Contribution for a publication by Nico Dockx & Clara Meister entitled, 'A Poem A Day'.
"When in 2012, Nico and I talked about utopias and the upcoming Utopia Station exhibition, our conversation quickly turned towards his poster A Poem a Day (2003). Very soon our verbal exchange turned into an idea, into a plan, into an open invitation to friends, asking them to respond to this idea of a poem for every day of the year. Open in the sense that poetry—especially in daily situations—an happen at every moment and in all possible forms and disguises. Our daily hustle and bustle is often too loud and too fast for subtle observations or quiet thoughts. It assigned strolling and whispering the role of their poor cousins of everyday life. But it is exactly their shyness and elegance that may turn a moment of attention into a lasting impression. When a neon light is reflected in a puddle, when crumpled pages are opened and read aloud, when a saying is drawn as a witty sketch, or when a note becomes a song. Then you may pause for a while for all these forms of poetry around you. And so the invitation turned into poems, turned into a calendar, turned into a performance, and now turned into this exhibition. A poem a day keeps indifference away." - Clara Meister
This short text is part of 'The Outlands' a long-term, collaborative creative critical writing project with Ola Ståhl and occasionally other invited collaborators. The Outlands seeks to explore writing primarily as a collaborative process and has generated several outputs (chapbooks, artist books, published essays and performances) that define a twisting trajectory in which, beyond all the ruptures and disjunctures, environments and characters, artefacts and objects, turns of phrase and concepts appear, disappear and reappear in a continuous movement