Thursday, July 31, 2008

Silting the appraisable moon milk

Thanks to everyone who came out to the reading last night & those that couldn't make it but called/emailed/texted - y'all are some classy peeps!

Songs to Joannes
by Mina Loy


Spawn of Fantasies
Silting the appraisable
Pig Cupid his rosy snout
Rooting erotic garbage
"Once upon a time"
Pulls a weed white star-topped
Among wild oats sown in mucous-membrane

I would an eye in a Bengal light
Eternity in a sky-rocket
Constellations in an ocean
Whose rivers run no fresher
Than a trickle of saliva

These are suspect places

I must live in my lantern
Trimming subliminal flicker
Virginal to the bellows
Of Experience
Coloured glass


We might have coupled
In the bed-ridden monopoly of a moment
Or broken flesh with one another
At the profane communion table
Where wine is spill'd on promiscuous lips

We might have given birth to a butterfly
With the daily news
Printed in blood on its wings


We might have lived together
In the lights of the Arno
Or gone apple stealing under the sea
Or played
Hide and seek in love and cob-webs
And a lullaby on a tin-pan

And talked till there were no more tongues
To talk with
And never have known any better

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

One by One We Close Our Eyes

My herbs are dying. I think my room is too cold with the A/C constantly humming.

I went out to dinner with some friends last night & then we went to the dessert truck that is parked near the Starsucks at Astor place. All the desserts are $5 and I quite tasty!

There's also a gourmet (I believe organic) ice cream truck parked on Greene street near Houston that's worth giving your tongue a tingle on these hot days/nights of our fake/other/real/invented/lives

I'm reading Mina Loy , Rain Taxi, Oranges & Sardines, & a bunch of basketball blogs.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Google is selling bamboo pajamas

you won't catch me in them, but if you come to this reading tonight you might catch my friend sporting bedtime's best:

Pajama Party Poetry Reading
Saturday, July 26th 8-12 pm
Unnamable Books
456 Bergen Street, Brooklyn


Brenda Iijima
Sharon Mesmer
Vyt Bakaitis
Mathias Svalina
Susie Timmons
Kate Schapira
Julia Cohen
& Kimberly Lyons


Hear Poems
Eat Pajama Party Snacks
Drink Stuff
Buy Books
Wear Pajamas

It's Summer
& we miss you.
January is nearly here.


Friday, July 25, 2008

I've gotta get too drunk to dream because dreaming only makes me blue

I haven't really felt like blogging as in fa rils you know? But here's a brief run-down of life in 'lil Chinatown.

* Last week some dude tried to steal my bike- he got it out of the building, but made so much noise that my bat ears lit up & i flew down the stairs & out the door. I chased him (bare-footed, mind you) up Hester Street & I'm pretty fast even pre-coffee, he somehow snapped my bike chain, fell off the bike, got up/ ran away. I picked up my bike/went home/ scrubbed the hell outta my feet.

* Deep Disco (aka T.M.S.) & I went to see Deerhoof. 'twas good.

* I did not make it to the Siren festival or the Bruce Lee movie or the Santogold show or the Liars show.

* I went to a kick-ass poetry reading at 440- hung out with Dan Magers, Julia Cohen, Mathias, Starkweather, Justin Marks, et al before & after the reading. 'twas good.

* Went on a temp job interview. I hate taking those excel/word test. I'm so anti it sucks!

* Picked up CSA + some flat noodles & tofu in Chinatown. Made dinner. Stir-fry with said flat wide noodles, eggplant, onions, lots of garlic, purple basil, black sesame seeds, & a little soy sauce (i'm out of brags and chili oil)

* Today is my friend, Deepali's bday. Happy birthday, D. Tonight we will watch E.T. en mass then get drinks in minor?

* The song I'm listening to says, please stop dancing in my soul, i can't make it rock & roll... please stop dancing in my eyes I can't make them pretty lies

* Driver, drive on there's no one home

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Monday, July 21, 2008

Santogold - Shove It (Live @ Central Park SummerStage)

I went to a poetry reading yesterday, but it looks like Santogold held it down at Central Park

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Sunday showdown


Three Poets, each a refined practitioner of the short poem!:
Chris Tonelli, Shafer Hall, and Steve Caratzas
reading as a part of the 4th Annual Small Works Show Group Show at 440

WHEN: Sunday, July 20th from 4:30-6:00 pm

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

CONTACT: Dan Magers at
Admission Free

Chris Tonelli is the author of three chapbooks: For People Who Like Gravity and Other People (Rope-A-Dope Press, forthcoming), A Mule-Shaped Cloud (w/ Sarah Bartlett, horse less press, 2008), and WIDE TREE: Short Poems (Kitchen Press, 2006). For eight more days, he will live in the Boston area where he has curated The So and So Series.

Shafer Hall is a companion on the long trails, a generous bartender, a joking linguist, a wise cowboy, a charming Southern gentleman, a surrealist with two feet on the ground, a keen observer with plentiful imagination. As he writes in "A Malfunction at the Junction," with Never Cry Woof, Shafer Hall has "loosed into the world / a tremendous wink." He is from Texas and now lives in New York City.

Steve Caratzas lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. His poetry has been published online at Unlikely Stories, Can We Have Our Ball Back?,, Surgery of Modern Warfare, The Fifth Street Review, and Unpleasant Event Schedule, and in print in the tiny and Terra Incognita. He has published two chapbooks, It Will Be a Train (2004) and The Incredulity Tour (2005), and is currently at work on two new ones, including a collection of 8-word poems, which appear almost daily at The Blog of Lewd Enlightenment
( He received his MFA in creative writing from The New School.

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


It's that time again: beat the heat, throw on a wife beater and head to Coney Island. No, it's actually time to spend a Sunday evening with us, Komo and Julia, and four brilliant poets at the Tea Lounge, 7:00PM, Sunday, the 20th.

We have a great group of poets this month to cool you down with chilling and beautiful metaphors. This month's readers are: Evan Glasson, Jennifer Fortin, Melinda Wilson, and Mike McDonough.

Directions to Tea lounge:
Take the 1,2,3,4, N to Atlantic-Pacific and transfer to the R. Exit at Union St. stop. Or, take the R to Union St. When you exit the subway walk towards Union St. and turn right. It's 837 Union St. on the left side.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Come Kick It In The Mud With Me

I have a dirty little ditty of a sonnet in this anthology that just came out- 20 Years of the Pig: A Dick Pig Trade (DPR Anthology). There are poems by David Lehman, Amy Lawless, Dan Magers, and lots of other dark and delicious poets/artist. Buy a copy + come to the release party on August 5th, ok?

Find it here (scroll down past other genius Black Maze Books publications which you also should also own):; it will link you to the book on
Also please keep checking back to the Black Maze Books Importance Web Log for minute to minute changes to the DPR temperature and weight:
On August 5, please join the other contributors and editors for a blow out party at Galapagos Art Space. Tell everyone to come! Deets:
Doors at 7 PM
YR EARTHLY BODY ENTERS FOR $6; 2 for 1 drinks first hour.


  • Precinct
  • weird videogame debut!
  • Special Guests TBA!!!!!
  • The Dick Pig Players' workshop reading of a scene from the VA Tech Shooter's one act play "RICHARD MCBEEF" (pending)
  • Poets reading poems (briefly)
Limited copies of Precinct's "Compound" EP and 20 Years of Pig: A Dick Pig Trade (DPR Anthology).

Monday, July 14, 2008

Flowering Cherries Rain On Kids Like You

I've had a couple of busy weekends (had a friend in town for the 4th & then biked yesterday to Fort Tilden) but haven't blogged about them as I am awaiting photo documentation.
A little while back I read on Matthew Thorburn's blog a list of summer submissions, then Jules posted some journals on her blog, and Veronica and I have been suggesting journals to each other via email or in person. But I figured I should join the foray and compile a list here as well:

Pank- annual print journal accepts electronic submission (aka go green go!)
Barn Owl Review- annual (?) print journal accepts electronic submissions (aka go green go!)
Cimarron Review- print journal only accepting work printed on dead trees and huslted off by post office
Bat City Review- annual print journal accepts electronic submissions (aka go green go!)
Bateau- print journal accepts electronic submissions (aka go green go!)
Crazyhorse- print journal accepts electronic submissions (" ")
Harvard Review-- print accepts via mail
Black Warrior Review- print accepts via mail only
Fence- print journal accepts electronic submissions
A Public Space- Print accepts electronic submissions
Conduit- print accepts via mail
Wildlife Poetry Magazine- print accepts electronic submissions
Field- Print accepts via mail
American Poetry Review- Print accepts via mail
The New Zoo Poetry Review- annual accepts via mail only

Okay so what print journals have I missed?

I will do an online journal list later this week.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Friday, July 11, 2008


I just finished reading this anthology yesterday. The book is published by Film Forum Press.
Here's a poem from the book:

Manganese (Mn)
by Deborah Poe

this is not the chemistry of hibiscus blossoms
or the color of lithium steam coming off spring
it is not the Hangzhou rain shower
as tea leaves settle for the day,
or the steady stream of canoe paddling

these shivery nodules, like ancestors,
are immortalized-- i mean in ways
loneliness is related to time

abyssal plain still as bodies
bulbous sediment in seabed
unaware this is blackberries' season
with tang off september vine

a moray eel slithers by and by
like rattlesnake looking for sun--
finds only the taste of saltwater
gulps like the taste of skin

the manganese nodules keep growing
centimeters over millions of years--
microbes precipitate hydroxides
seawater breaks down basaltic debris
manganese remobilizes in columns
volcanoes, metals, and springs.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Little Journals That Can

I've been carrying around these three journals in my bag and definitely recommend them. Canarium-one (from the same people that brought you Canary) Issue 15 of Ugly Duckling's 6x6, and Bateau. I don't know much about Bateau. I found it at Housing Works Lit Mag sale and it's the first time I've seen it, but judging from the contributers A LOT of good poets know about it and are getting published in it. Who knows, maybe we'll see our names in one of these 3 lovelies sooner or later.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Has bar loving Vamps become park loving Hippies?

Monday nights at KGB Bar have become infamous for poetry, but it looks like all the summer light has gotten them a little misty-eyed & restless to leave behind the aching read interiors and sticky sweet beer smells for something a little more green

Monday becomes Tuesday and KGB at Bryant Park
with James Tate, Dara Wier and Jennifer L. Knox
Tuesday, July 8
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Bryant Park Reading Room
(42nd Street side of park)

Join the KGB Poetry Series for a summertime appearance at Bryant Park!
Featuring a superstar line-up: James Tate, Dara Wier and Jennifer L. Knox
Hosted by Laura Cronk and Michael Quattrone

James Tate is the author of 15 books of poems, most recently The Ghost Soldiers: Poems (Ecco Press, 2008). His Selected Poems won the Pulitzer Prize in 1991. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and is currently a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Dara Wier is the author of 10 books of poems, most recently Remnants of Hannah (Wave Books, 2006). She has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA and directs the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Jennifer L. Knox is the author of two books of poems, Drunk by Noon and A Gringo Like Me, both available from Bloof Books. Her poems have been widely anthologized, most recently in The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1800 to the Present.

The Bryant Park Reading Room:
42nd Street side of the park
marked by maroon umbrellas

Rain Venue:
The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen
20 West 44th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues)
KGB has this little reading planned in the park. Bring you picnic baskets!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

It's better if you just leave it

Over There Yes I See A Waterfall

Olafur Eliasson has installed these waterfalls in New York. My friend, Ai, was nice enough to invite me along on a bike ride to view them. I think there wound up being 15 or so people. We met at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge then went to DUMBO, then off to Brooklyn Heights, back over the Manhattan Bridge and finally to Battery Park City. After that some went for beers while others went elsewhere. I was one of the elsewhere goers. The website has up a pretty decent bike map. Click "how to visit" then click "by bike." Below is a picture of one of the five waterfalls. We only saw four since the fifth is located near Governers lsland.

In other news, I'm pleased to say that Vanitas has accepted a poem of mine. I haven't had a chance to look at Issue 3 which just came out, but Issue 2 was really solid.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

To Yelp From The Rooftops

I'm probably going to go to this unless I get otherwise occupied. It's in Central Park which means I can't decide at the last minute-- I actually have to put money on my metro card and keep track of the time but it looks fun.

The Academy of American Poets Presents:

Two free evening rooftop readings this summer, featuring poets Jenny Boully, Oni Buchanan, Darcie Dennigan, Gregory Pardlo, Abraham Smith, and G.C. Waldrep.

The rooftop readings continue a tradition of summer poetry readings from the Academy of American Poets. The readings will be held on the newly renovated roof of the Arsenal Building at the entrance to Central Park, 64th Street at Fifth Avenue. Step out of the flow of traffic and hear these six poets "bare their brains to heaven":

Jenny Boully, Gregory Pardlo, G.C. Waldrep
Tuesday, July 1
6:30 p.m.
Please call 212.360.1324 or email to reserve your free ticket.

Oni Buchanan, Darcie Dennigan, Abraham Smith
Tuesday, August 5
6:30 p.m.

Location: The Arsenal Building, Central Park, 64th Street at 5th Avenue.

Sponsored by the Academy of American Poets and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

About the Readers:

Jenny Boully is the author of The Book of Beginnings and Endings (Sarabande, 2007), [one love affair]* (Tarpaulin Sky Books, 2006), and The Body: An Essay (Essay Press, 2007 and Slope Editions, 2002). She will join the faculty at Columbia College Chicago this fall.

Oni Buchanan's second poetry collection, Spring, was selected by Mark Doty as a winner of the 2007 National Poetry Series, forthcoming from the University of Illinois Press. Her first collection, What Animal, was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2003. Buchanan is an accomplished concert pianist and maintains a private piano studio in Boston, Massachusetts.

Darcie Dennigan's first collection, Corinna A-Maying the Apocalypse, was selected by Alice Fulton for the Poets Out Loud Prize published by Fordham University Press in 2008. She is a recipient of the 2007 Discovery /The Nation poetry prize. Dennigan lives in Rhode Island.

Gregory Pardlo's Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman as the winner of the 2007 American Poetry Review / Honickman First Book Prize in Poetry. He is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the New York Times, and many others. Pardlo teaches creative writing at Medgar Evers College at the City University of New York and lives in Brooklyn.

Abraham Smith is the author of Whim Man Mammon, recently published by Action Books. A 2004 Writing Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, he is originally from Ladysmith, Wisconsin.

G.C. Waldrep's most recent collection of poetry, Disclamor, was published in 2007 by BOA Editions. His first collection, Goldbeater’s Skin, received the 2003 Colorado Prize for Poetry, selected by Donald Revell. He teaches at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.