Still reeling from the past few weeks of intense activity. It'll take me a few days to get back to business as usual...
“One reason we struggle with insecurity: we’re comparing our behind the scenes to everyone else’s highlight reel.”
Steven Furtick (via jesssica)
Dear Tumblr dashboard: sometimes you’re a terrible time-sink, and sometimes you know exactly what I need to hear…
“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.”
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.
“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.”
Jacques Derrida. (via tobia)
Pushing this one into my “Ritual and Tradition” file…
"A tongue strikes the inside of a metal mouth: / the sky splits / into skies" —Suzanne Hancock, Cast From Bells.
“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
Draining out an evening's worth of writing on the Southbank. Greybeard rasta hurtles down the street below on skates. Wheel and come again!
5 reasons why e-books aren't there yet (@llapen agree, yes?) - Wired: http://bit.ly/mUstWx
““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.
RT @flippedeye: Blurb of the month award goes to @jsamlarose - you'll see it soon on Ekere Tallie's forthcoming 'Karma's Footsteps' #edi ...
“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
Oh, and just in case you were wondering, the Barbican Poets program will back again later this year. Eyes open for details.
“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.”
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…
New event! London Teenage Poetry SLAM Chicago Exchange Fundraiser, Monday June 20th - http://bit.ly/lFNwQs
“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
Poet? Up for a challenge? Willing to use science (the biology of memory) as inspiration? Prize up for grabs: http://bit.ly/mc2T1Q
Wait! Before you hit the button to send that email, read this primer on good practise: http://bit.ly/kxAwty
New event - Niall O'Sullivan and Jacob Sam-La Rose at 'Falling Up: The Gravity of Art', The Courtald Gallery - http://bit.ly/jGadjy
"We know better. We're capable of better. So why exactly do we make so many short-sighted destructive choices?" http://j.mp/k4R45H