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RT @FDbytheword Hard work every day is the shoveling that lifts the stones weighing down your good ideas…

RT @FDbytheword Hard work every day is the shoveling that lifts the stones weighing down your good ideas...
Aug 30

Back in my inbox for the first time since late last week. First email is an acceptance for an anthology coming in 2012. Good day ahead?

Back in my inbox for the first time since late last week. First email is an acceptance for an anthology coming in 2012. Good day ahead?
Aug 30

RT @LewishamLitFest: #ff poets: @RossGSutherland @NikeshShukla (as he moves house) @ithinkmaybe (Liz Bentley) @BlueBirdTail (Nii Ayikwei …

RT @LewishamLitFest: #ff poets: @RossGSutherland @NikeshShukla (as he moves house) @ithinkmaybe (Liz Bentley) @BlueBirdTail (Nii Ayikwei ...
Aug 26

Running an open workshop at the National Gallery this evening. Free. Provided my ceiling doesn’t collapse… http://t.co/SJ9AsXu

Running an open workshop at the National Gallery this evening. Free. Provided my ceiling doesn't collapse... http://t.co/SJ9AsXu
Aug 26

"Readers may wonder why they should bother reading a moderately effective poem when they could…"

“Readers may wonder why they should bother reading a moderately effective poem when they could instead look at the great painting it was based on. If the poem doesn’t contain something more than was already available to the audience, it will strike the reader as superfluous, the secondary product of someone too dependent on the earlier, greater work.”

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Notes on Ekphrasis- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More

Pulling my head together to run a workshop at the National Gallery this evening. Been preoccupied (as you’ve probably picked up in other posts by now) and probably spoke a bit too soon about getting back to any semblance of my usual levels of getting things done when I tweeted about “finally getting my head around this caring thing”. Must remember not to try running when I’ve only just learned to crawl. On top of everything else, we found a leak in the dining room ceiling that needs attention. It never rains, but it pours.

All things considered, spending an hour at the National Gallery challenging people to write poems in response to a classic work of art should be a welcome respite. Even if the rain doesn’t let up. More info via this link

Aug 26

#ff @daddydark – poet, performer, DJ, producer, father, inspirational figure. When he moves, move with him. http://t.co/vK2PDEC

#ff @daddydark - poet, performer, DJ, producer, father, inspirational figure. When he moves, move with him. http://t.co/vK2PDEC
Aug 26

"Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make…"

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

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STEVE JOBS, in a commencement address at Stanford, 2005.

(via the Wall Street Journal)

Sadness fills me about all of this.

(via bustr)

Aug 25

I didn’t miss the broadcast of my own recording, did I? Doh! Shh. Don’t tell anyone…

I didn't miss the broadcast of my own recording, did I? Doh! Shh. Don't tell anyone...
Aug 24

That’s what I was told, anyway. And if not, at least you’ll have had a good burst of classical music. Go iPlayer: http://t.co/4zOQWmh

That's what I was told, anyway. And if not, at least you'll have had a good burst of classical music. Go iPlayer: http://t.co/4zOQWmh
Aug 24

There’s an outside chance that one of the poems I performed on Saturday night will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in the next 10-15 minutes…

There's an outside chance that one of the poems I performed on Saturday night will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in the next 10-15 minutes...
Aug 24

Dear WordPress bloggers: if you think OnSwipe is good for people viewing your blog on an iPad, it isn’t. Good idea, poor execution. #imho

Dear WordPress bloggers: if you think OnSwipe is good for people viewing your blog on an iPad, it isn't. Good idea, poor execution. #imho
Aug 24

…and if you’ve asked me for anything in the past fortnight or so and I haven’t responded, have a heart. Seriously! I’m getting there…

...and if you've asked me for anything in the past fortnight or so and I haven't responded, have a heart. Seriously! I'm getting there...
Aug 24

Getting my head around this caring thing. Crutch first, operated leg, good leg. Now, to get back to being productive. #cantknockthehustle

Getting my head around this caring thing. Crutch first, operated leg, good leg. Now, to get back to being productive. #cantknockthehustle
Aug 24

Whoa. Need more clones and robots…

Whoa. Need more clones and robots...
Aug 24

"We cannot be all the writers all the time. We can only be who we are. Which leads me to my second…" http://t.co/YDsB2ti

"We cannot be all the writers all the time. We can only be who we are. Which leads me to my second..." http://t.co/YDsB2ti
Aug 23

"We cannot be all the writers all the time. We can only be who we are. Which leads me to my second…"

“We cannot be all the writers all the time. We can only be who we are. Which leads me to my second point: writers do not write what they want, they write what they can. When I was 21 I wanted to write like Kafka. But, unfortunately for me, I wrote like a script editor for The Simpsons who’d briefly joined a religious cult and then discovered Foucault. Such is life.”

- Zadie Smith (via caitsmeissner)
Aug 23

Photo: Martin Molinero (via enantiodromia) http://t.co/Q1qGmZ0

Photo: Martin Molinero (via enantiodromia) http://t.co/Q1qGmZ0
Aug 22

“The Museum of Broken Relationships grew from a traveling…



“The Museum of Broken Relationships grew from a traveling exhibition revolving around the concept of failed relationships and their ruins. Unlike ‘destructive’ self-help instructions for recovery from failed loves, the Museum offers a chance to overcome an emotional collapse through creation: by contributing to the Museum’s collection.

“Whatever the motivation for donating personal belongings – be it sheer exhibitionism, therapeutic relief, or simple curiosity – people embraced the idea of exhibiting their love legacy as a sort of a ritual, a solemn ceremony.  Our societies oblige us with our marriages, funerals, and even graduation farewells, but deny us any formal recognition of the demise of a relationship, despite its strong emotional effect.  In the words of Roland Barthes in A Lover’s Discourse: ‘Every passion, ultimately, has its spectator… (there is) no amorous oblation without a final theater.’

“Conceptualized in Croatia by Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić, the Museum has since toured internationally, amassing an amazing collection. Although often colored by personal experience, local culture and history, the exhibits presented here form universal patterns offering us to discover them and feel the comfort they can bring. Hopefully they can also inspire our personal search for deeper insights and strengthen our belief in something more meaningful than random suffering.”

The Musuem is presented in London by Tristan Bates Theatre, running from August 15th to September 4th 2011, 10am to 9pm. 

Aug 22

Mentioned it a long time ago, but I’m finally featured within the pages of the Poetry Archive… http://t.co/BoDAuNC

Mentioned it a long time ago, but I'm finally featured within the pages of the Poetry Archive... http://t.co/BoDAuNC
Aug 22

Spent today caring for Mum post-op (fried plantain included in service) now about to perform poems at the Proms, Royal Albert Hall. Surreal.

Spent today caring for Mum post-op (fried plantain included in service) now about to perform poems at the Proms, Royal Albert Hall. Surreal.
Aug 20