9 Principles of Japanese Art and Culture: Wabi-sabi (imperfect), Miyabi (elegance), Shibui (subtle), Iki (originality), Jo-ha-kyu (slow, accelerate, end), Yugen (mysterious), Geido (discipline and ethics), Ensou (the void) and Kawaii (cute). (The links unpack the words.) [via Presurfer?]
Noteable: “The many notes/ of the falling rain, /all in tune.” ~ Don Wentworth (haiga) at Tiny Words
He also pointed out this poet who has only ever published one poem, but 11 times and counting on tree paper and page. If context and reader are part of the equation, it’s new each time.
NCC literary notices includes info on Banff this spring with Karen Solie, Jen Hadfield, Daljit Nagra. That’s some enviable lineup.
Hoa Nguyen points out that if you buy CUNY before Dec 20 it will benefit the health costs of Diane di Prima.
If you missed Geof Huth when A B series brought him to town, Silliman has posted a vid of Huth.
Oh, video. I put together a few clips from the 19th anniversary of above/ground reading. I managed to double-press the button and only had the crane-fly posture of recording for some of it. Marilyn’s poem Souvenirs, Stephen’s 19th anniversary poem and rob’s thanks are online.
And I read a poem from my new chapbook Bytown Boys at the Tree Open Mic which was recorded.
And I made a bunch of posts on poetry in Ottawa lately and soon over at pesbo
Name Thingy randomizes combinations of words. Need a band name? Any other kind of creative brainstorm?
Thoughts on taking photos at the Digital Photography School includes: “you can still accomplish wonderful things, as long as you know what it is capable of” and “Saying a camera takes nice pictures is like saying a guitar plays nice melodies.”
You saw the prettiest covers of the year? Pasha Malla’s my favorite for its surreal leap.
Published fewer than 2 poetry books and write innovatively? Under a month left to send your manuscript for the next Robert Kroetsch award, (now under new management).
Quote: “For almost eighty years/ we have stood there on the sand,/safe from the sea, in a black album.” ~ Virginia Hamilton Adair