Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Dunkin' Donut Sickness Press

Somethings you don't want to spread around. Like swine flu. Others are more fun to spread, like info on Black Ocean's open reading manuscript period: http://www.blackocean.org/submit/. You should buy a book or two, get a feel for it, and submit your manuscript if you feel it's in good company. Personally, I prefer Bad Company. No, wait.

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I learned a few things this weekend:

That the Canadian version of Project Runway is very bad. But addicting to mock.

That asparagus soup is delicious.

That I love hanging out with friends on Brighton Beach.

That people in Illinois are arguing over a "Choose Life" license plate. It is unfortunate, in my mind, that anti-abortion f*ckheads have appropriate "choose life" to mean that abortion is the opposite of choosing life, as I personally see "choose life" to mean "trust in the life that is actually a person and let her make her own effing mind up & plan responsibly." Maybe they also see "Choose Life" to mean "Discourage sex education in school, don't tell your kids about birth control, and then act really surprised when your darling 15 year old is pregnant." I'm rambling.

That, um, on a more uplifting note, gay couples are allowed to marry in Iowa. 47 states left to go.

That swine flu is a real thing & my company does not want anyone going to Mexico.

That this Deee-lite video is directed by Gus Van Sant:


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I was in a cover band that covered this song. But sadly, it was only 1 of 2 songs we 'learned' to play. Our drummer refused to take of her high heels:

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This coming week is filled with friends, quiet recuperation, and then this:

Book Party to Celebrate the Release of Eric Baus' Tuned Droves

featuring readings from
Eric Baus
Cathy Park Hong
Karla Kelsey
& Keith Newton

music from
Snowblink

great music
great poetry
free wine
discounted books
everything you
have yearned for

Sunday May 3, 5:30-8pm
location: 267 douglass st, brooklyn, ny

from Union St (R / M trains): walk north three blocks on 4th Ave &
turn left on Douglass
from Atlantic / Pacific: walk south on 4th Ave for seven blocks & turn
right on Douglass

Eric Baus' Tuned Droves can also be ordered at
http://www.octopusbooks.net

This is a Yardmeter Editions Event: http://yardmeter.blogspot.com/ Yardmeter Editions is an events series that brings together artists, writers, playwrights & other creative types in an informal setting in the Gowanaus neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY.

Eric Baus was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1975. His publications include Tuned Droves (Octopus Books, 2009), The To Sound (Verse Press, 2004; Winner of the 2002 Verse Press, selected by Forrest Gander), and the chapbooks The Space Between Magnets (Diaeresis), A Swarm In The Aperture (Margin to Margin), and Something Else The Music Was(Braincase Press). He edits Minus House chapbooks, and currently lives in Denver.

More information about Eric Baus can be found in http://baustralia.wordpress.com

Cathy Park Hong's first book, Translating Mo'um was published in 2002 by Hanging Loose Press. Her second collection, Dance Dance Revolution, was chosen for the Barnard Women Poets Prize & was published in 2007 by WW Norton. Hong is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship & a Village Voice Fellowship for Minority Reporters. Her poems have been published in A Public Space, Paris Review, Poetry, American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, Jubilat, & other journals. She now lives in New York City & is an Assistant Professor at Sarah Lawrence College.

For more information about her explore http://www.cathyparkhong.com

Karla is the author of Knowledge, Forms, the Aviary, which was selected by Carolyn Forche for the 2005 Sawtooth Poetry Prize. Little Dividing Doors in the Mind, a chapbook, was published by Noemi Press in 2005. Her recently completed manuscript, Iteration Nets, is forthcoming from Ahsahta Press. Work from this book can be found in journals such as Denver Quarterly, the New Review of Literature, and Bird Dog. In addition, poems from this manuscript are included in the anthology Joyful Noise: An Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry. Karla was born and raised in Southern California & is now on the creative writing faculty at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania.

To learn more about Karla go to http://www.karlakelsey.wordpress.com

Keith Newton edits the online magazine Harp & Altar. His poems & essays have recently appeared in Harvard Review, Cannibal & Octopus, among other journals. His chapbook Sent Forth to Die in a Happy City was published this year from Cannibal Books. He lives in Brooklyn.

To peruse the wonderful Harp & Altar click here: http://www.harpandaltar.com

Snowblink is Daniela Gesundheit and a rotating roster of accompanying musicians. Daniela was conceived in Las Vegas in July 1981. Snowblink was conceived in Los Angeles, twenty-three years later. This is what the musical belly brought: songs featuring a rotating roster of four-to-seven boy back-up singers, fiddle, harp, banjo, pedal steel, and party trumpets.

Learn more about them & order cds at http://www.snowblink.org

1 comment:

Mathias Svalina said...

The only Bad Company lyric i recall is "bad, bad company/ until the day i die-ay-ay.../ until the day i die"

So much weaker than Foreigner.