‘Someone submitted a manuscript which was rejected by 100 agents which had been written by the critically acclaimed, award-winning, internationally revered Kurt Vonnegut. If they passed on Kurt Vonnegut, what chance do we have? tip: don’t send any more. Take your work straight to the reader.’ (Taken from Brian Marggraf’s blog) This is an indicator of the hit and miss of the ‘arts’-world which all of us have to contend with. Marggraf goies on to advise on ‘failure’ as an instigator of success, how to succeed (suck seed) in the face of failure. I cannot retrieve his blog on failing where he tells how his own failure drove him on and how he goes thru many failures to reach one success. It was inspiring, and like looking in a mirror. http://indieheroblog.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/post-no-bills-yeah-right-guerrilla-marketing-for-the-indie-author/ Now, I have mentioned a few tings I have put forward recently for consideration by people like Burnley FC, JAB, fist site, white chapel book fair and MOMA and 2 poetry mags. Well, yesterday I visited the big city known as Londres. I went to several exhibitions including Bailey then Hamilton. At the latter I got lots of reinforcement for my new ways of working. So, I am intent on carrying on with my work. IF any of the bodies I have offered my skills to call me in then I shall do whatever I can to fulfil my promise. Otherwise, I just carry on doing what I do since 1962, 7 actually. And I awoke at 3am this morgan and I wrote: 3am, 3.5.14 An epic early morn moan mourn poem?
This blArt is about (ab-Art) ‘Failure In My Eyes’
How can you say yer an artisbloke if you don’t av eyes to sea?
If you don’t a thirst suck seed
Try fry a gem
My greatest success is my failure is my Great Success
There’s an old terrace song at my home toon
‘Bob Lord* knew my father
My father knew Bob Lord’
First I aksed Bob Lord a favour
He gave me nuffin in return
I aksed to meat him on the half way line
He just gave me a chop.
I copped it in his shoppe
I said yor norran ejucayted man
He said he were igorant o dat
[*Bob Lord was a butcher by trade. And he butchered the transfer of the local hero Jimmy Mac. After he sold Jim down to the league below so he couldn’t play against Burnley the team rapidly rocketed down the leagues itself. He was as far as I know solely responsible for making urnley FC miss the fashion stakes. In the early 60’s when they were one of the big two clubs of the day HE BANNED TV CAMERAS!]
Then I awoke two real eyes
To the countless stars inth’ skies
The money machine took off
But I made no dosh
Wenni awoke I realised
They are not going to call
Yesterday Today Tomorrow Not at all
I done my best to reel
A sizeable fish In ma ditch
But Day Mien does it better
For Maldives he hides it
Maybe I wer rong to draw my lot
I never earned a jot
And who? were you they said
I am me Pete Kennedy
No, you tink yer David Bailey don’t ya
Well I wer forra while
They did not dig my stile
But I had to get over it
I hope that makes you smile
But in a while
oh oh oh noh noh diddli do de do
it doesn’t Matta what you do
so long as you do la loo
I am not staying up all night
to right this trash all write?
Just straighten up and fly a right
I bin doin that all nicht
Swung so many am a little drunk
That made me think
Which I spell tink
I had to imbibe
Or I would hab died
I don’t drink Doesn’t mean I do not drink
I think therefore I am a Yam
a yakity man
yakity yak don’t go bach
Therefore I am a philosopher
I have to be some ting
I do the best I can, can can
Maybe I’m a tin man?
I know I am no lion heart
I am just a scaredy crow, not cat
What do you tink abart dat?
Then, second, I saw my First Site associate-ship isn’t sailing (yet?) (see a next blArt on my approaching fistsite) But seriously folks, I visited the National Portrait (I did a Few too) Gallery to see the David Bailey show. It’s not what you knew it’s who you knew, I never had a clue in my ass. The I trundled on to Tottingham Caught Toad and on up past St Paul’s pad onto the Milhelmina Bridge tward the Ivory Tower ofart The Cake Moderne. Where Richard Hamilton had left his works out when he left us in the lurch. Like his bro, Rich Wittington, he went to the Paved with Gold streets where he shared his sh…(it can’t be said with immunity) but there wer a lot of it in his works. His last one was almost exactly the same size as my Venus (Third but not last see a next blArt on my approaching MOMA). Don’t get me wrong, I like his werks and he met both the Beatles and the Stones and I just met the Nowhere Man. You don’t know what you’re doing he told me too. The reason I tink they (the Beatles and the Stones that was. And it was more than a week that was) were so popular still is because they epitomised the aspirations of the war baby generation what ‘got’ the legacy of the previous generation’s legacy from the generation who fought in World War One. And everyone else since, like you and moi, has been doing it all over again. Bailey & Hamilton were there, where? There on the stairs. A little mouse with clogs on right there, going clip-clippity clop on the stairs. Like my Venus. (see a next blArt on my approaching MOMA) all the rest are has-beens. And you and me, we’re all gonna-bees. That’s the whole tooth, nuttin but the tooth. Then I bought a book on Boys no I am not like that I just spelt it rong, Buoys, no am not into sailors neither nor I just can’t spell Beuys no matta how hard I try. And a book from Christie’s catalogue, boy they bouy up there sales of Beuys don’t they, a heapo cash to make a lot o dosh from a load o tosh.
St. Ark Ravine Bon Coeurs,
Pop Artisbuk Man.
All the images & idiot synchronicities herein are © pete kennedy 2014
I am fascinated by your reactions to this blArt, but I am unsure how to set it up easy. I notice on Marggraf’s blog there are ‘comments’ galore on his ‘about’ page, but i do not know how to set it up. Maybe someone from head office might point me to how? anyway, me old mate DW has sent me a reaction to today’s blArt, I thought it’d be nice to show yez, also to let you see if you feel guilty abArt ‘liking’ the zany stuff watti dae, it’s OK! Others like it too. I am gerrin folk contact me and say they enjoy the play wit werds watti do. This is wat me mate ses:
“I look forward to your blarts, another fine one and your stream of consciousness is like a wide, networked mesh, lighting up like Christmas tree lights as you are triggered by events. The energy powering this light-show is your fluid use of language to lasso and connect up carriages of connected content, for your train of thought. It is exhilarating to climb aboard your train of thought for another journey out into places that are not on the map. You are a pioneering explorer who is sharing his terrain by mapping it out as you go. This creative process, this artwork is a commentary on your mind [mine mined mi-ned (ed*)] forays, but enriched by your deep and wide knowledge and experience of art and its world from inside and Artie-hed looking out-looking in.” *ed- that’s me mind.