Natural disasters invoke fear – in the face of nature – the handwork of God, all men must stand in dread – if they have any sense. With all the ingenuity at their disposal, mankind is powerless in the face of such destructive forces. We can only stand in awe. The Book of Joel begins with such a description – a plague of ravening locusts. The destructiveness of the plague, unknown to most western climes acts as a vivid warning of the power of The Almighty’s coming judgments and an appeal to run to Him for mercy – in a day when He might be found. “The day of the LORD” – a common theme in the Old Testament is double edged; a time of darkness, gloom and judgment juxtaposed with deliverance and restoration. We’re heading for “a time of trouble “such as never was” (even non-religious people feel this) – choices have to be made.
Screen Mediated Roughly Human
I posted this work on the collaborative writing blog
as it’s a collaboration between myself and chance. The creation of aleatory free verse is proving to be a very interesting experience. The lines don’t seem forced, and there is no compelling reason to remain within the constraints of sequential thought. The ideas that are then recorded are often surprising as this sort of work is done in one sitting and minor editing takes place ONLY in the aesthetics of text.
we can always rewind life?
I HAD to defragment you
You charged around my mind while shaving?
Go fetch your stuff
I need perfection.
3.0 # 13 (A Victorian Hangman Tells of his Love) Edition of 10 books. No. 1/10.
I didn’t need to google anything about this book as there was sufficient within to tell the tale of Ronald Ryan, a small-time crook (hung for murder in controversial circumstances, 1965?) juxtaposed with the poetry of Bruce Dawe who “often looks at things from the opposite end of the conventional, by taking the viewpoint of the executioner. The Hangman carries out the sentence of death with all the tenderness of a bridegroom at a wedding nuptial”.
A Victorian Hangman Tells His Love
“Dear one, forgive my appearing before you like this,
in a two-piece track-suit, welder’s goggles
and a green cloth cap like some gross bee—this is the State’s ideaà
I would have come
arrayed like a bridegroom for these nuptials
knowing how often you have dreamed about this
moment of consummation in your cell…”
Available on-line at http://compendium.vuduc.org/poem3.html
3.0 # 13 (Machine Toys)
Colophon: A handmade edition of 10 books made for collaboration on “Collaborative Mail Art Artists Books” on Artists Books 3.0 – no. 6/10. Jack wrote on the back cover ‘“Machine Toys” plays with lego and construction instructions to connect with collage machines to make imaginary toys in a playful way’. Playful like: “short pieces of angle are to be fitted on the inboard corners of the stringers in the way of the engine bed bolts”?
Book 10 – Cheryl Penn/Petru Viljoen (Collaborative Verse)
Extinction is The Strangest Way
Extinction came about when Petru told me of her similar interest in lost words – words which have fallen from grace. http://phrontistery.info/clw1.html The poem begins and ends with words like fallaciloquence (speaking deceitfully) and purloise (nope, don’t know that one, but much else happens in-between.
3.0 # 13 (Before the e word) Edition of 10 books. No. 4/10. Using a variety of mixed media, including photographic slides mounted in plastic and card frames and chemically treated photographic images to harken back to a time before e things, that is – “Before e news, email, digital house plans, tickets (Opal Card), digital prints, we had hand made, hand printed, hand stamped, paper documents”, Judy has created a wonderful hand-made book. “We stitched our own clothes, wrote letters by hand and posted them using stamps. Mail art exchange projects are part of this hand made idea”. We had “maps printed on large sheets of paper and hand written letters” – but now? “Now we have e mail, e cards, e news, e plans and e tickets.” Somewhere in all this huff and puff though, we as book artists are granted the luxury of reveling in REAL things, like Judy has.