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Hello. I’m Jacob Sam-La Rose, and here’s what you need to know: I’m a published poet; I devise and facilitate projects for schools and other institutions, emerging poets, teachers, literature professionals and other creatives; I’m a geek for web technology and productivity; and I’m pretty handy with a camera. I exist in a few different places online – this particular site serves as my lifestream, an overview of what I’ve been doing on the interwebs. The content you see here is aggregated from:

If any of the above sparks your interest, don’t be shy in saying hello (mail at jacobsamlarose dot com).

Apr 13

“There’s a hole in the side of the boat. That hole is never going to be fixed, and it’s never going…”

“There’s a hole in the side of the boat. That hole is never going to be fixed, and it’s never going away, and you can’t get a new boat. This is your boat. What you have to do is bail water out faster than it’s coming in.”

- Will McAvoy, The Newsroom (via charlestontucker)
Dec 24

Mouthy Poets



Mouthy Poets

Dec 15

Aisling Fahey, Young Poet Laureate for London headlining at…



Aisling Fahey, Young Poet Laureate for London headlining at Mouthy Poets’ first national tour date.

Dec 14

Photo



Dec 14

In transit. Must be said, the camera on the iPhone 6 is not too…



In transit. Must be said, the camera on the iPhone 6 is not too shabby at all…

Dec 13

Miriam Nash



Miriam Nash

Dec 12

“We must create work that refuses to leave this world the same as when we entered. We do not have the…”

“We must create work that refuses to leave this world the same as when we entered. We do not have the luxury of only writing the selfish confession, we must testify in our court of craft that these poems we write are bold, unflinching, and unwilling to stale idle in a geography of madness. We must demand of ourselves to write the uncomfortable, dangerous, shift-making poems. How much longer will we write casually in the face of a beast?”

- Danez Smith, Open Letter to White Poets
Dec 12

Miriam Nash (poet, producer…)



Miriam Nash (poet, producer…)

Dec 11

Photo



Dec 10

Creative Mornings, London, November 2014 – Duncan Gough



Creative Mornings, London, November 2014 - Duncan Gough

Dec 9

Michael “Gulliver” Vidon



Michael “Gulliver” Vidon

Dec 8

“But are all styles and voices truly welcome at a slam? Emily Dickinson would lose every time. Ezra…”

“But are all styles and voices truly welcome at a slam? Emily Dickinson would lose every time. Ezra Pound would be yawned out of the building. Having scores has created a culture and that culture creates a certain kind of poetry, right? The problem with this kind of thinking is it assumes that the only poems that matter are the ones that win. That’s rubbish. Whether you finish first or last does not determine the degree to which you are a poet within the slam community. It is your willingness to participate and your level of involvement. If Emily Dickinson wants to show up every week and read her quatrains about trees and angels, then she is a poetry slammer, no matter where she ranks in the scores at the end of the night. We’d get her a Van Slam hoodie right away.”

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Slam Poetry Does Not Exist: How a movement has been misconstrued as a genre | litlive.ca

Yes. Reblogged while thinking about the people who look at me funny when I say the slam projects I work on are less about slam as a destination and more about (hopefully) opening pathways to further engagement with poetry in a wider sense… about fostering an appreciation for diversity of voice and poetics…

Dec 8

Charlie “RunDemCrew” Dark



Charlie “RunDemCrew” Dark

Dec 7

The beginning of today’s todo list. Poets in the house:…



The beginning of today’s todo list. Poets in the house: thoughts on “where can your work lead” please! Or, in other words, if you make a living from your work as a poet, what does that work consist of? This was a quick list. What have I missed?

Tech-heads: poetry Twitter bots, coming soon.

Nov 28

Finally made it to a Creative Mornings meet – @London_CM – with…



Finally made it to a Creative Mornings meet - @London_CM - with Duncan Gough. Great way to start a day.

I’m wondering how many other poets there were in the room— I’d be pleasantly surprised to hear that I wasn’t the only one, but I’m guessing that, of all the creative disciplines represented in the room, poets were in the distinct minority.

It occurs to me that a large part of my work recently has been about “professionalising” - challenging people’s thinking around sustainable professional/career development in the literary arts, and particularly poetry, beyond the traditional pathways for literary activity (i.e. publishing or academia). That’s one of the reasons I took on the Spoken Word Education programme, and why I do as much as I can to mentor “rising” poets (not forgetting the other key goals). Poetry is often considered an art rather than an industry, but there’s so much for us to learn from exchange with other creative sectors.

More thinking to do. More schemes to make happen. Inspired. Thank you Creative Mornings.

#creativemornings #VSCOcam

Nov 28

“1. smoke above the burning bush2. archnemesis of summer night3. first son of soil4. coal awaiting…”

“1. smoke above the burning bush
2. archnemesis of summer night
3. first son of soil
4. coal awaiting spark & wind
5. guilty until proven dead
6. oil heavy starlight
7. monster until proven ghost
8. gone
9. phoenix who forgets to un-ash
10. going, going, gone
11. gods of shovels & black veils
12. what once passed for kindling
13. fireworks at dawn
14. brilliant, shadow hued coral
15. (I thought to leave this blank
but who am I to name us nothing?)
16. prayer who learned to bite & sprint
17. a mother’s joy & clutched breath”

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Danez Smith, alternate names for black boys 

(via summonstothesea)

This.

Nov 26

explore-blog: The magnificent Ursula K. Le Guin – who just won…



explore-blog:

The magnificent Ursula K. Le Guin – who just won the prestigious National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution – on where good ideas come from and the secret of success in any art.

I’m currently building some thinking the relationship between intention and intuition. Or discipline/rigor and inspiration. Or fixed paths/structures and improvisation. And how these thinking models can be complementary, rather than contradictory…

Nov 24

explore-blog: Magnificent read on what MacArthur “genius grant”…



explore-blog:

Magnificent read on what MacArthur “genius grant” recipients teach us about the creative value of staying loose

Nov 23

thegameofart: Jean-Michel Basquiat (via (1) Pinterest)



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Nov 22

Writing challenge: write the poem suggested by one of the titles…



Writing challenge: write the poem suggested by one of the titles pictured here. Include another title as text within the piece.

Nov 22