Project Notes (Archived)

Below are the posts I wrote concerning influences upon the project and ideas I had for, most of which went nowhere. Here they are, since I don’t want them on the front page and I don’t feel like deleting them yet.

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The Influence of R. Crumb on This Project (and its Author)

Published on: Apr 20, 2009 @ 0:41



I’ve been a big fan of R. Crumb since a friend of mine introduced me to his comics in high school. He has undoubtedly had an influence on my sexual imagination, probably to the same extent as William S. Burroughs and his Cities of the Red Night trilogy. It is this realm that I am exploring with this series of poems, which should continue to expand over the next several months. R. Crumb’s representations of sexuality and lust are a conscious influence from here out.

The images below should lay out some of the themes from Crumb’s work that will figure in His & Hers. I found them online. I may add some more of my favorites later on when I have time to scan them.

I guess this is an admission that, deep inside, I am one sick fuck.

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sexism

sexism

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feminism

feminism

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race

race

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racism

racism

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shameless perversity

shameless perversity

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uncensored male fantasy

uncensored male fantasy

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male inadequacy / sub-dom

male inadequacy / sub-dom

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school girls

school girls

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delicious, meaty women

delicious, meaty women

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The Project Continues

Published on: Jul 1, 2009 @ 0:11

At last I’m returning to work on this project. Today I’ve reworked the source input file, removing all of the Project Gutenberg texts because they were seriously watering down the language I wanted for this project. I add Delta of Venus (I thought I had already) and now I need to balance the sexually charged content with more political and internet babble. I’m currently grabbing blog posts and comment streams from The Nation Blogs. The source text links on the side of the page are up to date.

I’m still building up the output selections file. New poems will follow soon.

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Project Reading List

Published on: Jul 4, 2009 @ 1:11

Besides reading some of the input texts as they are fed into the mix, I also have been reading some books lately that are generating for the project a clearer ethos than I’ve had set I set it aside earlier this year. I’m remembering what the impulses behind this work were.

Some books on the list: Carolyn Nordstrom’s Shadows of War, Lust (from the Seven Deadly Sins lecture series) by Simon Blackburn, Violence by Slavoj Zizek, Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing by Helene Cixous and, invariably, a Buddhist Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon, In the Buddha’s Words by Bhikkhu Bodhi (ed.).

I have found repeatedly that non-fiction, especially historical, anthorpological, socialogical and philosophical/religious texts are much more inspirational to me when working on projects than any type of literature or literary text, including other poetry. I suppose it makes me feel a greater connection to (and better perspective on) the world outside of myself and my art – something in great need of encouragement always.

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The Project is Closed

Published on: Aug 27, 2009 @ 14:56

closed-signIt seems that I have just moved on from this project now, probably no returning to it. I’ve already blabbed on too much about these poems and my process (blahblahblah) — it’s time to just stop. The poems have been removed from the site in hopes of finding them a home in a journal somewhere where they may be (hopefully) more widely appreciated.

Chow! Ahr Revwar!

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2 responses to “Project Notes (Archived)

  1. I stumbled upon your page while searching Google Images for R. Crumb drawings … I don’t think it’s sick at all! I wish more men had the same proclivities as you LOL!
    Also – I can’t figure out where to go to see your project, or find out more about what it is.
    — A Woman Who Looks Like An R. Crumb Drawing

    • Hi Nipper Seaturtle. The project was a digital poetry work-in-progress, although I sort of abandoned and forgot about it. The five poems (JPGs) on the Home page is all that was completed of it. I’ve been working along a similar vein for the past few years now, but with the Gnoetry 0.2 computer program instead of mchain. The 6x6x6 project is the most similar to His and Hers, by which I mean it combines politics, sexual content, and a voice which challenges standard conventions of authorship, i.e. is primarily “other-than-me” or “multiple.” You can see the 6x6x6 poems and all of my other poetry of the past several years at Gnoetry Daily, where I post as eRoGK7.
      And thanks for the lovely comment 🙂

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