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Imaginary Cities are Invisible

When one reaches a city

Some of the (un)conscious impressions

are filtered gradually for selective memory.

A city may stimulate all sorts of desires,

and one chooses a nearby café to satisfy.

The city may feature sculpture, and signboards

concerning its attributes, directions, suggestions, availability,

Or a city, devoid of landmarks & guideposts, appears confusing; yet,

along the Yellowstone River, it's easy to find the motels & bars of Miles City.

APPROXIMATELY sixteen years ago J. Winterson published a brief review of the Weaver translation of Italo Calvino’s Le Città Invisibili, in which she stated that in the novel’s “Chloe” sketch (Trading Cities 2) “Calvino was writing about Venice – all the Venices collapsed, folded, or vanished behind the tourist façade.…



After the fact,

the doctors were able to say that he had

"a number of traits"



years of grudges forged into

a singular focus



lots of experience keeping quiet

by himself



based on practice

targets long and short, with a variety of weapons


Tomorrow will be 14 years since my father died but I remember the events as if it just happened. How my brother asked me not to come to the hospital because my youngest son had a cold, how I got a call from my mother saying my Dad was fine, just needed an abdominal ultrasound for pain, how some doctor called at midnight saying she couldn't reach anyone else and that my father wouldn't make it through the night. How my brother, who lived in New Jersey in those days had just gotten back to his apartment,…

News for Noders

March 14th: Pi day.

March 14th: Midnight today is the last chance to post in, and vote on, Carrera de Caballos: An E2 Proseproduction.

March 20th: The first equinox of the year.

March 28th: Happy birthday lizardinlaw!

March 31st: Happy birthday mad girl's love song!

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February 15th: Happy birthday Admin to the goo!

February 18th: Happy birthday mjijm!

Sign up for the Carrera de Caballos: An E2 Proseproduction Coming March 1st!

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January 1: Gregorian New Year.

January 1: reQuest 2018 begins!

January 24: Happy Birthday Silverai_me!

January 26: Happy Birthday Segnbora-t!

January 31: reQuest 2018 ends.

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December 1: Iron Noder has ended, and the initial results are in!

December 12: Happy birthday to horacetheclown!

December 12: Happy Hanukkah!

December 25: Merry Christmas!

Coming in January: sign up now for the reQuest 2018!

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November 1 - The IRON NODER CHALLENGE starts today and runs through December 1. It's never too late to sign up, and all writeups get rewards. /msg mauler if you'd like to participate!

November 1 - Happy Birthday Zephronias!

November 5 - Bonfire Night in the UK.

November 11 - Veterans Day in the US.

November 26 - Thanksgiving in the US.

November 27 - Happy Birthday Estelore!

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