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Friday, August 28, 2015

Two Former Vermont Laureates Collaborate, Again

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 4:30 PM

An image from "LEAF" - COURTESY OF JAMES KOCHALKA
  • Courtesy of James Kochalka
  • An image from "LEAF"

Call it "graphic poetry." Two former Vermont laureates have teamed up — again — on a new project that combines poetry and cartoons.

Outgoing Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea, who cofounded the New England Review in 1977 and has taught poetry at various colleges and universities here and abroad, partnered with former Vermont cartoonist laureate and longtime Seven Days cartoonist James Kochalka on a six-panel project simply called "LEAF." It's published in Rumpus, but you also can read it below in its entirety.

This isn't the two artists' first collaboration. In 2013, the Vermont Arts Council and the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction sponsored a slim, 12-page graphic poem Lea and Kochalka worked on together called Vermont Double Laureate Team-Up.

Kochalka, who was laureate from 2011 to 2014 (Edward Koren picked up the torch last year), says he drew the panels first, then gave them to Lea to add the poetry. He provided him no theme or other guidance. The two "mushroom guys" in "LEAF" are the same as the ones featured in Kochalka's 2014 graphic novel Fungus: The Unbearable Rot of Being, an outgrowth of the "Fungus" strip that ran previously in Seven Days.


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Movies You Missed: Creep

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 3:56 PM

Duplass as Josef playing "Peach Fuzz." There's a song that goes with this dance, I'm afraid. - BLUMHOUSE PRODUCTIONS
  • Blumhouse Productions
  • Duplass as Josef playing "Peach Fuzz." There's a song that goes with this dance, I'm afraid.
This week in movies you missed: It's the dog days, so let's watch a found-footage horror movie!

This ultra-cheap Blumhouse production has something of a pedigree; it won the Audience Award at last spring's SXSW. Director-cowriter-star Patrick Brice also snagged a Grand Jury Prize nomination at Sundance 2015 for his drama The Overnight — another movie we missed in local theaters.

Finally, Creep stars Mark Duplass, whom my colleague Ethan de Seife recently described as "an irritating actor (and worse director) whom I simply cannot abide." While my own feelings on Duplass are considerably more moderate, I found myself wondering if Creep had been designed specifically for those of Ethan's persuasion. Because Duplass plays the "creep" in question here.

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