The August Issues of The Poetic Express

September 26, 2020

The Poetic Express continues.  I hope to be able to get some paper copies soon.  Due to the pandemic, I’ll still continue to post each month’s issues here. August and September have been very rough for me.  In the past few months I’ve suffered five major deaths including both of my parents.  I hope that there’s at least a little good news this year, going into 2021.

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

I taped new puppet performances in July and August.  There will be more soon.  I did the puppets, music, voices and staging.  The camera work, end credits and closed-captioning are by Jennifer Gariepy.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEqEgPjHDG-C5459riAH1Fw

Going to the Frogs from August 11th:

Here are many back issues of The Poetic Express from 1985 to 2016:

https://tinyurl.com/y2db6jja

The July Issues of The Poetic Express

August 20, 2020

 

The Poetic Express continues.  I hope to be able to get some paper copies soon, for those of you who want to stick one on your refrigerator or to add it to your (physical) files.  Due to the pandemic, I’ll still continue to post each month’s issues here.  Eventually, they should also all end up at my digital archive in the Special Collections section of the University of Detroit Mercy library’s website.

The poem A Garden is in memory of my neighbor and old friend Jim Inglehart.  He loved the plants and he had a green thumb.

About a month ago, on July 19th, I started doing puppet shows, filming them and posting them online.  I’ll put a link to my youtube page here as well.  I’ve been doing puppets since 1988.  The rascals are as funny as ever, and I’m going to bring back some of the popular characters.  There have been five posted so far.  I’ll add one or two new ones every week.

 

 

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

 

 

New puppet performance from July and August.  There will be more soon.  I did the puppets, music, voices and staging.  The camera work is by Jennifer Gariepy.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEqEgPjHDG-C5459riAH1Fw?view_as=subscriber

Here are many back issues of The Poetic Express from 1985 to 2016:

https://tinyurl.com/y2db6jja

 

 

Recent Work, Take One

July 27, 2020

Number 346

When the pandemic hit, in mid-March, I had to change my drawing routine.  For one thing, I started to number them, on the verso (that is, on the flip side of the page).  As I write this, in late July, I’m up to nearly 400 drawings.  The numbering system covers five sketch books, for now.  This can get a bit confusing but it’s fun.  It’s a sort of puzzle or a game.  I needed to create new rituals for myself.

Number 124

I used to do most of my drawings on the bus or at restaurants.  I’d draw while waiting for a movie or a concert to start.  I’d draw while standing in line to get my tickets.  Now, I no longer do any of those things.  Maybe someday some or all of them will return.  I try to get take-out at the eateries that are still open, yet it’s rare that I do so.  More power to them!  I look at people’s art and listen to their music on the computer but it’s not the same.  I get burned out on the computer.  Plus it’s not good for you to sit in place for too long at a time.

Number 304

The sizes of the sketchbooks include 6 by 6 inches, 4 by 6 inches. 3.5 by 5 inches and 2.5 by 4 inches.  I’m used to the smaller sizes as I’ve always been drawing on the run,  Now that I’m stuck at home, I need to start doing some larger work.

Number 118

I used to make art on the run or on the fly.  When that got ruled out, I had to set a new routine.  When I’m working from home, I do one or two drawings before I get to my proper work.  Then I do some more art work in the evening.  When I’m not working from home, I do 5 to 10 drawings, all early on.  It helps me to wake up.  I also read a little and listen to the news or to music.  Every day is an experiment or an improvisation.

Number 111

Number 367

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Number 370

I’ll try to post some of my new work  here in my blogs.  Some will appear in social media including facebook, instagram and twitter.  Another new project involves videotaping my wacky puppet performances.  I keep busy and work hard.

Number 344

Strange Sunday

July 24, 2020

 

Strange Sunday

 

Last Sunday, July 19 was a full day.  I started it off by doing this drawing called Strange Sunday.  It’s a unique piece.  At 9 by 12 inches, it’s slightly larger than most of my current work.  It’s done in grey, black and blue ink with a little pro white and colored pencil.  I used brushes and pens, including the bamboo pen, which I hadn’t used in a long time.

It was raining, even storming in the morning.  Eventually the weather cleared up.  This added to the flavor of the day.  We went and visited my father.  I hadn’t gone to visit him since March 9th, due to the pandemic.  I saw him briefly at my mother’s funeral.  We had a masked and distanced visit though we did do elbow bumps when I took my leave.  He looked through two of my recent sketch books and enjoyed doing so.  Jennifer and my sister Gazine were there too.  I just missed seeing my brother Michael.

When I got back home, I did a short puppet show which was videotaped by Jennifer Gariepy.  Hopefully it’ll be the  first in a long series.  I did other stuff last Sunday too, but these three things were highlights.

 

 

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The puppet show from June 19th:

 

 

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….

 

 

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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

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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.

 

 

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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/

 

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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

 

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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.