jazzonia: (Misc. - Buckwheat)
  Jan. 1st, 2010 11:59 pm
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  Jul. 10th, 2009 09:55 pm
These are several spoken-word poems that I have been working on recently.  Comments are appreciated; the last one, especially, has been giving me a lot of trouble.


When I saw the pictures, later,
it looked like we were pretty giddy

( I mean, a red-in-the-face,
arm-linking, hand-holding,
footsie-playing, warm-all-over
kind of giddy )

and I'm pretty sure I was stoned --
I mean, I look kind of stoned --

but it could have been the giddiness

I'm afraid to ask,
so I wouldn't know


A Passive Revolutionary

I really don't get
why you mix adult jargon
with childhood catchphrases --

"Peter Pan politics"
and shit like that

Isn't English enough?

Maybe it's because of the freckles on your lips

They probably twist your sentences like DNA,
causing cross-overs and mutations,
catapulting our humble language
into a whole new state of being

Evolution's gotta start somewhere

And if that place is your lips,
smirking at me when I awake,
so be it



You say that I can't commit --
that I have trust issues
and daddy issues
and intimacy issues

I gotta work that shit out of my system,
you say

And maybe you're right --
that I'm damaged goods
like a spooked horse,
and none too forgiving

But to say I don't love you?

Yeah, I'm crass and kind of rude,
but I'm damn graceful with a pen.
I'm a poet, and

I --

I want to write about you.

Isn't that love enough?


Meanwhile, at MOMA

In that moment before fainting,
the world looks kind of like this



You make me feel as if I'm
reading The Bell Jar
alone, on a beach,
my skin this close
to burning under the noontime
sun --
but I'm too enraptured
to move
under the shade, so I promise
myself just five minutes
more --
but ten pass, then
twenty, and
Esther has stepped into
the room, and it's
beautiful --

but then I turn the page
and see nothing,
and squeeze shut my burned eyelids
and sigh.
jazzonia: (Movies - ST XI - Sexy Chekov)
  Jun. 22nd, 2009 08:23 am
I am so late to this boat. Does anybody have one left?
jazzonia: (Misc. - Green hills and castle)
  Mar. 17th, 2009 03:34 pm
Poetry is in my blood

The words have been diced so small
that they sidle through my pores like dancers

My red cells and white cells and tiny newborn cells
are dwarfed by fragments of Times New Roman

I've got tails of Qs and arms of Es
and forgotten lips on the tops of Cs
and way more tittles than Playboy

You are in my blood, too,
the way champagne is on the eve of something new

So I want to write poetry with you

I want to sit on the hardwood floor
with the windows wide open and bolts on the doors,
scrawling beautiful words on sheets of recycled paper

( recycled, of course, because we are twentysomethings
in a loft in TriBeCa, wearing hemp and moccasins )

We could even write on each other,
about how your dictionaries hold up our coffee table,
or dropping out of college, or curry, or your mother,

or how our blood bubbles with promise, and champagne,
and boxed-up leftovers and January rain and

jazzonia: (Misc. - Black and white tree)
  Dec. 26th, 2008 08:36 pm
Paper Towns by John Green

Green's newest YA novel features midnight adventures, one hell of a road trip, and liberal discussion of Leaves of Grass. Be prepared for that rare sort of catharsis that leaves you breathless. Run, don't walk, to your local bookstore to pick up a copy!
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  Nov. 27th, 2008 10:56 am
jazzonia: (NaNo - Your world your universe)
  Nov. 1st, 2008 12:31 am
jazzonia: (HP - Photos - Adelie (teenager))
  Sep. 28th, 2008 03:12 pm
Equus, a play by Peter Shaffer staged at the Shubert Theatre, is a psychological thriller that is a welcome addition to Broadway. The production, which opened on September 25th, is produced by The Shubert Organization, directed by Thea Sharrock, and stage managed by Susie Cordon and Allison Sommers.

Richard Griffiths is excellent as psychiatrist Martin Dysart, who is assigned to treat Alan Strang. The boy had blinded six horses, and as Dysart finds out more about Alan's horse-worshipping, he grows quite jealous. Near the end of the play, Dysart admits that his controlled, educated life is nothing compared to Alan's passionate, albeit twisted, existence. Dysart closes Equus, detailing Alan's future as a ghost of a man devoid of both pain and passion. Griffiths' performance during this monologue is the most moving part of the entire show, delivered with poise and desperation. Though his volume was at times sub-par, it is clear that Griffiths is one of the best actors in modern theatre.

Griffiths' performance carries an otherwise average cast; his steadfastness anchors the polarity of his colleagues, particularly severe Kate Mulgrew (Hesther Saloman) and waifish Carolyn McCormick (Dora Strang). Lorenzo Pisoni (Young horseman / Nugget) demonstrated remarkable physical control, switching from rider to horse and back again during a flashback to Alan's first experience with horses. He also plays the feature horse, Nugget, upon whom Alan imposes his psycho-sexual worship tendencies. Pisoni's physical control easily convinces audiences that he is a horse or rider, and paired with a clever turntable, remarkably stimulates a horse's gait. T. Ryder Smith is unremarkable as Alan's father, Frank Strang, with a believable, but forgettable, performance.

Daniel Radcliffe, a nineteen-year-old Briton of Harry Potter fame, has made a surprisingly successful transition from film to theatre. His physical performance was one of absolute self-control. His blocking and movement were severe; rapid pacing and sudden leaps were common. His presence was commanding despite his small stature. He stalked around the stage with tightly hunched shoulders and sudden bursts of movement, tendencies that also manifested in his jarring speech. His wildness is especially evident when juxtaposed with Griffiths' stoic presence. The best example of this is the end of Act Two, when his much-discussed nude scene culminated in his blinding six horses with a hoof pick, while immovable Griffiths punctuated the scene with narration. While his physical performance was excellent, Radcliffe has not fully shaken his over-the-top film tendencies. He had no problem delivering comedic lines, but when actual acting was called for, he gave a one-dimensional, somewhat flat performance. Acting for film and acting in theatre are incredibly different, but surely experience will teach Radcliffe the nuances that will make his performance more believable.

Radcliffe's and Griffiths' dynamic chemistry is apparent, particularly when they share a smoke at the opening of Act Two and give the audience some much-needed comic relief. His performance was not outstanding, but for a young man who has struggled to escape from a children's film series, Radcliffe is well on his way to a promising theatre career.

The dancers playing the six horses truly set the mood of the play. Their perfectly synchronized movements, especially the ominous marching, give the audience a better glimpse into Alan's mind than Radcliffe ever could. The choreography of the horses' dance in Act Two is marvelous, both because of the dancers' individual skill and the overall "bird's nest" effect that is created. The metal headdresses are captivating under the masterful lighting design of Ted Mather, alternately entrancing and terrifying the audience.

Mather's lighting design was the most technically masterful part of Equus. Highlights include: the ominous preset; the straw effect created by checkerboard gobos in Act Two; and the strobe effect during Alan's rampage in the barn, also in Act Two. The set was simplistic but effective, especially the turntable that spun rapidly at the end of Act One to stimulate a horse's galloping. The show's score was similarly understated; the crescendos in E minor that opened and closed the acts were nothing short of chilling. Drumming during action scenes, especially the ends of the acts, perfectly underscored Alan's twisted deeds.

"Essentially I do not know what I do, but what I do is essential." Equus is a psychological thriller that raises uncomfortable questions about passion, religion, and the dangers of one's own mind. Its simple language and vivid imagery let the questions it raises speak for themselves. At the jarring close of Act Two, audiences will receive a catharsis unlike anything felt before or since. Shaffer's brilliant piece of literature has been revived by a mix of old favorites and fresh faces to Broadway, paired with innovative designers and masterful technicians, to create this must-see hit.
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  Sep. 16th, 2008 06:56 pm
Tagged by [livejournal.com profile] brixisxonfire

List ten songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but that must be songs you're really enjoying right now. Post these instructions in your blog along with your ten songs. Then tag ten other people to see what they're listening to.

"Look Out Sunshine" - The Fratellis
"I Can Do Better Than That" - The Last 5 Years, Jason Robert Brown
"Marrandil" - Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
"Don't Do Sadness/Blue Wind" - Spring Awakening, Duncan Sheik
"I'm Yours" - Jason Mraz
"My Stupid Mouth" - John Mayer
"The Sun" - Maroon 5
"Waltz for Eva and Che" - Evita, Stephen Sondheim
"Nine People's Favorite Thing" - [title of show]
"Ballad of Guiteau" - Assassins, Stephen Sondheim
jazzonia: (Misc. - "I'm feeling rough/raw/in the pr)
  Aug. 31st, 2008 12:17 am
A Lie I Have Told You

Lie: I don't drink coffee

I love coffee. Have since the summer before junior year, when tall cups of iced java kept me sane through my long commutes into the city. All that caffeine makes me jittery and light, like my blood is carbonated and I have to keep moving, moving, moving, or else the bubbles will bubble their way into my brain and boomswishswish, there go my capillaries.

And you're the same way. You're worse than a venti macchiato, than an extra-large vanilla cappuccino, than four shots of iced espresso downed at once. You make me more carbonated than anything, make my blood feel like champagne as it colors my cheeks and warms my chest. You and coffee at the same time would be an overdose of goodness, such a rush that it's lethal.

Though, now that I think about it, dying of Champagne Blood really can't be all that bad.
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  Aug. 30th, 2008 11:29 pm
As the school vibe slowly starts to work its way into my life, I find myself thinking more and more about the college/university application process. I have a year, but I need to really think about it now.

A question for the f-list:

Has anyone been to university in the UK?

I am considering a few schools in UK, specifically Oxford and LSE.  Your experiences applying there, comparison to education from another country (studying abroad, continuing your education, internships, etc.), additional expenses / grants and loans, quality of the education, and overall experience would be most welcomed!
jazzonia: (Broadway - SA - M/W Kiss)
  Aug. 24th, 2008 12:19 am
Gabriel Incarnate

I want to make angels with you
in the crisp newborn snow.
Will you rise with me
this whimsical morning?

My angel would have bed-head
and one foot a half-size bigger;
yours, a scar on its shoulder
and a crooked bottom incisor --

but angels do not
have such flaws.

Can we lie down together
and make perfect shapes,
clothed in purple predawn light
and nothing else?

But we must stand with care,
leaving the closest thing to perfection
we have ever known

Then will you trample our angels,
kick the snow and ruin the smoothness,
crush ice crystals beneath unlaced boots
as we greet the morning
with a two-step waltz?

I should like to share that with you.
jazzonia: (TV - Lost - Doctor Jack)
  Aug. 18th, 2008 03:37 pm
Now, I know that the Pendragon books are generally aimed at an audience of 12-16 year-old boys, but I really do like the series. Gets a little dull from time to time (Quillan Games took me about two weeks to finish), but the concept is a great mix of realistic fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, and dystopia. I've followed the series since my uncle bought me a copy of the first book just after it came out, when I was still in grade school, and cannot wait for the tenth book to come out.

I really liked Raven Rise, which is quite the accomplishment, since book nine of any series (or 7+, if we're being honest) generally doesn't manage to captivate its audience the way the first few did. Before we go into spoiler-level details, I'll give a general review. D.J. MacHale has this tendency to make action scenes too intense and uninterrupted, at least for my tastes; Quillan Games was one huge chase scene, which is why it is not one of my favorite Pendragon books. Anyway, this one was a really excellent balance of action and not-action, Pendragon and the acolytes, flume-hopping and sitting around, etc. Also, having a lower overall intensity allowed for major advancing of the plot, nicely paired with stretches to let things simmer in our brains. Also, some questions get answered! More on that below.

Spoilers! )

I'm very much looking forward to three books that D.J. MacHale has coming out called Travelers 1,2, and 3, which tell the backstories of each of the travelers from the nine territories other than Second Earth. I've always wondered about that sort of thing, and hopefully D.J. does a good job with it! Knowing him, these three editions will serve to enrich the Pendragon universe. They come out in January, February, and March of 2009.
jazzonia: (History Boys - Irwin / Dakin doorway)
  Aug. 17th, 2008 12:07 am
Title: Alternate Route
Author: [livejournal.com profile] jazzonia
Pairing: Dakin/Irwin
Rating: PG-13 for implied slash
Length: ~600
Summary: They never got around to having a drink, but other things did occur.
A/N: Italicized text and final line excerpted from The History Boys by Alan Bennett. Companion piece to my Then and Now, but can stand alone.

Alternate Route )
jazzonia: (Misc. - Cute)
  Aug. 16th, 2008 11:58 am
Michael Phelps, you're a star.
jazzonia: (TV - CSI - Sarah 'Really?')
  Jul. 1st, 2008 11:51 am

Today, 150 years ago, natural selection was introduced to the world via Darwin's and Wallace's works at a meeting of the Linnean Society of London. Today marks the beginning of a year-and-a-half-long bash, celebrating such landmarks as the 150th anniversary of evolution (today), the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin (November 2009), and Darwin's 200th birthday (also Lincoln's, Feb. 12 of next year).

Let the festivities begin!


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