It was, perhaps, inevitable that the world would face a global pandemic (which, I’ve been told by the Associated Press style guide on the topic, is redundant and should be avoided… that whole “pan” taking care of the “global” part) and it was also perhaps inevitable that such a worldwide event would send many to look after their long-forgotten creative projects.
Pigeonhole has been somewhat of a nemesis for me, lying in wait like the two-pound weights gathering dust on my closet shelf, promising to be of good use if only I’d pick them up.
I’m still at work, actually, 40 hours a week or more (though not at my second job), but the siren song of a long-forgotten project has seduced me into returning.
Hence the marriage of two projects.
I wrote a chapbook about a year ago, and submitted the poems to a contest. The chapbook is called “Inevitability,” and some of it feels especially relevant now. We’ve seen the (of course, incorrect) quote over and over again: “We never could have seen this coming.” But of course, many health experts here and abroad could, and did. It was inevitable.
So how does a situation change when you have prepared for it, versus when you haven’t? Is it self-destructive (or in some cases, destructive of others) when you choose, willfully, not to prepare?
I’ll be posting some of those poems on inevitability, and others, over the next few days.
And while we’re all quarantined and supporting artists and creators… check out this incredible project birthed by my dear friend Kelly Lamanna, Your Uncle Richard.
Here’s how they describe the project: Founded in 2014 by Katelyn Douglass and Kelly Lamanna, Your Uncle Richard is a long-distance arts collaboration that connects an ever-growing family of strangers. Structured like a game of telephone, each cycle begins with one artist who creates a prompt and passes it on to the next participant.
Right now they’re in Cycle Five: Quarantine, which starts with one of the now-famous tweets showing quarantined Italians singing on balconies to lift each others’ spirits and pass the time. That tweet inspired the first artist to create the first piece, which inspired the next two artists to create their pieces, and so on down the line.
I’m lucky enough to be a part of one of the two concurrent cycles that’s happening right now during … all this. Keep your eyes on their site to see some exciting things.
And please. Stay at home if you can.