Thursday, July 31, 2008
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
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
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
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.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Pajama Party Poetry Reading
Saturday, July 26th 8-12 pm
456 Bergen Street, Brooklyn
& Kimberly Lyons
Eat Pajama Party Snacks
& we miss you.
January is nearly here.
Friday, July 25, 2008
* 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
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Three Poets, each a refined practitioner of the short poem!:
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 email@example.com
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?, Poetz.com, 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
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.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thanks to Poetry Matters Now for posting this & Richard Scheiwe for telling me about this.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
- 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
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
Here's a poem from the book:
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
Monday, July 7, 2008
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
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
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
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
Please call 212.360.1324 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your free ticket.
Oni Buchanan, Darcie Dennigan, Abraham Smith
Tuesday, August 5
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.