Low on Hit Points by Michael Manchester
Probably About Women
published July 18, 2013
Poetry. Real poetry. In our modern age. Can you believe it? No quaint devices. No forced conventions. And conversely: No contemporary triviality. No supermarket spirituality. No greeting card epiphany. For poetry speaks. And she has something to say. And will you listen?
A thin volume of blunt, experimental, one-page poems, Probably About Women is in the process of being edited and added to a larger work of collected lyrics, or to be more accurate, other unreleased material is being added to it, and thus, as the book was never much of a seller, being largely unadvertised, this work is, for the time being:
Out of Print
Second Edition
coming 2016
Previously on this site... I published a series of three essays concerning narrative art criticism. These essays will be collected in the next edition of my collected poetry. They pretty much are poetry.
The finalized book will include the original volume of Probably About Women, with a series of new poems, the essays, plus the entire collection will be fronted by a short epic poem.
For now, I give you the original three essays, plus a fragment:
Low on Hit Points, since 2008
What little I once wrote, with the word count and the post amount nearly as lacking as what was said, has long since vanished into the tangled archive of the web, and this is fine, as the mind that I once had has too been written over, by new ideas and new ideals that are better expressed in an older medium, that of the printed word.
To put the past in order, this website was once a blog: firstly concerning video games, though no one read me in that day, for like many first attempts, it lacked a defining vision, not to mention the "me" was supposed to be a "we"; thereafter concerning anime, a blog that quite a few did read, thanks in no small part to a small community that formed a 'sphere and passed the word around, and no thanks in no small part due to design changes so frequent, that one visitor came, and posted, then came back again, coming upon his first post, and wondered aloud his confusion over having ever posted here in the first place.
Here are screen-captures of those designs, many unpublished:
really just a kid with a camera phone
I never walk for the sake of walking; I walk to see the scene. My mind takes in new sights as art to frame and capture, so I do so. These are the best --not visions of my life, but little glimpses that I could pull out of it.
All photographs have been taken with various iPhones:
king of breakfast, with lands extending to dinner
I make no amends. These are not tutorials full of image instruction and precision detail. They are not even of a conversational layout. What I have to this point are mere notes collected in folders. I upload these recipes here for friends.
Many of my recipes are works in progress; with that in mind:
Listed below are the works of knowledge and literature that have expanded my outlook on life.
Additionally, I composed a short list of art recommendations outside the written word.