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Ike for Lettertypes

For an online word life initiative, Ike was invited to share a quote with culture king Lettertypes and the Haarlem library. It goes by #schrijversvandebieb (instagram it). Illustrator Linda van Bruggen reacts to quotes or small poems from different spoken word artists in The Netherlands. Mind you, these words are not spoken — they is a picture. Thanks to those involved for the collabo! We like our words in coffee.

Ike Krijnen schrijversvandebieb

 

“Campus hippo” by Mr. Karfield

Sea horse by Giric
Illustration by Giric on DeviantArt.com

This poem was recently released by us on the “(green) CREATURES” blog as a SNEAK PEEK special into the little red booklet. It features a baby sea horse that is growing up to be the harmless yet magical creature that it is.

 

Campus hippo

See horse
Sea monster
See forces
Sea wonders
If larva will change
Its shape along the road
Grow teeth ten sizes
Bigger than its nose

Go deep inside
The ocean and glow
Spark beef with sharks
Where the water doesn’t flow

See horse
Sea monster
Seek more
See larvae
Not fierce-looking beasts
Eating animal testers –
Those human freak hunters Leave your beauty to fester

See not conquering king crabs
But fair court jesters
Tiny, mystical creatures
From much larger ancestors

Sea horse
See wonder

SNEAK PEAK: Poems from (green) CREATURES

After months of inactivity and unvirality of the leaked works from the little red booklet, we’ve decided to share those pieces on this blog [greencreatures.wordpress.com] directly – demystifying the unmysterious mystery. This means the first four poems from the booklet will be posted on this blog in the coming days – one of them presented in a rare, never-before-seen form! We have previously shared one short piece from the booklet, called A substantial amount of insignificant fiction, so in total there will be five new (green) CREATURE-poems that you can discover before purchasing your own copy of the little red booklet. A full contents page can be found on this blog as well.

And joy and spread some of it…

This post has been reblogged from the “(green) CREATURES” promotion blog.

“(green) CREATURES” – a review by Jonathan Gill

The Holland Times, the Amsterdam-based English language expat monthly, has reviewed the little red booklet in their 2014 January issue. Lots of thanks to Declan Aylward (HT’s previous editor-in-chief) for making this review possible, and to Jonathan Gill (critic) for writing it so tastefully. We are humbled and frenzied by your references to the great masters of the bestiary, and admire the 140 character historic overview you produced on the theme. Dangit!

We hope you are looking forward to a second volume somewhere in the unforeseen future.

Favorite line from HT’s JG: “In these poems, the always-strange proximity of animal wildness and natural savagery […] is an opportunity to explore where homo sapien might belong in the ultimate bestiary.”

HT review Green Creatures

Crocodile lady goes prose

Crocodile lady by Charlie

We are proud to present the first prose spin-off based on one of the poems from the “(green) CREATURES,” written by editor Ike Krijnen. It’s called “Crocodile lady & ol’ jazz singer man,” and it was published by the writer’s university alumni association, UCAA, in their bi-annual magazine called Talking Post. They write: “Post’s second fictional outing, by Ike Krijnen, has a certain reptilian je ne sais quoi.” (We liked that – thanks!) Illustrations of the crocodile and the jazz head mind are by Charlie Handsome. (We loved those – thanks a lot!)

This post has been reblogged from the “(green) CREATURES” promotion blog.