the blog for Lexington, KY's Accents Publishing, I've been reading a lot of poems. Like anything else, I've realized that most of it isn't for me, but the poems I do like, I love.
A few months back, I posted about Lexington's Holler Poets Series. The beauty of these types of readings, as well as poetry slams, is that you get to see the passion and intensity of the poet along with his or her own words. While some of it seems stilted or uninteresting, there is always great enthusiasm in the crowd. And when you get down to it, what is important in art if not the audience?
Below are some of my favorite poems of all time. If you have a favorite poem, even a limerick or haiku, post them in the comments. I'd love to see what moves other people.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Want to be president of Dole? You know where to start.
Image by Ananth BS
If you want to build houses, you need to know houses. Live in one. Not an apartment, not a log cabin. Live in a house. If you want to be a mechanic, you need a car. Maybe it's not yours. Maybe you moonlight as a valet at the local steak house and tinker under the hoods of sports cars during your smoke breaks. I don't care what you want to do for a living, but I do know that you'll never be a fish if you don't hop into the water.
"Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher."
Monday, April 8, 2013
|Accents Publishing at AWP 2013|
For those who don't Accents Publishing launched in 2010 by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, a Bulgarian emigrant with over a decade's worth of experience as a software engineer at tech companies. In 2007, she started Poezia, a group of poets who met at a local coffee shop to share and critique their works. The group expanded to include prose writers and eventually blew up to the point that it required two separate meetings: one for poetry and one for prose.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Monday, April 1, 2013
|by M.T. Ross|
Monday, March 18, 2013
|Photo by Stefan Krause|
REMEMBER: This is the first draft of a writing practice. It is not perfect nor is it supposed to be. The whole point of practice is to be sloppy.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
I'm finding time management a constant concern. Rather than sticking to a rigorous writing schedule, I'll stop for a day or two only to run a marathon seven-hour session in one night. I'm not sure the best way to counter, so I'll take any advice. I'm not really the "schedule type", but I'm open to suggestions. Work logs tend to backfire, spending more time on painstakingly recording details that don't matter. Once I put pen to paper, I can't stop until the inkwell's dry.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
|Image by Recovering Sick Soul|
Anthony Schwartzman (the critic, not the sailor) recently wrote a review for Disposable Tea on a nocturnal narrative created by his ugly, warped psyche. It was a toxic piece, both in its description of the content, but more so in what it said about Schwartzman's own artistic ability that he'd rip apart his own subconscious so handily.
Monday, February 11, 2013
|Hey, if Superman can't stop the Robacolypse, no one can.|
Remember SmarterChild?The first time I talked with SmarterChild, I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. Some programmer geniuses had created an AOL Instant Messenger account that would automatically reply to you, much like the HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey or Siri in the iPhone. But in 2001 (the actual 2001), it was a sign of the future. It was the first step to real life taking that small step towards The Matrix.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
I've invited my pseudonymous friend, Anthony Schwartzman, to give an impression of a story. Here's his review.
Freud argued that dreams inherently have a meaning. His Interpretations of Dreams became a hallmark of psychology classes in the twentieth century until later studies proved their emptiness. But just because a story doesn't mean something, just because it's not a meaningful psychoanalysis of an artist's psyche, that doesn't mean it has to be uninteresting, nonsensical, and dull.