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:
- Jacobsamlarose.com (my professional face)
- Miscellany (my personal blog)
- Forthen&Evermore (my photoblog)
- Twitter (text messages to the world)
If any of the above sparks your interest, don’t be shy in saying hello (mail at jacobsamlarose dot com).
“There’s a hole in the side of the boat. That hole is never going to be fixed, and it’s never going…”
- Will McAvoy, The Newsroom (via charlestontucker)
Aisling Fahey, Young Poet Laureate for London headlining at Mouthy Poets’ first national tour date.
In transit. Must be said, the camera on the iPhone 6 is not too shabby at all…
“We must create work that refuses to leave this world the same as when we entered. We do not have the…”
- Danez Smith, Open Letter to White Poets
Miriam Nash (poet, producer…)
Creative Mornings, London, November 2014 - Duncan Gough
Michael “Gulliver” Vidon
“But are all styles and voices truly welcome at a slam? Emily Dickinson would lose every time. Ezra…”
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…
Charlie “RunDemCrew” Dark
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.
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.
“1. smoke above the burning bush2. archnemesis of summer night3. first son of soil4. coal awaiting…”
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
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”
Danez Smith, alternate names for black boys
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…
Writing challenge: write the poem suggested by one of the titles pictured here. Include another title as text within the piece.