Greg Correll


Greg Correll

Greg Correll
New Paltz, New York, US
September 21
Founder, Chief of Deselopy (small packages); Editor (
small packages, inc.
I write.


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MARCH 3, 2014 1:12AM

Dear Kansas


Dear Kansas

You are trying to legalize the systematic, unmonitored beating of children.

I grew up in Kansas. It was the fifties and early sixties. My parents had  permission to do as they saw fit. They saw fit to inflict pain. I felt hopeless growing up. No

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DECEMBER 17, 2013 5:22AM

not quite whole

oh...what is this?

what have i done? 
i'm afraid.
if it's true then i am not me.
someone else is me who has more pull 
more say so. … Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 5:04PM

I miss being touched.



Last Sunday I was writing with Kate Hymes and others. An old friend, RoseMarie, was there. She hugged me with love, and an intensity I don't get anymore. It's so hard to shake my hand, much less hold on and not let go.

RoseMarie had more than a brush

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MARCH 20, 2013 10:26AM

hope springs


       I have good news at last. Just returned from cardiologist at Vassar. I will not need surgery. I have pvcs and tachycardias and spates of pre-beats and a minor buildup in my carotid, but they will monitor every three months.

Most of you know I have

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MARCH 16, 2013 6:03PM


I wash a different skin now, with a shaky hand. But I inhabit old memories, wipe my eyes and clear away the dust of decades, for this book. I live inside the bigger body of Remember, the body of stories I wasn't to know, told on

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MARCH 9, 2013 9:59AM

brain drugs

  self portrait, Greg Correll, february 2013

Awake most of the night. With newly added daily doses I am adjusting.

A euphemism for surfing through hell, for night-long cramping legs, manic energy, weak muscles, and the inability to turn off panic and guilt. My work deadlines are scythes, whistling near.

I can't squeeze myself sm

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MARCH 1, 2013 10:12AM

Lola Kaufman, Hidden Child

Lola Kaufman is my wife's mother and a survivor. This Sunday she is a featured speaker at an event in Manhattan for the 20th anniversary of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.

The Hidden Girl:
A True Story
of the/

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JANUARY 23, 2013 9:42PM

so i fired my dr.

Well, I can't afford him, too. Tell the truth, shame the devil. He stopped taking insurance (via 30-day notice chickenshit letter). Several hundred per visit now, starting Feb 1st.
My appt was on Feb. 1st. ba-dum-tsh.
I will not do ECT for pd, what he… Read full post »
OCTOBER 5, 2012 9:59AM

thank you

I am writing a book with my grown daughter Molly, and because over a hundred people contributed to a writing grant for me, we can dedicate ourselves to finishing it by the end of the year.

It's the gift of a lifetime.

My vote about whether I deserve this or not doesn't… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 10:01AM

long live words


I will have an endless invisible night
and read all those books
and understand all until I am
a liquid chromium cascade of understanding.

On a sunrise river of words I fish,
not fooled by shade or previous intent,
looking for lunkers and darters alike.
For some words I bolt upright, desire,
and t/… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 7, 2012 9:07AM

I will nothing.

I will nothing. I can't will. My willer won't work.

I'm stuck here. I saw Mt. Sinai again and now I sit, rooted, in Central Park, near the specimen tree. Bad news epoxies my ass.

I have "other kinds of interference with my dopamine production". They order a DaTscan and other
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Editor’s Pick
AUGUST 31, 2012 1:18PM

Dime store demagogues with dollars

"Uh..uh..just a minute."

When the Dems reacted to Clinton's plan for workfare it was all over the map. Doctrinaire Great Society responses, the further left called it a betrayal, but historically it was a classic "uh...uh...just a minute" by the liberal wing, and then we worked out a deal. Today work/… Read full post »
AUGUST 28, 2012 2:14PM

goodbye unseen and splendid

Pattern design, I owned, once upon a time.
I perfected cross-hatch and font and ornate edge,
paragraphs and thin grey lines, and color en agitante.

Perfect is gone now.
My pattern is blur and strobe and all fall down.

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Why Poetry?



* only part of me knows what I am talking about
* something enormous or quite small must be free
* this idea I was thinking about, then this opening, then I just fell in
* I need to invent
* I don't want prose pushing me around
* fuck syntax

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AUGUST 15, 2012 8:24PM

I love writers

To write is to set wrong right again. To write is to use the right kind of power, the power to love and reveal and reclaim. To write is to exercise the right, inherent and inalienable, to forebear and bear witness and bear up – and be heard.… Read full post »
JULY 15, 2012 6:54PM

Contest: The Bainless Tool



In honor of Mitt "Wayback Machine" Romney and his declaration that he "retroactively retired" from Bain (this), a contest.

What would you declare untrue, re-do, or re-construe, if you had Mitt's magic slate?

The winner gets the By Willard Power Alone Temerity Certificate, along with th… Read full post »

JULY 2, 2012 1:25PM


I used to be a boy who would not walk the dog. Not like I should. This –

I'm good. No, this is...I'm fine. Can I start?

This is hard to explain, the change I made. A change of, of real, of really small parts. In a way I just finally

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JUNE 24, 2012 1:08AM

without fear

Azilect and her agonist kin 
make in me minor miracles, of a sort.
The tremor and confusion abate, but there's more. 
I freak out, I want you to know, as usual. But it's better.

A pure panic and a psychedelic dread throbs in my cortex,
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JUNE 21, 2012 2:19AM

my honey'd mind goes habaneric

There's not much time left.
Did you see what's-her-face, on the news?

I dunno. Never mind. The world is too tight tonight. Too hot.

We teem, don't we?
We seem to be sightless.
Explaining and evading,
concealing and betraying.

A flourish of persuasive rhetoric here asks: How to wake up?

Try to see everythin/… Read full post »
JUNE 17, 2012 12:26AM

fifty good lines

1. Fifty lines and pfft! we're done.

2. The poem that kills the brute and skins the peach.

3. Liquid light – how do I explain this? – it follows my hand across the curve of Kansas, aloft along the Falcon's rusty chassis – and my thoughts, this peyote I/

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JUNE 8, 2012 11:22PM

let's pretend

I dream, I pretend.
It is a great and terrible day:
my family returns.

I coil old rope. I work on new lyrics.
my brothers, my sister
show up, unexpected
fists full of paper and grudges and

no: wait: they keen about something – me, their mistakes,
– or they/… Read full post »
JUNE 6, 2012 9:53PM

belly letters

if you wire our gate
and board the way
I un-wire you
I remove your board
and hope for the best

shew compassion for failure
but show all carotid fears
phuck effluvia and paraphenalia
just sit with me be incandescenseless
no more wires no more boards

aphorismus contra animus
let us/… Read full post »
JUNE 1, 2012 11:49PM


Fuck reporting on my fucking condition. But here it is anyway. I am attempting to work my way back up with the Mirapex, after 2 hours of non-stop vomiting and fighting to stay conscious last Saturday morning. When we get back to 3-2-2 levels I will take… Read full post »
MAY 25, 2012 2:33AM

pill hell

First, and we'll find out as we go, maybe it's this brain pill, right? It accounts for all this dislocation, in how I think and write. But let's look at how I get you and me safely away, to the place where I tell you about brain pills, the whole… Read full post »
MAY 23, 2012 1:37AM

I read Found


My friend Tobe Carey, an award-winning filmmaker (,
recorded me reading "Found",
my piece about learning I had Parkinson's Disease.
Originally posted to Open Salon
it has

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