Harvard is blessed with a plethora of libraries and reading rooms (including the Woodberry Poetry Room that I visited for stop 5 of my Poetry Scavenger Hunt) – a little while ago I stumbled across this display of graphic novels in Lamont Library that included this stirring advertisement for an illustrated version of Ginsberg’s Howl. A different spin on the iconic lines than I put on them when I accompanied them with coffee for my Ginsberg “Place Mat.”
Wanderings of the Virtual…
– I’m not sure what will happen to this blog once winter has truly ended, but for now, you can see pictures from this record breaking Boston winter paired with Samuel Beckett quotes at M(Becket)TA. I’ve read Waiting for Godot, but I had no idea how intimately Samuel Beckett knew a bleak winter…
– Need a poetic pick-me-up? I find that using either the Random Poetry Generator at ThinkZone or the Interactive Haiku Generator at the Language is a Virus website usually does the trick. These are virtual versions of aleatory creativity techniques – and I think the Surrealists would have approved. But I warn you – these websites can be addictive…
For the Haiku Generator, you can enter any text of your choosing and it will fit it into the forms of famous haiku:
(using quotes from M(Becket)TA in the Haiku Generator = Samuel Beckett meets Basho)
No one else
Along this world but I,
This tears hell.
apologies to Basho
– If, like me, you are fascinated by where the artistic impulse comes from, why we make art, and who we make it for, I encourage you to become acquainted with the story of Henry Darger (1892 – 1973). He was a janitor living in Chicago and unbeknownst to anyone, at least until he was on his death bed, he wrote a fully illustrated 15,000 page fantasy novel. His art is now world-famous. I first became aware of his story when, on a lark, I rented a documentary entitled “In the Realms of the Unreal” at my local video store (which dates the encounter since those no longer exist!). The good news is that the full length documentary is on YouTube for free (and has been up for quite a while with thousands of views, so I am hoping that means it is a legitimate source) – you can find it here. I was reminded recently of how amazing Darger’s story is when original Super-8 footage of Darger’s apartment was posted here.