In which are explored the matrices of text, textile, and exile through metaphor, networks, poetics, etymologies, etc., with an occasional subplot relating these elements to Iggy and the Stooges.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Warning: Random Intrusion of Po-biz Girl-fun into Textile/Stooges Blog...

I was just tagged by poet and life-coach Arielle Guy to answer a series of questions on my blog. She had been previously tagged by poet and Dusie Kollektiv founder Susana Gardner to answer the same questions. So here goes. I don't usually talk about my poetry "career" (such as it is) here, and in fact there are quite a few questions that don't really resonate, as you may see in my answers. So here goes. So here goes. uhhh... So here goes: QUESTIONS: Q. What is the working title of the book? A. Book? what book? i don't think in terms of books, i create incrementally and then at some point look around and say, hey, maybe i've got the makings of a compendium here. What I envision most clearly now is another x-stitch chapbook like Meshwards, now that I've generated a number of new works. Another book idea is one on Stooges fan culture. The working title is "Stooges Fan Culture and the Glories of Failure." Where did the idea come from for the book? A. x-stitch chapbook: the idea came from doing Meshwards. B. stooges book came from 1. being a stooges fan and 2. learning that the University of Iowa Press has a series on fandom. What genre does your book fall under? 1. visual poetry chapbooks 2. academic/crossover cultural analysis cum storytelling etc. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition? B. Iggy Pop, James Williamson, Scott Asheton, Mike Watt, Dave Alexander (RIP), Ron Asheton (RIP), Natalie Schlossberg, Heather Harris, Brian Sg, Danny Fields, Heather Harris, Eric Rasmussen, Jos Grain, and me. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book? I'm with you, you're with me, we're going down in history. We're going down. We're going down. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript? Ask again in a while. Who or what inspired you to write this book? The usual cast of characters. A. Susana Gardner, mIEKAL aND, etc. B. See above. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Lovers of visual poetry, folk arts, textiles, and the Stooges might nibble... Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? a. Dusie Kollektiv b. aforementioned press, we hope. Make up a question you think is pressing in way of poetry today. (put that question here) When will natural processes have an equal place at the table with humans who consider themselves poetry makers?

Friday, January 4, 2013


At last, I'm back. Much has happened in the text/textile world of text, textile, exile in the last year and a half, and i have finally retrieved my password so i can reconnect with this site. For now, I'll just post a very brief etymological chain of the word "lace:" lace (n.) early 13c., "cord made of braided or interwoven strands of silk, etc.," from O.Fr. las "a net, noose, string" (Fr. lacs), from V.L. *lacium, from L. laqueum (nom. laqueus) "noose, snare" (It. laccio, Sp. lazo), a trapping and hunting term, probably from Italic base *laq- "to ensnare" (cf. L. lacere "to entice"). Later also "net, noose, snare" (c.1300); "piece of cord used to draw together the edges of slits or openings in an article of clothing" (late 14c.). The "ornamental net pattern" meaning is first recorded 1550s. Sense of "cord for tying" remains in shoelace. As an adjective, lace-curtain "middle class" (or lower-class with middle-class pretensions) usually is used in reference to Irish-Americans. lace (v.) c.1200, "fasten (clothing, etc.) with laces and ties;" see lace (n.). Also "tighten (a garment) by pulling its laces" (early 14c.). To lace coffee, etc., with a dash of liquor (1670s) was originally used of sugar, and comes via the notion of "to ornament or trim." Related: Laced; lacing. Laced mutton was "an old word for a whore" [Johnson].