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Introducing Bird Fly Good

… the magazine.

My lovely readers –

For a few short months I’ve been writing primarily about Austin, food, my poodle, and being crafty. Bird Fly Good has been a fun avenue for expressing how much I love this great city and writing in general.

As previously mentioned in recent blog posts, I’ve started a small press and magazine called Bird Fly Good in which I hope to publish small runs of poetry. The inspiration behind the project is, again, Austin and making books.

Bird Fly Good will continue to exist in small press form and I encourage and ask you all to continue following and reading the new blog where I will be solely focused on writing about poetry and the small press realm.

I will eventually start another personal blog where I will document, report on, and obsess over things, much like what has happened here over the last few months.

Thanks, again. Bird Fly Good promises to continue loving you from elsewhere.

xo,

Jennifer

@birdflygood

&

birdflygood [dot] com

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For Those Hungry for More Poetry

(As if the news wasn’t enough.)

I’m becoming more enveloped in reading poetry these days.

My reading and writing alternate with the seasons, perhaps, and these days I’m beginning to enter a new period of furiously searching, finding, and falling in love with new poets.

I have the Internet to thank for this obsession. I simply have to open a browser, go to only one or two of my frequented poetry blogs, and the witch hunt begins.

I click and bounce from blog to blog, site to site, promoting and oozing with poetry. Continue reading

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Poetic or Poesque: The Harry Ransom Center Brings All Things Poe

We long for ways to relate to one another. More specifically, children to teenagers to adults. Separated by generations, it’s hard to localize the things that we have in common. Take  Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Gen Y read it in grade school and they can share the experience and understanding with their parents and grandparents; but sometimes we have to look back even further to find that tissue that connects us even more.

Edgar Allan Poe is the prime example because he is probably one of the most well known literary figures. We read haunting tales like “The Raven” and “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and we were disturbed by his unusual marriage to his 13-year-old cousin. We know he was crazy, an alcoholic, extremely difficult to love and work with, and that his young death remains a mystery. But even in 2009, the bicentennial of his birth, Poe’s poems and short stories continue to serve as a staple of grade school curriculum, as they should be. His legacy goes on as the creator of detective fiction, a fearless literary critic, and a major influence on 19th-century writers.

The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin is a remarkable research library and humanities museum with more than 36 million manuscripts, one million rare books, five million photos, and 100,000 works of art. This fall, the HRC presents From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe, a comprehensive exhibition that commemorates Poe’s birth with manuscripts, artifacts, portraits, and illustrations that give an overview of his life, lovers, literary career, and influence.

Poe Exhibition Poster

Poe Exhibition Poster

I attended a curator tour over the weekend, and take my advice: this is the only way to truly experience an exhibition at the HRC. It is full of artifacts from five institutions around the country and includes Poe’s desk, first editions of his books, and original manuscripts of “The Raven” from the HRC collection.

First Edition of Poe's First Book of Poetry - Tamerlane

First Edition of Poe's First Book of Poetry - Tamerlane

The most astonishing  pieces were the handwritten letters and manuscripts. Simple as they seem, intact yellow-tinted sheets of paper full of words and exquisite cursive, these pages reveal the absolute innermost mind of Poe in his own hand. In a letter to a friend about the death of his cousin and wife, Virginia, Poe describes himself as we already know him: crazy, isolated, and obsessed. He writes about how his wife continued to fall ill time and time again due to tuberculosis, how he “became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity,” and that he found “the cure to [his] misery in the death of [his] wife.”

Letter from Poe - Page 1

A disturbing letter from Poe describing the death of his wife. Page 1 of 2.

In addition, the exhibition includes wonderful illustrations detailing the major themes in Poe’s tales: grief as imagined in “The Tell-Tale Heart,” claustrophobia as in “The Premature Burial,” hallucination as in “The Masque of the Red Death,” and haunted spaces as in “The Fall of the House of Usher.”

At the end of my tour, I left feeling completely engaged in Poe’s work and influence, but I think I will always be enamored with the way he lived. No one will ever know what he was really like and how his self-destructive, needy, irresponsible, annoying, and brilliant personality were somehow the basis for his remarkable work and permanence in literature.

The exhibition at the Harry Ransom Center is open until January 3, 2010, and admission, tours, and attendance to special events are free.

The HRC has also digitized their entire Poe archive so scholars and researchers can access the complete collection online at no cost.

Harry Ransom Center
21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, Texas 78712
(512) 471-8944

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A Girl and Her Blog

Today I begin my blog called Bird Fly Good. You can find a short explanation as to why I chose to name my blog Bird Fly Good in the About Bird Fly Good section. (Are you tired of saying that yet?) If you are absolutely dying to know the full story of the name, don’t worry; I’m saving that for a future blog post.

But I would like to give an overall welcome to my blog and thanks for taking the time to read my blog. This is something I have been wanting to start for a long time and I have finally gotten the itch and urge to just write. The topics on this blog range from all spectrums. When I actually started my WordPress account, I thought this would be a travel or poetry or food blog. Now, four months later, I’ve decided start a blog about all three and then some. I like writing about all sorts of experiences and I’m using this channel to dive a little deeper into some of these topics and share a little bit about what I’ve learned, hopefully in a humorous and entertaining way.

Some recurring themes you might encounter in my future blog posts:

  1. My new puppy, Simon: My boyfriend and partner, Kyle, surprised me with a puppy for my birthday this year. Simon is a sweet and loving miniature poodle. He is a parti poodle, meaning his coat is pure white and with deep black spots. He has the sweetest face and I am sure he will be a popular topic for future posts because this is the first creature I have ever cared and been responsible for. Plus, he is a puppy and puppies always makes for interesting stories that have to be told.
  2. Food: Food and cooking in general are two topics that I have finally learned to appreciate within the last two to three years. Throughout college I bounced from omnivore to pescatarian to lacto-ovo-vegetarian and back again. I have returned to eating meat in all forms with the exception of beef and pork, but the idea of veganism and raw food diets continue to fascinate me. And as for cooking, I have never been able to do much of it … until now! I love baking: cookies, cakes, and pastries (oh, my!) It has definitely become a wonderful hobby and I think my experiences cooking, hopefully all positive, will become topics of future posts. Just think … tantalizing words about lemon butter cookies, banana peanut butter cupcakes, and bread. In the event that I don’t feel like writing about cooking, there is always Miles of Chocolate.
  3. Music: I live in a land of music. Not just because I live in Austin, the music capital of the world and home to the largest music, film, and interactive conference in the world, South by Southwest, but because I am a general fan of music and my boyfriend is the bass player in three very active local bands. We go to shows a lot and we often have an interesting time. So, these posts should be pretty interesting too.
  4. Places: Do you care about where I go on a daily basis? Probably not, but if I particularly love or hate a place, whether it be a restaurant, park, party, or store, I will probably find the urge to write about it. If you work for or own an institution that could be defined by the last few items mentioned, don’t worry, I rarely hate places, and if I do it’s for good reason in my opinion. I will never bash a place just for kicks.

That seems like a pretty hefty list to start. I also look forward to posting photos and videos any chance I get. And your comments are always appreciated.

Just to get things started, here is a photo of Simon:

Simon

Simon

and another:

Simon loves close ups

Simon loves close ups

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