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2015-P25-01

Featured Look

Autumn Rose

October 15, 2015


Casual and comfortable - Bella Dahl mauve button down paired with a cozy 360 sweater in a warm shade of green. The denim from AG is stretchy with the look of leather but feel of a legging. The Vash boot from Coclico is a store favorite for all day wear. We accessorized the look with a beautiful printed scarf, golden rimmed sunglasses, and a hat. 

Featured Look

Ode to Jane

October 14, 2015



Jane was not high. Jane was not wasted. She was neither, she was both. Jane was high-waisted. 

BCBG cropped sweater. The Farrah high-waisted skinny from AG. Steven Alan carmel colored sunglasses. Janessa Leone hat in the perfect hue of hunter. A Theodora and Callum printed scarf. Pumps by Vaneli. 

Artist Interview

Arda Collins

October 9, 2015

                                 

Arda Collins is one of those women you want to paint and record. Sharply beautiful and acutely observational, she is much like the poems in her book, It is Daylight (Yale University Press), winner of the Yale Younger Poets award. In her poetry, each small moment is broken open into through-roads for thought and imagination. Sitting in a car, looking out a window, eating an onion. In Arda's worlds, any one of those acts is going to feel intimately new and mind-blowingly un-mundane. We are so excited to have Arda Collins to read here at Ode on Friday, October 9th, from 6-8pm, along with Ish Klein and Greg Purcell. 

Writer Anais Nin threw a “Come As Your Madness” party and wore a birdcage over her head. What’s inside your birdcage?
Nothing, I’m claustrophobic. Bird cages make me fear death, so there’s nothing inside this birdcage because I’ve tried to flee my own death.

What does Your Madness wear around the house?
Nothing, my little cabbage.

Fall is here. Are you more of a sweater or a scarf?
A sweater. Scarves are high-flying risk-takers while I’m at home hiding.

What color is Truth?
Sunset blush. You can’t lie to a sunset.

What fabric is Beauty?
Fabric for beauty, can I say water? Isn’t that what Venus is wearing in her seashell?

Your best Halloween costume?
One year I was a shrimp and it was so much fun.

What’s your favorite line of your favorite poem?
Oh such hard one! There are so many. Right now, this stanza from Theodore Roethke’s “The Far Field” is popping into my head:

In the silted shallows of a slow river,
Fingering a shell,
Thinking:
Once I was something like this, mindless,
Or perhaps with another mind, less peculiar;

Is there a photo that inspires you? Can you tell us why? 
This beguiling photo of Lena Horne haunts me (Count Basie is ok, too). It’s by Roy DeCarava. I’ve seen it only once, ever, at an exhibit in 1996 and it was the first thing I thought of when you asked for a picture. I looked at it today for the first time since then, though I've thought of Lena Horne’s face a thousand times. 
                           

Describe your most magical moment of this past summer.
One day I went swimming in the stream near my house. There was clay in the streambed and I wore it all over my body. It was the best outfit.

What makes you mad?
On a large scale, injustice. On a personal scale, when my little cat Frances does pee pee in the bathroom sink.

The dark: are you scared of it?
Yes! Nighttime is the dark cosmos.

How does your campfire story begin?
Once, there was a farmer and his wife who lived near a small village at the foot of a mountain. 

Artist Interview

Greg Purcell

October 8, 2015



If Ginsberg is the literary son of Whitman, Greg Purcell might just be his great-step-grandson who went a little rogue. Yes, he can grow a mean beard. But the shared poetic lineage is most apparent in Purcell’s unadulterated celebration of the human in his work: the innocent and the dirty, the nitty and the gritty, the “strip clubs and boomboxes / Nightlights and babies.” We welcome Greg Purcell, who will be reading alongside Arda Collins and Ish Klein, at Ode on Friday, Oct. 9th, 6-8pm.

Writer Anais Nin threw a “Come As Your Madness” party and wore a birdcage over her head. What’s inside your birdcage?
Nero himself.

What does Your Madness wear around the house?
A slip of paper proving sanity definitively.

Fall is here. Are you more of a sweater or a scarf?
Sweater.

What color is Truth? What fabric is Beauty?
Orange/Black and anything glossy.

Do you have a photo that inspires you?


Here's a photo by Harry Callahan: "Chicago 1950". There's no accounting for inspiration. He was a Midwestern photographer who violated a very Midwestern sense of personal space because he had the technology to keep his distance while doing it. That means more in Chicago, then and now, than in other places.

Your best Halloween costume?
A bat costume my mom made for me when I was eight.

What’s your favorite line of your favorite poem?
“Fat! Fat! Fat! Fat! I am the personal./ Your world is you. I am my world.”

Describe your most magical moment of this past summer.
Not making much money.

What makes you mad?
See above.

The dark: are you scared of it?
Not the dark of the city. The dark around here, yes.

How does your campfire story begin?
“You used to love your cats before they decided they loved the aliens more than you; owing, you think, to the fact that the aliens looked so much like cats.”

Artist Interview

Ish Klein

October 8, 2015




Ish Klein isn't messing around. Acclaimed poet, award-winning filmmaker, podcaster, and overall badass, Ish spans the expanses with her work. Her poems have an engine, pushing from within each line, revving, traversing great distances at great speeds. Reading her poetry is the literary equivalent of taking a long road trip, rolling down the windows onto the vast American landscape, cities and pitstops, parkind lots and mountain tops. Hear Ish, along with Arda Collins and Greg Purcell, read at Ode, on Friday, October 9th, 6-8pm.

Writer Anais Nin threw a “Come As Your Madness” party and wore a birdcage over her head. What’s inside your birdcage?
If I had a birdcage and I couldn’t get rid of it; I would endeavor to grow a plant with a creeping vine inside of it: like a pea plant or the type that are hard to kill.

What does Your Madness wear around the house? 
The same thing I do pretty much; and soon: another pair of pants. Not at the same time: but in the rotation.

Fall is here. Are you more of a sweater or a scarf? 
Now that fall is here I am a sweater and a sweater used as a scarf.

What color is the truth?
It reflects like a pool.

What fabric is beauty?
The fabric that is clean; soft and contains no allergens probably pale yellow.

Your best Halloween costume?
A surprise.

What’s your favorite line of your favorite poem?
At the moment a favorite line from a favorite poem is from Trapeta B. Mayson’s poem entitled 
First Job Advice, 1972.

Dry ya’ tears Mouna, live small here , save your own money,
send for your children, educate them properly,
so they won’t have to know the first jobs we do.

Describe your most magical moment of this past summer.
When my friends in my theater group agreed to put on the play that I wrote.

What makes you mad?
Is not knowing what’s going on and it feels like I’m stuck in the dark.

The dark: are you scared of it? 
Not afraid of it, tired of it.

How does your campfire story begin?
(Ahem) “Back then, there was a large mushroom gaining power and toxins from the shifting emotions of the people who were stressed and lived over it on the ground which also had problems with lead we didn’t know initially what to battle but we knew something was interested in our distress and this underground mushroom would come to be called —- Eversource! Yes Eversource electricity futures company (no better than Enron) and this is how I brought it down and became separated from my breast plate in the process!"