"How much of your day is spent working to get better clients versus pleasing the clients you’ve already got? And is pleasing the clients you’ve already got the best way to get better clients? Is a better client somebody who merely pays you more, or are you selling your soul and selling out your career by taking someone today who’s going to put you in the wrong box versus choosing your own box to find the client who is capable of giving you the platform that you deserve…?"
Listen hard, lit professional…
- Robert Creeley, from A Sense of Measure (via John Estes: Works & Days)
Gemini here. Guilty as charged.
“If poetry demands solitude and introspection, then I am in trouble. I know too many gifted poets who…”
- Kwame Dawes, quoted in The Electric Poetry of Kwame Dawes | Diriye Osman
- Stephen Dunn, via Planning for Surprise: Writing and Teaching Personal Narratives | TriQuarterly
- Most of the page is still blank: An interview with Alex Epstein « Kenyon Review Blog
“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)
“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
“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…
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.
Love the methodology of exploring specific crafts to deepen one’s engagement with the world through each of the senses, and it’s a nice little nudge to get back to my own field-recording project…
Big fan of the meaningful use of Tumblr (and other such platforms) here. Kearney’s use of Tumblr to support the release of his most recent collection Patter is a masterclass. Observe…