Mastery, Robert Greene
“When the heart is not enough it finds another room. Water does this. Traffic slows for rain. Let the tangled roots come and teach you sprawl, moral substitution, efficiency: every weed leans towards the ungraspable. In time fingers write their own music whether or not they are slender. Breathe. Make your own gravity, pull down sunlight. It takes longer than years to cross the door.”
— Other Things and Other Poems
(new and selected poems, with Croatian translation)
by Alvin Pang
Alvin Pang— lovely poet, lovely human being. If you don’t have any of his work in your library, rectify immediately. That is all.
STORYBOARD: Capturing the ‘Humans of New York’ (by Tumblr)
Street photography practise reaffirmed.
Yes, it’s essentially an advert. No, I don’t care. Love this project.
Just read poems at an event for the Forward Arts Foundation. With Rhian Edwards. Who is officially a bad-ass poet.
I haven’t shared a stage with Rhian since “back-in-the-day” and I remember seeing some of her early gigs at the Poetry Cafe. Now we’re both Forward Poetry shortlistees (2012). Time passes, eh?
Pictured: Maisie - Forward Arts Assistant Director - presides over copies of Breaking Silence, Clueless Dogs (Rhian’s award winning collection) and the Forward Poetry Anthology.
2013/4 Brad Frost (by CreativeMornings/PGH)
Tate: Remixed— five years after the fact, I stumble across this. More accurately, I’ve been pointed in this direction— some interesting new work on the horizon for me, and this serves as stimulus. Francesca Beard’s a perennial favourite around these here parts, but I’m particularly digging this work of hers. Nick Makoha and Polar Bear also produced work for the same project. Go see.
ability slows (by Nathaniel Whitcomb | Think or Smile)
According to one theory, the moon formed when a Mars-sized chunk of rock collided with Earth. After the moon coalesced out of the debris from that impact, it was much closer to Earth than it is today. This idea is taken to its fanciful limit in Italo Calvino’s story “The Distance of the Moon” (from his collection Cosmicomics, translated by William Weaver). The story, narrated by a character with the impossible-to-pronounce name Qfwfq, tells of a strange crew who jump between Earth and moon, and sometimes hover in the nether reaches of gravity between the two.
“When you recognize that you’ve found yourself in this wilderness (and you will; perhaps even often),…”
- The Define Journal | What I Have to Say Wednesday: Parker Fitzgerald
- ‘The Shadow of an Airplane Crosses the Empire State Building’ - Howie Good; via Right Hand Pointing
“What I fault newspapers for is that day after day they draw our attention to insignificant things…”
- Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time (via Caterina.net)
I spent a half hour this morning thinking about my ideal daily routine and here is the result.
Shameless reblog, for no reason other than to say “me too…”
By now, you probably already know how much of my writing gets done via an iPad (read: a lot). In terms of a writing workflow, I’ve been through most of the popular text editors, and while Drafts is a a bit of a “bus stop” app as referred to in the linked article, it’s a useful one for focusing on the writing first and pushing that writing to wherever it needs to be later.
Sadly, I’ve moved on from many of the iOS text editors I’ve fallen for over the past couple of years of writing on an iPad. WriteRoom’s still on my first page (and I refuse to delete it out of sheer love), but is gathering the digital equivalent of dust from lack of use. Writings and iA Writer never really saw that much active use if I’m honest, even though Writings was particularly interesting for organising sets of documents on the fly for readings. Although I recently reloaded Daedalus to see what I might gain from it’s organisational metaphor of “stacks” (as opposed to files in folders), I’m sure to delete it again (font options are limited/unappealing, and the page width doesn’t really support longer lines of poetry).
Fellow text-nerds in the audience, take note: I’m still a loyal Scrivener fan for longer writing projects, but since I made a shift from a plain text system (Shock! Horror!), Evernote is the hub for most of my writing. Evernote works everywhere— iPad, phone, desktop and web— and even supercharges my notebook fetish by allowing me to snapshot and tag handwritten pages. Drafts serves as a beautiful (read: effortlessly functional AND aesthetically pleasing) conduit for pushing my writing to Evernote or anywhere else I need it to be. Colour me one happy writer. Squeal.
- Nicholas Royle on “composition and decomposition.” Pair with Francine Prose on how to read like a writer and Virginia Woolf on how to read a book, then follow up with this 1936 to acquiring knowledge, of which critical reading is a centerpiece. (via explore-blog)
“For a year I went blind as a freight train, thrashed in a wild grief, because nothing as loud as my…”
in a wild grief, because nothing as loud
as my sorrow could be heard. Now, in the formless dark
I can’t untangle my tongue
even to know what kind of help to ask.
But he tells me I’m all flintstrike
deep in the basement’s gut: again, again, again, again—”
- Extract of Small Bang Theory by Anne Shaw | Kenyon Review Online. Follow the link for the full poem.
“Think about it this way. We have 7,000 languages. Each of these languages encompasses a world-view,…”
- Lera Boroditsky - ENCAPSULATED UNIVERSES | Edge.org (via Roberto Greco)
“Creativity comes from listening to the problem actively as you would in any good conversation. Some…”
Kenji Ozdemir - How to Work with Creative People
Great site. Looking forward to future posts. These kinds of initiatives often grow out of commercial concerns— I get the feeling that the eponymous “creative” that the site focuses on is at least 60% designer, perhaps with some illustration and copywriting making up much of the remainder? I’d love to see something like this with the literature sector in mind. How to work with writers and poets? Sure, it’d be a smaller potential readership, but…
Or, maybe (a more practical suggestion) some of you commissioning literature professionals want to figure out how to get your hard won wisdom into the mix? Just saying.
Bloodaxe’s very own Neil Astley caught me on stage at the Cuirt Festival. I shared a stage with Brian Turner, which was an honour. I’m just going to go ahead and presume that you’re already very familiar with Here, Bullet…
Anthony Joseph. I came up watching this writer. Poet and charismatic front man for the Spasm band, I remember seeing him read from his surrealist text “The African Origins of UFOs” way back in the day (late 90s?) upstairs at the Oval House Theatre. Blew my mind as to the possibilities for poetry and the notions of identity, heritage and sci-fi— all of which were particularly appealing to me. Over the years, I grew to tour with him and even built him a website, but never really lost the awe. Definitely ranks highly on my “coolest people I know” list.
To hear that Anthony Joseph has the opportunity to collaboration with Meshell Ndegeocello is like my fantasy football pick coming true. At Christmas. With icing.
You get the idea.
“Great art would have head— it would have interesting intellectual ideas and concepts; it would have…”
- Shea Hembrey