Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Clattery MacHinery on Poetry


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Posts Readied
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V. Sundaram's A Great Sant from Gujarat and Rajasthan (with rare translations of Dadu bhajans)

Luisetta Mudie's Climate Change and the Poetic Imagination

All-World Wrestling Poetry—a collection of 52 wrestling poems

Wrestling Poetry Project

. . . and don’t forget these Christmas poems

A Sunday Holiday of Fifty Negro Boys

Ten Thousand Thanks

Posing Aemilia Lanyer (as Shakespeare; as his Dark Lady; and as she posed)

The Pee in the Pool of On Line Poetry, by Terreson

Life and Death from Beijing: a Poetry Sequence by Luisetta Mudie and Dreamer Fei

Elliot’s Car & Sully’s Truck

The Long Abandon’d Hill, for Frank Wilson as he retires

Lite Verse with No Cholesterol or Trans Fat, by 33 Already Dead Poets, 6 Unknown Anyway

A Gaping-Wide-Mouth Waddling Frog, illustrated by Walter Crane

Today is World Samina Malik Day: Terrorize your lyrics

Whatever is

World Samina Malik Day December 6th

A Selection of Kitten Verse by Oliver Herford

The Ghost of the Susquehanna vs. the Curse of the Bambino

Free Burma!

Alley War Poetry

Taslima Nasreen: Women’s Rights vs the Holy Hell

The Long-Awaited, Unabating, Top 30 All-Time Greatest Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar

The Official Top 20 Countdown of the All Time Greatest Love Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar

Nikki Giovanni's "We Are Virginia Tech"

Gill Dennis on Johnny Cash & voice in poetry

The Ella Wheeler Wilcox Top 30 Countdown

"The Scent of Ensure" by J. Shawcross

Blue Kookaburra

The Lyric Minutiae (or the ee(cummings) in (katharine mcph)ee)

Sources say writer and journalist Fessehaye “Joshua” Yohannes has died in detention

By Myself Pouring Wine as the Moon Shines

Warning to Other Writers About Using Blogger

Li Bai drinking alone (with the moon, his shadow, & 32 translators)

Turning the pages of William Blake's notebook online

Amnesty International: Well-known satirist Sakit Zahidov imprisoned following an unfair trial with questionable evidence

Sir Francis Bacon on Poetry

Misplaced Leisure Water: The Displaced Function of Poetry

from Poem a Day: "New Year Snow" by Frances Horovitz

Sonny's Lettah by Linton Kwesi Johnson (LKJ)

J. Geils Band's 'Floyd's Hotel': A place to get our poetic souls back

"’Twas the Night Before Christmas," illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

Christmastime at Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s

Adonis: 'We, in Arab society, do not understand the meaning of freedom'

Blue Luge

Mary and The Maid, cleaning up the place

Some Embers & Sonnets of Gilbert Parker

Butterfly Wisdom, poet unknown

Warning: A stark poem on the gruesome murder of Addie Hall

Faith's Review and Expectation by John Newton (Amazing Grace, that is)

Over Emily Dickinson’s for Thanksgiving: 16 Poems

From Pining Poem to Haunting Anthem: "Dark Eyes" by Yevhen Hrebinka

Verse for Veterans: First Foe to Flanders Fields

September 30, 2006: Massacre. September 29, 1960: Tenzin Gyatsu’s prayer.

I am sorry you had to leave Reine

Wrestling With Poetry in November

The All Time Top Ten Greatest Poems of Scotland

Daniel Webster: Great American Orator on Poetry

David Kirby: his poetry, Kirbyisms, & video

Ko Un

A Conversation on Experimental Fiction and Now Poetry

Mark Doty Physically: "Heaven for Paul"

Poetry Festivals Worldwide: This weekend, the Dodge

Punky Dunk and the Spotted Pup

The Babes in the Wood: a Randolph Caldecott Picture Book

Green Grape Cakes

By what act or department of Congress?

Billy Collins: An Evening with the former U.S. Poet Laureate

Jack Kerouac, the 20th Century's Greatest Poet: One Hour of Video


Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Warning to Other Writers About Using Blogger

Some of you may know that I have another poetry blog that is not kept under a pseudonym.

There are several reasons I use Bud Bloom. Here are four.

1. A pseudonym is psychologically liberating. Each time I write as Bud Bloom, I re-enter the world with no other role other than to tackle the subject matter at hand.

2. If you know who I am, you are probably a "friend", someone I have chosen to share my identity with. In this way, Bud Bloom is like a secret hand shake. I get to share thoughts that come from the real me with those of my choosing, those I trust.

3. Alternatively, I may choose that certain people have no clue that I participate in this activity. It's not something that happens often, but every once in a while, I meet someone I would not like to share that I have this blog as a reflective aspect of my personality. This has nothing to do with shame, by the way, although for other writers, I could see that it could.

4. With a pseudonym, I may be bold and say things, take political or religious positions that others may hate. If they hate these ideas, they may want to look me up and bring me harm. When I am not Bud Bloom, I am the easiest person to find, a sitting duck.

A serious fault in the Blogger conversion program, has merged my two identities. When I am not blogging as Bud Bloom, it is important that people know who I am. This is different from my day job that makes me the easy mark. It has to do with poetry, and goals. Therefore, I would like to be able to be "looked up" and easily identified. As relatively popular as this blog has become, the other is both more popular and more relied upon by others. I must be able to have my real name when I choose to blog with it.

By merging the two identities, it is as if Blogger is forcing me and other writers to make a choice. The problem is that I had already made my choice to have both.

If all my posts at my other blog and around the Blogger world were by "Bud Bloom," it would be very clear who Bud Bloom really is. My pseudonym, which I have had for years before blogging ever existed, would be revealed in the blogosphere. It would then be obvious who Bud Bloom was in other realms as well. In fact, last month, Blogger was responsible for revealing this to the entire blogging world through their Blogger conversion program.

I may have to delete this blog. I imagine that writers around the world have not complained, but simply felt the heat and deleted the blogs that put them at risk, hopefully before their identities were revealed to the wrong people, hopefully before they were marked for death or an investigation was opened that would imprison them for ideas they expressed.

Why not convert to WordPress or something? Because the new blog precludes this conversion to other software. I imagine the reason is that Blogger will be charging for these services soon, and does not want anyone "escaping". I may have folded if it had to do with such economic hijinks. But, when it has to do with my freedom of expression. I cannot. I write.

I have been e-mailing Blogger "support" for weeks now. They took weeks to respond, and once Karl started in, he failed to read what the issue was, and converted all my posts everywhere to Bud Bloom again. He e-mailed me, telling me he fixed the problem. I immediately e-mailed him back, and he changed things such that I could only post elsewhere as "Bud Bloom"--another shallow reading of the problem, and another quick "fix".

I have e-mailed him every other day since for over a week, and he does not respond. It is as if he has written on a docket "problem fixed by yours truly, Karl superstar, once again" or this issue has been placed into another queue as I await another member of the Blogger Team to take over. I should not think through this situation so much. Maybe Karl is just on an employee-of-the-month vacation or something.


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