Ephemera

The past few weeks have been depressing and frustrating by turns. 

I shan’t bore you with the details. Let’s just say, I understand that bad days may feel like forever, but they too will pass. In the meantime, I keep an eye open for things that bring inspiration, joy, wonder–and press on.

Went to a reading at Books and Books this past Saturday. The VONA series, presented by the UM Faculty, featured several authors and some open-mike time, before and after.

One of the poets there read an instructional poem, inspired by Yoko Ono’s Grapefruit collection. And that got the wheels spinning.

So far I have two pieces: one on Matthew Gray Gubler, another on Kirsten Vangsness. I’m wondering whether to continue through the cast of Criminal Minds or to move on to other topics. Also weighing the possibility of instructional micropoems for Microlandia

More thoughts on the latter soon. I still have some bugs to work out.

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New neighbor

The upstairs studio–empty for some time–is now full. 

I look forward to getting to know her.

New Year, new…?

I’m not making resolutions.

Much like organizational systems, I find them dodgy: more the feeling that you’re doing something, which is, often, not the case. All the agendas, seminars, motivational materials on the planet cannot guarantee better work/use of time/personality.

Neither can the whole unholy host of resolutions people make for the coming year. Give up smoking? Fine. Lose 10 pounds? That’s debatable. Work on road rage?

…You get the picture.

What I do want to do, in 2012, is pretty straightforward, though.

When 2013 rolls around, I’d like to see Set List and MicroLandia in circulation; to bring local poets together for a Sunday reading affair; to find work; to get my quicksilver cat up-to-date on shots, neutering, what have you; to read at least five books a month; to cook more at home; and to pay back the kindness and generosity that I’ve received over the past year and a half.

Oh, I also look forward to laughing myself silly over all the Rapture rumors, especially when they fall through.