Wednesday, 9 July 2008
Just to hear how it clankers
I left the trace of my hand in all
I set alight and left to settle.
Dishes, unashamedly gristle
Sesame, jealousy. Tap, deglaze
Using a sieve I pulverised them.
I am sad for these lukewarm
Whisk, tap, deglaze, whisk.
Once I clarify these melons
I took half the tomatoes and
And striving to pour myself
I did. I thought hard about poppies
It is all over for them.
I mixed whisky and pigeons.
Get closer and rub
Stars and passing custom.
Shift the clean work surfaces
The hatches to the
Pear and stilton salad or
Or be bullied into battening
Your face in it, perhaps it
It’s nice to have walls in your
Grease spots, adapted recipes
Just to hear how it clankers.
But at the end of the night
Kitchen, for instance to cover in
And not always burn your arms
Would be nice to leave
by JW, after the recipes of AO
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
State if you have suffered from any of the following:
A detached voice YES/NO
Fainting or Migraine YES/NO
Blood Coughing NO
Proper names NO
Compulsion to make up stories YES/NO
Coughing or hoarseness YES/NO
Sciatica, of long duration NO
An unholy din YES/NO
An empire of crime YES
Is any investigation pending?
If so please specify I LOST MY VISION IN A PROVINCIAL STATION AND NOW I OBSERVE IT THROUGH FIELD GLASSES. I AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS.
Have you suffered an injury?
If so state when and how THE ABUSE OF POWER HAS LITERALLY COST ME AN ARM AND A LEG. THIS WAS MANY YEARS AGO NOW. WITH MY WRITING HAND I STRIKE AND STRIKE OUT.
Are you at present on any form of treatment or medical advice?
If so please specify GIVE UP. DON’T GIVE UP. GIVE UP. DON’T GIVE UP. I SELF-MEDICATE BY EATING, SHITTING AND SINGING.
Have you had any specialist advice in the last two years? GET BEHIND VELVET DRAPES. STUMBLE SOFTLY FROM WALL TO WALL. MY GASTROENTOROLOGIST PREDICTED A DIRE SWING TO THE RIGHT BUT I THOUGHT HE WAS STILL JOKING.
Have you lost any time through illness or injury in the past three years?
If so, for what and for how long I HAVE LOST EVERYTHING. WHY DO YOU THINK I AM APPLYING FOR THIS JOB? DO YOU THINK IT IS FOR MY HEALTH?
Do you feel in good health? IS ELIMINATIVE MATERIALISM REALLY SUCH A DIFFICULT CONCEPT? LET ME ANSWER THAT, YES. I STRUGGLE TO FOLD DOWN WINDBLOWN MAPS , LET ALONE HUMANITY.
Have any of your relatives suffered from any of the complaints listed above?
If so, please state which and the relationship of the person to you IF BY COMPLAINT YOU MEAN COMPLICATION AND BY COMPLICATION YOU MEAN EXISTING THEN ALL OF THEM. START FROM HERE: ADRENAL HORMONES SUCH AS GLUTOCORTICOIDS INCREASE WITH STRESS AND DEPRIVATION, AND SUPPRESS NEUROGENESIS IN RATS. NOW RUIN THE TOWN HALL.
How much do you smoke per day? THAT IS A GOOD QUESTION.
Tuesday, 17 June 2008
FERNANDO NOTTEBOHM, a scientist
MARTA NOTTEBOHM, Fernando’s wife
PASKO RAKIC, a scientist
ELIZABETH GOULD, a scientist
MICHAEL SPECTER, a writer for the New Yorker
Present day, Rockefeller University’s Field Research Center. The PIANIST plays the opening of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in G, Part 3. FERNANDO enters with canaries balanced on his arms and dances with them. He kills them humanely and starts to examine slices of their brains.
NARRATOR: Male canaries that have reached sexual maturity can, in subsequent years, learn new song repertoires. Two telencephalic song control nuclei are, respectively, 99 and 76 percent larger in the spring, when male canaries are producing stable adult song, than in the fall, at the end of the molt and after several months of not singing. It is hypothesized that such fluctuations reflect an increase and then reduction in numbers of synapses and are related to the yearly ability to acquire new motor coordinations.
FERNANDO: 1981. I published that paper nearly 30 years ago. And I’m still fascinated by birdsong. There’s something in it that won’t let me go. (SINGS TO THE DEAD CANARIES, ACCOMPANIED BY THE PIANIST)
Primates get the glamour, and their labs get all the grants,
But chickadees and finches, you’ve warbled your way to my heart.
How do you do it and why?
Flinging new songs to the sky!
Each year it’s reborn in your neuronal cells as a totally effortless art.
You can keep your rodents in mazes, and get your statistics as planned,
And gaze at your mouse in his cage, and pretend that he’s just like a man.
But I’ve a love never varies
for the songs of canaries
Their trilling is thrilling, it keeps me still willing
I’ll work on it as long as I can.
NARRATOR: But –
FERNANDO: But –
NARRATOR: But something’s bugging you. We’re back in 1981 now.
FERNANDO: Are we? You’re right, something is bugging me.
NARRATOR: Something isn’t right.
FERNANDO: No, it isn’t.
NARRATOR: Something in that paper.
FERNANDO: I thought so as I wrote it. It just doesn’t make sense. We know that adult brains don’t change.
NARRATOR: What do you mean, we know?
FERNANDO: You know, it just doesn’t happen. You’re born with all the neurons you’re ever going to have. But then synapses aren’t balloons, they don’t just swell up. (TO CANARIES) So why are your brain areas fluctuating in size? (EXIT)
Marta comes in and starts eating breakfast. Sound of showering.
NARRATOR: Fernando doesn’t sleep well that night. He’s suffering because he can’t fit what he’s seeing in the lab with what he knows ought to be seen. He’s undergoing a bad case of a Kuhnian crisis. And he’s also undergoing a shower –
The shower door slams. FERNANDO rushes in.
FERNANDO: Marta, Marta!
MARTA: What is it?
The NARRATOR hands FERNANDO a towel.
FERNANDO: They’re dying!
FERNANDO: They’re dying, and others are being born to replace them!
MARTA: What are you talking about?
FERNANDO: The neurons. In the canaries. Listen, it explains it completely. Every year the canaries learn new songs and forget the old ones.
Thursday, 5 June 2008
If you guys give me images like this, I will photocopy them in black and white and then we can decide on colours afterwards. Eg. on this card, the text could be blue and the image green, and we could keep the inks separate using strips of foam, but we couldn't make the fingerprints a different colour from the background because they overlap.
I have left a border round the edge of the card because the printing gets a bit hit-and-miss round the perimeter (the flashbulbs don't always make the carbon fuse at the edges, so there are gaps and splodges when you ink it up.) But you could always work with this and use the randomness of lost text.
we could even have a box on each of our cards where we put our thumbprint or fingerprint.
I heart typefaces. The one I've used is Garamond (you don't get a huge choice of genuinely historical fonts with Paintshop, but this is a good one) and hopefully the card might look like it's been letterpressed rather than silkscreened.
There's also a lot of opportunity to go for a zine / punk / messy look - anything that's photocopiable can be used as an original. So collage is IN, line drawings are IN, scribbles are IN. (Lots of colours are NOT SO IN).
More photos of gocco prints at the flickr group here - lots of artists using them, no poets that i know of. we are AHEAD OF OUR GAME.
I will bring the gocco machine to our meeting next week.
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
she snatched one from the carrier bag
with blank stares at the freedom movement
and the theft of fresh dandelions
(ignore this bit) sludges, blow offs, ribena, wives tales
and blue WKD are forgotten about halfway
through, with disregard
Rursus-via cattus sordes might
confound city centres to vinegar
and a crumpled dunce cap
Be trixy and let it dry up a little.
No hard pummels. Watch it desiccate
in three big ones
The stink is me, the turds are
me. Wherever the dandelions sprout up,
that is me too
Planning for the Blue Bus reading on the 23rd July.
We have an hour and a half to play with. We talked about the possibility of starting with some collaborative material (about 15 minutes worth) and then having the first reader followed by an interval. After the interval perhaps having the next two readers and finishing with a bit of collaborative work.
We decided to try and meet on the second Thursday in June, in London in the afternoon.
Before the meeting we agreed to email round some work, even incomplete drafts so that we can keep going with the variations and posting these onto the blog.
We also agreed to bring postcard designs to the meeting in London and to each chip in a fiver to cover the ink and paper costs. The postcards should not be in grey scale but rather, black and white or another colour on a white background. For instance, an area of green text and a separate area of red text both on white rather than a design which uses multiple colours on one area. Have I got this right Jamie?
We also discussed the possibility of using the 'name games' idea somehow on the postcards.
Anything I missed out guys?
I've had an idea for our next gig, see below . . .
Wednesday, 7 May 2008
to write this
he selected varieties from a catalogue
with opinions on a boundary dispute
and the replacement of old cultivars
N.B. jams, sauces, liqueurs, cosmetics
and herbal teas are referenced halfway
through, with nostalgia
Fragaria vesca semperflorens can’t
translate woodland edges to sweetness
and multiple crowns in a cluster
Simply water down generously
with a fine spray and leave to soak
for thirty minutes
The leaves aren’t me, the fruit isn’t
me. Wherever the seedlings appear,
that isn’t me either
Tuesday, 6 May 2008
to write this
I wore them to melted stubs
after I read an article on the rise
of the far right that implicated
my name. There are several words
in the final lines
that might resonate if you were born
after 1976, and speak a language
The title needs a little help – only
not from me, not from you.
Let it suffice to say that
swings both ways and
rarely how you want it.
When I say “James Wilkes” later
on I open up a carpet bag and
stare in it, put myself in it.
Saturday, 3 May 2008
Tuesday, 29 April 2008
Oblog here. I have an idea. What about doing a communal poem type thing based on small narrative repeated in loads of different styles just like Queneau's Excercises in style.
I thought our initial text could be an introduction to a poem and then we repeat the same intro in a different stlye. Some examples from exercises in style include . . . .
reported speech, passive, exclamations, onomatapea's (I know I didn't spell that right, you know what I meant), haiku, mathematical . . . .the possibilities are endless and it would be quite funny to play around with the whole ridiculously long intro to a peom thing that we all do from time to time.
I could post up a 80 word starter and we could each reproduce the text in a few different styles. For performance maybe we play around with reading over each other a bit or reading some bits together? I don't know?
What do you guys think?
Check out this comic version based on the same idea
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
We can even accomplish this at a distance, if you have access to a computer: you just use a programme like paintshop to make a postcard-sized image (eg. 14x10cm), then email it to me as a jpeg or pdf file. I can print it out and photocopy it at the print shop up the road, and then use the photocopy to make the postcards.
You've both seen my DeTour postcards I think - I made them with the Gocco. The only restriction is that it's quite hard to get different colours bordering each other, unless you use multiple screens.
What do you think? We could work on designs and post them up here. In fact, I'm going to add one now, an old postcard I made (by hand, not by Gocco):
Ideas: souvenirs, mementos, calling cards, poetry readings, Luton(?).
Friday, 18 April 2008
- A - abbreviated, abdominal, abetting, abhored, abject, ablative, ablaze, abnormal, abolished, abortive, above, abrasive, abrupt, absolute, abstracted, absurd.
- A - amateur, amatory, ambassadorial, ambidextrous, ambient, ambiguous, ambitious, ambulatory, amenable, amiable, amidships, amiss, amnesiac, amoral, amphibious, amplified.
- B - bathing, batik, bats, bawdy, beachcombing, beady, beamy, beanpole, bearded, bearing, beastly, beaten, beatific, beatnik, beavering, becalmed.
- B - blockheaded, bloodless, blotchy, blotto, blowy, blue, bluffing,
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It's a lot of work to copy out all the words (unless someone knows an online dictionary that can be cut and pasted?) so first maybe we should discuss if it's a good idea. I think it's an OK idea, but it could be better. How could it be improved?