Thursday, March 4, 2010

Vertigo in the Pleats of the Sly Girl's Skirt Press

I tried soy yogurt. I'm reading Sebald's Vertigo. My dog is napping with his head on my leg and he makes it very hard to get up, to disturb the cuteness. I've been mixing concord grape juice with bubbly water and it's delicious. Yesterday was warm and beautiful and I biked to school for the first time in a while. Hello, March.

A few questions for you:

Do you take calcium supplements?

Do you think if you rest your laptop on your lap often, and it gets real hot, it will give you cancer?

How many towels do you own?

What was the title of the last poem you wrote?

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On Friday I am teaching one of Chopin's Nocturnes and this Ted Hughes poem to my 4th and 5th graders:

Full Moon and Little Frieda

A cool small evening shrunk to a dog bark and the clank of a bucket –

And you listening.
A spider’s web, tense for the dew’s touch.
A pail lifted, still and brimming – mirror
To tempt a first star to a tremor.

Cows are going home in the lane there, looping the hedges with their warm wreaths of breath –
A dark river of blood, many boulders,
Balancing unspilled milk.

“Moon!” you cry suddenly, “Moon! Moon!”

The moon has stepped back like an artist gazing amazed at a work
That points at him amazed.

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I forget if I mentioned it, but I have a few poems in issue #19 of 6x6 along with incredibly rad poets such as: Emily Carr, Natalie Lyalin, Lee Norton, Dan Rosenberg, and G.C. Waldrep

Please grab a copy!

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People and books are coming to Boulder this weekend. I plan to go to UC Boulder for most of these activities:

Friday:

9:30-11:00 Publisher's Round Table: Making Culture/Transforming Culture
With publisher's of Verse, Counterpath, Ponzipo, Rain Taxi, The Poetry Foundation
OLD MAIN AUDITORIUM

11:30-1 Restraint/Freedom: The History and Present of Procedural Writing
Warren F. Motte, Carol Snow, Gillian Conoley, Janet Holmes
OLD MAIN AUDITORIUM

2:30-4 Niche Publishing: Why we do what we do
Ugly Duckling, Underland Press, and Dalkey Archive
ATLAS 100

4:30-6 Publishers read from their lists
Tim Roberts (Counterpath), Victoria Blake (Underland), Eric Baus (for Octopus)
ATLAS 100

8-10 READING
Gillian Conoley (poetry), Jeremy M. Davies (fiction), Andrew Zawacki (poetry)


Saturday

10:15-1 Publishing Beyond the Book: Street and Screen
With Christine Hume, Lori Emerson, Mathias Svalina and
Eric Lorberer on John Ashbery
BRITISH AND IRISH STUDIES ROOM NORLIN LIBRARY FIFTH FLOOR

BOOK FAIR!!!! and CATERED LUNCH
1-2:30 (Bring money for books!)
BRITISH AND IRISH STUDIES ROOM NORLIN LIBRARY FIFTH FLOOR

3-4:30 Subito Press Contest Winners
Tracy DiBrincat (fiction), Stan Mir (poetry)
ATLAS 100

5-6:30 READING (poetry and sound)
Christine Hume, Eric Lorberer, Carol Snow, Anna Moschovakis
ATLAS 100

8-10 READING
Janet Holmes (poetry), Brian Henry (poetry), Travis Nichols (poetry and fiction)

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Look, Brave Men Press is having an open reading and they're not even charging money. You should definitely send them a 20-30 page manuscript:

OPEN READING PERIOD IN MARCH

BRAVE MEN PRESS is pleased to announce its first OPEN READING PERIOD for CHAPBOOK MANUSCRIPTS. We are primarily interested in POETRY, will most likely choose POETRY, but are also possibly interested in ESSAYS & OTHER MULTIFARIOUS WORKS OF NON FICTION. Sorry though, NO FICTION. Manuscripts may range between 12-30 pages. Multiple submissions okay. Please send electronic submissions in a WORD document to bravemenpress@gmail.com

5 comments:

Matt said...

Q. Do you take calcium supplements?

A. I take no supplements.

Q. Do you think if you rest your laptop on your lap often, and it gets real hot, it will give you cancer?

A. We'll probably get cancer from our laptops no matter what they're sitting on. However, a laptop on the lap will certainly result in a hot thigh.

Q. How many towels do you own?

A. Two. Used to have three, but was forced to retire one after using it to cover a faulty radiator valve thingy for a period of months.

Q. What was the title of the last poem you wrote?

A. "2/20/10"

Todd Colby said...

I own 6 towels total for bathing.

Do dish towels count?

Yay for bike riding weather!

Julia Cohen said...

dish towels never count!


Matt, is "2/10/10" code for "Poison Frog"?

Natalie Lyalin said...
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Natalie Lyalin said...

The laptop question has been on my mind for a while. I write this with my laptop on my stomach an me in a semi-reclined position. I'm worried, but Matt's comment made me feel better.