Saturday, March 28, 2015

Mexican Pulp Art Covers and Prompts

When I'm in a bookshop or buying a book online sometimes I buy the book based on the cover alone. The design and artwork of the cover can be the basis for whether I buy the book or not. Recently there was an exhibition in The Ricco Maresca Gallery in New York of Mexican pulp art book covers. The covers alone intrigue me. Check out this link for some more wonderfully surreal images: Pulp Drunk
Untitled (Woman holding pig, cop in pursuit), c. 1960-75
tempera on illustration board, 15 x 11 in, 38.1 x 27.94 cm
 F Zavala, Untitled (Robot holding red car in air as city burns in background), c. 1960-75
tempera on illustration board, 15 x 11 in, 38.1 x 27.94 cm
Delgadillo, Untitled (Clown attacking woman while muscle man watches), c. 1960-75
tempera on illustration board, 15 x 11 in, 38.1 x 27.94 cm
Writing prompts
1.Write a story that undermines something you believe in. -Alex Madison
2. A prompt over on 52. Pick something you can't see and look at it closely.
  "Consider the unseen neighbour eating Weetabix (or worshipping Satan) as you eat your boiled egg on the other side of the wall. The bats rustling in the roof space; your wife singing to herself in the room next door; the bones of buried pets in your former garden. The doctor receiving your blood sample. The skylark, singing too high to spot. Or, indeed, wild goats roaming unseen in nearby hills. If you know it exists, but you can’t see it, then it’s a possible subject. The things you can’t see are often more interesting than the things you can."
-- text taken from 52

Check out The Invisible Birds of Central America by Craig Arnold

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

Kenojuak Ashevak's Birds

Some wonderful birds from the Cape Dorset printmaker Kenojuak Ashevak. You can view more on 50watts

 Kenojuak Ashevak via Canadian Art
Kenojuak Ashevak, Grand Dame, 2009 via North of Sixty
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mosquito, Banshee, Bloodaxe

They've rolled out the stage outside my window and they've started pumping out Irish music. So it's a tad bit difficult to focus on reading. Through all the racket a contrapuntal poem caught my eye and ear by Tarfia Faizullah's, titled:  Aubade Ending with the Death of a Mosquito

Tarfia Faizullah says of her poem: "This poem is a contrapuntal, which means it can be read three different ways. Musically speaking, a contrapuntal imposes two or more distinct melodies upon each other simultaneously, and in doing so, creates a brand new harmonic relationship."

I'm looking forward to a new literary print journal, Banshee. They're looking for submissions for their first issue. Submissions:1st-31st March

Check out The Poetics of the (Bloodaxe) Archive. You can search for poems by BloodAxe Books dating back to 1978 by word and shapes. Brilliant! If you you're looking for some top quality procrastinating then this is for you. I could spent all day playing with this.

A thought: readers are smart and sometimes writers forget this. If my intelligence is questioned as a reader I tend to fling what I'm reading at the wall. Challenge me. Now I'm off to write!