Brass Band

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Trapping the wind

like a parasol,

a madame’s hoop-skirt,

gusty trumpets;

like your ear traps the notes

when sweet moonlight

powders brass.

How to Disguise Yourself as a Project Manager

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How to Disguise Yourself as a Project Manager

Are you scrambling for a last minute Halloween get-up? Try stepping into something scary as a project manager!

 

Wear a Mask

A truly convincing project manager will always wear a mask. Clients can be downright spooky and you should always be prepared to face anything they might throw your way.

 

Trick or Treat

Relish the clients that are fun to work with and make them feel appreciated. As for the rotten tricksters, don’t try beating them at their own game. Instead, offer them such sweet work that they are stuck at home with a stomach ache. Offer them so much sweetness that they’re bound to overindulge.

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Be Flexible

Being as flexible as possible, even when it seems like things won’t bend that way, is crucial to this costume.

 

Be Prepared for Blood

Things will get messy when you’re in the thick of several projects. Some will get sliced and diced so much you can hardly recognize them.

 

Don’t Let Projects Haunt You

Keeping track of projects in one central place keeps them from falling off your radar until they sneak up on you from behind.

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Join the Mob

Any zombie would agree – you can always accomplish more as a group. When you get in over your head, make sure to reach out for a hand!

 

Rest in Peace

Everyone deserves a proper rest! Balancing projects can be taxing, so it’s important to refresh your mind with periods of uninterrupted rest and relaxation.

10748733_10154768516515367_584408033_nArt by Carrie Sloane.

 

April 14 : Column Inches – Oulipost

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More About What I Am Looking For

A great mirror that can withhold a powerful sun, who is fun, loves the bone-chilling wind, and swirling sand.

I need a mirror that can relate, and doesn’t buy into wearing sunglasses.

 

Sources:

The Seattle Times, 14 April, 2014.

Suzanne Daley, “Mirrors help dark Norway town soak up the sun”.

April 11 : Univocalism – Oulipost

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fumer tue

 

lungs

must truly trust us;

just subtly pump.

 

lungful by lungful,

lungs put up dust

subtly by gust.

 

lungs must put up:

blunt by blunt

must subtly fuck us up.

 

 

Sources:

The Seattle Times, 11 April 2014.

Didi Tang, “In China, jar of French mountain air fetches $860”.

John Hartl, ‘”Ilo Ilo’: Rebel child stands out in Singapore family drama”.

Michael Liedtke and Anick Jesdanun, “Heartbleed bug causes major security headache”.

April 10 : Snowball – Oulipost

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Déformation volcanique:

phénomène.

 

Éruption intense:

séisme.

 

Cœur sous mer:

il a.

 

Sources :

Le Monde, 10 Avril 2014.

Audrey Garric, « Hoax écolo : non, les bisons du Yellowstone ne fuient pas une éruption volcanique dévastatrice ».

April 9 : Headlines – Oulipost

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Ocean storms

expose millions of fossils

from the Ming Dynasty;

expose disputed islands:

ocean debris.

 

Sources:

The Seattle Times, 9 April 2014.

Frank Jordans, « Climate meeting to discuss future of fossil fuels ».

Jay Reeves, « Storms sock the Southeast, killing 2 people ».

Rohan Sullivan, « Ocean debris left by jet depends on angle, speed ».

Michael Liedtke and Anick Jesdanun, « Online security flaw exposes millions of passwords ».

Lolita C. Baldor, « Hagel, Chang air differences over disputed islands ».

Kelvin Chan, « Ming Dynasty ‘chicken cup’ sold for record $36M ».

April 7 : N+7 – Oulipost

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It’s the fissure timpanist,
the telegram has been used
for royalty dishcloth surveillance,
looking for perch with matching strains
who may have gotten sidecar
from the same sovereignty.

Especially in foodborne outfits
the telegram will indent invites’ ability
to nab the right cunt.
The faster that happens,
the fewer perch may get sidecar.

Sources:
The Seattle Times, 7 April 2014.
Lauran Neergaard, “Experts decode germs’ DNA to fight food poisoning”.

April 6 : Blank Verse – Oulipost

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Soft Landing

Great maker of messy, lumpy sculpture;
even in the rain she wore a mask
and still got gravely ill: mineral dust.

She’s showing smaller pieces, crystals, rocks,
sculpted forms in bronze and aluminum.
Objets. It’s easy to dismiss this work.

The pillows’ polished alabaster gleams
Baxter’s fucked-up ravioli pillows
The pillows made me cry, so personal.

Desire for something is not longing
Every fold, every dimple, every scrunched up bit
is there. It’s easy to dismiss this work.

Sources:
The Stanger. 2 April 2014.
Jen Graves, “Debra Baxter’s Five Perfect Pillows”.

April 5 : Tautogram – Oulipost

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Shop Starbucks
Shop specialty
Such structures
Such success shipping supplies
So sophisticated
See Sounders spectacle
See ships
See sea
Seattle

Sources:
The Seattle Times, 5 April 2014.
Ángel González, “Starbucks combining high-end roastery with Capitol Hill café”.
Nick Perry and Eileen Ng, “China ship hears ‘signal’; unclear if jet-related”.
Joshua Mayers, “Sounders FC resumes rivalry with Portland”.
Lolita C. Baldor, “Hagel: US strongly committed to protecting Japan”.