While I have been at my desk all week, like an insect that crawled onto the lip of an orchid & then tipped over & drowned in the sweet perfumed watery pool of the flower's gullet, poems have been exploding elsewhere in the world:
The new issue of coconut is up: Issue Thirteen, with such rockers as Rae Armantrout, David Lehman, Ariana Reines, Teresa K. Miller, Kate Colby, Carrie Olivia Adams, James Belflower, Anne Marie Rooney, Kristi Maxwell, Jason Zuzga, Megan Kaminski, Christopher Higgs, Nellie Haack, Claire Donato, Ravi Shankar, Emily Anderson, Laynie Browne, Jonathan Doherty, Kathleen Jesme, Matina Stamatakis, Mike Young, and Terence Winch.
Kristi Maxwell's poetry continues to blow my mind.
Volume 42, Number 4, Issue of Denver Quarterly
CONTRIBUTORS: Erik Anderson, Stephanie Anderson, Anne Blonstein, Julie Phillips Brown, Suzanne Buffam, Nancy Naomi Carlson, Kim Chinquee, Patrick F. Durgin, Kim Evans, Paul Fattaruso, Georges Godeau, Laura Goode, Nathan Hauke, Claire Hero, Garrett Kalleburg, Aby Kaupang, Katalin Keller, Scott McWaters, Eileen Myles, Ron Padgett, Christian Peet, Emily Rae, Srikanth Reddy, Forrest Roth, Stephen Sandy, Roy Scranton, Andrew Seguin, Brandon Shimoda, D.E. Steward, Michelle Taransky, Karen Volkman
COVER ART: Joe Brainard (1942-94)was a visual artist and a writer. His influential book I Remember has been in print since 1970. His art work is represented by the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York. For more information, go to www.joebrainard.org. The cover image, "Untitled, 1976" (private collection) is a mixed-media collage and is used with permissiong from the Estate of Joe Brainard and the Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York City.
The poem on the back of the issue:
[I was told]
I was told
that you were kind to us
skin in the grass
vacuities in the pulp and prickle cell
offered us into the merciful forest
between wood and white garment
to cut from a single stand
a grave of wide refuge
where made honorary
ascends the shooting candle in the pine
to sound the whorling bell
catafalque in fog
mountain emerald dead--
fallen in this terrarium
Told you so.
Have you ordered Julie Doxsee's Undersleep yet? No joke, it sits with me at my desk all day long. I'll feel more connected to you if you, too, order a copy and have it sit next to you all day long.
Here is another Doxsee poem:
Your Dry-Eye Curse
Because that cloud
I'm pointing to has been raining on my town
six years straight
it's not weight of the
my disappearance into
sink when the part of
our body that is legs
The 16th Poet Laureate:
Here is a PRO Kay Ryan article by Meghan O'Rourke on Slate (can you tell that Slate is the first thing I read in the morning?).
Here is a CON Kay Ryan discussion spurred by Silliman.
Do you have an opinion? Tell me about it, ok?
I Will Buy You A New Life, Everclear circa 1997:
Fireman, Lil Wayne circa 2005:
Go DJ, Lil Wayne:
Gossip, Lil Wayne:
A Milli, Lil Wayne:
And tonight I'm going to here Steven Karl read with other mysterious poets at Home Sweet Home, 131 Chrystie Street, btwn Broome & Delancey. Please come.