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03 September 2009 @ 02:06 pm
Well since Michaels doesn’t stock the products they say they do, I have to order my screen printing supplies and wait a few weeks to start working on my proofs…

So I am off on another tangent, finding inexpensive card stock and envelopes. If anyone has any suggestions for stores or outlets or websites I would love them.
sound: MTX, Milk Milk Lemonade
31 August 2009 @ 09:51 am
So once I graduated Grad School I swore I would have time to relax. Oh, I was just fooling myself. Wedding planning began and my need to have everything exactly the way I would want it has caused me to want to do everything myself.

On the plus side the reception venue is booked (or as much as it can be for now. Apparently places in Pennsylvania think that signing a contract is overrated). The save-the-dates are designed and ordered. And today I am going to get some emulsion and a new screen to print a proof of the invite, the save the date text, and the thank you notes.

I am also searching for a teaching job and a house…
sound: Nirvana, Where Did You Sleep Last Night
07 April 2009 @ 11:37 am
I am starting a petition to add five to ten hours to each day. It would really help me out.
sound: green day.
10 March 2009 @ 09:54 am
I am reviewing and evaluating manuscripts for my internship...and with every one I don't like I feel like I am attracting bad karma...

also I am patiently waiting for my new screen printer all-in-one to come in the mail.
sound: last night. screeching weasel.
27 February 2009 @ 03:34 pm

..yeah. I have no idea what was on tv...it looks intense though.
sound: dummy up. schreeching weasel

I wrote a poem about this bridge once.

I love even this part of town at night.

Going home.
sound: ...that took you farther than you ever thought you'd want to go
13 February 2009 @ 11:02 am
11 February 2009 @ 07:53 pm
I haven't been living up to that...but...I will I swear...

...just after I...
     ...catch up on Lost
          ...finish editing my poetry collection... 
                ...find some journals that will want to publish my poems... 
                      ...get everything settled with my internship... 
                            ...finish my MFA 
                                   ...scan all my photos so incase my apartment is ever 
                                         engulfed in flames my memories will be digitally safe... 

                                                                                                                                  ...I'll be more consistent. I swear.
sound: The Loved Ones. on shuffle
Jeffrey McDaniel’s collection, The Endarkenment recreates the life for and ex-junkie, ex-alcoholic transplanted from Philly to New York City. The second poem in the collection, “Origins” McDaniel shows the reader where he is from, how he grew up, and introduces the reader to the man that will be narrating the poems that follow. “I’m from touch football in parking lots and street-corner Romeos” (1) to “I’m from sucker punches and a mouthful of blood spit in my face” (17) to “I’m from you gonna front like the hard guy you better back that shit up” (21). This poem encapsulates innocence, loss of innocence, fear, false confidence, bravado, drugs, guns, sex, and survival that will permeate the rest of the collection.

McDaniel’s poems in The Endarkenment all come from a specific voice, a voice that is just as comfortable with spray painting his tag on the subway as he is explaining is lack of sympathy for his drug addicted mother as he is with the poetry of William Carlos Williams.

This collection blends vernacular language, gritty images, drugs, sarcasm, and poetic technique to compose an unconventional voice that demands its place in the world of poetics.

McDaniel, Jeffrey. The Endarkenment. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburg Press, 2008.
sound: bad religion. no substance
17 January 2009 @ 09:54 am
Back in September I went away for a weekend and when I got into my car Monday morning to drive to work I discovered that channel 29 Punk Radio had been replaced with AC/DC. The prerecorded djs kept letting me know that the take over was temporary, so once a week I would push #1 on my radio presets in hopes of hearing some Descendents or Bouncing Souls. But I would see AC/DC Radio week after week after week. After a month I called Sirius to see what was up, the only advice was to email the djs to request songs (I’m sorry, I thought that I had an ipod so I could listen to songs I already know I want to hear) until they knew if they were going to bring the Punk Radio back.

When XM and Sirius merged I had renewed hope that a punk station would be brought back, twice the listeners, twice the demand. But no avail, months later there is no sign of the punks rising. But I have accepted it, and am laughing at myself. I spent the last 11 years listening to punk, not trusting the establishment, and relishing in the subculture, only to take the bait as soon as it was waved in front of my face. A 24 hour punk channel for only $13 a month? Sign me up! I never thought twice, never thought to question this corporate cooptation of an anti-establishment music. So, Sirius Radio, you got me. I was naive and should have expected this. All those years of being told I was an outsider should have made me weary…but I was just too excited to hear Ben Weasel’s voice as I flipped through stations. You have my money and a contract through the end of the year, but you taught me a great lesson - only trust punk music on the radio if the channel doesn’t come in quite clear, because the local college doesn’t have enough signal strength, those kids are the ones who should be getting that music out over the radio waves.
sound: strung out. firecracker.