Friday, January 29, 2010

Tofu Scramble Press

Tonight I might go see Pictureplane perform. Which means I get to bounce around and sort of "dance."

This song represents how much I like my friend Cindy King, who is visiting from the land of East Coas. She is sitting next to me on my orange couch, letting my dog lick her sweatshirt.

This is for Sommer Browning, who is allergic to my dog:

The Drugstore in the Mountain Press

So, this band is cute. I like P.S. Eliot, minus their name:


Question of last night: how much can your kaleidoscope smell like you?

If you answered correctly,you get to watch this:

and this:

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

She-Wolf Press

ONE DAY ONLY: In conjunction with Obama's State of the Union Address tonight (9 pm EST), Wave Books is offering a supreme discount on STATE OF THE UNION: 50 POLITICAL POEMS, an anthology featuring poems by 50 contemporary poets. $5 for a softcover edition, available only through the Wave website here:

Rose, Where Did You Get That Red Press

So, in 1998 I started a poetry club at my high school. I felt a little dorky about it at the time, especially because we had to announce the meetings at the all-school assembly. But the poetry readings were fun and so were the meetings. And I just found out, via the newsletter, that the school still has the poetry club:

Olivia Fantini ’10, cohead of Concord Academy’s Poetry Club, won the Massachusetts Poetry Festival’s high school poetry contest in October with her original poem, Collisions.

As a contest winner, Olivia was chosen to represent Massachusetts high schools at a reading that included some of the country’s best-known poets, including former United States poets laureate Louise Gluck and Robert Pinsky.

Collisions by Olivia Fantini

Tonight, you tell me, you’re
treating me to a lobster dinner,
even though I tell you
I don’t like lobster.

We are the only people here,
other than the waiter and the bartender.
The T.V. in the corner counts down
the worst car crashes caught on film.
Cars collide throughout dinner;
and our conversation is broken and jagged
with that twisted human addiction to calamity.
I can’t help but watch sheet metal fold
like origami.

You ask me what I want from you this summer.
… I watch a blue Saab lose control on six inches of ice,
buying seconds before I have to answer.

You’ve loved me since February.
It’s June now, and black scruff
claims its territory on your tan face.
You’re wearing your gray sweats,
the ones you lived in during finals week,
in a four star restaurant.
This is who you are.
I’ve loved you since February,
Or at least tried to, but I never could, really.
I still can’t. I’m not allowed to.
I can’t allow myself to.
You know this and I know this,
But you never were one to accept defeat gracefully.

Your sleeves rolled up,
you clutch a claw in one hand,
strangled longing in the other.
Your brown eyes ask me when I’m finally coming home.
And for a fraction of a second, I think about giving in,
I imagine our collision.
Then I tell you, biting my lip,
“I’m not.”

Rock on Olivia!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Rift Raft Press

Someone in my house is making soup with potatoes and tomatoes and onions and garlic and other mysteries. Someone is making a brief annotated bibliography. Someone is listening to Josephine Foster. Someone is eating almonds and someone else is eating unsalted pretzels from a wooden bowl. Someone is counting blank pages. Someone. Someone is putting fancy salt in the grinder. Something is sleeping on the carpet.

Oh, oh, the new issue of Rabbit Light Movies is up:
Starring these folks (and their bios):

Samuel Amadon's latest book is the author of Like a Sea from University of Iowa Press. He lives in Houston.

Julie Doxsee's most recent book is Objects for a Fog Death, which is available from Black Ocean. She lives in Istanbul.

Forrest Gander's most recent book is the novel As a Friend, which is available from New Directions. He lives outside all Providence.

Lara Glenum's most recent book is Maximum Gaga, which is available from Action Books. She lives in Baton Rouge.

Kate Greenstreet's second book is The Last Four Things, new from Ahsahta Press and includes a DVD containing two short films based on the two sections of the book. She lives in New Jersey.

Brenda Hillman's most recent book is Practical Water, which is available from Wesleyan University Press or from here. She is Olivia C. Philippi Professor of poetry at St. Mary's College in Moraga and lives in the Bay Area.

Jen Hofer is a Los Angeles-based poet, translator, interpreter, teacher, knitter, book-maker, public letter-writer, and urban cyclist. This video, made in collaboration with Rob Ray, depicts a text from her latest book, titled one and published at the end of 2009 by Palm Press. Her other books can be found at Action Books, Counterpath Press, Kenning Editions, and through Small Press Distribution.

Bhanu Kapil's most recent book is Humanimal, A Project for Future Children, which is available from Kelsey St. Press. She lives with wolves.

Karla Kelsey's most recent book is Knowledge, Forms, the Aviary available from Ahsahta Press. Iteration Nets is forthcoming this fall 2010 from Ahsahta as well. She lives in Selinsgrove.

Sueyeun Juliette Lee's most recent book is That Gorgeous Feeling, available from Coconut Books. Underground National is due out from Factory School any day now. She lives in Philadelphia.

Fred Moten's recent books are hughson's tavern, available from Leon Works, and B Jenkins, available from Duke University Press. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Laura Mullen's most recent book is Murmur available from Futurepoem Books. She lives in Baton Rouge.

Travis Nichols's most recent book is Iowa, available from Letter Machine Editions. He lives in Chicago.

Broc Rossell is a writer from California, and he lives in Denver.

Rodrigo Toscano's latest collection is Collapsable Poetics Theatre. He lives in Brooklyn.

Tony Tost's most recent book is Complex Sleep, which is available from University of Iowa Press. His book on Johnny Cash's first American Recordings album is forthcoming from Continuum Books in their 33 1/3 series. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Sara Veglahn's most recent chapbooks are Another Random Heart (recently out from Letter Machine Editions) and Closed Histories (Noemi Press). She lives in Denver.

Andrew Zawacki's most recent book is Petals of Zero Petals of One, which is available from Talisman House. He lives in Athens, GA.

Rachel Zucker's most recent book, Museum of Accidents, is available from Wave Books. She lives in New York City and can be found here.

Josephine Foster, she is good:

Sunday, January 17, 2010

I Was Just Licked By A Spider Licking Tongue Press

My carbonated water is making so much noise.

It's chirping.

I just got the new Black Warrior Review in the mail. Reasons why you, too, should grab the issue: A fun short story by Aimee Bender that may encourage you to go to an art museum and engage in all forms of frottage with the artwork; a poem by Claire Donato ("There's a struggle in-between forbidden sand"); prose poems by James Grinwis ("things you would want with you but not want to hold"); and a story by Peter Markus. There are more reasons, so investigate them, ok?


The new issue of Sir! is up, and includes poems like:

Every Hour I Whittle Another Ventricle

Soak them in Kool-Aid. Rub with salt
and oil.

I wear a yellow headdress
to invoke sinuses and gut.

I prop the patterned headrest
on the bed, stacked on folded blankets.

This isn’t a grease trap, it’s my heart.

Your knuckles glisten. Water them
and rinse away white grit.

Tow me along by hand, variant. Help me
leave better. I want to climb in. Roost
in your neck. Pap & listen.

I want to soften
your knuckles in oil

gloss your eyebrows clean

polish your slick
this all over my whittled compulsion.

--Kate Dougherty


What else is new? I've been eating a lot of almonds recently. Tomorrow, I'm going to try on some vegan sneakers. Hopefully some pair will fit right, for god sakes my All Stars have no heel and get water logged as soon as I step outside.

My boyfriend got a new hair cut, what do you think, is it too short?:

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Park Must Know Press

Oh, I have a poem frrr you to visit:

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Deities Vs. Diets Press

Last night I had to take D'count out twice (dogs like marshmallows but dogs should not eat marshmallows), each time messing with my dreaming. So I remembered this dream in which I was hanging out with a friend that's more of an acquaintance by now, at my parents old house in MA. We were talking about friendships we actively maintain and then friendships that fade away over the years vs. ones that you actively distance yourself from. I think I was waiting for this acquaintance to get picked up- we kept looking out the window for a car. He had to go to the hardware store to purchase glass doornobs. Anyways, I opened my old closet door and out popped my friend Daniela Gesundheit. But she had died and come back as a deity. And she brought another deity through the closet porthole as well. Daniela had bells all up and down her wrists. She told me the procedure for becoming a deity once you die because the deity that had come with her had just passed the 'test.' But I wanted her to stay in my old room and not go through the porthole again. And she told me about beauty with her bells.


Another poem at:


I have been listening to Rainbow Arabia. This is a weird video:

This Rainbow Arabia video is even weirder:

They make me want to shriek.

When was the last time you shrieked?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

If All Yellow Is Gold Who Claimed Innocence in the Photo Booth Press

1) In last night's poker game, four pairs of pocket aces showed up. Needless to say, I lost.

2) Today, for my modernity class, I will be curling up on the couch and reading excerpts by Hegel and Kant from this anthology, Modernism to Postmodernism: . Unrelatedly, I've been craving a bowl of brown rice, corn, and soy sauce.

3) Another poem up at No Tell Motel. If you stay with me through the week, I will buy you a "spot" with your name on it, on the only member of Ghana's ski team's leopard spotted race suit. At least you now know who I'm rooting for during the winter olympics.

4) Coldfront has some things to say about books that came out in 2009. Although they forgot to mention Ann Lauterbach's new book, Or to Begin Again. So I'm mentioning it.

5) The new, belated issue of The Home Video Review of Books is up and running, featuring these poets:
If Not Metamorphic by Brenda Iijima
Catch Light by Sarah O'Brien
Killing Kanoko: Selected Poems of Hiromi Ito by Hiromi Ito
Texture Notes by Sawako Nakayasu
Stars of the Night Commute by Ana Božičević
Shot by Christine Hume
The Sri Lankan Loxodrome by Will Alexander
Sum of Every Lost Ship by Allison Titus
All the Little Red Girls by Angela Veronica Wong
A Mouth in California by Graham Foust
We Take Me Apart by Molly Gaudry

Hope you like the issue. Feel free to send books for review or video reviews of books you'd like to see reviewed (info on the website).

Monday, January 11, 2010

C-Major Sky Press

So. I wrote my first "response paper" since 2007. Now I'm no longer terrified of said assignments.


What else is new? Mathias and I have collaborative poems from our manuscript/series Chugwater up at No Tell Motel this week (big thanks to Reb Livingston for taking them). The poem there right now is the second poem we ever wrote together, and it's actually one of my favorites. I feel like I can say that just this once because it's not something I usually say. So check it out:


I've been reading books such as:


I got this email this morning. Apparently I have connections with tarpaulin-producing companies...:

Am Kelvin Chris and will like to place an order regarding some Tarpaulin from your company to Singapore.I will really appreciate you email me back with those that you carry in stock and their price ranges,also your terms of payment as well.I will like to be one of your honest customer and hope you answer to my request ASAP.Thank you very much and waiting for your prompt responds.God Bless You.

Best Regard

Sorry, Kelvin, I'm not looking for an honest customer.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Qualitative Transformation in the Temporal Matrix of Historical Terms Press

Look, there is a butterfly on the limb of my plant.

My Plant is 35 years old & was passed on to me from my mother. This plant is sort of like a very old dog, it sits in the corner & "sleeps" all day long, & I have a great affection for it. My Plant photosynthesizes & bursts forth new limbs & leaves. Sometimes I contemplate re-soiling it, but then I get afraid that re-soiling might sock its system & kill it. And I don't want to be responsible for killing anything that is 35 years old.

But if you're under 35, watch out.

Now I am off to my Modernity class. This is the line-up:

I am excited for this class but also scared of so-called "class presentations" as well as 20 page papers.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

If You Open Your Hand, There Is a Shell Press

It's my grandma's 87th birthday today. Happy birthday, Spook.


Some things I've been thinking about:

1) The phrase "heavy duty rowing boats" and how the "heavy duty" totally corrupts 'rowing boats."

2) crevices

3) my love-hate relationship with pretzels

4) floundering in a sea of pedagogy vocabulary

5) Harry and the Hendersons (the tv show)

6) This article by Henry Giroux:

7) How I wish poetry readings would look more like this:

Booty Patrol Press

Okay, this is the last of the photos, I promise. After this, things will be more Tell, Don't Show. Like a reverse Creative Writing 101 class.

We watched a bloodsport.

This is the most badmother pottery seat I have ever seen:
Mathias is a tourist! And lovin' it!