Sunday, August 28, 2011

I'm really happy to be in issue #6 of notnostrums with:

3 poems here:

I'm surrounded by radness: Dara Wier, CA Conrad, Bianca Stone, Rob MacDonald, Paige Taggart, Ish Klein, Kevin Holden, Ben Mirov, Betsy Wheeler, Rebeca Bridge, Sasha Fletcher, Paul Legault, Ben Pease, Sam Starkweather.


What else? I went white water rafting yesterday. I was on the look out for brown bears. No bears. But I got a lot of Colorado River all over me.

Today I've been reading articles about the New York School first generation poets. My notes about Schuyler look insane right now, this is a direct cut and paste from my word document:

“Schuyler’s poem is ultimately suspicious of Romantic uses of nature, ones that co-opt nature by translating other into self or using other for selffulfillment. Instead, Schuyler’s poem greets otherness from a distance. That “various field” is not reaped, stored, nor invested, but instead is lingered with, repeated, saluted.”-Silverberg, pg 3

“the gay love poems in The Crystal Lithium (1972) and the collections that follow are implicitly political in positioning homosexuality in the midst of the everyday, presenting it as normal and integral, rather than as either marginal or predominant.” (Thompson in Diggory, 298)

“his readers partake in the organizing process” (Bauschatz in Diggory, pg 267)
-“sonic binding” (Bauschatz in Diggory, pg 270)
“hints that are revelations” from “December”

Things as on display but not still. movement, transition, transformation, ephemeral connectivity continually renewed. interstices


I'll let you know when I delete all the question marks and have coherent thoughts....I need to have coherent thoughts by Sept 12 or I fail my PhD. Woot!

The Bigs the Bigs Press

Uh, I have this little piece up at Her Circle:

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Tight Tight Jeans Press

Mathias has an awesome interview on HTMLGiant, check it out.

Today I' writing about patriarchy and Marianne Moore and Mina Loy.

In the last 20 days, there are the books I've read. Now I need to circle back and read B Guest before my comp exams begin next Thursday:

Babyfucker, Urs Allemann
Sixty Stories, Donald Barthelme
The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, Aimee Bender
Willful Creatures, Aimee Bender
The Baron in the Trees, Italo Calvino
Six Memos for the Next Millennium, Calvino
The Bloody Chamber, Angela Carter
Blow-up and Other Stories, Julio Cortazar
ParaSpheres: Extending Beyond the Spheres of Literary and Genre Fiction - Fabulist and New Wave Fabulist Stories, edited by Rikki Ducornet
The Hungry Dolls and other Stories, Patricia Eakins
Franz Kafka; The Complete Short Stories, Franz Kafka
Magic For Beginners, Kelly Link
Stranger Things Happen, Kelly Link
Extreme Fiction: Fabulists and Formalists, edited by Robin Hemly and Michael Martone
Conjunctions 39: New Wave Fabulists, ed. Peter Straub
The Art of Hunger, Paul Auster
Conversations with Gabriel Garcia Marquez, edited by Gene H Belle-Villada
Jorge Luis Borges: Conversations, edited by Richard Burgin
Postmodernism and the Contemporary Novel, edited by Bran Nicol
The Fantastic: A Structural Approach to a Literary Genre, Tzvetan Todorov (trans. Richard Howard)
Calvino, the writer as fablemaker, by Sara Maria Adler ; with a pref. by Dante Della Terza
“Embedded Narrative in the Fiction of Kelly Link,” Jason Erik Lundberg. Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction (Foundation) 2007 Spring; 36 (99): 15-28.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Postliteracy Press

A conversation with my brother prompted me to search the internet for "truck nutz face tattoos." Apparently no one has gotten drunk & had that brilliant idea.


So what I'm saying is, you can be the first!


I've been reading articles today that use terms like "postliteracy" if that tells you what kind of mood I'm in.

Also, if you could give me one reason why the "crisis of historicity" is actually a crisis, I will send you a present in the mail.

The Pedagogy of the Imagination Press

Calvino, Italo. Six Memos for the Next Millennium. Cambridge MA, Harvard University Press, 1988.

“Whenever humanity seems condemned to heaviness, I think I should fly like Perseus into a different space. I don’t mean escaping into dreams or into the irrational. I mean that I have to change my approach, look at the world from a different perspective, with a different logic and with fresh methods of cognition and verification…in the boundless universe of literature there are always new avenues to be explored, both very recent and very ancient…”-8, “Lightness”

“The motif that interests us here is not physical speed, but the relationship between physical speed and speed of mind.”-40 “Quickness”

“Since in each of my lectures I have set myself the task of recommending to the next millennium a particular value close to my heart, the value I want to recommend today is precisely this: in an age when other fantastically speedy, widespread media are triumphing, and running the risk of flattening all communication onto a single, homogeneous surface, the function of literature is communication between things that are different simply because they are different, not blunting but even sharpening the difference between them, following the true bent of written language.”-45 “Quickness”

“My work as a writer has from the beginning aimed at tracing the lightning flashes of the mental circuits that capture and link points distant from each other in space and time.”-48, “Quickness”

“Contributing to this pleasure is the variety, the uncertainty, the not-seeing-everything, and therefore being able to walk abroad using the imagination in regard to what one does not see…in this regard I observe that the pleasure of variety and uncertainty is greater than that of… immense uniformity…Highly pleasurable also…is the sight of an innumerable multitude, as of stars, people, etc, a multiple motion, uncertain, confused, irregular, a disorder, a vague rising and falling, etc, which the mind cannot conceive definitely or distinctly…”-62, “Exactitude”

“The universe disintegrates into a cloud of heat, it falls inevitably into a vortex of entropy, but within this irreversible process there may be areas of order, portions of existence that tend toward form, privileged points in which we seem to discern a design or perspective. A work of literature is one of these minimal portions in which the existence crystallizes into a form, acquires a meaning—not fixed, not definitive, not hardened into a mineral immobility, but alive as an organism.”-70, “exactitude”

“…to use writing to investigate the world in all its polymorphous manifestations…”-78, “Exactitude”

“…all its transparency and its mystery.”-80, “Exactitude”
“Will the power of evoking images of things that are not there continue to develop in a human race increasingly inundated by a flood of prefabricated images?...The memory is littered with bits and pieces of images, like a rubbish dump, and it is more and more unlikely that any one form among so many will succeed in standing out. If I have included visibility in my list of values to be saved, it is to give warning of the danger we run in losing a basic human facility: the power of bringing visions into focus with our eyes shut…”-92, “Visibility”

“pedagogy of the imagination” 92, “Visibility”

“attempts to escape the vortex of multiplicity are useless”-98, “Visibility”

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Smash Smash Press

I'll smash my empty heart against the soda machine

I'll sail across the ocean in a green melon rind

With fisticuffs I'll smooth out that wrinkled leaf

I'll plug your icecream cone with my pinky

I'll mountain I'll


I have two poems from my book, Triggermoon Triggermoon, up at Everyday Genius:

Maybe you read?


Hope you can come to the Bad Shadow reading tonight:
Saturday, 7:30pm
Lost Lake Lounge, Denver CO

Announcing a Very Special Bad Shadow!

This Saturday please join us in celebrating Mathias Svalina's NEW BOOK, I am A Very Productive Entrepreneur, with amazing readings by Maureen Owen, Steven Karl, J. Mae Barizo and Mathias Svalina!


Maureen Owen is the author of many books including American Rush: Selected Poems, AE [Amelia Earhart], Hearts in Space, Imaginary Income and Zombie Notes. She has served as the Program Coordinator and Acting Director of the Poetry Project at St Mark's-in-the-Bowery, New York City, where she has also taught workshops in writing and magazine production.

Born in Toronto, J. Mae Barizo was shortlisted for Canada's 2008 Robert Kroetsch award for Innovative Poetry and Ahsahta Press's Sawtooth Poetry Prize. She has received an International Publication Award from Atlanta Review, and was an Editor's Prize finalist for Spoon River Poetry Review. Her work has also appeared in Baltimore Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, Sink Review, Atlanta Review, among others. She is the author of two chapbooks, "The Concert Review" and "The Marble Palace."

Mathias Svalina is a co-editor of Octopus Books and Octopus Magazine. He is the author of Destruction Myth and the newly released I Am A Very Productive Entrepreneur.

Steven Karl is the author of the chapbooks, emissions/ of (H_NGM_N, 2011), (Ir)Rational Animals (Flying Guillotine Press, 2010) and State(s) of Flux w/ Joseph Lappie (Peptic Robot Press, 2009). In one way or another, he is involved with Sink Review, Cold Front Magazine, Borough Writing Workshops and Stain of Poetry. He sometimes blogs at

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Forbes Press

Mathias's new book is mentioned on Forbes today! Weirdly, I find this *very* exciting that the world of Forbes is merging with absurdism in a way that they're actively acknowledging. YEAH:

more info to come once I take a photo of it in some freezer.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Hibiscus Quesadilla Press

Photos from today's adventure:

Sometimes cups are in trees!