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>Language >Place blog carnival #11: Anniversary Edition

In Blog Carnivals / Events, Celebrations on 10/29/2011 at 06:14

Happy anniversary to Dorothee Lang’s BluePrint blog carnival >Language >Place!

>Language >Place is a regular gathering of Read the rest of this entry »

Tr(ash)/D(ash): PicFic

In About All Publications, About Word Works on 01/30/2011 at 07:03

Two companion picofictions now published in PicFic–the Folded Word Press Twitterzine.

They are referred to as  ‘companion’ stories because of this:
They are separately authored, yet collaboratively conceptualized and edited.

I wrote one, Dorothee Lang wrote one–they follow each other in either direction.

The links, here:

Dorothee Lang > D(ash)
Karyn Eisler > Tr(ash)

Dorothee’s virtual notes feature an excerpt from the invitation that sparked our words.

Other PicFic authors who’ve written about ‘ash’ include:
Simon KewinNathalie Boisard-BeudinS. Kay

List(less): unFold

In About All Publications, About Word Works on 10/06/2010 at 16:24

I consider the shapes of actions and thoughts–how particular formations are often assigned either positive or negative value; how they are associated with either progress or regression; how the meaning of things–shapes included–are situated within cultural and historical contexts.

I focus my musings on squares and circles–linearity and circularity, respectively. I carve my thoughts into a micro-text–List(less). It appears in unFold–a California-based Twitter-zine edited by Rose Auslander and published by Folded Word Press. The zine features “poems/stanza’s in 140 characters or less”.

Here it is:

List(less) / unFold

Catch & Release: A Handful of Stones

In About All Publications, About Word Works, Random Curiosities on 09/08/2010 at 04:34

Not long ago, I wrote about the human practice of assigning homo-sapiens the names of non-human animals.

Now, in a ‘stone’ called ‘Catch & Release’, I offer a cross-species sporting reference to a mate-selection ritual used by some individuals. The 22 words–in all their glory–appear in the U.K.-based web-zine A Handful of Stones. According to editor Fiona Robyn, a small stone is a very short piece of writing that precisely captures a fully-engaged moment.

To read ‘Catch & Release’,
click the fish below:

A note about the image: I captured it while staring through water, looking down at a pond, standing on the bridge behind Festetics Castle in Keszthely, Hungary–the place where ‘Catch & Release’ was conceived.

And a question:

Do you use non-human animal references to describe assorted human activities and practices?


Red/White/Blue: Referential

In About All Publications, About Image Works on 08/03/2010 at 19:20

I have a new image up in Referential Magazine–a place where literary and visual artists connect their creations to work already published in the journal.

My photograph–Red/White/Blue–refers to Annmarie Lockhart’s poem with a similarly colored, yet differently punctuated, title: ‘Red, White and Blue’. The title of Lockhart’s work, and the poem itself, brought to mind my image, sitting in neutral, hiding in my archive, all but forgotten. Now, I’m happy to say that our works live together on a page of their own. Here’s the link:

Red/White/Blue [Eisler] + Red, White and Blue [Lockhart]

The image has roots in the ever-changing painting below–a work in perpetual progress like a chalkboard with spontaneous additions and deletions whenever I feel inclined to play with it. It hangs behind me on the wall in ‘The Lab’ where I work.

The birthing details of Red/White/Blue?

One day, a while back, I took three detail photos of the painting, digitally morphed them beyond recognition, then put them together like a puzzle.

The Fickle Consumer: PicFic

In About All Publications, About Word Works on 07/23/2010 at 15:07

I find contradictions between morality and ethics interesting–those disconnections that sometimes exist between a person’s notions of right and wrong (or good and bad) and their daily practice of living. Another curiosity is the extent to which people shift their morality retrospectively in light of their behavior and decisions. I find these topics even more compelling when the forces of consumer culture are factored in.

I explore these curiosities in a Twitter length story–140 characters or less. It appears in PicFic–a California-based picofiction online magazine.

Here it is → The Fickle Consumer

(Re)Vision: PicFic

In About All Publications, About Word Works on 07/01/2010 at 19:53

It’s both an honor and thrill to be the invited PicFic Featured Contributor for July.
This means that four of my Twitter-length fictions will appear in PicFic this month, and also on the journal’s Twitter-feed — one per week.

The first in the series is entitled (Re)Vision. The direct link is → here.

Now that’s it’s published, I have a confession:

While (Re)Vision is certainly a story, it’s a bit of a stretch to call it fiction.

Why, you might ask?

Well, the source of (Re)Vision goes back to my childhood, my days in grade school, the era of 70’s television. And when it comes to 70’s TV, it’s no secret that ‘The Brady Bunch’ was IT for me. I blogged about it recently here.

Of all the Brady characters, Jan was my idol — something about her pensive look, her emotions, blonde hair, the braces, her glasses. Jan was cool. No doubt about it. I wanted to be her, so I did what I could:

pensive, emotional → no problem
hair → used a product called ‘Sun In’ to lighten my locks
braces → got them in high school; late, but better than never
glasses → this one took work …

Blinked my eyes incessantly. Closed them hard. Told my parents I couldn’t see. They took me to the ophthalmologist. He tested my eyes, and like clockwork, the plan worked…or so I thought. He said I needed glasses to solve the vision problem. But the blinking issue — a sign of allergies, he said — called for another course of action. He instructed my parents to:

Get. Rid. Of. Our. Dog.

That’s right.

When I confessed to my parents that all was a lie, that I could see very well, that I voluntarily forced the hard blinking, that I loved my dog…they didn’t believe me one bit.

So, I got the wire-rimmed glasses I wanted so badly but didn’t need. And our beloved dog, Scrubby, left our family–went off to a farm for good. We never held him again in our arms–all because of me (and Jan, of course).

Now back to my story Re(Vision):

Karma, perhaps?

Tracks: BPR #24

In About All Publications, About Image Works on 06/12/2010 at 13:52

That day with my camera at Waterfront Station, standing on the elevated walkway, shipping yards and loading docks in the distance, I look down at the tracks, and think about choices and all that comes with them:

beginnings and endings, distractions, mergers and divisions …

I see the fabric of life:

challenges, happy accidents, well-worn patterns …

My photo entitled ‘Tracks’ appears in BluePrintReview #24 — the microcosmos issue.

BPR editor Dorothee Lang pairs the image with words by Vancouver poet Daniela Elza.

The direct link is here:

Tracks [Karyn Eisler] + The Math Ex.am [Daniela Elza]

NewPages.com describes BluePrintReview as “an online journal constructed to ease the complex and beautiful convergence of language and art and all the possibilities this entails.”

And a question:

When you see tracks, what thoughts come to you?

Induction/Deduction: Otoliths

In About All Publications, About Hybrid Works on 05/01/2010 at 18:27

For me, this was a first — a three-person, three-country, digital collaboration:

Dorothee Lang, Germany + Karyn Eisler, Canada + Susan Gibb, USA

The result?

Two visual poems published in Issue #17 of Otoliths:
an Australian-based “magazine of many e-things”.

Here’s the direct link: Induction/Deduction

Funny how this came together:

Dorothee and I were in the midst of a two-person collaboration on a hypertext project (still in the works), e-mailing back-and-forth. Alongside discussions about the mechanics of the project itself, we also shared thoughts about our creative process; our decision-making methods; the different forms of reasoning involved. Dorothee suggested these discussions might serve as the foundation for yet another project. And this is where Susan — a hypertext whiz we’d been consulting with — came in.  From there, a three-way collaboration evolved.

Dorothee’s account of the process here. Susan’s account of the process here.


An interesting note about Otoliths:

Founding editor, Mark Young, publishes each online issue in book form.
Otoliths #17–the issue in which these images appear–is available here.

And a question:

In your creative process, which form(s) of reasoning do you use?