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“As educators, we choose the discipline, topics, and texts we teach based not only on our interests,…”

“As educators, we choose the discipline, topics, and texts we teach based not only on our interests, but also on the beauty we see in them. We teach at our best not when we conceive of ourselves as lecturers delivering content, but when we invite our students to explore with us the internal logic, complexity, and beauty of the subject matter we teach, whether it’s organic chemistry or the contemporary Japanese novel.”

- On Beauty and Classroom Teaching - Hybrid Pedagogy
Dec 24

“The best gift that a poet can give his or her I is to allow it to be its own cool animal.”

“The best gift that a poet can give his or her I is to allow it to be its own cool animal.”

- Dorothea Lasky, “Poetry and the Metaphysical I” (in Wave Composition)
Dec 21

“If I ran a school, I’d give the average grade to the ones who gave me all the right answers, for…”

“If I ran a school, I’d give the average grade to the ones who gave me all the right answers, for being good parrots. I’d give the top grades to those who made a lot of mistakes and told me about them, and then told me what they learned from them.”

- Buckminster Fuller (via brokenyoga via boxforstanding)
Dec 20

“Limit everything to the essential but do not remove the poetry.”

“Limit everything to the essential but do not remove the poetry.”

- Dieter Rams, quoted in Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams (via ubuwaits)
Dec 19

“Are we reading the poem the way it wants, even demands, to be read? Or are we reading the poem the…”

“Are we reading the poem the way it wants, even demands, to be read? Or are we reading the poem the way we come to hear other poems read, in a kind of language that inevitably homogenizes the poem? If we are to responsibly actualize our work in oral form, would this not require of us a sort of sonic training (in the same way that we study the written word), whether that training be in the mode of acting, meditation, or something else that does not yet exist, at the limit of that which is speakable? All of this is not to take a stake on the philosophical or linguistic privileging of speech over written word—or vice versa—but simply to pose that, in reading our poems aloud, we must consider the act as seriously and fervently as the act of writing itself. For each time the poem is read, it is, in some sense, re-written.”

- ‘On The Violence of Voice’, Jaqueline Winter Thomas
Dec 18

nose1672: Sandra Cisneros and Work



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Sandra Cisneros and Work

Dec 14

“I’m not the best at anything. That’s okay, though, because I don’t have to be! Dilbert creator Scott…”

“I’m not the best at anything. That’s okay, though, because I don’t have to be! Dilbert creator Scott Adams once wrote that the secret to success wasn’t being the best at one thing, but at being above average at an unusual combination of things.”

- I’m Dan Shapiro, CEO of Glowforge, and This Is How I Work
Dec 13

“Rice did not think of art-making as therapy or self-expression. He thought of it as mental training….”

“Rice did not think of art-making as therapy or self-expression. He thought of it as mental training. As anyone who has tried to write a poem knows, the discipline in art-making is exercised from within rather than without. You quickly realize that it’s your own laziness, ignorance, and sloppiness, not somebody else’s bad advice, that are getting in your way. No one can write your poem for you. You have to figure out a way to write it yourself. You have to make a something where there was a nothing.”

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Learn By Painting - The New Yorker

The poetics/pedagogy of Black Mountain College…

Dec 12

“Now I’m older, the future suddenly looks far grimmer than anything I’d have imagined – not simply…”

“Now I’m older, the future suddenly looks far grimmer than anything I’d have imagined – not simply that it won’t contain me, but that it won’t contain, for instance, tigers.”

- Q&A: William Gibson | Life and style | The Guardian
Dec 11

“Yes, madam, I am changed and “changing my countenance” as I write. What I write comes from a place…”

“Yes, madam, I am changed and “changing my countenance” as I write. What I write comes from a place in my imperfect being. My voice falters at times from brokenness and incompleteness, but it will not be silenced by the digital.”

- #DigiWriMo Day 2: Changing My Countenance | Yin Wah Kreher
Dec 10

“Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? Does it improve upon the silence?”

“Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? Does it improve upon the silence?”

- Mona Simpson, Casebook
(via vintageanchorbooks)
Dec 9

“who sang to him, stroked the nap of the scalp, kissed the flesh-knot after the cord completed its…”

who sang to him, stroked the nap of the scalp, kissed the flesh-knot

after the cord completed its work of fueling into him the long history

of those whose suffering was made more bearable

by the as-yet-unknown of him,

playing alone in some unthinkable future city, a Cleveland,

whatever that might be.



- ‘In Two Seconds’, Mark Doty (via The American Poetry Review)
Dec 8

“Now I become myself. It’s taken Time, many years and places; I have been dissolved and shaken,…”

“Now I become myself. It’s taken Time, many years and places; I have been dissolved and shaken, Worn other people’s faces.”

- May Sarton
(via beingblog)
Dec 7

“One of the things that any artist is working with is other art. You think about filmmakers, for…”

“One of the things that any artist is working with is other art. You think about filmmakers, for example, and they all start out as film fans. You have Martin Scorsese as a kid going to double features every day and absorbing all of the world in that way, and then thinking about Quentin Tarantino in the video store,” Scott said. “In the simplest way that you see something or you hear something, and you start thinking, ‘How did they do that? Could I do that? Could I do it better? How would I do it differently?’ All of what we identify as aspects of the creative process, the absorption of influence, the learning and discarding of rules, the workshop discipline of figuring out what works and what doesn’t and how—all of that is criticism.””

- A.O. Scott (via @mlarson)
Dec 6

“Reflect often on the speed with which all things in being, or coming into being, are carried past…”

“Reflect often on the speed with which all things in being, or coming into being, are carried past and swept away. Existence is like a river in ceaseless flow, it’s actions a constant succession of change, its causes innumerable in their variety: scarcely anything stands still, even what is most immediate. Reflect too on the yawning gulf of past and future time, in which all things vanish. So in all this it must be folly for anyone to be puffed with ambition, racked in struggle, or indignant at his lot—as if this was anything lasting or likely to trouble him for long.”

- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations (via whyallcaps)
Dec 5

“I wish to show you the darkness you are so afraid of. Trust me. This darkness is a place you can…”

“I wish to show you the darkness you are so afraid of. Trust me. This darkness is a place you can enter and be as safe in as you are anywhere; you can put one foot in front of the other and believe the sides of your eyes. Memorize it. You will know it again in your own time. When the appearances of things have left you, you will still have this darkness. Something of your own you can carry with you.”

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Margaret Atwood, from Selected Poems II: 1976 - 1986


(via violentwavesofemotion)

Dec 4

Via The Near-Sighted Monkey – aka Lynda Barry.



Via The Near-Sighted Monkey - aka Lynda Barry.

Dec 3

“Craftsmanship is knowing how to make things exceptionally well, and being unwilling not to do so….”

“Craftsmanship is knowing how to make things exceptionally well, and being unwilling not to do so. Technology is anything we do, physically, that we do with anything we weren’t born with. Human, I’m not sure we still are, entirely. The future will resent us in exact proportion to our failure to have attempted to meaningfully address those systemic problems that we will be known to have been quite aware of. My work is largely concerned with that matrix of four.”

- William Gibson — Hand & Brain — Medium
Dec 2

“What bothers me the most is that further down this road, almost all aspects of our life will limit…”

“What bothers me the most is that further down this road, almost all aspects of our life will limit us to our role as consumers instead of creators. We will inevitably become dependant on other people’s knowledge so that one day our children won’t even bother to think about tackling any problems themselves because “there is already an app for that”.”

- The Knowledge Disconnection Downfall — Life Learning — Medium
Dec 1

“For most human makers of things, the incompleteness and inconsistencies of our ideas become clear…”

“For most human makers of things, the incompleteness and inconsistencies of our ideas become clear only during implementation.”

- Fred Brooks, The Design of Design (via ubuwaits)
Nov 30