Monday, May 30, 2016

The Prose Block & The Poet

I've tried to be a prose poet.

Danielle Mitchell defines the prose poem as "a poem written in sentences. It appears as a block of text without line breaks. You could think of a prose poem as a bowl or a box with poetry inside. Despite the look of the prose poem its ultimate goal is to retain its poetic qualities."


I wanted a book out of that phase until another way I started writing proved to be inconsistent with the way I wrote then. Now I don't know how to explain the difference between what I write now, and what I wrote then.

All I know is that most of the writers that inspired me to write that way stopped writing that way too. One of them is Oakland Poet Ben Mirov. Mirov's latest poetry collection is called ghost machines and it was put out by Slope Editions, more recently this year. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Bibliography & The Lyric Essay

It's about writing with no intentions whatsoever.

Brazilian Is Not a RaceThat's what draws me to poetry and the lyric essay. That's what drew me to Poet Maggie Nelson's Bluets. Where a lot of people considered that a lyric essay I've always considered it a collection of anecdotes/prose pieces about things she associates with the color blue.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Dictation & Writing


Does anyone remember Yak Baks?

You can Wikipedia and Google News it all you want, but the simplest way to put it is it's a toy that records and plays back so many seconds of everything you say. Where this isn't necessarily about Yak Baks the idea's always been relevant to me because I think a lot of my writing is dictated. I think a lot of this was said to myself before I wrote it down, and I think that's how a lot of my writing is. 

In an essay The Death of the Author by Roland Barthes,' he says "writing is the destruction of every voice, every origin."

This essay along with many others from The Rustle of Language is where I got the idea of using dictation to write. Ever since, I've always been interested in writers that use dictation.

In Transcriptionist Amy Rowland's essay Dictating a Masterpiece Rowland delves into the history of dictation, beginning with new software used to do it, "More and more writers are using voice recognition software, which is constantly improving and even has an app for the iPhone."

More recently in another article Melissa Broder is noted for dictating her entire essay collection So Sad Today into her iPhone. In the article mentioned before that Rowland says before such innovations came to be other writers like Fyodor Dostoevksy and John Milton dictated some of their most seminal works to their own personal stenographers. 

In an article I found on a dialogue Plato wrote titled Phaedrus the author says, "Socrates makes a case against writing by saying that the words themselves are not a complete representation of knowledge, but rather words are to knowledge as pictures are to their subjects."

Plato, in a way was used by Socrates as a stenographer, because he wrote down everything Socrates said, even though he didn't mean to make him do this. Plato just thought everything Socrates said should be written down and Socrates hated writing.

This is what makes Plato the Yak Bak of Socrates, and Socrates couldn't have cared less because he didn't care about writing. I'm this way with not only myself, but my friends. If I haven't said anything interesting all day on Twitter, I'll listen to other people for something interesting to post, making me the stenographer/Plato to my friends who are the writer/Socrates to my writing. 

"Writing is that neuter, that composite, that obliquity into which our subject flees, the black-and-white where all identity is lost, beginning with the very identity of the body that writes."(Barthes)

The process of finding the tools you need to write; the laptop/the website you're gonna open windows up to as soon as the lid is lifted/the pens/the pencils/the notebook/paper/scraps of paper, this is exactly what devices like the Yak Bak/stenographer eliminate. None of these sentences are being written the way they were originally said, because of everything I had to do to get this laptop open to blogspot. Too many modifications to these sentences were made within that frame of time that wouldn't have had to be if I only had a Yak Bak, or something like a stenographer.

Luckily I have myself. I'm my own Yak Bak, stenographer, or iPhone, because I just write down everything I say

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Notes from 3 Recorded Interviews I Did w 3 Writers I know from the Internet

These are notes I took away from recorded interviews I had with three writers I know from the internet, Paul Hanson Clark, Steve Roggenbuck, and Zachary Cosby. The subject of each of the interviews was social media. I wanted to see how much of their social media is used in their poetry to see if social media is an integral part of their writing process. This is what I walked away with. Just try to enjoy please

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Explanations of 5 Tweets I Posted Yesterday

My name is Jesse Prado and this is the first entry I'm making to my senior project. The subject of my senior project is the writing process. In other words what makes writers of any kind write, so I thought why not pick out five of your favorite tweets from yesterday, and explain to yourself, why you posted them, in order to explain to yourself, and possibly others, what your tweeting process is.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Steve Roggenbuck on Crunk Juice (interview)

Steve:  im in austin texas,staying with my friends katie and sam that i met from facebook!
Sent at 10:56 AM on Friday

me:  that's exciting, how long have you been out there

Steve:  about a week, im going to stay here for 2 more weeks,then im going to LA and up the west coast

me:  oh sweet man
are you meeting up with more people that you met on facebook
Sent at 10:58 AM on Friday

Steve:  yeah, actualy as i go west im planning to stay almost entirely with people i havent met in real life before haha.. on the east coast, i had met most of the people before

me:  nice, sounds like a project
Sent at 11:00 AM on Friday

Steve:  its kind of fun and even more its just a practical way for me to do what i want right now, because traveling is cheaper than paying rent, and at this point i can only make a little money doing hwat i want
Sent at 11:02 AM on Friday

me:  so you've been what, basically promoting Crunk Juice
Sent at 11:04 AM on Friday
me:  i'm looking up when that book was released

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Gabby G'abby


me: alright

Gabby: hai
you have been deflowered

me: i have
this is in fact my first gchat ever
and it feels great
i'm enjoying this
and more recently i've had the pleasure of enjoying your latest short story pretty flowers

Gabby: thank you

me: which dropped on valentines day
why don't you tell me some things about that short story
This chat is no longer off the record
Sent at 6:47 PM on Wednesday
me: send that again
i accidentally took us off the record or something

Gabby: send what again?
i didn't say anything yet