Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Something to consider

... an excerpt from Meghan Gordon's "Burlington Modern Period Room"

Meghan Gordon is doing some fantastic things. What is the significance of the object? What of its place? A diagraming of relationships between object, location, curation, legitimacy, the viewer and of course the velvet rope are some of Meghan's explorations in this 2008 performance.

Find more at her website: meghangordonstudio.com

Also, look out for an interview with Meghan Gordon soon.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

After all, enough of this

This has been a long hiatus. For those of you who have been checking for updates, my sincere apology. Summer laziness took precedent as it often does.

If you can believe it the zine is greasing its wheels again. It can do that on its own.

There is good news from the frontline though. There has been some talk of interviews, photos, and that could lead to some promising posts. Who are these mysterious candidates, you ask? Only our dear friends at ART342. If you aren't familiar with the aforementioned organization then I seriously suggest you check it out. It's Fort Collins' new-ish artist residency, which means its a can of creative worms waiting to be opened. Yeah, thats right. Keep your eyes peeled...

For more info on the residency check out their website at art342.org

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Susan Howe's Emily Dickinson

Reading diagram 1.

Susan Howe's My Emily Dickinson is a rebellious and engaging bridge between author and reader.

One shouldn't call this a Biography. It is more of an extended question to a voice that only exists in pages and pages stuffed in drawers, never to be seen. This book is a longing in the deepest sense. Howe's Dickinson is found through investigating time, place, people - in particular Johnathan Edwards.

This work (both the work of writing and of reading) is a building of bridges. A place to dwell between, as one sits over the stream before crossing to the other side. Ownership is lost to the reader. This is Susan Howe's Emily Dickinson -- not my own, but I draw nearer to both Howe and her Dickinson.

Anyways... a book I would recommend to anyone interested in this reader/writer relationship.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

well then, here we are

of course, as Oppen put it, of course meaning following the course, the path, the bridge, and that is action, of course.

i haven't been writing much lately, at least not cohesively. Mostly things come in small collections -- an instant carried in thought, memory, language. This language seems vague though. What can we get through this vague language. Do we reduce to politics?

It seems spring. And everything that trills trills and what thrills thrills. but as always, it is season and dawn. This language may be metonymic.

I want to fight the bad guys.

In Texas, there is a law being discussed concerning public education. Under the proposed legislation, the state would allow only one specific textbook for each subject taught. This might sound democratic, but it isn't. We need some options on what we teach our kids. I'm not sure I would want the state congress labeling one textbook as "correct" under law.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

People I am thankful for:

as of now at the top of the list is jacob deraadt.... honesty in a line.

'til next time


oh wait. i know you haven't been listening to sterile gardens.... and i have to tell you... I'm not mad. I'm just disappointed. shame. i'm watching and waiting and judging. always.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Forrest Gander ... briefly

So lucky ol' me was able to coerce a few words out of Forrest Gander for this young but hopeful blog.

For those of you who do not know who I am talking about, I will give a brief and insufficient intro to Forrest. First off.... he's got a name to envy. He's also teaching at Brown University. What does he teach? Things surrounding poetics.... He has done many a translations of contemporary latino poets and is a featured contributor in the Spring issue of Phoebe.

Not only is Forrest a great poet (check out my favorite, Eye Against Eye) but he also once studied geology. I think its evident in his work... see for yourself. He also is quite the photographer.

Here's what he had to say:

Grant Souders: So how much does your background in science creep into your poetics? are you still part of any kind of scientific community?

Forrest Gander: I still read hard science, but I'm distant from the community. I'm an onlooker.
I've certainly lost my expertise, whatever that ever was, and don't pretend otherwise. But I'm
interested and attentive and have a background that helps orient me.
Almost all of us here at Brown are into inter-disciplinary adventures. Whatever
it takes to feed the tree.

G: Do you see an important relationship between the written arts and visual arts? I know the dialogue plays an important role in some of your poems in Eye Against Eye.

F: I think it's clear that poetry and the visual arts are buddying up to make beautiful friendships. Zachary Schomburg and Joshua Marie
Wilkinson are both doing exemplary work that way. John Cayley. Gozo Yoshimasu.
Plenty of others.

Well I told you it was brief, but insightful I hope.

Be sure to comment if you are interested in hearing more about Forrest Gander.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sluggish but not asleep forever this living thing

Well Fort Collins has welcomed me back into town with excessive amounts of mental and physical labor. Where is Spring? -- I ask, am asking. We're returning to some sort of ice age I'm told. Our children have so much to look forward to... and for some reason I'm already feeling like an old man.

Well, enough whining... I've got bootstraps afterall...

still after Horatio Algers, Jr.?????

Soooooo back to business right? The first issue is looking like a prime piece of photocopied wonder. Here is the line-up for LITTERULL issue 1:

Art by Josh House
Poems by Lincoln Greenhaw
Naked eye astronomical observations by Eric Woolsey

well that's all for now, but wait its not:

MFA Thesis Exhibition at the University Art Museum (inside old fort collins high school) is opening this friday evening. GO if you can. Maybe i'll take some photos for those who can't.