Wednesday, April 30, 2014


National Poetry Month is sadly coming to an end. To send it off Big Shoe style, we thought we’d share a brief interview with Mark Wunderlich, poet, writer and professor of literature at Bennington College.  Mark is one of the judges for the Big Shoe Diaries Poetry Contest that concludes this evening (get those final submissions in!). We hope you're inspired by Mark's interview.  We certainly were.

BSD: When did you first realize you were a poet?
MW: I came to poetry rather late.  I wasn't one of those kids who always wrote poems.  I didn't even know this was possible; I remember being surprised when I learned there was such a thing as a living poet.  I thought they were like stagecoach drivers or match sellers.  In college I took a writing workshop by accident and never looked back.  

BSD: How many poems do you write a year?  Has there been a time in your life when you wrote more than this?
MW: If I write five good poems in a year, I would be happy.  I've written fewer than that, and once wrote about twenty poems in a year.  I work slowly.  

BSD: When did you first celebrate National Poetry Month?
MW: I don't think I would say I actually celebrate poetry month.  To me, that's a little like celebrating Carbon Cycle Month, or Photosynthesis Month.  Poetry is so essentially human an activity that it doesn't belong to just one month of the year--it's eternal.  
BSD: If you were going to sit down and read some poetry this afternoon, what would you be reading?
MW:  I did read some poetry this afternoon!  I read two student poems, and I read the poems of a terrific poet named Shane McCrae whom I'm introducing at a reading tonight.  I also look at Leaves of Grass by Whitman, which I'm teaching this semester.

BSD: Why does poetry matter?
MW: Asking why poetry matters is almost like asking why music matters, or why gardens matter, or why dancing matters.  Humans make things that are complex and beautiful, and that expand our sense of mystery, beauty, complexity.  Poems connect disparate notions and images and bind them up in language and make that which is unknowable into something that is understandable.  Reading and writing poems has no function other than to expand our souls, our humanity.  

BSD: We forget poets are people too.  Any funny anecdotes about famous poets you've interacted with you'd like to share?
MW: Allen Ginsberg once put his hand down my pants.  I was 21 and had just moved to New York from Wisconsin.  I was introduced to him at a reception, and he took my hand to shake it and didn't let go.  The other hand landed on my lower back and then slid down into the back of my pants.  He copped a feel and I wriggled away.  In a way, he was no different than some dude on a crowded subway who gets handsy.

BSD: When is the best time to write poetry?
MW: I like to write first thing in the morning, before my mind clutters up with all the things I need to do.

BSD: What will poetry be like in 50 years?
MW: In fifty years?  Poetry will be the same, but fifty years older. 

Monday, April 21, 2014


Last week was kind of crazy in preparation for the first decennial potlatch in Baltimore! Colby barely found time to make video poems for the winners of the first challenge: Erotic Haiku.  And we are a little behind schedule, so this third mini-challenge is on short deadline.  You have until Thursday, April 24th at 11:59 p.m. (EST) to submit this week's challenge to LAWNTATTOO@GMAIL.COM with the Subject Line: EKPHRASTIC STICK POETRY. 

Ekphrasis is a hard word to say. It's a poem that is a comment on or response to another art form, for example a film, an adult film, a photograph, a pornographic photograph, a sculpture, an erotic sculpture. . . well, you get the drift.  Submit your entry by Thursday evening to have  special video poem made if you are selected as the winner. Be sure to provide the source of the art to which your poem responds. Obvious preference will be given to ekphrastic poetry involving a work of art or film featuring Colby Keller.

Winners for Concrete Poetry Mini-Challenge II will be announced Thursday to give you that extra inspiration.  All entries in the mini-challenge are automatically entered in the Big Shoe Poetry contest for National Poetry Month.  Get to writing!

Sunday, April 20, 2014


At the recent #ColbyKellerPotlatch, our newest fashion blogger, Catherine D'noof poses the age old question as she rifles through Colby's belongings, Is This For Anal? It's a legitimate question when you're considering the objects formerly owned by a porn actor named Colby.  Catherine began to pose questions about various items, "Is this for anal?" ostensibly wondering what objects can be stuffed up your butt.  It's an age old question, one fraught with worry, fear and well. . . excitement.  Who hasn't wanted their butt plugged with something that challenges, questions and. well. . . enlightens your sense of self.  So, next time you find a new object ask your self, "#isthis4anal?"


Congratulations to everyone who completed a haiku for the first mini-challenge for BSD Poetry Month!  Wow!  Over 140 entries!!! It was next to impossible to decide!  Thanks and congratulations to all! Next mini-challenge announced tomorrow!

Monday, April 14, 2014


Congratulations to Cameron Stalheim for bringing his vision to reality and thanks to everyone who helped to fund this larger-than-life project!  I figured that 30-odd photos of the sculpture would suffice for this post.

Friday, April 11, 2014


Boners aren't for books silly faggot; boners are for boys!!!

Sadly, impending doom, errrrr my "move", means I must firmly close the final chapter on the Boners for Books program.  Without the financial means to preserve my beautiful library, I'm sharing the many gifts you gave me with anyone willing to snatch a slim volume (or shelf-full or two).

I now have the freedom to re-direct my riding crop back where it belongs: perniciously pointed at the beautiful boys of the internet, most of whom I'll never have the direct honor of meeting in person.

One boy in particular stands out among the many: xxcraiger.

I'm a little late to the Instagram game (COLBYKELLER if you want to help me earn my first "k").  I only recently acquired a smart phone.  Sadly that too will go.

It took me a while to figure out the private message function.

When I did, I discovered xxcraiger, Craig Ryan, who sent me a card to his upcoming thesis show at the Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University.  I scrolled thru Craig's selfies and instantly fell in love.  While the panhandle state is a loong ways off, and too hot to handle for this pale pony (not to mention Craig himself), I can certainly admire from a distance.

His silicone-centric work looks pretty alluring too.  If you find yourself near Florida State tonight, be sure to check out the opening of his thesis show.  The reception is from 6-8PM:

Thursday, April 10, 2014


"We wrap it

and then we bag it

in a tight little package and there you have it.

Or else we sack it.

Do you want to sack it?

Alright, let's sack it.

I'm a little ambitious and I want my wishes so I got a fictitious Sid Vicious doing all my dirty dishes.

You go upstream when you get with me, do you know what I mean?

You go extreme when you get with me, do you know what I mean?

Baby, get in and jump me.

Or Baby, get out and dump me."

-- Peaches, Bag It 


Gu Tong Yue Wu -- Dong Ke
Dangerous -- Big Data
When I Was A Fair Maiden -- Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill
The Day After The Day Before Yesterday -- The Northwest Man
Ye Mele -- Elis Regina
Szumniala Leszczyna (The Hazel Tree Rustled) -- Pieśni Odzyskane
When We Were Younger -- The Careful Ones
Hapo Zamani -- Dorothy Masuka
Alphabit -- John Oswald & Susanna Hood
Puirt-A-Beul -- Eilidh Mackenzie
Nonscience -- TTC
Humps -- Alanis Morissette
Marie Louise -- Yann-Fanch Kemener
Take My Soul -- Bergheim 34
Policeman -- Spare Change Boys
Louva-A-Deus -- Milton Nascimento
Greenland Whale Fisheries -- The Weavers
Rush Into Love -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Slap and Shot -- Cheveu
Stranger In Moscow -- Transformer Di Roboter
Diskko 5000 -- Communista Como Hijo
The Kitchen Floor -- Little Green Cars
Take Cover (Featuring Pumpinkhead) -- Purpose Of Soul
Bag It -- Peaches
Reconstitution -- TTC
El No O Busca So Voz -- George Crumb
High So High -- Latin World
Kunjan Sabuki -- Nenes
Married To a Mermaid -- Tom Goux & Jacek Sulanowski
>Anawa, Anawa< Kiribati Women's Hip Shaking Dance -- The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music
Worms Cannot Swim Nor Can They Walk -- The Hidden Cameras
Rules Don't Apply -- Seasick Mama
Hiden-Nakafu-- Toru Yonaha

Don't forget: Wrap it and bag it, grab it and dash at the 1st Decennial Colby Keller Potlatch this 4.20!