Klexos: The Art of Dwelling on the Past

July 6, 2015 § 6 Comments

Klexos_The_Art_of_Dwelling_on_the_PastAt The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, John Koenig has created a compendium of invented words.

Each original definition aims to fill a hole in the language—to give a name to emotions we all might experience but don’t yet have a word for.

Words that appear to have classical origins are given beautiful, gemlike definitions:


n. the desire to be struck by disaster—to survive a plane crash, to lose everything in a fire, to plunge over a waterfall—which would put a kink in the smooth arc of your life, and forge it into something hardened and flexible and sharp, not just a stiff prefabricated beam that barely covers the gap between one end of your life and the other.

And some have miniature art films to illustrate their concept, such as klexos, ‘the art of dwelling in the past.’

There are ways of thinking about the past that aren’t just nostalgia or regret–a kind of questioning that enriches the experience after the fact…

As memoirists and essay writers, the video for klexos is a gorgeous way to start your morning and think about your work–even if, as Koenig recommends, “All content is intended to be read at night.”

The Iron Horse 2013 Video Competition

March 1, 2013 § 3 Comments

CheeseIron Horse Literary Review has announced its first annual Video Competition, with generous prize money:

We’re looking for digital essays, stories, and poems—videos that combine visual art and sound with original written texts in artistically beautiful ways. This is a relatively new form, but already some great examples have been published. Check out the links below to see some great video compositions in Rattapallax and TriQuarterly. You don’t need any better submission guidelines than these examples from two great journals.​

The winner will receive $400; and one finalist will receive $150. We will publish the winning video and the finalist on our Web site and in an upcoming DVD issue, and we will screen both videos at the Spring 2013 Iron Horse Gala in April.

Example Essays and Details HERE



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