Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
I've been revisiting this thing I did last year, where I did an erasure of A Christmas Carol, and then turned it into what I like to call a replace-ure, by pasting the resulting poem into a Peanuts strip.
I also replaced their faces in some of them, which changed the tone so drastically that I was a little creeped out.
The Peanuts are one of my favorite comics ever. I like when they sit on the brick wall and talk. It opens it up to so many possibilities, it's a perfect example of poetry and comics being synonymous souls; akin in execution. There's perfect timing and rhythm and space in these Peanut strips.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
As most of you know, April Heck has put together a bomb reading series. The first one is tomorrow, Thursday the 25th at 7:30. What makes it unique is its use of mixed genre and love of the good times--GENX. So we'll have fiction, poetry, monologues....and comics.
JUSTIN TAYLOR! I like what he does a lot, and love the magazine he works on Agricultural Reader. NICK FLYNN! Who has great titles, and is a kick-ass writer.
I've never in my life used PowerPoint, and the version I have is old and I have to do weird things to get the application to even open...needless to say, I'm SO nervous about technical problems at the reading.
I'm going to project my entire reading onto the wall. In all honesty, I'm a traditional writer, I like the poem all on its own, and I don't do overly crazy things with line breaks or form. I like illusive narrative mixed with direct, detached truths about the human condition, and I don't want my poems to be lost in the novelty of drawing around them...
That said, I am so god damned thrilled to be finally giving my poetry comics a moment in the spotlight. If anyone is PowerPoint savoy and wants to hold my hand by the projector, I would be much obliged. I'll buy you a drink and draw you drinking it.
(As a back-up I am bringing pure-poems to read. Eek.)
I have been working on a new comic for the reading, and by working on it, I mean I am scanning it in right now and redrawing half of THE LADDER.
PLEASE come! I will be selling/giving away a lot of my comics.
I'm posting a sample of the new stuff.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
During the post MFA shakes some are managing to send out a few things. Cathy Che and I have poems in the new elimae I'm wild for Cathy's poem, Casting Call.
I've been writing all morning with irregularity, still reeling from the Met the other day, I went to see the Francis Bacon exhibition which was amazing and macabre. I spent two hours starring into intricate Dutch landscape paintings to decompress from Bacon's insight into the human condition. Apparently he worked as an interior decorator and designer of furniture and rugs before he devoted himself to painting. He also liked cooking.
One of my favorite things to do at the Met is to sit with the Medieval Art. I think I'm kind of a medieval artist myself. Above is one of my rough drawings of something a little Medieval--a little Renaissance. My mother is a painter as well as a writer and does a lot of these kinds of pseudo-religious portraits. There's something wonderfully dramatic and immediate about them. It's the hands that interest me, the hands are always doing something vaguely significant and awkward...
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