Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Peptic Robot Press Interview

My forthcoming chapbook, State(s) of Flux is a collaboration with the artist, Joseph Lappie. Peptic Robot Press is Joseph's one-person publishing press which focuses on art books, so it's a distinct pleasure to have Joseph designing, laying-out, creating, and illustrating the book. Here's an interview with Joseph.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

[state of emergency]

To honor movement in crescendos of text, combing through ashes
for fragments of human bone, studying maps drawn for the absurdity
of navigation-- what may be so edgy about this state of emergency
is my lack of apology for what I am bound to do. For instance, if I
dream the wetness of your mouth an oyster my tongue searches for
the taste of ocean, if I crave the secret corners of your city on another
continent, then it is only because I continue to harbor the swirls of
galaxies in the musculature and viscera of my body. You will appear
because I have mouthed your name in half-wish, reluctant to bring
myself to you. You will appear for me, because you always do, with
earthen skin outside the possibility of human causation.

Barbara Jane Reyes from Poeta en San Francisco

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Line Up

Stain Bar
*thurs 23 - An evening of readings and music with a set by JOHN FOTI Followed by readings from the authors JEREMY SCHMALL and GRAEME BEZANSON start time 7:30 p.m.


Fri., Oct. 24th @ 7 p.m. - Stain Bar - Williamsburg, Brooklyn

** Browning, Cohen, Herron, Howe, Rumble, and Svalina **

766 grand street
brooklyn, ny 11211
(L train to Grand Street,
1 block west)
open daily @ 5 p.m.


Join us for the next installment of EARSHOT at The Lucky Cat, located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn!

*Friday, October 24th, 2008 at 8 PM*
Admission: $5 + FREE DRINK!

Hosted by Nicole Steinberg

Amy Lawless (Noctis Licentia)
Alex Smith
Danielle Grace Warren (Hunter College)
James Shultis (Queens College)
Caedra Scott-Flaherty (New York University)

The Lucky Cat is located at 245 Grand Street in Brooklyn, between Driggs and Roebling. Visit their website for directions:

EARSHOT is a bi-monthly reading series, dedicated to featuring new and emerging literary talent in the NYC area. Visit for more information or e-mail Nicole Steinberg at

The Poetry Brothel Masquerade
Featuring David Lehman
Saturday, October 25th, 9pm-2am
The Zipper Factory
336 W. 37th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
$15 cover (includes a complimentary Le Tourment Vert Absinthe, one free raffle ticket, and a private reading with your pick of a poetry whore!)
Friday, Oct. 24
630 to 830pm

at Jimmy's No. 43
43 E. 7th St. - downstairs (b. 2nd & 3rd Ave.) NY

Short readings by:

Alan Davies - ODES
Jack Kimball - PATHOLOGIES
Stacy Szymaszek - ORIZABA
second reading:
Saturday, October 25
at 8 pm
at Unnameable Books
456 Bergen St.
(btwn 5th and Flatbush)
Brooklyn, NY
Please join us for a reading by Laura Jaramillo and CAConrad in celebration of Laura's chapbook The Reactionary Poems, just published by olywa press. Chapbooks will be available for purchase at a discount.
3rd reading:
KGB BAR 85 East 4th St., NYC
7:30pm, admission free
Rick Barot and CAConrad
Event: Swedish Poetry In Translation
"Fredrik Nyberg, Johannes Gorannson, Jennifer Hayashida"
What: Listening Party
Host: Unnameable Books
Start Time: Friday, October 24 at 8:00pm
End Time: Friday, October 24 at 10:00pm
Where: Unnameable Books

Barbara Tran

8:00 PM
Language for a New Century
BMCC TRIBECA Performing Arts Center
199 Chambers St.
New York City, NY 10007
Cost: FREE for students and members of AAWW and Poets House. Others: $10
Description: Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond

Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Tina Chang, Monica Ferrell, Eric Gamalinda, Kimiko Hahn, Nathalie Handal, Cathy Park Hong, Khaled Mattawa, Ravi Shankar & Barbara Tran

A panel discussion with Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Tina Chang, Kimiko Hahn, Nathalie Handal, Khaled Mattawa, and Ravi Shankar will precede the reading, at 6:30PM.
Co-sponsored by the Asian American Writers Workshop and the TRIBECA Performing Arts Center at BMC

Monday, October 20, 2008

& you/ you're not doing so well/ all the blogs are about you/

I spent Saturday in Bk: fort greene, williamsburg, greenpoint, fort greene, williamsburg. Highlights? Eating a bagel from Verb Cafe, seeing Ethan (my ex's cat) eating at General Greene, and Spector's bday party. I spent Sunday running errands and attempting to recover from Saturday- got in late so I was quite tired all day.

Deep Disco invited me to this today:

Can We Save the World Economy?

Conversation with George Soros, Nouriel Roubini, and Jeffrey Sachs

Monday, October 20, 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Columbia University, Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street

It was definitely worth making the hike up to Columbia. I was quite impressed with Roubini and Sachs. Sorros was already a given and I loved the way he illustrated the complexity of the economy and its bursting buy using bubbles. I kept thinking of the bubble blower who stands on the coner of Centre and Canal- somehow this guy and the people that ru(i)n our economy didn't seem so different, you know?

Sachs, by way of Sorros' book, The Bubble of American Supremacy, mentioned that students trained in economics are not trained to be skeptics and that they project depth via the surface. In other words, they take surfical economics then infer the depth via this reflection which is why they are so reckless and aren't accounting for the collaspe which came from the murky depths of an ill-structured system.

I couldn't help but think about my biggest and most consistant complaint in regards to students is that they are not skeptics nor do they want to investigate intelligence and own it. They are more than too happy being told and accepting surface as the complete and (un)complex reality.

A h h u m a n i t y

Wait up Bartleby I'm beyond depressed & on my way

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Words: The New Wheaties

Yes, this is going to be about the debate last night, in particular, Obama's comments about Education reform; I appreciated that he put some of the responsibility on the parents (although, as always, I remain skeptical that parents will actually accept this responsibility). Anyhow, I've been slowly (or lazily) reading Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf which is the story and science of the reading brain. I came across a passage today while riding the 7 into Long Island City and it's been floating around in my head and heart chambers all day.

"Learning to read begins the first time an infant is held and read a story. How often this happens, or fails to happen, in the first five years of childhood turns out to be one of the best predictors of later reading. A little-discussed class system invisibly divides our society, with those families that provide their children environments rich in oral and written language opportunities gradually set apart from those who do not, or cannot. A prominent study found that by kindergarten, a gap of 32 million words already separates some children in linguistically impoverished homes from their more stimulated peers. In other words, in some environments the average young middle-class child hears 32 million more spoken words than the young underprivileged child by age five.

Children who begin kindergarten having heard and used thousands of words, whose meanings are already understood, classified, and stored away in their young brains, have the advantage on the playing field of education. Children who never have a story read to them, who never hear words that rhyme, who never imagine fighting with dragons or marrying a prince, have the odds overwhelmingly against them."

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Me and Mary

I've been listening to the new Asobi Seksu single a lot.

Here's an awesome interview with small press chapbook publishers Kevin Sampsell (who I once worked with at Powell's and was kind enough to give Peptic Robot Press the ISBN for my first chapbook), Justin Marks, and others.

Tomorrow is the last debate.

There's this on Thursday:

Readings at Max Protetch

Joshua Beckman & Edmund Berrigan

Thursday, October 16

Joshua Beckman is the author of a number of books of poetry, most recently GENTLE READER!, a self-published collaboration with Anthony McCann and Matthew Rohrer. He lives in Seattle and Brooklyn.

Edmund Berrigan is the author of Disarming Matter (Owl Press, 1999) and Glad Stone Children (Farfalla, 2008), and is co-editor with Alice Notley and Anselm Berrigan of the Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan (University of California, 2005) and the forthcoming Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan (University of California, 2009). He is also a copy editor at Chemical Week Magazine.

Hosted by Stuart Krimko and Christopher Stackhouse.

The reading is free and open to the public.

Max Protetch Gallery
511 West 22nd St.
New York NY

Friday looks like this for poetry:

This Friday, October 17, 7pm

Devin Johnston, Jeff Clark, DJ Dolack & Katie Fowley

Will Actualize Your Self Success and Make the Rest of Your Life the BEST of Your Life!

Devin Johnston is the author of three books of poetry, the most recent of which is SourcesCreaturely will be published by Turtle Point Press in 2009. He co-directs Flood Editions, an independent publishing house, and teaches at Saint Louis University. (Turtle Point Press, 2008). A book of his essays entitled

Jeff Clark was born in southern California in 1971. He is the author of The Little Door Slides Back and Music and Suicide (both from FSG), as well as 2A, which he co-wrote wtih Geoffrey G. O'Brien. For 12 years he's made his living as a book designer, and currently runs a design studio called Quemadura. He lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, with his partner, the poet Christine Hume, and their daughter Juna Hume Clark.

DJ Dolack's most recent work can be found in (or is forthcoming from) Octopus Magazine, Handsome, and Diode. He is a contributing editor at Eye For An Iris Press. His chapbook, The Sad Meal, is available through Black Ocean. He currently lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Katie Fowley received a BA in English from Macalester College in 2007. Her book reviews appear in Rain Taxi: Review of Books. She is a founding editor of Lightful Press, and she lives in Sunnyside, Queens.

Only at Pete's Candy Store
709 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(718) 302-3770

"L" to Lorimer, "G" to Metropolitan.


Visit for links to their work and email me for more information.

& back to music- come see my friend's band:

From Monument To Masses is going to be playing a NYC show before we embark on our
European tour in October.

We're playing the Tap Bar stage at The Knitting Factory on Friday
October 17th with Golden City (Ex-Christie Front Drive). If any of
you know who Christie Front Drive are, you're OG.

So yeah, check us out:

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Poets for Obama/Biden

Sunday, October 12, 2008
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Poetry Project @ St. Marks
Parish Hall, 131 E. 10th St.
New York, NY
Contact Info


A reading to promote change.

*Admission by donation

** Donations at the door and merchandise sold to benefit the Obama/Biden campaign

elena ALEXANDER * e.j. ANTONIO * tara BETTS * stefan BONDELL * susan BRENNAN * mahogany BROWNE * cherylCLARKE * delanaDAMERON * thomas Sayers ELLIS * luis FRANCIA * sarah GAMBITO * ellen HAGAN * bob HOLMAN * juliet HOWARD * roya HAKAKIAN * avery IRONS * hettie JONES * jacqueline Jones LAMON * joseph LEGASPI * brant LYON * marty McCONNELL * alison MEYERS * idra NOVEY * valery OISTEANU * pit PINEGAR * karen PITTELMAN * ilka SCOBIE * ravi SHANKAR * patricia SMITH * patricia Spears JONES * stacy SZYMASZEK * r.a. VILLANUEVA * rich VILLAR * jerry WILLIAMS * jeff WRIGHT * rita ZILBERMAN * and more!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Partie Traumatic

Wow!! Poets/bloggers are still seething or laughing about Issue 1. Below are two links from poet/bloggers I read/like.
But before we get to that- I'll come right out and say that I like Issue 1. Everyone knows the poems attributed to our names are not our poems. I like the high road- the one Reb (Livingston) and Sharon (Mesmer) took. Take the crappy poem affixed to your name and rewrite it into your own "real" poem. I've been working on my version, but it's slow going.
Nonetheless, even though we didn't write our "fake" poems, damn if Issue 1 isn't the best company I've ever been in! Of course, I would have love to see Baus, Meng, Lee (s.j.), Nakayasu, Sharma, Barizo, and Magers, but now I'm getting greedy, aren't I?

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Overheard in Staten Island

College of Staten Island (CSI) provides a shuttle bus to transport students/faculty from the ferry to the college. Yesterday, I forgot my ipod so I was forced to listen to the bus driver's conversation with his buddy, another bus driver. It went like this:

Bus driver to buddy: We should take a vacation after Christmas and 'fore school starts again.

Buddy: Man, a vacation for me is me and my bike on the open road.

Bus driver: Naaah we should go som'where hot like the Dominic Republic or Puerto Rico, if ya know what I mean.

Buddy: Yeah, how 'bout we go to Central America, and then I call your wife when we get there and tell her that you and I are in Central America. She would have my BALLS! My BALLS!

Bus driver: Nah, we'll just say it's some fishin' trip or somethin'. I don't care where we go so long as I can get a girl cheap for 4 days.

Buddy: (laughs) You're horrible. And you goin' get me in trouble with your wife and mine!

Bus driver: Seriously, let's go. Whateva place has a lot of poor people. The poorer the better! (he's cracking himself up) Maybe I can even get two!

Buddy: (laughs)

The bus stops. We get off. The exploitation of "poor" presumably "young" girls is exactly the sort of conversation you want to hear on the way to higher education. I'm positive there were students on the bus from the DR and PR... but they had on ipods.

Monday, October 6, 2008


Yuri G Coming Up Man-Size

I plan on checking this out- then meeting my roommate to watch the debate!

Event Title: Poets Out Loud Reading
Date:Wednesday, 8 October 2008
Location:Lowenstein Center 12th-floor Lounge, Lincoln Center Campus
Contact Name:Poets Out Loud
Contact Phone:(212) 636-6792

Poets Out Loud Reading

Wednesday, 8 October 2008 | 7:00 p.m.
Lowenstein Center 12th-floor Lounge, Lincoln Center Campus

Poets Out Loud, a community of poetry at Fordham University at Lincoln Center, organizes a series of readings at the University by noted and emerging poets.

Scheduled Readings:
Kundiman Poets with

Sarah Gambito
Myung Mi Kim
Ravi Shankar
Kelly Tsai

For more information about this and upcoming readings, visit, call (212) 636-6792 or e-mail


I'm going to Wire on Thursday, but you should do this:

Word of Mouth
October 9th at 7pm
@ Bluestockings Radical Books
172 Allen St. (Between Stanton and Rivington)

Readers will be:

Matt Reeck (poetry)
Justine Manzano (fiction)
Darcie Dennigan (poetry)
& Submissions are now open for the 2009 Reading Season!!! Check out the guidelines at
Who's hot? Earshot!!

Join us for the next star-studded event at The Lucky Cat in Williamsburg, Brooklyn!

Friday, October 10 @ 8 PM
Hosted by Nicole Steinberg

Heather Christle
Chris Hosea
Jennifer Kikoler (Brooklyn College)
Levi Rubeck (New York University)
Claire Shefchik (Sarah Lawrence College)

The Lucky Cat is located at 245 Grand Street in Brooklyn, between Driggs and Roebling. Visit their website for directions:

EARSHOT is a bi-monthly reading series, dedicated to featuring new and emerging literary talent in the NYC area. Visit for more information or e-mail Nicole Steinberg at


Salon, Saturday Style:

Please join me Saturday Oct 11th at 7:30pm for another writer's salon

Please be at Erika's loft no later than eight - the doorman rings each and every time someone come up...

We have three amazing readers, two all the way from New Hampsire! One right here from brooklyn... and a great musician.

Food and Drink
pumpkin libations and sweets–
no spiky heels
come and have fun
open mike, please bring something to read, this part of the evening is a little weak, love to hear your words
four bucks

Jean-Paul Pecqueur's first book,
The Case Against Happiness, was published by Alice James Books in 2006. New poems have recently appeared in The Hat, Cranky, and Gulf Coast.
Jean-Paul currently lives in Brooklyn, teaching writing at the Pratt Institute.

Lea C. Deschenes resides in Worcester, MA and holds an MFA in Poetry from New England College.
Her poetry has appeared online, on stage and in print (Spillway, Snakeskin, So Luminous the Wildflowers, Ballard Street Poetry Journal, et al.)
A former member of four National Poetry Slam teams and a coach to two more, she also dusts off her BA in Theater to perform. She has received a Jacob Knight Award, been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and represented Worcester in the 2005 Individual World Poetry Slam. She is the author of thirteen chapbooks. Her first full-length collection The Constant Velocity of Trains is available through Write Bloody Publishing

Victor D. Infante is the Editor-in-Chief of The November 3rd Club, an online literary journal of political writing,
and a writer whose poems and prose have appeared in dozens of periodicals internationally, including literary journals such as The Los Angeles Review, Pearl, Ballard Street and AntiMuse, and anthologies such as Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry, Spoken Word Revolution Redux
and The Last American Valentine: Poems to Seduce and Destroy. He's recently released his first full-length poetry collection, City of Insomnia, on Write Bloody Publishing. He currently resides with his wife and pet ferret in a three-decker apartment in Worcester, Mass., and is a devoted fan of The Family Circus.

And finally, last but not least, Kyle Ervin will be performing on the guitar.

He is currently recording an album with his band fighter plane. You can find him on myspace:

Erika's Loft
85-101 N 3rd St #508
Bedford stop on the L
917.865.4875 make note its a new number....

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

What the Flarfin' Flarf?

This is Issue One which is a lit journal (downloadable pdf) which attributes poems to poets that didn't write them. I haven't had the patience to scroll through the entire pdf to find out what page I'm on or what poem I supposedly wrote- maybe it's funny. I always wanted to be funny. Maybe you're a writer too? Maybe you have a poem in Issue One too?

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Lazy Blogger Brings You Some Events

Please join THE ST. MARK'S BOOKSHOP READING SERIES on Thursday, October 2nd, as we invite poets Joshua Clover, Simone Muench and Philip Jenks to the Solas stage.

JOSHUA CLOVER'S book of poetry The Totality for Kids is currently being translated into Polish and his critical book on The Matrix was recently published in Czech. He has just completed a book on pop music and the fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About.

SIMONE MUENCH'S second book Lampblack & Ash received the Kathryn A. Morton Prize for Poetry (Sarabande Books, 2005). Her latest chapbooks are Orange Girl (dancing girl press, 2007) and Sonoluminescence written with Bill Allegrezza (Dusie Press, 2007). She works collaboratively with Philip Jenks, with poems appearing in The Canary, Zoland, Eleven Eleven and others.
All St. Mark's Bookshop events are free to the public.

PHILIP JENKS'S latest book of poetry, My First Painting Will Be "The Accuser," was released by Zephyr Press. He works collaboratively with Simone Muench and plays regularly with recording artists The Howling Hex.

It begins Thursday, October 2nd, at 7:30 PM sharp, at SOLAS BAR (232 E. Ninth Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues).
Conversations on Great Contemporary Literature
Thursday, October 2nd at 7pm
at Idlewild Books (12 W. 19th Street New York, NY)

Launch Event Party with Free Drinks and Merriment!

This Friday, October 3rd, 7pm

Enjoy the Convenience, Variety and Brilliance of

Jennifer Firestone, Kristin Palm, David Blair & Samuel White, Under One Roof!

Jennifer Firestone is the co-editor of Letters to Poets: Conversations About Poetics, Politics, and Community, forthcoming in October from Saturnalia Books. She is the author of Holiday (Shearsman Books), Waves (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), and From Flashes and snapshot (both by Sona Books). Her work has appeared in HOW2, LUNGFULL!, Xcp: Streetnotes, 580 Split, Saint Elizabeth Street and others. She is an Assistant Professor teaching poetry at Eugene Lang College at The New School For Liberal Arts, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their infant twins.

Kristin Palm's writing has appeared in Boog City, Chain, There, Dusie, the anthology Bay PoeticsMetropolis magazine and its blog, POV. Her book The Straits (two long poems about Detroit, her former hometown) was published this year by the serendipitously named Palm Press. Kristin lives in San Francisco. (Faux Press, 2006), and numerous other places. She writes regularly for

David Blair's first book Ascension Days was chosen by Thomas Lux for the 2006 Del Sol Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in the anthologies Zoland Poetry and The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, as well as in many journals including The Boston Review, Fence, The Harvard Review, and Tuesday, an Art Project. He is currently on the faculty of the New England Institute of Art and he lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with his wife Sabrina and his daughter Astrid.

Sam White is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the author of one book of poems, The Goddess of the Hunt is Not Herself, published by Slope Editions in 2005. He is also the author and illustrator of two graphic novels and the founder and director of Woolly Fair, a summer arts festival located in Providence, Rhode Island. Recently he directed "Rash of Robberies" a stop-motion music video for the band State Radio which was featured last summer in the 1st International Animation Festival in Poznan, Poland. He lives and works in Monohasset Mill, an artist community in Providence, with his wife Gillian Kiley.

Only at Pete's Candy Store
709 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(718) 302-3770
"L" to Lorimer, "G" to Metropolitan. FREE!
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New School Professor David Lehman presents “Wild Nights: The Poetry of Eros”

On Friday October 3, at 1 PM, David Lehman will present "Wild Nights: The Poetry of Eros" at the New School's Lang Auditorium (55 West 13 Street, 2nd Floor). He will talk about a range of poems on erotic themes, principally by American poets from Whitman and Dickinson to the present.

He will read and comment on "August in West Hollywood" by Deborah Landau as well as poems by Tennessee Williams, Hart Crane, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Moira Egan, Charles Bukowski, Kenneth Koch, A. R. Ammons, Donald Hall, Jane Kenyon, Jill Alexander Essbaum, and Laura Cronk.

Lehman has edited The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1800 to the Present (Scribner) in which most of the aforementioned poems appear.