8:19 a.m. — Atlanta
no desktop = no music — I’ll be glad when the weekend is here and I can ask my husband to figure out the computer [he’s busy prepping for school to open. I haven’t the heart to ask him to tackle a computer problem when he arrives home]
Hullo, duckies! I know. I didn’t expect me to be here either. Amazing what a suddenly scheduled four hour water shut-down will do for one. The dishes are washed, I am washed, my hair is washed, a load of clothes is washing and I am galvanised, though not quite awake. One and a half hours to turn-off.
My bookmarks are, of course, on the other computer so today’s offerings are more various than usual.
1] For those who didn’t catch the video the first time around it’s a must; for those who did, it’s still a must, just to watch Ron Padgett, Rita Dove, and Sharon Olds [talk about a group of power poets], who take on “Breaking the Line, Breaking the Narrative” a discussion of, well, line-breaks. We get only five minutes of it, but it’s a fun five minutes. Padgett is humourous; Sharon Olds, not terribly articulate verbally, is hysterical in her method of getting across to us what she wants to say; I would follow Rita Dove anywhere. Her voice is poetry. The transcript can be found at Poets.org, but I think you should watch and listen first, so sent you direct.
2] This second is for a narrower niche and has broader possibilities and uses than poetry alone. WordPress and Readmill have created a means by which you can highlight passages in books and PDFs you’re reading in Readmill and share them on your WordPress.com or Jetpack-enabled WordPress.org site. While I understand this has no application for many of us, I wondered if there were people following me, for whom this might be useful.
3] I found an unusual comment awaiting moderation. Its author says: ‘I did a complementary, more like supplementary, posting based on this exercise over on Bonespark.’. The exercise mentioned is last Tuesday’s exercise on colour. I thought you might enjoy seeing what the supplement consists of. Meanwhile, you can wander the site, as long as you are there.
4] Time for my favourite essayist. David Marshall writes On Noodling. Tell me you can resist. Here’s his conclusion: Be relentlessly yourself or run away from yourself—you become stagnant either way. Look for a way to incorporate experimentation, you make what you learn a part of you. The post is for artists of all kinds, those who paint their words and those who write their visions.
I shall see you tomorrow for the roundup. Yay! Also, next Tuesday for a mystery prompt [mostly because I haven’t chosen something, yet]; and next Thursday for some more serendipity. For the many new people who joined us, this summer, you may also send in topics you would like me to take on. Thursday is for anything poetry related.
Happy writing, all.