Miksimum

is the index page for Jesse Miksic,
a digital dilettante dayjobbing as a UX designer

Loyally feeding the following beasts:

(follow and/or friend me -- if you appear to be a real person capable of passing the human tests, I will probably reciprocate)

General

  • @miksimum on Twitter A random sampling of thoughts and anxieties and signal-boosts and self-promotion.
  • Verbal

  • Benefit of the Doubt My outlet for Media Theory, also used to track other sources
  • @Miksimum on Medium Home to more politics and theory writing, plus reposts from Benefit of the Doubt
  • Berfrois.com A great site that kindly publishes my more polished critical writings
  • 366 Weird Movies An awesome site where I'm an on-and-off contributor
  • Goodreads My book reviews are long enough that I consider this an official creative outlet
  • Visual

  • @miksimum Tumblr Reposting all my visual art from Tumblr
  • @miksimum Instagram Visual art, plus occasional snapshots
  • Symbot on Flickr Digital photography, a hobby on temporary haitus
  • Overheated Media My short video work, on extended haitus since 2012
  • Recent Output

    Aggregated from Benefit of the Doubt and Tumblr, which gives the best representative sample of work in multiple media, I think

    Croton Gorge just after the rainstorm #hudsonvalley (at Croton...



    Croton Gorge just after the rainstorm #hudsonvalley (at Croton Gorge Park)
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BwlSsbjnvus/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=ouwz022zkcuu

    Posted on 23 April 2019 | 3:18 am

    New Poetry Online, April 2019

    Some new poetry of mine has appeared this month:


    Sam Neill Vs. the Abyss on Drunk Monkeys


    For a while I was planning to write an essay on Sam Neill's presence in several apocalyptic horror films (for the record, it's In The Mouth of Madness, Event Horizon, and Possession). Eventually I decided to write it as a poem instead, and got to this version over several rounds of revision.

    And guess whose approval it got?!? (a fine moment in the life of a poet!)



    Also, in Gravel Magazine, three of my favorite recent poems, which I submitted under the general title of "Sense Organs":


    3 Poems by Jesse Miksic


    I have a few more forthcoming: in June, poems in Whale Road Review and Liminality; in October, a group of four in Coffin Bell.

    Thanks for following this little blog, all ye one or two readers. Happy Spring 2019!

    Posted on 10 April 2019 | 4:41 pm

    Silver sunset from the Peekskill riverside park - #bearmountain...



    Silver sunset from the Peekskill riverside park - #bearmountain right of center
    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bvm7nQ9nTtR/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1w22kw14fs041

    Posted on 29 March 2019 | 10:03 pm

    Afternoons at Blue Mountain Reserve are kinda our thing now (at...



    Afternoons at Blue Mountain Reserve are kinda our thing now (at Peekskill, New York)
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BvVuqhKnUsF/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=iuz983lzna14

    Posted on 23 March 2019 | 5:43 am

    It looks cold, down deep in dem clouds #winter2019...



    It looks cold, down deep in dem clouds #winter2019 #bluemountainreserve (at Peekskill, New York)
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BvM2sU8H7tx/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=xib9xeah0fw6

    Posted on 19 March 2019 | 7:00 pm

    Thanks to Heron Tree for featuring my poem “A Crossing of Lines”...



    Thanks to Heron Tree for featuring my poem “A Crossing of Lines” this week … https://herontree.com/miksic1/

    (picture is from January, taken along the stretch of Depew Park that prompted it)

    #poetry #peekskill #winter2019 (at Depew Park)
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BurMvBJH1bz/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=13ob9edkfoez6

    Posted on 6 March 2019 | 5:19 pm

    Sun in the sky, ice on the walk, and a light rain just under our...



    Sun in the sky, ice on the walk, and a light rain just under our dogwood out back #winter2019 (at Peekskill, New York)
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BuJZ8ntHi0C/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1ga4c93nv4klv

    Posted on 21 February 2019 | 2:23 pm

    2018 in Consumption

    (Acknowledgment: this post was written toward the end of 2018, but I held off on publishing it until now, because I wasn't sure how to frame it)

    I pretty much devoted this year to poetry, didn’t I?


    A lot of my consumption (readings and viewings) seem distant... like it’s already been more than a year, even since the most recent stuff.

    BOOKS


    I did manage to read the whole of Gregory Bateson’s Steps to an Ecology of Mind (review), which gave me several new tools for thinking, especially in separating a forest from its trees, or a metaphor from its content, or what have you.

    Before that, it seems my only other reading was the stuff of nightmares and enigmas: Stephen King’s Insomnia, Cabin in the Woods by Paul Trembly, and a book-length study of Pu Songling’s ghost stories called Historian of the Strange (review).

    Toward the end of the year, I also finished Craig Morgan Teicher's We Begin in Gladness, which was a wise and well-considered discussion of how poets unfold over the course of careers and lifetimes. I'll try to add a review eventually.

    MOVIES


    Movies? Again, I handed so many late nights over to poetry... but I managed to watch Tale of Tales just this month, and before that, Star Wars VIII, Slow West, American Fable, Babylon Berlin, and both seasons of Stranger Things.

    My wife and I have also imbibed The Last Kingdom and The Great British Bake-Off, so I’ve scratched all sorts of different erogenous spots.

    This has been a quick summary of my 2018 media consumption. At this point, I need to accept that this blog is pretty much entirely for my own benefit, but at least I have it recorded. Upcoming post: 2018 new work and publications. Happy January!

    Posted on 17 January 2019 | 2:36 pm

    Misty day at #depewpark yesterday #peekskill #winter...



    Misty day at #depewpark yesterday #peekskill #winter #hudsonvalley #fog (at Depew Park)
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BsbLCFdA_Jt/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=6tl89e5aeqy4

    Posted on 9 January 2019 | 6:53 pm

    Off Google Maps in the Pennsylvania hills (at Milton,...



    Off Google Maps in the Pennsylvania hills (at Milton, Pennsylvania)
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BsBdrhCgTSb/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=p2yotf8vlazx

    Posted on 30 December 2018 | 7:16 pm

    Went through like 12 filters to realize there’s enough nostalgia...



    Went through like 12 filters to realize there’s enough nostalgia in the photo already. Trying to add more just cheapens it. #arcade #arcadegames #arcadecabinet #classicgames #oldschool #coinmaster
    https://www.instagram.com/p/Br_iFlvA2rF/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1m6m4ncbwfoor

    Posted on 30 December 2018 | 1:16 am

    He travels the swaying sea Of this shallow America, (excited to...



    He travels the swaying sea
    Of this shallow America,

    (excited to have my poem Take Good Care of the Car Please appearing today in Liminality Magazine - http://www.liminalitypoetry.com/)
    https://www.instagram.com/p/Brxph2jAMRJ/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=12a1eiqdpbojm

    Posted on 24 December 2018 | 3:52 pm

    Winter sunset hoop in the thicket, lookin like something from a...



    Winter sunset hoop in the thicket, lookin like something from a Lorde video #abandonedplaces #cityscape
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BqYxBvWgk0y/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=xuebu4ldpczd

    Posted on 20 November 2018 | 3:25 am