funding [ send and receive ] via kickstarter

This morning I spent some time at the Milwaukee Zen Center. After morning meditation and work, we had lunch. Its so simple to sit and eat together, and share perspectives. While this unfolded I kept thinking about how America is not a problem to be solved, nor are the American people.

Our lunch table conversation differed so from what unfolds in social media. The shallowness of the internet conversation, the need for the immediate solution. News media has fractured – if you have different politics than your friends, you will see a very different news world online. We have lost the Edward R. Murrow perspective.

Who is the author of the single narrative that explains us to ourselves?

This afternoon I thought about how to return to this funding activity. And the thing I was hiding – the artist-dialogue around [ send and receive ] and why I think its important to make this work – well, no time like the present.

The communication process is depicted as a circular flow chart to depict constant movement between the sender and receiver. If the process is disrupted, it is usually due to interference in the communication channel between sender and receiver. – source

[ send and receive ] will have multiple screens. One on a monitor just outside the door of the gallery, one inside the gallery, and one on the internet. If you’re standing in the door at that monitor, you’ll be able to see the people texting or sending photos to the big screen in the gallery. And unseen by any parties on the ground will be the internet view.

When a person texts or sends a photo to the screen, most of the time they will show up, and most of the time they will be legible. This is where the glitch comes in. Will it be visible on-screen? Perhaps –

Please share the Kicksarter page link – [ ] – to help me meet my goal. I have 6 days to climb another 2/3 of the way to $1850.

Ever grateful for your help ~


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Jessica Fenlon

kickstart my chapbook : no experiences

You’ve heard of kickstarter, right? It is popularly known as a funding source for films, for software development, for funding gadgets. Erin Watson used it to fund something different. She used Kickstarter to publish a poetry chapbook.

The work arrived in response to her experience reading @Horse_ebooks on twitter. Jotting down favored sentence fragments from the twitter feed, she built poems around them line by line, “allowing the @Horse_ebooks style of uncanny abstraction to creep into these poems”, as she wrote in the author’s note.

Words splayed
Like sick things, yawning in disregard
along a chasm

I’m no stranger to the @Horse_ebooks twitter phenomenon; several of my friends on twitter are enamored of it. The lovely fragments of language-idea floats past as retweets every few days. Of course she wrote poems from this oracle, as she calls it. The best kind of tweets are potent seeds for the others reading that content. Twitter is the medium for poets, the best way to dispose of unused lines of poetry in public.

She named the chapbook “no experiences”. For me, this is clear. The poems are created via slow accumulation of language, testing one word after another. Ms Watson’s poems become word mobiles to read, consider, read again. The shorter poems dense with reference become rich toffees to chew and savor.

That fatal flaw,
the earnest flame
that’s blistering my feet.

The language-aggregates consciously created from the experience of other language, the tweets Ms Watson collected from twitter. These are not the plainsong of story, the authentic voice emerging to manage the deep emotion provoked by the harder expereinces made by living (though at least one poem points to the capacaty for poetry to perform that function). These woody little structures are the joy of a tasteable, touchable language, a writer making for the joy of making in response to some abstract synchronicity of language-based experience.

Sized to fit your hand with ASCII art re-making the @Horse_ebooks twitter avatar. Buy in person for $10 at Uncharted Books, Logan Square, Chicago IL. Also see  Book designed and typeset by Nick Disabato in Chicago, IL. Printed by Scout Books in Portland, OR. Funded by you on Kickstarter.