Monday, February 28, 2005
I did experience converting and existing work to a play format. It was actually a poem that I used, and worked very well. I picked up some really good material on shifting points of view.
In addition to that, I found myself trying to force poetry, which is never a good thing and it only resulted in creating frustration. Since frustration is not my idea of creative success, I announced to all at one point, "I'm going home." Of course I didn't.
More on the workshop as I have time. Too much to do to report more now.
Friday, February 25, 2005
With this, I'll close withsome words about words by David Lehman:
"Words can have no single fixed meaning. Like wayward electrons, they
can spin away from their initial orbit and enter a wider magnetic field. No one
owns them or has a proprietary right to dictate how they will be used."
Thursday, February 24, 2005
I'm referring to I Take Thee, English, for My Beloved by Eileen R. Tabios and published by March Hawk Press.
I am hardly qualified to tell you much about it yet as I have only skimmed through it. But I can tell you that Tabios in this book appears to remain the every consummate poet. Resourcefully creating pliant work intending the reader to participate in the experience. She is so straight forward about that. That I find refreshing.
I will pack this for night time reading this weekend while at an Iowa writing retreat. I think it will make an excellent bedside companion.
When I feel I am able to discuss the book in more detail, you may expect much more in depth commentary on it.
Ames is a poet, biographer and psychotherapist who graduated from Smith College. She has published biographical essays on Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath. She has received numerous awards and citations, including a gold medal from The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration Alumni Association, "For Outstanding Achievements in Education & Human Welfare" and has been a Lecturer on Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
A couple of the individual poems that I belief were really vivid and enjoyable to me, were Weathering Depression, Omens of Winter and Holding Radium.
I would recommend this book to others who have perhaps not had an opportunity to see her work for themselves.
Diane Ackerman's web site
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
I am not quite ready to submit it for publication yet. Some of the work has been published already individually. Since I am attending a workshop in Iowa this weekend, I e-mailed a manuscript file to the two presenters. I will have an opportunity for a one-on-one secession with one of them during the workshop. This will give me yet another opportunity to perhaps refine it and make necessary adjustments.
The manuscript is titled (working title) Now In Color & Hysteria. So much of my poetry moves between strong social comment and humor. It is that combination that I preface this way: "Now In Color & Hysteria crosses the line between the grave issues of our day and the ridiculous. Changes in life and life altering experiences. Relationships and the relationship between man and his world."
This has been a slow process in coming together. I don't mean so much the writing of the poems, but the decision to create a multi-poem manuscript. Then deciding what goes in and what stays out. Sometimes we get so close to something it is hard to be objective. In all aspects of art, I think the creator is often his or her harshest critic. Writing is no exception to this, at least from my own experience. Even when you feel good about a piece, I find a week, six months down the road I often second guess. I suppose the non-static nature of poetry lends itself well to this sort of internal questioning.
At any rate, it was a happy occasion when I hit the send button to transfer the manuscript file via e-mail. Still, I don't get as I though I might that feeling of conclusion. Quite the contrary, I feel like this is a beginning.
Sunday, February 20, 2005
Calandar of Remaining Book Readings & Signings scheduled locally ( Kansas City Area)
February 28 - Writers Place 8-9:30pm
March 4 - Barnes & Noble at Zona Rosa Shopping Center in northland 7-9:00pm
March 6 - Boarders at Boardwalk in northland 2:30-4:30pm
March 29 - Prosperos Books - 39th and Bell in Kansas City 7-9:00pm
I have two poems and a piece of prose in this anthology.
Saturday, February 19, 2005
Last night I did a reading and book signing at the Perfect Cup in northland. This was just one of several book signings that are set up over the next few weeks for Under The Tellingtree Anthology which I have two poems and a short prose piece in.
I'll post a schedule of the remaining readings tomorrow.
Friday, February 18, 2005
Yes, for what it is worth, it is true. If you google "slut"- Christine Hamm's name will come up. But so will a lot of others. You need to work harder to get you name further up the list Christine. Write!!! You do it so well.
I hope you all have been reading about Ivy's triple-loop rollercoaster ride. It has been worth the read!
Thursday, February 17, 2005
The project widely reported in the media and here at Stick Poet has come under heavy criticism from parents and civil libertarians who felt the use of electronic equipment to monitor students movements was a bad precedence to start in a public school.
InCom cited the intense media attention its experiment generated attracted as a reason for the termination of the program in Brittan. According to an AP wire story, Paul Nicholas Boylan, lawyer for the school district said, "They can go someplace where they wouldn't have any risk of vandalism. Here, they have to worry about a community where at least a few are dead-set against anybody being able to benefit from this." I'm not sure what school district that would be, I think he as much are Earnie Graham has greatly misjudged public sentiment on this issue.
As for InCom, I think they have the wrong approach to their market for surveillance.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Monday, February 14, 2005
A number of us gathered at a private launch party for Under the TellingTree: An Anthology of Voice and Verse. Well attended party and book signing. I'll post some pictures in a day or so.
The downside of the day was an e-mail rejection letter of three poems I had sent off. Not like that has never happened before.
I was trying to think what I could blog about that fit the Valentines theme when as luck would have it, I came upon this piece in the Miami Herald.
There are a few notable examples of poetic couples and since poetry so often goes to the core of emotional feeling, it seems Valentines Day is an appropriate time to mentions some of these noteworthy couples.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning & Robert Browning.
Jane Kenyon & Donald Hall
Tess Gallagher & Raymond Carver
Brenda Hillman & Robert Hass
Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes
MARGARIA FICHTNER in this Miami Herald piece takes a look at a contemporary couple, Denise Duhamel and Nick Carbo. I've been a fan of Duhamel's and only more recently discovered Carbo and realized their husband wife connection. Fichtner is able to do the subject of a poetic married love far more justice then I could in today's blog, so I will simply recommend you fallow the link and enjoy the read.
And on that I close wishing all you poets and non-poets a happy Valentines Day.
Including The love of my life - who is not a poet of words but one of beaded artistry.
Happy Valentines Day Sweetie!
Sunday, February 13, 2005
Robert Pinsky's The Want Bone
Nikki Giovanni's The Women and the Men
Ted Hughes' Wolf Watching
Diane Ackerman's Origami Bridges
Louise Gluck's The Seven Ages
A really interesting hard back book Anne Sexton - The Last Summer
(This is a photo shoot book by photographer Arthur Furst with some copies of letters and manuscripts. It also has an introduction by Linda Gray Sexton - a daughter)
There were some other items... non poetry and an interesting book A Company of Readers - uncollected writings of W.H. Auden, Jacques Barzun and Lionel Trilling.
It feels a wee bit like Christmas. :)
Friday, February 11, 2005
I'm very glad that it's Friday. I really need for the weekend to be here. Like yesterday.
It is starting to sink in that baseball is nearing. Most pitchers and catchers will report to camps the first of the week. Opening days is always such an exhilarating experience. I love the resurgent rush of adrenalin that comes with the beginning of each season. It's a high that is perfectly legal and won't harm you. Unless of course you are a Cubs fan, and then the quick downward spiral could be lethal. ;)
Thursday, February 10, 2005
The InCom Corp. is a company co-founded by the parent of a former Brittan School student and some parents are suspicious about the financial relationship between the school and the company. InCom plans to promote it at a national convention of school administrators next month.
InCom has apparently paid the school several thousand dollars for agreeing to the experimental use of it's product and has promised a royalty from each sale if the system takes off, said the company's co-founder, Michael Dobson, who works as a technology specialist in the town's high school. Brittan's technology aide also works part-time for InCom.
Gee, this is wrong on so many levels I don't know where to start.
Jan. 18th, Brittan Elementary School (Sutter, California) superintendent Earnie Graham introduced a student identification tag complete with a radio frequency and scanner. The devise uses the same technology that companies use to track livestock and product inventory.
The associated press reports that the system was imposed, without parental input, by the school as a way to simplify attendance-taking and potentially reduce vandalism and improve student safety.
Each student is issued an identification card that they are required to wear around their necks. The cards have their name, picture and grade on them. A wireless transmitter on the badges beams their ID number to a teacher's handheld computer when they pass under an antenna posted above a door.
Not surprisingly, this little devise is not setting well with everyone. A Seattle Post-Intellegencer story dated today's date indicated that Grahan has acknowledged getting angry calls and notes from parents. His reply, "Sometimes when you are on the cutting edge, you get caught."
Cutting edge? The technology may be cutting edge, the concept of using the devise to monitor students is intrusive and reminiscent of McCarthyism.
Mr. Grahan was quoted as saying that it is within his power to set rules that promote a positive school environment and he thinks these badges will improve things.
It is hard to see how using a personal monitoring devise is supposed to promote a positive environment. It certainly is not going to send a message of trust and respect for the individual student.
This is such an outrageous attack on personal rights that I think an Earnie Graham award should be in order. An Award named for him for such creative efforts at Infringement of Personal Liberties.
Stick Poet will keep it's readers posted on any further developments in this story.
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
This will be a whole new venue for me so I can bring out some older stuff too. Yeah!
I have decided that for longhand writing it is hard to beat a uni-ball Vision Elite. The words just seem to slide out of it like they are greased. *
*evidently the brain must also be engaged.
Monday, February 07, 2005
Really good feedback from the group has given me both the feeling that I am near where I want to be on this and at the same time exactly where I need to work on it. I decided to do nothing more on it last night, rather to let it rest. I'll likely take it up again tonight with my notes from yesterday. I'd like to get this to a final draft by Wednesday night's reading at Boarders Books.
Saturday, February 05, 2005
Thursday, February 03, 2005
I don’t see a lot of blood… yet.
Early indications are that it was a head on crash. One vehicle was a hyped up model driven by a poet obviously in a hurry to get submissions out. The other was a family sedan, driven by a poet and companion that was setting on his shoulder distracting him with all kinds of criticism and urging him to take it easy. It appears all survived the wreck, even the critic.
The police were having a difficult enough time sorting out who was at fault. The party with the critic was overheard expressing that he didn’t know if he’d ever get behind the wheel again.
I wonder how this will all be resolved. Who will be cited? Anyone? Will they get lawyers and fight it out in court? Did the first poet miss a submission deadline? Will the second poet every get behind the wheel again?
Alas, my head is spinning.
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
The property contains:
- a large 3 bedroom stone-built home.
- newly decorated throughout
- central heating
- excellent storage space
- a master bedroom & suite bathroom
- large bright loft with exposed beams
- a courtyard to the rear and a village green to the front
- shops, schools and a mainline railway station are about 0.2 miles away
- birth home of Ted Hughes
- seven of his poems were set in the house itself and at least 28 others in the immediate area
- it is about three miles from Heptonstall - the village where Heghes' wife Sylvia Plath was buried
More information on the property - pictures, etc. here