Mercury Retrograde Reading

One of things I used to love to do, was use Mercury Retrograde to dive back into the books I love. I would have the dates marked in my diary and a list of books to chose from (along with knowing exactly where they were on the shelf!) 

In the last few years, with chronic depression, insomnia and disenchantment with myself and the world at large, it was one of those time-loved activities that was mothballed, less as an active choice and more as ambivalence-in-motion. You have to care enough to make the effort and I just didn’t care any more.


Mercury turns retrograde today, and yesterday (as it stationed) I went on a mission to assemble a feast of reading for the next three weeks. With the exception of The Passion (which I first read in October 2015) these are books I have not picked up since life imploded in 2013. It would have been much longer.

Yet another small activity that joyfully points that the tide has turned and I’m living on the verge of thriving again, rather than just surviving.

I’m beginning with The Time Traveler’s Wife (which I had to go and buy as an ebook because my papercopy cannot be found?) I’m not sure where I will go from there. Probably The Red Tent. And so on. And so forth.

Do you re-read books? If so, what are books are on that list? What one will you pledge to pick up and read in the next three weeks?

Postcardia-cum-Poetica #22

With digital communication on hiatus this week, I’ve enjoyed extra forays into Postcardia. As much to let those close know I’m okay. But also because I’ve got a little extra time to play.

Image is James Jean’s ‘Reclamare’ and all his postcards are from Memu: 100 Postcards published by Chronicle Books. I think this now leaves me with fewer than half a dozen of these cards left (I haven’t sent all 100. I am not sure how many Kim originally sent me!)

Enter the Metallics

Wandering through the Roma Street Parklands in late July, under a glorious winter sun, a friend and I tossed around different ideas for the execution of the zentangles I had started to do. That was the start of the metallics series.

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There are 12 poems in the series. The above montage is a selection of them. Those still available are up on Poetry Squared page. They’re all $15, plus postage.

What can I say about the series? I’m not sure that there’s much of a common theme running through them. That is something to perhaps mine in coming series? I think there are fewer poems about art and creativity than has been seen in other series, perhaps a few more about love?

The Metallics ends, for now, zentangle poems, as I stretch my wings and source new pairings for my poems. I’ve made some exciting contacts on Instagram and hoping something may come of these new connections.

The good news is: books have started to come my way with the express purpose of becoming poetry (thank you to my poetic co-conspirators). In January I’ll begin a series based on Kelly Link’s Get into Trouble. Once I’ve sourced another copy of Jeanette Winterson’s Written on the Body, I’ll commence that series as well.

I’m excited to delve into new realms. And as always, looking forward to what’s going to happen with the 2017 Post It Note Poetry month.

If you would like a commission (or discuss the possibility of a commission) for yourself or someone else, get in contact with me in the form below.

Where The Poet Things Are, Part 1

IMG_5330Anyone following me on Twitter during the month of February, would have seen me building poems from existing texts using the cut up method.The poems were cut from Calvino’s “Six Memos for the New Millennium”, glued to rice paper and origami squares then mounted on re-purposed cardboard. I used Post-It Note Poetry  as a kind of boot camp to see if I was able to build ‘on-demand’ as well as trialing a commission-style way of building for others.

At the conclusion of the month the answer to both those questions was ‘yes’.

AN EXTENDED FIELD OF CREATION

Two weeks ago I started sticking the poems to the zentangles I had been drawing as part of my sleep training practice. The ones not sent off for birthday presents I put up for sale on Twitter and Instagram with no expectation of what would happen next. I was unprepared for the speed in which they found new homes (thank you Chris and Sophie!).

My most recent foray into birthday presents have left five poems for sale (these poems are the second half of The Turquoise series).

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Each poem square is:

  • one of a kind
  • hand cut, post-it note in size
  • original ink on paper compositions (note they are actually darker & greener)
  • mounted on re-purposed cardboard
  • backed with plain blue paper
  • hand numbered
  • original poetry  cut from Jeanette Winterson’s “Art Objects”

Would you like one?

Poem Squares are $15.00 each, including worldwide postage.

You can claim yours by clicking HERE and adding in the comments the poem you’d like to purchase (each are numbered for ease of identification).

SHOP, COMMISSIONS AND BIBLIOMANCY POEMS

I’ll be opening to commissions and bibliomancy poems in the next few weeks, along with rolling out an official poetry shop that will include poems built during February.

In the interim, please email author(at)jodicleghorn(dot)com if you are interested in a commission or a bibliomancy poem.