Marc Matchak Last Night A Pencil Saved My Life

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Last night a pencil saved my life – Marc Matchak

“Last night a pencil saved my life” is a lecture about distraction, perhaps more thoroughly about listening and reading with distraction in mind. But it’s difficult for us to think about distraction in a place that’s “in mind” because this is sort of contradictory to a state of being distracted. Nonetheless, a lecture seemed like the best way to go about approaching something distracted with interest. In some respects, poetry might provoke or maybe, suspend us in distractedness by clouding language full of ambiguity, allowing words to magnetize our own connotations, but this provocation is difficult to accept as unintentional. So “Last night a pencil saved my life” is a lecture about distraction, and perhaps more thoroughly the phenomena in distracted reading and listening. Some sources include: a Myra Sklarew poem, “How Black Holes Work” from “HowStuffWorks.com”, Italo Calvino’s “Cybernetics and Ghosts”, a mix of house music, and more. A lecture seemed like the best way to go about this because in my experience, it has the listener either attentive or bored, which is kind of a win-win for this situation.

Marc Matchak is a writer and researcher from Portland, OR. Their recent work has been featured in “Still Working” at The New School, published through online GaussPDF and in print through Split/Fountain in Auckland, NZ. Marc will receive a BA in English from Lewis & Clark College in May 2015 and is set to exhibit more work this September here in Portland.

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