like bookcrossing.com but for poetry, esp small press stuff. you leave a chapbook, someone picks it up and leaves one for someone else. getting poetry into the hands of those who want to read it. for bookcrossing.com, the books are all registered with numbers etc. it could be like that or less organized.
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In the future, computers have adavnced to the point of realizing artificial intelligence. The only programming language they respond to is poetry.
Websites and print publications that review books are uniformly about the new, always the new. In my readings I am continually surprised by books that are excellent today, that stand up to today, that are worth reading today and sharing with others, that weren’t ever reviewed when they came out and are thus somehow disqualified from being reviewed due to the fact that they’re no longer new. But if poetry (and by extension literature in general) is the news that stays new, then there should be a publication outlet that’s friendly to new discoveries of old news that’s still new. A blog devoted to reviews of not-recently-published books would be ideal.
this idea is based on a few things: Susan G. Wooldridge’s book “Foolsgold, Making Something into Nothing and freeing your creative progress” (Harmony Books, 2007) and also the collage boxes of Joseph Cornell…
take a small box or bag out with you on walkabout. collect stuff that resonates and make a collage box of your own. photograph it. do it daily for a week. go to different parts of town or country.
post the results on a blog and tell us all about it
I noticed that Christian Wiman, the current editor of Poetry magazine, has a new book out in stores. How fun would it be to type in all of the poems in that book, and then run a full concordance on the text to extract the complete vocabulary used in it, and then write a few new poems that use only the re-arranged language contained in that book, and then submit those poems to Poetry for consideration.
Recently i had the pleasure of hearing Christian Bök’s amazing sound poetry. Speaking with Frank Davey and Christian at a recent conference at the Univeristy of Ottawa called “Re: reading the postmodern,” i mused about the possibilities of taking sound poetry, having it recorded by speech recognition software and then having the result transcribed to be performed once again by the poet and done all over again.
I refer readers to the interesting work of sound poets as featured on Ubuweb.com in the sound poetry section, Experiments in Disintegrating Language / Konkrete Canticle (1971).
This is perhaps just the beginnings of an idea or perhaps it has been done before. I offer it as a spring board to you who enjoy sound play.
This idea is for: A website where people can come to view and post their own responses to the fill-in-the-blank question: Poetry is _____. Site to be structured in such a way as to encourage contributions by limiting the amount of other responses that can be viewed in a session. Contribute a response and get to view some more. Don’t contribute and you’ll have to come back later in order to see any more. Users should register to read more than the first response they see, and register to contribute. Anonymous or named contributions allowed. It’d be great to have age information (including “none specified” for the squeamish) so that people could read responses grouped by age. Teachers at all levels could be encouraged to use it as a resource for teaching poetry, and for a place where their students could have their own “Poetry is ____” list poems published. Site could be seeded with statements about poetry from famous poets.