(above : dance / poetry / perception / text / light / film / undoing / doing )
The reading period for the fourth issue of Lexicon Polaroid is now open. The first two issues of LP took poetry and interpreted it as illustration. The third issue turned poetry into video. Issue 3.5 did the very same thing.
(above: “Embers” by Keith Fenter, based on the poem “Steamboat Willy” by Noland Chaliha, from LP3)
The fourth issue of LP will be making a jump further into the physical inspiration that comes from poetry.
(above: Hank Peterson, a dancer for LP4, being a poem)
For LP4, we will be taking the work of eight poets and handing it over to dancers and choreographers to turn into movement. As always, the poems will remain anonymous to the dancers, and the dancers will have several weeks to read and work with the poems. The next issue will be presented as a printed journal along with a dance performance to in Portland, Oregon in April 2015.
The guidelines for poetry submissions are simple:
Send up to 5 poems of reasonable length to email@example.com. Poetry submissions are due by October 31, 2014.
Dancers have been selected, but I am reading poetry submissions now! If you’ve been featured in LP before, please hold off for a couple issues Know we ain’t into schmaltz. Send your best. Be heartbreaking.
Intentions / Zosia Wiatr // film by B Timon // from LP3.5
To believe in singularity is to believe in the self: the self in a vast park, the self in a poem, the reactionary self. To believe in discontinuity is to believe in the self in relation to others. The runway points in almost all directions, with local variations as options.
The definition of commitment is in flux, but still worth pursuing, if it means comme passion or comme quelque chose de rose. In the chrysalis, the caterpillar ceases to exist. Every day, we are taxed. Every day, margins are written in. Every day, you, and then every day
after you. A circle of my sphere was discharged—
this afternoon, I call to it, call it back.
MONAD / Lindsay Allison Ruoff
I don’t want a man unless
he’s perfect in Miami
begin my unpaid mediumship
as the television
thinking I could be your
we were always
the worst window
but a decent wave
we are the same
in the middle of the ocean
float with the vigilance of
administrators of poverty
is a goal
LET’S HURL THE ROAR
for your birthday I
give you my right to vote
good bye, dudes,
I’m a raw fish
a year of no dreams/ Lindsay Allison Ruoff
hands of snakes
the fat brown
on the gaudy
sun up to sun down
“you don’t have
to get over it
you don’t have
to do anything”
WE ARE A VISTA / Hajara Quinn // film by Roland Wu // from LP3.5
A window is only as strong
as its weakest view.
My eyes go on importing
more than they export.
Windchimes in the month of March.
Windchimes in June.
This is the view I’m
PRETERNATURALLY SPEAKING / Hajara Quinn // film by Roland Wu
Ontologically I was a drumroll
even if empirically and categorically
I was a caterpillar in the grass.
I led a plush and deciduous life
while you led an ethically fraught one.
Aesthetically you were never confessional
but technically you were on your knees
and basically I was the wall of sound.
Metaphysically, though not
ostentatiously, I was hung up on
the Grand Canyon.
Perfunctorily we were an excerpt
from a longer work
but we never did learn
how to effectively use one another
in a sentence.
When it came to definitions
you were resolute.
When it came to atomic weight
I was a birthstone.
Theoretically I was spinning out
into the world in the fingers of the future
whose golden spindle I was,
but in practice I was still only a drumroll.
Longitude / Zosia Wiatr // film by B Timon // from LP3.5
Measurement expressed in either digresser by some corresponding difference in time.
Longitude longitude longitude
Longing longing longing I
is how to wriggle out of it
without killing it.
It is improbable that any one person would have an obliquity in the direction of many others. 7 billion hearts and myriad obliquities.
Longitude acts differently on bodies that are not the earth, of which you are one.
If the earth were perfectly spherical and homogeneous, we would still cry when listing the cities we made love in by order of latitude, beginning in the west and heading east, if that’s where we settled finally.
How many cities, only a few. Never in a villa, but once by an inlet.
I don’t know where you are. I don’t know if you are alive. I expect to love you for an aeon, approximately.
Long awaited, and it is now right here. You can view & read the latest, tiny issue of Lexicon Polaroid entirely online.
Each film in this issue is based on a different poem or set of poems. The filmmakers didn’t know the poets, not even their names, while reading, interpreting, & creating these videos. As always, what’s come of these six poems is different & similar to the heart of where it started. Read, watch, & enjoy.
In this issue: Zosia Wiatr, Lindsay Allison Ruoff, Hajara Quinn, B Timon, Liz Mehl, Sara Woods, & Roland Wu.
We’ll have a reading & screening in Portland this month. Keep yr eyes peeled for details on the party.
The next issue of Lexicon Polaroid will soon be ready to burn yr retinas. Keep your eyes to the screen this September for new poems from Zosia Wiatr, Lindsay Allison Ruoff, and Hajara Quinn, with videos by Roland Wu, B Timon, Liz Mehl & Sara Woods. A release party / screening / dance party will be involved. In the meantime, rewatch the videos from Issue 3 and think about yr feelings.
P.S. - The reading period for issue 4 will soon be open!
In the Spring of 2015, the fourth issue of Lexicon Polaroid will exist. More details will come about our first DANCE issue towards the end of summer. What does the beginning of summer hold for us, then?
LP3.5: MORE FILM
A small, hand-picked selection of poems by three Portland poets will be turned into films by three fantastic filmmakers. Just like LP3, LP3.5 will let video makers do anything they wish with the poems they’ve been given as prompts. A screening & reading & hootenanny will occur in July, celebrating the release of this tiny issue.
For those of you who did not get a copy of Issue 3, there are many left. Buy a copy at Powell’s City of Books, on Amazon, or directly from us here.
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Issue 3 of LP is now available from that big bastard, Amazon.com. And because it’s National Give A Shit About Poetry Month, LP3 will be on sale for $10 all month long.
The handsome piece of velcro pictured above is Alexander Moore. He’ll feel you out and up, and he’ll make you feel up and at ‘em & down-and-out, and he’s a sack of feelings & he gives them freely. Despite what he might tell you, he is full of love.