The Daily Breath

Peace is found in the space between the in breath and the out. The Daily Breath (tDB) is a poetic rendering of this.

The Daily Breath is a ‘a poem, a day, for a year’ project offered as an subscription-only service limited to 28 people. Poems are published to email or a private Whatsapp group chat every afternoon between 9am AEST. This is a lunar year project and run for 353 days (the lunar year is slightly shorter than the solar one).

Unless otherwise specified, poems are not shared via social media. The Daily Breath is for subscribers only.

Analogue poems are posted our three times a year.

Each monthly investment gifts the recipient:

  • an exclusive daily poem every day for the lunar year.
  • an invitation each month to shape the poetry via page nomination.
  • a poem each month assigned as a personal oracle message – in a similar vein to Beauty by Oracle.

NEW MINI SUBSCRIPTIONS

1 month $11

2 months $20

3 months $27

HALF YEAR SUBSCRIPTIONS

6 months – $8 billed every month

Leo lunar month (1st – 30th August)
The Electric Faraway
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick
illustrations by Georgina Hargreaves from Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree
Large Wrap-Around Squares

Virgo lunar month (1st – 28th September)
Written on the Body
Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
Historic anatomy drawings
Standard postcard size

BACKGROUND

Late last year, I discovered that beginning my day with a cut-up poem was the perfect kind of stillness for me. A stillness that ignited my creativity and verve for the day ahead. A stillness that grounded me in action. It is a daily practice beautifully encapsulated by @flowingrooted’s hashtag #tinydailysomething. With more than 200 daily poems built in 2018, I decided 2019 was the year to push the boundaries further – to transform cut-up poetry from a survival act of creativity into a daily act of creative thriving.

The Daily Breath was born of this (and liberal doses of serendipity) as a poem a day for a year project, birthed as:

  • an invitation to turn up for myself every day
  • an opportunity to open myself wider and to explore deeper, than I ever have before
  • a way to create something exclusively for those drawn to my work
  • as an avenue to keep creating and connecting beyond the web of social media

WORDS AND PICTURES

I have lined up some of my favourite authors to remix via The Daily Breath including Jeanette Winterson, Italo Calvino, Julia Cameron, Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes and Tim Winton, while experimenting for the first time with Angela Carter, Henry David Thoreau, Patti Smith and Proust. The poems will be paired with the photography of Rus VanWestervelt, Daniel Ritter, Catherine Evans and Emily Craven, along with pre-printed Marimekko and William Morris post cards, the surrealist artwork of Remedios Varo and a cornucopia of other visual delights.

ABOUT THE CREATOR

JODI CLEGHORN is a cut-up poet, whose digital and analogue projects include Beauty by Oracle (2018), The Red Thread of Fate (2018), The Metamorphosis of The Time Traveller’s Wife (2017), Get in Trouble (2017) and Postcardia-cum-Poetica (2016-current). Like tarot, she sees each poem as an invitation to open a door and step into a new moment of the soul’s journey.

IMAGE
A Night with Remedios #7 (Jodi Cleghorn)
Source Text: Nights at the Circus (Angela Carter)
Painting: Female Spirit of the Night (Remedios Varo)