Friday, August 01, 2003

another lunch today, this time with the other interns at the Fed and with the President of the Fed Bank of Chicago. he seems to be a pretty nice guy, chatted with us for a while, and then talked a little bit about the workings of the Federal Reserve system: what it does, how it works, how it's run and who governs it -a whole bunch of people, apparently. =) the external auditors happen to be PricewaterhouseCoopers, which i remember because they have SUCH a longass name. =) so lunch was pretty fun, plus meeting some of the other interns was cool. though they seem to all know each other pretty well since they've been here since the start of the summer, and i've been here two days. =p

reading blogs while in between work assignments -- my workload is still ridiculously light and will be for the next couple of days -- and came across josh's blog. am reminded that i too have not been writing poetry, and that saddens me. i know i've posted on this multiple times before, but it's a big deal to me, i need to complain abt it more often. esp now that i have the time and perhaps the energy, but not the persons, or the inspiration. [i'm misquoting tsin yen, who in turn misquoted kenneth ___] perhaps part of the reason is that my driving inspiration used to be unhappiness, or longing -- and i'm happy now. very happy, in fact. of course i'm not beaming with joy and fulfilment 24/7: i am, after all, nominally working, and i am far far away from home and the people that i hold dear. but right now, i am basically, fundamentally happy - and happiness doesn't produce poetry -or good poetry anyway. it certainly produces crappy stuff. =p

maybe my future belongs to prose. not to the tortured tangles of hopeful, hinting, teasing half-lines, but the clear and straightforward happiness of cheerful argumentative prose. one can only hope =)


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