I can’t seem to finish one of these things, so for now, I’ll just keep stringing together these little haiku cop outs.
We’re having a great weekend: I hope you are too.
I’ve been reading your blackout poems avidly, and trying and trying to find a postcard I made in 1981. It was kind of a blackout poem except that instead of showing all the black areas, i just took the words or word fragments and re-typed them, using a font as close to the original as I could find. Mind you, this was before personal computers. My rule was that the words or fragments had to be in the same order as the original. I probably have a copy of the original catalogue but I’m not sure where. I do remember that “She” came from “Sherwin Williams” I think it is the only word fragment.
I did the card as a part of Jerri Allen’s Apron Project. My text source was a Sherwin Williams Paint catalogue from 1939. That was also the image source. I processed the image with a Mita 900D copier, which I happened to own at the time, because I lived an hour’s drive from the nearest public copy machine (I kid you not!) Then I added a quote from Robert Graves, The Greek Myths. I published the card under my own imprint, White Mare, Inc.
It’s all on the back of the postcard.
Good Grief, I had to look everywhere to find this one scrap of paper. Thank goodness I found the one remaining copy!
I mentioned how impressed I was by Liza’s elaborate pre-Photoshop method, and she said, “Not only was it before photoshop, it was before any design program. I had the words typeset, and used letraset film for the background. And did cut and paste for the composition. It all seemed very modern then.”
Terrible cleanup of a digital photo. I’m sunburnt and full of soft shell crab and beer. What do you expect?
I also want to note that this article was a review of Paula Abdul’s new reality show, “Hey, Paula.” Just throwing that out there.
I’ve been carrying this clipping with me for a while now, and finally finished it this morning at the beach (I obviously didn’t have a Sharpie with me).
Okay. Can’t stay on the internet too long when the weather is so beautiful. Off to get our fixin’s for the shrimp boil tonight!
I’ve often found that the more you take away, the better your writing gets.
Let’s put it to the test: vote for your favorite in the comments.