Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Elf Metal Press

The new issue of CUE is up (first on-line version), guest-edited by Mark Horosky. I'm happy to have 2 poems with Mathias in it, alongside work by Elizabeth Willis, Richard Siken, Matt Hart, Sarah Manguso, Tony Mancus, Dorothea Lasky, Tim Peterson, Reb Livingston, Chaz McCallahan, and Jason Labbe.

Time to let loose your long luxurious flowing hair

Monday, June 29, 2009

Just Dunk The Baby in Milk Press

We're almost all packed up. Some amazing friends are coming over Wednesday morning to help us load up the truck.

I've been taking breaks from packing to watch Ish Klein read poems and PSA annoucements:



Just a reminder about the reading this Tuesday (tomorrow). Mathias and I will be moving to Denver the very next day, so I'd love to see you all one last time before we leave. As the guest editor of the new issue of Effing Magazine, I'll be going to the issue launch that Scott Pierce organized, on Tuesday June 30th. I really hope you can come because it will be a great reading: Ada Limon, Justin Marks, and Farrah Field. If that isn't enough enticement, there will also be free wine and cheese.

You can also pick up the new issue at the reading, which includes these poets:

Christian Hawkey, Lynn Xu, Dorothea Lasky, Tony Tost, Graham Foust, Farrah Field, Aaron Kunin, Mark Bibbins, Akilah Oliver, Kimberly Lyons, Justin Marks, Rachel Zucker, Abraham Smith, Anne Lendon Heide, Shane McCrae, Ada Limon, K. Silem Mohammad, Timothy Liu, Jill Magi, Kiwao Nimura

INFO on reading:

Effing Press
(Austin, Texas)

Tues., June 30, 6:00 p.m. sharp, free

ACA Galleries
529 W. 20th St., 5th Flr.

Featuring readings from

Farrah Field
Ada Limon
Justin Marks

with music from

Katie May (hell yeah!)

*Performer Bios*

**Farrah Field
Farrah Field’s poems have appeared in Chelsea, Harp & Altar, Harpur Palate, Margie, Massachusetts Review, Mississippi Review, Pool, and Typo. She was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming and raised in Nebraska, Colorado, Louisiana, Arkansas, Sicily, and Belgium. She lives in Brooklyn.

**Ada Limón
Ada Limon's first book, lucky wreck, was the winner of the Autumn House Poetry Prize and her second, This Big Fake World, was the winner of the Pearl Poetry Prize. Her third book of poems, Sharks in the Rivers, will be published by Milkweed Editions next year.

**Justin Marks
Justin Marks' first book is A Million in Prizes (New Issues Press). He is also the author of several chapbooks, the most recent being Voir Dire (Rope-a-Dope Press). New work can be found in the Raleigh Quarterly and Tusculum Review. He is the founder and editor of Kitchen Press Chapbooks and lives in New York City with his wife and their infant son and daughter.

**Katie May
Katie May has had jobs serving fries, making marimbas, and telling at banks.


C/E to 23rd St., 1/9 to 18th St.
Venue is bet. 10th and 11th avenues


The 11th issue of pax americana is up, with such shining stars as: Paige Taggart, Christie Ann Reynolds, Nicole Santalucia, Sarah Feeley, Lauren Hunter, Jean Hartig, Amy LAwless, Matthew Yeager, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Kiely Sweatt, Patricia Smith, Aria Boutet, Rachel-Herman Gross, Taryn Andrew, Joseph Millar, Dorianne Laux, Teege Braune.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009

Dream Journal Press

One Act Play

Man walks into room, naked. With hands on hip, man swivels himself from side to side so his penis wags back and forth.

Man then points at penis:
I call this my dream journal.

The End.


It's my second day of retirement. I am catching up on Saltgrass submissions, trying to wrap up this new issue.


I read Wag's Revue, with poems from K. Silem Mohammad, Mathias Svalina, Kenneth Goldsmith, Gregory Betts, Lindsey Baggette (is that her real last name?).


Is it wrong to suggest that Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Ed McMohan should have a group funeral?

My grandma Spook called me to tell me she was sad about Michael Jackson.

Also, that she was more sad Jackson got a huge front page headline & article in The New York Times, when Obama's visit to and speech in Cairo did not. She said, "I almost canceled my subscription."

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Impulsive Press

I saw a painting last weekend that had printed towards the bottom of the canvas:

1 + Scattered = 0

I like that. Can that be the title of the poem series I'm working on right now? Can it?

Today is my first day of retirement. I was sad when I left my office yesterday, as I suspected I would be, but I'm excited about moving. Today M woke up and boxed books while I went through our closets & started packing suitcases. Clothes are either at the laundromat, folded & stored, or in grocery bags that we may or may not leave in front of our local thrift shop at the dead of night, tonight.

Right now I'm reading Marjorie Perloff's 21st-Century Modernism: The "New" Poetics. I might be learning things!

I also learned that the new issue of Harp & Altar is up and looking gorgeous as usual:

Issue Six includes poems by Kate Greenstreet, Jennifer Hayashida, Karla Kelsey, Justin Marks, Patrick Morrissey, Linnea Ogden, Rob Schlegel, and Andrei Sen-Senkov (translated by Zach Schomburg).

Monday, June 22, 2009

It's Not Your Forehead That's the Problem, It's Your Attitude Press

New issue of Six Finch is up. I'm happy to have two poems smashed all up on the necks of these poets:

Nin Andrews, Dara Cerv, Peter Davis, Adam Day, Noah Falck, Rebecca (Guyon) Farivar, AShley Farmer, Adam Fell, Brian Foley, Emily Kendal Frey Jon Pineda, Matthew Yeager.

Poem for the Rooftops of Iran - June 19th, 2009

Sunday, June 21, 2009

For & Against The Fierce Chaos of the World Press

Happy birthday Joanna and Brigitte, sorry about the rain

Things I will miss about NYC, things that transpired in the last month:

Friday, June 19, 2009

Eavesdrop Press

On my way to work today I overheard the best conversation:

Girl 1: What does being "born again" mean?

Girl 2: I don't know.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

UHaul Press

So, I'm moving to Denver July 1st with M.

(I'll be starting a PhD program in the fall, Literature & Creative Writing. I'm both excited & terrified.)

I have never lived away from the east coast. I'm both excited & terrified.

My basic emotions are (besides excitement and terror): I'm sad to leave my friends & sad to leave my career in academic publishing, but ultimately I think it's healthy to try something new & I think I would regret not pushing myself to read & write & think more than I am right now. I'm optimistic.

Our new apartment will have a yard. And I foresee a pound puppy/mutt in our future as well as spending more time on our bikes.

If you live in or near New York, please hang out with me before I leave! I'm going to this thing tomorrow:

The third yardmeter editions event will feature poets Brenda Iijima & Daniel Lin, multimedia artist Craig Foltz & jeweler/sculptor Kristin D'Agostino.

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.

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

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Da Nerd Press

Thanks to all who came to my reading last Saturday. It was great to be back in Cambridge briefly. Special thanks to Brian Foley for inviting me to read along with Justin Marks & Heather Green. And another special thanks to Janaka Stucky for hosting the afterparty and Elisa Gabbert & John Cotter for allowing us to crash in a spare bed. Thank you Boltbus, for stopping at Arbys, although I'm not sure why you had to drive through NJ to get to Manhattan. And thank you Arbys, your $1 value milkshakes are definitely worth $1.

Things move quickly. Episode #9 is here:

little movies of

Dorothea Lasky | Joshua Beckman | Aaron Kunin

Srikanth Reddy | Magdalena Zurawski | Graham Foust

Suzanne Buffam | Catherine Theis | CAConrad

Brandon Shimoda | Lauren Levin

Get down with them.


Below is a note from Rachel Zucker I thought I should pass on:

Dear Friends and Family,

I very rarely send requests like this around, but this is very important to me and to many, many women and those who support women. Please take this small step to support midwifery and, by extension, the health of women and children in New York State.

The first, very simple step, is to sign this petition supporting the Midwifery Modernization Act.


This petition requests that written practice agreements between midwives and physicians no longer be a requirement for licensing. It may seem like a small thing, but the written practice agreement requirement is actually a serious threat to midwifery in New York State and to women's health.

Women and families benefit from midwifery care. The Midwives Model of Care focuses on wellness, individualized care, support and health education. Taxpayers benefit from improved outcomes and the lower short and long term costs. We need the Midwifery Modernization Act to pass, so we can have more access to more midwives in more settings and removing the Written Practice Agreement (WPA) will remove the key barrier to that access.

Midwives have been licensed in NY State for over 15 years, providing excellent care when possible with terrific outcomes for mothers and babies with lower rates of medical intervention and lower costs. Midwives are skilled healthcare providers with extensive training in maternity and newborn care as well as well-woman care. A key component of their training is knowing when to refer patients to or consult with other appropriate providers, which they do often and not always with the provider with whom they have a written agreement. Unfortunately, this requirement that midwives have a written practice agreement (WPA) that outlines their scope of practice serves as a barrier to practice for many midwives and a barrier to access for many consumers. This is especially a problem in rural and underserved areas. The written practice agreement does not involve direct supervision of the midwives by doctors, but makes the doctor responsible for the scope of practice under which the midwife practices - increasing the physician's liability risk and giving individual physicians control over the scope of practice of midwives. While midwives are required to have a written practice agreement, doctors are not required to sign them. The also gives physicians the capacity to keep competitors from practicing.

The WPA is an inappropriate requirement; it would be like asking every pediatrician to have a written agreement with a pediatric surgeon in order to practice pediatrics. Doctors are licensed professionals who refer to specialists when necessary. So are midwives. Midwives should not be required to maintain practice agreements with physicians in order to be licensed or maintain their licenses. Please send a strong message to our legislature that you support midwifery as a critical and fundamental part of health care for women and children.

Supporting midwifery is the most important thing you can do to support safe, normal childbirth and to support women's health across the lifespan.

If you are willing to do more than sign the petition, great!

Other things you can do:

Please contact your legislators--

* Call your legislators - Tell the staff person who answers the phone: "I am one of [title/name] constituents, and I want [him/her] to support the Midwifery Modernization Act [appropriate bill number]." Provide your name and contact info if requested. You can also add more info if you feel comfortable doing that or have time. Not sure who they are or how to reach them? Here's how to find out who your legislators are and get to their web pages with contact info:

Senator (Bill # S5007) - Go to www.nysenate.gov/ and enter your address and zip into the Find My Senator box.
Assemblymember (Bill # A8117) - Go to www.assembly.state.ny.us/mem/ and enter your zip code into the Member Search box.

* Send a letter to your legislators with a copy to the Sponsors in each chamber (see above) and a copy to NYFOM. You can see an example on the Buffalo Birth website (www.buffalobirth.com), though personal letters are most effective and stories of loss of access are particularly compelling.

* The Chairs of the Higher Education Committees in both houses in particular need to hear from consumers. Since the Senate is currently in chaos, simply address the letter to “Chair” for that body. You can get info about committees at the links for each chamber above.

Please talk to physicians who are supportive of midwifery--
Ask any physicians you know who are supportive of midwives but may not want to sign agreements to write a letter to the sponsors to that effect. Copies of those letters should be sent to Patricia Burkhardt in care of NYS Association of Licensed Midwives (NYSALM)

Please do whatever you can to support midwives. To learn more conatct:
NYS Association of Licensed Midwives (NYSALM): www.nysalm.org
Citizens for Midwifery (CfM): www.cfmidwifery.org
Choices in Childbirth: www.choicesinchildbirth.org
Childbirth Connection: http://childbirthconnection.org/

Thank you for your help,
Rachel Zucker

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Competitive Hugging Press

This is my friend in jail. The tall one:

Remember to come to the reading on Saturday evening!

Justin Marks, Heather Green, and Julia Cohen

The Deep Moat Reading Series
is located at the Pierre Menard Gallery,
10 Arrow st, Cambridge, MA 02138.

All the information is now up at - http://www.thedeepmoatreadingseries.blogspot.com

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sun Burns Vs. Ed Burns Press

I have a tiny broadside/coinside available from Braveman Press. It is good luck to get one and keep it in your backpocket, like a kitten:

Justin Marks has one too:

You can order 1 of ours for $3.50 or both for $6.50. Cheaper than kittens, even.

I hope you come to the reading this Saturday! Heather Green is now reading with us, which is tremendously thrilling. I have been trying to get her to send me her translations of Tristan Tzara for some time now, but she is an expert at stealth, so alas, I still wait eagerly.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Off Topic Press

I've been looking at puppies recently. There are so many in the Humane Societies and maybe in August one will belong to M and me. But there is this one place called Big Paws for Big Dogs (or something like that), where they only rescue puppies that will turn into HUGE dogs. Like:

the Mastiff:

Great Danes:

These are the dogs that you can't let sleep in your bed...because they might roll over and kill you.

Apologies for the dogblog.