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(noun): One who takes delight and is skilled at constructing, writing or saying naughty phrases or dialogue.
December 17, 2014

Recycling Books

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Earlier this fall a friend and I went to a craft fair in DC called Crafty Bastards – this wasn’t your standard, garden variety craft fair, this was some seriously nice stuff, all handcrafted by artisans all over the country. While there I found and purchased a journal made by Ex Libris Anonymous. They find interesting recycled books and salvage the covers and select pages, toss in about 75 blank pages, and bind them all into a book. Because this combines two things I absolutely love – reading books and writing/journaling – I had to have one. I perused through the stacks of journals till I found one that I simply had to have – the book/journal was titled Captions Courageous (or Comments from the Gallery). Basically, the two authors, Bob Reisner and Hal Kapplow, added their own captions to famous paintings and sculptures. The result is hilarious. After leafing through the journal, which contained a few pages from the actual book, I went online in search of my own copy of Captions Courageous. Thankfully I found a copy and quickly ordered it.

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The book was copyrighted in 1958, my copy was the 5th printing in February 1959 – not too shabby for what is really a silly little book. I curled up with my newly acquired book and a glass of wine and flipped through the pages.

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I was laughing out loud as I read through them, the authors’ captions are far funnier than the original titles and really do capture what could be happening in the paintings. And I was pleasantly surprised to see this one:

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Yeah, that’s sorta how some poetry readings go. ;)

December 16, 2014


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Even though I said I wouldn’t, I’ve relaunched my blog — as this post clearly shows. It’s a different approach however as I won’t be writing about my personal life. Instead I’m going to stick to something I’m passionate about – poetry. I’m going to use this blog as a forum to talk about poetry – what I write, what I read, when I’m published – you get the picture.

I realize some will miss the old blog – the one that gave you a sometimes too-large window into my life. I understand that but ultimately have decided to keep my life private. You’ll get an insight into life from the poetry I write obviously but that’s not quite the same as detailing the happenings of my days.

In July 2014 I attended my first every poetry conference. It was a week filled with writing and reading, a week filled with bonding and laughter and wine and sunsets. I took my journal/notebook with me and one of the things I wrote in it was: make poetry a part of my daily life! This blog will be one way I incorporate poetry into my life.  During that workshop I also wrote Embrace writing!! and keep good sentences in your ears!! and fall in love with writing!! and challenge yourself as a writer! I think I do a good job of those but I know I can do better and I hope to connect with other poets and writers via this blog.

So check back often and let’s make poetry cool. And though I’ve posted this picture several times before, it’s worth posting again because it’s so damn awesome.