All in all, 2010 was a good year. I got no beef with it.
the end-of-the-world will be no concern for the people who live
“they can’t all be the one / you are much more than your age / battle over a parking zone in his memory motel / continue to wonder / wait and see / waiting for something to come would work against you / fuck the committee / a double life is allegiance to the not true / our message is dispatched to us eventually / bail on those things don’t count / now you plant seeds / go back in time”
spend time running through the forests / flee the office / take a nice, quiet beer after work, and survey the crowd / the merits of drunkenness it is hard to find anyone without it / never back down / with a slight shrug hold back / get yourself a suit / work it / people listen 2 a story / be true / on occasion crying in front of the house is ok / for the dark days we practice
Playing around this Saturday afternoon…
Found this tea drawing on my Flickr, but I don’t think I ever posted it here…
“forgive em / you always with you were somewhere else but you are here / you really have trouble when you know that you understand god / make a speech / remember your audience / that itch needs itching / after a while go home / get out of your league / look, listen / be over the ex / it doesn’t get better it just changes / on tough days when things aren’t going right be still”
Ten good books I read this year: I Rememberby Joe Brainard “I remember Saturday night baths and Sunday morning comics.” The Anthologistby Nicholson Baker “I ask a simple question. I ask myself: What was the very best moment of your day…this one question could lift out from my life exactly what I will want to […]
A collection of pages from my notebook.
“learn music / be like a tree trunk, sturdy / grow into the challenge simply not to ruin it / sing to an attacker / abadon all poise / bring all your good stuff, and don’t worry / be a good date to everybody / don’t say anything specific / laugh at every single thing / give credit and get out of the way”
Illustrations from a project I tag-teamed with my friend, Mike Rohde.
I was happy to draw the logo for 3 Squares. Here’s a few process doodles from my sketchbook.
So cool: ACM Chicago has commissioned composers and musicians to set my poems to music.
“B thankful / treasure the time”
“clues proliferate in the gut / the fun is going to get funner / do not murder mysteries / hand-writing is fake research / do less / no talent through television / threaten yer formal education / people discover a padded resume / permission is a sugared drink not food / miss speedy slow down / partner and tag-team the problem / be a wiser witness”
Whenever I have a free night and no ideas, I make collages.
“let us go on and do what our parents accuse us of doin”
Drawings of the last ACL taped in the historic 6A studio on UT’s campus.
“our expectations won’t do everything / we may have to invent a new method / crash in a quiet room / parents cannot be put in place / test the helmets / know money / adults accept they have to b involved in daily operations / all grown men duck and run / lose the tough guy acked / go along be a smart kid don’t whine / play the problem is more the mood lurking behind shoulder blades / talk a good game with a sense of humility”
Doodles from Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010. Thanks to Paige and Austinist! See my drawings from 2009 →
Sketches from The Austinist’s Pre-Fun Fun Fun Fest party.
“finally we are naked / and on a mission / i wish I could have you all November”
ride the bus hear the yelling / be boisterous / make sure how much sleep you get shine it up and wear it / adore the world / switch sides / stand closer / be brave i don’t think it’s a hugely common thing / u cannot be tied down to DNA / move in there are no rules about how far is too far / the money is never the search / sometimes forsaking the circle is slippery / everything changes this is one of the hardest things to know
“trying to get goldilocks / to go home”
seek a new location / go outside / you would like to think that Bohemia is a kind of work / invest more energy in intense quiet playing / prove that none of this should be taken for granted / fall back on memories / begin a long courtship / take a woman in passion / act tough / picket the strike / the desperate follow not u / the wizard to seek is not on TV
To celebrate the anniversary of my first blackout poem five years ago, I thought I’d post my 10 favorite poems from the archives.
Drawings of Maira Kalman, Doug Dorst, Jennifer Egan, and Silent Diane.
“in her $667.16 satin wedding gear / she said, I do! / and high-heeled it to the champagne”
Drawings of The National taping Austin City Limits, October 11, 2010.
…but not often.
iPhone + iRetouch + Camerabag (+ Tiltshift Generator) = de-Sign
“oh the megachurch music / i don’t want to go”
“everything is telling you punt…”
On Sundays now, Meghan and I meet in our library and pack orders…
Signed, limited-edition screenprints, t-shirts, and books are on sale over at store.austinkleon.com
A de-sign = iPhone camera + iRetouch + Camerabag + FlickIt
“talks with the Giant did not go far, / he made clear to us / he is very happy to be alone / and out of work / get one last look / before he begins his defensive”
PBS Newshour is profiling me as part of their Poetry Series.
“summer is cooking my heart”
I didn’t start a blog because I had something to say. I started a blog because I wanted to find something to say.
“Cinderella’s Trouble was that she sat waiting for some Fairy Godmother”
A visual map of the book.
“marriage is two people in love / standing in the same bathroom”
“I still root for the town / it got into my blood”
“it is a victory of sorts / to take a drive in the country!”
“he saved the day / and then they were married / now the pirates / are after his organz”
“Go on Google me / ask Google how much u miss me”
After going years without one, I finally have an online portfolio of my work.
“she was the sophia loren of ohio / and she belonged to me”
“a woman is living with me / she wanders around / quite as a whisper”