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Commiserate — January 2017 — Alicia Sometimes

January 9, 2017

My Self / My Soul

Alicia Sometimes & Ryan Van Winkle

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Alicia says: I love paisley ties and words that cross oceans. Collaborating with Ryan was a beautiful mind meld. He is the very essence of fervent creativity.

 

My Self / My Soul

 

My self – limps into the afternoon sometimes

we are perched on the fringes

of the universe, in cramped caverns

of marginalia unable to rush ahead, or move

at opportunity. We lean in closer, mesmerized

by embers from the insatiable flame of doubt.

My soul – always a stranger

who comes to visit at inconvenient times

knocking at the door, saying surprise

surprise, do you have anything hot to eat?

Every time we want to collapse, we let our legs fold

holding heavy unyielding minds, hardbound confusions.

*

My self – an adult. Knows

how to read a book for information.

My soul – a child still looking

a new, secret, pleasure.

It is a short amount of time.

It is glacial.

It is a concrete, so solid now.

It is a shadow of my shadow.

Maybe we don’t need millions.

Maybe we need just a few

white paper flowers.

*

My self speaks –

Every time we feel tawny, like some purple word hoodlum,

some upshot with too many full stops. Those days we

believe we’ve defrauded all around us with our bankable bluster

and blunt phrases – our unfathomed blue lagoon of talk.

I believe our dusty roars can fill an egomaniacal sawpit.

I believe the stars are narcissist too. And that the trees

will know hubris. I spend hours tranquilized or annoyed,

can’t get past the beginning of a particular philosophy.

‘I think therefore I am’

and that’s about it.

My soul speaks –

Every time we put our breath into something

every time we blow a bubble or feel our hairs

billowing like a thousand balloons about to raise

up with all the lusty air. Those days when

we go up a few miles and can see

our place in the city, those days we get high

enough to see our place in it all.

*

Dear Self, gravity gives us mass

and keeps us grounded

it is weak. Lift your hand, you’ve won.

Dear Soul, speak up. It’s like you landed

on the moon and we’re down here waiting

for one good word, one small step.

***

Alicia Sometimes is an Australian writer, poet and broadcaster. She is a regular guest on ABC 774 and Radio National. She has appeared in ABC TV’s Sunday Arts and ABC News Breakfast. She was a 2014 Fellow at the State Library of Victoria and was writer and director of the science-poetry show, Elemental that has toured extensively. Alicia has co-edited From the Outer (Black Inc, 2016) with Nicole Hayes, a book about diversity amongst Aussie Rules football fans. She is also one-sixth of The Outer Sanctum podcast.

Ryan is Elemental

September 30, 2016

At 7pm, Monday 17 October, I’ll be at the Glasgow Science Centre for Elemental, a night of poems, music and cinema about science, art and the universe. I’ll be reading alongside Sean M Whelan, Emilie Zoey Baker and Alicia Sometimes, tickets are £5. Hope to see you there.

Elemental is a unique exploration of science, art and the universe showcased under the spectacular dome theatre of the planetarium. Poets, musicians, sound and video artists – and world-renowned science writer John Gribbin – have collaborated to present the world of the most literary, dazzling and passionate stars.

For centuries, poets have looked to the skies and attempted to scribble meaning into the galaxies. The novelist Peter de Vries once wrote, ‘The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination, but the combination is locked up in the safe.’ What if we had a key, even if only for a moment? What if we could measure, in words, what we have only imagined? Einstein took the view, ‘the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible.’ What if he is right?

The artists involved in this show explore four different theories of the beginnings of the universe: The Big Bang, The Theory of Everything, Dark Matter and M Theory. Are these the lost poetic lectures of the beginning of time?

The show has many exciting components: Legendary UK experimental musicians Nurse with Wound’s work is based on the theory that the resonant frequency of the Big Bang was F#. Sean M Whelan, Emilie Zoey Baker, Alicia Sometimes and Edinburgh based Ryan Van Winkle are writing for the stars. Science, poetry and music all under the one roof.

Ryan is part of Far Yella at Leith Dockers Club

April 22, 2016

Really excited to be bringing you a new Edinburgh artists’ collective, Far Yella, and our first event at Leith Dockers Club, 17 Academy Street, at 7pm on Sunday 24 April. It’s going to be an amazing evening, it’s just £5 for an array for incredible words and music, and I hope to see you there.

An evening of entertaiments presented by ‘Far Yella’ (a new collective featuring Faith Eliott, Hailey Beavis, Mario Cruzado, Reuben Taylor, Ryan Van Winkle, Sam Siggs & Supermoon).

There will be:

Music + Poetry + Bingo + Bread + Jumble Sale + DJs + Shit Magic (among other wonders)

Where: Leith Dockers Club — 17 Academy St, Edinburgh EH6 7EE
When: 24 April, 7pm
How Much: 5 quids

Guests include:

– “2 Man(l)y DJs” (Dai Jones & Martin Mckenna)
https://www.mixcloud.com/daijones77128/mix-certified-sick-perfection-mix/

– Joining the Poetry BINGO:
Tessa Berring, David Stavanger, Alicia Sometimes, Mandy Kahn, Calum Rodger, Jennifer Lynn Williams, Eleanor Lim, Mario Petrucci, Nick-e Melville

– Suited & Booted: a car boot sale with an indescribable difference. (Abby Joyce & Dai Jones) https://www.facebook.com/Suited-Booted-198019293700804/?fref=ts

++++ much much more!

Ryan is interviewed by Alicia Sometimes

February 23, 2015

If you wanted to know my thoughts on poetry and myself, here’s an interview for the magazine Going Down Swinging with Australian writer and poet Alicia Sometimes.

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