Sunday, May 31, 2009

To Be Written, To Be Read

Ah, I just got back from the Lit Magazine fair at Housing Works. It's a sunny day in New York and the taste of Gimme Coffee's Las Mingas still lingers on my tongue.

After I post this blog I'm going to head outdoors to find a bench and read. Here's what I picked up:

Washington Square

Lana Turner
Columbia Poetry Review
Court Greene

New York Quaterly

If you are still planning on heading over there I recommend all of the above journals ,as well as, Saltgrass and LIT (I already own both of those).

I have to say I'm pleased to pick up Bateau and Field because I can't find those journals in the bookstore. Actually, Field might be at Barnes & Nobles but I try and purchase all of my journals from St. Mark's Bookstore or McNally Jackson. Although if I want a Denver Quarterly then I have head over to B&N which is exactly why I've missed the last two issues, but I did duck into B&N last week just to read Angela Veronica Wong's poems in DQ.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday Morning (Sunless in New York City)





Candy Stain Punks

Medical FACT!

The human body has over 452 organs!

Medical FACT!

The smallest bones in your body are located inside the biggest bones
in your body!

Medical FACT!

Your Blood is made up of 30% Red, 30% Dreams Involving Rodents and 40%
The Multifarious Array!

This Friday, May 29th, at 7pm

Dr. Stucky, Dr. Lasky and Dr. Taransky

Dissect You Like You've Never Been Dissected!

(Have You Seen Hellraiser?)

Janaka Stucky is the founder and managing editor of Black Ocean, and
publishes the magazine Handsome. He likes his whiskey neat and his
music dirty. Since receiving his BFA from Emerson and an MFA in Poetry
from Vermont College in 2003, he remains rooted in Boston--spending
his life traveling, writing, and caring for the dead. Some of his
poems appear or are forthcoming in: Cannibal, Denver Quarterly, North
American Review, Redivider, and VOLT.

Dorothea Lasky is the author of AWE (Wave Books, 2007) and Black Life
(Wave Books, 2010). Her chapbooks include Tourmaline (Transmission
Press, 2008), The Hatmaker's Wife (Braincase Press, 2006), Art
(H_NGM_N Press, 2006), and Alphabets and Portraits (Anchorite Press,
2005). She has been educated at Washington University, University of
Massachusetts-Amherst, and Harvard University. Currently, she studies
creativity and education at the University of Pennsylvania.

Michelle Taransky was born in Camden, NJ. Her first book, "Barn
Burned, Then" was selected by Marjorie Welish for the 2008 Omnidawn
Poetry Prize and will be published during September 2009. With her
father, architect Richard Taransky, she is the author of The Plans
Caution (QUEUE 2007). She lives in Philadelphia and works at Kelly
Writers House. Poems appear, or are forthcoming in VOLT, New American
Writing, HOW2 and Denver Quarterly.

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.
Ana Božičević sent a message to the members of Carrier, Firestone, Kaufman, Klane, Pindyck & Sims!

Subject: Stain Bar is closing -- join us for the sendoff!

Dear friends of Stain,

We write to share some sad news from the proprietors of Stain Bar: due to disputes with the landlord (read: astronomic rent raise), the bar is closing at the end of this month, in just a few days. Join us this Friday to send off our beloved (soon to be old) venue with a stellar lineup! Great poetry, drinks & a few tears guaranteed. & stay tuned for Stain of Poetry news as we head for a new home. If you're a fan of a bar, performance space or other venue that you think would be perfect for us, write to us at and

Smallest violins,
Amy & Ana
Buy the album!



Saturday, May 30th @ 3 PM
Cake Shop
152 Ludlow Street
New York City

MICHAEL MUHAMMAD KNIGHT’s work has been censored, boycotted,
confiscated, and threatened with legal action. He is the author of The
Taqwacores, Blue-Eyed Devil, The Five Percenters, and Impossible Man,
and his novel Osama Van Halen is forthcoming from Soft Skull Press
this spring. He is a frequent speaker at colleges and academic
conferences. The feature film adaptation of The Taqwacores is
currently in post-production, and a documentary about the taqwacore
movement his novel created is also nearing completion. His travelogue
Journey to the End of Islam is forthcoming from Soft Skull in December
2009. He lives in New York state.

CRISTY C. ROAD is a writer and illustrator who’s obsessed with human
imperfection and deconstructing the norms which have sheltered her
world. Aside from illustrating for countless record covers, book
covers, radical organizations, and magazine articles; Road published
an independent zine, Greenzine for ten years, and has released three
books - “Indestructible”, a graphic memoir about being a teenage
Latina, queer punk in High School; and Distance Makes the Heart Grow
Sick”, a postcard collection. She recently released “BAD HABITS”, an
Illustrated love story about a faltering human heart's telepathic
connections to the destruction of New York City. She currently
hibernates in Brooklyn, NY.

ANDREW ZORNOZA is a writer and visual artist born in Houston, Texas.
He is the author of the photo-prose novel, "Where I Stay," (Tarpaulin
Sky Press, 2009). His fiction and essays have appeared in magazines
such as, Sleepingfish, Confrontation, Porcupine Literary Arts, CapGun,
H.O.W and Matter Magazine, among others. He can be found teaching
writing at The New School University and fiction at Gotham Writer's

"Language constitutes a set of codes and social agreements. Speaking
nonsense does not per se break down the codes; speaking precisely that
which the code forbids breaks the code." - ????

Know where this quote comes from? Stop by Cake Shop on the 30th and
find out. You're invited in.

The Enclave is a writers’ collective based out of New York City that
aims to present innovative writing to the public. We host monthly
readings at Cake Shop in the Lower East Side. Our next reading will be
held Saturday June 27th @ 4pm and will feature Paul Ford, Doree
Shafrir and Marty Beckerman. For more information on this reading and
other upcoming Enclave events go to:

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks (music video in HD) Veckatimest out now

& then there was sun

It's 5:05 & so far all I've had today is a cup of coffee & some chili spiced mangoes. Definitely time for food.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Chapbook & A Reading

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Summer 'sup

I have a brief summer's reading list up on No Tell.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Resurrect Yourself (or Others)

The new issue of Galatea Resurrects is up and I review Thomas Fink, Catherine Meng, and Ana Bozicevic (sorry the link setting isn't working, so cut & paste)


May 20, 2009

[N.B. You can scroll down for all articles or click on highlighted names or titles to go directly to the referenced article. Since this is a large issue, if it takes too long to upload the entire issue, you can click on the individual links below to more quickly get to a review that interests you.]

By Eileen Tabios

Thomas Fink reviews 237 MORE REASONS TO HAVE SEX by Denise Duhamel & Sandy McIntosh

Kristin Berkey-Abbott reviews 237 MORE REASONS TO HAVE SEX by Denise Duhamel & Sandy McIntosh


Nic Sebastian reviews HARLOT by Jill Alexander Essbaum

Tom Hibbard reviews ENDGAMES by Márton Koppány

Amber DiPietra reviews OCCUPATIONAL TREATMENT by Taylor Brady

Rebecca Guyon reviews MOONGARDEN by Anthony McCann

Angela Genusa reviews MAXIMUM GAGA by Lara Glenum



Tom Hibbard reviews FRAGILE REPLACEMENTS by William Allegrezza

Kristina Marie Darling reviews THE HOUSE IN THE HEART by Willie James King

Garrett Caples reviews MARTINIQUE: SNAKE CHARMER by André Breton

Michael Caylo-Baradi reviews HUMAN CATHEDRALS by John Sweet

Thomas Fink reviews HISTORY OF THE COMMON SCALE by Edward Foster

Eileen Tabios engages DISCLOSURE by Dana Teen Lomax

Fiona Sze-Lorrain reviews THE HEAVEN-SENT LEAF by Katy Lederer

Richard Lopez reviews ALL ROADS...BUT THIS ONE by Jon Cone, Claudie Grinnell, klipshutz and Albert Sgambati

John Bloomberg-Rissman reviews POEMS FOR THE MILLENIUM VOLUME THREE edited by Jerome Rothenberg and Jeffrey C Robinson

Eric Gelsinger reviews TIME MACHINE by Ric Boyer

Jeff Harrison reviews NOSERING CELLPHONE by Lanny Quarles

Jean Vengua engages KATA by James Maughn and KALI'S BLADE by Michelle Bautista

Nicole Mauro reviews [LAPSED INSEL WEARY] by Susana Gardner

Kathryn Stevenson reviews TINDERBOX LAWN by Carol Guess

John Herbert Cunningham reviews THE CAMBRIDGE INTRODUCTION TO MODERNISM by Pericles Lewis, THE CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO MODERNIST POETRY edited by Alex Davis and Lee M. Jenkins, and THE CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO POSTMODERNISM edited by Steven Connor

Steven Karl reviews THE STARS ON THE 7:18 PENN by Ana Bozicevic

James Stotts Engages TODAY I WROTE NOTHING: THE SELECTED WRITINGS OF DANIIL KHARMS, Edited and Translated by Matvei Yankelevich

Eric Gelsinger reviews LETTERHEAD VOLUME 2, Eds. Eric Johnt, Bradley Lastname, Brian McMahon, Robert Pomerhn

Eileen Tabios engages PORTRAIT AND DREAM: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS by Bill Berkson

Ching-In Chen reviews THE ALPS by Brandon Shimoda

Christopher Mulrooney reviews THE NEW YORK POSTCARD SONNETS by Philip Dacey

Fiona Sze-Lorrain reviews INVERSE SKY by John Isles

Nathan Logan reviews THE AMPUTEE´S GUIDE TO SEX by Jillian Weise

Grace C. Ocasio reviews HORSE PLAYING THE ACCORDION by Elizabeth Smither

Dave Bonta reviews TEN POEMS ABOUT HIGHWAYS AND BIRDS by Sarah Bennett

Eileen Tabios engages OPEN NIGHT by Aaron Lowinger

Richard Lopez reviews T(HERE) by Jonathan Hayes

Tom Beckett engages CADAVER DOGS by Rebecca Loudon

John Bloomberg-Rissman reviews 14 BOOKS from the 2008 LONDON SMALL PUBLISHERS FAIR

Jeff Harrison reviews INCONGRUITIES by Séamas Cain

John Herbert Cunningham reviews EMERALD ICE: SELECTED POEMS 1962-1987 by Diane Wakoski

Elizabeth Kate Switaj reviews SATELLITE CONVULSIONS: POEMS FROM TIN HOUSE, Edited by Brenda Shaugnessy and CJ Evans

Craig Santos Perez reviews RIVER ANTES by Myung Mi Kim

Denise Dooley reviews THE DRUG OF ART: SELECTED POEMS by IVAN BLATNY, Edited by Veronika Tuckerová


Ruth Lepson reviews HOUSECAT KUNG FU by Geoffrey Gatza

Angela Genusa reviews BARF MANIFESTO by Dodie Bellamy

William Allegrezza reviews DIPTYCHS: VISUAL POEMS by Nico Vassilakis


John M. Bennett reviews LONGFELLOW MEMORANDA by Geof Huth

John M. Bennett review FROM THE ANNUAL RECORDS OF THE CLOUD APPRECIATION SOCIETY edited by Márton Koppány and Nico Vassilakis

Eileen Tabios engages LUNCH POEMS by Mark Young and DELTA BLUES by Skip Fox

Aileen Ibardaloza reviews THISTLES by Jack Cassinetto

Nathan Logan reviews THAT TINY INSANE VOLUPTUOUSNESS by Elisa Gabbert & Kathleen Rooney

Nicola Trumbull reviews NEVER CRY WOOF by Shafer Hall

James Stotts engages INSTANTS by Philip Metres


Steven Karl reviews CLARITY AND OTHER POEMS by Thomas Fink

Helen Losse reviews FORMS OF INTERCESSION by Jayne Pupek

Steven Karl reviews LOST WORK BOOK W/ LETTERS TO DEER by Catherine Meng

Kristin Berkey-Abbott reviews A BIGGER BOAT: THE UNLIKELY SUCCESS OF THE ALBUQUERQUE POETRY SLAM SCENE edited by Susan McAllister, Don McIver, Mikaela Renz, and Daniel S. Solis

Steve Tills reviews THIS POEM/WHATSPEAKS?/ADAY by Tom Beckett

Ruth Lepson reviews (B)ITS by Joel Chace

Eileen Tabios engages PLAGIARISM/OUTSOURCE by Tan Lin

by Chris Alexander, Kirsten Gallagher and Gordon Tapper, with interview edited by Gordon Tapper

Elizabeth Kate Switaj

Reb Livingston
interviewed by Tom Beckett

John Olson reviews COMPLICATIONS by Garrett Caples

Tiny Poetry Books Feeding the World...Literally!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Home Review Segues Into Where I Stay Fou You

Now Online: The Home Video Review of Books, Vol 2, Issue 3: April/May 2009

The Home Video Review of Books is a (mostly) monthly online review
journal of poetry & lyric prose.

Reviews of

Notes on Conceptualisms, by Vanessa Place & Robert Fitterman
To Hell With Sleep by Anselm Berrigan
UNION!, by Ish Klein
Lullaby: Speculations on the first active sense, by Christine Hume &
music by James Marks
Full Catastrophe Living, by Zach Savich
Survey Says!, by Nathan Austin
Bob, or Man on Boat, by Peter Markus
The Belladonna Elders Series #3, by Chris Kraus & Tisa Bryant
Night-Sea, by Rachel Moritz
from Disclosure, by Dana Teen Lomax
Quarry, by Carolyn Guinzio
Prairie Style, by C. S. Giscombe
Areas of Fog, by Joseph Massey
More Perfect Depictions of Noise, by Justin Taylor
12 X 12: Conversations in 21st-Century Poetry and Poetics, ed. by
Christina Mengert & Joshua Marie Wilkinson
speaking off centre, by James Cummins
Tree of No, by Sandy Florian
The Tangled Line, by Tod Marshall

Julia Cohen & Mathias Svalina

Staff Reviewers:
Zachary Schomburg, Daniela Gesundheit, Dan Goldman, Stephanie Sherman,
Jeff Downey, Ken Rumble, Jon Pack, Jayna Maleri, Mary Turnipseed, Elisabeth
Reinkordt, Alex Goldberg, Ben Schechter, Hungry Wilcox & Nathan Young

To submit a book for review send review copies to:

c/o Julia Cohen & Mathias Svalina
505 62nd St, #C2
Brooklyn, NY 11220
The Seque Series

Featuring: Mei-mei Berssenbrugge & Jonathan Skinner

Saturday, May 23, 2009 ** 4PM SHARP**

Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, $6 admission

hosted by Kristen Gallagher & Tim Peterson

Mei-mei Berssenbruggewas born in Beijing and grew up in Massachusetts. She is the author of numerous volumes of poetry, most recently I Love Artists: New and Selected Poems (University of California Press, 2006) and Concordance(Kelsey St. Press, 2006), a collaboration with Kiki Smith.

Jonathan Skinneris a poet, translator and critic, as well as editor of the journal ecopoetics. Skinner completed his Ph.D. in

English at SUNY Buffalo. In 2005, he published his first full-length poetry collection, Political Cactus Poems (Palm Press).
440 Gallery Reading

Featuring: New School Instructor and Alumnus Andrew Zornoza, New School Alumnus Cate Peebles, and Elizabeth Isadora Gold

Sunday, May 24th from 4:40 to 6 pm

@440 Gallery, 440 6th Ave. at 9th St., F to 7th Ave., Park Slope, Brooklyn

Andrew Zornoza is the author of the photo-prose novel Where I Stay. Born in Houston, Texas and now residing in Brooklyn, his fiction and essays have appeared in magazines such as Gastronomica, Sleepingfish, H.O.W Journal, Confrontation, Porcupine Literary Arts, CapGun, and Matter Magazine, among others. He teaches writing at The New School University and fiction at Gotham Writer's Workshop. For more, see

Elizabeth Isadora Gold’s work has appeared in publications including The Believer, Tin House, Time Out New York, Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia City Paper, The Forward, and Bust. In 2006, her Philadelphia piece about soul music impresario Kenny Gamble was selected for The Philadelphia Reader (Temple University Press), a collection of the magazine’s best profiles. Her memoir, Philly Soul, is about Rhythm & Blues, and growing up bohemian. She’s currently working on DON'T TOUCH ME!, a surreal novel about a born-again Christian teen-pop singing reality-TV star.

Cate Peebles lives in Brooklyn and is an assistant at the literary agency Sobel Weber Associates. She has previously worked as the Assistant to the Editor of George, Being George (Random House, 2009), an oral biography of George Plimpton, an intern at the CLMP, a waitress, and a barista. She received her BA from Reed College in 2002, and an MFA from The New School in 2007. Her poetry has appeared online and in print in such journals as: Tin House, Octopus, La Petite Zine, MiPoesias, CutBank, Cannibal, Forklift, Ohio, and Tight. Poems have been anthologized in Boog City Reader: An Antholgy of New York City Poets and Satellite Convulsions: Poems from Tin House. She co-edits the online poetry magazine, Fou (

Monday, May 18, 2009

Boog Does It Dusie Style

Boog City presents
Dusie Press and the Dusie Players!

d.a. levy lives: celebrating the renegade press
Dusie Press (Switzerland)

Tuesday, May 19
6pm sharp

ACA Galleries
529 W. 20th Street, 5th floor

Event will be hosted by
Dusie editor Susana Gardner

Featuring readings from
Cara Benson
Elizabeth Bryant
Annie Finch
Susana Gardner
Jennifer Karmin
Nicole Mauro
Marthe Reed
Jessica Smith

Noise experiment poetics of the Dusie Players
wine, cheese, and crackers, too

Curated and with an introduction by
Boog City editor David Kirschenbaum

Directions:C/E to 23rd St., 1/9 to 18th Street
Venue is between 10th & 11th avenues

The Dusie Kollektiv is made up of 50 poets who each produce a chapbook for distribution among the kollektiv members. In past years, participants have published their own chapbooks, but for this year, the third of the kollektiv, members published one another's chapbooks from author-editor combinations which were created randomly. Many editors published their chapbook under the name of a small press with which they were already affiliated, and some created small presses just for the kollektiv. The point with the various names of press was to reify ownership and flood the market with 50 new presses.

Each year is different for the kollektiv, as every year there are different participants. With that said, there are many loyal kollektiv members who have been with the project since the first year. Change is inevitable, and energy and enthusiasm are necessary, but ultimately it is the group ethos which has kept them together and moving forward. The project focuses more on process and risk, and writers have no inhibition regarding publishing as it is a completely open platform and all works get published. Also, the group exchange gives an extra push in way of timeline and production, which also motivates creation.

Cara Benson edits the online journal Sous Rature. Her first full length collection (made) is forthcoming from BookThug. Her chapbook Quantum Chaos and Poems: A Manifest(o)ation (BookThug) co-won the 2008 bpNichol Prize. Other chaps include He Writes (No Press), UP (Dusie Kollectiv), and, with Kai Fierle-Hedrick and Kathrin Schaeppi, Spell/ing ( ) Bound (ellectrique press). Benson edited the interdisciplinary book Prediction (forthcoming from Chain). She lives and writes in the analog world of upstate New York.

Elizabeth Bryant is the editor and publisher of the ongoing lit experiment Defeffable, and CR79 Books. Her first full-length serial-poem (nevertheless enjoyment is forthcoming this fall from Quale Press, and her latest chapbook, Fluorescence Buzz, was published this spring via the Dusie Kollektiv. She has new poems and interviews in Dusie #8 and Gerry Mulligan, and a book review in the upcoming issue of Jacket. She is also co-curator of the Bard Roving Reading Series.

Annie Finch's books of poetry include The Encyclopedia of Scotland, Eve, Calendars, and Among the Goddesses, as well as Shadow-Bird from Dusie Kollektiv. She has also written or edited books about poetry, most recently Multiformalisms: Postmodern Poetics of Form, A Poet's Ear, and A Poet's Craft. She lives in Maine where she directs the Stonecoast low-residency M.F.A. program in creative writing.

Susana Gardner lives in Switzerland where she edits Dusie Press and curates the Dusie Kollektiv. The author of several chapbooks, her first book [lapse insel weary], was published by The Tangent Press. She writes and translates and will soon begin a poetic reading series as well at the DADA Haus--Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich.

Jennifer Karmin's text-sound epic, Aaaaaaaaaaalice, will be published by Flim Forum Press this year. She curates the Red Rover Series and is co-founder of the public art group Anti Gravity Surprise. Her multidisciplinary projects have been presented nationally at festivals, artist-run spaces, and on city streets. Karmin teaches creative writing to immigrants at Truman College and works as a Poet-in-Residence for the Chicago Public Schools. New poems are out in Cannot Exist, MoonLit, Otoliths, Come Together: Imagine Peace (Bottom Dog Press), and Not A Muse (Haven Books).

Nicole Mauro has published poems and criticism in numerous journals. She is the author of the chapbooks Odes (Sardines), Dispatch (co-authored with Marci Nelligan; Dusie), The Contortions (Dusie), and Tax-Dollar Super-Sonnet (Pendergast/Dusie). She is the co-editor, with Marci Nelligan, of an interdisciplinary book about sidewalks, Intersection: Sidewalks and Public Space (ChainArts). Her first full-length poetry collection, The Contortions, is due out from Dusie this year. She lives in the San Francisco bay area with her husband Patrick, and daughters Nina and Faye. She teaches rhetoric and writing at the University of San Francisco.

Marthe Reed’s poetry has appeared in New American Writing, Golden Handcuffs Review, New Orleans Review, and Sulfur, and in numerous e-zines such as HOW2, MiPoesias, Exquisite Corpse, Aught, eratio, and Moria. New work appears in Big Bridge and is forthcoming from Fairy Tale Review. Her book, Tender Box, A Wunderkammer, is published by New Orleans' Lavender Ink, and her chapbook (em)bodied bliss is published by jimmie pennies press and Dusie Kollektiv.

Jessica Smith is the editor of Outside Voices Press, an imprint of Bootstrap Productions. She is the author of Organic Furniture Cellar. She also edits Foursquare, a monthly women's poetry magazine.

The Dusie Players
The noise experiment poetics of the Dusie Players will be strange and experimental, unpredictable and odd. This will be the first performance of its kind for Dusie Kollektiv participants and include works of Dusie past, present, and future.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Friday's Multifarious Array

This Friday, May 15, 7pm

  • The Multifarious Array Gets All Marked Up!!!

  • Karen Leona Anderson is the author of Punish honey, coming
    out this January from Carolina Wren Press. She has an MFA from the
    University of Iowa and a PhD from Cornell University, where she wrote
    a dissertation on poetry and science. She currently lives in Maryland,
    where she is an assistant professor at St. Mary's College of

    Yona Harvey is a swish escaping the net. She rises in the light of
    blue curtains & sleeps with one ear open. She is a Cave Canem Fellow,
    maybe she is the water from which she pulls her baby son. Her work has
    appeared in Poem Memoir Story, Gulf Coast, Callaloo, Ploughshares, and
    Gathering Round: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade. ÊShe
    should keep better track of her volunteeringÑcarpooling, book sharing,
    telling the stories of Martin Luther King, Jr. She currently teaches
    in the Creative Writing Program at Carnegie Mellon University in
    Pittsburgh, where she lives with her husband and two children. Next
    year, she'll probably go swimming in Tokyo.

    Matvei Yankelevich, is the author of a long poem, *The Present Work*
    (Palm Press, 2006) and the forthcoming book *Boris by the Sea*
    (Octopus, 2009). His writings and translations have appeared in Boston
    Review, Damn the Caesars, Fence, Open City, Circumference, Harpers and
    The New Yorker. His translation of *Today I Wrote Nothing: The
    Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms* (Overlook, 2007) has received
    praise from the Times Literary Supplement, The New York Times, and
    elsewhere. He is a co-translator of *OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian
    Absurdism* (Northwestern University, 2006) and his translation of
    Vladimir Mayakovsky's poem "Cloud in Pants" is included in *Night
    Wraps the Sky: Writings by and about Mayakovsky* (Farrar, Strauss &
    Giroux, 2008). He teaches Russian Lit. at Hunter College and edits the
    Eastern European Poets Series at Ugly Duckling Presse.

    Jenn Morea is a poet, writer, and educator. She has worked as a
    teaching artist in the Chicago Public Schools since 1996 and has
    edited more than twenty-five anthologies of writing by Chicago youth,
    including dream in yourself (Tia Chucha Press, 1997). Morea teaches
    with Project AIM at the Center for Arts Partnerships/Columbia College
    Chicago and with Young Chicago Authors. Her poems may be found in the
    online journals High Chair, Slope, and Wicked Alice.

    <br /> <br /><p>Only at Pete's Candy Store</br> <br />709 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn</br> <br />(718) 302-3770</p> <br /> <br /><li>"L" to Lorimer, "G" to Metropolitan</li> <br /> <br /><b>FREE!</b> <br /> <br /><li>Visit <a href="" target="_blank">http://www.multifariousarray.<wbr></a> for links to <br />their work and email me for more information.</li> <br /> <br /><p>Never Validate,</br> <br /><span class="il">Sommer</span></p> <br /> <br /></h1> <br />

    Tuesday, May 12, 2009

    If We Could Collect All The Missing Hours

    I stood in the bookstore reading poems of friends in magazines. I thought of a girl in Brooklyn busy putting together a portfolio. I ease-dropped on a girl complaining about another girl who wasn’t doing her work & the guy whose ear she was talking into sent messages to his mouth that said, That’s okay. We can handle that. That’s easy to rectify. The girl winced at the word “we” realizing that she would have to do the work the other did not want to do. I imagined the other was prettier, had nicer lips, or better shoes or was the daughter of someone semi-famous. I could only find one magazine with my name it. I decided I would feel better if I looked for books I knew would not be on the bookshelf. I indeed felt better that I was not the only one left out or uninvited. I grew restless & left the bookstore.

    The breeze made bumps of my forearms. I put on my sunglasses & stared into the hotel with the big vases and leaning oriental lilies. I watched the diners lift glasses of light & laugh. I pulled out my pockets. They were empty. I thought of falafel. I thought of overdrawn accounts & the word insufficient. I thought of responsibility & continued to go. I thought if it’s coming that I’m going to greet it one foot in front of the other. Face forward. I checked my posture in the window. My allergies were getting worse. There were bumps on the back of my neck. I passed another bookstore & continued to go. I saw a man with two arms & only one hand. I stopped at a light. I watched them on their iphones. I watched them in their cars. I walked some more, my mind still restless.

    For the second time today I saw a girl I dated for a month or maybe three. Her job is to walk dogs. She was not walking the same dog. For the second time I did not call out her name. We passed on opposite sides of the sidewalk. I passed a food stand and thought of spicy mushrooms & humus. I thought of the Pakistan place & the two entrees for 6 dollars. On the corner a guy was tapping away on his laptop while the photographer kept taking pictures of a gazelle shifting from one hip to the other. Cars were honking & coffee scents escaped the café. I continued to go.

    I passed a man & woman dressed in business attire seriously contemplating a menu on the corner of Lafayette & Prince. I saw a friend on the parallel side of the street. She looked around me then spun left & left. I did not shout after her. I looked at the sky. Pain from a swollen node shot through me. Make it lighting & take it straight to the heart. Right here while standing I will face you-- yet the pain subsided & I continued to go. I got to the next corner to see the boys fresh from work head into a sports bar. Tonight is the playoffs- two teams face elimination. I thought about that word: elimination. I rolled it around on my tongue as I passed the pet shop. I thought of plantains. I checked my pockets. They were still empty. I found myself inserting my key into a lock. I found myself ascending the stairs & hearing the tenant in apartment 3 speaking Spanish. I bet she’s making meatballs. After entering my door I looked into the fridge & in the cabinets. I thought I should eat. Then I found myself slipping my body underneath a sheet. My throat still itching. I thought I should eat & I put my head on a pillow.

    Monday, May 11, 2009

    Chin Up Hawk

    Marsh Hawk Press Spring 2009 BOOK PARTY AND READING / Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served
    Marsh Hawk logo

    Marsh Hawk Press books often highlight the affinity of poetry and the visual arts. Each book is produced with particular care to visual style, often including reproductions of artwork alongside poems. Marsh Hawk Press also sponsors readings and exhibits, and hosts a web site with a rotating exhibition space, as well as
    several blogs focused on poetry and visual art. The press
    also offers a poetry prize judged by a poet of national stature.

    WHEN: May 14, 2009 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM

    WHERE: Ceres Gallery, 547 W 27th St # 201
    New York, NY 10001 Phone: 212-947-6100

    To celebrate the publication of new work by Patricia Carlin, Stephen Paul Miller, Harriet Zinnes, and Michael Rerick, Winner of the 2008 Marsh Hawk Press Prize.


    Quantum Jitters Quantum Jitters Quantum Jitters
    Patricia Carlin Stephen Paul Harriet Zinnes
    Quantum Miller Light Light or
    Jitters Fort Dad the Curvature
    of the Earth
    Quantum Jitters
    Michael Rerick
    In Ways Impossible to Fold
    (Learn more about these titles here)

    Chin Music with Sarah Gambito, Mrigaa Sethi, and Solmaz Sharif

    "The Best Damn Poetry North-East of the Gowanus Canal"
    Thursday, May 14, 2009
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Pacific Standard Bar
    82 Fourth Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY



    Please join us for the next evening of Chin Music. We're thrilled to feature three exciting poets: Sarah Gambito, Mrigaa Sethi, and Solmaz Sharif. For more details, visit our website: . Hope to see you then!

    Sunday, May 10, 2009

    Basil King

    Wow, this has felt like a long semester & since it's coming to a close, I've been spending my time grading papers & sleeping badly. Such as it is; such as it goes. So far I only have two classes for the summer so the hustle continues.

    On Friday after teaching at College of Staten Island I headed over to Williamsburg to catch J.Mae Barizo's reading. Good stuff. Then I went to a going away party which also included readings by Amy Lawless & Alex Smith. Although I didn't stay out too late I still felt tired for all of Saturday. I managed to make it to the Whitney ISP, then have vegetable dumplings with friends, then head over to a belated bday party for Rich. After that I took the train over to Prospect Heights.

    This morning I had a banana peanut-butter sandwich for the first time. I also had some mango. & a dark chocolate bar with mint and rosemary essence. I wandered through Chinatown & bought basil, brown beech mushrooms, garlic, an onion, & tomatoes. Tonight I'll make a pasta with cream sauce using the bought ingredients + a little bit of lemon rind. Or so I think. I actually don't feel like doing dishes. Or cooking. & then doing more dishes. Right now I'm eating salted plantain chips & trying to put off cooking until at least 9.

    Thursday, May 7, 2009

    Whitney ISP

    Art in General
    Saturday, May 9, 2009
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Art In General
    79 Walker St, 6th floor
    New York, NY



    featuring work by:
    Kasper Akhøj
    Natalia Almada
    David Baumflek
    Nanna Debois Buhl
    Heather Hart
    Emma Hedditch
    Bani Khoshnoudi
    Liz Magic Laser
    Liz Linden
    Ilya Lipkin

    Mores McWreath
    Meredith Nickie
    Anna Ostoya
    Hong-An Truong

    (exhibition will run from May 9th to May 17th ONLY)

    Also please attend an Evening of Screenings and Performances May 15th

    Gallery hours
    Monday–Sunday 12–6 pm

    Tuesday, May 5, 2009

    Mae for May


    Friday, May 8th @ 8 PM
    @ Rose Live Music
    Hosted by Nicole Steinberg
    $5 + one free drink


    Laura Sims (Stranger, Practice, Restraint)
    J. Mae Barizo (The Concert Review, The Marble Palace)
    Lee Taylor Gaffigan (The New School)
    Peter Moysaenko (New York University)
    Kaitlyn Greenidge (Hunter College)

    Rose Live Music is located at 345 Grand Street in Brooklyn, between Havemeyer and Marcy. Visit their website for directions:

    Frank Bidart, Matthea Harvey, J.Mae Barizo
    Featured Poets:Frank Bidart, Matthea Harvey, J.Mae Barizo
    May 27, 2009, 7 p.m.
    11th Street Bar, 510 East 11th Street (between Avenues A & B), Manhattan, NY
    Join us for an extraordinary event featuring exceptional poetry and classic music. Frank Bidart's recent book, Watching the Spring Festival, is a finalist for Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He will be reading with Matthea Harvey, whose recent book, Modern Life, won the Kinsley Tufts Poetry Prize, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book; and J. Mae Barizo, author of two chapbooks, The Concert Review and The Marble Palace. They will be sharing the stage with the American String Quartet, one of the world's finest quartets, who will be playing works by Webern, Bartok, and Beethoven. (Doors open at 6:30 PM)

    Frank Bidart is the author of many collections of poems, including In the Western Night: Collected Poems 1965-90 and Desire (1997), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critic's Circle Award. His honors include the Bollingen Prize in American Poetry, Wallace Stevens Award given by the Academy of American Poets, Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation Writer's Award, the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Shelley Award of the Poetry Society of America.

    Matthea Harvey is the author of Sad Little Breathing Machine (Graywolf, 2004) and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form (Alice James Books, 2000). Her first children’s book, The Little General and the Giant Snowflake, illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel, is forthcoming from Tin House Books. Matthea is a contributing editor to jubilat, Meatpaper and BOMB. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence and lives in Brooklyn.

    Born in Toronto, J. Mae Barizo was shortlisted for Canada's 2008 Robert Kroetsch award for Innovative Poetry and Ahsahta Press's Sawtooth Poetry Prize. In 2007 she received an International Publication Award from Atlanta Review, and was an Editor's Prize finalist for Spoon River Poetry Review. As a prize winner in the William Stafford Award, she was published in Rosebud. Her work has also appeared in Baltimore Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, Sink Review, Atlanta Review, among others. She has work forthcoming in Prairie Schooner and Bellingham Review.

    Sponsored by Triptych Readings and American String Quartet
    Info: (212) 505-FISH

    Saturday, May 2, 2009

    Play For Today Or MicroReview

    I have been reading Mathias Svalina's chapbook slowly for the past week & a half. This has been difficult because this chapbook is so good you'll want to rush through it in one sitting. Luckily for me, NYC is filled with constant interruptions and I have had to grade over 60 papers *sigh*

    Svalina's chapbook works so well because he masterfully subverts one of the most common and universal experiences which is to be a child engrossed in a game, but much like novel turned film, Battle Royale, a lot of these poems are tinged in darkness and have deep societal implications. A majority of fairy tales are rooted in violence and suffering and these prose poems explore a similar terrain. Svalina remakes our world by exposing what is often left unsaid or what lurks in the subtext. Svalina's writing ranges from simplistic to absurd and is always filled with wit, intelligence, and most importantly compassion.

    Play is a chapbook that will make you smile and remember yourself enjoying the sport of game, but it will also leave you to examine the structures/ideologies which implicitly a/effect our interactions as humans. Play will make you think of innocence, youth, grace and clumsiness as we navigate our interior and exterior worlds.

    Lessening The Blow

    ( for 2 or more players)

    One child waits in the waiting room. Another
    child sits in the well-lit room & speaks into the
    microphone. The speakers in the waiting room dis-
    tort the second child's voice into screeches. The first
    child holds his head in the parentheses of his hands.
    The second child continues speaking into the micro-
    phone & in the waiting room the voice is indecipher-

    Occasionally the light flickers. Mechanical beds
    thrum on the other side of the double-doors & the
    first child looks up to see if the door opens.

    The second child must continue reading until he
    reaches the end of the script. Then he drinks a plas-
    tic cup of water & begins the script again.

    The script begins: "Have hope. Have hope. Your
    waiting is almost done."

    Buy Play here

    The poem formatting is off 'cause I cant get the spacings to set. Sorry.