Monday, May 17, 2010
Poet en route to Mongolia
Bother bother bother. I'll bother you! I'm alive, but I'm stowed away in a hold on Capitol Hill. I'm alive and living in a stuffy, windowless, lightless hold in a studio in a warehouse in a city block in Seattle. I'm en route to Mongolia. Out of this world, going by boat. I'm more than halfway there. LitFuse is over the horizon. Tieton, place of open air, fat brown hills, dusty roads, bright red globes. Wind. I could use your wind now. Push me on across the Pacific, over top India and China to Mongolia. I promise, I'll come home. I'll be there in October, in my leather coat in my striped blue scarf, standing out on the town green, whispering what the wind told me, harking what the birds said. Whispering why. Harking the sky.
A K Mimi Allin, three times LitFuse faculty member, is the current artist-in-residence at Project: Space Available on Capitol Hill in Seattle. Her project is called HAM--Hold All Movement. For this, she earned her Ham Radio License, built an 8x11' hold and outfitted it with a cot, teapot, personal library & communications station (shortwave, marine VHF & HAM radios). She's residing full-time in the hold, listening to radios by night & turning that info into gestures by day. Radio gestures. Mimi is hoping to explore a continuation of this work for showing and sharing at LitFuse and hopes by October to have her General Radio License and to know some Hams in Yakima. Given that public broadcasts are illegal, what would Ham radio poetry look like? Leave it to me. I'll figure it out.
Posted by A K Mimi Allin at 1:16 PM