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What? That time of year again? Already? ;)



What? That time of year again? Already? ;)

Jun 8

“I do see the poet as someone whose role it is to push back against anti-intellectualism,…”

“I do see the poet as someone whose role it is to push back against anti-intellectualism, anti-activism, and passivity in general. The purpose of this pushing back is to show that there are always infinite sides to a story, amazing unimagined perspectives on any narrative, and no limit to how weird and wild and unexpected our language and its meanings can get.”

- Brenda Shaughnessy
(via poetsorg)
Jun 7

It’s official. I’m a Change Maker, as endorsed by…



It’s official. I’m a Change Maker, as endorsed by London’s Southbank Centre. Just about to share a space with Joelle Taylor, Young Identity and Beat Freeks.

(First person to point out the errant hyphen gets a stern look.)

Jun 6

“This is the year when artists and their fans lay the foundations for the new creative economy.”

“This is the year when artists and their fans lay the foundations for the new creative economy.”

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The dawn of a new creative economy (Wired UK)

Of course, the foundations of this new creative economy have been in the making for a long time before this. And while there’s gold in these hills, it’s important to remember the relationship between signal vs noise. Perhaps the simple truth remains that however the models evolve, there will always be breakthrough artists (hard work + talent + good fortune + networked connections, amplifiers & enablers) and a much larger mass of other could-have-beens. Your YouTube channel, or Twitter following isn’t the glass slipper— or rather, one glass slipper does not a pair make…

Jun 6

“Today, the dream of the everlasting carrier seems further away than ever. Records may be lasting ok,…”

“Today, the dream of the everlasting carrier seems further away than ever. Records may be lasting ok, but if you leave a CD-r out in the sun for a fortnight, the dye-layer would fade and render it unreadable. It’s been five years since anyone made a dat machine. And as for minidiscs… At a certain point, Prentice concedes, “you have to look the devil in the eye and say, alright, we’ve lost the battle for the everlasting carrier. We just need to concentrate on everlasting content.””

- The Quietus | Opinion | The Quietus Essay | The Utopia Of Records: Why Sound Archiving Is Important
Jun 5

“A good editor must pick out the interesting and meaningful bits and be rather ruthless with the…”

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
Jun 3

“I think anyone who says that reading isn’t a part of the process is a bit shallow in their sense of…”

“I think anyone who says that reading isn’t a part of the process is a bit shallow in their sense of what it means to be a writer. One needs to feel perpetually humbled and the only way to ‘improve’ is to read those who are greater than you – to surround yourself with writers who seem to say exactly what they want to say. Or, put another way, it’s imperative that you continually expose yourself to work that devastates you because it’s able to capture something about discrete experiences and our collective worries, needs, concerns and hopes.”

- Interview with R. A. Villanueva | Words of Colour Productions
Jun 2

“When confronted by a sour note… the [musician] gets nowhere by forcing. The mistake has to be…”

“When confronted by a sour note… the [musician] gets nowhere by forcing. The mistake has to be treated as an interesting fact; then the problem will eventually be unlocked.”

- Richard Sennett (via ubuwaits)
Jun 1

Venture Award 2015 Shortlist

venturepoetry:

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/

May 27

citiesofsound: “I’m suffering from PDF alibi syndrome. The habit of downloading and saving PDFs in…

citiesofsound:

“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)

May 25

“I go around giving my students permission to be who they are, and there aren’t enough people doing…”

“I go around giving my students permission to be who they are, and there aren’t enough people doing that,” he said. “You learn to write by believing in who you are.”

- The Six Best Tips From ‘On Writing Well’ — William Zinsser
May 18

“I want to do good in the world not just by sitting at my desk writing”

“I want to do good in the world not just by sitting at my desk writing”

- Sir Andrew Motion
May 17

“Darwin taught us that learning is the survival mechanism we use to adapt to constantly changing…”

“Darwin taught us that learning is the survival mechanism we use to adapt to constantly changing environments. Inside the microenvironment of the brain, that means forging new connections between cells to relay information. When we learn something, whether it’s a French word or a salsa step, cells morph in order to encode that information; the memory physically becomes part of the brain.”

- Miracle Grow for Your Brain
May 17

Many thanks to Katie Hale, New Writing Cumbria and Eden Arts for…



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…)

May 17

“Gibbs is influenced by the philosophy of writers such as Merleau-Ponty,  who defined perception as…”

“Gibbs is influenced by the philosophy of writers such as Merleau-Ponty,  who defined perception as an organism’s entire bodily reaction to its environment. In an experiment by Gibbs, used to illustrate his theory of embodied cognition, participants were taken out into a field and shown the location of an object, some distance from them. They were then blindfolded. The participants were read two short texts, both of which used the familiar conceptual metaphor of a relationship as a journey. In one version, things were ‘moving in the right direction’ whereas in the other, the relationship had 'stalled’, and the people were 'moving apart’ rather than 'moving forwards together’. The participants were then asked to walk forwards to where they thought the object they’d previously been shown was. With remarkable consistency, participants overshot the mark after hearing the first, positive text and stopped short of it after hearing the second. Gibbs used this to illustrate the ways in which our understanding of many concepts is intimately related to our physical experiences (for example, the way we interpret a word like 'stand’ with its many literal and metaphorical meanings has a lot to do with our bodies and the way we acquire language.”

- (178) From Summit to Stanza: The Trouble With Mountaineering Poetry | Helen Mort
May 16

Train to Cumbria. Looking forward to catching up with Katie…



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.

May 16

“First you must know that the whole of the physical world floats in each of the senses at the same…”

“First you must know that the whole of the physical world floats in each of the senses at the same time. Each of them reveals to us a different aspect of the kingdom of change. But none of them reveals the unnameable stillness that unites them. At the heart of change it lies unseeing, unhearing, unfeeling, unchanging, holding within itself the beginning and the end. It is ours. It is our only possession.”

- W.S. Merwin
(via beingblog)
May 15

The You Museum

The You Museum:

“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.”

May 14

“All I want to say” he continued, “is that the wonder is still there.” Whereupon, he…”

“All I want to say" he continued, “is that the wonder is still there.” Whereupon, he simply walked away.”

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Robert Irwin (via Lawrence Weschler)

Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees

May 13

“Take some material. Move it around, play with it, absorb & synthesize. Add structure,…”

“Take some material. Move it around, play with it, absorb & synthesize. Add structure, reinforcing the good parts and ripping out the bad bits. Patch up the holes that are left. Give it lyricism and grace and elegance. Make it for an audience, shaped so that they can understand it, the way you understand it.”

- Allen Tan is…playing around
May 12