Wong Kar Wai

019.jpg If the name doesn’t ring a bell with you, then you are not alone. Back in December of 2015, If I had been asked, “Who is Wong Kar Wai?” I might have shrugged my shoulders and kept walking. Today, I have a different response.

If you searched Wong Kar Wai on the imdb.com website, you’ll find that he is a filmmaker out of Hong Kong. His work includes: In the Mood for Love (2000), Days of Being Wild (1990), 2046 (2004), Happy Together (1997) and Chung King Express (1994), just to name a few.

In my Asian film studies class, the professor asked, “What is national cinema?” I struggled for an answer. I thought about it long and hard until it came to me. My answers included either identifying the country where the film was made or the nationality of the filmmaker. I thought national cinema was any film that wasn’t made in Hollywood or contained a structure that could be considered synonymous with Hollywood film making. That is to say, if the story line had a predictable ending and the characters were less than believable. I later found out, from a Bordwell reading we were assigned, that my answers to the professor’s question seemed to include aspects of art cinema. The class is still going on (as of March 13, 2016). I am slowly beginning to believe that there is no definition (that stands alone) for national cinema.

I’m in Issue 33 of the 34th Parallel Magazine

33 COVERI just purchased a full color copy of the 34th Parallel magazine. The poem I wrote was accepted for publication and is available, RIGHT NOW! This piece was special in many ways for me. From its subject matter to how it presents on the page, my poem Rapid has a story to tell.

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In addition to my piece, the magazine has some very engaging stories from authors with various styles of writing. They have amazing talent. I am certain that anyone who reads issue 33 of the 34th Parallel Magazine will find it visually exciting, thought provoking and engaging.

Check it out and let me know (write a comment below) how you enjoyed the piece.

The tesseraction

At the core of it all…

Consciousness creates reality

Nothing would be the same
ever again—

Namaste in the way
we distrust—
extracting pure consciousness
just to drown in it—

Entire colonies were wiped out—
notes were taken—
the moon used to spew lava
but now it’s dead—

We were an infinite’s last ditch effort
just to show us what we had done—

We worshipped money as a god—
gnawing on nothing;
plastic skin smooth
as a succulent in the sand—
we could no longer keep quiet—
we deserted—

We burned the whole world
to the ground— we apologized
as a formality; we paid out;
we kept going—

The cancer of the last phase
of civilization reaches
into my voice—
my finger tips—
we held hands as we jumped—
we turned into liquid—

Prefabricated minds
spill down the grimy gutter
into the sewer that’s sieved
for bitter water; your river of life
full of garbage, human waste, torsos—
we…

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Where the Mind Dwells, Eber & Wein

eberweinpieceMy copy of the Eber & Wein anthology (Where the Mind Dwells – Consolation) just came in the mail! I have one poem in this anthology. My piece is a contemplation of time. I thought about how it is divided, measure, and categorized. This piece shows how I relate to each day. After giving some thought to the passage of time, it began to feel different.  The end result was my piece, The Day Constant.

After a poetry workshop, I worked several more revisions and finally settled on the expression that captured my meaning/message. I really enjoy contemplating themes such as time, nature, TheDayConstantPoemhumanity, religion and sensitivity that effect the world. I try to imagine what effects are being felt from them. My piece, The Day constant, is the conflation of time and space. It is  the bisection of past and future. It doesn’t immediately measure anything instead, it can be read as a magnification of the ideas of measurement. The distance between past, present and future might be seen as negligible.

I am very grateful that the editors found my piece enjoyable enough to include in this anthology and would very much enjoy the opportunity to have another included in future publications. If you have not already experienced Eber & Wein’s anthology publications do yourself a favor and check them out at Amazon.

Kelly Fordon

Great interview!

Speaking of Marvels

kelly fordonThe Witness (Kattywompus Press, 2016)

 What are some of your favorite chapbooks? Or what are some chapbooks that have influenced your writing?

A Girl Could Disappear Like This by Deborah Schwartz

Don Dreams and I Dream by Leah Umansky

Homebodies by Sarah Jane Sloat

Invisible Girls by Erika Lutzner

What might these favorite or influential chapbooks suggest about you and your writing?

I often write about motherhood, and the delicate balance between art and the domestic, and I love Sarah Jane Sloat’s chapbook because it addresses, so adroitly, some of the same issues. Erika Lutzner is concerned with how certain circumstances foster violence as well as the invisibility/ vulnerability of children, a subject that I have tried to address in this particular chapbook.

What’s your chapbook about?

This chapbook was written in response to the testimony offered by members of the Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests and…

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34th Parallel Magazine likes my poem!

3220coverI am so excited! The editors of 34th Parallel Magazine have enjoyed my poem entitled: Rapid and sent me notification of their interest to publish it.

I subscribed to this magazine after reading about it in Poets & Writers. Last year I began ordering and reading some journals and magazines that I felt would be a good match for publication of some of my work. A few of them turned me down and others I decided would not have been a good match for my poems at that time. I read through 34th Parallel Magazine and knew that I had to at least try to get one of my pieces in their magazine. Their articles were so fresh and resonated with current topics of interest to me (as well as with others I am sure).

I am excited to have one of my pieces published in 34th Parallel Magazine and can’t wait to read their next issue!