Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A True Writer Must Write

 Age 13, Sharon Connecticut, 1957 

 To be a  poet  is a condition rather than a profession. 
 Robert Graves 

 At the age of thirteen 
 I knew this: 

Working draft (left) of The Tyger (opening line: Tyger Tyger burning brightand finished poem with illustration (right). 
William Blake produced a large body of work but did not worry about his audience and was virtually unknown. Only years after his death would he be considered one of the great Romantic writers and painters.

 Whether my writing 
 was good or bad, 
 liked or disliked 
 was not important 

Orson Welles (right)
-- whose fictional radio program, War of the Worldscaused a sensation -- 
being interviewed by writers and reporters.

 I had no choice 
 but to be a writer 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Autumn Equinox, September 22, 2016

-- when day and night are equal --
 September 22, 2016 

 Derived from the Latin: 
 equi = equal 
 nox = night 

 With electric lights 
 and central heat 

 we have 
 the delicate 


Text, design & research by Rick Doble. All images are from commons.wikimedia.org unless otherwise noted.

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Power of Words, The Limitation of Words

 The Power of Words 
 The Limitation of Words 

 Give & Take 

One of the first forms of writing:
 an early style of Sumerian writing about 4600 years ago on a clay tablet.

 gives us 
 the freedom and power 

A page from the ABC trim alphabet book
a French book used to teach children the alphabet -- this page is for the letter B.

 to communicate 

 via our shared virtual reality 

 of symbols 

 imprison us 
 with their generalities -- 

 removing us 
 from the specific beauty 

 and uniqueness of life 

Friday, September 9, 2016

One Year Anniversary Online: Haiku-like Poetry

 One Year Anniversary Online: 
 Haiku-like Poetry 
 43 poems & short quasi-essays 

 These poems 
 aim for the intersection 

Starlings swarming.

 of thought and imagery 

 reason and intuition 


and the wordless