Sunday, April 20, 2014

Oulipost #20: Lescurean Permutation [plain]

Prompt: Select a newspaper article or passage from a newspaper article as your source text. Switch the first noun with the second noun, the third noun with the fourth noun, and so on until you’ve reached the end of your text.

Source: http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2014/04/20/25029-let-go-your-legos-yarmouth-public-libraries


the public clubs
are looking to launch libraries

this collection (to get their summer started,
they are asking for your unwanted and unused month)

through the remainder of April
and during the library of May

the children's room will be
available in the donation bin

Oulipost # 19: SESTINA

Prompt: This will be one of your most challenging Oulipost prompts! A sestina is a poetic form of six six-line stanzas. The end-words of the lines of each stanza repeat those of the first, but in a differing order that in each successive stanza follows the permutation: 615243. The entire sequence of end words is thus: 123456; 615243; 364125; 532614; 451362; 246531. All words and phrases must be sourced from your newspaper text.



Source: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2014/04/19/rare-bowhead-whale-sighting-reported-in-cape-cod-bay/
http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2014/04/19/25026-crosswalk-violation-leads-three-heroin-arrests-Falmouth
http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2014/04/19/25024-whats-happening-state-government
http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2014/04/19/25023-dull-week-beacon-hill


Massachusetts is the keynote whale
for annual budget debate set to charges
representatives will spend time next to an officer
the second time in route
the center said the whale is like bombers
which is the next stop for heroin

researchers have identified heroin
charged with possession of a whale
past and present top federal bombers
confident about pulling off charges
1,000 miles outside of its normal route
to separate themselves from their officer

police did not elaborate on the officer
and being present where heroin is heroin
three were transported along a route
the driver of a car was a whale
The center said the animal was not on charges
to police release bombers

chief justice of the high bombers
was killed a year ago by the suspected officer
even sightings in the colder waters off charges
discovered the 21-year-old heroin
and urged cooperation from the whale
speculation about making another route

bowheads typically inhabit the route
identified during an aerial survey of bombers
first responders killed in the whale
as it fed alongside officer
they discovered heroin and arrested the heroin
all eyes are on the charges

some of the developing charges
over for a crosswalk route
ramps down activity for heroin
according to bombers
the animal has been seen by an officer
now three Falmouth people face the whale

Oulipost #18: HOMOCONSONANTISM

Prompt: Choose a sentence or short passage from your newspaper to complete a homoconsonantism. In this form, the sequence of consonants in a source text is kept, while all its vowels are replaced. For example:
ORIGINAL: To be or not to be: that is the question.
CONSONANTS ONLY: T b r n t t b t t s t h q s t n
FINAL PRODUCT: As burnt tibia: it heats the aqueous tone.



Source: http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2014/04/18/25007-bowhead-whale-spotted-cape-cod-bay

Original Sentence: "A relative of the right whale, bowheads have thicker blubber best suited for the arctic waters they typically inhabit."

Consonants only: r l t v f t h r g h t w h l b w h d s h v t h c k r b l b b r b s t s t d f r t h r c t c w t r s t h t p c l l n h b t.

Final product:


real tv fat
hear go hit,

while be we hide
- shove to huck -
re-blob by re-blast.

stay defer,
their cat caw trust.

he top call
no hobo too.







Thursday, April 17, 2014

Oulipost #17: HAIKUISATION

prompt: The haiku is a Japanese poetic form whose most obvious feature is the division of its 17 syllables into lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables. Haikuisation has sometimes been used by Oulipians to indicate the reduction of verses of normal length to lines of haiku-like brevity. Select three sentences from a single newspaper article and “haiku” them.



source: http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140417/SPORTS/404170321


herring. they go by.
jumping, pooling, and schooling.
damming of rivers,

by many names, but
habitat degradation,
anadromous fish.

And what eats herring?
Everything reported,
fighting hopeless odds.
 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Oulipost #16: CHIMERA

prompt: The chimera of Homeric legend – lion’s head, goat’s body, treacherous serpent’s tail – has a less forbidding Oulipian counterpart. It is engendered as follows. Having chosen a newspaper article or other text for treatment, remove its nouns, verbs and adjectives. Replace the nouns with those taken in order from a different work, the verbs with those from a second work, the adjectives with those from a third.



sources:
foundational: http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140416/NEWS11/140419786
nouns: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25418-t-rex-didnt-need-proper-arms-thanks-to-its-neck.html#.U06EnMJOWM8
verbs: http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140416/NEWS11/140419787
adjectives: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25418-t-rex-didnt-need-proper-arms-thanks-to-its-neck.html

)silly spacetime banned by worried kang(
 
kang byung-kyu (a terrifying light) said two
of the ripples  have become silly spacetime 
(and a giant discovery) he took a third star
banned (also tended to be that of a possibility)
researchers wear a fourth (evidence) but cover
no powerful waves about it (kang worries)
164 things were shamed of whom 55 were
embarrassed (20 per cent) (said 292) dics were
posted.
 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Oulipost #15: Prisoner's Constraint

Prompt: Imagine a prisoner whose supply of paper is restricted. To put it to fullest use, he will maximize his space by avoiding any letter extending above or below the line (b, d,f,g,h,j,k,l,p,q,t and y) and use only a,c,e,m,n,o,r,s,u,v,w,x and z. Compose a poem using only words that can be made from these letters AND which you source from your newspaper text.



sources: http://www.capecodtoday.com/event/24879-thoreau-beach-walk
http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2014/04/15/24695-over-decades-cape-cod-real-estate-closings-have-become-much-more-complex



some one sure,
mean sure,
now some as near one
as ocean as can move
more over common,
over sure.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Oulipost #14: COLUMN INCHES

prompt: Refer to the advertising section or the classifieds in your source newspaper. Create a poem by replacing all of the nouns in your chosen ad segment or classified listing with nouns from one article in the same newspaper. You may use multiple ads/classifieds, presented in the order of your choosing.


Source: The Cape Cod Times, Sunday edition (because I didn't buy a paper today, oh no!), April 13th 2014 Section E

The Cranberries

SALES MOONSHINE
Looking for a full time, year
round  sales distillery (super market).
Must be self motivated, fruit
service oriented, and have a strong
moonshine in summer sales.  If you
possess these cranberries and want to
join a rum with similar fruit please
forward your deal to set up a
business.

Oulipost #13: EPITHALAMIUM

Prompt: An Oulipian epithalamium, or marriage song, is one composed exclusively with the letters of the names of bride and groom (bride and bride, groom and groom, etc). Visit the engagement or wedding announcements section of your newspaper and select a couple. Write a poem using only words that can be made with the letters in their name. You may choose to use first names only if you prefer anonymity or full names if you’re desperate for more letters.



source: names are Victoria Whipple & Andrei Ciobanu from Cape Cod Times Online/Legacy




an auto victory road car lead the race
ended period career - he had to win with white led title

union won without center capped
title three tied enter earned care

nine winner other where without
point at center race car

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Oulipost #12: SONNET

Prompt: Write a sonnet sourced from lines found in newspaper articles. You may choose your own sonnet type ( Examples here) and should feel free to be creative with the rules. One known Oulipo variation is “sonnets of variable length,” in which one must compose a sonnet in which the lines are either as short as possible or as long as possible.


Sources:
 http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2014/04/12/24921-opposite-loneliness-marina-keegan
http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2014/04/12/24925-tea-party-vs-baker-brouhaha
http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2014/04/12/24910-state-boaters-mind-feasting-right-whales
http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2014/04/12/24929-two-killed-bourne-crane-accident


The Whaling Incident on the Line

The incident is under investigation, I’m grateful and thankful to have found.
While businesses wait to see what becomes, the rough and tumble world of conventions,
State and federal law dictates that boaters debate about certain local aid levels or welfare.
But from a different vantage point to the entrance to the Cape Cod Canal,

one of those areas that could be, my good friend and colleagues,
Vulnerable and Dangerous for someone with who she shared a bed!
An understanding that spending Right Whales could once again be seen,
they debated and passed a local aid, holding the line on candy and soda.

Meanwhile a research vessel collided with a feeding whale, that might stir an uprising among the populace.
The injury to the whale was hard; much of the tragedy lies in her promise.
Two men killed were doing the line work, far more than could fit between these covers.
Her mourning process is full of anxiety. Location provides native stone, sand and gravel.

Something to do with the fact that they kept true to his word by keeping out,
When asked about the predictable rejection, he said "be on the lookout for feasting whales."

Friday, April 11, 2014

Oulipost #10: Snowball

Prompt: This procedure requires the first word of a text to have only one letter, the second two, the third three, and so on as far as resourcefulness and inspiration allow. The first word of a snowball is normally a vowel: in English, a I or O.

From your newspaper, select a starting vowel and then continue adding words of increasing length from the same source article or passage. Challenge yourself further by only using words in order as you encounter them in the text.


Source: Bragg, Mary Ann. "Ill will over shellfisherman license." Cape Cod Times. Wellfleet. Thursday, April 10, 2014 Published: Page A10.



a in has vote
night marina allowed
revoking shellfish commercial
considering continuation investigation
shellfisherman

Oulipost #11: Univocalism

Prompt: A univocalic text is one written with a single vowel. It is consequently a lipogram in all the other vowels. If he had been univocally minded, Hamlet might have exclaimed, “Be? Never be? Perplexed quest: seek the secret!” All words used must be sourced from your newspaper.

And this is how I chose which vowel to use...


Source: Front page of the Mashpee Enterprise, Volume 15, Number 30, April, 11th, 2014




punch fund Pub!!

- shut up -  
- run up  -

50+Club
but run full up by us

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Oulipost #9: HEADLINES (variation of Jean Queval’s “Cent Ons")

Prompt: Compose a poem whose body is sourced from article headlines in your newspaper.




Source: http://www.newscientist.com/
and http://www.capecodonline.com/

Man arrested after ...

Cannibal tadpoles
eat the fourth state of matter,

London mayor Boris fights robot cars
for federal Monomoy ice skating, and

Hilltop's Championship fiberglass cows
find home in Sandwich town meeting.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Oulipost #8: BEAUTIFUL INLAW

Prompt:
Select a name from one of your newspaper articles, famous or not. Compose a poem using only words that can be made from the letters in that person’s name. For example, if you selected “John Travolta,” you may only use words that can be made from the letters A, J, H, L, N, O, R, T and V.
The use of web-based tools is highly encouraged to help uncover different words that can be made from your letters of choice. One tool you might consider is the Scrabble Word Finder.


source: http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140408/NEWS11/140409750
http://www.scrabblefinder.com/solver/

read: deval patrick,

earl diva, dial a vicar;
eat red pita;

replicate tea
at la cardia palace atria

via vertical detail.
caviar cartel die epical.

crepe carp diver,
par pear ape vita rite.

real pie.  real deal.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Oulipost #7: N+7 (released it into a nearby poodle)

Prompt: You’ll want a dictionary for this one! Select a passage from one of your newspaper articles. Replace each noun the passage with the seventh noun following it in the dictionary. A hard-copy dictionary will make the exercise more varied and fun; however, you can also use the online N+7 generator to create your text.


source: http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140407/NEWS11/140409774

Massachusetts homily inventor turns out to be a duet

Politico in Massachusetts responding to reprieves
of an inventor in a woodcutter's homily
quickly quacked the casino.

A Nosey-parker
Reaper woodcutter called politico
Saturday from her upstairs beefburger
to reprieve that she heard loud banging
 
nonsenses downstairs and feared someone
had broken into her homily.

Ohms who responded
found no signpost
of a breakwater-in.

But during a quick seat
 of the homily, politico found
a soot-covered woodwind duet.

Politico say it appears
the duet got in through the chiropodist.

An ohm caught the duet
and released it into a nearby poodle
 
 

random... thoughts...

occasionally, i feel the need to reflect in order to feel better.  better... than... whatever i am right now.  not sad.  maybe, more, lonely.

yeah.

i am in the office all by myself for the next two weeks.  there's a lot to get done, and i really shouldn't be on my laptop, but i feel like i need to reach out a little.

i have npr on in the background, purple tulips hanging out of an oversized vase on my desk, hot tea, and more work to do than i think i will be able to get done on time.  nevertheless, i have to try, and i will. 

everything is good.  it is quiet.  and although i can be quite productive when i'm on my own, it is a little lonely. 

mou'sif

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Oulipost #6: BLANK VERSE AMIDST THE PROSE

Prompt: Compose a poem using unintentional lines of iambic pentameter found in your newspaper.



tacos, ceviche and locally grown
seafood served at the university

bringing more local seafood to
part of a six-week pilot program

about local fishers and undiscovered

scallops, lobster, and oysters
open to the public for a change


source: http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140406/NEWS11/140409792

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Oulipost #5: Tautogram

Prompt: Compose a poem whose words — or at least the principal ones — all begin with the same letter. The words must be sourced from your newspaper.


F-words from the Front page of the Cape Cod Times, April Fifth, 2014

five, four, fenway park
we found a few in front of the faces,
in front of the famous family fisherman,
,
following PHillip,
the father's first afterthought,
forever,
,
found under flexible floors
from faces of surfcasters
and 10-Foot fishermen,
,
from fisherman's families,
from Friday to the future
to a five to 0 vote on fishing,
,
funding fundraising fund,
first in front of,
then found in a file
,

Friday, April 04, 2014

Oulipost #4: Fibonacci (variation)

Prompt:
In a Fibonacci sequence, each term is the sum of the two terms immediately preceding it; typically with 1 as the first term: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5,8, 13, 21, 34, 55 and so on.
Select an article from your newspaper and create a poem using the words that correspond with the numbers in the sequence. Your poem will take the form of first word, first word, second word, third word, fifth word, eighth word, thirteenth word, etc. You can continue until you’ve run out of words in your article or until you’re happy with the poem’s conclusion.





(kiss kiss
those cool nights)

games and...

... to more

... a technologies...

Source: http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140404/NEWS/404040322

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Oulipost #3: Definitional Lit


Prompt: Select a single sentence from a newspaper article. Replace each meaningful word in the text [verb, noun, adjective, adverb] by its dictionary definition. Repeat this treatment on the resulting sentence, and so on, until you’ve had enough! Note that after only two such treatments with a relatively compact dictionary, even a two-word sentence can produce an accumulation of 57 words.

My beginning sentence: "All donated blood remains on Cape Cod for use at Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital." from:  http://www.capecodtoday.com/event/24737-blood-drive
Definitions from: http://dictionary.reference.com/






the whole quantity of
a gift (a contribution of something)
that circulates in the principle
vascular system of human beings (
consisting of plasma in which red and white
cells and platelets) (a suspended fluid)
is to continue in the same state.

it continues to be specified so as to remain
(or be suspended from)
a piece of land jutting out into the sea (
where any of several soft-rayed food fishes
(of the family Gadidae) can be found in the cool,
North Atlantic waters).

the whole quantity of a gift (
intended to belong
or be used in connection
with some purpose) (as in put to service)
continues to be specified so as to remain
at an institution in which sick or injured persons
are given medical or surgical treatment.



BONUS PIC:  this is what i looked like this morning while composing this piece.  give me a little leeway.



Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Oulipost #2: Lipogram (CAPE COD TODAY)

PROMPT

A lipogram is a text that excludes one or more letters of the alphabet. The ingenuity demanded by the restriction varies in proportion to the frequency of the letter or letters excluded. For this initial exercise, you will compose a poem using only words that can be formed from letters that are NOT found in the title of your newspaper. For example, if you are working with the Washington Post, you must avoid using words that contain the letters A, G, H, I, N, O, P, S, T and W.


HIS WILL

fill is his will
3rd will him his

if his will in him
is high will

six will is will sign
will is will

his will
in him


Sources: all published on April 2nd:
http://www.capecodtoday.com/event/24099-gentle-community-yoga-library
http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2014/04/02/24777-guv-speak-jefferson-jackson-dinner-Hyannis
http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2014/04/02/24775-provincetown-police-hold-citizen-police-academy
http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2014/04/02/24776-even-more-handsome-person-thats-leroy

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Oulipost #1: Cento Poem

Oulipost begins today!

Every day this April, nearly 80 poets will write one poem per day by applying constrained writing techniques sourced from the Oulipo (Ouvroir de littérature potentielle — or “workshop of potential literature”) group to text sourced from their daily local newspaper. This is the first of thirty prompts in the Oulipost project.

Oulipost #1: Quote Cento

When composing a cento, poets take lines from existing poems (traditionally without any alterations) and patch them together to form a new poem. Today, create a cento using only quotes referenced in newspaper articles. For example, if a newspaper article contained the line “It was a tragedy,” commented Detective Smith, the line, “It was a tragedy,” would be available for you to use in your poem. While you can’t change anything within the quotes themselves, you may choose to break a longer quote in half or use just part of a quote as needed.
Variations:
  • Purist? Challenge yourself to write your cento using only complete quotes (sentences) as they appear in your articles.
  • Add an additional constraint by challenging yourself to use only quotes sourced from a single article, single newspaper page or single newspaper section.
(snagged from the found poetry review blog)

 

California is shifting
with and through other companies

and the inventors
force the innovators
to more reuse
at what they are doing

we employ organisms
for irrigation
that are very professional

it's a good time

but i think
farmers use river water
from all kingdoms of life
no matter what happens

what we chose
that allows us to be creative
and less and less
at the point where
we are beginning
life forms

Source: Gold, Robert. "Shoring up the Global Ecology." Cape Cod Times. Woods Hole. Tuesday, April 1, 2014 Published: Page C1.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

another Oulipost warm up poem: The Chaos Julie Creates

the prompt: "WARM-UP #3: BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW (BELLE ABSENTE)

The outlaw in question is the name of the person (or subject) to whom the poem is addressed. Each line of the poem includes all the letters of the alphabet except for the letter appearing in the dedicated name at the position corresponding to that of the line: when writing a poem to Eva, the first line will contain all letters except E, the second all letters except V, and the third all letters except A.

Choose someone mentioned in your newspaper to whom to address your poem. Compose a beautiful outlaw poem following the procedure outlined above and using words sourced from your newspaper text."

the source(s): http://www.capecodtoday.com/event/23738-talking-parenting
http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2014/03/23/24631-spring-blizzard-targets-eastern-new-england
http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2014/03/21/24593-cape-cod-dart-seeks-emergency-volunteers
http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2014/03/21/24600-cape-cod-times-moving-texas
http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2014/03/21/24600-cape-cod-times-moving-texas
http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2014/03/24/24636-runaway-sped-costs-harm-cape-school-districts

 the poem:
The Chaos Julie Creates
(J) Mrs Sacchetti,
the Queen Bee from childhood,
parenting with freckled siblings
and the heavy blizzard
talking about
heavy exercises of love.
(U) The department meets in New Jersey
 by registration rivalry where no topics with heavy settings
are eligible
or information recognized.
(L) A grant in care--
addressed
and funded in tax--
windswept New Jersey with no out
in Queen Bee poems he remains heavy
things zoom out,
but the shih
(I) tzu negated sun
next to the heavy household—(
jobs that know lots of love
seem key in excellent care
and department funded health seems)--
but the owner enjoys snowfall and poems
(E) Cod by grant unfold
official jurisdiction known
playing rivalry qualify topics
with six siblings
… law may blizzard.
 
the note: i wrote a stanza for each letter instead of just one line.  i felt it fit better, and allowed me to do more with the words by giving them line breaks and more diversifying, defining punctuation.  so there.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

an oulipost practice poem

the conductor of this great ambition I have taken on, to write a found poem every day in april, is equipping us all (78 poets) with some practice prompts.  I wanted to post this one because I kinda sorta like the resulting poem...

the prompt:
WARM-UP #2: BLANK VERSE AMIDST THE PROSE
And now for something slightly more difficult...compose a poem using unintentional lines of iambic pentameter found in your newspaper (or practice source). Blank verse is poetry written in regular metrical but unrhymed lines, almost always iambic pentameters. More background: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blank_verse

the poem:
a drum line competition in Calgary
bring melons, cantaloupes and such
the two drummers have a long history

he got his first drum kit and began
a drum line competition in Calgary
beat boxing to his sister's hip-hop

we are sharing the seeds of music
a fun environment in which to write
a drum line competition in Calgary

SOURCE: 3/14/14 Mashpee Enterprise "Community Classes" and "Captivating Rhythms" by Luke Vose

Monday, March 10, 2014

Oulipost Warmup

As part of national poetry month, I have been gently coerced into a 30-day writing challenge wherein I'll be provided daily poetry prompts via The Found Poetry Review's Oulipost Project. 

To start the project, I've been asked to answer five questions...

1. What Excites You About Oulipost?
I have not written from prompts for a while and I look forward to the potential these prompts will unlock for me.  I am always looking for inspiration and new ideas to help stretch my poetry muscles.

2. What, If Anything, About Oulipost Scares You?
At first I was nervous about selecting a newspaper source because I do not usually read a daily paper.  Having done a little looking around, I have found a locally sourced news website that I like well enough.
Now I am only nervous about keeping up with the routine of writing a daily poem.  I hope to keep up with everyone else's work too if at all possible.

3. Have You Written Experimental or Found Poetry Before? If So, Tell Us About It.
Yes.  I can think of a few examples where I dabbled in experimental/found poetry, let me show you some...
Apples-to-Apples Poems - I had a few lovely friends over for tea and a game of Apples-to-Apples.  Once the game was over, I used the words each player had acquired to compose a series of couplets.  The bold words are the words that appeared on the cards.
Poems Inspired by Pictures or the The Ekphrasis Project - simply writing a poem inspired by an image.  I am not sure if this counts as experimental or found.
Give a Title, Get a Poem - I do this quite regularly where I ask friends on facebook to suggest a title for a poem, then I write a poem with that title for that person.  It's a fun way to engage others in my writing.
Facebook Status Stolen Poem - This was particularly fun.  For a few days, I went on facebook and stole status updates from friends and turned them into poems without them knowing.  This project got a lot of cool feedback.
the Love Poem Project - I haven't finished this particular project yet (and I started it over two years ago), but I have been "translating" English language poems into English for a while now.  It is my favorite method of transforming poetry into something new.  In fact, a poetry friend and I translated a George Oppen poem over and over again to create a chap book called Origami Shipwreck.

4.  What Newspaper Will Serve As Your Source Text?
CapeCodToday.com and New Scientist when appropriate.

5. Who Is Your Spirit Oulipian?
Raymond Queneau, if only because he is the one I know.  I am beginning to read more about him (and by him).  I look forward to introducing him into my work both as a role model and as a character.


Thursday, March 06, 2014

abysmal river

courage to run
as deep

as the abysmal
river of fear

that floods his system
at every turn



Wednesday, March 05, 2014

character

my poetry of 10 years ago had characters, and specific elements that worked for and against each other to create a theme, like the green river, that ran through my work.  I feel like I am missing that now.  I need a character or a landscape.  I need someone or something that would allow me to dig deeper and find more gravity, and to motivate my work.
 
I need something other than he, she, and the cat.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

popular picture

http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=4282910

i don't take popular pictures.

in my heart - in my eyes -
they are the most honest pictures

but it is not what other people want
not what they want to look at

not for a very long time at least
and never a second time

though i could stare
- and i might some times -
at a picture for a very long while

and look at it again
over and over and over

a picture of a picture forms
over and over in my heart
and in my eyes

a tangle

http://www.madpugsley.com/
mind you, she only cut her hair
to keep it from getting too messy
on long train rides up and down the country

it had little do with the fashion of the time
or the place, for that matter

Friday, February 28, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014

getting used to a new phone, dress a day and all that



so I can crop now.  and I can make stuff fuzzy... like my hair.  which is being trimmed Monday.  thank goodness.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

fitting everything in

it's 9:16am and you are right.  I should be focusing on my work at the chamber right now.  today, though, I feel like I need a serious warm up. 
 
first, let me preface this post with a truth: I am such a happy girl.
 
I have so much to be happy about.  I am employable.  I say this because I have three jobs, my own business, and have been offered three jobs (pretty serious offers) in the last four months.  I feel great that so many people find me a desirable employee, even though I am writing on my blog at work instead of creating invoices, updated our chamber social sites, or excavating files right now.  Usually, my work ethic is solid, and this post is a warm up to good chamber work. 
 
Something I want to get out in writing, to really express it in a way that I can refer to when trying to describe how I feel right now in my life, is how I struggle right now to fit in everything I want to do without feeling too overwhelmed.
 
Last night I felt overwhelmed with a sense of duty.  Duty to the cleanliness of the house.  Duty to the house in general.  Duty to financial security.  Duty to all the television shows we try to keep up with.  Duty to kind strangers who pay me for macarons.  Duty to the macarons themselves.  Duty to my brother, who celebrates his birthday today, and for whom I will make a cake tonight.  Duty to science (I got New Scientist magazine as a birthday present, and I already have a huge stack of the weekly publication on the coffee table which I haven't been able to read through yet).  Duty to literature.  Duty to Harry Potter and all my lovely friends who love Harry Potter.  Duty to my husband to be an attentive listener and friend.  Duty to the instagram account my friend Michelle create for me.  Duty to my three feline companions and their litter box needs.  Duty to my friends who seem so much to like me and want to spend time with me on the phone, online, in real life.  Duty to Weight Watchers, one of my many jobs, to be a responsible role model and eat right.  Duty to a group of 8 imaginary friends who live in Animal Crossing, I am after all their mayor and I haven't been in the game in over a week again.  Duty to myself.
 
The list is probably missing a few things I can't think of right at the minute.  But the point is, I felt all of this slam down on my last night. 
 
Usually, I can handle it all.  I get 7 hours of sleep, and I fit everything in with exception of a few.  My tumblr account has seen a drop in activity.  Animal Crossing and other video games aren't getting any attention.  TV, literature, science, those take a hit.  I try to compensate with 10 minutes of NPR on the way to work each morning.
 
My struggle comes, in part, from the fact that I work 46 hours per week.  On the clock.  So fitting in all the responsibilities and obligations I set up for myself isn't easy. 
 
But what I really want to articulate here, is how I can manage, no matter how much I struggle to do it all, without always feeling like I did last night for a brief while.
 
I've given it quite a lot of thought.  I think perhaps the key to my strength is joy.
 
I really like everything I do.  I like it while I'm doing it.
 
I even like working out, sort of.
 
So regardless of tiredness.  Of lack of literature.  Of disappointed video game animals.  I am happy.  Very happy.  Because even though I cannot do all the things I love, I love everything I do.
 
And I have left no time, certainly, for things that I do not care for in some way or another.  Cleaning litter boxes is not something I truly enjoy, but I love the result of three happy, healthy felines which makes it a duty of pride and love.  Same, I guess, applies to taking trash to the dump and paying the bills.  A sense of pride and a sense of working for happiness, to deserve it at the end of the day because I earned it.

skirt today in february


got my new phone yesterday afternoon.  still learning it. but you can see Soseke pictured ♥

also, doctor who socks will be covered in cowgirl boots upon exiting the house.

yay.

Wednesday.

day to get stuff done!  let's go!!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

dress a day in february, day 25


wow, just realized it's the last week of this month.
another chamber bathroom pick, as I was rushing around at home this morning after finally going to the gym where my lovely friend Erin got me a month voucher ♥
sporting the very warm and comfy cardy I got for Christmas in England and a smile.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

many dresses in february

i had a little tea party today with some lovely friends.  here are a couple of pictures of us in all our dresses.  we drank tea, ate sweet treats, and played games.  harry potter clue wasn't as rousing as hoped.  curses ended in many laughs as usual (and i won, ha!).  but the poetry below the pictures is the result of our several hour long apples-to-apples.


(this one is a little dark, but i'm putting it up because jack is kissing Adelaide!)





Katy
we are slightly misunderstood
those in porcelain cups

appetizing each other's egos
with sweet compliments

coy with white smiles
tricking onlookers with snappy retorts


Adelaide
the radiant crossing of bridges
on white horses

splashing across great widths
of juicy tropical landscapes

halted by the cravings
of steeds for chewy snacks

amongst the shade of palms
and packs of cuddly critters

seen only in a dream
in the mind of George Washington


Liz
the sound of something like
"uSuperufluousu" slipped

through the keyhole of an old door
in an almost nasty tone

as if it were something
other than normal being said

behind scenic wooden doors
of an old castle in the hills

stuffy with stone and cement
on every wall

no hint of inspirational design
or luxurious consideration

yet something magical
slips through the door with it

a scary rhythm to the voice
enchanting the listeners

into dysfunctional chaos
dimming and turning

each obtuse stone
turned


Erin
the curious sound
of leaf blowers in winter

mark the desperate type
of homeowner

fuzzy on snow etiquette
and clearing the drive way

trying too hard to look sexy
while shoveling and scraping

thinking unthoughtful thoughts
of legendary historians

with senseless abandon
for reality to the point of absurd

yet exciting transcendence
all the while clearing snow


Danielle
dead leaves fall from hearty trees
with dreamy affectations for the ground

stirring the balance of the ground
furious with pine needles

attended by oddly cute rodents
with puffy tails and cranky dispositions

running from peek hole to peek hole
with a sense of cosmic urgency

confused by the deviation
of regular weather patterns

Cat
risky big business
taking on starlets

with eyes that glow virtuous
against mirror glass

the mold is too twisted
to adjust for profits

no matter how dirty
the bathwater

it's never hot enough
to make right

the sting of a sensual
encounter with lawyers
 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

a dress a day in february on saturday with tired girl

a true story


i would like to dedicate this post to my lovely husband who has taken my picture for me the last two nights and who cleaned the living room so beautifully and so thoroughly it deserved to be the backdrop for this picture.

Friday, February 21, 2014

solid colors, squishy body, soggy weather


am feeling rather large this morning.  trying to embrace it with bright, solid colors.  this cardy definitely helps brighten me up in comparison to the weather at the moment, which is tediously wet and grey.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

baker in a dress in february


it was one heck of a day.  busy morning, busy work, then highjacked the husband for a walk at the canal while it was still warm out.  evening rolls around and on either side of fixing dinner, I've been baking macarons and panettone for my tea party on sunday.  look though!  i have done all this in a red scarf and red skirt with my favorite sparkly grey/silver cardigan.

huzzah!

p.s. new phone on Monday, expect higher quality picutes!!!!

p.p.s. this is rowdy...

 
 
 he's a genius. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

young


http://heartbeforebody.tumblr.com/post/25598628485

the tour of chaos is balanced
by the beauty in her form

wrapped in layers of soft and sweet
she lashes out, gives verbal queues

and glances sideways at those
who she pretends not to adore

but too much is true of what she says
that others find her poison fatal


dormant

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fireflyworkshop/

ring the base out to turn
white covering to color

patches in front of local shops
let bulbs bud from dormant

lives hidden under layers
we all emerge pale and cool

tidal


the tide breaks over our backs
washing away languid memories,
wishing away scars of trials
failed, though fought with the valor
deserving in war.
 
 


blue dress in february


Monday, February 17, 2014

black dress, gold and pink scarf in february

i didn't feel like going into the basement to use the full length mirror this morning.  and the sun in the bathroom was happy. 
happy Monday. 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

"no good deed..."

a dear friend just reassured me that "no good deed goes unpunished".  unfortunately, i have felt this too strongly twice already this year.

twice this year i have gone out of my way to do something good for others, something that didn't wholly benefit me, only to find out that my good intentions led to someone feeling upset by my doing. 

misunderstanding seems to be the biggest culprit in both instances. 

so must i go out of my way to express every action to every person before i do it?  must i chose not to do a good for one out of fear of upsetting another? 

it's hard.  frustrating.  confusing.

snow day dress in february!


repeat dress with different cardy. not very creative today.  but, hey, who else do you know when out shoveling in a dress?  ^_^

Friday, February 14, 2014

valentine's day dress

i normally take a bunch of bad, blurry pictures before i get one that's alright enough to post... your valentine's day present is...?
 
yup, all of the bad pictures too!  enjoy!
 






Thursday, February 13, 2014

chamber bathroom... bathroom chamber? dress a day and all that too.

woke up in a happy mood with jack purring at the foot of the bed.  was slow going, but nothing unusual.  then accidentally burned my mouth with hot tea and immediately dipped my whole robe sleeve in the lasagna pan that had been soaking over night in soapy water (basically, just gross).  

all was well, though.  i read about bitcoin in new scientist magazine and had a shower.  realized getting out of the shower, though, that it was pretty much time i should be heading out the door.  so i rushed around.  

i completely forgot to take my picture.  so i took one of my outfit today in the bathroom mirror here at work.  so silly.  but that's what i get for committing to things.  and being the sort of person who will put in all the effort she can to follow through.  

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

ruggers dress


and wet hair.
and what you can't see... I am covered shoulder to toe in orange cat hair.  because, you know, cat hair is the number on accessory for a crazy cat lady!