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Naked Poetry Book

Yet another swap on swap-bot, but this time within a group. It was recommended I’d encounter far fewer flakers within the group swaps, so I’m trying it out. I was afraid I was going to be moving soon, so I avoided swaps, but this one I couldn’t resist! The idea was to put at least four poems in a booklet, decorate the cover, and send it through the mail with no envelope– thus the “naked” part. As usual, I went overboard.

I decided to make the booklet by hand (trying coptic binding for the first time) and using the techniques from Samantha Kira’s Wish Journal workshop to make the pages. THEN I decided to glue the poems in line by line. AND fill the booklet. The last 24 hours before mailing had a whole lot more stress than sleep, as you might imagine. The cover was a bit dull, but I feel the inside makes up for it. It’s far from perfect — crooked lines and loose binding, glue smudges and fonts I forgot to change after copying and pasting into a document for printing– but I really love the poetry I chose, including  poems by Pablo Neruda, Nikki Giovanni, Mark Jarman, Eve Merriam, and others. Click the thumbnails if you’d like to read them.


Art Journal: The Written Word Challenge

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My entry for Mixed-Media Monday’s challenge, The Written Word. This is nothing like what I envisioned. I was going to take pictures and make another tutorial, but it started going south at the beginning. If I made a tutorial from this, you would be extremely lost from all the replanning and repurposing and experimentation, haha. I’m fairly happy with the end result, but not so sure about the feather. Funny thing is that’s one of the few things that was part of my  original plan. Quote is from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. It kinda looks like my art supplies had a party, but I think thats appropriate for a Lewis Carroll quote, even if that wasn’t what I intended.

Materials used: book page, lined paper, tissue paper, watercolor, stamps, ink, prismacolor markers


Fridge Poetry for those of us without our own fridge!

I recently purchased a few Magnetic Poetry sets on sale at Barnes and Noble. I already had the Green set (my favorite color. How could I resist?) and when I saw many of the games, including the magnetic poetry sets, were 50% off, I picked up the Book Lover set and the Artist set. Those are probably the two I wanted most. No doubt, there are a few I wouldn’t mind having, but I am quite satisfied with the variety I have now.

However… I am living with my family for the time being, and thus, I don’t have my own refrigerator. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind, but I suspect the magnets would get knocked down and kicked around, and I just don’t trust the kids.  Things tend to get mysteriously destroyed (not that its ever anyone’s fault. We have ghosts…) I do have a magnetic whiteboard I use, but it is fairly small. So… my play is limited. Someday, I shall have my own refrigerator, and my own home too.

The other night while I was playing with them, it occurred to me that a good way to prompt abstract thought and stir up poetry is to try to connect unrelated, concrete words (which is part of why magnetic poetry is so entertaining). I thought it would be really helpful to find a program in which you can input a list of words and then click a button to receive a random handful of words from your list. Apparently… no one with programming knowledge seemed to think it quite as cool as I did, because I could find no such thing. Bummer.

Here’s where the good news comes in. I found something better! I came across a program that acts like magnetic poetry.  Various websites  (including http://www.magneticpoetry.com/magnet/) have online versions, which are fun, but this little program has some extra features. (Not to mention, it doesn’t require a refrigerator!)

You can drag and rearrange words, and choose from multiple lists in a sidebar. You can even add words as needed (eliminating the frustration of missing just one word!) or move the entire poem over to make room for an extra line. And its really easy to make word lists– just open the “words” file, create a new text file (this can be done through textpad or simply by opening an existing file and clicking new). Type a word, hit enter, and repeat to your heart’s content. Save, and voila! New custom word list!

And remember my initial purpose? Well, there’s a button that adds a random word. Click that a few times, and I have a small assortment of entirely random words to exercise those synapses. I am sooooo excited.

Download Here: Ipoetry1.exe

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Resolutions

I’ve never been good at attatching significance to a particular day, or month. I don’t engage in “New Years” resolutions, but rather, I make them on an ongoing basis, throughout the year. Sadly, I keep them much less often than I make them, but sometimes, they result in tiny revolutions in my life, and those few tiny revolutions make it worth it. Now that I am home, with no job, and too much time on my hands, I’ve been thinking often about what I want to do. Some things have come to mind more frequently than others, more forcefully.

  • to write, even just a snippet, on a daily basis.*
  • to do some form of art, or something contributing to art, on a daily basis.
  • to pray for those I care about– not for specific ailments or challenges, but just to thank God for placing them in my life, even if many are no longer a part of my life.
  • to engage in small scale adventures from time to time.
  • to encounter something beautiful each day, be it a passage in a book, a work of art, a poem, something in the world around me, a soulful song, anything. I want to experience beauty, and lock it away inside of me, as a shield against the ugliness in the world.

* Realisticly, daily means something more like most days of the week, but its easier to achieve if I just tell myself its daily….