The Wednesday Magnetic Poetry Posse

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Magnetic Poetry

On this week’s Magnetic Poetry Saturday Challenge post, Duke Miller reminded me that the “so it goes” that ended my offering was made popular, so to speak, by Kurt Vonnegut. It is the repeated refrain in Slaughterhouse Five, which is the first book of his I discovered back when I was in the ninth grade. I immediately consumed everything else he wrote, preparing, I would my adolescent sensibility and paradigm for the likes of  Virginia Woolf, Albert Camus, Jack Kerouac, and George Orwell who awaited me just around the corner.

It is most likely the reason i saw “and so it goes” amid the scattered word magnets was  because Vonnegut’s phrase was hiding away in a dusty corner of my subconscious. And that’s okay. I take refuge in the quote from the filmmaker Jim Jarmusch that I originally posted on my previous blog:

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or feeds your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal that speak to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery — celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case remember what Jean-Luc Gudard said: “It’s not where you take things from — It’s where you take them to.”

Movie Maker Magazine, January 22, 2004

And so now from the realm of the collective subconscious (aka the land of the oracles), here are the ever-so splendid magnetic poetry offerings from this week’s posse.

Deb, “Life


Ken, “Behold


Lynn (through whose blog “A Poem in my Pocket” I came to know of magnetic poetry online’s existence), “Magnetic Poet


Crow, “lunar adventures


Leara, “Summer Love


Kat, untitled


Manja, untitled


Merril, “Wake, Listen


Sue, “Grow


Jane, “Salt Sails of Morning



  1. Oh, my poem got jumbled up, I have yet to learn how to prevent this. Possibly by reading instructions a bit more closely. Here is the original version as it displays on my screen. Not that it makes much more sense.

    Title: “An Guy”

    say moustache
    take this
    delicious muscle grow
    let’s poet you
    athletic confident baby fashion
    sex faces are rockin’ time
    you comb but hairy-ly
    pretty thing is an guy

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  2. Re: Jim Jarmusch’s sentiments- I think the converse is true to – once you create art, you have to release it and be graceful about others drawing inspiration or ‘borrowing’ from it…and that isnt so easy to do, plus fine line between borrowing and breaching copyright or proper credit to the originator (if there is such a thing).

    I love the poems here! I’ll join the possee one day…

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    • Drawing inspiration from Mr. Brooks: Copyrights? We don’t need any stinking copyrights?

      It is definitely a fine line…just recently i read an article about how the copyrights and the world of memes on the internet are not good friends:

      It begins:

      “Socially Awkward Penguin is arguably one of the most recognizable memes on the Internet. The blue-backgrounded image of the off-balance penguin — superimposed with funny text — has been plastered across every message board, forum and social network on the Web. It’s an inside joke. An icon. A mascot, even.

      It’s also the intellectual property of National Geographic, which — awkward! — suddenly wants Internet users to pay up for posting it.”

      And later writes:

      “In the six years that Getty and National Geographic have allowed the meme to flourish, it has far transcended Mobley’s original photo: It’s a remix, a discourse, a pastiche assembled — like so much of popular Internet culture! — from the aggregated efforts of millions of people.

      Is it silly? Yeah. It’s a talking penguin. But it’s also the cornerstone of a thriving, mash-up culture, one that transforms even the most staid nature photography into commentaries on politics, technology and modern life: think of Confession Bear, or Religion Pigeon, or Actual Advice Mallard.”

      I hope you give joining the posse a shot. Maybe someday i’ll get some badges.

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      • Entertaining excerpt. I followed link but I think you picked the best bit to post here. What does it say about me that I have never before seen this apparently ubiquitous meme. In thus example, it does seem the image was given more meaning, life and exposure as a meme than in its original form. Common sense should win out over copyright, particularly with such a delay in Getty’s decision to take action.

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        • Pondering your comments on the matter, i am reminded of the Grateful Dead who never resisted, and even encouraged, their followers to record their concerts and then make copies for their fellow deadheads. It most likely helped increase their following (and thus their bank accounts) then if they had tried to control their music and performances.

          I understand struggling artists of any kind who balk at others using their creations without compensation. Yet, someone like me, who does not generate my economic livelihood from my work, if someone else using my work and reaches more people, then what do i care if i get credit for it.

          In then end…no one right answer or solution.

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          • It does work for some artists but often it is the artists who are already established . My partner who is a visual artist has a real struggle with others who use his work for free or ask to use it for free in exchange for ‘exposure’. I guess it’s important to respect the artist’s need to make a living and not literally starve. But you’re right- there is no one answer or solution but copyright laws and respect for others is a good place to start…

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            • I agree: “copyright laws and respect for others is a good place to start…” There is so many images and text on the internet that one can legally use without infringing on copyright laws and the artists there is no reason to rip off a starving artist.

              Back in the day when I was active on Tumblr, I remember one fellow who specialized in part on scenes from local concerts, and how he came across a guy who was passing the photos off as his own…and the kicker was the thief had thousands of more “likes” than the actual artist. Something seriously wrong with that.

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              • Yes – that is wrong. There is a blog I was following that was obtuse poetry with the most incredible images. It was the images that drew me in but there was no credit to a source so I asked just to be sure that they were the blogger’s own images. There was not an ounce of self awareness when the guy just nentioned the artist (can’t remember name of srtist but he was polish and his life was as dark and tragic as his paintings) and that was that- continued to post more images…

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  3. Vonnegut probably borrowed the phrase from somewhere himself! I’ll bet it’s in the Bible somewhere. An interesting collection.

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    • and whoever Vonnegut borrowed from probably borrowed it from another…i’m sure there was some soul early on in human history who watched the crops get destroyed by a freak storm or whatever and said to him or herself “so it goes”.


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