March 28, 2009
conversation of the moment
middle aged white man: "it's marijuana."
asian: "how do you know?"
man: "i did it a couple of times. (pauses) i'm a teacher."
-- computer recycling outlet; sunnyvale, CA
March 24, 2009
March 21, 2009
and the winner is ...
thank you for applying for the position of santa clara county poet laureate. i regret to inform you that you were not chosen to receive this award. the title of 2009 santa clara county poet laureate will be bestowed on nils peterson at the santa clara board of supervisors meeting on tuesday, march 24.
although you were not selected, this in no way diminishes our appreciation of your talent, commitment to the art form, and your contributions to the artistic vitality of this community. on behalf of the arts council, the santa clara county board of supervisors, santa clara county library and the panelists, i sincerely thank you for your application.
we wish you success as you continue writing and inspiring the community.
director of programs
March 19, 2009
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March 12, 2009
a swing and a miss
i wasn't selected to be interviewed for the poet laureate of santa clara county which means that's not happening. i'm disappointed and two things gnaw a bit on me.
is this a haiku prejudice? (snooty poetry types hate haiku.)
why is it if you search on "santa clara county poet laureate" (using either google's regular search or 'blog search) you find only me talking about it from an entrants-point-of-view. could it be that the poet laureate of the silicon valley doesn't actually talk about their poetic work online?
thank you, dear reader, for your support,
March 11, 2009
An Open Letter to the Silicon Valley Arts Council
If you're reading this it means you actually took the time to chase a link either from my resume, my MLA list or the choka. No matter how you got here, I truly appreciate your efforts.
Your submission requirements seemed strict enough that I didn't include a cover letter with everything else I passed you. I didn't want words like these to throw off my chances of being selected. (In fact, I became so paranoid as I was putting together my submission package that I didn't print my entry on my super-great 100% cotton 24# bond when you said 20# 'or similar' -- and instead bought some much lower class 25% cotton 20.)
I spent a HUGE amount of time culling my poetry to give you a feeling for both my free-verse and my haiku -- trying to give as much emotive range as is reasonably possible. Overall it's a nice set and it'll be interesting to see if the Council is versed enough to know who Inger Christensen is, or the significance of a heteronymic palindromic poem.
I think it really boils down to what you're looking for in a poet laureate (PL).
If you want a world-calibre poet, or a snooty type that looks dismissively at their audience over their reading glasses as they "present," I'm a terrible choice. I bet you already know that.
However, if you're looking for someone who can present poetry in a wide range of both style and emotion (on extremely small notice), can fully engage an audience, and will do stand-out work as far as the overriding project goes, it's very possible I'm your best choice. (Assuming, of course, that you don't have a prejudice against publication on the Internet or my haiku submitted as samples).
I'd love to be the PL. I mean really love it. I'd be vigorous, timely, prolific, thoughtful and enthusiastic. I'd get the poets of the valley crawling out of the woodwork and would kick my own form of expression up two levels.
I tend not keep score in life the way many others do. If I did, I would have been rich long ago (and you probably wouldn't be reading my application right now) . For me, this would be the single greatest honor and accomplishment of my life. I'm completely serious about that. It's the absolute cherry topping what, to this point, has been a great life sundae.
Even if I'm not chosen, I *love* the fact that my county is not only contemplating, but doing this. It's both awesome and inspiring.
I don't envy the decision you have to make, nor the crazy process you'll all have to agree on to do it.
You absolutely have my respect and support,
PS This entry written at 32,000', 2/14, on my hiptop, but post-dated to remain on top until judgement day.
March 04, 2009
quote of the moment
-- snippet heard on a radio set to "scan;" pasadena, CA
quote of the moment
anything. well, that's not true. they can do some things. like hail
cabs, for example."
-- entropy dave