"…synchronisation is the difference between making a contribution or making a noise" http://ow.ly/2bcxo
Holga Digital? Purist, you may despair, and yes, you can question the philosophy of handicapping a digital tool to replicate the well-loved failings of Holga cameras, but I’d have one in my pocket in less time than you’d take to finish your well-formed, sensible argument. Good job, Saikat.
Back to the Southbank (London)
you work so hard to find your comfort zone, yet to produce greatness you have to continually work outside of it… http://ow.ly/2aEUh
So here’s what’s real. Many of us (working poets) make a living by working on things related to poetry. We teach, we run workshops, we manage community writing programmes, we devise crazy creative initiatives and apply for funding for them, we’re commissioned to respond to collections, archives and/or spaces, and so on. But the money’s running out. Even though there’s been talk of a recession, the school/institution/department you’ve been working with has been able to employ you up until now, and in theory, we’re moving out of the recession (albeit slowly), right?
Wrong. In many cases, that school/institution/department you’ve been working with has probably just worked through its available budget, and long hard decisions are being made about what’s really valuable to the organisation’s operations for the future. Spending is being slashed everywhere we look, and when you hear that government departments are being being asked to put forward plans for cutting their spending by 40%, you have to wonder how high up on the agenda arts related activities actually are and what will survive. Indeed, the Arts Council has reportedly been challenged to model cuts of 30% over the next four years.
Now, I say this not to ring in the doom and gloom, but to challenge you to think: what will you have to do differently? There’s a stereotype of artists and creatives (particularly poets) that we’re particularly bad for managing our business affairs. Marketing and promotion, sales, business models, customer relations management - for most of us this kind of language is foreign and undecipherable. But we know the old truth - that the artist who survives and thrives isn’t necessarily the most talented or gifted, but rather the hardest working, the more canny. So what will you do to improve? What will you do to thrive in a potentially challenging economic landscape?
Dear poets: are you really thinking about how you’ll survive the coming cuts in budgets and spending? We can’t live on words alone…
Word Cup at the Contact Theatre, Manchester
- How a Poem Happens: Christopher Buckley
Back from the Word Cup. 200 actionable items in my email inbox, not to mention my todo list. Dear Mountain of Busy-ness: let’s dance.
And once again, I’m part of a minority. I’ve been complaining about the "notification" issue for a while now… http://ow.ly/28xew
Just back from hosting the Word Cup in Manchester – UK national youth poetry SLAM. Poetry is alive! – http://ow.ly/29V3e
Who watches the Watchmen?
My dystopian future (Royal Docks)
E.B. White (via viafrank)
Dear students-who-like-to-obfuscate-things… Take note.