Saturday, November 1, 2008

Starting Up This Poetry (etc.) Blog!


Friends:

Welcome to The Man with the Blue Guitar . . . my new blog with a name shamelessly pilfered from Wallace Stevens.

I'm not exactly sure what's going to transpire in this blog, but I do know it will focus on poetry, among many other themes.

I do want to post, piece by piece, Dragonfly, my first poetry collection from 1994, currently out of print. Along with each poem: a bit of background about the making of that piece, the slice of life it shadows and illuminates.

I plan to experiment also in this blog with poetry films and animations, slide shows, podcasts, and the like. And of course post poems. And poems. And poems.

Discuss contemporary poets, poetry, poetics. The other genres. Perhaps from time to time post a short short. Or even a full-length short story. Or a piece of creative nonfiction. Now and then a piece of what critics call "autotheoretical" writing. Post the occasional book review. Talk about publishing trends and tips. Editing and magazines. Post art . . . photographs, collages, pen-and-inks, paintings. Et cetera.

Won't you join me in this endeavor, this journey? Let's find out where the blue guitar will take us. This aquamarine ark, spaceship, brave vessel of verse and bliss. This glorious palimpsest . . . Pablo Picasso's 1903 painting The Old Guitarist (shown above), which inspired Stevens's poem "The Man with the Blue Guitar," is said to have a ghostly image painted underneath. Thus also with poetry . . . layers upon layers upon layers. Sediment of beauty and bone, sense and song.

It will be fabulous to have you with me in these travels. And now, be well . . . ingat (as we say in Filipino).

— Vince

NOTE: To pronounce "ingat," first say "Klingon," then drop off the /k/ and the /l/. Replace the ending /n/ sound with a /t/. Now change the short /i/ vowel to a long /e/ . . . EENG-aht. This Filipino word means "take care" and you can use it as a parting greeting. Be careful today . . . ingat, okay?

 

9 comments:

Barbara Jane Reyes said...

vince! welcome to blog world. glad to have stumbled upon you here, and am already appreciating your posts and poems very much.

Vince Gotera said...

Hi, BJanePR! Thanks so much for the good word. I would love to hear more of your reactions to the blog. I'm learning a lot about blogging from looking at your two blogs. Sige, ingat naman, ha? --V.

tetsyd said...

Thinks..........
Perhaps it is time for this old scientist to acquire a little artistic culture.............
And from what better source

Vince Gotera said...

Richard! Hello. Thanks for starting to read the blog. I'm sorry I didn't find your comment until over two weeks later. Hope you are well. --V.

Emily said...

Hi Vince! It was great meeting you Friday on the Northwestern McNair visit. What a joy to have stumbled upon your blog!

I have two friends who are from the Philippines, so I will have to surprise them by saying "ingat." - Is it Tagalog?

It amuses me greatly that the word you chose to explain the pronunciation was "Klingon." Brings back memories of Star Trek. Effective, and fitting coming from you.

Ingat,
Emily -the English major from Marquette

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imnotaverse said...

Hello Vince!

Thanks for visiting my blog. I'd be delighted to be featured but, just to be clear: the prompts I use are not my own; I have been following Haiku Heights http://haiku-heights.blogspot.co.uk/ and Poetic Asides http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides If you can't feature me because they are not my own prompts, I understand.

I like what you're doing here.

Regards,

Tilly

Vince Gotera said...

Hi, Tilly. That's not a problem at all. In fact I like that you are using Haiku Heights. Not many other NaPoWriMo-ers are. Okay, that will be going live very soon.

Shall I just call you "Tilly" or use given name and family name? If so, I'll need the latter.

--Vince

meenarose said...

Hi Vince: thank you for stopping by. I am amazed at this treasure trove you have introduced me too. I see I have much to enjoy and much more to learn. Yes, I would be delighted and honored to be featured in your blog. - Meena

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