Fibonacci Poetry

On StumbleUpon, I recently found a collection of Shelley Batts’ work that demonstrated Fibonacci Poems. I was instantly intrigued by this new form, which relies on the Fibonacci Sequence. If you’re like me, this is a familiar but extraneous remnant of your middle school knowledge, but it’s fun to play with the form and think about things adding up as you move along in the poem–it adds a natural momentum that you can see as well as hear. While the examples I found applied each number in the sequence to the number of syllables per line, I chose to focus on each number as the amount of words I could use per line.

Cartography

One
word
then two
then three more
and over and over again
until I’m outlined on sheets of loose leaf,
my life whittled down to seas of spilled ink, the graphite boundaries loose
and shifting like sand, each slant a mountain, each dip a holler, each pink smudge attempting to hide my heart’s topography.

Thanksgiving

After dinner, my father asked me
if I had a “type”, and I could have said yes,
I have an agonizingly predictable soft spot
for long-legged girls with flaxen hair
and eyes as steely and brilliant as bluefish,
girls who crash their mouths into mine
like bumper cars and smirk as they cup my crotch,
girls whose fingers cut paths through my hair,
who aren’t as tough as they seem, who use me
to forget about their boyfriends for a little while,
long enough that I stop remembering
that I wasn’t made to be loved fully, that I
am a willing and desperate distraction, that I
am only keeping their beds warm until the other men
come home and I am just a secret they’ve covered up
with makeup, but instead of all that, I hung a crooked
semi-smile between my cheeks and told him no,
the lie slipping as carelessly through my teeth
as I love you from your pale lips.

Clapping for the Wrong Reasons

I’m a big fan of Donald Glover. He’s super-talented in everything he does, be it his comedy or his rapping alter-ego Childish Gambino. The man can do little wrong in my book. I feel like he’s a very intelligent celebrity, he’s got a great eye for the world around him, and he doesn’t seem to think of himself as a higher power because of his fame. He simply leads his life and moves on. I respect the hell out of that mentality, so any time I can get a view into his brain I tend to jump at the opportunity.

He released a short film entitled ‘Clapping for the Wrong Reasons‘ recently, and I watched it tonight hoping to get a better glimpse into the world inside his head.

Clapping for the Wrong Reasons

I’m honestly not sure what to think about it. It’s beautifully shot, features some great beats (is that some new Gambino I hear?!?), and stars some really cool people (Topanga!). However, to say that I fully understand what is going on in the video would be a lie.

There are a couple recurring elements that consistently interrupt the flow of Glover’s/Gambino’s (hereafter referred to as G/G) day in the film: the phone calls and the girl that nobody knows. There seems to be a somewhat loose connection between these two elements–confusion about identity. The woman on the phone (from some collection agency, I believe?) is looking for someone she mistakenly believes is G/G; similarly, the girl that pops up throughout G/G’s day is mistakenly attributed as a guest of several of G/G’s guests.

Other than this grasping-at-straws connection, I can’t find too much of a ‘purpose’ in the short film other than to demonstrate a normal day in the life of G/G. And I’m perfectly alright with that.

Check out Donald Glover’s tumblr for a better peak into his brain, including a link to a recently released track called Centipede.

What the hell do I know about Copywriting?

Honestly? Nothing.

BUT! I found this cool infographic about some basic copywriting information that I’ve been perusing this afternoon, and it makes me feel a little better about diving in to this type of work. I think I can manage it, which is puts my mind at ease a little bit.

In regards to Job Search 2K13, I’ve made a list of things that I have to research before applying to more places. They are:

+ HTML/HTML5
+ CSS
+ Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
+ InDesign & other Adobe Creative Suite products
+ Drupal
+ Jobs where I can use my love of writing and my English degree daily

That’s not too hard, right? Right?!?

…I’ll keep you posted.

Tennessee

I recently moved to Tennessee in the hopes of finding a job and “life experience” in a new location. Before moving, I had lived in Kentucky for 22 years. Kentucky is a wonderful place full of cultural and historical merits (despite what some may think), and it is home to most of my friends from the first phase of my life. If I had stayed in Lexington (where I attended college at good ol’ UK), I would still have a couple jobs (as a barista at Starbucks and a front ensemble technician at a local high school marching band), I would be surrounded by friends that were interested in music, poetry, and movies, and I would keep doing the same things that I had done for the past four years of my life. All in all, I probably wouldn’t have grown that much.

You see, the choice to move away from my old Kentucky home was made for two reasons:

1) Living in Tennessee puts me about two hours closer to my family. Living in Lexington was a wonderful experience, but it also meant coming home once a month (if I was lucky) once classes, marching band competitions, and weekend shifts at work started up. Being here means I’m closer to the people who raised me, and I’m very happy about that. As I’ve recently discovered, I don’t know as much about my family as I’d like. The people who nurtured me for years have secrets like any other family, and I am interested in talking to them about their lesser-known selves for my own sanity and the sake of some writing projects I want to tackle.

2) I needed to push myself out of my comfort zone. I need to get out and do different things. If I had stayed in Kentucky I would have fallen into the same routine I’ve always followed. I wouldn’t have tried new foods, wouldn’t have seen new hiking trails, wouldn’t have had to try very hard to engage with others. Tennessee is relatively foreign ground to me; I want to live and learn this land as much as I did in Kentucky.

After living here for a month, I feel like I made a good choice. I have a job teaching a marching band in a nearby city, I have an awesome roommate, and I’m surrounded by people I met throughout my marching music career. I haven’t felt like an impoverished post-grad English major yet, so I guess I’m doing alright.

I’m searching for a job that I can apply my BA in English towards, which has proven a tougher task than I previously expected. I am currently looking at improving my knowledge of a few different skill areas in order to make myself more marketable, including becoming more familiar with HTML/CSS production, Adobe Creative Suite products, and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). I’m hoping I can find a Copywriting or Technical Writing job by adding these skill-sets to my resume.

That, in a nutshell, is how life in Tennessee has been for me so far. Let’s see if I can get a job and keep myself busy with writing.