The time has come for me to change the aesthetics of my blog. Despite what the picture may say, I am not suicidal. However, at least once a day something or other makes me say the words “ugh, I’d rather stick a gun to my head”. When looking for a new blog template, John would chuckle each time I brought up this one to look at. Finally, I asked him what was so funny and he said, “That is so you.” So here it is. Think of it more as a representation of my dark humor as opposed to sadness.
Poetry, O, Poetry. I think (no, I know) I’m done with online critique forums. But Rachel, you founded one! I just don’t have the patience anymore. My list of reasons for not wanting to participate is a long one and I’ll spare everyone my rantings. But I will say this – after taking a hiatus and reading much more offline poetry, I’ve come to notice that a lot of the poetry I’m reading online looks like carbon copies of each other. I’ve also finally accepted the fact that what I want to write and what I write best is confessional in style. What I don’t want to hear every time I post a poem is that I’m “naval-gazing”. What I don’t want to hear every time I post a poem is that I’m being a little ambiguous. What I need to start doing is giving my poems time after I’ve written them. I know exactly what’s wrong with my own poetry after I’ve written a poem. I don’t know how to correct it immediately though. And rarely does anyone else. What always works best for me is time. So there it is: no more critique forums for me. I will continue to use my blog for poetry news (among other things) and I will continue to submit poetry to online publications but that’s about it. Online forums have taught me a lot and I’m thankful for all of the time strangers have put into my work. They have helped to make my work better and have helped me to grow as a poet. I simply feel that now is the time for me to do it all on my own.
I’ll also be participating in Steve Mueske’s 4 week class at Three Candles and am extremely excited about it. I hope to see some familiar faces.
I watched 2001: A Space Odyssey for the first (and second) time this weekend, and I can’t stop thinking about it. What an amazing piece of art. Kubrick is brilliant, not just odd. I question if anyone will/can match the atmospheric wonder that is this movie. The fact that Kubrick made the movie in 1968 is almost unbelievable given the special effects. To try and pull the meaning (or, at least, Kubrick’s and Clarke’s meaning) from the movie seems superfluous to me. To make a movie about the unknown using unknowns and never divulging the meaning behind the unknowns seems, at least to me, the point. To conjure up any definitive meaning almost misses the point yet how does anyone watch the movie without attempting to figure it out – it feels so oxymoronic. To believe that we are greater or any tool that we create is greater than (god?) will surely backfire. I’m not a godly person – in fact, I’m an atheist, but I have a hard time leaving the idea of god out of this. I’ve read a lot of reviews that talk about the man vs. machine element but to me it goes beyond this since man will be the thing that creates the machine. Isn’t it really man against himself?
How has everyone been?