I just finished a wonderful custom poem for a well-deserving client. Do you need a congratulatory prose poem for graduation? A short story surprise for someone’s birthday? Something special for your valentine? Just visit my Etsy store and ask!
According to my Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar, my birthday is sandwiched right between Jorge Luis Borges and Rita Dove. Now that’s good company.
A few weeks ago, I purchased a 1937 five-inch-thick dictionary on Etsy. It smells like my grandmother’s attic, and I’ve been careful so far not to spill my coffee on its tissue-paper-thin pages. Over the course of a couple Scrabble nights and a few random endeavors (i.e. What’s the precise distinction between a steed, a stag, and a stallion?), I began finding things inside this heavily-used reference book. No, not words, actual things. The first: the article pictured above.
This, for me, is how stories are born. You find something unexpected. Or it finds you. You think about. (It, rarely, thinks about you.) And then thinking churns its way into moving: fingers on a keyboard and on and on and on.
For those of you in The States, think Labor Day gifts. Or, buy one for my mom’s birthday (September 4). For those of you in The Netherlands, do we really have to wait until All Saints Day in November? I think not. Free reign. Buy away: http://www.etsy.com/shop/christinePSstocke?ref=si_shop.
I’m cheap. Instead of purchasing a premium blog site, I uploaded my recent reading videos to YouTube. Check them out below:
Mass Poetry Festival in May: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6NvKSAHQBg
Achievers Amsterdam in July: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqrIDI7KOls
Structo Issue 10 Launch Party in London in August: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imO1y0zx0sQ
Anyone in the London Area should swing by The Society Club in Soho Saturday at 6pm. It’s the Structo launch party, Issue 10. I’ll be reading along with several others. Literature and cocktails will be served.
As my own launch, photos and video posts to follow! Next week, I’ll have a beer by myself in the office to kick off the new website.