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Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011

A Partial List of a Thousand Details

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    Harassed by a thousand details, all of them unimportant, he was too weak-
    willed to arrive  at a reasonable and  fruitful arrangement of his time.


                              –Thomas Mann, Buddenbrooks


The essences of my own unbeginnings, the most easily identifiable habits of my last two helping verbs, the verbatim of my very close reins (whispering without warning, waxing without whistling, watching without reason), the hypochondria of any history, the make-shift accompaniment of this wind, the simplification of my semi-precious moods, the netherworld of her glass marigolds, the ungovernance of the multiple occurrences of the untethering of his father's sister's ten tin teeth, the lost primordial accents of the most recent gatherings of last year's uneaten Christmas cookies, the underpinnings of the rules of hopscotch and the last piece of worn white chalk left out on our front stoop by my oldest sister's youngest friend's  first cousin the  night before last in pouring rain.




CX Dillhunt is the author of Things I’ve Never Told Anyone (University of Wisconsin, Parallel Press, 2007) and Girl Saints (Fireweed Press, 2004). He is co-author of Double Six (Endeavor Publishing, 1994) with his son Drew.  He was named a Commended Poet by the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission in 2010.
The full text of CX Dillhunt’s poetry chapbook, Things I've Never Told Anyone, can be seen at:   HYPERLINK "http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/Literature.Dillhunt" http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/Literature.Dillhunt