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Did I promise more info about the Southwark Speaks project? Oh yes, I did. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/gQbc8W

Did I promise more info about the Southwark Speaks project? Oh yes, I did. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/gQbc8W
Mar 24

Just had another Neo "I know Kung-Fu" moment. Love it.

Just had another Neo "I know Kung-Fu" moment. Love it.
Mar 24

"Your room has a cliché. Destroy it." Fine prompts and other imperatives to be found at The Ommwriters’ new site: http://bit.ly/g4lWgH

"Your room has a cliché. Destroy it." Fine prompts and other imperatives to be found at The Ommwriters' new site: http://bit.ly/g4lWgH
Mar 24

RT @nadiakhomami The Barbican went off. Congrats to all involved. And thanks to lovely friends who came down. 280 person venue almost packed

RT @nadiakhomami The Barbican went off. Congrats to all involved. And thanks to lovely friends who came down. 280 person venue almost packed
Mar 24

"Can you do that? Can you just plug in some made up thing and end up with solutions? Can you simply…"

“Can you do that? Can you just plug in some made up thing and end up with solutions? Can you simply draw some imaginary lines and end up with a better map? You don’t expect to be acclaimed as a great scientist until you discover something, something big and useful, but shouldn’t this something have to be real? Let’s jump ahead 125 years. It’s 1922 and Ludwig Wittgenstein has just published his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus which insists, among other things, that the limits of my language mean the limits of my world. Or, put another way: how you say it is how you think it. And, more dramatically: if you can’t say it, you can’t think it. And, if you can’t think it, how can you solve it?”

- Richard Siken via Harriet (via Instapaper)
Mar 24

Your blog is algebraic

There’s a first for everything. I’ve never had anything I do described as algebraic before. Thank you! Of course, I’m hoping that you’re someone who appreciates numbers and that you didn’t mean algebraic in the sense of obtuse or hard to grasp… ;)

Mar 24

Proud of the Southwark Speaks poets from last night’s session – unafraid in their written (/moving) responses to elders’ life stories…

Proud of the Southwark Speaks poets from last night's session - unafraid in their written (/moving) responses to elders' life stories...
Mar 23

Barbican Poets’ showcase: 23rd March, 19.30, Cinema 2. That’s right, poetry event in a cinema. See you there? http://bit.ly/eRLwDt

Barbican Poets' showcase: 23rd March, 19.30, Cinema 2. That's right, poetry event in a cinema. See you there? http://bit.ly/eRLwDt
Mar 21

"Only the brave should teach. Only those who love the young should teach. Teaching is a vocation. It…"

“Only the brave should teach. Only those who love the young should teach. Teaching is a vocation. It is as sacred as priesthood; as innate as desire, as inescapable as the genius which compels a great artist. If he has not the concern for humanity, the love of living creatures, the vision of the priest and the artist: he must not teach.”

- Pearl S. Buck (via libraryland)
Mar 19

Just had a helluva conversation with one of my on/off students on Hip-Hop, poetry, language and identity. Sometimes I get as much as I give.

Just had a helluva conversation with one of my on/off students on Hip-Hop, poetry, language and identity. Sometimes I get as much as I give.
Mar 18

Hack. Cough. Splutter.

Hack. Cough. Splutter.
Mar 18

"Any intention of writing poetry beyond the most basic aim to make a poem, of engaging the materials,…"

“Any intention of writing poetry beyond the most basic aim to make a poem, of engaging the materials, SHOULD be disappointed. If the poet does not have the chutzpah to jeopardize habituated assumptions and practices, what will be produced will be sleep without dream, a copy of a copy of a copy. The poem always intends otherwise. At every moment, the poet must be ready to abandon any prior intention in welcome expectation of what the poem is beginning to signal. More than intending, the poet ATTENDS! Attends to the conspiracy of words as it reveals itself as a poem, to its murmurs of radiant content that may be encouraged to shout, to its muffled musics there to be discovered and conducted.”

- Dean Young– The Art of Recklessness
Mar 16

Post’s in, including the Journal from @WritersCentre: a beautifully rendered overview of 2 years of work in the form of a newspaper. Lovely.

Post's in, including the Journal from @WritersCentre: a beautifully rendered overview of 2 years of work in the form of a newspaper. Lovely.
Mar 16

One of my editorial charges (@nbahadur) has a new site up: http://www.ninabahadur.com – go see. Debut pamphlet available soon.

One of my editorial charges (@nbahadur) has a new site up: http://www.ninabahadur.com - go see. Debut pamphlet available soon.
Mar 16

Under the weather today. Spent the weekend with 38 year 4-6s. They came away with poems; I get their airborne bugs. Fair exchange?

Under the weather today. Spent the weekend with 38 year 4-6s. They came away with poems; I get their airborne bugs. Fair exchange?
Mar 16

RT @jonathanmead: Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now. -Goethe

RT @jonathanmead: Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now. -Goethe
Mar 15

"I write for a general audience, I guess you could say, including those who don’t think they like…"

“I write for a general audience, I guess you could say, including those who don’t think they like poetry. Never mind that these readers may never look at my poems or go to my readings. My feeling is that if I don’t write to them and for them, choosing to speak only to literary types who are clued in, my vision as a poet will shrink. My readers, I tell myself, may not know who T. S. Eliot is or even the poetry of John Keats. But they have done their homework by living a life. My task is to speak to that life.”

- How a Poem Happens: Wesley McNair
Mar 14

Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent…



Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education

“The traditional model penalises for failure and experimentation but doesn’t expect mastery.”

One of the things I love about the Khan academy is the way Salman Khan found his way into this project. From posting tutorials for his cousins on YouTube, Salman Khan has developed an “academy” that has delivered 41 million lessons (at time of writing), and is now working towards a goal of giving “access to a world-class education to billions of students around the world”.

Dear bright and entrepreneurial innovator in the fields of technology and literature: how might this (or a similar) method of teaching work in the field of creative writing? Or, more appropriately, creative reading?

Mar 10

"When you’re forced to be simple, you’re forced to face the real problem. When you can’t deliver…"

““When you’re forced to be simple, you’re forced to face the real problem. When you can’t deliver ornament, you have to deliver substance.””

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Paul Graham (via QuoteVadis)

Reminds me of a conversation I once had with Roger Robinson about “straight” writers and “ornamental” writers…

Mar 10

"What are you going to bring to poetry that’s going to change it?" @daddydark to the Barbican Poets. Not much of the term left to find out.

"What are you going to bring to poetry that's going to change it?" @daddydark to the Barbican Poets. Not much of the term left to find out.
Mar 9