Friday, September 28, 2012

BEN PEASE: Chateau Wichman III

Here is the third installment of Ben Pease's incredible project animating his epic poem: "Chateau Wichman." It's a haunting, luscious undulation of vaguely familier shapes--from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Juliette Binoche blankly pouring coffee over her ice cream in Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Blue." There are moments that seem like imprints of ghosts, still fumbling; movements of light and shadow. (His process, I happen to know, is intricate: each frame of the video is individually altered.)

I'm realizing now how struck I am by the power of the almost abstract. It allows, seamlessly, for words to enter in. And what I love about Pease's videos so far, is that each one has a unique, tonal impact. Each video conveys complex messages, and echos of culture, all the while telling a story--one that is dead serious, and absurd all at the same time. It creates a wondrous effect, much like reading a book of poems. You and can go back to these videos again and again. And you should.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Friday, September 7, 2012


I had the honor of illustrating eight book reviews and the logo for Slate this month. I don't think I've had this much fun in a long time. And I don't think I've read eight book reviews in a row, ever. It was fabulous. Thanks so much to the great editors at Slate! (And thanks to Paul Tunis for helping me make the banner work!)

(for a review of John Koethe's new book)

Monday, September 3, 2012


Two great interviews!

Poet, Ben Pease, interviews the poet and co-founder of Birds LLC, Sampson Starkweather, on Scattered Rhymes. It's so refreshing to hear this conversation. I highly recommend it.

What lies in the uncarved block of wood. Whorls and grains, stories and held smoke. Surrounded by. My block of wood, another person’s mountain. The sound of a finger pointing to some unseen thing. To be reckoned with, or perhaps, reckoned by. Something to draw a door in.

--Sampson Starkweather 
    from City of Moths

Listen HERE!

Sampson Starkweather & Ben Pease

The second is with Sommer Browning who does Poems and Comics and is an author at Birds LLC: HERE, being interviewed by the Weekly Reader on KMSU!


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