Here's my poem in elimae.

Teeny Tiny 12
Originally uploaded by Mandy L.

You know you want a copy of Teeny Tiny #12... Zip me an email if you haven't received one yet, and we'll figure something out!

Devil's Punchbowl
Originally uploaded by Mandy L.

I had a really wonderful trip to Portland and then the Oregon coast.

I forgot to take pics in Portland, but what a great time, especially getting to meet one of my favorite zinesters, Krissy of Ponyboy Press, after all these years of chatting back and forth online and reading each other's zines.

The coast is just gorgeous, much more rocky and interesting than the Washington coast (sorry, WA).

Holy cow, this is the coolest thing I've heard about in a long time. I never heard about Latin American cartonera publishers until Lars Palm just told me about them (I am just finishing his Teeny Tiny chapbook).  This page is a great resource, and the flickr slideshow at the bottom of the page is awesome. These publishers use recycled cardboard to make unique book covers with painted (etc) designs, all in an effort to make literature more accessible. I love it.


Jul. 8th, 2009 12:04 am

Marilyn (black and white)
Originally uploaded by Mandy L.

I am tempted to make this my user icon, but I'd hate to bid farewell to Dusty!

Audrey Hepburn
Originally uploaded by Mandy L.

I want to find a frame for this collage with Audrey Hepburn that I made last week. Maybe I can have a whole collection of movie-star collages...

Live with Yourself
Originally uploaded by Mandy L.

I uploaded 4 new trading-card-sized collages inspired by old movies. I am working on making some greeting cards using contact paper transfers of copies of some of these images, but the cards didn't scan very well, so I'll wait to post those until I have pictures instead of scans.

Green Light
Originally uploaded by Mandy L.

I am doing a series of trading-card-sized collages which rework movie imagery into lesbian-ish narratives. This is my favorite one so far. These are really a lot of fun to make, and hey, any excuse to buy old movie books and magazines and pages through them...

From the Island of Lost Souls
Originally uploaded by Mandy L.

I haven't seen this movie, but I love its promo art, so I borrowed from it for a tiny collage.

[New York Female Giants (baseball)] (LOC)
Originally uploaded by The Library of Congress

Some cool photos uploaded to the Library of Congress flickr page! I love how they wore the neckties, reminds me of when I was a Camp Fire girl...

Isn't this a cool idea? I love playing cards, and using them in designs for collages, greeting cards, and mini-books is a great idea!

She Was Really Something
Originally uploaded by Mandy L.

I have been making little books from collage papers, and this is probably my favorite page so far. This is from a 12-page book where there is a tiny poem (or phrase) on each page, all made from cut-up text from the same book.

Here is an interesting article from The Guardian on the idea of "health at every size" as opposed to an emphasis on weight loss.

Originally uploaded by Mandy L.

OK, I made this last night and thought it came out kinda cool. We learned a new technique in collage class last week where you use strips of masking tape to tear away pieces of the surface of your collage--in class we did it with removing some of a layer of paint, but here I did it with a magazine image. Hat tip to Less on this one as she sent me a bunch of copies of Family Circle from the 1960s, and I'm using one of the issues here.

Check out this neat article by Katie Haegele on the continuing value of making zines and books in our digital culture. It includes mentions of Teeny Tiny and Krissy Durden's "We Make Zines" community, among other cool projects.

the ramage

Apr. 4th, 2009 11:41 am
Have you ever heard of a form of poetry Robert Bly developed that he calls the "ramage"? At Half Price Books the other day, I happened upon a small illustrated book of poems by Bly called Turkish Pears in August, a reprint from Eastern Washington University Press of a book previously issued in a tiny letterpress edition. It is such a nicely done little book; I couldn't pass it up! I hadn't heard of this before, but Bly came up with a form where you have 8 lines, each of which with around 10 syllables, and the whole poem is centered around some particular sound/syllable like er, um, or, ah, etc. So the poem ends up having a series of usually subtle internal rhymes.

This blogger quotes
Bly's explanation from a Best American Poetry where one of the poems appeared. I like the idea in Bly's explanation about "the delicious flavor of the small sounds reappearing like raisins in a muffin."

The form reminds me of ottava rima but without the iambic meter and the end rhyme. I was interested in ottava rima in grad school, largely, I think, because I was really stuck writing-wise and the shortness plus the contraints of the form helped me to be able to actually finish some poems. It's kind of like a mini-sonnet. I was Googling to see if I could find my favorite poem in this form, "How Did It Seem to Sylvia" by Gjertrud Schnackenberg, but it doesn't appear to be online. I can remember several lines of it from memory, but not the whole poem; I'm pretty sure the last lines are: "The only one who understood the joke, / she slipped out well before the last glass broke."

Anyway, I think I might experiment with Bly's form as I like the size of it and the emphasis on sound in a somewhat quiet way. I thought some others of you might be interested in this form, too.
Check out this photo set from the Smithsonian on Flickr: Women in Science.  These are some cool portraits!
Yesterday morning I watched a movie called Gypo, a film from the UK which tells the same story about a married couple and a young woman who falls for the wife from three different perspectives. The film also has much to do with immigration to the UK as the young woman and her mother have moved there from the Czech republic and are waiting to become citizens of the UK. The director manages the three perspectives in a clever way such that there is a small amount of repetition, but mostly as the movie progresses, the different perspectives fill in blank pieces and let you put everything together. I happened upon the film in the library catalog and hadn't heard of it before. It follows the Dogme rules of filmmaking, which require the use of ambient light and sound, much improvisation of dialogue, etc. I was pretty impressed with this movie, and the people in smaller roles are especially good: the girl who plays the couple's teenage daughter is great as is Rula Lenska, who plays the mother of the Czech girl. The story of the young woman falling for the older woman is unusual, and the movie doesn't really reveal why it happens, but maybe sometimes that's how things happen, sort of out of nowhere?

This morning I watched Save Me with Chad Allen and Robert Gant. (I kept wondering if they would play the song, "Save Me," by Aimee Mann, but they didn't.) The good thing about this movie is it's pretty even-handed: nobody is "right." Chad Allen is a young gay guy who is on a self-destructive bender, and when he overdoses, his brother pays for him to spend two months at a Christian "recovery" center. The center is run by Judith Light and her husband, and really, back in the days of Who's the Boss, who would have thought that Judith Light is such a good actress, but she is. It's hard to like her character, but it's also hard to dislike her because she's so sincere. Anyway, I guess you could say that the premise of the movie is figuring out the role of religion in turning your life around, and what it means to turn your life around. I liked this movie a lot because it's complicated: it doesn't let you just be 100% irritated at the people who run the recovery center, but it also shows the emotional/psychological damage that the men are sustaining from trying not to be gay.

Why would anyone make a new film of Clue when the one from the 1980s is such a kick? Well, it sounds like the new version is meant to be more of a mystery and less of a comedy, but really, how can you make anything but a comedy when your movie is based on a board game? And they could never top the cast of the original--OK, wait: if you had to cast a new version of Clue, who would you cast?
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