Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Hair Twirling Is Banned in the Palace Press

My grandmother bought me gluten free apple pie this weekend.

Fact.

Nice fact.

She also tried to get me to take a Tupperware container of shrimp slathered in mayo on a 6 hour bus ride with me back to NYC.

I took the pie.

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No Medea by Anna Moschovakis (from Big Game Books):

It's awesome. I read part of it last night while waiting for Chinese takeout and I read it on the subway this morning sitting next to a woman who spritzed herself with way too much perfume and/or hairspray.

Again, I can't do the indentation because I am inept at html, and a few lines are too long for this post to break them appropriately, but this is the first page (each stanza is indented a little more):

My mother was no Medea. She works in the garden and on a yellow legal pad. She writes notes to herself. They do not say Remember to kill the children. I have always taken this for granted.

A garden is not a metaphor. The snow outside covers the
garden. It is winter and we have no money.

Children cost money. Can we afford
children? Can we afford money?

Today is my real
birthday.

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I'm flying/driving to Arkansas this weekend for the Frank Stanford Festival. I'm reading on Friday, but Saturday evening at 7pm starts the 12 hour marathon reading of The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You. I don't know where I'm sleeping yet, do you?:

Friday, October 17, 2008
Small Press Reading
7 – 11 pm w/ afterparty
The Garden Room
http://www.gardenroomcatering.com/contact.html
215 West Dickson Street,
Fayetteville, AR
$5 suggested donation

Readings from small press poets Ralph Adamo, Maureen Alsop, Anne Boyer, Joseph Bradshaw, Lily Brown, Adam Clay, Julia Cohen, Graham Foust, Jane Gregory, Carolyn Guinzio, Philip Jenks, Shannon Jonas, Susan Scarlata, Abraham Smith, Mathias Svalina, Bronwen Tate, Tony Tost, & Timothy Van Dyke, w/ blues intermissions by Greg Brownderville

Saturday, October 18, 2008
Frank Stanford Literary Festival
12-5 pm
Walker Community Room
Fayetteville Public Library
http://www.faylib.org
401 Mountain Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701
free admission

Panel Discussions
12-2:30 pm
“I am the Nijinsky of dreams”: Possibilities for Scholarship & Criticism on Frank Stanford
Lucas Farrell, Shannon Jonas, Michael Hoerman, J. Peter Moore, Murray Shugars & Sandra Simonds, w/ moderator Adam Clay

“The moon throws knives”: Frank Stanford’s Influence on Experimental Poets
Panelists include Graham Foust, Philip Jenks, Prageeta Sharma, Tony Tost & Joshua Marie Wilkinson, w/ moderator Susan Scarlata

“When you take the lost road”: Frank Stanford as Poet & Friend
Panelists include Ralph Adamo, Irv Broughton, Bill Willett & others close to Stanford, w/ moderator Matthew Henriksen


2:30 - 3 pm
It Wasn’t a Dream It Was a Flood
Screening of Irv Broughton’s legendary Stanford biopic, introduced by the director

3:00-5 pm
Frank Stanford Reading
The Singing Knives (Mill Mountain 1971, 1979; Lost Roads 2008)
Ladies from Hell (Mill Mountain 1974)
Shade (Mill Mountain 1973, 1975)
Field Talk (Mill Mountain 1974)
Arkansas Bench Stone (Mill Mountain 1975)
Constant Stranger (Mill Mountain 1976)
Crib Death (Ironwood Press 1978)
You (Lost Roads 1979, 2008)


Saturday, October 18 – Sunday, October 19
The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You
7 pm – 7 am

Metro District Meeting Room
509 West Spring Street
$5–10 suggested donation
Marathon reading of Stanford’s epic 15,280 line poem, originally published in 1977 by Mill Mountain & subsequently by Lost Roads

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National Book Award Announces for 2008:

Frank Bidart, Watching the Spring Festival (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Mark Doty, Fire to Fire: New and Collected Poems (HarperCollins)
Reginald Gibbons, Creatures of a Day (Louisiana State University Press)
Richard Howard, Without Saying (Turtle Point Press)
Patricia Smith, Blood Dazzler (Coffee House Press)

Poetry Judges: Robert Pinsky (chair), Mary Jo Bang, Kimiko Hahn,
Tony Hoagland, Marilyn Nelson.

2 comments:

elisabeth said...

i wish i could meet you in Arkansas

Julia Cohen said...

do it do it! call in sick on Friday.