Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.
People have been asking me to tell my Madonna stories for years and since it’s her birthday, here’s one of them. When the movie Dick Tracy was new and Madonna was filming Truth or Dare, she was part of a special benefit concert in Los Angeles. As I have encountered so many times with her, she arrived and walked right past me without acknowledging that anyone around existed. Madonna was rehearsing the song “Vogue,” which was brand new at the time. During a break from rehearsals, one of her dancers (and I am not telling who) came outside to get some air and we started talking. I explained what a huge fan I was and how it was so upsetting that Madonna completely ignored me when I was one of the only people trying to get her autograph. He took pity on me and said “let me see if I can get something signed for you.” I waited and waited and finally he came back and said “the timing is not good right now. If you give me your address, I’ll mail these items back to you.” I gave him a few things and my address and fully expected never to see my Madonna stuff again. Several months later, I got an envelope in the mail containing the above pictured item and a few others! WOW! There’s always the off chance that this signature is not real, because I rarely trust an autograph I didn’t get myself, however, the fact that I received anything back is a good sign, right? What do you think?
Also born today: Charles Bukowski! Speaking of Bukowski, one of the biggest compliments I’ve ever received is on Amazon.co.uk’s page for my book “Sketches of Verbal Alchemy.” A fan compared my writing in the same sentence as Bukowski and George Carlin (another of my idols). Whoever you are that wrote that, you’ve brought infinite smiles to my face and I thank you so kindly!
Photo by G. Book by G.
Sketches of Verbal Alchemy by Geoffrey Dicker
Long before status updates and tweets, my book of abstract poetry Sketches of Verbal Alchemy existed. From the opening play on words “He told a story in seven words,” to the closing 6-line poem, “The red door opens / and it leads to a yellow door / and it leads to a blue door / and it leads to a green door / and it leads to a black door / and it leads to a red door…” this book has literally opened up so many doors that I never knew existed.
It’s hard for me to believe that Sketches of Verbal Alchemy turns 5 today! I am so proud of this book and the worldwide reaction has surpassed any expectations I could have ever thought of in my wildest dreams. A review on Amazon.co.uk compared my work with 2 of my heroes, George Carlin and William S. Burroughs, which is one of the greatest compliments I could fathom! I created a new form of punctuation, “./?” – period slash question mark – a statement that makes you question your answer and I devised new solutions to age old problems via my one to five line poetic sketches. Readers have found themselves laughing on every page as well as giving them lots of food for thought. Bringing smiles to peoples’ faces is probably the accomplishment I am most proud of. This work was also one of the first books to be sold on the Kindle device and I’ve even seen the book on illegal downloading sites! I’ve created a successful line of “G shirts” that feature abstract poetry from the book and I’ve been stopped in the street to sign autographs, which continues to blow my mind.
I’ve recently completed my second book of poetry, Unfinished Lyrics, as well as my first coffee table book, Take It With Your Hand and I expect that both will be available either later this year or early next year.
Thanks again to everyone who has purchased or downloaded Sketches of Verbal Alchemy (legally or illegally). I am incredibly blessed to have been given the opportunity to make your life a little brighter, one sketch at a time.
Photo by G.
According2g has been Dlisted!
March 25, 2010 has been a whirlwind day for me. As my faithful readers already know, I work really hard to provide worldwide exclusive content to this site each and every day. To my new readers, I’d like to welcome you to my wacky world. Come along for the ride. I’ll do my best to make you discover new things both in the art and music world, with lots of creative randomness thrown in.
One of my favorite websites, www.dlisted.com liked my story on the exclusive pictures I posted from Iggy Pop’s final stage dive so much, they linked to my site and it increased both blog traffic and sales of my abstract poetry/maxims book “Sketches Of Verbal Alchemy” (which can be purchased on Amazon.com in either book or Kindle format, since we’re on the topic), in astronomical proportions. I am in deepest gratitude to them and I’d like to publicly say thank you.
I’d also like to thank all of you, my readers for believing in your dear old G and giving me a reason to continue. The world is going to hell in a handbasket and this all goes to show, when you say and do positive things even in the worst of situations, good things can happen!
As you all know, my ultimate goal is to take over the world, so I can give it back to the people.
With deepest gratitude and love,
Sketches of Verbal Alchemy by Geoffrey Dicker. Available NOW!
If you are wondering what to give your loved ones this Christmas, give them the gift of G. My first book, Sketches of Verbal Alchemy has become a cult classic. While it’s technically considered to be a book of poetry, nothing in it is longer than 5 lines. I’ve got just as short of an attention span as you do, so I kept it short and sweet. You’ll find new solutions to age old problems, maxims to live your life by, wisdom and wit. All for the bargain price of $13.95. It’s also available on Kindle (for $4.99). You could be reading these pearls within seconds if you choose that option. I’ve got another book called Unfinished Lyrics set to be released some time in 2010, so watch this space. Ho Ho Ho!
Photo and poetry by G.
Pause before you speak
And parallel universes
Will be destroyed
Before they are created.
Be careful when you play in the garden
Some of the fruit you want to taste
Everywhere he looked
There was a coincidence
Waiting to be set free
I await your presence
In my future…