from Scarlet Tanager by Bernadette Mayer
screaming this poem
The YOLO Pages
The YOLO Pages is the book of a movement with hope behind it. Artistically it is quite the endeavor. Many, many years ago Steve Roggenbuck talked of such a book, one epic in undertaking that would offer a ‘taste’ of what people were doing with online literature. Lots of takes have occurred since then most of them exclusively online. Upon founding Boost House the Boost House team began working on a Walt Whitman sampler book and The YOLO Pages. Let me say the following with pure sincerity:
I have never been so excited in my entire life for such a collection. Reading the YOLO Pages has changed my life. Years of my life I have spent reading online literature seems to have reached a wonderful peak with the YOLO Pages. Everyone who is included in the YOLO Pages deserves the spot and hopefully this is only the beginning.
Anybody interested in what new art is being created online really ought to get this book. A beautiful carefully curated and edited collection, the YOLO Pages is the book that the Internet needed. With that let me begin probably one of my favorite reviews of all time. Many thanks to Steve Roggenbuck, Emily Elizabeth Scott, Joseph Kendrick, Rachel Younghans and of course Charlie for putting in the time needed to make this such a compelling document.
Adefisayo Adeyeye tries to polish up the sky. Next to Belarus the polish sky feels okay about life in general. Flowers are full of lips stamens ready to receive bumbling bees happy to create new beautiful things. Colors to insects are more incredible than any mere human could possibly comprehend. To a human a flower is pretty, to a bee a flower is life. Homes enjoy housing their happy inhabitants. Homes dream of all the wonderful creatures that have gone through doors, seen the world from their eyes. Up on high the sun captures it all happy to arrive a few minutes late right on time. Funerals are held for tiny voices for the sound lasts for a moment before it goes away. People orbit each other for humanity is a bunch of satellites looking for heavenly bodies to call their own.
I’m here! Thank you happy people at Boost House for going through my massive stream of online consciousness!
Gabby Bess becomes a miniature bear. This happens all the time. One moment people are people, the next they are bears. Happy bears hibernate together on beds content with the blankets that have been provided. Ceilings need their necklaces, chandeliers as the sophisticated call them. Lil Bouncy is the tightest rapper in the game. Anybody who lives life on a bouncy ball is living the dream of a five year old child. Internet life creates a crisis because the Internet life demands people all of the time. Social networking is a web people weave because actual weaving has gone out of fashion.
For such a fine collection the fun continues. This is merely the beginning of the week-long boosted extravaganza that is the YOLO Pages coverage.
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She speaks but I know she is me:
mouths words—what are they—and smiles:
“Am I ready to be different now, in a world of bloody souls?”
Am I ready for the world of you, slippery
you whom I may never understand
With text from Klein/Prince, from a performance in collaboration with the same.
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