Thursday, October 29, 2009

Candy Vs Candy Press

I've been trying to work on/expand what is potentially the 4th section of my new manuscript, in it's infant stages. So, I've been reading these books to water my brain-plants this afternoon, as the snow continues:

Kate Greenstreet, The Last 4 Things
Joshua Clover, The Totality for Kids
Graham Foust, As In Every Deafness
Jed Rasula, Syncopations


So many new things exist now just for you!

You should let Dan Hoy tell you what's up with the world. His chapbook Glory Hole, out from Mal-O-Mar Press; it's vicious. This tight collection also comes with John Leon's The Hot Tub:


Justin Marks is a featured poet on Tusculum Review and has an interview up at Rauan Klassnik's blog.


CA Conrad is interviewed by Eileen Myles at the Poetry Foundation.


On Nov 1st (tomorrow):

the launch of 2nd Avenue Poetry’s* Inaugural Print Chapbook Series**
The Filipino Exiled Poet Channels Montgomery Clift and Other Poems by R. ZAMORA LINMARK
Poetry Barn Barn! (That let it roll where you want it.) by JILL MAGI

5 pm @ Unnameable Books (in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn)
600 Vanderbilt Ave (between Dean St & St Marks Ave)
Brooklyn, NY 11238

the event is FREE & open to the public

R. ZAMORA "Zack" LINMARK is the author of the novel Rolling The R's, which he's adapted for the stage, and two collections of poetry, Prime Time Apparitions and The Evolution of a Sigh. He's also completed his second novel, Leche, and a new play, But, Beautiful. He currently lives in Manila, where he is at work on his third collection of poetry and a novel.

JILL MAGI works in text and image and is the author of SLOT (forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse), Threads (Futurepoem), Torchwood (Shearsman), and Cadastral Map (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs). She teaches at Eugene Lang, City, and Goddard Colleges, and runs Sona Books, a chapbook press, from her apartment in Brooklyn, New York.

Snow Day Press

For the first time since I was in high school, I had a "snow day," and classes were canceled.

Then at 4pm I went to the blizzardy park with friends & had a snow party.

It was cold.

One of my friends made a giant snowball. So big, it was the bottom of a snowman. We tried to roll it home, but then we gave it away.

But we made a snow fort/tunnel for the dogs:

But then a husky tried to eat it:

And then a strange man that was not part of our snow party crawled inside:

And then it collapsed on top of him:

Like, we really did not know this man.

Anyways, then D'Count became a little white rabbit in the snow:

Then we all went back to my apartment & made mashed potatoes, etc.

What did you do on your snowday?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Apple Pants Press

So, one night a week I've been having trouble sleeping. It's always a fun surprise to find out which night it is. This week, Monday night was the winner. Going to sleep at 1:30am and waking up at 4am is not cool.

Some things I think about while trying to get back to sleep:

If you wore apple pants, what would they really look like?

What celebrity would it feel good to punch?

Will my stomach make audible noises in class around 2pm?

Do I remember the names of any Russian surrealists?


New Things:

1) www.OtherRoomsPress.Blogpsot.Com

2) Edith Zimmerman, who contributed poems to issue #1 of Saltgrass, has a funny article in the Huffington Post:

3) I like this poem that's on RealPoetik:


She wears summer, a bird
on her clavicle, and combs
the day thin with rowdy
arms. Triangular and sailing,
she unlocks the pages of distance.
Pipers mobile her solitary umbrella.
How she stays when a storm turns

over the bay. The slow knife,
the kiwi, and the rubber band wrist.
Lightning pings, clouds change gowns.
Warning pulls the plug and the sand drains
of goers. How she remains,
silent and right, her face
lit by the sun’s slow soap.

Patrick Culliton lives in Chicago. His poems have appeared, or will soon, in Coconut, Conduit, The Hat, The Journal, jubilat, Rabbit Light Movies, Third Coast, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a 2009 Individual Artists Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council. He teaches at the University of Illinois-Chicago and has a chapbook forthcoming from Octopus Books in Spring 2010.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

I Want To Be A Baby Vortex Press

So, I went to see some corn.

The corn stalks were very dry, bleached.

Children dressed like dinosaurs & monsters.

Babies were wheeled around in Radio Flyers.

Snowcones tempted me. But I resisted.

Kristin Naca has a poem up at Poetry Daily. Maybe you need to read it:

Sometimes a book is so good, you need to pre-order it. So, maybe you should apply that to Illusrtating the Machine that Makes the World, by Joshua Poteat.

You can order it here and here:

"I find Joshua Poteat's poetry as moving as any being written today. His first collection, Ornithologies, was wise and piercing and beautiful, and Illustrating the Machine That Makes the World is every bit its equal. From the illustrations and inquiries of the book's opening pages, haunted by change and loss and the mysterious enterprises of every living creature, to the playful vanishing act of its final section, Poteat pays heed to literature's oldest and greatest calling: to tell the truth about things."
—Kevin Brockmeier, author of The View from the Seventh Layer

"Joshua Poteat’s new collection is a brilliant, unsettling, unclassifiable, and consummately strange sequence. Poteat possesses something of Joseph Cornell’s zeal to reconfigure but enshrine the ephemeral, and to make from the odd detritus of the past works that are at once exhilarating and elegiac. When we open Poteat’s Cabinet of Wonders, we encounter the work of a true original."
—David Wojahn, author of Interrogation Palace

In this book-length series, poems with titles such as “Illustrating the theory of interference” and “Illustrating the construction of railroads” are paired with nineteenth-century engravings depicting phenomena from geology to astronomy to mechanics. Yet the poems relate to the images in an oblique rather than a direct way. Poteat uses this framework to construct a mysterious and engaging book that inhabits many worlds at once, bridging the real and the imagined, the traditional and the experimental, the surreal and the ordinary.

As each diagram and scene gives rise to a poem that intertwines the life of German artist and printer J. G. Heck—imagined, as little is recorded—with Poteat’s own, the book reveals a preoccupation with landscape that encompasses both the precision of Heck’s carefully labeled sine waves and brass devices as well as the eeriness of his depictions of skeletal hands or dogs tearing apart a wounded boar. Poteat’s intense interest in the natural world is set against a sense of a world behind the world, where each living thing is properly named and the Spirit glows purposefully above the forest, ready to heal if asked in the correct manner.

Here are some other extremely important blurbs to convince you of its worth:

"Good morning Vietnam!"
-Gilles Deleuze

"Yo, Poteat's book blasted my Irish pants off!"
-Seamus Heaney

"There are pictures!"
-Camille Paglia

"This book is, how you say, very much similar to, how you say, a book."
-Roland Barthes

"Yawn. Also, excellent!"
-Joel Osteen

"Paper is overrated."
-Richard Serra

"Call your mother."
-Uncle Harry

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Polly Anna Nihilism Press

More free things on Craigslist Denver today:
1) "Free Peptamen Junior":

2)"Nutrimin C gold tote bags"
3)"Hamster supplies"
4) "Free turtle food"
5) "Barbie journal"
6) "Nice black swag"
7) "36c bra"

Come visit me in Denver and ALL THIS can be yours!


This is happening in Denver on Sunday.
The Dikeou Collection invites you to join us for a reading featuring:


The Dikeou Collection is located in the Colorado Building, 1615 California St, at 16th St, Suite 515, Denver, CO 80202.

Eleni Sikelianos has lived in Paris, San Francisco, New York, Athens, and now, Boulder. In addition to Body Clock (Coffee House, 2008), her two most recent books are, The California Poem (Coffee House, 2004); The Book of Jon (Nonfiction; City Lights, 2004). She currently teaches in and directs the Creative Writing program at the University of Denver.

Brian Kiteley’s third novel The River Gods was published in the fall of 2009 by FC2. The 4 A.M. Breakthrough, a follow-up to The 3 A.M. Epiphany, will be published in January 2009 by Writer's Digest Books. He has also published two novels, Still Life With Insects and I Know Many Songs, But I Cannot Sing and a collection of fiction exercises, The 3 A.M. Epiphany, which was published in 2005.

Bin Ramke edits the Denver Quarterly and teaches literature and creative writing in the DU English Department. During his childhood in the south he intended to become a mathematician, and then a sculptor, but ended up at LSU a literature major instead. His first book won the Yale Younger Poets Award, and he has since published nine other books of poems, most recently Theory of Mind: New and Selected Works (Omnidawn, 2009).

Laird Hunt is the author of a book of short stories, mock parables and histories, The Paris Stories (2000), from Smokeproof Press, and four novels, The Impossibly (2001), Indiana, Indiana (2003) and The Exquisite (2006) and most recently, The Ray of the Star (2009) all from Coffee House Press. Currently on faculty in the University of Denver’s Creative Writing Program, he and his wife, the poet Eleni Sikelianos, live in Boulder, Colorado, with their daughter, Eva Grace.

This is happening in NYC on Monday:

MONDAY, OCT 26, 2009 7:00 PM
Triptych Readings
(pairing established and emerging writers)


11th Street Bar

510 East 11th Street (between Avenues A & B)
Closest subway stop is the L at 1st Ave.
other close stops include L at 3rd Ave and Union Square (N, R, W, Q, 4, 5, 6).

Admission is FREE.

Visit our website for poems, more about our readers,
and upcoming readings:

Bio for the readers:

Myung Mi Kim is Professor of English and a core faculty member of the Poetics Program at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is the author of Penury, Commons, DURA, The Bounty, and Under Flag. Kim was awarded The Multicultural Publisher's Exchange Award of Merit for Under Flag. She also received a fellowship at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, awards from the Fund for Poetry, a Daesan Foundation Translation Grant, and the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity. The anthologies in which her work has appeared include American Poets in the 21st century: The New American Poetics, Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women, Premonitions: Kaya Anthology of New Asian North American Poetry, Making More Waves: New Writing by Asian American Women.

Jena Osman's books of poetry include The Character, An Essay in Asterisks, and the forthcoming The Network (winner of the 2009 National Poetry Series). An excerpt from "Public Figures," her continuing project on statuary in Philadelphia, can be found in the online journal HOW2 (vol. 3, issue 1). She co-edits the ChainLinks book series with Juliana Spahr and teaches in the Creative Writing program at Temple University.

Tony Tost is the author of Complex Sleep (Iowa 2007), World Jelly (Effing 2005) and Invisible Bride (LSU 2004). He is currently writing a book on Johnny Cash's first American Recordings album for Continuum's 33 1/3 series of books on classic record albums, and is also completing a new poetry manuscript called Consequence. Poems and prose have recently appeared in Hambone, Open Letter, Mandorla, Talisman, American Literature, Colorado Review and Effing Magazine, and are forthcoming in Cannibal, Ping Pong and The Yale Anthology of Younger Poets. He lives with Leigh and Simon in Durham, NC, where he is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at Duke University.

Monday, October 19, 2009

You Can't Stop It, You Can Only Hope to Contain It Press

I can't sleep. Sometimes when I can't sleep and I have already skimmed the science and technology sections of the NYT, googled various images of large vegetables, tried to write a poem, and glanced over Silliman's blog to see what he thinks about Project Runway, I look at the "free" section of Craigslist Denver. These are some of the things being offered for free tonight:

1) "used peanut oil"
2) "toilet"
3) "cassette tape duplicator"
4) "free over sized stuff animals. unwanted stuffed animals"
5) "puzzles"
6) "lava rock"
7) "4 bone colored toilets"
8) "cat stuff"
9) "Playtex breast pump"
10) "horse halloween costume":

Oh, um, I made a video of a WCW poem:

Exciting things are brewing:
"Love Among the Ruins is pleased to announce the publication of its first 2 chapbooks: NO OMEN by Heather Green and AIM YOUR ARROWS AT THE SUN by Ernest Hilbert. Each book appears in an edition of 250 with striking letterpress covers and handsewn bindings.

We're having a reading/party to celebrate the books at Melville House in Brooklyn on Wednesday, Nov. 4th at 7pm (145 Plymouth Street in DUMBO). Please come by for free drinks if you're around NYC."

Should I remind you closer to Nov? Well, anyways, sneak peeks of the chapbooks:


This is also happening in the quasi-distant future:

Don't you think antique perfume bottles are weird?:

I do, especially when they're placed on creepy cloth.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I Prefer J.M.W. Turner's Greatest Hits to Lenny Kravitz Any Day Press


I prefer Typo's greatest hits to Lenny Kravitz:

TYPO 13 is live: Featuring poems from:



I went to hear Christian Bök perform this Friday in Boulder. It sounded like this:

I would like to hear Christian Bök Vs. Lenny Kravitz.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Wild Savage Din That Had Cost So Much To Quiet People Press

Last night I cooked Israeli cous cous with curry & cumin seeds & baby zucchini & red pepper & carrots. I was afraid it didn't turn out well, but then it was fine.

Also, we picked up some delicious tomatoes for free this weekend, and then roasted the hell out of them:


Does anyone know how much it costs to put a dog in an airplane? I.e. not one of those tiny dogs that can sit on your lap, but a dog that needs to go in a carrier thing in the belly of the plane? I'm also afraid D'Count will freeze to death in the plane-belly, I hear that happens sometimes.


I also hear that the issue of Effing that I guest edited is now available. Many thanks to Scott Pierce for allowing me to edit issue #8.

Featuring work by:
Christian Hawkey, Lynn Xu, Dorothy Lasky, Tony Tost, Graham Foust, Farrah Field, Aaron Kunin, Mark Bibbins, Akilah Oliver, Kimberly Lyons, Justin Marks, Rachel Zucker, Abraham Smith, Anne Heide, Shane McCrae, Ada Limón, K. Silem Mohammad, Timothy Liu, Jill Magi, Kiwao Nomura, Forrest Gander, and Kyoko Yoshida

Buy a copy here: Effing Magazine
7x8, 72 pages
printed in an edition of 300
fall 2009

Please buy a copy because 1) these poets are killer and 2) prove to Scott I did right by him.


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Oh Baby Douse the Funky Night Put the Mornin Where Its Tight Press

I saw a piano, it went by so fast:

It snowed in Denver. I'm borrowing M's scarf, and the scarf makes me feel like I'm a bird with its chest puffed up. So I painted my fingernails to match.

I have to bundle up because I'm still determined to bike everwhere. Such as Kate Greenstreet's reading last week:

This weekend M read at an art gallery, some photos:

Curated by the lovely Richard Froud:


Review of Chris Tonelli's chapbook, No Theater: right here.
If you haven't yet, you should snag a copy.


Sampson Starkweather has some ninjas up at No Tell Motel this week:

I don't know if I previously mentioned it, but I have a few collab poems with Brandon Shimoda floating around:
At the Raleigh Quarterly.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Richness of the Waterproof Press

I've been reading some books:

Except that the version of Richard the II that my professor ordered is like, for high school students. And it has silly drawings throughout the book.

I might try and get my hair cut today.

What else can I tell you? Grey's Anatomy makes me cry once during every episode. Which makes me get mad at myself.


If you're in Denver this Saturday, come hear the "Darling of 1110 Clarkson Street" read poems at this event (free copy of Saltgrass to anyone who guesses who the Darling is):


Saturday, October 10th at 7:30pm
at the Dikeou Collection
1615 California St (at the 16th Street Mall), Denver
Take the elevator to the 5th floor
FREE and open to the public (donations to the readers welcome)


Or, if you are in NYC:

Sommer Browning tells me: You Are Not Drunk But this Weekend You Will See Double!

It is the Multifarious Array Friday AND Saturday.
We are the Same, But Different (don't you hate that expression?)!
Does Not the Wind Blow Differently Upon the Head Hairs of the Clone?

1) This Friday, October 9, 7pm
Fraternal Quadruplets:

Jen Hyde, Justin Taylor, Sandy Florian & Frank Sherlock!

2) This Saturday, October 10, 6pm (note the early time)
Triple Threat:

Beth Bachmann, Nick Flynn & Alex Lemon in Celebration of Beth
Bachmann's Book Release!

Jen Hyde is a poet, book artist, and the founding editor of Small Anchor Press. Her poems can be found in the Agriculture Reader, issue 3 and in LaFovea. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Justin Taylor is the co-editor of The Agriculture Reader, an arts annual. He is the author of one book of poems, More Perfect Depictions of Noise (X-ing Books), and his first book of short stories, Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever, will be out this spring from Harper Perennial.

Sandy Florian is the author of 4 books & 1 chapbook of prose poetry, Telescope (Action), 32 Pedals & 47 Stops (Tarpaulin Sky), The Tree of No (Action), Prelude to Air From Water (Elixir), and On Wonderland & Waste (Sidebrow). Currently, she lives in San Francisco and is an Affiliate Artist at Headlands Center for the Arts.

Frank Sherlock is the author of Over Here (Factory School 2009) and the co-author of Ready-To-Eat Individual (Lavender Ink 2008) with Brett Evans. A collaboration with CAConrad entitled The City Real & Imagined: Philadelphia Poems is forthcoming from Factory School in January 2010.

Nick Flynn’s “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City” (Norton, 2004), won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, was shortlisted for France’s Prix Femina, and has been translated into thirteen languages. He is also the author of two books of poetry, “Some Ether” (Graywolf, 2000), and “Blind Huber" (Graywolf, 2002), for which he received fellowships from, among other organizations, The Guggenheim Foundation and The Library of Congress. One semester a year he teaches at the University
of Houston.

Alex Lemon is the author of Happy: A Memoir(Scribner), the poetry collections Mosquito (Tin House Books), Hallelujah Blackout (Milkweed Editions), Fancy Beasts (forthcoming, Milkweed Editions), and the chapbook At Last Unfolding Congo (horse less press). He was awarded a 2005 Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2006 Minnesota Arts Board Grant. He co-editsLUNA: A Journal of Poetry and Translation with Ray Gonzalez and lives in Fort
Worth, Texas.

Beth Bachmann's first book, Temper, was selected by Lynn Emanuel as winner of the AWP Award Series 2008 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry and is just out from the Pitt Poetry Series. Her poems appear in American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Southern Review, and Tin House, among other journals, and have been anthologized in Alice Redux: New Stories of Alice, Lewis and Wonderland and Best New Poets 2005 and 2007. She
teaches creative writing at Vanderbilt University.

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