Language is a map by Tim O’Reilly – which has me pondering the relationship between language and reality… http://ow.ly/22sJa
Got an anthology? Got a Facebook page for it? Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry http://ow.ly/21P8z
News just in: Flickr is now previewing an update of the standard photo page. About time. New features include a bigger default size, and a “lightbox” (dims the lights on the rest of the page and focuses on the image, with easy back/forward navigation). You can opt-in or opt-out while the preview is in beta. Scroll the linked page for more info…
‘Ey up. Flickr’s updated the standard photo page. Niceness… http://ow.ly/22shf (scroll down to “What’s different in the photo page…”
“We become the sum of our experiences and the stories we tell about them.”
Tim O’Reilly is known for publishing books about tech, but at Ignite he gave a talk about the relationship between language (read: labels) and underlying experience.
“Our individual experiences leave out much of the detail of the events that triggered them. And none of those experiences are identical.”
As O’Reilly states, we attach labels to our own skewed perceptions of reality, and then proceed to get lost in those labels. Or, as Korzybski might put it, we pay more attention to the map than we do to the actual territory. This gets me thinking all kinds of things about the relationship between reality and language, as a poet. I’m most often interested in (both the reading and writing of) poetry that draws some kind of truth from real experience, some kind of insight. And often a rigorous truth at that, as opposed to the surface skim.
“It’s only when we let the world in that we start to recognise our ability to describe that world.”
The call to action here (for me) is to be aware of the power of semantic reaction…
“Twitter use should be built on a specific question: what do I actually care about?” Useful social media strategy – http://ow.ly/1ZSSu
#Poetry and illustration to die for… next submission deadline for Popshot = July 3st. Theme of “This Is Modern living”. http://ow.ly/1ZVzz
Day so far: St Nicholas Girls from Singapore are amazing; advised on a new iPad app; South Africa – gwaarn! And now, on with the writing…
The Piazza, Covent Garden, London.
Gabrielle Calvocoressi on how she became interested in writing #poetry (From the Fishouse): http://ow.ly/20frn
“and shadows of airplanes dart / from roof to roof like angels of death.” Bolivia Street, by John Suroweicki… http://ow.ly/1ZKIT
Deadline for The John Betjeman Young People’s #Poetry Competition (11-14 yr olds) is July 31st… http://ow.ly/1ZlqB
Bed and Breakfast. West Ken, London.
"Whatever excuse you can come up with for why you’re settling for less is probably not good enough…."
Whatever excuse you can come up with for why you’re settling for less is probably not good enough. It’s intensely draining to give up on your dreams and you’ll not look kindly back at yourself for treading water.
Are you working on your best idea right now?”
(via Nine Days Off)
Newcastle. Anyone name the bridge?
astroblemes: A state I would never wish upon my enemies:
Realizing that a cherished metaphor has nothing to do with the object itself.