The June Issues of The Poetic Express

July 8, 2020

 

It’s been a rough and crazy time, but I’m working hard and trying to stay healthy, both physically and mentally.  So far, the worst of it was losing my dear mother.  She was 91 and had a good life, yet still….

 

 

These photos will enlarge if you click on them and hit the backspace to return to the post.

 

Here’s a separate version of the June 2020 SURREAL THEATRE:

 

 

If you’ve not seen it and are interested, I wrote this about my late mother, Elizabeth Greenia:

https://maugre22.wordpress.com/2020/06/22/elizabeth-r-greenia-1929-2020/

 

The first 32 years of the Poetic Express can be accessed here:

https://libraries.udmercy.edu/archives/special-collections/index.php?collectionSet=community&collectionCode=greenia_gre

 

Last Month’s Poetic Express

June 17, 2020

 

The Poetic Express is still primarily digital, instead of being issued on paper and passed around . As I said last time, I have around a thousand back issues printed up.  If you send an email to me at mgreemaugre@gmail.com and give me a mailing address, I’ll send you some of them.  Or if I know you or know of you, I could give you my home address.  Then, if you’d like to get them more quickly, you can include a S.A.S.E. when you write to me.  That’s a stamped self-addressed envelope, for you newcomers.  That takes a 55 cent stamp or a forever stamp.  If you’d like to get a few extra issues of the Poetic Express, it’s 15 cents for each additional ounce.

If you’re not in the United States, just email me your address and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.  Maybe I’m going to get back into doing mail art.  It’s labor intensive and a bit time-consuming, but it’s a lot of fun.  Those who send out good mail often receive good mail in return.  Support the post office!  No one’s taken me up on this yet.  Does everyone have too much paper kicking around the house?  There’s good mail and bad or indifferent mail, really!

The first 32 years of the Poetic Express can be accessed here:

https://libraries.udmercy.edu/archives/special-collections/index.php?collectionSet=community&collectionCode=greenia_gre

These photos will enlarge if you click on them and hit the backspace to return to the post.

 

Here’s a separate version of the May 2020 SURREAL THEATRE:

The Poetic Express Starts Its 36th Year

May 11, 2020

 

The Poetic Express has long been primarily a physical, paper publication.  Now it moving toward being primarily a digital publication.  Since around 2006, I’ve been helping to archive the Poetic Express as part of my digital archive at the University of Detroit Mercy.  So, much of it is available for viewing on the computer screen.

Eventually, the pandemic situation will be less dire.  Libraries and photocopying centers will re-open. The fear will be less intense, but we’ll still all need to be careful.  For now, yes: be careful, be resilient and talk to others by phone or by other forms of communication.  Keep your distance and wash your hands.

 

 

These photos will enlarge if you click on them and hit the backspace to return to the post.

 

Here’s a separate version of the April 2020 SURREAL THEATRE:

 

PS

As I said last month:

I have around a thousand back issues printed up.  If you send an email to me at mgreemaugre@gmail.com and give me a mailing address, I’ll send you some of them.  Or if I know you or know of you, I could give you my home address.  Then, if you’d like to get them more quickly, you can include a S.A.S.E. when you write to me.  That’s a stamped self-addressed envelope, for you newcomers.  That takes a 55 cent stamp or a forever stamp.  If you’d like to get a few extra issues of the Poetic Express, it’s 15 cents for each additional ounce.

If you’re not in the United States, just email me your address and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.  Maybe I’m going to get back into doing mail art.  It’s labor intensive and a bit time-consuming, but it’s a lot of fun.  Those who send out good mail often receive good mail in return.  Support the post office!

 

The first 32 years of the Poetic Express can be accessed here:

https://libraries.udmercy.edu/archives/special-collections/index.php?collectionCode=greenia_gre&field=keyword/subcoll&term=grepoe&page=1

PPS

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resilient

The Poetic Express “in exile”

April 30, 2020

The Poetic Express marks its 35th year of continuous publication this month.  I started it in April 1985 as a free handout.  It was a sort of “zine”  which featured my own poetry and drawings.  Before I started doing the Express, I was typing up my poems, manifestos and collections of quotations and passing them out to people who I’d meet.  I also mailed out a lot of them to people around the United States and around the world.  For the first time, due to the coronavirus,  I can’t really print paper copies.  The libraries and copy centers are all closed.  I don’t have easy access to a computer printer.  I’ll post the April issues here on this blog, once I’m able to get them scanned.  We’ll see about the May issues.  When I’m finally able to print paper copies again, I probably won’t be posting them here.

Further information on the history of the Poetic Express can be found in my posts for its 25th and 30th anniversaries, found in the web links below.

I have around a thousand back issues printed up.  If you send an email to me at mgreemaugre@gmail.com and give me a mailing address, I’ll send you some of them.  Or if I know you or know of you, I could give you my home address.  Then, if you’d like to get them more quickly you can include a S.A.S.E. when you write to me.  That’s a stamped self-addressed envelope, for you newcomers.  That takes a 55 cent stamp or a forever stamp.  If you’d like to get a few extra issues of the Poetic Express, it’s 15 cents for each additional ounce.

If you’re not in the United States, just email me your address and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.  Maybe I’m going to get back into doing mail art.  It’s labor intensive and a bit time-consuming, but it’s a lot of fun.  Those who send out good mail often receive good mail in return.  Support the post office!

 


 

 

The 1986-2016 issues are archived here:

https://libraries.udmercy.edu/archives/special-collections/index.php?collectionCode=greenia_gre&field=keyword/subcoll&term=grepoe&page=1

25 years:

https://artremedy20.wordpress.com/2010/04/08/the-poetic-express-at-25/

30 years:

https://artremedy20.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/the-poetic-express-in-context-1985-to-2015/

https://artremedy20.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/the-poetic-express-take-one-poetics/

https://artremedy20.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/the-poetic-express-take-two-the-30th-anniversary-exhibition/

https://artremedy20.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/the-poetic-express-take-three-postal-correspondence-and-performance-art/

 

These photos will enlarge if you click on them and hit the backspace to return to the post.

 

Here’s a separate version of the March 2020 SURREAL THEATRE:

 

 

https://www.usps.com/

https://www.stamps.com/usps/postage-rate-increase/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Alone Together

March 31, 2020

Most of us are confined at home due to the coronoavirus pandemic.  These are frightening and unsettling times to be sure.  We could have been prepared for this.  We should have been prepared for this, but we were not.  This seems true in most of the world but especially so in the United States

To all of those doing essential work, who don’t have the privilege of hiding from the virus at home, I thank you.  Thanks so much, you grocery store workers, postal system workers and people still working in factories or picking up the trash/recycling.  I especially thank the medical workers including doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, ambulance attendants, EMTs/paramedics, patient care assistants and direct care staff.  I appreciate you all so much and hope that you help us get through this and stay healthy yourselves.

Many small, independent cultural venues are threatened.  Musicians can’t to the gigs that they depend on.  Try to help them and encourage them as best as you can, both now and after this thing finally runs its course.  Better days will return eventually.

Some people are out of work and hope to get some money to help them to get through this.  Some are able to work at home and others are just home.  Some are home by themselves and others are home with others, including children who can’t go to school.  It’s good to embrace culture as best we can.  Listen to music.  Read books.  Watch movies on your home video equipment or over your computer.

Even if you don’t consider yourself to be an artist, it’s good to do something.  Write notes on things that you observe or keep a daily journal.  Try to write poetry.  Paint or draw pictures.  Make collages or sculptures.  Try to respond to all of this or do something to take your mind off of it, to escape from it.  Yes, be creative.

It’s good to try to set a routine.  Go out for a walk every day, or most days.  If you need to go out shopping, be careful and try to sanitize your hands when you leave the store.  Investigate the possibility of grocery pickup or delivery.  Phone, email or write postal letters to those loved ones and friends whom you can’t see.  Go in to yourself and out of your self.  Good luck to all of you.  Take care.

 

These are strange and frightening times.  For the most part, many of the powerful people in the world have failed to protect the people at large.  Alarms were sounded, but no one listened to them, or so it seems.  Be strong and try not to give in to panic or despair.

 

From 2002

 

These photos will enlarge if you click on them and hit the backspace to return to the post.

 

What’s My Name?

February 29, 2020

These are from the 1970’s and the first half of the 1980’s when I lived in Jefferson-Chalmers, down near the Detroit River.  Don’t bother whoever lives there now.  I haven’t lived there since 1985 or so.  It’s one of the houses of my dreams.  I spent nearly 25 years there.   I’ve been living in my present home for around 27 years.  Between the two, that’s most of my life.  Ditto for the P.O. Box.  I think that I closed it around the year 2000, after using it for over teen years.

Maurice backwards is Eciruam.  Maugre is my most famous alias/ alternative name.  My street art is YET or yet.  I think that my favorite here is Madrice Greeviae.  I’m also fond of Gecaria, Greeniar, Genia, Greenig and Marucie.

 

 

The Monster Drawing Rallies at Detroit’s MOCAD

January 31, 2020

Artist Taurus Burns at work, January 2020

 

Part 1 of 2

I believe that I’ve participated in five out of seven of these.   I usually manage to do eight drawings in an hour.  I work in a variety of mediums in both color and black and white.  I also took photographs.  These are some of the better ones.

 

Artists drawing together, 2013. Collaboration!

 

Does anyone know who these two artists are?  The double-drawing act reminded of the Zeitgeist Gallery’s seven years of Visual Jam Sessions, with no solo work allowed.

The rally first started at Southern Exposure in San Francisco, California.   Since then it’s spread to at least six other cities, including Detroit.

I think it’s great to have artists out creating in public.  Drawing and painting become a performance.  This was always true in my days as a street artist, mainly in the 1980’s and 1990’s.  When I did my huge chalk art project on downtown Detroit’s Hudson’s Building people would honk their car horns at me.  Pedestrians would stop and comment on the work.  Besides the spectacle, it’s also a means for the public to get some good artwork at an affordable price.

 

The Monster Drawing Rally 2013

 

I believe that MOCAD held its first rally in 2013.  They held rallies every year since then except for 2019.  It seems to get more crowded as it goes from from year to year.  It’s a popular event

 

The late David Philpot at work in 2014.

 

https://davidphilpot.wordpress.com/exhibitsshows/

 

Satori Circus at the 2018 Rally.

 

These photos will enlarge if you click on them and hit the backspace to return to the post.

 

Jennifer Gariepy at work, January 2020

 

Sean Bieri and another artist, 2018.

 

Art for sale, bagged and on display. 2018.

 

January 24, 2020

 

The crowd and the “for sale” wall, January 2020.

In December or January, in Detroit:

https://mocadetroit.org/events-and-education/monster-drawing-rally-2020/

In October, in California:

https://soex.org/events/monster-drawing-rally-2019

In July, in Minnesota:

Monster Drawing Rally

In October, in Indiana:

https://sniteartmuseum.nd.edu/visit-us/events/2019/10/17/the-big-draw-monster-drawing-rally/

In Los Angeles:

https://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2010/11/drawing-crowds-outposts-monster-drawing-rally-brings-out-the-wild-side-of-artists.html

I’ve also found evidence of Monster Drawing Rallies held in Ohio and in North Carolina.

Does It Roar? Will It Roar?

January 1, 2020

Some supplemental material elated to the previous post:

I’ll add more things to this throughout January 2020.

Will we get our nasty crash in 2029, or will it come sooner?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roaring_Twenties

33 Images Of The Roaring Twenties That Capture The Jazz Age In Full Swing

Tex Avery’s take on the lion’s roar:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slap_Happy_Lion

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/secrets-of-a-lions-roar-126395997/

The MGM Lion:

The history of the MGM lions

William Blake:

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43687/the-tyger

Let’s Make the 20s Roar Again!  by Wal Vav Lierop December 24, 2019

https://www.forbes.com/sites/walvanlierop/2019/12/24/lets-make-the-20s-roar-again/#40a75e894b9f

https://www.chrysalix.com/team_members/dr-wal-van-lierop/

2019 gives Way to the 2020’s

December 30, 2019

The first twenty years of this century seem to have gone by quickly.  Sometimes life feels painful, even torturous.  The unpleasant moments and days often seem to drag on.  Joy and pleasure can be fleeting and pass right through your fingers and into the earth.  Or they can stick to you and inform your every breath.  All of it is wrapped up in a strange mystery and sense of wonder.  Enchantments befall us or transport us.  There is both good magic and bad magic, both of which many people never seem to truly encounter or to notice.

Yet the artist and the poet often live through these things.  We notice them and appreciate them all the time.  What will the next twenty years bring?  There are many dangerous and alarming signs and signals.  Creative women, men and children must struggle to play their proper parts.  We must keep on keeping on.  Spread the word!  Create!  Protest, as needed.

Will these be the roaring 20’s?  I think they’ll surely whimper, shout and scream a bit.  But roar?  I hope so.  Let it be a nice healthy animal roar, both one by one and in unison.  Maybe we can startle those who would hasten the Earth’s decline and demise.  Maybe we can put the fascists and greed-heads in their place, once and for all.

“For the Thousands of Separated Immigrant Children” Detroit 2019

November 30, 2019

Detroit Mercy. November 5, 2019

November 5th, before the display was installed.

monov 074b

November 5th, before the display was installed.

Its last stop was at the University of Detroit Mercy.  They installed the exhibition on the lawn on November 5.  It was between the library and the liberal arts building.  They took it down on November 23.  The people who dismantled it told me that they’re retiring it, likely taking all the toys and stuffed animals to the dump.  If they do it again, they’ll have to acquire a new cast of characters.

mpnov 070b

November 12th or 13th

mqnov 018b

November 16th

mz_nov 016b

November 23rd, as the display was being removed.

mz_nov 029b

November 23

They put it up on a Tuesday and took it down on a Saturday.   On November 23, I knew that they’d be taking it down soon so I went out to take a few photos, only to find 3 men taking the display down.  I knew two of the a bit and was able to ask a few questions.  It was cold though.  I didn’t want to slow down their work.

mz_nov 020b

November 23

It first was installed in Ferndale on April 27 and was on display until May 11:

https://www.theoaklandpress.com/lifestyles/suburban/thousands-of-dolls-in-ferndale-parking-lot-represent-separated-immigrant/article_89368760-6de6-11e9-a379-fbdf90f071b2.html

From the Campus Connection:

Art Installation: For the Thousands of Separated Immigrant Children

mz_nov 022

November 23