Thursday, April 30, 2009

I Relate to That More Than I Should Relate to Anything Press

Things I've been thinking about in the last two days:

Genre of Last Words
Copyright to the Heart
Open the Hangar (Here Comes the Oatmeal)
"Domestic Science"
Dihedral Derivative



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This is happening Saturday:

Saturday, May 2, at 7pm
SUPERMACHINE one year anniversary marathon reading
Garth Graeper, Lee Norton, Joseph Calavenna, Kristen Kosmas
w/ music by Holy Spirit, Bogge Burnsa, Tiyalli
@ Outpost lounge, 1014 Fulton, Brooklyn, NY
(between Grand and Classon, C to Franklin, G to Clinton-Washington)
supermachinepoetry.blogspot.com
free


I REALLY REALLY REALLY HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THIS EVENT ON SUNDAY:

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

Long Time No Smell Press

There is a desk in our office on which everyone places baked goods when they extra to share. Or bagels, or pizza, or candies. Anyways, there is usually a stream of goodies placed on this table throughout the week. But for the last few days, there has just been a single, large, brown bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide.

Why?

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says:

Every year, about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes in the USA

Every year, about 14,000-16,000 die of AIDS in the USA. In 2007, 14,105 grownups and children died from AIDS in the USA ( 14,561 if you count dependent areas).


Why, why are people freaking out about swine-flu? How is 100 people actually more exciting and nerve wracking than the 36,000 people who die every year from the regular flu?

Right now I feel like 90% of media is used for evil instead of good. By evil I mean focused on celebrity-centric topics, minor accidents, gossip, sit-coms, negative portrayals of women, parenting, racial and ethnic stereotypes, etc and are in no way actually trying to inform citizens of pertinent issues that could help transform our society or how we conceive of the world outside of our living room and neighborhood.

Swine flu.

Pull it together, people.

Pull it together, Media.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

From Lame to Fame Press

Saltgrass closes the submission period in 2 weeks, so get yr poems to me/Saltgrass soon. Particularly if you identify as a non-man. Maybe? I hope your grandma submits. I think the next print issue will be coming out in August or Sept at the latest.

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I have a secret. I get this journal in the mail (4 issues a year):

The Wordsworth Circle. I just got Volume XXXIX, #4 in the mail. I absolutely love the editor, Marilyn Gaull.
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I think you should grab a copy of this new chapbook:

by Claire Hero
From Dancing Girl Press.
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I like this poem, from Conjunctions web.


From a Comet

That night on my way home,
a strange team appeared in front of me.

They were from a comet.
They came so quick!

Thick fog spread out on the field.
The feeble scarecrow swung.
I hurried past the stone bridge,
cast a glance at the depleted water.

They arrived on my toes
and glued their faces on the windowpanes—
crazy butterfly eyes!


Yang Zi (1963– ), a proclaimed contemporary Chinese poet, is the author of a dozen books including the poetry collection Border Fast Train (1994), Gray Eyes (2000), and Rouge (2007). After earning a BA in Chinese literature, he lived in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region for nine years and cofounded the literary journal Big Bird. In 1990, he was appointed Vice Alderman of Tahaqi Village. Since 1993 he has lived in the southern coastal city Guangzhou and is now the vice chief editor of the Nan Fang People Weekly. Also known as a dedicated poetry translator, he has introduced the works of Mandelstam, Paul Celan, Fernando Pessoa, Gary Snyder, Charles Simic and a number of other Western poets to Chinese readers.


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A few of my friends tried to go the Philip Roth reading last night but never, well, quite made it after a valiant effort on buses in Queens. They did a little photo shoot called, "I Hope Philip Roth Found His Reading, 'Cause We Sure Didn't" and took Roth to the playground. These made me laugh out loud at work:



Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Only Three Things Grownups Do Better Than Kids Press

Some news:
"Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter will switch his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat and announced today that he will run in 2010 as a Democrat, according to a statement he released this morning.

Specter's decision would give Democrats a 60 seat filibuster proof majority in the Senate assuming Democrat Al Franken is eventually sworn in as the next senator from Minnesota. (Former senator Norm Coleman is appealing Franken's victory in the state Supreme Court.)"--The Washington Post

Hey, that sounds good to me.

Some old news from 1975 you may not have heard of:
Operation Babylift was the name given to the mass evacuation of children from South Vietnam to the United States and other countries (including, for example, Australia, France, and Canada) at the end of the Vietnam War (see also the Fall of Saigon), during April 1975. By the final American flight out of South Vietnam, over 3,300 infants and children had been evacuated although the actual number has been variously reported. Thousands of children were airlifted from Vietnam and adopted by families around the world.



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Friday I heard some great poets (um, unfortunately/fortunately they were standing behind 3 lamps so they look more like angels than poets):
Daniel Lin

Sueyeun Juliette Lee

Chris Hosea

Heather Green

Barry Schwabsky




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Also, Coney Island & waiting for subways to take us away from Coney Island:










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Saturday:
Sometimes readings turn into pirate readings.










Ok, tomorrow no more people-photos. Only glorious photos of new chapbooks that have come out.

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

Friday, April 24, 2009

Monster Block Press

I was trying to find a cover image for a book I'm editing on protests and these came up:



I feel good knowing that this photo shoot happened.

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I'm going to the Stain reading tonight. I'm hoping to make it to Coney Island this weekend as well, since the weather is predicted to be spectacular.

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Also, I got a text message from a number I didn't recognize that said, "All night long tonight at the famous face. Come rub Marco for good luck."

What?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

And Then I Photoshopped Your Face Onto the Body of a Mushroom Press

This month has been movement. Movement towards a wedding in California:














Movement back to NY and then back to California for a conference, where I ate Pinkberry with Dottie Lasky and we contemplated the pros and cons of purchasing neon plastic pencil holders we could hold up to our ears and pretend were dysfunctional iphones:

I forgot what protein was and ate a lots of these while in California for the second time:

Then the lovely Liz Canfield invited some nyc peeps to read in Richmond, so we headed down there. Thank you. Thanks also to Robert Cataldo for his hospitality and dashing good looks:







And thank you to Sommer Browning for driving and letting me nap in the back of her car. And for letting us play Everclear.

I'm going to be stationary in NYC for the next two weeks and looking forward to watching "Let The Right One In" tonight.