Blackening Tender Buttons

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I’m very fond of Gertrude Stein, mostly because, like me, she was a very odd person who didn’t think she was odd at all. I read most of her books in my twenties, in paperback editions I bought at used bookstores. Now much of her work is available online. I really do wonder what she might have to say about this fin de siecle recently past and the new century. I googled up text from her book Tender Buttons, and used the same redaction tool to blacken Gertrude’s poetry in the same way I blackened the Epistle of James for the Poetry Month Scout <Redacted> Badge:

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blackening tender buttons 1 redact stein(Text from Tender Buttons: Objects)

As I explained here, I joined the Poetry Month Scouts because I covet scout badges, even virtual ones. I’ve completed and posted nine found poems on my PoMoSco profile (badges in parentheses):

A Woman Comes True (Pick & Mix); The Lazarus Cyborg (Blender);

Noises Too Old To End (First in Line); The Letter (Redacted);

Nostradamus Found Quatrains (Open Book); Jericho Vector (On Demand);

My Pink Cruelest (Haiku Anew); The Magic Word (Roll the Dice);

and The Mercy (White Out).

I’m enjoying fiddling with bits of other people’s poems and other texts so much that I’ve done more of these found exercises (as above) than I need to earn the badges. My mind sort of works in collage, with words as well as images.

Random Photo

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A photo a day keeps the Doctor in play.

Spring has come to Louisville in fire and flood, but here’s a soothing image of cherry blossoms blooming over a creek–Carroll Creek, Frederick, Maryland, April 1, 2010.

Note on Random Photo: Since I got my first digital camera I have taken thousands of photos with a succession of devices. The agglomerated images infest various computer drives,  memory sticks, and lurk in various corners of the virtual panopticon, ghosts in the “cloud,” flickers in silicon at anonymous server farms. Why not share an aliquot thereof here at the Tent Show with my fellow epeeps? A photo a day keeps the Doctor in play.


Steal this Meme: Werner Herzog Inspires

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I stole this meme from Werner Herzog Inspirationals.

I made this meme myself:

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In honor of National Poultry Month.

Bonus viddy: The dancing chicken from Herzog’s 1977 film Stroszek:

If you know anything about Werner, you probably know he loathes chickens. However, his crew on Stoszek hated the dancing chicken so much they refused to film it, and he shot the footage himself.

Since the Werner Herzog Inspirationals Tumblr is not posting new memes, I’m creating my own, and as Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody, puts it, “The stupidest possible creative act is still a creative act.” Words to live by in the latter days of the Internet Age. Steal this meme.

Thought Balloon

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*When I hear the word “Creatives” I reach for my double-barreled over-and-under magnum clue gun. 

Marketing yourself as a “Creative” is akin to strapping a lawn chair to your head to advertise your prowess as a long distance runner.

Your “Creative” brain is already in full recline position. Might as well call yourself a La-Z-boy.

Grendel’s Laundry List: Ray and Hannah

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Detail of Ray Lafferty’s collaged door, rescued by Warren Brown*

…there isn’t any fiction anymore. There is the lingering smell of fiction in some of the branches of nostalgia. But fiction itself is gone. 

We are now in an unstructured era of post-musical music, post-artistic art, post-fictional fiction and post-experiential experience. We are, partly at least, in a post-conscious world.

Of course some of us have always regarded Utopia as a calamity, but most of you have not.

Ray Lafferty

Revolutionaries do not make revolutions. The revolutionaries are those who know when power is lying in the street and when they can pick it up.

Hannah Arendt

*This is a poor quality image, from a snapshot I took years ago, downloaded via the Wayback Machine from a dead version of the Tent Show. I no longer have the original image, which was on the drive of a computer that got lost.

Random Photo

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A photo a day keeps the Doctor in play.

Market St. alley freight door grafs

Blackening the Epistle: PoMoSco Redacted Badge

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Found poem for the Poetry Month Scout <Redacted> Badge. Go here.

About Poetry Month Scouts aka PoMoSco.

I will do my duty to do my best…