Thursday, November 15, 2012

In Case of Fire Press

I just re-found my all time favorite review of my old movie theater ("theter") when I lived in Sunset Park, Brooklyn:


Yuk The Most Disgusting Theter In the World

I've gone to many theters and there all clean and nic they all have good service but this one yukk i hate it ill never ever go there anymore. They have cold popcorn and have no clean place. All the chairs are broken and they permit cellphones so it's always so noice the kids just don't want to sit still. tThey have no good service. ANDTHEY ARE VERY DISRESPECTFULL. Yes there cheep but i could see why they have a dirty asss place and don't care for the custuomers. They also don't clean the theters. I took ma friends to the theter thinking it will be a nice time but ma friends had to leave me cuz they said it was all nasty and i staed there by myslef. Well not really by my self because last timei went there wasRATS. I was what the ***** i thought this theter was for humans not animal. ANd sometimes i smell really bad. The bathrooms aren't clean and smell bad. What is worse is that they let teenagers go in and they are relly disrespectfull to the elders. When i went the worse thing s that one of the man s that was suppos to be clening he sat down to watch the movie and i daid to myspel "why dosen't he do his job" and then to finish it up he grabed popcorn for FREE and ate it all up and left a mess and he didb't even clean it. I wanted to talk to the maneger and they told me leave you ********** old ;asy ths is themost nasty theter din't ever go there.

Pros: nothing

Cons: everything


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Just to re-cap, some of my favorite lines are, "I took ma friends to the theter thinking it will be a nice time but ma friends had to leave me cuz they said it was all nasty and i staed there by myslef. Well not really by my self because last timei went there wasRATS. I was what the ***** i thought this theter was for humans not animal."

"And sometimes I smell really bad."

"Cons: everything"

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I'm excited for the Bad Shadow reading this weekend. Also, Brian Foley is coming to town.

If you live in NYC you can kick it tonight at:

Belladonna* is pleased to present:

IOVIS Reading
Thursday, November 15, 2012; 7 pm
Poets House, 10 River Terrace, NYC

A group/polyvocal performance from Anne Waldman's award-winning epic The Iovis Trilogy:
Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment featuring her own reading with her son, Ambrose Bye, playing music. Other readers include Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Ana Božičević, Amy King, Julie Patton, and Stacy Szymaszek.

The Iovis Trilogy, Waldman’s monumental feminist epic, traverses epochs, cultures, and genres to create a visionary call to poetic arms. Iovis details the misdeeds of the Patriarch, and with a fierce imagination queries and subverts his warmongering. All of Waldman’s themes come into focus—friendship, motherhood, politics, and Buddhist wisdom. This is epic poetry that goes beyond the old injunction “to include history”—its effort is to change history.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Attached to the Swan Comes the Water Press

I have a poem/lyric essay up here, at Map Literary:
http://www.mapliterary.org/2012/10/julia-cohen/
With so many awesome writers like:
J Mae Barizo, Tina Brown Celona, Jim­mie Cumbie, Les Gottes­man, Edward Mayes, Jamie Qua­tro, Andrew Seguin, D E Steward, Jon Thomp­son, Sam White, George Witt

Nile of Blood Press

If you write fiction, today is the last day to submit to The Cupboard. I LOVE The Cupboard: https://cupboard.submittable.com/submit

And this Saturday, unbuckle your seat because your head is going through the window of this reading and don't worry you will survive because the reading will turn your brain into a lounge chair on an iceburg floating down the Nile of blood:

This is the last Bad Shadow Affair before the holidays and we hope you can come. Starring our very own hottie locals Patrick Kelling and Erin Costello, pairing up with the infamous Trey Moody and James Shea. Hey! Fantastic! Bravo! Encore!

When: THIS Saturday
What Time: promptly at 7pm
Where: Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, Colorado 80206

Trey Moody’s first book, Thought That Nature, was selected for the 2012 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry and is forthcoming from Sarabande Books. His most recent chapbook, co-written with Joshua Ware, is How We Remake the World (Slope Editions, 2012). He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

James Shea is the author of Star in the Eye (Fence Books). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, The Iowa Review, a nd Air and Water Show, a new chapbook from Convulsive Editions. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, and as a poet-in residence in the Chicago public schools. He teaches at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Erin Costello is a poet, digital artist, and web designer who holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, Boulder. In 2009 she founded SpringGun Press with Mark Rockswold: a print press for books of poetry, and a bi-annual online journal of poetry, flash fiction, and electronic literature. She has received awards for both her traditional and electronic writing and her work has been featured in various venues and publications. Originally from Northern California, she currently lives in Denver where she enjoys the incredible literary/art scene and works as an online marketer.

Patrick Kelling is a doctoral student at DU and co-editor of Gambling the Aisle. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and to Best New American Voices.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Poached Egg Press

I've been reading Jennifer Moxley's Clampdown. Here are some lines I love that you can love, too:

"And yet I'd rather drift in dread of dark oblivion than forge a law in someone's head they'll not recover from."

"You are not an image and I cannot choose to remember you."

"What I knew about desire was its weakness..."

"When the sun's light destroyed the night I woke up untouched and filled with shame at the thought that I'd missed an arc of existence that I might not now ever reclaim."


Friday, November 9, 2012

Just Waiting Around for Slavoj Zizek to "Choose me!" on Okcupid Press

I watched the movie Visioneers last night, starring Zach Galifianakis and Judy Greer (2008). This is the best way I can describe the movie: someone took the themes of Philip K Dick's book, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, that didn't make it into the movie Blade Runner and created a movie with these parts as though it was directed by Todd Solondz of Happiness fame. And the only way you're allowed to watch the movie is on a beanbag chair.

Which brings me to my next topic. Terrible Ideas for Recycled Products. For example:

Bean bag chairs filled with used hypodermic needles.

Do you think IKEA would be into it?

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I'm going to this tonight, hope to see you there:

A reminder that tomorrow night, Friday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m., Counterpath (613 22nd St. in Denver) will host a celebration of Omnidawn Press, with publisher Rusty Morrison and readings by Omnidawn authors Paul Hoover, kathryn l. pringle, Bin Ramke, Elizabeth Robinson, and Tyrone Williams. We hope to see you there!

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
RSVP

Omnidawn Publishing was founded in 2001 by wife and husband team Rusty Morrison and Ken Keegan because of their conviction that the small, independent press is an important way to disseminate fresh, lively, culturally pertinent, and provocative literature. They believe that our society needs many small presses so that widely diverse ideas and points-of-view are easily accessible to everyone. Just as Omnidawn’s name suggests: “omni” (in all ways and places) and “dawn” (the first appearance of light), so they believe that each of Omnidawn’s books teaches one how to read it in all its layers and how to see anew the landscape of language in its newly dawning light.
Counterpath
613 22nd St.
Denver

Paul Hoover (Poems in Spanish & desolation : souvenir, Omnidawn) is the editor of the influential anthology Postmodern American Poetry, co-editor with Maxine Chernoff of the literary magazine New American Writing, and author of twelve previous poetry collections. His prizes include the Frederick Bock Award from Poetry, the Jerome J. Shestack Award from American Poetry Review, an NEA Fellowship in poetry, and the GE Foundation Award for Younger Writers. The Hölderlin volume that he co-translated with Maxine Chernoff (and that was also published by Omnidawn) won the PEN-USA Translation Award in 2009. Born in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and raised in the rural Midwest, he lived and taught for many years in Chicago. He is currently Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University.

kathryn l. pringle (fault tree, Winner of the 2011 Omnidawn First/Second Book Award) is a graduate of the MFA program at San Francisco State University. Her book, RIGHT NEW BIOLOGY, is just out from Factory School/Heretical Text Series. She is the author of The Stills (Duration Press) and Temper & Felicity are Lovers(TAXT). Her poems can be read in The Denver Quarterly, Fence, 14 hills, 580 Split, and Sidebrow, among others. She is an editor at the literary magazine minor/american, and the co-founder of the minor american reading series in Durham, N.C., now funded by Duke University.

Bin Ramke (Aerial, Theory of Mind: New & Selected Poems, Tendril, Omnidawn), former editor of a book series for the University of Georgia Press, current editor of the Denver Quarterly and holder of the Phipps Chair in English at the University of Denver, studied mathematics in college before turning to poetry. Prior to that he spent a summer at age sixteen studying with topologist (and famously racist teacher) R.L. Moore at the University of Texas. He continues to see similar patterns arising from language and mathematics in all aspects of human consciousness and human behavior. His childhood in rural Louisiana and east Texas is also a part of the central concerns and beauty that his work tries to engage. But along with the beauty he experienced a particularly virulent ugliness, the racial hatred that was part of the American experience of the 1960s. The American South was an explicit and obvious force and subject in his first several books of poems but Ramke was never an easy fit into the “southern writing” category—probably for lack of adequate narrative. And yet in the last several books he has written extensively out of, or around, the devastations of hurricane and flood, especially Katrina and Rita, on the region.

Elizabeth Robinson (Harrow, Three Novels. Omnidawn) is the author of twelve books of poetry. Robinson was educated at Bard College, Brown University, and the Pacific School of Religion. She has been a winner of the National Poetry Series for Pure Descent and the Fence Modern Poets Prize for Apprehend. The recipient of grants from the Fund for Poetry and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Robinson has also been a MacDowell Colony Fellow. Her work has been anthologized in the Best American Poetry (2002) and American Hybrid, along with many other anthologies. Robinson has taught at the University of San Francisco, the University of Colorado, Boulder, Naropa University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She co-edits EtherDome Chapbooks with Colleen Lookingbill and Instance Press with Beth Anderson and Laura Sims.

Tyrone Williams (On Spec, Omnidawn) is the author of many books of poetry including C.C., and most recently Howell. His poetry chapbooks include Pink Tie, a prose eulogy, published by Hooke Press. His poems have been published in magazines, including Chicago Review, Denver Quarterly, The Kenyon Review, Caliban, Colorado Review, and Xcp. And his poems have been anthologized in anthologies, including Rainbow Darkness: An Anthology of African American Poetry (Miame University Press 2005) and Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present (Scribner 2003). He received his Doctorate of English from Wayne State University. He teaches at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Pears & Sighs Press

At work, we're all just checking the polls and it's making me jittery. I keep looking at cute dogs that need adoption at Max Fund to distract myself.

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In other news, Malawi suspended the country's anti-gay laws (up to 14 years in jail)...so that's good.

No Doubt took down their new, totally racist music video...so that's good.

Anything else good?

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Teenager Working at the Gas Station Called Me a Maple Syrup Freak Press

A helmet of dirt, who do you protect? A helmet of lumen. No, nothing is frozen forever. If words inoculate. Corresponding. Try not to keep the nostalgia plant alive. Not enough night & the facial expression of the poem. I want to magic, a walnut worth. Pretty geometry? The car is a communication? Mythology avoids blame, falls asleep on a signature.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Rival Yeti Press

Should I write a book called Dark Raft? It would be about a raft that's darker than the sea. And other things.

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Greying Ghost Press is about to sell out of some of their chapbooks so I advise that you go here and order some before it's too late.

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Wendy Xu has an interview and poems up here.
Here is one of them, by Wendy Xu:

Unapologetic Poem
for E. White


There are reasons to ride a bike not
related to joy. But you don’t believe in not
believing. I believe in blaming everything
on the highway, big dumb highway sliding
toward conclusions. One of you and one
of me, to be numerous. We handle
ourselves like some kind of gospel. I go
for a walk to tell you about this terrible
dream involving wolves. You and I
went down into the cave. We went down
like we knew what we were doing. We
went down and it mattered. Everything
matters when you are reverently displaced.
But you don’t say anything
about moving through all those stars.

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And Bianca Stone is killing it here with poetry.