diction / depiction / est. 2009

INTENTIONS

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.

I CONFRONT

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

new moon

we were always

the worst window

but a decent wave

we wane

we are the same

in the middle of the ocean

float with the vigilance of

administrators of poverty

super-saturation

is a goal

LET’S HURL THE ROAR

READY

for your birthday I

give you my right to vote

good bye, dudes,

I’m a raw fish

good bye

a year of no dreams/ Lindsay Allison Ruoff

hands of snakes

shaking hands

with snakes

I confront:

having a

woman’s heart

the fat brown

squirrels playing

on the gaudy

Russian tombs

sun up to sun down

“you don’t have

to get over it

you don’t have

to do anything”

DECIDUOUS LIFE

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

indentured to.

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

existentially speaking

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

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

longing

the trick

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.

ISSUE 3.5 / MORE VIDEO

Long awaited, and it is now right here. You can view & read the latest, tiny issue of Lexicon Polaroid entirely online.

Go here to read LP3.5: MORE VIDEO.

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.

LP3.5 / MORE VIDEO

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.

<3,

Michael

P.S. - The reading period for issue 4 will soon be open!

SOON: LP3.5, LP4, LPmore

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.

Buy Lexicon Polaroid Issue 3 from Powell’s: http://ow.ly/wNgAF

Buy Lexicon Polaroid Issue 3 on Amazon: http://ow.ly/wNgX8

Buy it directly from us: http://ow.ly/wNh7W

HERE COME THE AMAZONS

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.

GO HERE TO PURCHASE POETRY ON THE INTERNET.

openmikeharper:

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 &amp; down-and-out, and he’s a sack of feelings &amp; he gives them freely. Despite what he might tell you, he is full of love.
Alex has a poem in the latest Dum Dum Zine. You can read it here, and you should also read his poem, “Here’s Looking at You, Kid,” in Lexicon Polaroid #3, which inspired this video.

openmikeharper:

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.

Alex has a poem in the latest Dum Dum Zine. You can read it here, and you should also read his poem, “Here’s Looking at You, Kid,” in Lexicon Polaroid #3, which inspired this video.

(Source: michaelstevenharper)

A few polaroids from the release party for Lexicon Polaroid Issue 3 at Reading Frenzy. Pick up a copy of LP3 here, or here at Powell’s City of Books, or at Reading Frenzy.