Monday, June 27, 2016

Bleeding Kansas

As a project, it will be important for me to establish the text first. To get it down, printed, on index cards--then match to the images.

First, text.
Second, print and card.
Third, image collecting.
Fourth, assembling.

How will I code my own Brownback messages?

Hermes Trismegistus!

Healing for Kansas via.

The three: Kansas then, Kansas now, and Hermes Trismegistus.

Images and text, too.

The three: old documents and texts, newspaper articles and quotes from public officials, and the Hermetic Corpus!

interweaving, appropriating, and assembling

I assemble and borrow, as the past and future are at stake.

Leslie S ideas--

as well as Hermes T!

Saturday, June 25, 2016


Amazing article by SIOBHÁN SCARRY

Friday, June 24, 2016


M   Y DI
M      IC
 OB       I
 O Y   ICK
MO  Y    IC
MOIC stands for “multiple on invested capital.”

New Ahab

We are still uncovering things from the depths of Moby Dick.

I wonder if I will do an omission.

It will be a big commitment, maybe during a time of busy-ness?

Along the lines of my John Brown project

John Brown meets Moby Dick

Monday, June 20, 2016

from My Graphic Novel

I am neither super
nor hero. I hope
you fall in life, the teacher
says in gym when I fall
from the bars
after five minutes without
a chin-up. In comic books,
the weak boy swallows
a super-strength serum. For cover,
he holds up his indestructible shield.
I hold up my comic book.

Here is a behind-the-scenes description about my motivation with the poem:

I use Captain America and Steve Rogers as the representation for how I was as a twelve year old. I wasn't strong or athletic, and the event with the gym teacher did happen. He said it, and I was shamed and humiliated in front of the class. 

Having the poem is a means of healing for me, to think of how the comic book store was a retreat and a safe place. Reading comics was a protection, a "super-strength serum," to help me know I wasn't alone. This comes back to Steve Rogers, that all children (and many adults) can relate to being vulnerable and exposed. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Leslie S

Defoe / references to comic books, pages 10,  16, etc.

Dahlia's iris : secret autobiography and fiction / references to sci-fi movies

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Poetry and Psychotherapy

While I have two people in my Writing Poetic Memoir class with Psychology backgrounds, one faculty and one student, I am reminded on how the textbook I am using, the approach I have, and my own writing shows the deep connection between poetic memoir and psychotherapy--including the self.

The two poets I am focusing my reading on, Leslie Scalapino and Maggie Nelson, are true examples of how pschotheraputic poetics truly transforms. The sentence changes the person writing the sentence.

If there is anything about a sentence is that it is never a prison, but a measure to move into another measure of movement.

The fragmented sentence is the anti-Patriarchal response to order, as well as the representation of the fragmented past, as every history is placed down.

When Sondra moved in I became fascinated with how psychology works. I read through books, listened to her discuss, and this all helped shape my understanding for understanding. She would say, "Just remember: you are not a therapist." That is true. My poems are models, though, for understanding, exploration, without any answer.

That is why poems do not have answers. They need to remain sites for resistance, for survival.