friends, i have been talking about starting an “alt lit house” for almost two years.. at first it was a vague idea.. then last december i came up with a business model based on running a publisher out of the house to cover the rent costs.. this year i refined my idea, settled on the name “boost house,” and started realisticaly planning for it. this fall i took aplications for my team, developed the ideas for our first few books, and really developed a clear vision based on using youth/internet culture to make the world a better place
tonight i’m starting a fundraiser to make SURE boost house can securely launch and go harddd until we reach self-sustainability. if you watch the video and read what i wrote for this kickstarter page, you’ll see how much thought and attention to detail has gone into this operation !!! this has been a long time coming.. i think boost house will make a big impact on many peoples’ lives. if you believe in what im doing, i encourage you to pledge some $$$ to help Boost House to exist!!
the kickstarter campaign goes for 14 days, but i encourage you to pledge soooner rather than later, so we can build momentum and excitement early: CLICK HERE FOR THE KICKSTARTER PAGE
THANK YOU FRIENDS, I LOVE YOU!
I WANT TO KEEP WORKING HARD FOR YOU!
please help make Boost House real:
something worth remembering
…it is no discredit to Walt Whitman that he wrote Leaves of Grass, only that he did not burn it afterwards…
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The Atlantic, “Literature as an Art,” 1867
…it is impossible to imagine how any man’s fancy could have conceived such a mass of stupid filth, unless he were possessed of the soul of a sentimental donkey…
…to these pitiful beings, virtue and honor are but names. Bloated with self-conceit, they strut abroad unabashed in the daylight, and expose to the world the festering sores that overlay them like a garment…
Rufus Wilmot Griswold, The Criterion, November 10, 1855
…the offensiveness which Mr. Whitman has chosen to make a central and integral point of his literary method…
…weak, repetitious, and blemished by inanity or affectation. The absurdities, the crudities, in which Whitman indulges are almost unlimited and all but omnipresent…
…they are neither in rhyme nor in any measure known as blank verse; and they are emitted in spurts or gushes of unequal length, which can only by courtesy be called lines. Neither in form nor in substance are they poetry; they are inflated, wordy, foolish prose; and it is only because he and his eulogists call them poems, and because I do not care to dispute about words, that I give them the name…
Bayne, Peter. “Walt Whitman’s Poems.” The Contemporary Review (December 1875)
…trashy, profane & obscene…[the author] is a pretentious ass…
John Peter Lesley, from a letter he wrote to Emerson
AAAAAA WTF BRO
John Greenleaf Whittier, one of the most popular and highly regarded poets of his era, who would often brag that he threw his 1855 copy of Leaves of Grass in the fireplace
You’re fired, get the fuck out
Walt Whitman’s boss, who fired him after reading his book because of its ‘offensive moral character’
See, projected through time,
For me an audience interminable.
With firm and regular step they wend, they never stop,
Successions of men, Americanos, a hundred millions,
One generation playing its part and passing on,
Another generation playing its part and passing on in its turn,
With faces turn’d sideways or backward towards me to listen…
— Walt Whitman
“Ezra Pound was an asshole, but he said a couple wise things,” Roggenbuck wrote to me in an email. “One of them was that ‘Great Literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.’ If we’re trying to move people in only 140 characters, or 6 seconds, or 500x500 pixels, our language must be charged with meaning. In that sense, the internet is a game that only poets can win. What I’m trying to do is get more poets-in the-romantic-sense to use these platforms.”
Everything. Here. Now.
12 minute documentary about internet poetry directed by Paige Gresty
featuring interviews with:
and many others
"If you like Hawthorne Heights, chances are you’ll also like internet poetry" - Joe Vaughn
"What I consider internet poetry is anybody who’s playing with the physical experience of sitting in front of a computer or a mobile screen, and finding those points of human interaction that you can then twist and tweak, and turn into a visceral experience" - Nic Rad
"It’s going to be interesting to see what people can do when they can do anything and have people read it" - Amy Saul-Zerby
"As an artist, when I think of the universe I now think of the internet, because it’s all of human knowledge pulsing at every moment, and it’s accessible and available at all times, everywhere." - Nic Rad