The Swallows

in time

of at least two
moments in time

Points “rest” on
and “between”
other points

between two
points in time

for window?
No, because we are
all shut-ins here.

I have windows
when I could stop up the chimney
after the swallows leave and
before they return next spring
to eat our mosquitoes.

But gentlemen-farmers
never harvest
fields to the edges.

Styptic Wit

In his review essay of Brian Garner’s Dictionary of Modern American Usage, David Foster Wallace describes a particular critic as having a “styptic wit.” This is a wonderful expression describing what must be a wit that is capable of drying up any sanguinity in the hearer or target.


Just a heads up that I deactivated my Twitter account; I didn’t block you. Why? Pretty much the same reason I deleted my Facebook account a few years ago- it makes loving people harder. It’s my fault, not Twitter’s fault.

Performance at Cotton District Arts Festival, 4/21/2018

Barlow Performing at Cotton District Arts Festival

Set List:

  1. Highway 41 (original)
  2. You’re the Sanest Girl I Know (original)
  3. My Heart is a Field of Songs (original)
  4. Favorite Folk Singer (original)

Guitar Used: Epiphone Sheraton through Mic’d Fender 40 / Location: West Stage, Near Coconuts Gas Station, Starkville Mississippi

Everything went pretty smoothly; the sound was good and some co-workers and family were there. One of my family members had a birthday that day. The sound guy was nice. The band before me was amazing – they closed with “Whipping Post” by Allman Bros.