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How To Be a Poet by Wendell Berry

Anime girl sitting in the rain illustration (1)
(Illustration by げみ)

(to remind myself)

Make a place to sit down.
Sit down. Be quiet.
You must depend upon
affection, reading, knowledge,
skill — more of each
than you have — inspiration,
work, growing older, patience,
for patience joins time
to eternity. Any readers
who like your poems,
doubt their judgment.

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On Contemplating Leaving My Children



I’ve hesitated beside the jewelweed, deep in the sevenbark,
told them I will not, not again

What sovereign lies? What queen in her epistolary cage?
An ochre shotglass empties,
a lantern, unlit, heedlessly shines.

In vain I have opened mirrors & edges of mirrors.

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-Jennifer Givhan

NO MAN’S SKY (Honest Game Trailers)

Poetry: “The Colour of Pomegranates,” Sujit Prasad

Digital art snowfall Japanese winter

It cuts through suddenly, expertly, this want to talk to you — like the way you used to open pomegranates. Nothing was wasted, not time, not an extra ruby-seed on the inside. You always said that one does not cut a fruit — you ask them to open, gently, and they would let you in. They knew you would be fair while splitting them. I try to talk to you, cutting through time. It does not open. It says, learn from your mother.

-Sujit Prasad

Poetry: Is It Better Where You Are? by Christopher Salerno


Japanese illustration wistful rain


The bakery’s graffiti either spells HOPE
or NOPE. But hope and results
are different, said Fanny Brawne to her Keats
voiding his unreasonable lung.
Getting off the medicine
completely means light again
blinking to light. Device returned
to its factory settings. The complete black
of before the meteor shower
above the bakery. If you lose the smell
of leather, lemon, or rose,
studies show you will fail at being

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Poets.org, Christopher Salerno

Before I Grow Up Illustration Art by Yumei

“We are crayons and lunchboxes and swinging so high our sneakers punch holes in the clouds.”

― Laurie Halse Anderson, Wintergirls


Poetry: “Personal” by Tony Hoagland


rt Gemi on Pixiv

Don’t take it personal’, they said;
but I did, I took it all quite personal—

the breeze and the river and the color of the fields;
the price of grapefruit and stamps,

the wet hair of women in the rain—
And I cursed what hurt me

and I praised what gave me joy,
the most simple-minded of possible responses.

The government reminded me of my father,
with its deafness and its laws,

and the weather reminded me of my mom,
with her tropical squalls.

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Tony Hoagland, Poetry Magazine


Art Love: Watercolor by Blue

Sparkly blue hair girl watercolor sketch

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pastel art installation

Clarissa Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.

(photo by Oleg Oprisco)

artspace Uses artroulette to Raise Funds

There are very few initiatives that have raised awareness for local artists as much as artspace has. Established in 1988, the institution has a long history of bringing first quality visual art in various media to the residents of the greater Richmond, Virginia area. Through the years, they have continued to promote contemporary art, but have found themselves relocating quite often, and being a non-profit organization, it relies on the donations of artists and patrons of the art to continue its operations.

Last year, in an effort to raise funds for their gallery, artspace launched artroulette, a program that would see the work of 100 different local artists raffled off to some of the foundation’s supporters. Roulette was chosen because of its familiarity to nearly everyone, with Intercasino explaining that it isn’t just one of the most iconic casino games of all time, but “Regardless if you have been to a casino before or not, one can easily recognize the game of roulette, given its unmistakable wheel and its table layout.” It’s also popular because it’s easy to play, and artspace played on the fact that it’s known for its simplicity too.

artroulette from Gwenyth Gaba on Vimeo.

100 predetermined artists were randomly divided into 25 teams of 4, who then collaborated on one piece of art to be raffled off to lucky participants. The program resulted in 25 different pieces of art that could never be recreated otherwise, all unique from each other, as each team was free to work on their materials and processes independently. Some of the artists chose to work on their projects within artspace itself, drawing interested crowds to witness the process behind creating their collaborative art, and allowing them to see the art come to life. The event began with the team selections in September 26, 2014, and ended with the finished pieces being placed on view by November 28 – the same day the raffle was drawn.

Projects to randomly give away art have also begun. The similarly-named independent project Art Roulette encourages other would-be artists to share their art with strangers online, assigning a match to you as soon as you sign up for the service. You must then send a piece of artwork to your match within 30 days, to qualify for receiving your own piece of art from someone else. With less than a hundred participants, however, the project is yet to kick off, but there’s no denying that it’s a great way to introduce art to different people.

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