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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

“It takes a lot of sometimes painful self-realization to figure out what that message is in the first…”

“It takes a lot of sometimes painful self-realization to figure out what that message is in the first place. It was one of the greatest adventures of my life, figuring out who I was in order to figure out who my artist-self was.”

- What I Have to Say: Cheryl Jacobs Nicolai | The Define School
Apr 17

“Our business is to see what we can do with the English language as it is. How can we combine the old…”

Our business is to see what we can do with the English language as it is. How can we combine the old words in new orders so that they survive, so that they create beauty, so that they tell the truth? That is the question.

And the person who could answer that question would deserve whatever crown of glory the world has to offer. Think what it would mean if you could teach, if you could learn, the art of writing. Why, every book, every newspaper would tell the truth, would create beauty.



- Virginia Woolf, who drowned on March 28, 1941, on the art of language and the beauty of words in the only surviving recording of her voice. (via explore-blog)
Apr 14

Poet: Raymond Antrobus; BAR Poetry @ Gallery Cafe, April 4th…



Poet: Raymond Antrobus; BAR Poetry @ Gallery Cafe, April 4th 2014

Apr 9

“For language to have meaning there must be intervals of silence somewhere, to divide word from word…”

“For language to have meaning there must be intervals of silence somewhere, to divide word from word and utterance from utterance. He who retires into silence does not necessarily hate language. Perhaps it is love and respect for language which imposes silence upon him.”

- Thomas Merton, “Disputed Questions” (via litverve)
Apr 9

Poet: Tyrone Lewis; BAR @ Gallery Cafe, April 4th 2014



Poet: Tyrone Lewis; BAR @ Gallery Cafe, April 4th 2014

Apr 8

INTERVIEWER: Wordsworth spoke of growing up “Fostered alike by beauty and by fear,” and he put fearful experiences first; but he also said that his primary subject was “the mind of Man.” Don’t you write more about the mind than about the external world?

INTERVIEWER: Wordsworth spoke of growing up “Fostered alike by beauty and by fear,” and he put fearful experiences first; but he also said that his primary subject was “the mind of Man.” Don’t you write more about the mind than about the external world?

BARTHELME: In a commonsense way, you write about the impingement of one upon the other—my subjectivity bumping into other subjectivities, or into the Prime Rate. You exist for me in my perception of you (and in some rough, Raggedy Andy way, for yourself, of course). That’s what’s curious when people say, of writers, This one’s a realist, this one’s a surrealist, this one’s a super-realist, and so forth. In fact, everybody’s a realist offering true accounts of the activity of mind. There are only realists.
Apr 8

Poet: Sophie Fenella Robinski; BAR @ Gallery Cafe, April 4th…



Poet: Sophie Fenella Robinski; BAR @ Gallery Cafe, April 4th 2014

Apr 7

“A man would do well to carry a pencil in his pocket, and write down the thoughts of the moment….”

“A man would do well to carry a pencil in his pocket, and write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought are commonly the most valuable, and should be secured, because they seldom return.”

- How we work: Francis Bacon, Elizabethan polymath - rodcorp
Apr 7

Poets: Ruth Bertulis-Fernandes and Will Tyas, BAR @ Gallery…



Poets: Ruth Bertulis-Fernandes and Will Tyas, BAR @ Gallery Cafe, April 4th 2014

Apr 6

Poets from Burn After Reading, preparing for their monthly event…



Poets from Burn After Reading, preparing for their monthly event at the Gallery Cafe (April 4th 2014)

Apr 5

Poet: Michelle Madsen, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe,…



Poet: Michelle Madsen, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe, July 2013 (by jsamlarose)

Apr 4

Poet: Emily Harrison, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe,…



Poet: Emily Harrison, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe, July 2013 (by jsamlarose)

Apr 3

Poet: Muj Hameed, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe, July…



Poet: Muj Hameed, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe, July 2013 (by jsamlarose)

Apr 2

Poet: Charlotte Higgins, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe,…



Poet: Charlotte Higgins, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe, July 2013 (by jsamlarose)

Apr 1

“Without discomfort your comfort becomes your main weakness. Change is uncomfortable and discomfort…”

“Without discomfort your comfort becomes your main weakness. Change is uncomfortable and discomfort is necessary for change. Change is possible, but it is never easy and it is never comfortable.”

- The Virtue of Discomfort - Jacob Lund Fisker
Apr 1

Poet: Will Tyas, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe, July…



Poet: Will Tyas, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe, July 2013 (by jsamlarose)

Mar 31

“There are two birds in your head, raven and crow, and only one of them is yours. A ghost and a robot…”

There are two birds in your head, raven and crow, and only one of them is yours. A ghost and a robot doing battle, singing like telephones, the phone is ringing, a headache word. You are dancing with the birdcage girl, banging your head against a cage that isn’t there. You want to say yes: yes to the bathtub, yes to the gumdrops, no to the laughing skullheads.

The holes in this picture are not flowers, they are not wheels, and the phone is ringing ringing, a headache word, it’s ringing for you. This is in the second person. This is happening to you because I don’t want to be here. Is there anything I won’t put words around? Yes, there is.



- Richard Siken, opening two paragraphs to “Black Telephone,” from the “Editor’s Page" of Spork (No. 1.3, Winter 2001-2002)
Mar 31

Poet: Tyrone Lews, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe, July…



Poet: Tyrone Lews, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe, July 2013 (by jsamlarose)

Mar 30

“Readmill has just posted an official confirmation of yesterday’s acquisition story. They now belong…”

“Readmill has just posted an official confirmation of yesterday’s acquisition story. They now belong to Dropbox, and the new owner is going to shut down Readmill.”

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It’s Official: Dropbox Buys Readmill, Will Shut it Down in 3 Months - The Digital Reader

Another day, another app in my toolbox dies. It’s enough to make a forward thinking lit/tech geek very cautious about investing any serious time or effort in the next big app that comes along…

Mar 30

Poet: Tyrone Lewis, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe, July…



Poet: Tyrone Lewis, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe, July 2013 (by jsamlarose)

Mar 29