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September 14, 2009
trixie: a special naked steel body
by gl. at 9:14 pm
while sven & i were eating dinner at portobello last week, some mysterious benefactors were gifting trixie with a few new magnets! it's always a delight to return to the car to find new poetry, but to find new words entirely is even more marvelous. thank you, you fair word fairies! trixie is practically beaming with pride & gratitude.
[watch me go fast]
[do not lick or feel monkey]
[celebrate romance garden]
[dreamed of all face glow]
[help see how sad]
[a special naked steel body]
[time is like wild creature love]
June 26, 2009
wiping the slate clean
by gl. at 6:15 pm
it's been a very long time since i've posted, and it looks to me like if i wait for the perfect time to give each item the post it deserves, i will never post again.
during the holidays, at the masarie curry party, marta said i changed her life: she attended a collage night once and makes one every day now. it's not often you get to hear something so dramatic or sincere!
but it's been hard because a bunch of awkward things happened at once. my focus has shifted to include arts organizations. i've been spending a surprising amount of time & energy supporting medical causes. my own art has re-embraced theatre. a lot of people have died (including lane, my mom & sven's grandfather). my primary art support group collapsed. my photo routine is broken. the economy shook us. in short, things are in flux.
since sven & i are about to go on a long summer trip, i'd like to tie up some loose ends so when i return, i can start with a clean slate: i'm still searching for the next surge of momentum but i can't move forward if i'm still looking back. so here are some things that have happened over the last year i'm not going to write much about but that are worth mentioning & recording:
events: shu-ju in the rare books room, gems of small press show, red bat & loaded hips show at iprc, white bird dance series, open studios (cirocco moody's raven), shawn demarest's shows, trillium holiday show, handmade nw, little things show, coraline premiere, a puppetlove show, apollo, how to disappear completely, hidden portland book launch, crazy enough, inviting desire w/ bridget, an afternoon on dayna's boat "rapture." plus, dayna went to italy & brought back treats: a fish placemat from volterra in in the cinque terre, yellow italian paper (used to wrap purchaes, in art, as placemats, etc.), a menu with cool image, favorite yogurt jar, a sugar packet, a piece of broken window from abandoned house in tuscany(!) wrapped in italian newspaper, red & white rocks from cinque terre, beach glass from the amalfi coast, a bookmark from assisi, and a metal botanical tag from flea market. then ann gave me a subscription to “where women create” magazine, which is like a “lifestyles of the rich & creative."
teaching: i had a great time teaching gocco at the iprc until the iprc could no longer offer them due to the shortage of supplies. (however, i still provide private gocco lessons, like the one i did with dot.) so i've been teaching creative business classes at the iprc, the library & trillium/scrap. that may come to an end soon, too. i've been re-offering workshops at the studio without being responsible for promotion & registration.
classes: when i first decided i wanted to dip my toe back into the theatre waters, i took a theatre/coaching class: it was a really rocky way to start because she did not believe in encouraging students. so i was both relieved & sad to leave. i had better luck at the 100th monkey's "ninja sewing" series (where i learned about threading, knotting, warp/weft, running stitch, gathering stitch, back stitch, buttons, hem stitch, blanket stitch, cross stitch, whipstitch, chain stitch, split stitch, french knots) and have been happy to be able to make and repair very simple things.
art: "where the sidewalk ends" photo series, "5 reasons" book, comparing down to earth "smoke rings" a year later, "writing our bellies full" reading, fidelio, last big gocco supply order, cast as an extra in TNT's "leverage" (so was trixie!), opsfest, dayna's art buddy invitational (my buddy, sven's buddy).
at the little things show, i picked up a prayer flag by jennifer mercedes because of its title: "a prayer for an inspiring future." yes, please. see you soon.
[gl. as The Lyon in A Midsommer Nights Dreame]
November 29, 2008
by gl. at 1:22 am
so it's been a while since our last trixie update! fortunately, she just got an email from a spontaneous poet that read "just rearranged some words on your flex car and enjoyed it very much. what a great idea!" i was excited because it's the first email trixie has ever received, which means the (very basic) site & sign i created for her in april (poetrycar.org), is working!
in other trixie news...
one summer day i walked out of a restaurant to find a delightful card on trixie's hood:
i found out a fellow artist is making garden art w/ poetry stones inspired by trixie:
[pat's garden stones]
sven's brother shield surprised us a while back with a new batch of the serifed letters that magnetic poetry discontinued. what an awesome gift! shield scoured the web to find them and i was delighted and amazed.
in an effort to stave off the attrition of serifs, sven made trixie some magnets for valentine's day! it was a noble effort, but they didn't stay on very long. "scarlet" fell off first, then "truth" & "courage" until we finally just removed them from the car so they wouldn't all be lost. but it was a sweet idea!
["love letters" for trixie]
[sven's homemade magnets]
[a thing of wild life]
[enough poetry? i ask for more]
[fearless letters, swift symphony]
[scarlet creature advocate]
[stardust, be creative]
[studios of truthful courage]
the other portland poetry car isn't faring as well, however: someone stole words from bridget's blank canvas! on the other hand, i discovered a westfalia poetry vehicle in nw, right across the street from michaelmas:
[westfalia poetry vehicle]
i had a parking garage pass while i was acting in fidelio. one night the garage attendant told me when he saw trixie the first time he had immediately been reminded of a quote about poetry being a spontaneous burst of energy. i thought that was sweet. unfortunately, he didn't remember the exact quote or the quoter, so if anyone has a better idea, i'd love to hear it.
finally, here are some new trixie poems!
[i feel like butter]
[i faced a music creature so i swiftly recalled a symphony]
[night music sizzling like butter...]
[so i tell time but have it not]
[though times of glass...]
[you are a delight]
[time's up! make love]
July 20, 2008
we are not licked
by gl. at 6:23 pm
dearest elf: fear not! a new poetry car season will begin soon. the rainy season tends not to encourage spontaneous poetry, but trixie and her magnets have just been washed and the fair weather will undoubtably foster automotive poets everywhere. trixie is delighted you wrote to ask about her, though!
[we are not licked]
November 25, 2007
neighborhood poetry program
by gl. at 11:38 pm
last week trixie hosted an impromptu poetry workshop for some neighborhood boys:
they played with trixie a long time, considering how cold it was that day. let's see what they came up with:
[tell us where you want it you naked man]
[i make love wildly]
[all we need is weed]
[symphony & love]
[swift work makes only more]
i totally loved that last one. they were so pleased they didn't even balk when i asked for their picture:
November 13, 2007
sale of the century
by gl. at 11:59 pm
on saturday i dropped off a plate of apples, cheese, crackers & nuts for the trillium holiday sale, and then i got to shop! i'm not actually a big shopper, but it feels different when you're involved in the organization and supporting real people, you know? :)
i went home with 2 pairs of stubborn earrings, a pair of earrings from carolyn quinn designs, bookmarks from becky bilyeu, a slug family for some very lucky cats for christmas, and one pound of fabric i really don't need but couldn't resist such beautiful scraps for a measly $1.
oh, aaaaaannnnnddd.... a chicken hat from liv and lotus!
but best of all, i got to meet the family of one of my artist's way clients. her daughter met trixie and made several poetry fragments, one of which was this one:
[she has enormously sad hair]
October 21, 2007
trixie, the 10th muse
by gl. at 8:48 pm
trixie is long overdue for an update! the photo below is a sign from "trixie's," a hair place next door to the little red bike cafe. tlrbc makes wistfully good maple bacon ice cream, but everything there is really quite delicious.
[how could i resist this sign?]
but i've been wanting to write about this since i first saw it mentioned on her blog: shu-ju made a gocco print featuring trixie! it's part of her unofficial "quirky delights in portland" series, the other of which is about the toy horses attached to the old horse rings.(btw, shu-ju was just mentioned in the new york times magazine as a gocco expert in their article "the cult of gocco". go shu-ju!)
[make words erupt like a big cabbage?]
i was blessed with a copy of the print when i went to see shu-ju today during the open studios tour today (more of that in a later post!). when i got out to trixie someone had arranged all her poetry magnets on one side onto the rear door.
[thank you, shu-ju!]
AND... it pained me to have to wait till now to write about it, but bridget's gotten her poetry car up and running now, too! she calls it the "blank canvas" and has already had her first spontaneous poem. yay, bridget! i'm so excited for the poetry cars of america! we've got to get a better name: the automotive poetry association? the poetry transportation society? iambic odometer?
[make time for more love or play]
September 29, 2007
the poetry car posse
by gl. at 10:55 am
so it's true that magnetic poetry is no longer selling the "really big words for grownups" magnets that i have heretofore been using as trixie's typeface. but i emailed them to ask if they had a stash hidden somewhere i could buy from them, and i was delighted when they said they had ONE in "the archive" (their closet) that i was welcome to have. dave, the owner, said "give her the replacement for free; trixie was excellent."
[really big words for grownups box]
[make love with fire: look at those lovely serifs!]
["here's hoping these stay put!"]
plus, they sent a magnetic poetry keychain, a tiny refrigerator with a tiny light bulb that turns on when you open the tiny door and a tiny crisper that stores the tiny magnets!
[tiny poetry, the polar opposite of big words]
but i've always had simply fantastic service from magnetic poetry. for the clay guided art night last year, i lost the dot for the "i" in their "poetry stones" letter kit, and though i just asked if i could buy one, they shipped it to me for free and let me pick a couple of other letters, too!
the only sadness here is that because this really is the last package of really big words with serifs, the loss of future magnets will hit me pretty hard. i'll starting taking "shrinkage" more personally when i can't replace the magnets.
but on the bright side, trixie's starting a posse! bridget & caryn are thinking of putting together their own poetry cars & trucks! caryn's in washington d.c., but bridget's thinking it would be cool if we picked one night a month for the poetry cars of portland to gather at burgerville like the classic cars do. there may be only two of us now, but soon we will be a mighty poetic force, swift like haiku but as epic as the odyssey!
[celebrate the world through wild romance]
[update sep30.2007: the owner of magnetic poetry blogged about trixie! eeeee!]
September 11, 2007
by gl. at 12:27 am
what's wrong with this picture?
someone stole all trixie's magnets on her right side while sven was out shopping the other day!
one of the questions people invariably ask when introduced to trixie & her poetry magnets is "do people steal them?" usually, no. this is only the third time something like this has happened since 2003 (once in colorado). i expect a few of them to be lost to "attrition," but it's rare for someone to swipe a whole bunch. but when it does happen, it makes me sad.
(ooo, AND they yanked the cthulhu fish off the back, too. ergh.)
we used up the last of our magnets to fill the space, so now it's time to order more magnets! but i'm a little worried because their big kit looks like it's only available in san serif; they used to have an additional kit which was a serif font. it would be weird to mix them, and i lovelovelove serifs!
August 19, 2007
trixie praised by anonymous little Elf
by gl. at 10:27 pm
we got a truly delightful trixie testimonial last week:
Trixie! I have found you! I thought you were a figment of my imagination...
One day, long ago (ok, it was June 9, 2006, around 3 pm) I had a magic moment with you... right there by Powell's Books. I was so deep in thought, on the cusp of a huge decision, and caught in nightmare traffic in downtown Portland on the eve of the Rose Parade. And there you were... all filled with poetry. You were in the left lane, I was in the right. I saw two fragments of poetry that spoke to me so deeply, so accurately that it was almost as if the heavens had opened and rained the answer down on me. Really, one of the most awe-inspiring events of my life.
Now, to preserve my identity I'm going to be an anonymous little Elf, and I'm going to keep the exact events and fragments to myself... it's very private and personal.
But I thought you would like to know how much Trixie affected me... and that is TRUE ART. You have achieved something special and I thought you should know. I hope Trixie is still flitting around, all gussied up in poetry, and I hope to run into her again. Thank you, Trixie! I'm so glad I found you. For some odd reason, today I googled one of the fragments and you popped right up on my screen... amazing!
this seems like it would be a good time to show a couple of more poetry fragments (whose quality is admittedly muddled on account of taking them inside a parking garage at night). may they help you with a big decision someday, too!
[we want god or sizzler]
[this is not all]
August 9, 2007
by gl. at 10:46 pm
sometimes people gift trixie with unusual things instead of making poetry. last time it was a "clearance to be worked" magnet, which she still carries. this time it was a "cola war" sticker over one of the magnets:
i don't really know what it means, but i peeled the sticker off because they pasted over a 'woman' magnet and i don't feel compelled to further their meme (except here on the blog, of course!). :) i wish they had made an interesting line of poetry with it!
August 2, 2007
trixie at the movies
by gl. at 11:43 pm
a recent trixie poem:
tell the world to let us lick skin
sizzle with love's embrace
drink that fire through night
i took this in the parking lot of a movie theatre, and it was a good thing i did because some of the words had been used for other poetry when we came back out.
July 21, 2007
sign of the times
by gl. at 11:59 pm
after four years of trixie provoking stares, smiles & random poetry , i finally got around to making a sign for her:
it immediately worked at the gas station before i left for shu-ju's show at the maryhill museum (more on that later): one of the men combined an "as" and an "s" to turn michael5000's "lick that butter" into "lick that butter ass." it's a fairly common way to arrange those letters.
July 13, 2007
trixie's summer vacation
by gl. at 11:07 pm
[play and make the day sizzle]
trixie's having a fine summer vacation so far. she just had her first-year anniversary of being completely paid off, so i got her detailed, which took off years of playa dust that had lingered on the dash. that means the magnets got cleaned, too, and then rearranged so we have new poetry again. a couple of my favorites so far are "embrace life but let us face sad days together" and "give our sad fire creature a drink."
just a few days ago a tourist i met at the delicious sahagun chocolates (which also makes a fantastic rose soda) saw trixie from the window and ran outside to take her picture.
but then i got out to the car yesterday and someone had thrown sticky, half-eaten cherries on her. why? i don't know. fortunately, trixie is forgiving and benevolent. :)
March 9, 2007
the night has a thousand eyes
by gl. at 11:39 am
trixie has a new friend! meet the googly eyed car!
she's still being created, but it's fun to meet another car with a blog.
January 21, 2007
by gl. at 9:06 pm
"It's a magnetic poetry Toyota. On so many levels, and for so many reasons, the owner of the magnetic poetry car prompts me to see the world as a much more friendly place than I normally view it. An actual car with magnetic poetry pieces. Uber awe-inspiring in a way that I can not adequately describe in words."
yay! which is a good excuse to finally post some of the poetry we got while traveling through canada this summer. i was surprised to discover that until we reached edmonton, most canadians looked at trixie with suspicion. i had expected her acceptance to be greater there than it is here. and even those who chose to play with her played roughly, showing a disturbing tendency to rip words apart to create the sentence they wanted.
[tell the world we did more]
[recall rust goes through sad hair]
[he drinks & i run]
[have sizzle in the world]
[worship skin and sizzle fire]
[man wants woman but she wants creatures of the night]
that last one has probably been our longest and most complete sentence so far. click on the image to see it larger.
November 29, 2006
by gl. at 11:59 pm
how sweet! someone left a note for trixie while we were grocery shopping at new seasons:
[love letter: click the image to see the larger version]
it doesn't appear that lisa made any new poetry, but i'm thrilled someone took the time to tell trixie how inspiring she is. it made trixie's day. ;)
November 8, 2006
someone keeps stealing my letters...
by gl. at 2:11 am
as shelley says, "It's kind of like if everyone in the world could touch your car -- all at once."
yeah! thanks, shelley! i think trixie's blushing! :)
October 29, 2006
fill 'er up!
by gl. at 11:59 pm
i met a poet at the gas station the other day: oregon is one of two states that don't allow you to pump your own gas, so you get familiar with the gas station attendants at the gas stations closest to you.
finally inspired to ask about trixie, who he's seen at least 10 or 15 times, jerry lit up when i told him it was a poetry car. he says you don't need talent to be a poet, just perserverance. he writes cowboy poetry about "jt carpenter" ("get it?" he says. "jesus the?"). in one of his poems, god rides a harley while the devil rides a honda, while in another poem billy the kid & jesse james share a beer, despite living 80 years apart.
jerry is old & mean. for a while i wouldn't go to that gas station because he'd mutter and scowl and throw my receipt at me. but it was amazing to discover the change in his demeanor when he got a chance to talk about poetry. we all need outlets for creative self expression.
June 16, 2006
by gl. at 11:13 pm
to celebrate trixie's freedom from contractual obligations, we washed her and her poetry magnets and added a few more to top her off. the very next day someone in the neighborhood had already absconded with some of the words from her trunk, so we had some editing to do:
"worship a plastic garden" became "worship a sweet world" and "make time for the enormous taste of butter" became "make time for the garden" (i wish i had taken a picture of the butter line!).
i like it when people play with the magnets and make new poems: i like it far less when they take them away so nobody can play with them.
other poetry currently on trixie:
- i have more sizzle
- watch life
- no lick my nectar
- go swift creature or embrace blue
- sad sizzle
- smell has asked
- drink that sad night
- this time is our day
- we need a skin garden for my swift difficult creatures
- you & me have easy home together
- she's my world
- but tell us
- if not need give
- fire man
- he let on
- fly pig fly
- recall woman world
- delight in our dream
- embrace a symphony of naked music
- go us go home
- i like fire
June 13, 2006
you belong to me
by gl. at 9:26 pm
it's official! i sent in trixie's final payment to toyota today! she has served me well & faithfully for the past 5 years; here's hoping she lasts at least another 5! to celebrate, i sure hope we get her to a car wash and refresh her poetry magnets soon.
[trixie at her second burning man]
some recent trixie poetry:
- fly swiftly in perfume
- the home with glass
- she has enormous recall
- go make day
- together the world needs garden, not sizzle
- fire the garden
- she is our skin
- fly for that rust
- i run through fire
- this time let's tell all to go home
- have a wild life
- sad creature man is
April 9, 2006
by gl. at 11:01 am
yesterday trixie took us to flying pie pizza and when we emerged, sated and energized from a game of non-competitive scrabble, we found a note:
"Cool car! Sorry our toddler shoved a lot of the pieces down your passenger side engine crack though. Opps."
so we opened up the hood and indeed, there were several poetry magnets inside the engine. opps!
April 2, 2006
by gl. at 9:49 pm
while we were at the rebuilding center today, someone stole all the poetry magnets on trixie's hood. this is the second time a major theft has occured (the other was when i was showing sven manitou springs, colorado, where they stole all trixie's nouns).
one of the frequently asked questions about trixie's poetry magnets is, "do people steal them?" and ordinarily it's not really an issue; i expect attrition and can even understand the irresistable desire to take one, the way people do road signs. but swiping 20 of them is just rude. it felt like trixie was riding around portland w/o her shirt.
it's probably time to write down the current catalog & wash her, anyway, so here's a snapshot:
- fly swiftly
- she has fire and a wild sizzle
- so that man recall life in the world through you
- run up swift and give fire
- my skin
- easy he is
- work it, sad man
- fly that blue creature
- perfume skin
- but this time let's tell all go home
- and she make world want more
- together garden
- where did the world go?
- as if this is home
- our thing is difficult
- watch glass garden
i wish i had an easy, fast way to wash her magnets & dry them. doing it by hand takes forever. any ideas?
February 21, 2006
trixie: a study in opposites
by gl. at 2:40 pm
as i was stopped at an intersection today, two grizzled men walked past trixie and glared at her, slowing down and looking at her poetry menacingly. i was relieved when they got to the other side of the sidewalk.
when i stopped at the next intersection, two teenage girls noticed trixie: one of them stopped for a moment with her eyes wide and dropped her mouth in awe. then she broke into a huge smile: "i love your car SO MUCH!" she yelled as she passed. when she got to the other side, the other girl hugged her friend in delight.
October 12, 2005
by gl. at 1:53 pm
trixie also attended the hp lovecraft film festival! here's proof:
August 27, 2005
new poetry catalog
by gl. at 10:56 pm
after 10 anonymous days of driving trixie around without her magnets, she is now replenished! and with them, a new poetry catalog:
- celebrate through enormous love
- worship more blue butter
- work swiftly together
- go dreams
- she feel not & run
- butter is our delight
- the fire world
- watch our glass world
- as difficult as home
- this day has rusted
- is the desire skin?
- I and this are to fly
- night give drink
- our glass of wild faces
- go by plastic
- we all delight in blue creatures
- home by a hair
- skin symphonies fly through das
- music rusts, embrace it
- let smell go
- like that sad thing
trixie first got her magnets to go to burning man two years ago. if we were going to burning man this year, we'd leave tomorrow, so consider this a nostalgic tip o' the hat in honour of all the amazing art & very cool people trixie won't see this year. in addition, scarlet star studios is now a member of the black rock arts foundation. hooray!
August 14, 2005
by gl. at 11:05 pm
trixie has 225 poetry magnets plus the one that was donated by an anonymous benefactor. i know this because i've just finished washing them all one at a time. whee!
newest trixie poetry
by gl. at 11:22 am
the trip to bend produced a new wave of trixie poetry, though once on 23rd a guy stopped in the crosswalk to rearrange her magnets. i'm planning on washing her today; it'll be like we reset her. :)
sad things work
the glass watch wanted our time
make time for hair butter
yes go by creature
skin is plastic
he likes desire
delight not in this world (which mutated quickly into "delight not in this drink")
delight in the different
tell us more do
July 19, 2005
where you go when you know
by gl. at 12:41 am
weird trixie moment at the burgerville drive-thru tonight:
"hey, are those magnets on your car?" says the cashier.
"yeah, like the ones on refrigerators," i say, smiling.
"and you still have a stereo?" he says, mystifying me.
"yeah....." i say, uncertainly, but smile.
"huh." he says, and walks away to make a milkshake.
i have no idea what to make of that.
July 7, 2005
trixie's been gifted
by gl. at 9:16 pm
btw, i haven't yet mentioned that some time in the last couple of months, someone left a magnet for trixie!
how very kind! trixie loves you, mysterious koan magnet!
July 3, 2005
trixie's current poetry catalog
by gl. at 2:52 pm
here's a catalog of trixie's current poetry fragments (maybe they can be used as writing prompts or as a poem-writing challenge):
- this thing that has no symphony
- run and embrace enormous woman butter nectar
- for she is easy & dreamy
- fly together day & night
- desire this world
- difficult sweet delights
- we need to worship plastic
- go yes go not
- give us more plastic
- he likes rust
this world longing
- watch and we recall
- make time for hair
- he has fire
- have a butter day
- fly where the nectar is a garden
- like my blue hair
- more work
- i have but to ask
- ask through night
- but is it home
- you sad thing
- the perfumed watch
- garden our time
- make sizzled love music
- let the
rust on a pig
- recall how with glass
- lick my face
- smell me at work
July 2, 2005
another scarlet star studios member
by gl. at 12:12 pm
it's about time for trixie the poetry car to have her own page, don't you think? i created an email address for her the other day, but she should definitely have her own blog, too, or at least a blog category. (i never thought i would do something like this for a car, but then, i never thought i'd have a poetry car, either!)
[trixie says, "hi!"]
this is one of the poems someone has composed atop trixie:
celebrate that sizzle
of rust & easy skin
taste the glass day
so as to
make us want