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“First unattendable lunch” from Claes Oldenburg’s “Unattendable Lunches” (1967)

Last week, I came across a page from Claes Oldenburg’s “Unattendable Lunches.” It’s such a mysterious text that I have yet to find the full version online.

Here’s the excerpt I fell in love with:

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Photograph by CPLY Estate.

“First unattendable lunch” was published–along with the entire “Unattendable Lunches” work–in the 6th and last issue of S.M.S (“Shit Must Stop”). Featuring artists like Yoko Ono, John Cage, Man Ray, and Marcel Duchamp for one year in the late sixties, each issue contained “an ambitious and groundbreaking collection of work” from a variety of artists, according to the founder, William N. Copley (“CPLY”).

Oldenburg’s “Unattendable Lunches” holds together seven typed pages of lunch menus by rope. From what I understand, the essence of it is a poem and thank you letter:

Pamphlet with a magic marker cover drawing, hand-bound with a knotted rope, containing typewritten pages of proposed menus of quintessential, mundane American food for seven unattended lunches. Enclosed within is an envelope containing Oldenburg’s poetic typewritten regrets.

Though it is part of several museums, “Unattendable Lunches” is currently not on view at any of them.

It is, however, available for purchase of up to £300.

Photograph by Gerrish Fine Art.
First unattendable lunch
June 26 1967

MONDAY

Small watercress* sandwiches
Glass of cool tomato juice
Fruit cup with grape in it
Small cup of coffee
Ordinary cookie
A napkin
Glass of soda water in the shade

Thank you so much
Youre welcome

* …did you know watercress is one of the oldest known leaf vegetables to be consumed by humans?

Etsy Typewriter Poetry Poem Available for Purchase: “Take″

We made it to 2015!

Today has been beautiful. I’m thankful for the sun.

Here’s a poem that I wrote five years ago: “Take.” I’ve been rewriting it ever since.

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Sharing “Take” comes at a fitting time. As 2014 transitioned into 2015, I woke from several visceral dreams and nightmares. The states of grey between waking, sleep, daydreams and imagination are intricate realms I enjoy exploring, even when my anxiety gets the best of me.

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TAKE

you recoil

lapse
at night

skin tied to coercion

you rummage through faces
you face me
your wilt

my eyes
thick domes
     rekindle a

different flame

Etsy Typewriter Poetry Items for Sale

Read about hello eira, or browse other Typewriter Poetry poems:

Etsy Typewriter Poetry Poem "Adam" medium shot against wood card stock.Adam

“said her limbs were baiting him. pulled by…”

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Etsy Typewriter Poetry Poem "Spring." Dutch angle against blue wood card stock.Spring

“…always something new passing between us:”

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Etsy Typewriter Poetry Poem "Couple #1." Close up against midnight blue and white baroque card stock.

Couple #1

“…when we last laughed over coffee and…”

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Free Typewriter Poetry Poem for Readers

From Monday (December 29th) until Friday (January 2nd), I’ll be posting new items at hello eira each morning.

As a thank you for your curiosity, insight, and kind words over the years, I’d like to send you a free poem.

You can wait until all the poems are up at the end of the week to choose which poetry you’d like sent to you. Use the coupon TYPEWRITER2015 (expires January 7th 2015) and get a $7.50 discount off your total purchase at checkout. There’s a catch: you’d still have to pay for shipping, because that’s how Etsy’s system works.

Typewriter Poetry Etsy shop, hello eira Facebook cover and logo. It's typewritten on gray paper. The typeface font is the color of the universe.

Happy New Year! :)

Etsy Typewriter Poetry Poem Available for Purchase: “Couple #1″

Closing out 2014 with one of my favorites.

Etsy Typewriter Poetry Poem "Couple #1." Medium shot against midnight blue and white baroque card stock.

Etsy Typewriter Poetry Poem "Couple #1." Dutch angle against midnight blue and white baroque card stock.

Normally I hate strongly dislike watermarks, but this one is starting to grow on me. The wonders of Photoshop!

“Couple #1″ is the first in a series of poems called “The Couple Series.” It was conceived when–following a breakup and other intense life stuff–I somewhat impulsively decided to fly to Hawaii and backpack through the islands. Away from the mainland, I wrote all sorts of poetry about real couples I would witness, my previous relationships, and fictional couples I’d get to know while walking by myself along the sand.

You can read the original post here.

Etsy Typewriter Poetry Poem "Couple #1." Close up against midnight blue and white baroque card stock.
Visit Etsy to purchase “Couple #1.”
COUPLE #1

Must've been winter
when we last laughed
over coffee

and my scorched tongue

Etsy Typewriter Poetry Items for Sale

Read about hello eira, or browse other Typewriter Poetry poems:

Etsy Typewriter Poetry Poem "Adam" medium shot against wood card stock.Adam

“said her limbs were baiting him. pulled by…”

Read More or Purchase.

 

Etsy Typewriter Poetry Poem "Spring." Dutch angle against blue wood card stock.Spring

“…always something new passing between us:”

Read More or Purchase.

 

Free Typewriter Poetry Poem for Readers

From Monday (December 29th) until Friday (January 2nd), I’ll be posting new items at hello eira each morning.

As a thank you for your curiosity, insight, and kind words over the years, I’d like to send you a free poem.

You can wait until all the poems are up at the end of the week to choose which poetry you’d like sent to you. Use the coupon TYPEWRITER2015 (expires January 7th 2015) and get a $7.50 discount off your total purchase at checkout. There’s a catch: you’d still have to pay for shipping, because that’s how Etsy’s system works.

Typewriter Poetry Etsy shop, hello eira Facebook cover and logo. It's typewritten on gray paper. The typeface font is the color of the universe.

Have a wonderful New Year! :)

Typewriter Poetry on Etsy – Poem Available for Purchase: “Spring”

Winter finally hits Los Angeles–

Photograph of a cloudy sky in Los Angeles, trees, vines, the hint of a spiraling staircase. Winter in Los Angeles.
It’s supposed to rain, today…then back to sunny 60° for the rest of the week.

Here’s a poem from 2011 to inject some sunlight back into the sky. “Spring” was created in 2011 thanks to a Typewriter Poetry prompt. Natalie, the woman who asked for the poem, wanted something focused on Japan, lost lovenew love, and nostalgia–all tied in with blossoming sakura. You can read the original post here.

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Typewriter Poetry on Etsy – Poem Available for Purchase: “Adam”

Etsy Poetry

Today, I opened an Etsy store inspired by Typewriter Poetry. It’s called hello eira. You can read more about it on the hello eira about page.

Today is also my brother’s birthday–happy birthday!

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Beyond Words: Princeton Library’s Fall Benefit

Events have an allure which public spaces lack. In both instances, you are a spectacle; yet there is a distinct difference in how people react to and approach you. Public spaces offer a nonchalant curiosity, but events open people up rather immediately. Everyone’s behavior is influenced by the fantastic, not-so-everyday surroundings and atmosphere.

…plus, there’s alcohol.

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Fireflies, Home-Cooked Meals, Mathematics, & Mona

The day after rendezvousing at Rittenhouse Square in Philly, I felt sluggish, weary, cold, and uninspired. It took me a large portion of the morning to tap into my unknown energy reserve, then heave my typewriter over to the Princeton’s farmers market.

Sometimes all it takes is connecting with the right person to help you chart a course away from negativity and alienation. It wasn’t until Mona heard the dings and clacks of my typewriter that my outlook was, thankfully, altered.

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Meeting Mika (& Mobius Percussion)

Mika came up to me the first day I typed in Princeton. She was excited, alive–no hesitation in her stance or her talk. I admit, I was surprised to encounter someone like her in Princeton of all places. We connected with an immediacy reserved for those who fully recognize one another. (Full disclaimer: Mika offered me a delicious crepe while I typed for her, and also invited me out for drinks with friends later that night, so I might be a tad bit biased.)

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Imagination Is The New Work

Photo by @tom_reifsnyder.

It starts and it ends like this. Recall the moment. Insert something mundane, play with contrast until vibrant. What is forgotten is just as important as what’s remembered—and there it is. There, among quiet Hare Krishnas who are waiting for scavengers like us to take flight with our tupperware full of free leftover vegetarian food—there we are, still firmly planted and caught up in conversation, the night a time without stars only lights a bright porch beaming down on us from the second story staircase—there is where a poetry we often name neurosis gives everything a terrifying idyllic trim and your words, a felt glow, strike me like deja vu, words grasping at the mind’s edges like kindling flame, a series of click click BOOM—

This was the year music
was revealed to me. I don’t

know if it’s possible
to live off Free Poetry.

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Artisanal LA: Autumn 2014

Artisanal LA Typewriter Poetry Billimarie The Social Booth CoA tremendous thank you to everyone who stopped by for a free poem at Artisanal LA! The Reef was full of passionate foodies and crafty vendors; what an inspiring mix of people to collide into. Every isle you meandered down beckoned you with some sensually stimulating substance. Scented spices, meats and cheeses–even goats! They nibbled you softly when you went over to say hello.

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