22 9 / 2014

The Brownbackistan Reserve

Money trickles in from many,
gushes out for few. The rising
tide lifts all yachts, chokes
the shipwrecked desperately treading water.
On board, champagne pours, glasses
rise to toast the cruise
that shall never end.

— Carl Bettis

22 9 / 2014

I-Made-A-Thing-365 Day 264: Line-dried (digital art)

I-Made-A-Thing-365 Day 264: Line-dried (digital art)

22 9 / 2014

I-Made-A-Thing-365 Day 263: Dagonly (digital art)

I-Made-A-Thing-365 Day 263: Dagonly (digital art)

19 9 / 2014

ASSIGNMENTS

Design an assemblage to mock satire.
Compose a melody about a sculpture about a poem.
Tag a hobo tunnel with glyphs of courtly love.
Etch mandalas of hope on burned skin.
Paint a mural of fear in a child’s bedroom.
Write a blank verse tragedy whose hero fails to be you.
Construct a life from broad escapes.

— Carl Bettis

18 9 / 2014

To a Phlebotomist

Late-generation photocopies
of scriptures and prayers cover your office
in cheap frames. The small talk you draw out,
I give more grudgingly than blood.
You work efficiently, as you would
if God were your boss. The bruise
on my arm still testifies.

— Carl Bettis

18 9 / 2014

"She’s Watching Over You"

That’s what Aunt Kitty said
at the family lunch after the funeral.
He recalled it later, in his car,
headed toward his empty home. Suddenly
from the passenger seat Mother had occupied
every Sunday, love beamed over him.
Warmed his face like a heat lamp,
dried his tear tracks. That radiance
was with him still the next day, shining
across the breakfast table, heating his back
as he vacuumed, next to him
on the sofa as he watched TV
and opened his third beer.
At his elbow when he lit a joint.
Standing at his bedside in the dark.
Never to go out or away.

— Carl Bettis

18 9 / 2014

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My latest Guardian column, Privacy technology everyone can use would make us all more secure, makes the case for privacy technology as something that anyone can — and should use, discussing the work being done by the charitable Simply Secure foundation that launches today (site is not yet up as of this writing), with the mandate to create usable interfaces to cryptographic tools, and to teach crypto developers how to make their tools accessible to non-technical people.

Read more…

16 9 / 2014

I-Made-A-Thing-365 Day 259: Contain (digital art)

I-Made-A-Thing-365 Day 259: Contain (digital art)

15 9 / 2014

Another Charm

The young princess sleeps with the heads
of three suitors under her pillow.
The one who does not reproach her
in visions of the night, loved her truly.
Does he have a brother?

— Carl Bettis

14 9 / 2014

I-Made-A-Thing-365 Day 257: Mask-watching (digital art)

I-Made-A-Thing-365 Day 257: Mask-watching (digital art)