For each of the twelve hundred pages in my first website, I’m Telling You All I Know (2001-2011), I made a little drawing, occasionally in ink, but almost always with a school pencil, after which I scanned it into the computer and added it manually to the HTML page. Then I uploaded the page to the host server. Without exception, the drawing was done after the writing. The pages were simple and plain. The drawings provided visual relief. Gradually, they became more expressive, to the point that many of them seemed like old friends and relatives. O lost! as Thomas Wolfe would say — or, to put it another way, You can’t go home again.
Today I will carry
this bright yellow leaf
and call it my
Songs and Letters, September 14, 2008