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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Poetry Talk With Amanda Earl: Go wider

Our inspirations this week are

1) Caine Monroy, a 9-year-old-boy who built a cardboard arcade. First, please watch this video.

Thanks to Luna Allison for sharing this on good ole' FaceBook. (before it went viral)

& 2) painter & filmmaker Julian Schnabel

here's an interview with him by Jian Ghomeshi on Q Uncut from 2011

Yes, we're talking about thinking outside of the box, of having fun, letting your imagination take over & not being constrained by rules or perhaps playing with the rules themselves.

In his interview, Schnabel talks about the state he is in when he paints; he is the child playing in the sandbox; he's not in his late 50s, he's 6 years old.

I have noticed that one of the ways this freewheeling imaginative activity manifests itself in artists & writers is their fluid movement between various artistic practices.

As Bill DiMichele says over at Tip of the Knife 9, "If a painter came to me for advice, I would tell them to be a writer. If a dancer came to me, I would tell them to be an architect."

Here are some folks who embody this free spirit in their work:

Satu Kaikkonen is a prolific & imaginative visual poet, who also writes poetry & has made abstract visual comics.

Gary Barwin writes poetry, fiction, children's fiction, creates visual poetry, sound poetry & probably many other things I don't know about.

Christian Bök has recently been translating poetry into DNA.

a. rawlings is an interdisciplinary artist who has merged poetry with sound poetry with dance. Her book "Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists" has been performed on stage. Rawlings performed in & co-produced the show. She's collaborated with musicians as well.

in her role as an editor over at Joyland Poetry, she has introduced the Icelandic visual artist & poet & also a new work by another versatile poet, Erín Moure.

Take a look also at Pearl Pirie's blog entry on joy in poetry.

Over at, the emphasis is on fluidity, moving from a body of work by one person to that of another thru connection & engagement. In the first issue, they quote Phil Hall who said "go wider,"

This is good advice, I think, for artists of all kinds. At least, I believe it is good advice for me.

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