Friday, August 29, 2008


McCain just announced his running mate: Sarah Palin. Yes, he selected a woman. And obviously did so to get swing voters who are pissed that Clinton didn't win the D nomination. Um, let's review what we know about Sarah Palin:

-conservative christian

-self-described “hockey mom”

-has been governor for less than two years (of Alaska)

As the NYT puts it, "The pick, confirmed by Republicans familiar with the decision, amounted to a roll of the dice, a gamble that an infusion of new leadership — and the novelty of the Republican party’s first female candidate for vice president — would more than compensate for the risk that Ms. Palin could undercut one of the McCain campaign’s central arguments, their claim that Mr. Obama is too inexperienced to be president."

I basically have to assume that people/Dems will see through this, and realize that they should not vote for someone that inexperienced and, um conservative. What I am interested in hearing is how McCain will justify the inexperience of his running mate, not that this is the first time he's been a hypocrite.

Maybe shouldn't worry, maybe we just watched McCain shoot himself in his shiny shoed foot. Right?


Maybe you should buy Wave Books State of the Union:

Contributors Include:
John Ashbery, James Tate, Fanny Howe, Anselm Berrigan, Elizabeth Willis, Eileen Myles, Terrance Hayes, Albert Goldbarth, Mathias Svalina, Cathy Wagner, Tao Lin, Michael Palmer, Lucille Clifton, Joe Wenderoth, John Yau, Richard Siken, CAConrad, Rebecca Wolff, Peter Gizzi, Juliana Spahr, Wang Ping and many more.
Review here by Corduroy Books

Review here by Barn Owl Review

Review here by Open Letters Monthly

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Can I Camouflage Your Face with My Face? Press

I've been looking at this website, with Liu Bolin's camo magic:


CutBank via Alexander Dickow reviews Justin Marks and Ana Bozicevic's chapbooks.



You have probably heard about the plight of Stacey Lynn Brown's book which won the Cider Press Review Book Award, selected by Tony Hoagland, that has now been canceled close to publication date. Well, if you haven't, you should read her story here. Pretty demoralizing. Basically, it sounds like the press is run by one very, very unstable woman. I hope, though, that some great press will eat up this book and we can read it soon. So far, Stacey has 73 comments to her post from Sunday, so I also hope that she is feeling supported.


So, as I said Thursday is the Drunken Boat launch. Friday, I'm heading to the Stain reading to hear some bitchin' poets read their work. So, if you're around for Labor Day weekend, you should come:

August 29th @ 7 p.m. - Stain Bar - Williamsburg, Brooklyn
** Ball, Chace, Mort, Moschovakis, Murphy and Yankelevich **

valzhyna mort born in minsk, belarus. second book of poetry “factory of tears” came out in april 2008 from copper canyon press, usa. (the first one was published in minsk in 2005 and called “i’m as thin as your eyelashes”). previously was a writer-in-residence at several international locations, also received two international poetry prizes. besides the united states, “factory of tears” was published in sweden and will come out in 2009 in germany. apart from poetry, valzhyna mort runs a black metal music label.

Anna Moschovakis is the author of a book of poems,_I Have Not Been Able to Get Through to Everyone_, and of several chapbooks, including most recently _No Medea_ , a Tinyside from Big Game Books. She is also a translator of French poetry and prose and an editor at Ugly Duckling Presse.

Ryan Murphy is the author of Down With the Ship from Otis Books/Seismicity Editions. He has received awards from Chelsea magazine and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as a grant from the Fund for Poetry. He lives in New York.

Matvei Yankelevich
edited and translated TODAY I WROTE NOTHING: THE SELECTED WRITINGS OF DANIIL KHARMS (Overlook, 2007). He is a co-translator of OBERIU: AN ANTHOLOGY OF RUSSIAN ABSURDISM (2006). His translation of the Vladimir Mayakovsky’s poem “Cloud in Pants” appears in NIGHT WRAPS THE SKY: WRITINGS BY AND ABOUT MAYAKOVSKY (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2008). He is the author of a long poem, THE PRESENT WORK (Palm Press, 2006) and his writing has appeared in Fence, Open City, and many other literary journals. He teaches Russian Literature at Hunter College in New York City and edits the Eastern European Poets Series at Ugly Duckling Presse in Brooklyn.

Michael Ball
grew up in North Carolina & spent most of his adult life in Brooklyn. He currently lives in Baltimore where he curates & hosts the i.e. reading series.

Joel Chace
has published poetry and prose poetry in print and electronic magazines such as 6ix, Tomorrow, Lost and Found Times, Coracle, xStream, Three Candles, 2River View, Joey & the Black Boots, Recursive Angel, and Veer. He has published more than a dozen print and electronic collections. New from BlazeVox Books is CLEANING THE MIRROR: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS, and from Paper Kite Press, MATTER NO MATTER, another full-length collection. For many years, Chace has been Poetry Editor for the experimental electronic magazine 5_Trope. Amphibian Productions theater company did a staged reading of his play TRIPTYCH, at the Arclight Theatre, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Spring, 2005.

766 grand street
brooklyn, ny 11211
(L train to Grand Street,
1 block west)
7pm reading

What if I also told you all of these poets were very attractive, now would you come ten fold to the reading?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

If Everyone I Know Takes the Ferry to Staten Island Tonight I'll Bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookies & Then Spend An Evening Googling Theremin Musicians Press

I tried to buy some lady-like clothing after work and it was an utter failure.

Then I bought some alfalfa sprouts to cheer myself up.

Then I came home and resisted over-watering my plants.

Then I patted myself on the back for not over-watering my plants.

Then I saw my deer antler sitting next to the lamp on the coffee table and resisted picking it up and wearing it around my waist (even though it fits perfectly).

Then I patted myself on the back for acting like a normal person and not wearing my antler around my waist.

Then I made oatmeal cookies.

Then I ate a kale sandwich, which was delicious, and tried to persuade my parents to take the train in and visit me soon. (Splurge, take the train!)

Then I read some more Maya Angelou movie reviews.


Crazy poetry. Everywhere.

Example #1:

Fewer & Further Press
is pleased to announce the publication of Shannon Tharp's Determined by Aperture. Determined by Aperture is printed in an edition of 200 copies, 40 of which are special editions.


The chime of an ice cream truck
materializes. A moth ticks obliquely
against a darkening screen.

(This could be any world.
This could be any nerve.

is the crucially useless circus
in which I rehearse the bruise
I miss you.

There will always be
a hand beyond

fire’s immediacy
sharpest in frost.

Copies can be purchased for $7, postpaid. Please visit the Fewer & Further Press site for an excerpt and cover image. Payments can be made through the site with Paypal.

Special editions are hand-sewn and signed by the author, for $9. If you would like to purchase a special edition, please contact the editor for availability.

If you would like to pay by check, mail it to:

Jess Mynes
121 Lockes Village Rd
Wendell, MA 01379


Example #2:

I'm going to this on Thursday. I really can't imagine how this is all going to play out:

Join Drunken Boat, international online journal of the arts , in an exhibition of literary and multimedia arts. Join Guggenheim fellow Meena Alexander, vocalist and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Hertog Fellow and fiction writer Geronimo Madrid, sound sculptor Sawako, poet Jerry Williams, Sarah Lawrence professor and installation artist Robin Starbuck, and Tribeca and LA film festival featured musician Jonathan Zalben in a performance to promote the forthcoming tenth anniversary issue (Winter 08/09).

Sponsored by Singha Beer and Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. Suggested donation $5.

Thursday, August 28th, 2008. 7:00 pm.


The Asian American Writers' Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, Suite 10A
New York, NY 10001
(p) 212.494.0061


Meena Alexander's six books of poetry include *Illiterate Heart* , which won the PEN Open Book Award, *Raw Silk* and *Quickly Changing River* (2008). She has written a memoir *Fault Lines*; a book of essays and poems Shock of Arrival: Reflections on PostColonial Experience and edited *Indian Love Poems* She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. She is Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Currently she is working on a new volume of poems as well as essays on poetry, migration and memory.

Writer, vocalist and sound artist, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, is the author of three chapbooks which include Ichi-Ban and Ni-Ban (MOH Press), and Manuel is destroying my bathroom (Belladonna Press), as well as the album, Televisíon. Her work has been published in Nocturnes, Rattapallax, Spoken Word Revolution Redux, drumvoices review, and Tea Party Magazine. LaTasha has recieved scholarships, residencies, and fellowships from Cave Canem, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, Naropa Institute, Caldera Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Eban Demarest Trust. LaTasha is the poetry curator for, She is a Harlem Elohi Aniyunwiya Native.

Geronimo Madrid's fiction has appeared in The Literary Review, Bomb! Magazine,, and at . In 2007, the New York State Writers Institute at Skidmore College awarded him the Mimi Bresler Smith & Patricia Robertson Amusa-Shonubi Minority Scholarship. And in April 2008, he was invited to read at the New York Public Library in its regular series, "Periodically Speaking: Literary-Magazine Editors Introduce Emerging Writers at The New York Public Library." He received his MFA in Creative Writing at Hunter College, where he was a Hertog Fellow.

Sawako is a sound sculptor who understands the value of dynamics and the power of silence. Once through the processor named Sawako, subtle fragments in everyday life float in space vividly with a digital yet organic texture. Her unique sonic world has been called "post romantic sound" by Boston's Weekly Dig. Sawako released 4 solo albums from 12k and Anticipate. She has performed internationally in MUTEK (Canada); Warm Up at P.S.1, Tonic, Roulette, Issue Project Room, Starbucks Salon (NYC); Corcoran Gallery (Washington DC); UCLA Hammer Museum (LA); Glade Festival, ICA (UK); OFFF (Lisbon); Apple Store (Japan) etc. Born in Nagoya, Japan, Sawako obtained a Master's degree at ITP, NYU.

Robin Starbuck, Assistant Professor at Sarah Lawrence, Associate Degree Programs, is a multmedia/installation artist who holds her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Installation & Performance Art. She exhibits her work in installation, video, and experimental drawing nationally & internationally. Before relocating to New York City in 2002, she taught as a full time Assistant Professor of Art in sculpture & new media for Wesleyan College in Georgia and as an Adjunct Professor in critical writing for the Atlanta College of Art.

Jerry Williams lives in the Bronx and teaches at Marymount Manhattan College. His poetry and nonfiction have appeared in such magazines as American Poetry Review, Pleiades, Tin House, Witness and many others. In 2003, Carnegie Mellon University Press published his collection of poems, Casino of the Sun, which was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. A new collection of poems, Admission, is due out from Carnegie Mellon in 2009.

Jonathan Zalben's music for film, theater, and television has been shown at Slamdance, SXSW, Tribeca, LA Film Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, and Chicago SketchFest. His orchestral works have been performed by the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra and the New York University Orchestra. Zalben holds a U.S. patent for a muffler design.


Theremin player from 1953:

Theremin Player from 2006 (Masami Takeuchi):

I kind of love Masami.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Your Resume Looks like Microwave Popcorn Instructions Press

Things I thought about over this weekend:


dirty dishes

my deep deep love of suction

steamed up mirrors

fear of getting terrycloth stuck to steamed up mirrors when wiped clean


dogs that bark at you in the dark

my deep deep love of graph paper


I read a handful of poems this weekend from Daisy Fried's My Brother is Getting Arrested Again

Edward Byrns has a positive take on this book here: One Poet's Notes

David Sewell has a more critical take on the book here: Coldfrontmag

I've been doing some skimming. It definitely doesn't qualify as reading Goethe. I thought you might like this observation:

"Lastly, it is also worthy of remark, that savage nations, uneducated people, and children have a great predilection for vivid colours; that animals are excited to rage by certain colours; that people of refinement avoid vivid colours in their dress and the objects that are about them, and seem to banish them all together from their presence."--Goethe, from the chapter "Pathological Colours" in Theory of Colours

The above quote is not a good example of the book, which is worth reading for phrases like "In cases of milky cataract," and "That portion of the retina on which the dark cross."


The third issue of Abraham Lincoln is out. Come and get it:

issue the third
summer/fall 2008

Order it here:

"Our biggest issue yet is so frisky and slippery and full of pseudo-information and prone to inappropriate touching it will make you SQUEAL!"

featuring work by:
Bill Luoma
Jack Collom
Lyn Hejinian
Stan Apps
Shane Allison
Dodie Bellamy
Anne Boyer
Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl
Angela Genusa
Lanny Quarles
Rodney Koeneke
Tisa Bryant
Jennifer Knox
Jordan Davis
Robert J. Baumann
Jim McCrary

plus a special message from Joshua Clover
and cover art by K. Silem Mohammad


What's new with you? I want to see the new Woody Allen movie tonight.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Farmer's Market Never Lies Press

I'm going to a poetry reading and then a rock show tonight:

Saturday night at 8p.m.
John Beer & Dottie Lasky & Macgregor Card.

(Macgregor Card, are you a real person?)

The reading is located at 390 Seneca Avenue
(at the corner of Seneca and Stanhope)
in Ridgewood, Queens.
Take the L train to DeKalb.


I'm going to see Caspian & Yndi Halda tonight at Pianos. Maybe I will get a margarita next door at El Sombrero.


I'm listening to Car Talk on NPR & drinking lots of water this fine Saturday morning. Eggs are being flipped in the kitchen. I'm about to start the first season of Mad Men. Anyone seen it before? I hear good things. Women were more shapely in 1960.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Good Poetry for Bad People Press

In 2001, God/publishing gave us Legally Blonde the book:

In the same year, 2001, God/Hollywood gave us Legally Blonde, the blockbuster movie.

In 2003, God/Hollywood didn't want to let go of a "good" thing and gave us Legally Blonde II:

In 2007, God/Broadway gave us Legally Blonde: The Musical:

In 2008, God/MTV gave us Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods, the reality TV show. As the name indicates, it is a reality show about selecting the star of the Broadway musical.

This reality show filmed an episode outside of my office and when I went out for lunch, it looked like this:

Reality television extends the shelf life of things that shouldn't have existed to begin with.


I'm sorry if I traumatized you with the above images. So much pink & blonde, I know.


I'm going to try and do this Friday:

Friday august 22nd 7:30 pm

85-101 N. 3rd St. #508
between wythe and berry
take the L to bedford

open mike, three minutes--pls bring something to read!

Dan Magers has poems published in the tiny and Red China Magazine, and his chapbook Exploitation Poems published in 2007. He is a co-founder and editor of the online literary magazine Sink Review, and works in publishing. He lives in Brooklyn.

Eileen Kelly recently appeared on the "Today" show and headlined the L.A. Comedy festival. She was a semi-finalist in Nick at Nite's "Search for the Funniest Mom in America," was one of Toyota Comedy festival's "NY's Funniest Women." Her solo show, My Pony's in the Garage, premiered at the NY Fringe Festival where reviewers called it, "One of the best-written and best-performed shows in the festival" and likened it to "a middle-class version of `The Royal Tenenbaums' and 'Arrested Development.'" Her writing is featured in several joke books, including She's So Funny – 1,001 Jokes from the Best Female Comics.

Steven Karl is the author of the chapbook, Lovers' Last Go Around (Peptic Robot Press, 2005), and forthcoming chapbook State(s) of Flux which is a collaboration with the artist, Joseph Lappie (Peptic Robot Press, 2008). His poems, reviews, and articles have appeared or are forthcoming from No Tell Motel, Zoland Poetry Anthology, KNOCK, Teachers & Writers Magazine, Sawbuck, Sink Review, Real Poetik, Eleven Eleven,Vanitas, Euphony, Twenty Years of the Pig, and Cold Front Magazine. He lives in New York City.

The lovely Chel O'Reilly will be our resident musician.


On Saturday I'm going to go see Yndi Halda amongst other bands (Pianos bar). I'm very excited. Yndi Halda makes me calm, sad, and exuberant all at the same time. And on Sunday I am going to see Faun Fables amongst other bands (Knitting Factory).

If you feel like coming, you should.

If you have feelings, you should come.

You need a little more music in your system. It's like vitamin B for your stomach-heart emotions.


I bought some Kale and a giant red pepper at the farmer's market today. I left home super early this morning just to get there before work/the crowds came. That's how you end up with sprightly kale and peppers as big as yo' face.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Who Made My Coat? What Is a Coat? Press

More from 1994 Tree Diary:

April 17
It is obvious my tree
has changed. There are
no leaves on it at all.
Now I can see rotted
apple's lying on the ground
around it. The kind of bud
on it is a Prepatched flower.

May 3
To identify my
tree in the winter,
I know it has a peely
bark. I can peel off one layer
of the bark. The bark
is gray. It has a small
narrow tree trunk.

Please note that in April my brother starts writing in script.

New issue of Diode is up.

Kazim Ali
Maureen Alsop
Abayomi Animashaun
Rane Arroyo
Sheila Black
Elena Karina Byrne
Juliet Cook
DJ Dolack
Susan Elbe
Noah Falck
Beckian Fritz Goldberg
Leslie Harrison
Sean Patrick Hill
Dan Kaplan
Dorothea Lasky
Dorianne Laux
Caleb Puckett
Doug Ramspeck
Lee Ann Roripaugh
Justin Taylor
G. C. Waldrep
Yun Wang
Susan Settlemyre Williams
David Michael Wolach

I totally fell for Elena Karian Byrne's poem Umbrella Fable. It starts with "Draw straws / Once, breath held over our heads" so go read it.

Also, G. C. Waldrep poems, I particularly like What Is an Antiphon.


Tom Cruise and the Best Poetry Reading:

When I Try & Turn Off My Phone It Calls My Dad's Doctor Press

Thank you to Brian Foley for inviting us to read at Brookline Booksmith. So much fun:

Mathias Svalina

Julie Doxsee
Janaka Stucky


We took the puppies to the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston:

I sort of fell in love with the sculptures of Anish Kapoor. This one, for example, would be my ideal sleeping quarters:


I think I've mentioned that my parents are moving to Mexico. Most of my childhood/teenage belongings are in boxes in the attic, waiting for me to sort through them and decide what I should take back to NY and what I should throw out. One of the boxes was mislabeled as mine, but actually contained my brother's old journals and a Tree Diary (cerca 1994), in which he writes about a particular tree once a month.

I'm going to transcribe some of the Tree Diary 1994 for you (please note the original spelling has not been changed):

September 28
My tree is not
very tall. The leav's
are all green. Some
leav's have follin.
It is a crab app-
le tree.

October 6
My tree is still
the same. Some leaves have
fallin. None have changed
color yet. Most of the
apples have fallen too.

October 27
My tree is still
the same. The only
evidens of animel life
is the leavs
have bites in them.
Alsow moste of
the apples have follen.

November 2
I didn't know how wide
my tree was
befor studying it.
The date I predict
for my tree to bud
is April 2- because it
is getting warm and
it dosen't snow


I'll give you the rest of the Tree Diary notes tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

I Was Going to Make a Joke But I Couldn't Think of the Term "Bubble Wrap" in Time Press

I've been interviewing a number of potential assistants. It's sort of exhausting and I'm not at the point yet where I'm totally relaxed and "old hand" about it, so I get a bit anxious before each meeting. I'm not complaining, though, as I'm quite excited about having an assistant soon. See my 21st century representation of somewhat annoying glee?:



Have you all been engrossed with the Olympics? I don't have a tv so I have no idea what's going on. What teams are you rooting for? Any particular athletes?

I've never really understood the Olympics, although I do like watching the gymnastic uneven bars:

The high beam makes me nervous, though, with so many little girls falling off:


On my way to work today I grabbed/started reading:
Mark Yakich's The Making of Collateral Beauty, a sturdy looking chapbook composed of 28 poems borrowing approx half the titles of his previous full length book (that I have not read yet).

In his own words, "The Making of Collateral Beauty is both companion to and descendant of Unrelated Individuals Forming a Group Waiting to Cross. Each new poem shares a title with a poem in the original book, playing off/making fun of the idea that all poems and stories are derived from the writer's actual life. Maybe they are, maybe they aren't."

I'm not going to review this, but you can read reviews on his website and buy a copy.

I think you should buy a copy.

Maybe read it and then read the older one to which it's companion. Well, that's the order I'm apparently reading them in. These are things you figure out at 7:30am on the N train.


I'm off to RI tomorrow and then Amherst to enjoy some poetry readings. Then I'm heading to Brookline to read with Julie Doxsee, Janaka Stucky, and Mathias Svalina. If you're in the Boston/Camrbidge/Brookline area please come!

No really, please?

Saturday, August 16th 7pm
Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

My Press Will Increase Your Adoring Fans Press

Well, let's be honest, my press doesn't have a press, but I did go to the launch of the first full length book to publish from Octopus Books and the first chapbooks to come from X-ing Press. See the rock stars:

Justin Taylor; Jeremy Schmall, Julie Doxsee; Matvei Yankelevich; adoring fans; the wall art:


I received the new issue of Field, I'm not really familiar with most of the contributors in this particular issue (#78):

Includes poems by Christopher Howell, Nance Van Winckel, Michael Chitwood, Ellen Wehle, Angie Estes, Dennis Hinrichsen, Matthew Gavin Frank, Lynn Powell, Philip Metres, Pablo Tanguay, and Dennis Schmitz, translations of K. Michel, Karl Krolow, Yosa Buson, and Emmanuel Moses, and essay-reviews on books by Susan Tichy, Randall Jarrell, and Sandra McPherson.

You need to click on this image and read the cartoon. Master the wolf:

Monday, August 11, 2008

Your Poems Are Thought Pieces Press

I went to Richmond VA for a poetry reading on Sunday. Thank you to all those who drove me there, drove me back, came to the reading, read at the reading, to the person who gave me a fresh fig, & to those who welcomed us into their homes and porches:


On Saturday I went to Coney Island:

Also, thank you to MS who fixed my sandy camera!