“I’ve devoted my life to poetry because of my experiences with homophobia and assault. Poetry is a way to push us toward more ethical interactions. I think anti-intellectualism in the United States makes people not want to engage with poetry because it’s difficult. Part of my role as a teacher is not to make poetry accessible, but to have students really appreciate that difficulty and see every interaction in their lives as something that should be difficult, rather than easy or familiar or normal.
“There’s always going to be so much that surpasses us: things that we can never fully understand, totalize, or master. Poetry disallows us from that mastery, and I think it’s the same during interactions with other people.”
Iowa City, IA
- Sara Lewkowicz via Lens Culture
“I’m still very interested in testifying against the self-promotion obsessively imposed by the media….”
- Elena Ferrante, “Art of Fiction No. 228,” Paris Review (via thisobscureobject via fansylla)
“A lot of this job is about learning how the inside of your own head works. You spend a lot of time…”
A lot of this job is about learning how the inside of your own head works. You spend a lot of time alone, in small rooms, eyes closed or staring at the ceiling, poking around at the machinery and peering into all the nooks and crannies. Finding out how all the machines turn, and realising how little you really know about those machines. Picking through the litter of the culture that blows in through your ears and eyes and arranging it by date and colour and sound.
And sometimes you end up doing anything else possible to drown out the sound of the machines in your head, because you know too well how they grind.”
- Warren Ellis, Learning How The Inside Of Your Head Works
“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play,” the French…”
- Ray Bradbury on Failure, Why We Hate Work, and the Importance of Love in Creative Endeavors | Brain Pickings
Currently alive to similes. (at Objectifs - Centre for Photography and Filmmaking)
at Singapore Art Museum
For anyone who that might be interested: yes, I’m currently in Singapore… (at Singapore Zam Zam Restaurant)
“We like to test each other on who knows what a Blue is, and what a Joker is, but since nobody can…”
- Are You Smart? — Medium
- Edwin Mortier, Stammered Songbook (via alantrotter)
Today’s workshop: Ways of Seeing— writing with the photographer’s eye. @thewritingsquad Happening today, in Oxford Circus, Deptford and EC3…
- Corita Kent and Jan Steward, Learning by Heart (via nicolefenton)
“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired…”
- Octavia E. Butler, “Furor Scribendi” in Bloodchild and Other Stories (via wordswilling)
When I log into tumblr i ask myself the following questions:
Where am I?
What discourse am I situated in?
Why am I in it?
Does it serve my people?
Who/What does it serve?
“While the sharing economy offers workers the boon of flexibility, it does little to protect them if…”
[The Insecure World of Freelancing - The Atlantic](http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/07/building-social-safety-net-freelancers/399551/
Dear poet: you cannot live on words alone.
This. So much to pick up on here.
- Warren Ellis
- Michel Foucault (via ubuwaits)
Dear Poet— apply this thinking.