Join us this Sunday for Poetry Sonidos at Castelli Art Space this Sunday March 11 from 5pm to 8pm for readings from Peter J. Harris, Andrea Gutierrez, Claudia D. Hernández, Luis Antonio Pichardo and Ryan Scott Nance (me), all hosted by Yago Cura of Hinchas de Poesía as part of Gus Harper's Sojourner's Art exhibit.
Sorrows, like a gathering of dire wolves, come in packs. To you,
I am not speaking anymore. Whom
Shall I address?
Now that you have gotten these things off
Your barrel chest, it is time for you to merge into the sobbing
Rain, like a one-room scene in Appalachia, smeared
By fog. I adored you as much as an aluminum
Bucket of storm after
A great unlovely silvered thirst. How
Nice for me. In the Pleistocene, the wild wolves roamed
In scattered sorrows over
Everywhere, prodigious in appetite, howling
At the hollow of
Everything empty like a throat coated
With the fabric of a bolt
Of red. There
Are things which can dismantle entirely
A spirit, such as the pathetic maledictive fear
Of loss. Of loss:
You get to speak of it, once
You are its intimate, and not before; it would be
"Appropriation." But in the great white rendezvous, where
I was brooding Just a while, you get to speak of dire love.
I was telling a few friends recently about Lucie's collection of figurines: horses being hatched from eggs.
by Peter J. Harris
from a prompt by Beth Marquez
The forecast calls for pain
inches from goodbye
squatting Arroyo Seco boulders
tortured foreheads tilted in
a kiss could resurrect me
heal my palsied mouth
hold off epic flood already
misting my view of receding
horizon in her beloved face
keepsake face of so many
nights my name a guitar solo
of pleasure & satisfaction
her name in wailing gratitude
beyond any lyrics I've ever sung
keepsake flood plain
we've skipped across these same boulders
sculpted by galloping waters in rainy seasons
of confessions & sensuality
namesake flood plain
sitting in for all places we've hiked
while savoring touch on narrow pathways
unraveling esoteric conversations sensing family in the wind
daring to glimpse our future on a sunset's horizon
forecast calls for pain
a momentum in opposite directions
a locomotion of unstoppable emptiness
not to sip nor to soften earth
we could muddy & smear on our forgiveness in a ritual of reunion
her mouth a pool of salvation
if we weren't drowning in this final telling
inflamed in our dreaded knowing
hunger too exhausted to wait for rain
By mixing many concepts, from the most serious to the lightest, The Hater Box triggers an avalanche of thoughts in the observer, chaining laugh, anger, indignation or assertion of his own ideas, leaving little room for a real reflection on the meaning of these words or on his own opinion.
This truly phenomenal project is from Margot Trudell, a graphic, web and motion designer living and working in Toronto, Canada. They are available as art prints or stretched canvas here. I am definitely wanting to get some for the kids' study.
From her project page:
With this project I wanted to communicate to people what we've managed to accomplish in space exploration in simple terms; I found that many people don't know much about the subject because of how it's typically communicated, with scientific and technical jargon. Through the use of infographics that simply and clearly illustrated a lot of information, people could easily take a brief look at one infographic and even without looking closer grasp that we've managed to send a lot of things and people to the moon for example, and looking closer they could see that China has plans for a manned lunar mission within the next few years, for example. This simple and easy to understand approach is meant to encourage people to look into the field more, and the OMG SPACE name is meant to encourage excitement about space exploration, especially amongst younger people. Infographics for the dwarf planets Haumea and Makemake were not created due to a lack of imagery available for use; it should be noted though that there have no no expeditions to either of thiese dwarf planets to date, and no expeditions are currently planned.
These infographics were intended for print, and thus the copy on most of them isn't easily legible when reduced in size and resolution for the web. I have included the blurbs about each planet below the image for easy reading. I researched and wrote all the blurbs myself, specifically choosing facts about each planet that I thought were particularily interesting, rather than standard facts like mass and age and geological make-up, to help people look at these planets in a different way than usual.
There is also a website associated with this project,omgspace.net. Aside from promotion, I used the web and the lack of limitations in web design to illustrate the true scale of our solar system. The images of all the planets and the distances between them are completely to scale, and there are links at the bottom of the page to take each visitor to whichever planet they choose; I also included the asteroid belt and the heliosphere for the sake of illustration, which are also placed correctly and sized to scale.
Oakland-based sculptor and illustrator, Jeremy Mayer, collects old typewriters, disassembles them, just to reassemble them in the shapes of birds, animals, humanoids.
"The first few pieces I created were very crude, but I loved the idea of making something from an archaic relic and from only one other object. Reactions to my work are mostly positive. A few typewriter collectors bemoan the destruction of the machines. The ones I use are in pretty rough shape, so I feel no guilt about taking them apart.”
See also Things Come Apart
Disclosure: I am a product designer at Atom, so I am a bit biased, but the offer is available for anyone to use when they sign up for an Atom account.
A new series on the blog here is to feature movies that I am excited to see and share. This upcoming addition to the Marvel Universe is highly anticipated (the reports have it selling more pre-sale tickets than any other in the franchise.
I already got my tickets for Black Panther, which opens February 16. I have an offer to get $5 off for your first ticket when you join Atom Tickets (use the promo code SQUAD).
I've often wondered what happens after the Olympics. I would love to find a comprehensive archive of Olympic venues...
Don Komarechka, an Ontario, Canada-based photographer:
"The process is unlike most other photographers who shoot snowflakes, and allows me to play with prismatic color and surface reflections to a much greater degree."
He take multiple images he's shot of the snowflakes (against a plain black mitten his grandmother gave him) at different focus distances and merges them together.
Photographer Nicolas Reusens uses a technique known as focus stacking — combining several images taken at different depths of field. These photos are from Costa Rica, Malaysia, South Africa, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico and more.