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Memo: Poets and “Major Media”

In reply to someone’s “hot take” about how major media doesn’t give a shit about poetry (whatever)…. I replied: 

Do any poets give a shit about major media? 

Roll your own chap books, build your own culture, wander widely to find your audience, make *things* every day, stick poems to message boards in grocery stores & telephone poles next to lost cat flyers, mail 500 poetic postcards a year, find the renegade youth to mentor, transcribe stories from grandmothers, but every used great copy of poetry you come across for $3 and abandon them on buses with a note, go *everywhere* just to find coffee shops with a good table in the back corner and write so fast you’re inky pens run out.

Then paint poems on post boxes, make a painting of the poem on the post box and do an exhibit with other paintings of post boxes with poems (preferably at a goat farm in the country)…

Strangely, people show up, people ask questions, people want to be part of whatever it is that they’re doing even if you or them don’t understand it.

Doing these things, I find very little time for erstwhile mass media or even submissions to *highbrow* literary journals (plus rejection letters need a return address and well, I don’t always have one).

Poetry is for you to create and share with those who seek the goods. Carry on accordingly. 

Books: Otherwise / chapbooks, magazines, oddities, ephemera

Ending “book round-up” week (just came up with that) comes “stuff that didn’t fit anywhere else” – chapbooks, odds and ends, ephemera, a bit of therapy and grieving, extended brochures, slices of history and a few guides to new life.

Topics include: VWs in Japan, Rescued Buildings anywhere, not working, Titanic sinking in Nova, folktales of Newfoundland, Motoring in Utah, grieving and picking up the pieces, and a special journal by a young girl in Quebec. No further annotations provided. 

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Items: Forgotten in Drawers, Vol. 1, 2, 3 – back covers

Items: Forgotten in Drawers, Vol. 1 – chapbook (backcover)Items: Forgotten in Drawers, Vol. 1 – chapbook (backcover)
Items: Forgotten in Drawers, Vol. 1 – chapbook (backcover)

Archival documentation from a series of poetry, made into chapbooks called “Items: Forgotten in Drawers” – basically freeverse poetry chopped up and pasted onto (usually olden) hotel letterhead, assembled amongst other paper ephemera items to create little tomes of eclectic-ness.

Then, each of the 3 cycles (so far), gets a special cover – front and back – made from other repurposed / forgotten paper (i.e. bankbook) and embellished (usually by hand) with other papery items (i.e. stamps or postcards) to make each of the run unique.

Oh, see a variety of the finished hand-made books featuring the front covers &/or read/see the Items: Forgotten poem pages which abide within.

Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 2) back cover
Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 2) back cover

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Items: Forgotten in Drawers, Vol. 1 – chapbook covers, various

Items: Forgotten in Drawers, Vol. 1 – chapbook 7
Items: Forgotten in Drawers, Vol. 1 – chapbook 7

A collection of chapbooks called “Items: Forgotten in Drawers” made in 2017 from handwritten poetry created in Asia, Arabia, Mediterranean, then (roughly) transcribed and printed in BC, cut and glued to vintage hotel stationery in Montréal, bulk printed and collated in Vegas, assembled in Utah, and given as gifts for my birthday. Each one hand-cut/stitched and (obviously) uniquely finished with stamps (postal and inky), with affection.  Run of 12 if I recall, most documented here. Turns out this collection is “Volume 1” as more similar collection have followed. Continue reading Items: Forgotten in Drawers, Vol. 1 – chapbook covers, various

Atlantico – Freeverse cycle