Alice in the Casino (excerpt)

Friday, 16 October 2020 00:00

 

 

Part 2 of poetry issues #24 is not a poem, at least not originally and not exclusively. In fact, it is a rather small excerpt of "Alice in the Casino," which is a hybrid between a short story and an essay and is probably worth your time. True to the sans-système tradition, I have decided that poetry issues is not just about poetry in the narrowest sense but about all things poetic. The accompanying visual artwork is called "Alice" and is complementary to the story. Enjoy!

 

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Dead Reckoning – Land

Thursday, 08 October 2020 00:00

Part 1 of poetry issues #24 is a combination of a poem ("Dead Reckoning") and a visual artwork ("Land") commissioned for the celebration of 400 years since the Mayflower crossed the Atlantic and reached America, carrying the Pilgrims (Saints) and other settlers (Strangers). The event is also celebrated in the Netherlands, where the Pilgrims spent the last twelve years before the journey. The works will be exhibited this month in a group exhibition in Leiden (more details to follow soon).  

 

poem and visual artwork

 

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poetry issues #23

Friday, 12 June 2020 00:00

Poetry Issues #23 was published in May and June 2020 online in five parts and distributed in postcard format. Below you can read the issue as a whole and also take a look at the postcards. The next issue will follow in spring.

 

poem and visual artwork

 

 

poem and visual artwork

 

 

poem and visual artwork

 

 

poem and visual artwork

 

 

poem and visual artwork

 

 

 

 You can read more about the poetry issues project here.

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May 1st – Joy

Friday, 12 June 2020 00:00

 

This is the fifth and last part of poetry issues #23. This weeks poem is "May 1st" and the visual artwork is "Joy." When not describing flowers and sunsets, poetry can be quite tough, according to the subjects it's dealing with. Being positive requires the strength to look beyond harsh realities and to focus, if only momentarily, to the good parts of what makes us human. According to these finishing pieces, our good qualities stem from our need to connect with other humans and with nature and from the natural tendency to be happy, whether this state is achieved or not.

You can read pi#23 as a whole and see the accompanying printed postcards here.

 

poem and visual artwork

 

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Stranglehold – Over the Rainbow

Friday, 05 June 2020 00:00

This is Part 4 of poetry issues #23. The poem is "Stranglehold" and the visual artwork is "Over the Rainbow". "Stranglehold" was written a few weeks ago (while "Over the Rainbow" was created even earlier). I find it strange how it reverberates with the events that, when it was written, belonged to the future. A lot has been said about the prophetic character of poetry, but I don't think that this is the right quality to attach to it. I'd prefer to put it as "(also) dealing with the constants of life".

This Part is preceded by Parts 1, 2, and 3. The fifth and final part of the issue will follow next week.

 

 

poem and artwork

 

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No, not Love – Fish and Hips

Friday, 22 May 2020 00:00

"No, not Love" and "Fish and Hips" are the two pieces comprising Part 2 of poetry issues #23, with infatuation as their main theme.

You can also read Part 1, here. Stay tuned for Part 3, which will be released next Friday.

 

poem and artwork

 

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Something to Wait for – May 1st

Friday, 29 May 2020 00:00

The third poem of poetry issues #23 is called "Something to Wait for". The accompanying piece is "May 1st". Combined, they tell a tale of emotions in the age of commodity. 

You can also read Part 1 and Part 2 of the issue, released the previous 2 weeks.

 

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When This is Over – Take it Slow

Friday, 15 May 2020 00:00

 

Poetry issues #23, 1/5: When This is Over – Take it Slow

 

"When This is Over" is the first piece of poetry issues #23. Needless to say, it's a take on the corona experience. Its accompanying artwork is called "Take it Slow". Next Friday, the second piece of the issue will be published. Enjoy!

 

poem and artwork

 

You can find out more about the poetry issues project here.

 

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poetry issues #22

Friday, 14 February 2020 00:00

Poetry Issues #22 was published and distributed in January and February 2020 in five volumes, online and in postcard format. Below you can read the pieces, view the accompanying visual artwork and get a glimpse at the postcards. The next issue will follow in spring.

 

poem and artwork

 

poem and artwork

 

poem and artwork

 

poem and artwork

 

 

 

 You can read more about the poetry issues project here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Cat – Journey

Friday, 07 February 2020 00:00

Poetry issues #22, 5/5: The Cat – Journey

This week poetry issues #22 is completed with Part 5, containing the poem "The Cat" and the visual piece "Journey". Together with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 they comprise the winter issue. Poetry issues #23 will follow in spring.

 

poem and artwork

 

You can find out more about the poetry issues project here.

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