Monthly Archives: May 2019

Nowhere-writing

“That’s the place to get to-nowhere. One wants to wander away from the world’s somewhere, into our own nowhere.”
D.H. Lawrence, Women in Love, 1920

Words get to-nowhere, but they come from Erehown (an anagram for Nowhere in Samuel Butler’s brilliant imagination). This book is not about an era when time was great and people small, but about a time when people were great. Still are…
Erehown is where now-words sound the same or better in 200 years time.

They get to nowhere because my words describe my feelings sieved thru the alphabet, or is it a syllabary? Just feeling in a heavy coat of letters and knowledge in two hundred years of green.

There is a story to it.
I graduated the Faculty of Letters in late 90s. I have a BA in English.
But the experience papers are full to the brim. One of them taught me basically everything I needed to know about writing.
A brilliant professor asked us to write an essay about the last part of Gulliver’s Travels (A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms). In doing so, he “drew” in a pie chart the trends in Philosophy (empiricism and rationalism) he wanted us to assess in our essays with a view to Part IV of Gulliver’s Travels.

Guess what? We embraced the old ways and produced a melting pot of traditional views on the topic. The essay was one step to sitting in the final exam, which we (already) failed.
Finally, we put our minds to it, accepted his brilliant vision and ‘learned to think anew”.
It is just an example of an inspired mistake that moved us forward.

Imagination doesn’t deal writing with an even hand. Your words must be true and woven on the steps others have built for you. It is unifying and putting things together. If I am not mistaken, this is Steve Jobs definition of creativity: “Creativity is just connecting things.”

Connect everything you know and love in a tale.
Connect the answers for “What do you love?” and “What are you good at?” in one single simple tale. It is fascinating how much you can learn about you, your skills, your abysses, your humanity that can be of help to others.

“By union the smallest states thrive. By discord the greatest are destroyed.” – Sallust
We write stories that unite – two people, two dreams, two companies at a time.
And guess what? I teach English in graphs (and tables).

Art by a powerful character who paints postmodern myths – Tatiana Kazakova.

© Iulia Halatz

I Go Down to the Shore

I go down to the shore in the morning
and depending on the hour the waves
are rolling in or moving out,
and I say, oh, I am miserable,
what shall –
what should I do? And the sea says
in its lovely voice:
Excuse me, I have work to do.
Mary Oliver “I Go Down to the Shore,” A Thousand Mornings

Art by René Magritte.

Rethinking the Physical Limits of Photography

Art is not art
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove …

Rethinking the Physical Limits of Photography on hyperallergic.com:

Rethinking the Physical Limits of Photography

Andréanne Michon, “n o w h e r e — Fractured 25” (2017-19) (detail) (photo by and courtesy of Andréanne Michon)

Beauty and the Beast

“I was most inspired by pity for the beast’s awful loneliness and self-disgust. His tragedy is to know all about beauty and how to create it in everything around him, but to miss it in himself.”
– Angela Barrett, on illustrating “Beauty and the Beast”

Art by Angela Barrett.

Surrender to decay – Christine Ray

Invincible artistry in Christine Ray‘s words on braveandrecklessblog.com:

“together they created a home for hope
a classic combination for deliciousness
riding the Darjeeling Express
they chose to
surrender to decay…”

https://braveandrecklessblog.com/2019/05/14/surrender-to-decay-2/

Christine E. Ray is an indie author and freelance editor who lives outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. You can read more of her work on her blog Brave and Reckless. The Myths of Girlhood is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble Online, and Book Depository.

Sudden Denouement New Writer Submissions Details/Dates

Sudden Denouement’s New Writer Submissions will be open through May 23rd. We are asking for a sample of your writing. It doesn’t have to be unpublished, merely something that represents your voice as a writer. Does your writing style fit with Sudden Denouement? The term “divergent” literature is a loose one that means, first and foremost, that we are open to those voices to challenge the status quo, and we offer our writers a great deal of freedom.

https://suddendenouement.com/2019/05/16/sudden-denouement-new-writer-submissions-details-dates/

Stargiver – Iulia Halatz

A year old poem written for the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective:

https://suddendenouement.com/2018/04/30/stargiver-iulia-halatz/

The stars that glisten
on October skies
are green
like water lamps.

I am plotting
a story for you…
Letters are meant
to be sent swirling
my brokenness cripples
my words.
I am silhouetted
letters can’t mix
I need another alphabet.
My alphabet of you
is made of syllables:
Sky
Why
Lie
Shy…

Do not despise
my syllabary
You have a tale
boiling in my chest…..

Once there was an olden boy
His heart grew on thistles
and faint grass
He followed the North Star
like moss
in the duplicated garden.
He told of journeys
in the heart of wind
and memorabilia
of small disasters…

Sparks of thysen
light my waterways
like glowworms
paths of fairies.
In dreams your glint
is stumped
bedeviled
by pink trees and cardboard flowers.

This is not your duplicated garden
it is my cardboard dominion.
There are rooms
For every room there is a wish
to grant.
The stars room gives
a Tomorrow
that you can touch.

The moon room gives
a Yesterday
no longer under
wraps and clothes
of Spring.

I am a crumpled picture
in a secret drawer
barred behind the sunset
creasing more
each dawn…

My picture captures
the beyond
of blossoms
and shy rains
of dew…

I am mine
continuously drawing light
on shady souls
smiling
forlorn
and glorious

In my stargiving…

Photo – Myrna Loy, 1926