Wednesday, January 27, 2010

An Online Journal: Some Food for Thought.

Okay, I'm just going to break this down with pros and cons reagarding the journals that Dr. Griffiths listed on her blog:

:) -- Very Clean. Interesting entrance into the site. Interesting cover image. Extremely organized.

: ( -- Although it was pretty cool, it wasn't incredible. I didn't feel like it was one of the best out there. Could be a little more original.

:) -- Original. Interesting. Organized.

: ( -- Not as clean as I would have liked. I'm partial to a little more visual contrast.

:) -- Very Cool entrance. Loved the Art. Clean.

: ( -- Would have liked the "About Us" or something of that sort to be the opening page. I kinda felt like if I had stumbled upon this I wouldn't know what I was looking at. Could've used more contrast.

Black Warrior Review:
:) -- Very Cool cover image. Very Interesting. I liked the title definition on the front page. The Photography was great and fit the site perfectly.

: ( -- As I really liked the theme, it didn't exactly fit the title of the journal, and that threw me off a little.

Ninth Letter:

:D -- Enough Said.

My Ideas for Trillium:

*-I like the Entrance page. It's interesting and adds that "what's behind this cool looking door?" element.

*-I like color contrast. It's easier on the eyes.

*-I like cool art work, photography, or graphic designs. But not all three at once. One Theme and stick with it.

*-I like when the layout matches the title, if possible, and if necessary.
i.e. Here's the definition of Trillium according to Webster's dictionary:

1. Any of a genus (Trillium) of herbs of the lily family with an erect stem bearing a whorl of three leaves and a solitary typically spring-blooming flower.

So what if we stuck with a lily/flower/roots/tree/natural kind of theme?
Trillium. The Roots of Piedmont College.

With the "Three" Theme. And whatever we do... do it all in threes.

Just some ideas........................ ; )

All Art has Quality; if it doesn't, it's not Art.

What did I learn about "ARTiculation" and "The Alphabet of Art"?

Obviously, as the adage lives on: "A Picture Paints a Thousand Words". In this sense, I mean to say, there's more to Art than what we initially see. Just as anything that is sparked, imagined, and then created there must be rhyme and reason to the piece, but not only that, it must follow the rules of art. To be ascetically pleasing is not enough, there must be effort to the composition and obedience to the rules of line, texture, shape, form, etc.

For Trillium, I believe that we should be just as "picky" with the art submissions as we are with the writing. Just because something looks nice does not mean it's a good piece of art. There is more to it than simply that fact:
-It must be striking. The piece must have that crucial element which causes me (as an observer) to offer over my full attention.
-It must say something worth while. All art makes a statement conveyed by the artist. The piece must have something to say that makes me want to listen.
-It must be beautiful. Yes, what is "beautiful" is determined by individual preference, but the piece must still be pleasing to the general eye.
-It must be original. No one likes to hear clich'es in poetry, and so we don't want to see it in the artwork either. I need to feel like I'm seeing it for the first time, and not like it's just another version of another piece.

We don't have to be artists to see what good art is, we don't have to be writers to know if a poem or prose is of quality, and we don't have to be musicians to hear the flaws in a song. We need to fine tune our ability to contemplate, and judge the submissions for Trillium. Let's make this the best Trillium yet!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Hopes for the Trillium 2010- perhaps.

My hopes for this year's journal.... let's see...

I believe that this journal is an expression of art, as it should be. But not the imitation of it; the true, living breathing, developing art that lives and walks among the rest of us that inhabit this earth. As there are many forms and levels of art, many variations could be acceptable for this journal... Though, I believe that we should set one standard of excellence to example and choose all pieces by this standard. I believe that many good and decent works of art will be submitted to us, and yet our selection should be slim. Quality is a better principle to adhere to rather than quantity, and I would like that to be displayed by this Trillium.
I would also like to see a group that can work and function together as a unit; perhaps not necessarily unanumous, but complementary. And that, for the most part, is what I would like to see in this year's, 2010, Piedmont College arts journal: Trillium. Adious.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Every person is different. You mean when you hear someone like your mom talking about someone else and she wants to be nice so she says “well, they’re just different”… no, not like that… well, maybe. Everyone is created differently and uniquely and it’s those simple variations that make “the world go ‘round”, right?
Richard Hugo explains in the first chapter of his book The Triggering Town, which is entitled “Writing off the Subject” on the matters of learning to write to a supposed inexperienced audience. As Ricky is bit brash and forward in his tactics, I still managed to find a principle from which I’ll glean. Going back to the “everyone is created differently” idea, Ricky states “Every moment, without wanting or trying to, telling you to write like me. But I hope you learn to write like you.” He accepts that teaching does not involve infringing your own ideas on lower, less important subjects, but helping them to find their own and nourish them for further development. As people differ so do their writing styles, opinions and the way they view the world. If every teacher could adhere to that belief, we’d probably have a world full of new, fresh ideas… well, newer, and fresher anyway.
And on the other hand, one comment Ricky made which I did not agree with was his opinion on the incapability of arguments to make for productive formulations of ideas. “Don’t start arguments. They are futile and take us away from our purpose… If you don’t agree with me, don’t listen.” I believe it is by listening to ideas that we don’t agree with that we can better understand our own. Through arguments and contradictions we advance our capacity to learn and hold stronger to our styles and opinions and therefore make greater distinctions between ourselves and others; complementing the uniqueness of this world. Blah. Over and Out.


True creativity cannot die. Regardless of criticisms and disapproval, the spark of art that lives within certain entities cannot be eliminated. It can wither and crumble, but its roots will always remain and eventually break forth on new ground to further branch out, seed, and therefore bring out new creative ideas. Though, the attempt to make creativity out of nothing by non-creative people is umm… well…. nothing. It was never there and so it does not exist. It cannot exist on its own- only by diligence and persistence is any improvement made, and well, anything past nothing is something, so that doesn’t initially say much.
In Steve Kowit’s chapter entitled “Awful Poems” in his book In the Palm of Your Hand, his judgments don’t venture far from the name of the section. And, I cannot say that I did not agree with the most of his criticisms on the epidemic of implementing poor language into a form some call “poetry.” Stevie, let’s call him Stevie; Stevie makes clear in this chapter that one great problem with the emaciated phrases is the direct word display of emotions rather than painting the portrait of those emotions. He says in reference to one poor prose on page 38: “It is an example of telling us the feelings instead of showing us the scene that conveys the feelings.” Agreed. To effectively exhibit these passions the entire surrounding arena must be displayed. Yes. It’s true.
And as I agree with Stevie on this ground, there is one comment that he makes which cocks my brow. He states on page 42 that imagery should not be used out of context in poetry. In reference to another novice poem and its fanciful liquid visualizations Stevie says: “Those images of water, boats and frogs… here they are out of place.” As I found many other wounds in the poem (hah, wounds), the disconnected imagery was not one of them. I quite enjoyed the comparisons and found them complementary and not distracting. I can appreciate the leg on which he stands, (hah, leg) but in this case, I cannot agree.
On that note, what is true creativity and who is to determine the quality of it? What have I to say in contrast to Stevie, or any other judge of poetry, or you? Beauty must be in the eye of the beholder or something like that- colloquialism and out.