Follow Friends, that you haven’t even met

Ryan W. Bradley gets it.

He gets reading, seeing reading as a community activity, seeing it all as part of working toward connectivity.

He gets this whole building communities thing the digital world promises. He gets that poetic communities are small and, in order to be sustainable, they can’t be exclusive or uppity (that doesn’t mean they don’t have standards, aren’t thinking and attending to standards). He gets the possibility of being a conduit as a reader, writer, thinker, and publisher.

He gets that writing is material, immaterial, and whatever other argument you want to make (and he probably wants to talk to you about it too, probably has some things that will help you see it another way or more clearly the way you already see it…I mean, he’s pretty smart).

He reads poems and records them, makes movies out of them, and understands that they are sonic/visual/emotive/thoughts. The way he thinks about writing takes up space.

It’s tough to find, and I’ve talked about it before, ideal readers (alright, any reader). I don’t care how trite or overdramatic it sounds, I gave up on writing. And I’m glad Ryan W. Bradley was there to kick me in the face and remind me that all the poetry-biz stuff bringing me down and the academic hullabaloo of the recession aren’t good enough reasons to not pursue a point of being able to say something…maybe something beautiful.

It’s easy to negate and give up. It’s way harder to just keep trying to open up.

“To articulate” also means, “to connect” and Bradley connects.

Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon.
Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted,
And human love will be seen at its height.
Live in fragments no longer.
Only connect…

–E.M. Forster, Howards End

Follow this dude. He’s legit too, with a stunning amount of work including three poetry chapbooks, AQUARIUM (Thunderclap Press, 2010), MILE ZERO (Maverick Duck Press, 2011), and CRUSHING ON A GHOST (Maverick Duck Press, 2012), a short story collection, PRIZE WINNERS (ADP, 2011), and a novel, CODE FOR FAILURE (Black Coffee Press, 2012). There’s more coming too. He’s also the editor/publisher of Artistically Declined Press and a freelance graphic designer specializing in book covers.

Oh, and he doesn’t seem exhausted from all that.

More importantly, he’s a funny, decent, and an instantly love-able homeboy that I’ve never met. I’m totally fascinated by my ability to adore him across distances. Follow this dude on his twitter, his facebook, and then read all his work (that’s what Google’s for).

Yes, I have used both Pound and Forster to talk about this guy…gushing?


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