Monday, March 31, 2008

Underdog Done

I had a pretty quiet weekend esp. since I still don't have a computer/internet at home right now.

Watched some of the basketball games this weekend both alone and with my roommate. Really hoped Davidson would pull out the upset win. I mean when has rooting for an underdog been more fun?


Went to Central Park on Sunday to cheer on my friend who was running the 10k Scotland run. Yep she's badass. I stood with my hoodie on, coffee in hand, and ra ra's ready to be launched.


My Tuesday night is pretty packed but I'm hoping to ease of out work a little early to check out this reading before heading into Brooklyn so see my friend's friends' performance art gig.

Tuesday, April 1st

Poetry Society of America: Chapbook Reading

Robert Polito, moderator

6:30pm, Wollman Hall, 55 W 11th St, $10, $7 for PSA members and students. Tickets available at event.

Chapbook judges read with the poets whose manuscripts they elected for publication. Featuring Rae Armantrout with Carey McHugh, Harryette Mullen with Kate Ingold, Mark Strand with Andrew Michael Roberts, and Kevin Young with Lytton Smith.

Reception to follow, and chapbooks will be available for sale.


So I have my eyes rolled to the high heavens (or void thereof) filling out a spread sheet for work that I lapsed on last week. Since we have two flight attendant training classes + a pilot training class I've got quite a few names to plug in. Insert y-a-w-n here.

So to keep myself from going crazy I play a little game like looking for the best name. Here's the winner: Sztawyo. That's pretty good last name, don't you think? He has a generic first name so no dbl bonus for him!

Another good name: Jagwendolyn (1st name) but she goes by Naresse so not sure if I should count it. What do you think? She's southern and knows I don't understand half of what she's saying (intentionally slurring) & neither one of us even bother to fake it. We nod. We smile. We give up. We go our own ways.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

It would be nice to stay here

It would be nice to have the time and money to stay at this art-project hotel in Paris, wouldn't it? Since it is only one room your name is entered into an auction assuming that you know what day they open the auction & then you basically cross your fingers and toes or you drop around $5,000 USD and bid for the room via ebay...
Here's the website:

Monday, March 24, 2008

Been A While Since I've Been Around The Way

Wednesday: Went down with the flu

Thursday: Lost internet connection

Friday: In a fever-induced attempt to eat & watch a movie- I spilled soup on my laptop

Saturday: Laptop completely ruined

Sunday: No computer/feeling physically better/ feeling physically worse

Monday: Work/Ugh

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Big Up Big City

March 19, 2008, 6 p.m.
BigCityLit Poets
The Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Streetb/t Bleecker & West 4th)New York, NY
Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Featuring poets from the current issue: J. Mae Barizo, Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Margo Berdeshevsky, Patricia Brody,Marion Brown, Chelsea Bunn, Robert Dunn, Allen C. Fischer, Nancy Haiduck, Victoria Hallerman, Elena Kondracki, Donald Lev,Stephen Massimilla, Susan Maurer, D. H. Melhem, Philip Miller, Lynn Patmalnee, Ron Price, Larissa Shmailo, Joanna Solfrian, Meredith Trede, Barry Wallenstein and Alison Woods.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Sunday Sounds


Sunday, March 16th from 4:40-6:00 pm

440 Gallery, 440 Sixth Avenue (at 9th St., F to 7th Ave.)

Admission Free

CONTACT: Brooke Shaffner at


Jacqueline Bishop was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, before coming to the US to attend college and to be reunited with her mother. She is the founding editor of Calabash: A Journal of Caribbean Arts & Letters, and is presently editing a film on a group of Jamaican untutored artists called The Intuitives. She has been published in The Caribbean Writer, Crab Orchard Review, Macomere, Renaissance Noire and Wasafiri, amongst other journals. She lives and works in New York City, the 15th parish of Jamaica. The River's Song is her first novel. She is also the author of Fauna, a collection of poems.

Julia Cohen is the editor of Saltgrass and has three chapbooks available, If Fire, Arrival from horse less press, Who Could Forget the Sensational First Evening of the Night, from H_NGM_N B__KS, and When We Broke the Microscope (with Mathias Svalina), from Small Fires Press. Chapbooks, The History of a Lake Never Drowns from Dancing Girl Press and Chugwater (with Mathias Svalina) from Transmission Press, are forthcoming. Visit her blog at She lives in Brooklyn.

Carla Drysdale's poems have been published in LIT, Global City Review, The Exquisite Corpse, Confrontation, Canadian Literature and The Fiddlehead. Her first book, House of Witness, will be published by Tightrope Books this year. A transplanted Canadian, she lives with her husband and two young boys in Brooklyn.

Yvonne C. Murphy received an MA in Creative Writing from NYU and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. She held a Bucknell University Younger American Poets Fellowship and a Stegner Fellowship in poetry, and has published poems in numerous anthologies and journals. Yvonne makes her home in Queens, and is an Associate Professor of Cultural Studies at SUNY Empire State College, where she mentors returning adult students. Currently she is working very hard at publishing Aviaries, her first completed manuscript. Her poems are meant to spark imagination for the magic in everyday life and, with hope, promote the sturdy resilience of vulnerability, or, as Marianne Moore describes it: love’s extraordinary-ordinary stubbornness.

Daniel Weiner, this month’s featured artist, will present a talk on his current show, NY Department of the Interior. Weiner was born in Oak Park, Illinois, raised in Los Angles and educated on the West Coast. His aesthetic is crafted from a degree in English and a master’s in printmaking, painting and photography, with influences from the California assemblage artists, work as a scenic carpenter and as a reader of romantic literature. He exhibits with Pierogi in Brooklyn, James Graham and Sons in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include The Farm (2003) and Sushi Visual and Performance Art Space (2001) in San Diego, 4016 Gallery (2004) in Los Angeles and 440 Gallery in Brooklyn (2008). Many of his works are maintained in private collections. He received his BA from UCLA and a MFA from San Diego State. For more information, please visit

About 440 Gallery: Park Slope’s only artist-run gallery, a jewel-box space offering an alternative venue for Brooklyn artists. 440 Gallery seeks to present surprising, unexpected art to the community through exhibitions, talks, readings and events centered around direct contact with the artist. Open Thursdays and Fridays from 4-7 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6 pm, or by appointment.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Walk Away Renee - The left Banke

Saturday- 10:23 am/ Sun gushing through my window/ Is spring here? Can't get out of bed/ Will tell you later/

Friday, March 14, 2008

Review Posted for Four From Japan

Hopefully a lot of you are already reading Cold Front Magazine with frequencies but for those that aren't my review of Four From Japan is up so check it out and give Cold Front some love.

Are You Feeling Lucky Punk

So I spent the day reading this book

Then I walked over to Crosby street to check out this brothel

Picked up a coupla slices to go and came home and watched this

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

ghostface killah apollo kids

on any given day you might catch me or my roomie cold rockin' some wallabees. both down with brown.
her's are leather/mine are suede.
game recognize game
ya heard?

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Boog City Boogie + Tuesday Traumas

Boog City’s Classic Albums Live presents The Pixies’ Surfer Rosa at 20(and Doolittle at 19)andreadings fromThe Portable Boog Reader 2:An Anthology of New York City Poetry

Tues. March 11, 7:00 p.m., $8
Cake Shop152 Ludlow St.NYC

The night will open with readings fromPortable Boog Reader 2 contributors Jim Behrle Mónica de la Torre Corrine Fitzpatrick Joanna Sondheim and Angela Veronica Wong!!!!

PBR2 features the work of 72 New York City poets.
The online pdf is available at:


The way my Tuesday is shaping up I proabably won't make this but you don't need me there to hold yer hand, do you?


I've been getting all Keroauc on the Brother P-touch machine making labels reading CHAPTER 11: N763MX-HD. Talk about reckless abandonment! Talk about excitement! I'm feeling so very O'hara right now!

Annoymous Number 9 you ain't got nothin' on this kind of good clean fun & I'm getting paid for it too!

Damn talk about biscuits & xtra gravy


My outlook has been "retrieving data" for like an hour now. Hope its something good.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Sunday Sunday

Morning. I'm pleased to wake up and not see/hear rain.


Didn't make it to the Lawless' birthday drink thing on Friday.


Did make it to A's birthday party last night.


Picked up the latest issues of Court Green and Barrow Street. Did not find the Denver Quarterly or Washington Square (W.S. published one of Jared's stories!)


I will shower/then get breakfast/ then do some rewrites/MS work.


Tomorrow I will be meeting the wonderful poet/editors Dan Maegers and Julia Cohen to take in this (which I'm excited for as I was one of the ones that RAVED about Lerner's book)
Reading Between A & B
Monday, March 10, 2008 7:30 pm

Ben Lerner
Rick Barot
Sherwin Bitsui

510 11th St, btwn Ave A & B

Friday, March 7, 2008

Man, I got issues

I've tried to post two different videos & yet nothing. So now I'm left to type what ony the guitar, bass, & drums can say.


It's 9:29 am.
Garlic bagel?
It must be


I havne't eaten a piece of fruit all week. I'm sure I bought fruit from Trader Joes but can't seem to remember to look in the fridge for it.


I forgot my lunch today.


I guess I'll have to visit the sandwich station in the cafeteria.

Just so you know.

Their idea of fresh mozeralla is not the same as mine & no one would describe the eggplant as super-yummers.

I ate all of my trail mix. I only have a few chili spiced mangos left.

I guess you could call that fruit, but I don't count dried fruit-- do you?


I have to go have a drink with work people tonight. The thought of staying in Purchase, Rye, Port Chester, or whereever this is is depressing. It's someone's birthday tonight & Brooklyn seems so far away.


I've been noticing fingers this week. Esp. fingers with nice to large-sized rocks on them.

I wonder what that is like/ I wonder what it is like to be able to afford to buy that.

This sort of wondering makes me feel old & alone.

Sometimes I feel too young & out of place. Then I come to work and out of place is replaced with displaced.

Sucks. Sigh. Sucks.


This morning is the type of morning I wish I could crawl back in bed, put my head on a lovers' shoulder and be enveloped in her arms.

Obviously not an option.

In other words.

Sucks. Sigh. Sucks.


My back hurts. Sleeping on a bed of thorns doesn not build character so much as it builds resentment.


Eleven Eleven (1111) has accepted a poem of mine. Cool!


I'm going to catch up on basketball by reading smack on


I shoot. You rebound. Brick city where we be? Yes. That. Too.

Alas, sigh.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

This Week's Showdown

Neke Carson & Michael Wiener Present
from the Living Room at the Gershwin
Max Blagg reading from “TICKET OUT “
Gershwin Hotel 7 East 27th (between 5th & Madison)

8pm Tuesday March 4th 2008 $10 Reservations 646 207 0595


National Small Press Month Reading Marathon
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Bowery Poetry Club308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012212.
614.0505 7 pm to Midnight. $6.

Featuring: Eileen Myles (Wave Books), Noella Kocottomblin (WaveBooks), Lynne Tillman (Soft Skull), Jen Benka (Soft Skull), BrendaCoultas (Coffee House Press), Ted Mathys (Coffee House Press), AlexRose (Akashic Books), Camelia Entekhabifard (Seven Stories Press),Veronica Liu (Seven Stories Press), Martine Bellen (BelladonnaBooks), Lila Zemborain (Belladonna Books), Dan Machlin (Ugly DucklingPresse), Rachel Sherman (Open City Books), Leni Zumas (Open CityBooks), Sharon Mesmer (Hanging Loose Press), Marie Carter (HangingLoose Press), Melissa Buzzeo (Leon Works), Tisa Bryant (Leon Works),Bob Holeman (Bowery Books), Paul Mills (Bowery Books), RadhiyahAyobami (Bowery Books), Rachel Levitsky (Futurepoem Books), EricaKaufman (Big Game Books), Corrine Fitzpatrick (Sona Books), DedraJohnson (Ig Publishing), Grant Bailie (Ig Publishing), CamillaTrinchieri (Soho Press), Anne Landsman (Soho Press), JasonSchneiderman (Four Way Books), David Lawrence (Four Way Books).

For more information visit or call212.764.7021.


A Public Place


Kelly Link, Anne Carson, Lydia Millet, and Brenda Shaughnessy headline the second Brooklyn Independents reading at the Brooklyn Public Library's Dweck Center this Thursday.

Sponsored by A Public Space, Akashic Books, BOMB Magazine, Tin House, and Soft Skull. Thursday, March 6, 7pm
Brooklyn Public LibraryGrand Army Plaza
More information here.
We recommend getting there early.
The first event sold out and we had to turn people away.


Poet Laureate Chooses Two New Voices in American Poetry for 11th Annual Witter Bynner Award and Reading, March 6

Poet Laureate Charles Simic has chosen two new voices in poetry, business-development writer Matthew Thorburn and attorney Monica Youn, for the 2008 Witter Bynner Fellowships and will introduce the poets on March 6 at the Library of Congress.

Thorburn and Youn, both from New York City, will read from their works at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required

Sunday, March 2, 2008

So Long Brooklyn/ Hello Chinatown

Baltic Street ( Cobble Hill) has been my stomping ground for the last year

The laming thing about moving is that I couldn't bring my ex's cat, Ethan, with me
He's been my favorite roommate for the last 7 months

Hester Street (Chinatown) somehow I managed to move into yet another 5th floor walk-up

I still have 7 boxes of books and lit journals/magazines to unpack, but I did find the time to stash some of my favorite Nikes

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Mr. Ratatatat

I am in various states of ache thxs to moving earlier today


It's 11:02


I'm sitting around sipping Knob Creek and watching videos


I know
I am