Nothing Hypothetical

Nothing Hypothetical is a project in three parts. At first the focus was to get me back online as a content producer after many years as a consumer of information on the Internet. I wanted to push myself to the creative test and encourage others to avoid the temptation to become passengers on the World Wide Web.

Part 2

The second facet of this became a commitment to write and publish one poem every day for a year. I was inspired by one of the first video pod-casters, a fellow by the name of Ze Frank. He had done a similar experiment which was both successful and entertaining. Part of his focus was encouraging his fans, whom he called Sports Racers to not be satisfied with observing his work, but to establish their own creative outlets online.

I have always had a strange tendency towards perfectionism. It is a vanity of mine. I say vanity because specifically I had never done any creative work in public outside of school plays and musical performances. Whenever I had attempted to showcase something of my own, it ended up as scrap. I was never happy enough with the results to share them with others. Nothing Hypothetical changed all that with a commitment to publish every day, regardless of my satisfaction with the work.

That first year’s set of poems is available on this website, though there ended up being a few more than one-a-day. 369 according to the blog’s count. Currently I have no means of organizing them or presenting them in any particularly enlightening order. If you wish to browse them you can select Year One. A good friend of mine is editing them; perhaps later there will be a print edition.

Part 3

Now I’ve entered a new phase where I am exploring essays along with poetry and photography. Perhaps I will link, as I did a bit in the beginning, to interesting things I find. But the deadlines have been removed and the training wheels are off. We’ll have to see where this takes us.

Comments and suggestions from readers are welcome.

11 thoughts on “Nothing Hypothetical

  1. Brother, that is rising up Jacob’s ladder not descending. We need more Orthodox artists and less of the rest. The most sublime theology gifted to us has been transmitted in poetic verse.

  2. While I tend to agree with you on that, in my case it reflects a diminution, not a heightening of energy; I just don’t seem to have the intellectual energy any more to deal consistently with substantive issues and follow through to the conclusion. A poem (at least for me) is more like a snapshot, a tight little package that may possibly contain an important image or insight, but doesn’t involve one in a labyrinthian maze of logic, trying to tie up myriad loose ends before you are slain by your own apparent inconsistencies.

  3. Hi, you kindly visited my ‘Wordsculptures’ blog and asked the question ‘Do you write the poem first or find the photo. Well firstly all the photo’s and artwork are my own – not that I think I’m a tremendous photographer just that there are then no problems with copywrite ! But as to which comes first – that’s more difficult. Mostly I use the photo as a prompt – sometimes straight away and it’s the emotion that runs the words and sometimes months after having taken it and then I get more imaginative and less associative. Sometimes I see something that will remind me of a poem and then I’ll add the photo to it. Long winded way of saying ‘it depends’.
    Thanks for the visit. When I get a few moments I’ll return the favour.

  4. Thank you for stopping by Keith. I am hoping to get more exposure to other poets online. I believe I have been a bit too insular so far in my reading.

  5. I read your posting of “Never argue with a fool expecting wisdom, for a fool knows his foolishness better than the wise. ” and was reminded of my thoughts earlier this day of I Corinthians 1:18-31 . . . .

  6. Indeed. I ran across it about 6 years ago now and was received in the Church on St John of Kronstadt’s feast day three years ago. There are a few of us at Pepperdine; even a couple of other converts among the faculty and staff. I grew up in the churches of Christ (Restorationist/Campbellite tradition) of which Pepperdine is affiliated. They often say that they are looking for the New Testament Church, apparently, I found it.

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