Thursday, May 14, 2009
I was working on this poem for a comic. It's called The Animatronic Singing Fish. I don't remember why the singing fish came up. I've never even owned one, though I've been in many a house that has one on the wall. They're common in Vermont. But this is the first part of it. The moon is in the window, and the body is a morph of skin and bones. I like the flower wall paper I inadvertently disigned and wish I really had. They're dripping down the wall.
I used a crayon.
I read this poem at a reading and left out this part (shown here).
It made me feel like a needle was dropped on a record without letting it play a moment of static. Which I hate missing.
It's going back in for the final.
I was, again, dissatisfied with the end drawings I did.
I think most of our failures out due to laziness.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
This is an old piece of The Ladder Poem, a long poem in parts I made into a comic. I've often been very frustrated with this comic. It came to me in an overtly religious way (half asleep I envisioned a ladder and a woman speaker conversing for eternity and I wrote the whole thing half asleep in total darkness on the back of other poems without even looking at the page). I did several versions of it, but continued to have trouble arranging it into a book. I never used this image, but I like it, and might do a third version of The Ladder.
Speaking of which, this is how Adam Fitzgerald and I got the name for our reading series (The Ladder Poetry Reading Series) and we're having our third reading with Bernadette Mayer and emerging writer Allison Power. I always sell copies of my poetry comics there!
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Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Matthew Rorher says my self-portraits always look like David Bowie. Sharon Olds says they look like Matthew Dickman and that I have a warped sense of self.
I'm as curious as they are.
But I like to think it's similar to a speaker in a poem. You-but-not-you.
And best not to bring up the implications of the semi subconscious use of androgyny...
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
In my bleary-eyed mission to cover all aspects of poetry-comics I have come up against a few areas of brilliance I wanted to share.
First off, this James Thurber Famous Poems Illustrated from a 1940's New Yorker
Although this says it's only for kids, I don't think they'll ask for ID:
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