Friday, November 30, 2007

Lynn Xu, Josh Edwards and Brian Waniewski

If work doesn't do me listless I'm going to try and go to this reading. I'm actually not too famillar with the poets, but I've read some of Lynn Xu's poems in
6x6 and Eoagh.

Lynn Xu, Josh Edwards and Brian Waniewski

November 30, 2007, 7 p.m.
Pete's Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY

The Multifarious Array presents readings by Lynn Xu, who received her MFA from Brown University. Her poems have appeared in The Canary, Phoebe, UDP's 6x6, Swerve, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, June, was published by Corollary Press; Joshua Edwards, a Fulbright fellow and co-editor of The Canary and Canarium, a new press. His work has appeared recently in Practice, Vanitas, Northwest Review, and elsewhere; and Brian Waniewski, educated at the College of William and Mary, the Technische Universitaet Berlin and The University of Iowa. He is currently at work on a novel, which chronicles the religious conversion of a young egoist.

Info: 718-203-3770

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Eric Baus + Brian Kim Stefans- Dec 6th

Hello all,

This is probably the last reading that I'll curate/moderate for Teachers & Writers so I'd love it if a zillion people came out for it + I really love the work of both poets!

Thursday, December 6th 7pm FREE
Teachers & Writers Collaborative
520 8th Ave, Suite 2020
A,C,E, to Penn Station

wine, cheese reception to follow

Brian Kim Stefans' recent books of poetry are Kluge: A Meditation (Roof Books) and What Is Said to the Poet Concerning Flowers (Factory School). A book of interviews and criticism, Before Starting Over, was published by Salt Book in 2006. He teaches new media studies at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and lives in Philadelphia, PA. More info on BKS can be found here:

Eric Baus is the author of The To Sound (Wave Books), Tuned Droves (Octopus Books, forthcoming), and several chapbooks. He is a contributing editor for PENNsound and
publishes Minus House chapbooks. He lives in Denver.

Mobile Libris will be selling books.

A Poem

I took this from Real Poetik

Damaged Soul Document

by Steve Roberts

Big hand on the keyboard, diagonal
striped glove, difficult to remember past
christmases, the blur of memory, several
coffee cup stains, row of imperfect circles.

Moron wanted to be the life of parties
unknown. The woods, several years ago.
Annual rememberance of empty box.
I don't want to use the word 'you' anymore.

New and selected strands of hair, mix
myself a poison, call it a potion, endless
nights on the couch, party with wine,
restless clothesline begins to flap.

My glow is not alive. Someone
has spread blankets over ourselves,
morning is sneaking up. Car won't start.
Parties are the in-between, these moments.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


so I spent most of last night working on my manuscript submissions and fellowship applications. i had everything enveloped, all checks signed, etc with the intention of bringing them to work replacing a few last-minute rewrites and pagination problems then taking a different train home from work today so that i could just go to the post-office in bk heights then walk home... so what do you think i did? yep1 left all materials sitting on my dresser including my netflix that i've been meaning to return for a week now.

well that's what happens when i try and be productive at 6 a.m. without even a sniff of scent of coffee. fiddlesticks and shits shits and fiddlesticks


in other news- persimmons may be my new "favorite" fruit meanwhile i'm less than impressed with cactus pears plus i spent all day yesterday pulling the pricklies from my palm- a futile exercise in sheer annoyance if ever there was one.

Monday, November 26, 2007

A Little W.S. Merwin for you

Weekend Wrap-up

Well, I'll start this off by saying I did absolutely nothing literary-related this weekend. Did the Thanksgiving thing with friends: Sandy, Amyjoy, Meghan, P'mo, and Brooke. Then on Friday me, Sandy, Amyjoy, and her rooommate, Rowena went to The Cloisters- it was Amyjoy's idea since none of us, except her, had been there. 'Twas indeed a good idea then from there 3 of us went to Maribels to warm our bones with hot chocolate and fondue.

Later in the day I stopped back by Sandy's to try and put a hurting on the left-overs and we watched Purple Rain. When's the last time you've seen that? Definitely netflix it with immediacy.

I saw No Country for Old Men Saturday night and feel that it is completely hype-worthy and will definitely see it again.

If I get any of the pics from over the extended weekend I'll post them or if one of my friends post them on a blog or flickr I'll link it here.

In other news it's looking very unlikely that I'll make the Seattle reading.
So it goes, so it goes.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Thursday, November 22, 2007

trashcan sinatras - to sir, with love

there's nothing but a stretch of blue skies out my window, it's thanksgiving, and for some reason this song makes me think of f.scott fitzgerald

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Da Chumps

So after riding two empty MTA trains, one empty Metro-North train, and a company- not-named-Eos' shuttle (also empty) I've deduced that only the chumpiest of chumps are working today! So these dedicated unfortunates have brought their dogs, puppies, babies, and kids, while the chump known as myself has only brought tired lids and a penchant for clock-watching

tickety tock tickety tock


After I get off of work I'm hoping to drop off my laundry, walk to the produce place on Court Street and buy asparagus, green beans, lemon, and maybe a mango. I've been craving them a little spicy like the way the serve them in Redhook at the infamous Latin stands, but I could salt and pepper them too, or just eat one as is. Also Persimmons. I don't really like them but two guys (not at work today therefore more evidence of their lack of chumpness) have been eating persimmons as if they were everyday apples and I'm am envious of their collected eating pleasure, therefore, I will give this lovely colored object another taste and see. Worst case scenario I'm going to write a poem about it b/c as much as I like food it's generally absent in my poems.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Because of This/Becasue of That

because it's almost Joseph's birthday, b/c he's making broadsides (pepticrobotpress) of the two poems i had published in Sink Review, b/c i need constant reminder to look for my hat- my head was cold today!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass

Since I've been blogging about Aesop Rock...

Friday, November 16, 2007

Aesop Rock Afraid of Poetry?

Well not exactly, but in an interview with Guernica Magazine he echoed a conversation I had and have been hearing for ages now. Poeple feel afraid of poetry as if they are not qualified or gifted with the intelligence to get it. While Ron Silliman may seem to be endlessly talking off your ear or Mei-Mei and Ashbery may seem too atmosperic or out there I can't imagine someone reading Neruda, Ferlinghetti, Schuyler, or Claudia Rankine's Don't Leave Me Lonely and walk away feeling as if they aren't qualified to love this.

Here's the interveiw with Aesop Rock:

P-MO aka Peter Moore in the house with Livingston, Reb


Join us for the next installment of EARSHOT at The Lucky Cat, located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn! EARSHOT is a bi-monthly reading series, dedicated to featuring new and emerging literary talent in the NYC area.

*Friday, November 16th, 2007 at 8 PM*
Hosted by Nicole Steinberg

Reb Livingston (author of Your Ten Favorite Words )
Jessica Reed
Wythe Marschall (Brooklyn College)
Peter Moore (The New School)
Amanda McCormick (Columbia University)

Admission is a mere $5 plus one free drink (beer, wine or well drinks only)!
The Lucky Cat is located at 245 Grand Street in Brooklyn, between Driggs and Roebling. Visit their website for directions:

Also visit for more information on Earshot or e-mail Nicole Steinberg at

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Maggie Cheung & Batman?

On The Way To Work

Ever get up so early so feel sick and then as you're rushing off to catch the train you feel like your feet are clumsily dragging behind you?

Pretty much listened to Radiohead's How I Made My Millions, and No Surprises on repeat for the entire ride.


In other news, when is the last time you've seen a poet/poetry book get a full page review not in Jacket, Coldfront.mag or some other book/poetry specific review section?

Everyone's favorite Parisian transplant, Alice Notley, got the full page treatment in Time Out New York for her book, The Pines.

Yay Alice Notley

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

If You Find Yourself in Chicago on Friday November 16th

This Friday the 16th from 7pm - 11pm sponsored by Allegoric Space and hosted at the Chicago Country Club Gallery I will have a literal hunk of my work on display Along with 20+ other artists from across the nation. I think 12 or so will be at the actual event for libations and canoodling. Artwork from $20-$1500 so a little bit for everyone.

This is a one night only gig. On Saturday the 17th I'll be gone. Where is this gallery at you ask?

1100 N. Damen Ave Chicago, Il 60622

That is one block south of the Division and Damen intersection. Easily accessible by the Blue Line and getting off at either the
Division or Damen stop then walking (or bussing) 5-6 blocks on either street until you hit the intersection. One block South and Voila!

What will be there? Glad you asked. Prints, Drawings, and Books by me...Paintings, Drawings, Textual sculptures, by others. Check out for the list and examples of artists.

Hey, while you're at it check out for over 70 new images (mainly in the drawing and print section) The website is in a constant state of flux so excuse the dispirate background images on some of the pages.

Any ?s I'll be happy and speedy in my reply.

Bring your dancing feet, bring your drinking belly, and bring your pocket book because the art is affordable.


p.s. I know, logistically, that it is an impossibilty for many of you to attend this event. Nonetheless I wanted to send an invitation.


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

100 % Kool Thing

There's a distinct chance I won't get out of work in time for this but I hope I do as I share affinities for Sonic Youth (Kim Gordon) and New York School of Women (or at least want to hear the readings/topics explored.)


November 13, 2007
Women and the New York School: A Celebration
Eileen Myles

This event, sponsored by Poets House, will take the publication of "Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions" as an occasion to celebrate the work of several women artists and writers, both in relation to the so-called New York School and beyond, as well as New York City itself as a crossroads for art and poetry over the past fifty years. Maggie Nelson will give a talk on her book at 6:30 p.m., to be followed by an evening of readings and performances starting at 8:00 p.m., featuring Kim Gordon, Wayne Koestenbaum, Bernadette Mayer, Eileen Myles, Yvonne Rainer, and Carolee Schneeman. More info at

Location: Tribeca Performing Arts Center, New York City


November 13, 2007
Women and the New York School: A Celebration
Maggie Nelson

This event, sponsored by Poets House, will take the publication of "Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions" as an occasion to celebrate the work of several women artists and writers, both in relation to the so-called New York School and beyond, as well as New York City itself as a crossroads for art and poetry over the past fifty years. Maggie Nelson will give a talk on her book at 6:30 p.m., to be followed by an evening of readings and performances starting at 8:00 p.m., featuring Kim Gordon, Wayne Koestenbaum, Bernadette Mayer, Eileen Myles, Yvonne Rainer, and Carolee Schneeman. More info at

Location: Tribeca Performing Arts Center, New York City

Sunday, November 11, 2007

MOGWAI - Friend Of The Night

I listen to this song almost every morning on the way to work- just thought you should know

enon in this city

been stuck on this song all night

Been a while

Well it's been a while since I've actually blogged, as opposed, to merely posting readings/reviews. What can I say I've been recovering from a cold + work has been hell as of late so I come home with nothing but a big thud for a head.

I went to the Carl Phillips, Erin Belieu, and Sarah Gambito reading this past Monday, but had to leave before Carl Phillips read. Just wasn't feeling well. Erin Belieu had been hyped the hell out of so I was more curious to actually see and hear Gambito, esp since if I were to continue curating the T&W reading series I was going to ask her to read- let's just say parts of her reading were spell-binding. She's a great reader and she read a lot of new poems which seemed more haunting or haunted than her previous work in Matadora. She's also funny- which is something I always appreciate in a poet.

Yesterday, I went to the Four Faced Liar and Dan Magers held his own having memorized most of his poems, Alex Smith was all wit and charm and Steve Roberts' poems were wonderful to hear.

Jules Cohen was wearing a retro Knicks hoodie which is worth mentioning.

Niether Modi or myself felt like drinking or doing shots on a Saturday afternoon so we left the bar and caught up with each other over falafels and turkish coffee. We went to this little spot on 7th and Perry and it was delish.

My evening should of consisted of a wine and cheese and then going over to a party thrown by some NS Alums, Kiely and April. But the wine and cheese was so cozy and fun that I never made it to the second party. But hey, Amyjoy brought a 10 year old bottle of wine and Mellisa made puff pastries with carmelized onions, figs, and blue cheese. Would you leave?

I have loose plans for the afternoon that I can tell right now just aren't going to happen. Despite staying in every night except Monday and Saturday I still haven't done any writing or worked on my Stegner, Yale Youngers, Crab Orchard, Provincetown, etc... I have to go to Traders Joes and do some food shopping too. Where does the time go?

Thursday, November 8, 2007

For Your Thursday May I Suggest This:

NYCAMS Poetry Reading

Thursday, November 8, 2007 at 7 pm

Jeremy Sigler and Christopher Stackhouse

44 West 28th Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Jeremy Sigler:
Brooklyn-based poet Jeremy Sigler's next collection of poems, "Crackpot
Poet," is forthcoming from Black Square Editions. He recently collaborated
with Jessica Stockholder on a letterpress book called "Led Almost by My
Tie." Sigler was a recent recipient of the Lannan Foundation's literary
fellowship in Marfa, Texas. A few of his poems appeared in "Flow" by Ari
Marcopoulos, and he most recently read at the MAK in Los Angeles. He is the
Associate Editor of Parkett, and the US Reviews Editor of Modern Painters.
Sigler contributes art criticism to the Brooklyn Rail, and teaches
pataphysics at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Christopher Stackhouse:
Christopher Stackhouse is a writer and visual artist originally from Michigan. He has worked in several media including film and video, music recording, staged theater, painting and drawing. He is a contributing editor at Fence Magazine; a 2009 MFA candidate in Writing at Bard College; a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Poetry 2005. His drawings, essays, reviews, poems, and other writing have appeared in various print and on-line publications. He is author of a collection of poems, "Slip" (Corollary Press, 2005), and co-author of "Seismosis" (1913 Press, 2006) which features a collaboration of Stackhouse's drawings with text by writer/author/professor John Keene. Christopher Stackhouse lives and works in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

For more info contact:
John Silvis
Program Director/Assistant Professor of Art
44 West 28th Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
office: 212.213.3011

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

4 Poets Invade the Four Faced Liar

Come out this Saturday and listen to Dan Magers, Alex Smith, Steve Roberts, and Nathan Austin.

Saturday, November 10th 2:30 pm
Four Faced Liar
165 West 4th St btwn 6th and 7th

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Facing the Bridge

Keeping with the fiction/short story theme that I started yesterday by posting a link to Nicole's story here's a review of Yoko Tawada's lastest book, which I absolutely loved!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Nicole Wong

Okay so it's not poetry but below is a link to a short story published by my dear friend in HK.


Thursday, November 1, 2007

Interview with Shanxing Wang

Earshot Again/ Tiny Tour

So Earshot is back again this Friday with Matthea Harvey. I've been meaning to see her for a minute, but it looks like I'll be heading to S.Jersey on Friday... Here's the reading info:

November 2 // 8 PM
$5 + one free drink
Mary Jo Bang (Elegy, The Eye Like a Strange Balloon)
Matthea Harvey (Modern Life, Sad Little Breathing Machine)
Melissa Febos (Sarah Lawrence College)
Mrigaa Sethi (New York University)
Yvonne Garrett (The New School)

Also when you need a break from youtubing

or watching MTV videos
( (my friend, Julia is in this video)

you can watch this wave poet do a "tiny tour"