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the world’s oldest hobby.

 

It is true, sometimes I start a poem for this book and discard it. The only thing that inspired me about the original draft of #25 was the color I’d mixed on a paint palette.

So, I cut everything but the number and the color and went in a more narrative direction. As it turns out, I am pleased with the final page so I am also fine with the process.

Continue reading “the world’s oldest hobby.”

Before the Flood

So, here we are at the final five poems in the “Another Affair with Water” series. I’ll be honest. I was not sure I’d make it through 28 connected collage poems. But I did and my little red book has gained a few ounces.

At this point, I started really thinking about how to tie up any loose ends within this series: my dear Fish King, Specter (Spectre), Light, Mistresses, Hearts, and Boats.

The pictures for this page are a little different this week. You’ll be seeing only process pictures, and no final images. Let’s start: Continue reading “Before the Flood”

Paint Your Own Pictures

A full page collage-poem today. I am a pretty big fan of poems that allow the reader to make their own choices about how they should be read. So, that is what I’ve gone for here. Hence the title … do your own damn thing.paint-your-own-pictures-3I am posting the full image because this one is more art, less poem.
But, I want to also explain it as a poem.

“Sing a song in 1989. I sing in June.”
This would be the most direct reading of this poem.

For the less obvious read, follow me.  Continue reading “Paint Your Own Pictures”

Two New Titles

I’ve said it before but it bears repeating. Experimental Poetry allows your writerly ego, go-to-themes & stories, and brain to take the day off. Otherwise, why would anyone write a poem called MYSTERY TO THE MAN?

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story of sex 4 / spectral mistresses

We have reached the end of sex stories. For now, at least.

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I really enjoyed doing this collage, especially after what felt like a lot of disorder in the previous ones (in this sex series). In contrast, this one is more focused and the black and white arrangement is easy on the eye.
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Story of sex 3: you should

I am feeling less than talkative this morning, so today: a couple of photos and a major prompt.

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ENIGMA PROMPT FOR THE YOUNG AND OLD:

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Story of Sex 2 / boatbuilding supplies

The second story is fairly similar to the way I behave on any plumbing aisle. All those pipes and fittings, with names so dirty, and me whispering / chanting them to myself until overcome with bawdy hysterics.

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In all honesty, this was a fun page to make. It feels a little private/intimate, but not so much as to be excluded from a public blog. They are just boat-building supplies, after all. Continue reading “Story of Sex 2 / boatbuilding supplies”

The Storys of Sex

Which once was Essex, but oh, sex is so much better. Ever since I saw this beautiful headline I have been waiting to use it, saving it up, plotting and planning. And yes, it was just as fun and satisfying as I thought it would be.

But I could not limit myself to just one — it is “storys” after all (Story in this case is a surname, hence the odd pluralization).

So far I have created four stories/poems. I may or may not do more.

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Now, for a word about PROCESS.

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A Riverkeeper

This past week I’ve been doing a lot of work on my poetry thesis: organizing it into three possible orders and working out themes and sections and all that. Each time I’d figure out one potential way into the manuscript, I’d take a break to finish a collage / poem.

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Diversions like experimental writing can be quite useful for the writer–especially the writer who is entrenched in a project. I’d go as far as to say this is the most lovely stage of editing: the diversions. Continue reading “A Riverkeeper”

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