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"I take it because I am in love with the touch of black on glass…" http://bit.ly/j6aStd

"I take it because I am in love with the touch of black on glass..." http://bit.ly/j6aStd
Jul 3

"I’m betting one of the X’s / on this map has buried treasure / but my shovel is tired of me // feeding it to th… http://bit.ly/kRQfXa

"I’m betting one of the X’s / on this map has buried treasure / but my shovel is tired of me // feeding it to th... http://bit.ly/kRQfXa
Jul 2

In other news, if you’re a young poet and ever wanted to attend one of my workshops, I’ve got three spaces for something on Monday. Holler.

In other news, if you're a young poet and ever wanted to attend one of my workshops, I've got three spaces for something on Monday. Holler.
Jul 2

Still reeling from the past few weeks of intense activity. It’ll take me a few days to get back to business as usual…

Still reeling from the past few weeks of intense activity. It'll take me a few days to get back to business as usual...
Jul 2

http://bit.ly/kNYdkg

http://bit.ly/kNYdkg
Jun 29

"One reason we struggle with insecurity: we’re comparing our behind the scenes to everyone else’s…"

“One reason we struggle with insecurity: we’re comparing our behind the scenes to everyone else’s highlight reel.”

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Steven Furtick (via jesssica)

Dear Tumblr dashboard: sometimes you’re a terrible time-sink, and sometimes you know exactly what I need to hear…

Jun 27

"Creating meaning is the hardest part of design; you’re not going to get it right the first…"

“Creating meaning is the hardest part of design; you’re not going to get it right the first time. But you can iterate it. Not just once, but many times. And the sooner you’re doing iterations in the actual materials of the finished product, the better the design will be. Because you can’t perfectly premeditate meaningful experiences. You have to experiment and see what happens.”

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Experiment, iterate, fail. Design! - Thinking aloud

Reason for the recent quiet: I’m obsessing over iterations of my manuscript. Move this poem here, move that poem there. Is that poem doing all the work it’s supposed to be doing? Is there a poem missing? And so, the iteration continues. Contents page, version 5468 and counting. Who was it that said a day’s worth of writing could consist entirely of removing a word in the morning and adding it back in the afternoon (or was it a comma)? Whoever you were, I hear you, o kindred soul. 

Jun 27

"When you inherit a language, it does not mean you are totally in it or you are passively programmed…"

“When you inherit a language, it does not mean you are totally in it or you are passively programmed by it. To inherit means to be able to, of course, appropriate this language, to transform it, to select something. Heritage is not something you are given as a whole. It is something that calls for interpretations, selections, reactions, response and responsibility. When you take your responsibility as an heir, you are not simply subjected to the heritage, you are not called to simply conserve or keep this heritage as it is, intact. You have to make it live and survive, and that is a process - a selective and interpretive process.”

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Jacques Derrida. (via tobia)

Pushing this one into my “Ritual and Tradition” file… 

Jun 24

"A tongue strikes the inside of a metal mouth: / the sky splits / into skies" —Suzanne Hancock, Cast From Bells.

"A tongue strikes the inside of a metal mouth: / the sky splits / into skies" —Suzanne Hancock, Cast From Bells.
Jun 23

"You have to be two things at once: extremely arrogant, enough to think you’re going to sit…"

“You have to be two things at once: extremely arrogant, enough to think you’re going to sit down and say something of value to the world; and extremely humble and embarrassed by that very thing, so that you realise that as you write you’re not writing yourself, you’re not writing your own story. In fact, as you write a poem, it’s more and more about relinquishing yourself to this other thing. You have to have the capability to be in those extremes at the same time.”

- David Baker
Jun 20

Draining out an evening’s worth of writing on the Southbank. Greybeard rasta hurtles down the street below on skates. Wheel and come again!

Draining out an evening's worth of writing on the Southbank. Greybeard rasta hurtles down the street below on skates. Wheel and come again!
Jun 19

5 reasons why e-books aren’t there yet (@llapen agree, yes?) – Wired: http://bit.ly/mUstWx

5 reasons why e-books aren't there yet (@llapen agree, yes?) - Wired: http://bit.ly/mUstWx
Jun 18

"Oh – no one reads poetry, just a few dedicated souls” – I’m tired of that! Poetry is…"

““Oh - no one reads poetry, just a few dedicated souls” - I’m tired of that! Poetry is important. We’ve got to figure out a way to make it happen. And the spoken word scene is part of that. And the slam scene is connected of course to spoken word, but that’s part of it. But I mean beyond that, back to the page, and to the books and to the world of contemplation. I really want people to be with language - that’s the seat of human consciousness: language. We can’t act like that doesn’t matter.”

- Tim Seibles from a 2006 episode of the Prosody radio show/podcast.
Jun 15

RT @flippedeye: Blurb of the month award goes to @jsamlarose – you’ll see it soon on Ekere Tallie’s forthcoming ‘Karma’s Footsteps’ #edi …

RT @flippedeye: Blurb of the month award goes to @jsamlarose - you'll see it soon on Ekere Tallie's forthcoming 'Karma's Footsteps' #edi ...
Jun 14

"The Things to do are: the things that need doing, that you see need to be done, and that no one else…"

“The Things to do are: the things that need doing, that you see need to be done, and that no one else seems to see need to be done. Then you will conceive your own way of doing that which needs to be done — that no one else has told you to do or how to do it. This will bring out the real you that often gets buried inside a character that has acquired a superficial array of behaviors induced or imposed by others on the individual.”

- Buckminster Fuller
Jun 14

Oh, and just in case you were wondering, the Barbican Poets program will back again later this year. Eyes open for details.

Oh, and just in case you were wondering, the Barbican Poets program will back again later this year. Eyes open for details.
Jun 13

"I think we need to keep our old poetry institutions as well as investing in new ones. It’s not…"

“I think we need to keep our old poetry institutions as well as investing in new ones. It’s not either or for me. It’s the new, the young, the new performance poets but it’s also the PBS.”

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Carol Ann Duffy protests over Poetry Book Society cuts - Channel 4 News

Amen to that. Having just watched the video attached to the article, I’m reminded that as much as I love Hip-Hop and spoken word, I take issue with the stance that Hip-Hop is the new face of poetry, or that if it isn’t spoken word, it’s no longer relevant. What’s wrong with a broad appreciation for a range of poetics? 

I think there are perhaps two extreme poles in many people’s minds when they think of poetry. Either a) the poetry we’re taught at school (largely comprised of the dead and the gone) b) new-school stage-bound poetics. There’s a space in between - contemporary writing - that’s undervalued. That’s a space that organisations like the PBS are well placed for celebrating.   

Really curious to see how the PBS is going to move forward now… 

Jun 13

New event! London Teenage Poetry SLAM Chicago Exchange Fundraiser, Monday June 20th – http://bit.ly/lFNwQs

New event! London Teenage Poetry SLAM Chicago Exchange Fundraiser, Monday June 20th - http://bit.ly/lFNwQs
Jun 13

"Art flies around truth, but with the definite intention of not getting burnt. Its capacity lies in…"

“Art flies around truth, but with the definite intention of not getting burnt. Its capacity lies in finding in the dark void a place where the beam of light can be intensely caught, without this having been perceptible before.”

- Franz Kafka
Jun 13

Poet? Up for a challenge? Willing to use science (the biology of memory) as inspiration? Prize up for grabs: http://bit.ly/mc2T1Q

Poet? Up for a challenge? Willing to use science (the biology of memory) as inspiration? Prize up for grabs: http://bit.ly/mc2T1Q
Jun 11