stuff posted to lists

I think the implication of the article is that "official verse
culture" is still the home of college profs., and is not online.
There are more prizes, but they are going to the same people, and it
is now more necessary to win a prize in order to get the college prof.
job that makes it easier to win prizes (two of the most spectacular
recent MFA program tenure track hires have been younger white guys who
have won lots of prestigious prizes but haven't published "too much").
And also, the longer someone is in academia, and/or the more
respected a person is as a poet, the less their work appears online.
To the point where the poet and/or her publishers actually has work
taken down, erased, unarchived.

So while I agree that teaching deepens my approach to poetry, I wonder
if you're reading the Chronicle of Higher Ed but don't know about
blogs, is this a sign to get out? How would you know what you don't

In particular, for the past 20 years, the internet has been ideal for
poetry, and poetry responded. But internet/cable tv/music
video/reality broadcasting (which is usually written)/more scripted
programming is changing again. So there you see committees looking
for a poet who can teach composition and also teach screenwriting,
because they see that things are changing and student desire to be
prepared for a creative job market responds, but they look at people
with old school qualifications, not new ones: degrees in new media or
cinema rather than experience actually doing the stuff. The reason
this is so disappointing is that there WAS a brief window of time when
the town/gown divide was breached, when the doers were teaching.


our language is making reality tv

and the half of it is non verbal!


through May 29, 2010

1st Saturday Art Opening: May 1st, 12pm -9pm

Individual Works: Paintings, Collage, Photography and Mixed Media


448 East Broadway

Long Beach, CA 90802-4906

(562) 432-4800


Hours: Monday-Thursday 6:00AM to 10.00PM Saturday 7AM-10PM Sunday-7AM-9PM

Compilations & Collaborations


May 1 - May 29 2010

Opening: Saturday, May 1, 2010 12-PM

These two unique shows are bound to be fabulous and fun because the artists themselves have had so much fun working together on it. These three artists each bring a full load of experience, expertise and eccentricity to their work. And when they collaborate…it is well…off the hook?

First see the individual work of these three artists at Spiology. Then travel to their adjoining gallery to see their collaborative work.

Thompson's exploration of a variety of medium, subject and format has begun to distill into a delicious smorgasbord of delight. Unafraid to follow inspirations as compelled, her drive and freedom is an inspiration to many. Simultaneously developing multiple ongoing series of work Thompson welcomes collaboration. "There is something about letting go of your ego and giving someone else the opportunity to elaborate on your vision. My art will always be a great experiment and collaborations are just another way to do that. Thompson's abstract landscapes were first shown at M.J. Higgins in the 2005 Eminent Domain show and later her Potty Series debuted in 2006. In the too short show last May, Paintography, Thompson and Weber's work was paired by inspiration, either the photography inspired the painting or vice versa.

Weber is decidedly a great artistic photographer. Her Flip Flop series appeared at M.J. HIGGINS in Works on Paper, Fall 2006, and in Paintography, May 2007. Here in both Compilations & Collaborations, she reignites a previous passion, collage, and combines wonderful found images with her original photography. In Collaborations Weber also brings in painting to her mix.

Through Weber and Thompson's mutual inspiration and support in pursuing their artistic endeavors they began to experiment with collaborating on each other's work and then the two added a third, Walt Hall, a wonderful painter who also works in mixed media. The three began swapping works to see what the other would add. The results are sure to be remarkable. Individually each of their work is unique, beautiful, interesting and insightful while bringing a sense of light hearted enjoyment, a benefit to owning such art.

Walt Hall's paintings and mixed media works bring together images and thoughts of other worlds, realities that are not so distant. Set in austere landscapes, figures tell us something of a possibility not considered by most. His fine line and compositions show the ease and joy with which he works; often using seemingly random planks or discards, Hall creates through applied paper from foreign newsprint to pages from primers backgrounds for his images that capture ones imagination.