iván BRAVE

Writer

All

Distance, a Lyric (trying to make sense of some senselessness)

13 October 2018
Distance, a Lyric (trying to make sense of some senselessness)

“At a distance, you only see my light / Come closer, and know that I am you” RUMI   Distance. Distance. Poem or essay or lyric on Distance. What are your thoughts, philosophical or not, on such a topic?   [Preamble concludes, deflate the diaphragm, let in air.]   That’s all there is between us, […]

No Comments

For poems alongside translations, consider: Relative Genitive, about Father and Son

10 October 2018
For poems alongside translations, consider: Relative Genitive, about Father and Son

Relative Genitive is a brilliant book, presenting the original work of poet-translator Val Vinokur, alongside his translations of works by two of the 20th century’s most influential Russian poets, Osip Mendalstam and Vladimir Mayakovsky. Seriously, full of tasty sounds and bright woven text, simply brilliant. I should know, I was Val Vinokur’s student for two […]

No Comments

What’s next? An announcement, pronouncement.

5 October 2018
What’s next? An announcement, pronouncement.

Ladies and Gentlemen,   Thank you for visiting this page. Some of you will notice there has been some inactivity as a result of one’s being inactive inactively for a minute here on this blog, yup me, allowing the days to produce only a lack of content, let’s just say. Well. You want to know […]

2 Comments

Thank you David Lehman and American Scholar

23 August 2018
Thank you David Lehman and American Scholar

For the prompt and for featuring my poem August 7th on the following article:   https://theamericanscholar.org/how-to-cheat/#.W3g0AcInbIU   ∀ Clothes pins, presumably, because of how these poems were pinned up one by one

No Comments

Etimología 2 – el señor agá

10 August 2018
Etimología 2 – el señor agá

∀ “El Cid” Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar   Nada, solamente un conjunto de nuevas palabras, un acervo de curiosidades, un acuerdo entre poetas, el ágape de anónimos, un afaníptero agobiado, y a esto vamos: ¿quien podrá componer un poema, un poema con estas palabritas?   Acervo – (un conjunto de bienes morales, culturales o materiales […]

4 Comments

Etimología – 1 (Lavar mi castellano)

3 August 2018
Etimología – 1 (Lavar mi castellano)

∀ (Imagine: Bueyes del sol)   Quiero compartir esta próxima fase de mi aprendizaje con usted: una serie de ejercicios sobre la etimología castellana. Viene, en gran parte, o mejor dicho por una parte, a través de un libro llamado Breve Diccionario Etimológico de la Lengua Castellana, compuesta por Joan Corominas – un regalo de […]

No Comments

Stakes

31 July 2018
Stakes

∀ Art by Scott Gustafson ¶ Prompt from Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write.   Cameron ends her Stakes chapter with a quote from Shakespeare’s character, Polonius: “To thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day. Thou canst not then be false to any man.” Ergo, if you are […]

No Comments

ESP

24 July 2018
ESP

∀ Who better to symbolize the extrasensory than a writer who wrote extrasensory? JJ. ¶ Prompt from Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write.   ESP: perception (as in telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition) that involves awareness of information about events external to the self not gained through the senses and not deducible from previous experience — […]

No Comments

Roots

17 July 2018
Roots

∀ Seed leaders making roots rise, Euralis Semences ¶ Prompt from Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write.   Look over your life. Find a choice you made for yourself that had a positive outcome. “This assignment,” says Julia, “is a celebration both of freedom and of courage.”   I’m hella running out of interest in […]

No Comments

I would love to write, but…

10 July 2018
I would love to write, but…

∀ Image pulled from this inactive twitter account… ¶ Prompt from Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write.   1. My first pet dog 2. The sun and the beach 3. My first kiss 4. Walking around New York City 5. The pleasure of brewing tea   This exercise calls for you to write a list. […]

No Comments

Sound

3 July 2018
Sound

∀ Photo of dream pop duo BEACH HOUSE ¶ Prompt from Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write.   My favorite sense.   We are asked to take a moment to note all the sounds in our immediate area. A settling in. Then to write expansively on the following areas: Spirituality, Friendship, Work life, Living space, […]

No Comments

Practice

26 June 2018
Practice

∀ Pasolini in his film Decameron ¶ Prompt from Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write.   Julia Cameron mentions in her chapter Practice that the consistency of writing everyday makes the writing life worth it, empowers us to live for the page, enables us to connect to life more readily. Consistency is constancy is connection […]

No Comments

Form vs Formula

19 June 2018
Form vs Formula

∀ “We feed all — we work for all!” ¶ Prompt from Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write.   A heavy cocktail of blockage: perfectionism, formulas, performance anxiety. The cure?   “Write five circumstances in which you could use writing.” The point here is to acknowledge that there are things we wish we could write […]

No Comments