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).
A good editor must pick out the interesting and meaningful bits and be rather ruthless with the rest.
A good editor has to also constantly doubt him or herself, and ask these questions: are my motives clear? Am I open to sparks that don’t fit my pattern matcher for good ideas? How do I get better at recognizing sparks with promise without excluding the possibility of sparks I’ve never seen before?”
- Oh, there are hundreds of ways for an idea to die. — Medium
“I think anyone who says that reading isn’t a part of the process is a bit shallow in their sense of…”
- Interview with R. A. Villanueva | Words of Colour Productions
- Richard Sennett (via ubuwaits)
We know you’ve been waiting so we won’t make a fuss. Four women (in ‘surnamical’ alphabetical order):
- Kittie Belltree for Moon in Scorpio
- Monika Cassel for Grammar of Passage
- Isabella David McCaffrey for The Voices of Women
- Chelsea Lemon Fetzer for What’s Gone Wrong With You
The overall winner of the 2015 Venture Award will be announced before you can blink in meter. The winning poet will receive £1,000 and flipped eye publishing will release a pamphlet of their work within twelve months.
Follow on Twitter: @Venture_Award
Biographies of the Advisory Board can be found online at:http://www.flippedeye.net/venture/
“I’m suffering from PDF alibi syndrome. The habit of downloading and saving PDFs in the vain hope that one day I will get around to reading them. It’s not a technical problem at all, or one of lack of time, but rather that I’ve been seduced by the lure of information.”
- PDF alibi syndrome, Pat Thomson (2015)
“I go around giving my students permission to be who they are, and there aren’t enough people doing…”
- The Six Best Tips From ‘On Writing Well’ — William Zinsser
- Sir Andrew Motion
- Miracle Grow for Your Brain
Many thanks to Katie Hale, New Writing Cumbria and Eden Arts for hosting me in Penrith this weekend. Katie’s a former Barbican Young Poet, now heading up New Writing Cumbria as an arts administrator while continuing to push her writing (musical to be produced next month; poetry pamphlet in progress…)
“Gibbs is influenced by the philosophy of writers such as Merleau-Ponty, who defined perception as…”
- (178) From Summit to Stanza: The Trouble With Mountaineering Poetry | Helen Mort
Train to Cumbria. Looking forward to catching up with Katie Hale. Plus a workshop with local poets. Plus a gig in aid of Nepal. Plus Cumbria.
“First you must know that the whole of the physical world floats in each of the senses at the same…”
- W.S. Merwin
“The You Museum is a new online gallery and series of artworks by Famous New Media Artist Jeremy Bailey. Using a few simple questions The You Museum curates personalized exhibitions that are delivered to you via banners on the websites you visit most. Using various retargeting technologies these exhibitions reach you organically across ninety-eight percent of the internet. And if you like your personalized artwork, you can buy it by simply clicking a banner, sending you to an e-commerce storefront where you can complete your acquisition. The You Museum reclaims commercial space on behalf of the arts in a way that establishes itself as the leading platform for collaborative self-expression.”
Robert Irwin (via Lawrence Weschler)
- Allen Tan is…playing around
a lot of prescriptive linguists (the fancy term for snotty english majors, faux-talgic baby boomers, racist gatekeepers, and other subdivisions of the language police) like to shame The Youth for lazy capitalization and punctuation, but the interesting thing is that most young ppl i know who build their lives around texting are actually pretty damn deliberate about their language choices
“u” and “you” show degrees of closeness w/ your partner; using punctuation at the end of a reply text indicates tone; capitalizing certain words in the middle of the sentence is for Emphasis; sometimes we’re sloppy and sometimes we make mistakes but there is a real grammar to internet communication because by “grammar” i mean a “code of language rules that society agrees upon in order to create meaning”, and that is the opposite of being lazy
(tumblr absolutely has such a grammar and you can tell when someone’s not fluent)
the old guard is passionately defending a pure linguistic territory that we don’t want anymore, it’s not useful enough for 21st century relationships dependent on the subtleties of texts
#This actually quite true #like my Mum never understands why I’M OFTEN TALKING IN ALL CAPS WITH MY FRIENDS #and I can never properly explain why #because it means more than just yelling #it can be any range of things depending on the context and the person I’m talking with #we might be excited about something or trying emphasize something or just showing solidarity with one another #it’s incredible I can never quite explain it
keeping Izzy’s tags because they’re so true.
“We look. We listen. We ask questions. We see patterns. We connect. We ask more questions. We offer…”
We look. We listen. We ask questions. We see patterns. We connect. We ask more questions. We offer honest appraisals and observational insights. We unearth unseen resources! We trust instinct and intuition. We honor coincidence, metaphor and the holographic principle. We recognize harmony, balance and congruency. We are eagle-eyed to inconsistencies and disconnects. We believe unequivocally in truth-telling and authentic gestures. We are moved by acts of generosity, vulnerability and courage. We revere transparency, clear intention and full integrity. We seek to embody our values in work, life and play. We pursue humor, pleasure and beauty. We delight in energetic synergy.
We do it because we love it.”
- About | Armbrust & Co.
“I had a teacher I liked who used to say good fiction’s job was to comfort the disturbed and disturb…”
- David Foster Wallace, An Interview With David Foster Wallace (via ubuwaits, viafrank-deactivated20120702)
- via Draft Journal