Saturday, November 29, 2008

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

I thought about the first time I heard this song.

I thought about being in Seattle and finding two dbl 7-inches
at Singles Going Steady.

I watched 9 Songs and didn't like it.

I thought what's not to like about sex and rock and roll?

I thought about seeing B.R.M.C. in Portland and being underwhelmed.

I though about singular notes. About scales. About apreggios. About chords.

About fuzz. About feedback. About twin instruments. About counter-melodies.

I thought about her muddling mint in the kitchen.

About sitting on a porch with this song playing as morning shifted to afternoon.

I thought about the string buzz just before it goes silent. About an amp hum.

About exhaustion. About a bed. The space which surrounds/ which engulfs.

I thought about gray-blue mornings and emptiness spreading.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Nut News & Two Interviews

You may have read her chapbook, Perfect Villagers, from Octopus Books (which is the last section of this book), but this is Sueyeun Juliette Lee's first full-length book & it's pretty damn good. I might have a review of this book forthcoming so for now all I'll say is that I picked as one of the best books for 2008 over on the No Tells blog & you can buy it here. Also the poet (my friend) Meghan Punschke designed the cover.

Speaking of Coconut, issue 14 is up & it contains some poets I can't wait to read such as Eileen Tabios, Graeme Bezanson (who I went to NS with, as well as, worked on LIT with ((he's still the poetry editor there)) and he's part of the Coldfront Crew, yet I haven't really read his poems), Susana Gardner (who edits Dusie press), and Rauan Klassnik.

Two more interviews with the esteemed artist, Joseph Lappie:

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Work Makes A Head Tired

Aiya... this week has been nothing but writing and administering tests. Then. Days off. But. Plenty. Of. Papers. To. Grade.

Also, been working on new poems which are thus far, uncooperative. Little fuckers have a mind of their own I suppose. Aiya.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Books, Music, & Readings

No Tell Books' Blog has been & will continue to list best books 2008, as well as, poetry books as gift suggestions. Check it here
I saw the Depreciation Guild play a show during CMJ and they are definitely a good live band. Not sure that I'll make it to the show, but you definitely should.

Honestly, I don't know Lynne Potts' poetry. She's an editor at AGNI who recently politely declined yours truly, but sometimes them the breaks. What I do know is that Jared Hohl is a superb writer & the guys that run The Enclave are more than affable so come, come, come.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Stuff and then some

Date: November 20, 2008 06:30PM
Description: Hey Fishes, it's been too long, so we're gonna raise a very special poetry ruckus in the back room of the Four-Faced Liar.

Chris Tonelli is coming all the way up from Carolina, Sampson Starkweather is making a rare departure from his makeshift laboratory deep in the North woods, and Justin Marks is getting out of bed to come celebrate their synchronous publications by Rope-a-Dope press.

Rope-a-Dope Press is a collective of former pugilists in South Boston who create fantastic handmade chapbooks, broadsides, and other collaborations between visual artists and poets.

So come meet us at 6:30 PM in the dank dungeon of the Famous Face, 165 W. 4th St. and 6th Ave., on Thursday November 20th. This isn't one to miss.



Justin Marks' first full length collection, A Million in Prizes, is forthcoming from New Issues Press in spring 2009. His chapbooks include Voir Dire (Rope-a-Dope Press, forthcoming) and [Summer insular:] (Horse Less Press, 2007). He is the founder and Editor of Kitchen Press Chapbooks and lives in New York City.

Sampson Starkweather is the author of City of Moths, forthcoming from Rope-A-Dope Press, and The Photograph from horse less press. He lives in the woods.

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). He teaches at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.

Founded in the spring of 2007 by painter Robert daVies and poet Mary Walker Graham, Rope-a-Dope Press fosters collaborations between artists, writers, and their communities through the publication of handmade, letterpress printed chapbooks, broadsides, and artists' books.

I going to try and check out the reading then meet up with TMS to see her friend's band, Miracles.


11-20-2008 20:30 at Death by Audio - Creative Capitalism record party w/ Lo Moda, Thrust Lab, Antimagic, Weekends
49 S 2nd St, Brooklyn,


Check out the new ish of Pax Americana

Then watch some shorts on Black Masculinity

Dear all:

My friend David Moore has made two short films on the subject of black
masculinity. Please check them out. The short titled REALNESS is about a
woman transitioning to becoming a man; it's fascinating watching her acquire
masculine traits, both good and bad.

This is part of the Masculinity Project (


"Dr. Al's Rebels" (Part One):



Sunday, November 16, 2008

Chicago: All That Jazz And Then Some

If you find yourself in Chicago definitely check out Joseph Lappie's solo art exhibition.

Believe Inn is proud to present "Before There Was Us And Them There Was We," the solo exhibition of Joseph Lappie.

"Before There Was Us And Them There Was We" is a collection of new drawing prints and paintings continuing the theme of relationships between the self and others, communicative constipation in word and deed, and the necessity of factual fictions in order to move forward day to day. The anthropomorphic qualities of certain figures suggest the true character of each individual. One that often remains hidden under the skin. It is not meant to be a mythological character, merely an aspect of us.

Before There Was Us And Them There Was We
Solo Exhibition by Joseph Lappie

Believe Inn
2043 N Winchester
Chicago, IL 60614

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Greenpoint- Not as White as you Think

My friend, Nobuko, is performing tonight/tomorrow:

Hi everyone!
Here is the info about this weekend's performances-I'm performing in a Japanese Art Festival in Greenpoint.
Theres lots of acts, but my part is at
Sat Nov 15 at 8.30pm and
Sun Nov 16 at 5.30pm
Polish & Slavic Center / 177 Kent Street Brooklyn NY 11222
(between Manhattan Avenue & McGuinness Blvd in Greenpoint)
Read on for details! Hope some of you can make it!
xx Nobu

Taiko Masala & Spinning Ronin at the Sixth Annual Japan Arts Matsuri
JAM 2008 The festival of Japanese Artists in New York
Co-presented by New York Dance & Arts Innovations, American Dream. Supported by the Consulate General of Japan in New York, Asian Society of Arts, Polish & Slavic Center.

Taiko and Martial Arts DanceTheatre " MUGEN"
produced by Hiro Kurashima
Choreographed & written by Tsuyoshi kaseda
Music: Taiko masala
Special Guests: Aya Higuma (Vocal) and Shu Nakamura (Guiter)

November 15th (Sat) 6PM ( Artist Booth & door open at 5PM )
November 16th (Sun) 3PM ( Artist Booth & door open at 2PM)

Other exciting artists are: Kenichi Ebina-Dance Performance & Video, Faune Dance Troupe - classic ballet "Swan Lake", Masato & Keitaro - Tap, and Samurai Sword Soul - Tate Theatre

And.... a new JAM experience
Talent Night - talent show presented by various Japanese performers:
10tecomai-Yosakoi, Air-Row-Singer & Dance, Ichifujikai Dance Association-Japanese Classical Dance, Mariko Iwasa-Physical Comedy, Kamome-Hip Hop, Mai Kawamura-Singer, Kazumi Kitamura-Belly Dance, Love ETC-Vocal & Piano duo, Luminisis-International Dance, Thro-bredz-Hip Hop, Mitsuko"Van" Yoshitomi & Saki Tokumura-Dance

MC: Hidekazu Nagai

Ticket: general admission/ $25 Advanced admission or reservation/ $20 info (917) 689-1899

Polish & Slavic Center / 177 Kent Street Brooklyn NY 11222
(between Manhattan Avenue & McGuinness Blvd in Greenpoint)

E or V train to 23rd Street-Ely Avenue station in Queens. Transfer to G train Brooklyn bound and get off Greenpoint Avenue. Or,

L train to Lorimer St station in Brooklyn. Transfer to G train Queens bound and get off Greenpoint Avenue. The theatre is one block from the station.

We hope to see you there!


An axe is flung down in the cabin of my habits and disappears. Laughing, then
writing, I told someone nearby that the tongue is made of grains of blood. O you
who awaken with one eye in the slits of the wooden door, good morning. And good
night now. And anyway this is the street where the nearby branches grab us by the
collar. Crying in the distance is a longing, addressed casually by everyone. The
asphalt sheets are already gathering the wrinkles of the evening.


The radiant subway again. Today, too, in this still-radiant subway, small white
explosions occur here and there. They are the sounds of our joints popping, the
sound of an all-too-convenient despair fading away. The walls collapse, and the
birds of the earth, now without hesitation, begin transporting their nests so as to set
them into these daily-renewed explosions.


It is now time to describe, toward a mossy nothingness, the shape of a fragment. The
moment a shipwreck seeks- against its will- the pretense of wings, and when the
eraser under the eaves just about to disappear first faces itself, and when this too is
nothing more than a short-lived illusion. The dim brilliance of the fragment criticizes
the sharpness of the form. I follow the contours of the blade. Not for the purpose of
sketching, but in order to draw up a contract with the sweat of things at the moment
the line tears, and to cross over to the next shape.

(for some reason the form is completely messed up on these. but they are all block prose poems)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

"looks like a sick bird"

The first ish of SIR! is up and it includes poems by Julia Cohen, Ruan Klassnik, Brooklyn Copeland, and lots of other fine writers. Check it out here

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


I know, not the usual indie &/or hip-hop artist I tend to blog about, but I met Anjulie a longs ways back & she's always been a pleasant mixture of "way cool" and "sweetheart." She has an "exclusive" video here & a three song ep on itunes. Some of those that know me have heard the title track, Boom 'cause it's a dope dope song.


At the Poetry Project

Isabelle Garron & Rosmarie Waldrop
Wednesday, 8:00 pm

Isabelle Garron (b. 1968) is a younger generation French poet who teaches in Paris. She is the author of Qu’il faille (Editions Flammarion 2007), Face devant contre (Editions Flammarion 2002), Déferlage II (Editions Les Cahiers de la Seine 2002), and Le corps échéant (Editions Les Cahiers de la Seine 2000). Garron has also participated as poet and/or editor in various French journals, including Petite, Action Poétique, Action restreinte, Rehauts, and La Polygraphe. English translations of her poetry have appeared in Double Change, 1913: a journal of forms, and Verse. The chapbook Face Before Against, in Sarah Riggs’s translation, was released by Seeing Eye Books in 2005. Garron’s interest in Pierre Reverdy gave rise to a publication of La Lucarne Ovale in its original form (Théâtre Typographique 2001). She is a regular participant with Jean Daive in the France Culture radio broadcast, "Peinture Fraiche" ("Wet Paint") on contemporary art. Garron will be joined by her translator Sarah Riggs.

Rosmarie Waldrop’s recent poetry books are Curves to the Apple, Blindsight (New Directions), Splitting Image (Zasterle), and Love, Like Pronouns (Omnidawn). Her collected essays, Dissonance (if you are interested), is out from University of Alabama Press. Her translation of Ulf Stolterfoht’s Lingos I-IX (Burning Deck) was awarded the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, 2008. She has also translated books by Friederike Mayröcker, Elke Erb, Oskar Pastior, Gerhard Rühm and, from the French, Edmond Jabès, Emmanuel Hocquard and Jacques Roubaud.

The Asian American Writers' Workshop presents Kazim Ali, Myung Mi Kim, Cathy Park Hong, Tan Lin, Warren Liu, and Dorothy Wang

Friday, November 14, 7pm
A special night featuring Kazim Ali and honoring Myung Mi Kim's Dura

Join us for a special night honoring the work of legendary experimental poet Myung Mi Kim and the re-release of her book Dura.

The night begins with Kazim Ali, whose The Far Mosque, possesses, in the words of Meena Alexander, "a metaphysical feel ... that renders it fit for our globalized age, a geography underwritten by the loss of fixed abode." Myung Mi Kim reads from Dura, a classic of avant-garde poetics at once formally challenging and politically engaged. Influenced by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's Dictee, Dura is an investigation of national and personal identity that asks, in the words of Sueyeun Juliette Lee, both what it means to be Korean American and what it means to define space in national terms. After the reading, four prominent Asian American experimental poets--Cathy Park Hong, Tan Lin, Warren Liu, and Dorothy Wang--respond to Dura and Myung's body of work.

@ The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
(btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)

$5 suggested donation; open to the public
I've never met Vincent, but he accepted one of my poems for Vanitas, so I'm going to try and rush back from a 5'oclock appointment at Laguardia to catch his reading:

Wednesday, November 19th

Poetry Forum: Vincent Katz

David Lehman, Moderator

6:30pm, 66 W 12th St, Rm 510, $5 (Free to NS Students and Alumni)

Vincent Katz, author of Black Mountain College: An Experiment, is a poet, writer, art critic, and translator. Katz will read and comment on the Black Mountain poets, such as Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, and Robert Duncan.

Praise for Vincent Katz’s Black Mountain College: An Experiment:

In the space of two covers, Katz manages to evoke a world of cross-media artistic possibility that seems as vast as it was often joyous.—Publishers Weekly


My friend is looking for submissions for a new online lit journal:

Dear Friends,

I have joined forces with a few people to start an on-line literary journal. Our ideal launch date is January, 2009.

The journal is called Scapegoat and the URL is Please keep in mind that the journal is not up and running yet - if you go to the URL, you will see only an outline of what it will look like.

We are currently seeking submissions for all genres - poetry, fiction and non fiction (word limit for fiction and non fiction is 500 words).

If you are interested in submitting, please do so on the submission form found on our website. Feel free to email the site or me directly with any questions you might have.

Thanks, and I look forward to reading your work!

Kate Hall

Monday, November 10, 2008

My the weather's gotten cold

I had a wind-breaker on when I left for work this morning, but now I need a coat. I'm sure the brisk walk from Chinatown to KGB (Lehman/Cummins) will warm/wake me up. Seriously, I went to bed early last night & I'm still tired. I watched some the Lakers vs. Rockets game- not a Lakers' fan & the Rockets didn't bring it.
Asobi Seksu were fun on Saturday.

I picked up Sueyeun Juliette Lee's book, that gorgeous feeling, on Friday and today Geoffrey Olsen's End Notebook, and Catherine Meng's Dokument arrived in the mail. I also picked up Sonic Youth: Goodbye Twentieth Century today from the library.
here's a new blog worth bookmarking:

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Since I Moved In vs. Gorgeous Feelings In The Divided Country

Thursday, November 6th

Poets on Craft: Major Jackson and Suji Kwock Kim

6:30pm, 55 W 13th, Theresa Lang Center, Arnhold Hall (Free)

In association with the New School's Creative Writing Program, Cave Canem Foundation, North America's premier "home for Black poetry," will sponsor an evening of conversation and poetry with Major Jackson and Suji Kwock Kim. The program inaugrates Poets of Craft, a series focuing on the perspectives of poets whose work responds, however indirectly, to the experience of living and working as a minority artist in a Eurocentric culture. Poets on Craft is supported, in part, by The Greenwall Foundation; the New York Community Trust, Lila Wallace Theater Fund; and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts. Additional funding is provided by The Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Pivotal Place: New York City. For more information, go to


Friday, November 7th

Academy of American Poets Awards Ceremony

Readings by Eamon Grennan, Carl Phillips, Claudine Rankine, Jonathan Thirkield, Ellen Bryant Voight

7:00pm, 66 W 12th St, Tishman Auditorium, Kaplan Hall (Free)

Celebrate contemporary poetry and the recipients of the premier collection of awards for poetry in the United States.

The night will include readings and presentations by Eamon Grennan, Carl Phillips, Claudine Rankine, Jonathan Thirkield, Ellen Bryant Voight, and many others. A reception will follow.

Sponsored by the Academy of American Poets and The New School Writing Program.


Help us say goodbye to our home of the past 3 years as we welcome featured readers MÓNICA DE LA TORRE (author of the new book Public Domain and Talk Shows) and SUEYEUN JULIETTE LEE (author of the new collection That Gorgeous Feeling)! Joining them will be three marvelous MFA readers for a goodbye party that's sure to blow the roof off.

Admission is a mere $5, which gets you a free drink! Still the best deal in town!

Your pal,


For one last time, find us at The Lucky Cat, located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn!

Friday, November 7 @ 8 PM
$5 + 1 free drink
Hosted by Nicole Steinberg

MÓNICA DE LA TORRE (Public Domain, Talk Shows)
SUEYEUN JULIETTE LEE (That Gorgeous Feeling)
Farah Ghniem (New York University)
Paige Taggart (The New School)
Tom Treanor (Columbia 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 NicoleSteinberg at


Single Poetry Reading Series, 8, Seeking Stable Attractive Poetry,
18-99, for Linguistic Recreation

Must be well-crafted, delight in obscure forms and enjoy windsurfing.

This Friday, November 7th, You Have A Date!

Take a Long Walk on the Beach With

Tim Peterson, Adam Tobin, David Carillo & Kate Broad!

Tim Peterson lives in Brooklyn and writes poetry, all the while
seeking out other complexly gendered individuals for companionship and
connection, hungry for articulations of reading and being read as
voiced experiences hunting you like a bluejay. SINCE I MOVED IN (Gil
Ott Award, Chax Press) was published in 2007. Tim edits EOAGH: A
Journal of the Arts.

Adam Tobin owns and operates Unnameable Books, a new and used
bookstore in central Brooklyn. He is author of Ode to Pumpsie Green &
Stretch Phillips (horse less press, 2005) and editor of The Weekly
Weakling (forthcoming), a series of occasional letterpress pamphlets.
You may have seen his older work in EOAGH or Fence or other
publications, but he hasn't really written much since he opened the
bookstore. He promises, however, to read at this reading at least one
poem you've never seen before.

David Carillo lives in West Hartford with his wife and dog. He is
working on his MFA in Creative Nonfiction at the University of
Pittsburgh and teaches English at the University of Connecticut at
Waterbury. He has poems forthcoming in

Kate Broad has lived in India and Brazil and currently resides in
Brooklyn, where she is a doctoral student in English at the City
University of New York Graduate Center. She has poems in Freshwater,
The Wellesley Review, and forthcoming in Karamu, and has won several
writing awards, including one from the Academy of American Poets. Kate
is working on her first full-length manuscript, Hard to Swallow.

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.


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

History In The Making

Today. Obama. Vote!

free Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream if you do/ free Starbucks coffee if you/ you exercising your freedom if you do/

Monday, November 3, 2008

Awe & then some

Monday, monday... for some of us, yet another work week. How about a little company? I know just the thing! I'm the featured poet this week at No Tell Motel so you'll have a poem a day just waiting for the warmth of your eyes. Click here.

Still hungry? Really? That's okay, how about feasting on the new issue of Fou! Insatiable? Cool, no problem. How about a little Turntable + Blue Light.

Right, now you want dessert too, you got it. Spoon away at Spooky Boyfriend.

Now you want visuals? You want to sit back & be entertained? Goodreads & Coldfront Magazine aren't enough? How about Cutbank reviews? Still you want more? How about the Home Review of Books? Or watch two of the editors Julia & Mathias read here!