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November 16th, 2009

Seventh Month Posting_mission101


April 1, 2009 - December 31, 2011


One New Task Completed

Reading

10. Collect 100 favorite poems_(100/ 100)_DONE & DONE
I can see where these poems may shift and change a little over the next couple of years but each one has meaning, so I've already begun collecting up the images -a 2010 task-to go along with each poem, five done so far !! I should easily be ready to compile the book by 2011.
The 2nd poem on the list is 'Morning' a love poem by Frank O'Hara to Vincent Warren. In searching for photos I found these
which, beyond what I understand to be his charming personality and keen intellect, should give you some little indication why O'Hara loved him so. And in this case, clicking on the images really does enhance your viewing experience.

Tasks in progress (partial)
Art
1. 09_Study Abstract Expressionism
Mark Stevens & Annalyn Swan_de kooning
A Pulitzer-Prize winning biography of one of Abstract Expressionism's greatest masters, Williem de Kooning, an amazing read of a long life fully and completely realized despite the odds set against him early on and not without his controversy and pain.
2. 09_Study of Johns & Rauschenberg & contemporaries
Christel Hollevoet -Compiler, Jasper Johns Writings, Sketchbook Notes, Interviews
Johns, being the extremely reticent man he is, I never thought i would get any kind of personal view of him, but with this book, I've come closer than I ever thought I would. The interviews span four decades and there are gentle shifts in Johns's answers, thought processes, life views that gradually allowed me insight into this enigmatic man. If it's possible to fall in love with someone I'll never meet let alone know, I'm pretty certain I have.
3 - 5. 09_Complete three large collages/ drawings_(2/ 3)
First Small Drawing with details details
Second Small Drawing with details details
Third Small Drawing with details details
Fourth Small Drawing
with details details details and all of which equals one large drawing

Writing
3. Do one experimental style short story per month & post_(5/ 11 months)
This is really less about monthly, the ideal, than making sure I write. The fifth story, July, is done but you’ll have to take my word for it. It’s a letter I’ve been wanting to write for a long time. I finally did, I sent it and MAY post if I receive an answer letter. It is posted but Private. We’ll see.
The second is a kind of memoir and can be found here

Reading
1. Read every book offered up at my book club_(3/ 18?)
October Lori Lansens's Girls
A strange little novel about conjoined twins, two very different woman who tell their story in alternating chapters.
5. Read one additional fic/ non-fic book per month_(7/ 34)
Shapard & Thomas’s Sudden Fiction: American Short-short Stories
I got this from Lauren's friend Jimmy. It's from the late 1980's when writers were trying to define, I guess, what has become known as flash-fiction with each story just one to five pages long and containing all that a short story contains except detailed plot. I found the stories interesting, some more so than others, but I also found consistently that I wanted more.Seems like this might be a good way to work up ideas for a short story or novella.
6. Read poetry_(7/ 34)
Rainer Marie Rilke’s The Book of Images
I read this too fast, I'll have to go back and read it again.
9. Read books about writing or poetry_(7/ 34)
Strunk’s the Elements of Style
An exceedingly useful tool for any writer and how charming are the illustrations?

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