Saturday, September 26, 2015

Big Rocks / Little Rocks

Today is Saturday in Brooklyn and I just got back home from one of those afternoons that blows you full of holes and challenges you to keep it together.... You know those days? My new approach is to say to myself: Tomorrow will probably be just as crazy as today. So. Well. DEAL WITH IT.

Breaking your new iPhone screen to shit after insisting to your husband that you "don't need a fucking case, it's just a "racket?" is infuriating. 'Turns out there's no escaping the tyrannical phone company racketeering.... My "insurance" (that I was goaded into getting) for has a co-pay of $200 if you break your screen. I mean, IS THIS IS DEAL? No. Not really. Considering I could pay for a fixed screen for the price of half a year's insurance. It's about 100 for a new screen at Staples, and I can probably get it cheeper in midtown.  So now I have a new stupid space-themed iPhone case and a glass of bourbon and I'm trying to move on. Not to mention my dear mother-in-law is in the hospital with cancer, and it just puts things into prospective. Suffering is suffering. The rest is just bullshit that happens.

[ Have you seen these tiny Bullet Bourbon's? PERFECT for the woman with moderation issues.]

I'm lesson planning my Bowery poetry class for tomorrow. It's POETRY COMIC DAY. In my researching and plotting, I've realized I've neglected this blog far too much, and so here's some exciting things I wanted to share:

1. Over the Line: an Introduction to Poetry Comics

England's Sick-Kick Books has just put out a new collection of poetry comics by people from all   over the world, with an incredibly helpful introduction on the Poetry Comic form. Edited by Chrissy Williams and Tom Humberstone, this is a great one for beginners and collectors.

2. Online Classes in Poetry Comics and/or Alternative Form in Poetry: SIGN UP NOW.

Days: 5 Weeks
Dates: 10/12–11/9
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry
POETRY COMICS: Each week I'll give inspiring readings and assignments. You don't have to be able to draw to take this class. You only need to be willing to try new things. And believe me,   unless you have a serious disability, you will be able to do these assignments. What matters most is creative excitement, and a love of poetry. Because we'll be doing erasures, collage, ekphrastic, and video poems. And it will be amazing. Time is very flexible with the online classes.

ALTERNATIVE FORM: Similar to the PC workshop, except focus is solely on text. I love form, but find that traditional form alone is a bit tedious and produces mediocre work. Times allow for a new focus on form. We'll be looking at that here.

In this workshop we’ll explore alternative forms in poetry in response to weekly exercises. We’ll explore new uses of unusual forms such as ekphrasis, erasure, poetry comics, prose, video, pastiche and other forms. participants will be encouraged to bring in their own interests and personal skills, and collaboration is inevitable. Readings will include classic and contemporary works by Dara Wier, Lydia Barry, Matthew Zapruder, John Ashbery, Elizabeth Bishop, Matthea Harvey, Syliva Plath, Walt Whitman, Marcel Proust and others. In addition, we’ll look at films, music and visual art from a range of sources, getting out of our comfort zones and challenging our notions of what a poem is.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


I've been reading a lot of Hours books, which are medieval poetry comics for rich people. Also, similarly seen as a sort of "lower-art," on the artists' part--compared to painting chapel walls, just as comics was seen for so long, on closer inspection, any idiot can see that this is complex, gorgeous and brilliant works of art. I love how in the Hours books the person for whom the book was being made, was often painted into the religious images. I feel a great kinship to these impulses.

The richer the blues, the more expensive it was. 
How amazing to hand-paint an entire book for someone! And so tiny! I think I will make a series of hand-painted books. This reminds me of the awesome book "The Desert" that Jen Bervin made. It's like a modern-day erasure Book of Hours. 

There's along tradition of illuminated manuscripts. The REN FARE dweeb in me is focusing on the medieval ones. 

Why? Secret new book of poetry comics coming your way very soon. 
I wish that it was as good at a Book of Hours, but it will be my sloppy version 
of making each hour of the day a holy one. One filled with houses and teetering wine bottles.

MORE SOON.......


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