Poetic Larceny Artists Reveal #2 – August Schulenburg

What is Poetic Larceny?

And how can I learn more about Flux’s upcoming production of Pretty Theft?


Playwright, April 6th

Previous Flux stuff: Rue, Riding the Bull, Other Bodies, The Lesser Seductions of History, acted two professors (one of which was a fallen angel), directed A Midsummer Nights Dream, and on and anon.

We asked the amazing artists of our upcoming staged reading series Poetic Larceny to answer some questions about stealing, beauty, and consequences. Read on for their answers!

Question #1: What is the worst thing you’ve ever stolen?
Fun-inducing illegal things.
Question #2: What is the worst thing that’s been stolen from you?

The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother’s watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.

–Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident
the art of losing’s not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.
One Art, Elizabeth Bishop

Question #3: What do you find pretty?

Tiramisu at fancy restaurants. Also, a recent pretty e-blast we sent for Pretty Theft.

Question #4: What do you find beautiful?
Every single day. Overwhelmingly so.
Lately and less grandly: Mary Oliver, Regina Spektor, the subway, Pretty Theft, Sans Merci, Jolie Holland, the people who believe in Flux, my brother’s marriage, National Geographic, Othello, Scientific American, Lydia, Iron and Wine, Yael Naim, learning Spanish (maybe for real this time), the little thunder storm we just had, my sister’s acting, not drinking, game night, empty theatre spaces, my dearest love.
Question #5: If you could steal something beautiful without consequences, what would it be?

A house on Sandy Neck, right there on the water, near the lighthouse, and with all the dunes behind us. Failing that, immortality. Failing both, an original First Folio.

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