All I Want For Christmas…

It’s an awesome state of festive affairs when I get to spruik the work of friends at Christmas time. Supporting the work of indie creators is Yuletide blessings running in both directions, but if you are reading this blog, undoubtedly you are already aligned with that way of thinking.

Zen and the Art of Words

Adam and I are always adventuring creatively.

Earlier this year I pointed Adam in the direction of Kat Apel’s poems that combined block out poetry with zentangle art. He took to the hybrid form like a fish to water (or a pre-school kid to textas!).

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Adam’s turned a selection of his poems into postcards and tote bags. Postcards start at $8 for the collection of six, and there’s an awesome bundle of cards and bags for $25. You can purchase them HERE.

A Ray of Christmas Light

img_0304I’m a fan of Rus VanWestervelt. Not simply as a writer and creative advocate, or because of the work he does inspiring young minds and compassion in dark moments – I am a fan of Rus because he’s a Good Human. He is Light and Grace in motion.

Makes it easy to point to his Christmas collection.

Bundled together are four short stories — including the novelette Gretchie’s Gifts — and a selection of blog posts. The collection is free to download, just go HERE, with the option to donate to the The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in Rus’s home town.

Back in the Poetic Saddle

I’m back from the family holiday in New Zealand and I’ve been aching to get back into building poetry. The weekend just gone was my first back at my desk to do this in a long time. 

As always it starts with a present for a friend and then spirals outward. This time it was an array of poems on zentangles and then surprisingly, some new paper I had come across.


In the next fortnight there will be new poems to share and hopefully some for sale. 

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.