetry through translations on to his witty and delicate rubber-stamp books and other graphic work was ever interesting, awake, and reflective of his wide-ranging reading and interests. I have no strength to write more.
Death later confirmed by Merrill Gilfillan.
I took this photo of Ray in Bowling Green, Ohio, 1972.
A sunny morning has me thinking of Anne-Marie. Bon Anniversaire!
Anne-Marie Albiach. August 9th.1937 – November 4th.2012
A dawn phonecall informs us that the “urgent” surgery already cancelled twice in theatre since October will, now that surgeons and anaesthetists have conferred, be tried again at 8.30 a.m. on Wednesday, 20th. A lot to be done in the next couple of days so I shall probably be offline for some time (both here, and for email) from tomorrow.
Jim Pennington was kind enough to send me this photo of Gregory Corso and piero heliczer in Paris, 1960. They are exactly how I remember meeting them. A jolt.
photo © Harriet Crowder
It was a (very) rare sunny day. The bus to the most distant hospital I have to get to goes from a stop the furthest away. On the way home I got halfway down George Street and then had to sit. Luckily there’s an iron bench and I was able to both rest and observe the evening street traffic
Chain Of Title, by David Dayen The New Press
Gangster Warlords, by Ioan Grillo Bloomsbury
Amberianum, by Charles Bernstein… 66 copies made by No Press, Alberta, Canada.
Against Value In The Arts And Education, edited by Sam Ladkin, Robert McKay and Emile Bojesen Rowman
Near Miss Hit Me, by Buck Downs information from 18113 Burke Street,SE, DC 20003
Hieronymous Bosch, The Complete Works, by Stefan Fischer Taschen
No Art; Poems, by Ben Lerner Granta
Pitch Of Poetry, by Charles Bernstein University of Chicago
You Want It When?, by Buck Downs. information from 18113 Burke Street,SE, DC 20003
Short Course, by Ted Greenwald and Charles Bernstein Chax
Langue De Coton, by Michèle Cohen and Jean-François Goyet General information
Culebra, by Roberto Harrison Green Lantern
Bicycle, by Roberto Harrison Noemi Press
Le Cahier du Refuge number 250 CIPM Marseille
Sonnets (another 10) published by Face Press, Hoxton April 2016
Sonnets books 1 to 10 Printed in Cambridge, May 2016
Information about both Sonnets books should be gleaned from Ian Heames
August 30, 1939, New York City –– June 16th, 2016, San Francisco.
Bill reading in London, 2007
A flicker of late night memories through almost 50 years. Bill always calm. warm, generous with time, information, gossip and in light. New York City, Bolinas, San Francisco, London. Mentally and physically courageous, too. Our deepest sympathy to Connie; to all Bill’s family.
I Don’t Know What You Got Little Richard
Lethe Empirical Connection
Ellington Medley Edmond Hall Petite Fleur
Glass Eyes Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
Varied Trio – II. Bowl Bells Lou Harrison La Koro Sutro
Land of Sad Lemons Haidar Eid
Irish MEP Luke Flanagan shows how your democratically elected representatives are allowed to “scrutinize” the Corporate Coup Treaty.
Jenny Diski, writer. 8 July 1947 – 28 April 2016
Our dear friend Jenny died early this morning. My thoughts are with her family, and particularly with Ian.