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Poet: Sophie Fenella Robinski; BAR @ Gallery Cafe, April 4th…



Poet: Sophie Fenella Robinski; BAR @ Gallery Cafe, April 4th 2014

Apr 7

“A man would do well to carry a pencil in his pocket, and write down the thoughts of the moment….”

“A man would do well to carry a pencil in his pocket, and write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought are commonly the most valuable, and should be secured, because they seldom return.”

- How we work: Francis Bacon, Elizabethan polymath - rodcorp
Apr 7

Poets: Ruth Bertulis-Fernandes and Will Tyas, BAR @ Gallery…



Poets: Ruth Bertulis-Fernandes and Will Tyas, BAR @ Gallery Cafe, April 4th 2014

Apr 6

Poets from Burn After Reading, preparing for their monthly event…



Poets from Burn After Reading, preparing for their monthly event at the Gallery Cafe (April 4th 2014)

Apr 5

Poet: Michelle Madsen, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe,…



Poet: Michelle Madsen, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe, July 2013 (by jsamlarose)

Apr 4

Poet: Emily Harrison, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe,…



Poet: Emily Harrison, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe, July 2013 (by jsamlarose)

Apr 3

Poet: Muj Hameed, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe, July…



Poet: Muj Hameed, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe, July 2013 (by jsamlarose)

Apr 2

Poet: Charlotte Higgins, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe,…



Poet: Charlotte Higgins, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe, July 2013 (by jsamlarose)

Apr 1

“Without discomfort your comfort becomes your main weakness. Change is uncomfortable and discomfort…”

“Without discomfort your comfort becomes your main weakness. Change is uncomfortable and discomfort is necessary for change. Change is possible, but it is never easy and it is never comfortable.”

- The Virtue of Discomfort - Jacob Lund Fisker
Apr 1

Poet: Will Tyas, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe, July…



Poet: Will Tyas, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe, July 2013 (by jsamlarose)

Mar 31

“There are two birds in your head, raven and crow, and only one of them is yours. A ghost and a robot…”

There are two birds in your head, raven and crow, and only one of them is yours. A ghost and a robot doing battle, singing like telephones, the phone is ringing, a headache word. You are dancing with the birdcage girl, banging your head against a cage that isn’t there. You want to say yes: yes to the bathtub, yes to the gumdrops, no to the laughing skullheads.

The holes in this picture are not flowers, they are not wheels, and the phone is ringing ringing, a headache word, it’s ringing for you. This is in the second person. This is happening to you because I don’t want to be here. Is there anything I won’t put words around? Yes, there is.



- Richard Siken, opening two paragraphs to “Black Telephone,” from the “Editor’s Page" of Spork (No. 1.3, Winter 2001-2002)
Mar 31

Poet: Tyrone Lews, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe, July…



Poet: Tyrone Lews, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe, July 2013 (by jsamlarose)

Mar 30

“Readmill has just posted an official confirmation of yesterday’s acquisition story. They now belong…”

“Readmill has just posted an official confirmation of yesterday’s acquisition story. They now belong to Dropbox, and the new owner is going to shut down Readmill.”

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It’s Official: Dropbox Buys Readmill, Will Shut it Down in 3 Months - The Digital Reader

Another day, another app in my toolbox dies. It’s enough to make a forward thinking lit/tech geek very cautious about investing any serious time or effort in the next big app that comes along…

Mar 30

Poet: Tyrone Lewis, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe, July…



Poet: Tyrone Lewis, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe, July 2013 (by jsamlarose)

Mar 29

Poet: Kareem Brown, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe, July…



Poet: Kareem Brown, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe, July 2013 (by jsamlarose)

Mar 28

Stands to reason. Beyond itooamoxford.tumblr.com, there’s…



Stands to reason. Beyond itooamoxford.tumblr.com, there’s also itooamsoas.tumblr.com and wetooarecambridge.tumblr.com, capturing the experiences of “students of colour”. Most of the images give pause. Every now and then, one of them hits particularly hard.

Mar 28

Poet: Kareem Brown, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe, July…



Poet: Kareem Brown, Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe, July 2013 (by jsamlarose)

Mar 27

“The point is to get your work done, and your work is to change the world.”

“The point is to get your work done, and your work is to change the world.””

- James Baldwin
Mar 27

Poet (and host): Lewis Buxton, from Burn After Reading at the…



Poet (and host): Lewis Buxton, from Burn After Reading at the Gallery Cafe, July 2013 (by jsamlarose)

Mar 26

So I’m really very into the Quantified Self movement, although I’m not quite a QS…

So I’m really very into the Quantified Self movement, although I’m not quite a QS data-meister. I’ve owned a few wearables— a Fuelband (which died late last year) and an UP band (which died recently, sniff), and I’ve usually always got some kind of tracking experiment going on. I’m currently making use of Reporter, Oda, Moves and a few Numbers spreadsheets to track the highs and lows of my daily activity. That said, perhaps the most accurate indication for my mood and productivity is my web-based output. When I’m firing on all cylinders, the writing happens, blog posts flow, and pictures get taken. When I’m manic, the creative outputs drop off, one by one, and yet it’s such a soul-warming thing to write, to capture a beautiful image… it’s exactly what I need when buried under a seemingly infinite pile of things to do.

The weather’s changing (for the better) here in London, and though I’m currently still manic, the compulsion to get the camera out is returning. I’m dusting off my photoblog and the Flickr account (member since 2005!) and hoping to crank out a few new images in the not too distant future. I’ve just scanned through my most recent memory active card, and I’ve come across a backlog of images that haven’t yet seen the light of day, largely drawn from the poetry events I’ve supported/managed/run over the past couple of years.

Franklyn Rodgers once challenged me to do more documentary work. I think I’d like to do more along these lines. More to capture some sense the worlds I find myself living and working within.

So, back to the camera.

Mar 26