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Monday’s blog began with my connection to the confluence of synchronicity as a means to the muse and poetry. Throughout the week I have tried to open further conversation in regards to how technology is creating its own kismet through form and reach. Today, I am hoping to both bring the conversation back to the visceral roots of Monday and send our dialogue into a new trajectory, to offer another place of intersection among technology, the sensory, the social and the "random" coincidence. On Tuesday I explored poems that incorporate technology as an arc. Today, I offer this question: do... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2012 at The Best American Poetry
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Today an interview with Reb Livingston, who began the Bibilomancy Oracle Project in May 2012. Be sure to consult the Oracle throughout the interview for your own personal prophecy. Just click the orb to the left or on the link at the end of the interview. I am continually fascinated by this idea of kismet, technology and unexpected ways of experiencing poetry. Can you discuss your impetus behind the Bibliomancy Oracle project? How did you decide which poems to include? R: Bibliomancy is the use of books in divination. The concept is that literature contains “truths” and speak to matters... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2012 at The Best American Poetry
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Today an interview with Twitter poet Margaret Ingraham--@InPoetweet--who began the InPoetweet project in February, 2012. Can you give us a brief synopsis of the InPoetweet project? Absolutely. I am committed to composing and posting one poetweet each day for a year. Once I have completed poetweet number 366 – because I began the project in a leap year and feel duty bound to producing that additional tweet--- I will have come to the end of this first phase of my project. I say first phase, because I have found the project so positive, so brimming with possibilities, so conducive to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2012 at The Best American Poetry
Laura, isn't it something? And now it is talisman, reference point, the tangible to say, yes, I was compelled even then. I am fascinated by how the idea of poetry morphs: viscerally, spiritually, even in nostalgia, which, it seems, I am often tempted to resist. PS Mine is deep blue, most likely an office cast off, and incredibly, is stamped with "Policies and Procedures."
I think that impulse to resist must be part of the process. But, what happens on the letting go? A certain fear, a surrender, and then, an acceptance, a peace, a call unlike before. Indeed, follow the vein, whenever and however you can. Hopefully always. What a magic that night. I remember even the energy in the air was different; the conversation its own kismet. I am ever grateful. Thank you for your observations, your words here! Julie E. Bloemeke
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Yesterday I wrote about the confluence of kismet in poetry, exploring how interviews, letters, poems, poets and seemingly random turns of events are able to stop us, resonate, to say, yes, here, this. But in my discussion so far, I have not mentioned how so much of this is in flux. How are those unexpected moments being enhanced or irrevocably altered due to our increased involvement with technology and the digital world? There are countless observations about the losses we have experienced and are experiencing in our digital conversion. In talking about compiling Lucille Clifton’s Collected Poems, for example, Kevin... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at The Best American Poetry
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Once, in conversation over a drink or two, a fellow poet asked when I began writing. The words were out of my mouth before I had a chance to catch them. “Before I was born,” I had said. I was perplexed by the speed and intensity of my response, and even more so by the seeming contradiction. What had I meant by this? Why had I responded in that way? I have turned over those questions in my mind for years, have, in fact, been quite haunted by them. If I were to tell you that my unexpected response had... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2012 at The Best American Poetry
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