On the subway today I was thinking about different kinds of goverments and what happens if you directly associate them, as adjectives, with love:
Feudal Love (futile love?)
How does/would each goverment try to project a certain kind of love for its citizens? And the different ways a government's employees and policy makers would actualize these conceits towards your body/mind, as a citizen, within this system of love and how they trickle down to your living room, or in what ways it wouldn't be possible. And then I was thinking that "systems of love" was a very creepy phrase. And then I wanted to get off the subway.
In other news. The Canary was one of my favorite journals. I'm not entirely sure what is happening, but I believe The Canary has been transformed into Canarium, and that also emerging is Canary Books, with the first book coming out in 2009. Anyways, Canarium is just as great as The Canary and I urge you to order a copy.
ANYWAYS, I am reading Canarium One. I very much fell for Arda Collins, who has two poems that start off the journal. They're like New York School offshoot meets surrealism meets a confrontational dream-child demanding to carry out a dialogue with someone you've heard of but don't know that well. These things go together, making the more chronological day to day events seem bizarre and grounding the poem when it starts to feel a bit floaty while still allowing it to bob around in outerspace for a bit. Outerspace above Central Park. Some lines I liked, all spindling out from a poem that begins with an endodontist in Central Park South:
"There were several lifetimes to go:
log cabins, maple syrup, Daniel Boone, corpuscles of new sea life
parts of the future, the plantation, triage,
appliances, horse muscles. Your parents..."
"...because of him, you are only four. You can't reach anything
in your kitchen and you can't read."
"You run to the next life.
You are not on time."
Following this are translations by Sawako Nakayasu of Takishi Hiraide's more prosey poems. Also awesome. You can also get backlisted copies of The Canary soon from http://www.canariumbooks.org/wp/order/. You may have to wait a bit on this, though, as their website is not yet fully equiped, but just to recap:
Arda Collins, Takashi Hiraide, Sawako Nakayasu, Ed Roberson, Alan Gilbert, Suzanne Doppelt, Cole Swensen, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Suzanne Buffam, Betsy Andrews, Erica Bernheim, Wayne Koestenbaum, Andy Carter, Eula Biss, Srikanth Reddy, Philip Jenks, Simone Muench, Dunya Mikhail
The Canary 6
Thylias Moss, John Ashbery, Ange Mlinko, Marcella Durand, Donna Stonecipher, Karen Volkman, Madeline Gins and Arakawa, others
The Canary 5
Jennifer Moxley, Brenda Shaughnessy, Joshua Clover, Alice Notley, Raymond McDaniel, Michael Morse, Matthew Zapruder, Dara Wier, others
The Canary 4
Ish Klein, Fanny Howe, Dale Smith, Susan M. Schultz, Christopher Nealon, Rachel Zucker, Aaron Tieger, G.C. Waldrep, Danielle Pafunda, others
The Canary 3
Kevin Young, Rae Armantrout, Peter Gizzi, Mark Levine, Brenda Hillman, Amir Kenan, Mark, Donald Revell, Joyelle McSweeney, other
The Canary 2
Cate Marvin, Tomaz Salamun, Michael Dumanis, Joshua Beckman, Catherine Wagner, Olena Kalytiak Davis, Katy Lederer, Terrance Hayes, others
The Canary 1 (The Canary River Review)
Robert Pinsky, Matthea Harvey, Nick Flynn, Matthew Rohrer, Rebecca Wolff, Vincent Katz, others
I was in NC this weekend visiting my younger brother. It was really nice to see him and hang out with some of his friends and roommates. College kids in general look very young to me, with their fast metabolisms and movie posters. But my brother doesn't. I feel very lucky. Maybe that's because he's so cool & mature. He gave me a walking tour of campus, we watched some TV, ate good food, and went to the Party Til Dawn Anti-Slumber Party. Very glad I got to visit before his graduation (I should have visited a while ago).
I took some photos of my brother's house. Needless to say, he lives with 5 other guys:
There are another 500 readings this week. I will post them all tomorrow.