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What the Dickens? (Bookstains Poetry Challenge)

Posted in Image Poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2010 by dustus

Lynda has issued a new poetry challenge prompt via Bookstains!
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What the Dickens?

You’ve made me dream of London
Industrial age, revolution
Insider’s eye to factory life
Catherine and 10 children

Iconic characters, Twist and Scrooge
Pickwick, Drood, a tale of two
Bleak house, Hard Times, Our Mutual Friend
Great Expectations the masters reread

Mary died held in your arms
Blaming self for sisters’ charms
Breaking hearts, too much your own
No price is worth a bitter throne

To students of novels you wrote our book
Your body of work, which screen and stage took
Each night before Christmas your genius I see
Tiny Tim’s blessing broadcast on TV


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Tears Inside

Posted in Blog, Poetry, writing with tags , , , on March 2, 2010 by dustus
cover by Keven Lupien

cover by Keven Lupien @

Then there’s that fine line
History hurt
More strength from failed reply
Never give up, will always try
Even with tears inside
You’re not qualified

Burning canvas
Sat in silence
May be hell
Still want to fight this…

So sorry, Story
Wanted untold
Judgment passed
Buy what’s been sold

eh, strange

Posted in Blog, education, Poetry, writing with tags , , , , on December 26, 2009 by dustus

Echoes less deaf
Smudged composite sketch
Everything sounds
Stuck to my promise
This life, every ounce

Storms did ignite
Ranting plight
Mid synaptic frights
Frigid shivers none too proud
Having had to beg for my life
Shouts gain ground
Hope you don’t know
What it’s like
So many wrongs
A need to write

An afterward
Prologues deranged
I am not one bit
More like
eh, strange

From Lone Dispace

Posted in Blog, education, Poetry, writing with tags , , , on October 20, 2009 by dustus

Sort through “truth”
Not coincidentally
I dream of blue
Your canvas green
Burgundy the rose tilt sheen
Silver light mist catching gleam
Vulnerable forever liens
Target post a thousand schemes
Broken melodic rambling
Yammering, scanning,
Prattle commanding
Overwhelmed long past
Present withstanding
Social media & pennants flailing
Think my friend if you can stand me
Frazzled nerves in flights of fancy
Sweetest thoughts like sour candy
Curdled filth, in 2nd place
Wilted waste from lone dispace


Social Media Book Review (Tomorrow)—Twitter Power by Joel Comm
I’m really enjoying writing this one.

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What Would Google Do? (book review)

Posted in Blog, education, people, social media, Social Media Book Reviews (by A. Dustus), writing with tags , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2009 by dustus

Picture 140I would like to begin this review by first warning the reader: This is book more than about Google and its massive sphere of influence.  What Would Google Do? by Jeff Jarvis (copyright 2009) is an optimistic cultural statement in both scope and form.

Google is more than about the retrieval of posted information. For many individuals it represents an ideal, alongside being a major economic player on the global stage.  As an author or business entity today, you cannot build your “online platform” without understanding Google and the tangible effects of their continual rapid development. As newspapers, television, and other older media may have lost the trust of the people, revenue, and perhaps the overall faith of their consumers (perhaps deservedly so, or not).  Established rule, unyielding corporations, and inefficient bureaucracies—they all change as Google provides immediate relevant information to the masses.

Google does not own the content to everything out there—it simply organizes that information. They make billions selling targeted ads all over the Internet. To me, Google represents infinite possibilities and instant help in the form of immediately answering questions. (In fact, I probably searched Google at least 100x myself while writing this review).  Up until reading this book, I had no idea the extent to which Google can unearth answers.  Throughout What Would Google Do? Jeff Jarvis not only provides useful tips for search engine optimization (SEO); he also presents a cogent argument for Google’s results to be considered as the foundation of a theoretical democratic-meritocracy (a “demotocracy”—I “googled it” to find the term does not exist), which represents the collective will of the people based on what they most seek.  To put it another way, our clicks provide information for what is relevant based on what we all search.

While it may be common knowledge that Google owns the two popular services Blogger and You Tube, there are numerous Google research and philanthropic endeavors in areas aimed at discovering means of more efficient energy, improving the knowledge base of countless fields of inquiry, and connecting individuals, companies, products, and services all through a strikingly simple home page.  Google, along with other prominent figures in this digital zeitgeist (like Facebook, craigslist, Twitter, Digg, MySpace), represent more than a great platform for discovery.  In WWGD? Jarvis elucidates the general philosophical affinities that the aforementioned behemoths of social media seem to encourage.

Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of What Would Google Do? for me is that I find myself contemplating a connected world where the only limits are myself, the extent to which I pursue searchable choices, and the potential possibilities of connecting with others through my inquiries.  As an author trying to build my online platform, I state unequivocally that WWGD? helped me to understand what needs to be accomplished in order to truly be “searchable.”

Bottom Line:   What Would Goggle Do? = Must Read
Jeff Jarvis (born July 15, 1954) is an American journalist. He is the former television critic for TV Guide and People magazine, creator of Entertainment Weekly, Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New York Daily News, and a columnist on the San Francisco Examiner.