Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Halley's Comet in 2061 (Poem)

Halley's Comet, 1986
Photo Credit: NASA

Halley's Comet in 2061

You're back
milk-shaded, ghost-
blue moon in Christo's veils,
sky-streaking, thin as a mouse tail

© 2017 Maureen E. Doallas


Halley's Comet is expected to be visible from Earth in the year 2061. It last appeared to us in 1986.

Ian Ridpath, A Comet Called Halley (Excerpts)

Facts About Halley's Comet

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Thought for the Day

To wait without hope
is not the same as despair.
~ Jeremiah Webster


Quoted from Jeremiah Webster's poem "Ritual" in After So Many Fires (Anchor & Plume, 2017)

Jeremiah Webster, Associate Professor of English, Northwest University

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

'How to Make the Girl' (Filmpoem)

One of Motionpoems' 7th season releases is the experimental and compelling How to Make the Girl (Kino Filmkraft, 2016), based on Dessa Wander's poem of the same title. The creative "instructional" filmpoem, which was made by writer/director/editor Ann Prim, was screened earlier this year during Germany's Kurzfilmfestival, where it competed for the 2nd Weimar Poetry Film Award.

A rapper and spoken word artist, singer, essayist, and record executive with the Minneapolis hip-hop collective Doomtree, Wander has published her writing in The New York Times and other periodicals; various literary journals, including Vestal Review; and several collections, including Spiral Bound: A Short Collection by Dessa (2009). 

Read the poem's text.

Dessa Wander on FaceBookNPR, and WNYC

Motionpoems on FaceBook

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Thought for the Day

The forgetting process defines happiness.
~ Michel Houellebecq, "Evening Without Mist"

Quoted from Michel Houellebecq's Poem "Evening Without Mist", Translated from the French by Gavin Bowd, in Image, No. 92, page 60

Michel Houellebecq (pronounced "Wellbeck"), French Novelist, Poet, Literary Critic; Winner, 2010 Prix Goncourt

Gavin Bowd, Writer and Translator; Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Modern Languages, University of Saint Andrews, Scotland

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

I was not fit (Poem)

I was not fit

for the war you waged,
for the insurgency of words
that staked their claim
to me, nor the letters
that held no code
I could fathom.

Neither absence nor silence
protects me.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Thought for the Day

Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live
without and know we cannot live within.
~ James Baldwin

Quoted from James Baldwin, "Letter from a Region of my Mind", The Fire Next Time (Vintage, 1992)

Search this blog for other quotes from or posts about James Baldwin (1924-1987).

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Split (Poem)


      The moment we choose to love
         we begin to move . . . towards freedom. . . .
           ~ bell hooks

It begins with two
dividing, redividimg
half of mine, more
than yours, all that
bordered space
whose lines once
drawn no more
can hold us
each in our place


The epigraph is from American writer and critic bell hook's essay "Love as the Practice of Freedom" in Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations (1994).

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Before moving day (Poem)

Before moving day

we separate, recount
the division of boxes
four more times.
I give back two. Only
after unlocking the door
to another empty space
do I remember
the forecast called for rain.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Thought for the Day

Love is not a feeling. It's an ability.
~ "Dan in Real Life" (2007)

Quoted in Emma Seppala's "Recapturing the Awesome Meaning and Power of 'Love'," The Washington Post, June 17, 2017. The article is an interview with Sharon Salzbert, co-founder of Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachusetts, and author, most recently, of Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection (Flatiron Books, June 6, 2017).

Dan in Real Life is a 2007 film from Touchstone Pictures and directed by Peter Hedges. Watch the trailer. Read a review.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life

Greg Dunn, Self Reflected (detail), basal ganglia and brainstem, 2014-2016
22K gilded microetching, 96" x 130"
Photo Credit: Gregg Dunn and Brian Edwards

I am delighted to feature in today's Artist Watch at Escape Into Life the work of artist and neuroscientist Greg Dunn, Ph.D., of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Now a full-time artist, Greg was a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania when he began drawing on his knowledge of neuroscience, physics, and biology to investigate the artistic process through imagery, concept, and technique. His artistic experiments, on which he collaborated with artist and applied physicist Dr. Brian Edwards, led to invention of the revolutionary technique called reflective microetching, which allows dynamic control of imagery and color on reflective gold surfaces. More about the technique and its application is included in the Artist Watch feature.

In addition to eight images from Greg's and Brian's Self Reflected project, today's Artist Watch column includes Greg's Artist Statement, A Note on Process, Definitions, and a brief biography.

Here's one of several videos from the Website for the Self Reflected project: