Alison Garwood Jones

Poets

Originally published in December 2016 in Blog

So says Eileen Myles on Design Matters podcast with  Debbie Millman. #Auden #Cohen #Whitman #Kunitz #Neruda #Collins #Dickinson #poetry

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Skills pivot

Originally published in February 2016 in Blog

There are a lot of folks out there doing a skills pivot on their own time and dime. They’re saying yes to mastering data science and website design, and no to obscurity and unemployment. They’re plowing through long lists of recommended readings, and using Darwin’s Origin of the Species as the manual to justify preparing […]

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A good read

Originally published in May 2015 in Blog

I don’t want Auden chopped up And sprinkled in my Twitter stream. Or van Gogh’s letters reimagined by A ginger beard mugging for YouTube. Keep Khayyam on the pages of the World War I chapbooks, Complete with my grandmother’s soft pencil annotations. What presence! And Yeats? If you get that fucking gadget anywhere near him […]

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Hall of Fame

Originally published in March 2014 in Blog

XXIII I felt a clearing in my mind As if my brain had split; I tried to match it, seam by seam, But could not make them fit. The thought behind I strove to join Unto the thought before, But sequence ravelled out of reach Like balls upon the floor. Emily Dickinson

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Rabbit remembered

Originally published in March 2014 in Blog

The bodies are buried. The house is sold. And the dust has settled. But not for you. You keep turning the soil.   You’re digging for worms, not coins, And sinking further into the soil yourself. But you’re a writer, you said, Can’t you see this is material?   At your insistence, I took ownership of […]

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Home

Originally published in December 2013 in Blog

After you lose your parents, You start to wonder if your family ever existed. That feeling of being part of a team alters, Then disintegrates over time. New alliances form. Continents and decades are crossed in a valiant search for that next Home. Siblings become more like old classmates, People you used to know because […]

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Fiction

Originally published in October 2013 in Blog

Read it here.

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Poem

Originally published in July 2013 in Blog

Do you want to be famous or good? This question is crossing more minds today. Including mine. Social media makes it too easy to get noticed for very little. Being good at something is a stubborn exercise. It’s also a long road, with winding turns you learn to drive right over. But you know you’re […]

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La beauté

Originally published in February 2013 in Blog

Good design in women is a human obsession. A phenomenon distinct from the individual. Beauty alters rooms. It changes behaviour And creates a sense of urgency In everyone. For the woman, beauty affects how she plans her life, Both when she has it And when she doesn’t. Either way, society doesn’t let her forget it. […]

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Down came the snow

Originally published in January 2013 in Blog

When her emotions were reeling And her writing hand couldn’t keep up — Or even find an entry point on the page — She read obsessively. Indiscriminately. And, as Dylan Thomas liked to say, With her eyes hanging out.

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