Just part of the beauty of Leaves Of Grass is its permanent modernity. Nothing I have read since I first read this masterpiece has made me exult and feel moved in quite the same way [listen to a reading of this poem below]. Over and over, I will read lines celebrating the most humble of moments, and marvel at the manifestation of eternity he rightly accords them. A spokesman for the human race; a genius.
Someday, we promise to ease off on the cat posts. Just not today. So, yeah, cats. They go well with fine art. It also appears that they go well with literature too. Say hello to the Neruda Cats Tumblr, where pictures of cats are mashed with philosophical and emotionally charged lines from Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s works, elevating the latter to a bizarre zone of feline-induced epicness. That’s it, all good poetry should go with cats.
Unspoken Northwest is a project that I have been working on for a little over six months now. I’ve spent the time traveling around the region to create this video collection of poetry readings from poets residing in the Northwest. They are shown reading their works in places important to them, and/or their work within […]
Vispo, or visual poetry, is the combination of visual art with the written word. Nico Vassilakis and Crag Hill have been put together this vispo anthology, cataloging prominent artists’ works, as well as essays relevant to the art form. Fill with beautiful illustration and design, as well as thought provoking essay, The Last Vispo is currently available for pre-order through Phantographics, and will be available in October.
I recently had the opportunity to browse through an unusual book of poetry called Utställning av ord by Gordana Vlajic. It is the format of the book that struck me as unusual, as each poem had its photographic counterpart on the opposite page. The photographs are done by Zoran Boldorac, a Master of Photography, whose classical education has obviously influenced his work in the sense that the light in his photographs reminds me of Caravaggio’s atmospheric paintings.
I never thought that I could care about poetry until I saw this at a recent film festival. It’s a short movie/performance of a poem by Derrick Brown about love, outer space, ramen noodles, and more. Be careful: all the jokes distract you while the heartbreak is sneaking up from behind.
Poet. Photographer. Composer. Ethereal. Dreamy. I could write a thousand fluffy things about how brilliant Francis A. Willey is, but don’t waste your time reading my words. You should spend the next moments of your life exploring his poetry, viewing his haunting portraits and listening to (I promise you) some of the most beautiful piano compositions you will ever hear in your life. You will momentarily stop breathing on multiple occasions. Magical is an understatement.
We really appreciate a good publication, and Shopping Hour in particular because it brings together art, philosophy, poetry and critical theory in a relevant and engaging way, without compromising on visual style. Dealing with some big ideas doesn’t have to be a dry exercise. Shopping Hour is an object you will enjoy holding, looking at […]
Color Me Trendy is a coloring book for adult, teen, and tween aficionados of style. The book contains 50 illustrations along with 10 empowering poems scattered throughout. You can express your creativity on paper and take that inspiration and apply it to your own wardrobe. For budding fashionistas, this is a great way to share and bond because coloring never goes out of style.
The Juvenilia is an art and literature blog that aims to capture, in their words, ‘the strange beauty that forms when worldly perspectives come together’. Almost every contributor is from a different country, with content that ranges from stunning nature photography and cheerfully bizarre artwork, to philosophical musings and trilingual poetry.
This Is My England is both the blog and the pen name of a Londoner who looks at things up close. The photography zooms in on the small details of the decay and strangeness under the surface of the taken-for-granted things all around us. Many of the short poems here do roughly the same job.
With his Newspaper Blackout pieces, writer and artist Austin Kleon uses a marker to black out all but a few select words printed in the New York Times, carving out little poems from the articles of the newspaper.
Part time poet, part time musician, Stewart Lupton fronts surly New York rockers The Child Ballads. Their latest release, the Cheekbone Hollows EP, is a mesmerising, at times powerful trip through Lupton’s lyrical wanderings, backed by some great songwriting. There are moments in the music reminiscent of the intensity of Nirvana’s Unplugged in New York […]