This week’s illustrated haiku is a result of an interesting bit of mail I received containing a piece of card stock with the cobalt outline of a bird and an envelope suggesting I add and pass back’ to ‘Dread Lippencott’s Menagerie’. Upon closer inspection I found this card originated with my friend Coralette (aka the Crafty Hag). Another mail art project, perhaps? Indeed, it seems Coralette has conjured a new port of call in the wonderful world of mail art. Of course, I obliged by picking up a marker and ‘adding’ the first chance I got. To learn more about this Mail Art port of call or to submit your own mail art check out Dread Lippencourt’s blog.
Speaking of Coralette, I’m reminded of another crazy project that she’s heading up in St. Petersburg, but is also happening all around the world this October. Two words. Zombie Dancers!
Okay, it’s somewhat of a Michael Jackson tribute I guess, but it has zombies and they are dancing and it’s with the goal of breaking the World Record for simultaneous dance. So, even though I’m not a fan of Jackson, I’m certainly a fan of zombies and breaking things so I’m going to participate and join hundreds of thousands of people across the planet who will dress as zombies and dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller at the exact same moment in time. Sound fun? Read on to see how you can do the same…
The event is called Thrill the World and you can check out where official locations are throughout the world here. Don’t see an organized event in your city? You can organize your own via the site. Don’t know the dance? (Me neither!) That’s okay there are video lessons online and many cities like mine have volunteers teaching it at no cost or a nominal cost. If you are in my neck of the woods – Tampa Bay / St. Petersburg check out ThrillStPete.com to register, get details and join in the dance classes in the weeks prior to the event.
This week’s haiku has an ‘extra’ syllable with intent so save your virtual breath on pointing that out to me. 😛 Remember, modern english haiku is about capturing a moment in time, a feeling, etc. The guidelines of 17 syllables in 3 lines of 5,7 and 5 respetively certainly work in many cases and are strived for by most writers, but it’s the ‘now’ of the haiku that is most important and every so often I break the rule to remind myself of this.
I’ll be at the Haunted HeART sale in Coralette’s backyard this weekend selling GingerDead cards and Illustrated Jewelry. An art fair in someone’s yard is a pretty damn cool idea if you ask me. Apparantly this is the third year she’s done this and it gets quite the turn out. Occasionally, a reader will tell me how boring there town is and how it seems like I always have cool stuff to go to. Well, be inspired by the Crafty Hag and start your own mini event in your yard or create an imaginary port of call with a free blog and keep the mail art movement moving or whatever…the point is, if you want something to happen consider making it happen yourself. You’ll be a hero to every other bored person and might even stir things up enough that where you live becomes a rad place that you actually love. St. Pete used to be extremely lame and in the last 10 years has morphed into quite the little art mecca, so I guess anything’s possible. 🙂
See you next week…