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Friday, January 25, 2013

small st--whAT?!

This gifpoem takes words from Janice Sandeen,
and the artists noted herein.

This month of small stones, I set out with the intention
of writing one per day, but the flu laid me low around
the 20th, and I fell off the wagon—and onto this idea
of gifpoetry that's completely fascinating to me now.
What possibilities are there? What can one do with this
format? I feel like I'm just beginning to think about it
and find out. In this one, for instance, there are three
(at least) simultaneous poems unfolding between Janice's
text, the words from the language artists, and the
little credit line I put in at the bottom.

I'm taking a Ze Frank approach to this too, which is
not to mull over the creative too much, but to kick
the ideas out into the world even if not fully formed.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Twenty-first small stone

Umpteenth small huh?

Smacked by illness,
I spent most of the day
in Middle-earth.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

seventeenth small stone

Today was so crazy and full between creative work, creative play and enjoying life with the wife, that I had no time to write and now it's an hour to bedtime, and I'm in no mood. But I found this passage from a recent but "closed" notebook which will be my stone for the day because I love the style of it. It's wild on purpose, cosmic, large scale, surreal and full of play.

We're 2 Swiss Army Knife, Kali-armed 
   space ship tornado sparks
meeting in the fiddle-head fern tendril
   trajectory of a polka on Mars.
We hook together by our Sousaphone necks 
   and whip cut-time parabolic arcs,
trading trans-oceanic stun rays——and all this
   before lunching on dinosaurs.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Thirteenth small stone

Halle Berry; Abraham Lincoln;
the guy giving me the finger
from behind his steering wheel,
face a sudden twist of rage; and I
all have this in common: as infants,
we sat in our own excrement.
We've all done that.     

Twelfth small stone

Ze Frank greets me like an old friend, though.
The way I guffaw sounds coarse in my own ears.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Seventh Small Stone: A portrait of Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig as James Bond, done in a darkened theater:

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Sixth small stone

Hey, by the way, what is this "small stone" thing?

Mindful writing: finding a moment of clarity and present awareness each day, and commemorating it with a small piece of writing. Nearly a week in, I'm quite taken by this quite beautiful process/project.


Fifth Small Stone