Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Intellectual Vegetation Press

Wow.

Hello. I miss you.

You there. You're sweet.

Did you cut your hair or something?

Thank you to everyone who came to my reading on Friday. It was an awesome crowd and the other poets blew my mind into my bottle of hard cider.

I love hard cider.

What has been going on? On Monday I went to the KGB reading to hear Rick Barot and CAConrad. Both read incredibly well. I'm very familiar with CA's poetry but this was a good introduction to Barot. He recently returned from MacDowell so he read new poems he wrote there. CA's reading was, unfortunately, interrupted by someone who was clearly off his medication. Crazy Person slugged the bartender and then screamed at us all. Some of the things he screamed:


"He attacked me, he hit me first!"

"Show me the sign!"

"We can't wait forever. There is no infinity!"

"I'll come back and kill you all!"

"I'll burn this place down. You're all gonna burn!"

"Those stairs are dangerous! I'm going to fall!"

"Let me get my coat!"

It was interesting to watch the reaction of the different audience members. I hope the bartender's face is doing alright.

I would be wary of going back next Monday but the crazy person used the same threatening intonation to tell us we were going to burn as he did when he demanded that someone find his missing jacket (at this point he was captured and had his hands held behind his back)... so, see you Monday?

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I've been reading these two lovely books (novella, poetry chapbook) on the subway:

Liquidation by Imre Kertesz:

One of the lines I like:
"The state is always the same. The only reason it financed literature up till now was in order to liquidate it. Giving state support to literature is the state's sneaky way for the state liquidation of literature."

Is isn't that what most people do? Create things so that we can war over the creation?

Behind The R by Gina Myers:


"...The people move in and out of
the security camera's range"

"behind the dirty ashtray on the coffee table
behind the post-it note on the door
behind the open hydrant
behind the headline on the front page
behind the stray spark catching fire"

Buy it here.
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Tomorrow I am going to this reading:

ponsored by Wave Books and
The Center for the Humanities

State of the Union:
A Poetry Reading
Thursday, October 30, 6:30pm

John Ashbery + Dan Chelotti + Thomas Sayers Ellis + Nick Flynn + Caroline Knox + Eileen Myles + Mathias Svalina + Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi + Elizabeth Willis + Rachel Zucker

William Carlos Williams wrote: "It is difficult/to get the news from poems/ yet men die miserably every day/ for lack/ of what is found there." Join the contributors to the Wave Books anthology State of the Union: 50 Political Poems to get the news in Linda Pollack's Habeas Lounge in the week of the Presidential election.

The Amie and Tony James Gallery
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street
New York, NY
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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Then I am going to the Snowblink show:

SNOWBLINK
Zebulon
258 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY
w/ CHARLIE LOOKER, JULIANNA BARWICK, SAM BUCK ROSEN
NYC ALBUM RELEASE

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