Saturday, August 16, 2008

A Piecemeal Poet(ry)

Piecemeal seems appropriate.

I work in fits and starts, on a number of projects at once. I'm particularly fond of writing poetic sequences, which are brief poems that, when grouped together, outline a longer narrative arc or arcs. A blog is an interrupted series of narratives, glimpses into the bits and pieces the blogger chooses to reveal. It works.

What are you going to see here?

I'm not totally sure yet. I expect I'll keep the world (though it will likely be a tiny world) abreast of some of my projects.

For example, here's a sample cover image for Arts & Crafts, a series of poems and essays in audio and video format I'll be releasing soon. Both the album and the cover are a work in progress, but a blog seems the perfect place to put bits of it out there a little at a time.

I may incorporate teaching elements into the blog (e.g. "For next week's readings, check out my blog"). Teaching is a constantly-new experience, and my creative writing classes in particular always come up with some interesting way to make my syllabuses* inadequate, so this may prove a useful way to keep the class up to date with itself. I'm new to this whole blogging thing, so it's up in the air right now.

We'll see where it lands (and in how many pieces).


*Yes, I'm aware that I just linked to Wikipedia. Mea culpa, mea culpa. I'd have used the Oxford English Dictionary to prove that "syllabuses" is a proper plural of the word "syllabus," but not all my readers will have access to the OED online.


Jarod K. Anderson said...

syllabuses? I did not know that. Interesting.

Karin said...

Hi Jeff! Beautiful cover image.

JeFF Stumpo said...

Thanks, Karin :-) A future post will center on the difficulty in finding/creating the right cover image (I've spent a couple of months, obviously just minutes here and there, but over the course of months, trying to get permissions for various images I like...none of them worked out, so I decided to do the best I could on my own).

Hey, if I respond to you here, you can get followup/alert through email, yes?