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"Fear is like a crocodile, or a killer whale. It has the same untamable power, it has the same…"

““Fear is like a crocodile, or a killer whale. It has the same untamable power, it has the same ability to really ruin our day, or even our whole life, and because we don’t know how to engage with fear, we don’t know how to react and respond to it, we try to make a bargain with fear- we try to make this deal with fear. And the bargain that we try to make is: I won’t take any risks, I won’t do anything really drastic, and in return, fear is gonna let me have my little life.””

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– Chris Guillebeau, TEDxCMU

via Gluue

Jul 16

Call it love.



Call it love.

Jul 16

"…synchronisation is the difference between making a contribution or making a noise" http://ow.ly/2bcxo

"...synchronisation is the difference between making a contribution or making a noise" http://ow.ly/2bcxo
Jul 16

(via fasteater) Holga Digital? Purist, you may despair, and yes,…



(via fasteater)

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.

Jul 15

Back to the Southbank (London)



Back to the Southbank (London)

Jul 15

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

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
Jul 15

So here’s what’s real. Many of us (working poets) make a living by working on things…

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? 

Jul 14

Got an iPhone? Get Phone Disk. Free until September 1st. Thank me later. http://ow.ly/2aDh1

Got an iPhone? Get Phone Disk. Free until September 1st. Thank me later. http://ow.ly/2aDh1
Jul 14

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…

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...
Jul 13

Word Cup at the Contact Theatre, Manchester



Word Cup at the Contact Theatre, Manchester

Jul 13

Most Listened To (Week Ending 2010-7-11)

Most Listened To (Week Ending 2010-7-11):
  1. Dorian Concept (28)
  2. Dimlite (10)
  3. Cinematic Orchestra (5)
  4. Label Love (4)
  5. Radiohead (4)

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Jul 13

"What you rely on after years of practice is muscle memory and after thirty years of writing, or…"

“What you rely on after years of practice is muscle memory and after thirty years of writing, or more, I rely on a poetic muscle memory and each poem most often discovers its form from the long echoes of all the other poetry I have read and written.”

- How a Poem Happens: Christopher Buckley
Jul 12

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.

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.
Jul 12

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

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
Jul 12

Just back from hosting the Word Cup in Manchester – UK national youth poetry SLAM. Poetry is alive! – http://ow.ly/29V3e

Just back from hosting the Word Cup in Manchester - UK national youth poetry SLAM. Poetry is alive! - http://ow.ly/29V3e
Jul 11

texturism: [ via youmightfindyourself:RealityStudio ]



texturism:

[ via youmightfindyourself:RealityStudio ]

Jul 11

Who watches the Watchmen?



Who watches the Watchmen?

Jul 10

‘It might have been.’ (by Cameron Moll)



‘It might have been.’ (by Cameron Moll)

Jul 10

My dystopian future (Royal Docks)



My dystopian future (Royal Docks)

Jul 9

"Be obscure clearly! Be wild of tongue in a way we can understand!"

“Be obscure clearly! Be wild of tongue in a way we can understand!”

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E.B. White (via viafrank)

Dear students-who-like-to-obfuscate-things… Take note.

Jul 9