The Art of Chess

What if artists were asked to make chess sets that were art, i.e. original and expressive. What might happen is this:

Check out this story on DesignBoom that explores this proposition. My favorite chess sets are the ones by Rachel Whiteread and Barbara Kruger. If you’re in Milan, you can see them all!

Open 100: The 100 Word Poem

Tomorrow is Pearl’s 100th day of school, a big holiday in Kindergarten, I am realizing. She wrote a 100 word poem for the 100 Museum, and I’m going to do one too, although it won’t get to be in any museum. If you’d like join us–and I hope you will–please leave a link in the comment section. Ready? Write.

[photo by Leo Reynolds via flickr]

To review the Big Window archives of writing exercises, click here.

Eat my Shorts

Remember Bart Simpson’s famous words from the 90s?  Of course you do.  Here’s an irreverent exerciseBart_simpson
for poet bloggers.  Check out the surrealist machine called The Eater of Meaning.   Type in the URL of your blog and start the engine.  The results are a cut-up version of your blog.  For example, the heading of my Ashbery story below turned into:  I Wandering my Housewife Daydreams.  Add your favorite distorted headline as a comment.  Or write a new poem using that phrase as the title or first line.

Open 5

Here are eleven new words for you to play with today.

papaya
clicks
torso
flipping
lunch
tear
hum-colored
pocket
toothpick
12:40
poems

If they capture your imagination, add your writing in the comments section below.