Monday, February 19, 2007

zero to twelve

zero to twelve cover
Originally uploaded by bertmac.
I finished this book over the weekend. I am having fun with these found object books, and keep thinking of new ideas. I also keep thinking "why is this so fun, when some other projects seem so tedious?" In my mind, this book isn't "serious" while something like the dream viewing device is. I suppose these ideas come from art school. There was a lot of talk about "high art," "low art," and everything in between. I don't see any of my work as high art, so why do I worry about what is serious? Maybe it's more a question of being true to the ideas that I hold about my work. I want it to convey a message, and I feel these fun books don't.

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Let's Pretend

For the last two years bloggers all over the world have been posting their favorite poetry on February 2, to celebrate the Feast of Brigid, or Groundhog Day. Let's pretend it's the 2nd, here is my entry:

The Dead

The dead are always looking down on us, they say,
while we are putting on our shoes or making a sandwich,
they are looking down throught the glass bottom-boats of heaven
as they row themselves slowly through eternity.

They watch the tops of our heads moving below in earth,
and when we lie down in a field or on a couch,
drugged perhaps by the hum of a warm afternoon,
they think we are looking back at them,

which makes them lift their oars and fall silent
and wait, like parents, for us to close our eyes.

Billy Collins