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Hello Friends~

I am so pleased to announce my being chosen to participate in the Found Poetry Review’s OULIPOST challenge for National Poetry Month, 2o14!  As such, I will be writing a new poem each day, in the tradition of Oulipo and sourced from the day’s news–as reported in the New York Times and the Baltimore Sun–and posting them here on the blog.

Each of the 82 poets involved were asked to answer a few questions, as a means of introducing OULIPOST and those of us engaged in it.  My answers follow below.

I hope you will enjoy checking in each day and following my completely non-linear “progress”.  Feel free to leave me feedback!

Cheers,
CarlaJean

 

1.  WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT OULIPOST?

I am excited to have to step outside of my traditional (more formal; worked, then reworked and then worked again) methods of production.  I am also excited for what this will yield in terms of the end results.

I’m also excited by the group dynamic inherent in the project, to be inspired by the work of the other OULIPOSTers and how they generate it. 

Finally, I’m also excited about being asked to find my inspiration in alternative spaces, mainly in what’s happening in the world around me in terms of current affairs, as well as what the mainstream media is choosing to call our attention to.

 

2.  WHAT, IF ANYTHING, SCARES YOU ABOUT OULIPOST?

I’m afraid I won’t be able to keep up.
I’m also afraid of getting in to trouble at work for just wanting to work on the poems throughout the day!

 

3.  HAVE YOU WRITTEN EXPERIMENTAL OR FOUND POETRY BEFORE? IF SO, TELL US ABOUT IT.

I was introduced to experimental writing in graduate school, the likes of Ben Lerner, Ingeborg Bachmann and Christian Bök; I was dubious at first, but it didn’t take long for me to come around.

I am also obsessed with writing poems based on the scraps sent in to FOUND magazine!

My first “experimental” poem seemed to open many doors for me around Baltimore, once I had the courage to share it with others.

 

4.  WHAT NEWSPAPER WILL SERVE AS YOUR SOURCE TEXT?

I’ll be using the New York Times, with a little help—if necessary—from the Baltimore Sun.

 

5.  WHO’S YOUR SPIRIT OULIPIAN?
[Some people have spirit animals. We have spirit Oulipians. Do a little Internet research on the members (past or present) of the Oulipo group and choose one to be your spirit guide throughout National Poetry Month. In addition to naming your spirit Oulipian, tell us a little bit about why you picked him or her.]

My spirit Oulipian is Jacques Jouet.  He, like me, works in several forms and media, including collage.  He is also responsible for “Poèmes de métro”, of which I am severely fond!
Also, he is the only “J”!

 

 

 

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Part With Never
now available

You have no
suit of armor,
what good is one
of wax?

Hello Everyone,

It’s great to be back with you after a hiatus of several months.  I am very proud and pleased to announce that I have been spending that time with my nose to the stone that grinds, finishing up my MFA, and putting the final touches (as if a poem is ever really finally touched . . .) on this, my first collection of poems Part With Never.

This work represents the culmination of the last three years’ extent of the processing, extricating and remodeling of thoughts; of somehow figuring articulation, and large-scale replication.

Between these covers exists an ongoing conversation with Place & the feeling of being Dis\Placed, the ideas of Home; clouded memories; evasive emotions; the sound of bees, hidden & busy inside the hive.


. . .

I chose abandon,
never favored the familiar.

I can’t find a river to listen;

these kids throw whiskey bottles
instead of stones to decompress.

. . .

from Urban Demoralization

 


. . .

The briefest hesitation left to lean,
a casual wall; the smell:
old wood in the stairwell.

. . .

from In the Driveway

 


. . .

Thumbs and forefingers
formed the mouths of hungry birds,
filled their beaks with pink flesh,
set aloft upon thermals
generated by oiled feathers
and songs disguised as whispers.

. . .

from The Minutes of the Afternoon Were Like Bright Mirrors

You can purchase the book using PayPal by clicking on the “Buy Now” link below.

I appreciate your support, and welcome your feedback.

Cheers!
CarlaJean

View the cover : Part With Never
{I designed the entire book—cover & text layout—myself.}

 

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