Thursday, December 30, 2010

Here & There Part 2

New issue of Paperbag journal here.

New issue of Rabbit Light Movies here

Fuzz Against Junk- a blog & now a journal.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Here & There

I have a poem up on Poets for Living Water, you can read it here.

3:AM Magazine has an interview with Aase Berg here.

Birds, LLC are taking pre-orders for two new books:
Either Way I'm Celebrating by Sommer Browning
King of the Fucking Sea by Dan Boehl.

Corollary Press is taking preorders for Douglas Kearney's new chapbook released as a 12" including 7 12x12 broadsides.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Glass Is Really A Black Ocean Of Liquid

I've been slowly reading Bruce Covey's new book which you can purchase here. Here's a poem I quite like:

Three Ring

It's all the same whether you or me's
The one who lifts it. Ten pounds
Of feathers or ten pounds of dimes--
The one who weighs the more
Will ring a bell of jelly beans.
Yup, a circus theme: The five ways
The stilt man walks, his balance the key
& answer to over 500 questions.
Or the wolf that claims to be
A bearded woman. Fear of being
Torn, howling at the camera's
Flash & brighter than the moon.
Or, shutter speed slow, a record-
Setting lifter, five small & full of aim,
Cigarette-smoking paper bag:
Redeem your tickets here! Skeeball
Or no, the capital of Tennessee's
Root beer is the national bird,
The state bush, the first one to appear
On the 41-cent postage stamp.
Here's a great deal to end the year!
Dear Black Oceanographers,

In honor of all you stranded in various parts of the country due to the blizzards (or anticipated blizzards) sweeping across the Eastern half, I'd like to offer a free copy of PIGAFETTA IS MY WIFE with EVERY purchase made between 11:59a on 12/26 and 11:59p on 12/27 (EST).

Why PIGAFETTA IS MY WIFE? These poems fragment the journals of Antonio Pigafetta, a 16th Century traveler who recorded Magellan’s hellish circumnavigation of the globe, while tracking a present-day speaker and his beloved as they are distanced and reunited across the map.

Find it, and other titles in our catalog. Make your purchase within the alloted time-frame and we'll automatically include it with your order. And as always: SHIPPING IS FREE!

Patti Smith and Jonathan Lethem in Conversation

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Seriously, More Friday Madness

Julia Cohen used to live in Brooklyn. I used to see Julia around. She's as rad as rad(ness) comes. Julia has a new book & she's reading at my tied-for-first, favorite reading series (In theory, I have to rep for Stain of Poetry, right?) Yardmeter. Yardmeter tends to be on Saturdays. This special edition of Yardmeter is on Friday. I already booked my Friday so will miss radness one night stop in New York. Please go & make me jealous. Also read Ken L. Walker's profile on Yardmeter here.

Yardmeter 14 presents:
poetry readings by
Julia Cohen,
Lily Brown,
and Cynthia Arrieu-King,
film by Dana Matthews,
music by Mark Delpriora,
and artwork by Johnny Mattei.

Come for the last Yardmeter of 2010,
Friday, December 17th, 7 p.m.,
at Shelton Walsmith's studio.
A champagne punch will be provided.
Please bring your own beer or wine.

Okay, time for take two. Amy is awesome. You know how awesome refers to space as in like astronomy-- you know like star jazz & tuba tones emitted from moon pot-holes. In other words, Amy lives in Brooklyn. I see Amy around. I went to grad school with Amy. Amy's first book came out a long bit ago. Amy has new poems. Amy's new poems are damn damn good poems. Amy is also an excellent reader. Off the cuff, foul, funny, and a charm seducer. There is a reason why we call Lawless "Flawless." Amy is reading for SuperMachine. If you've read this blog before you know I likes me some SuperMachine.

Fri., Dec, 17, 8pm
Amy Lawless
Guy Pettit
Joseph Calavenna



1014 Fulton St between Grand & Classon
Thurston "Fucking" Moore? Really? Fa rills! Late night style so see J.C. OR A.L. then get to getting here!

Thurston Moore – Samara Lubelski – Bill Nace – Mary Lattimore quartet with readings by poets John Coletti – Stacy Szymaszek – Karen Weiser
December 17, 2010
10:00 pm

Thurston Moore + Bill Nace – guitars

Samara Lubelski – violin

Mary Lattimore – harp

The quartet will play an improvised piece composed on the heart.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Dean Young Needs Our Help

Reprinted via Coldfront Magazine:
Dean Young is in desperate need of a heart transplant, according to an open letter from Tony Hoagland that has been published by The National Foundation for Transplants.

“…Our friend is in a precarious position. Dean needs a heart transplant now. He also needs your assistance now,” Hoagland writes.

According to the letter, Young is expected to have “enormous bills not covered by insurance.” Interested parties can donate by clicking here.

Here is Hoagland’s entire letter:

Dear Friends,

If you are reading this, you are probably a friend of Dean Young and/or a friend of poetry. And you may have heard that our friend is in a precarious position. Dean needs a heart transplant now. He also needs your assistance now.

Over the past 10 or 15 years, Dean has lived with a degenerative heart condition–congestive heart failure due to idiopathic hypotropic cardiomyopathy. After periods of more-or-less remission, in which his heart was stabilized and improved with the help of medications, the function of his heart has worsened. Now, radically.

For the last two years he has had periods in which he cannot walk a block without resting. Medications which once worked have lost their efficacy. He is in and out of the hospital, unable to breathe without discomfort, etc. Currently, Dean’s heart is pumping at an estimated 8% of normal volume.

In the past, doctors have been impressed with his ability to function in this condition. But now things are getting quickly worse. Dean has been placed on the transplant list at Seton Medical Center Austin, and has just been upgraded to a very critical category. He’s got to get a heart soon, or go to intermediate drastic measures like a mechanical external pump.

Whatever the scenario, the financial expenses, both direct and collateral, will be massive. Yes, he has sound health insurance, but even so, he will have enormous bills not covered by insurance–which is where you can help, with your financial support.

If you know Dean, you know that his non-anatomical heart, though hardly normal, is not malfunctioning, but great in scope, affectionate and loyal. And you know that his poetry is what the Elizabethans would have called “one of the ornaments of our era”–hilarious, heartbreaking, courageous, brilliant and already a part of the American canon.

His 10-plus books, his long career of passionate and brilliant teaching, most recently as William Livingston Chair of Poetry at the University of Texas at Austin; his instruction and mentorship of hundreds of younger poets; his many friendships; his high, reckless and uncompromised vision of what art is: all these are reasons for us to gather together now in his defense and support.

Joe Di Prisco, one of Dean’s oldest friends, is chairing a fundraising campaign conducted through the National Foundation for Transplants (NFT). NFT is a nonprofit organization that has been assisting transplant patients with advocacy and fundraising support since 1983.

If you have any questions about NFT, feel free to contact the staff at 800-489-3863. You may also contact Joe personally at

On behalf of Dean, myself, and the principle of all our friendships in art, I ask you to give all you can. Thanks, my friends.


Tony Hoagland

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Weekend "Monday Morning/Monongah, WV"

I Like Making Lists

I don't really invest much in "best," but I like making lists so click this link here & see what (chap)books I picked for No Tells 2010 list.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I Am A Natural Wonder

Lily Ladewig
& Anne Cecelia Holmes have a collaborative chapbook forthcoming from Blue Hour Press. In the spirit & celebration of their forthcoming chapbook, they've asked friends to write poems with the same title. I was super-flattered that Ms. Ladewig asked me. You can find my poem & other poets' variations here.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Your Friday/ Your Sunday

Harp & Alter have out a new issue and will be featured on Friday at the Poetry Project.
New ish here, info for reading below:
Please join us this Friday, Dec. 10, at the Poetry Project for a reading to celebrate the release of the eighth issue of Brooklyn-based online magazine Harp & Altar. Edited by Keith Newton and Eugene Lim, Harp & Altar has emerged over the past four years as an important new source for innovative and risk-taking literature, publishing poetry and fiction alongside criticism and reviews of writing and art. Keith Newton will give a brief talk about the magazine, and readings will be given by Harp & Altar contributors Jared White and Shane Book.

As usual, this all gets started at 10pm in Parish Hall.

Keith Newton is co-editor of The Harp & Altar Anthology (Ellipsis Press, 2010), a selection of writing from the online magazine Harp & Altar, which he founded in 2006. His chapbook Sent Forth to Die in a Happy City was published last year by Cannibal Books, and his writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, 1913, Harvard Review, Konundrum Engine, Typo, Cannibal, Saltgrass, Sink Review and Ekleksographia, among other journals. He lives in Brooklyn.

Shane Book recently directed a film based on his first poetry collection, Ceiling of Sticks, which won the 2009 Prairie Schooner Book Prize and was published this fall by University of Nebraska Press. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. His work has been translated into Italian and has appeared in numerous American, British and Canadian magazines, in anthologies—including Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry and Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets—and on film. His honors include a New York Times Fellowship in Poetry, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and a National Magazine Award.

Jared White’s chapbook Yellowcake was included in the hand-sewn anthology Narwhal from Cannibal Books in 2009. His poems have been recently published or are forthcoming in Action Yes, Coconut, Fulcrum, La Petite Zine, Laurel Review, Meridian, Modern Review, No, Dear, and Horse Less Review, and his essays on poetry and music have appeared in Open Letters Monthly, Poets Off Poetry, and Harp & Altar. He lives in Brooklyn, where he co-directs the Yardmeter Editions event series and blogs at

Sunday, December 5, 2010


Thanks to Dustin Luke Nelson & Jess Grover for nominating "Friends for the Departed" for a Pushcart from InDigest.

Cults - "Go Outside" Live @ Mercury Lounge

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Living Room
154 Ludlow Street
New York, NY
SUMMER FICTION – Album Release Party! [Set time: 8:30]

Summer Fiction is the new music project from Bill Ricchini. The self-titled debut album was recorded in Philadelphia studios, bedrooms, and church basements and features a cast of over 20 classical and rock musicians including a string quartet, horn section and members of Philly favorites Buried Beds and BC Camplight. Sounds like: baroque pop, torch songs, freewheelin’ folk, and the golden days of missing you. Raised on a diet of: The Beach Boys, The Smiths, Simon and Garfunkel, The Zombies, Nilsson, Left Banke, Burt Bacharach, Veronica Spector, and South Philly bad girls.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Thursday, December 2 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Pacific Standard Bar,82 Fourth Ave,Brooklyn, NY
Please join us for our upcoming Chin Music reading featuring three fine poets: Ben Lerner, Timothy Donnelly, and Ken Chen. Series curated by Bryan Patrick Miller.
Hello! How was your Thanksgiving? The Multifarious Array has missed you.

We will be together again soon. Let's say--Friday.

Join us this Friday, 12/3, at 7 p.m. for three great poets!

We will be featuring: Farrah Field, Tanya Larkin, and Amy Lemmon. More information here: Also, for the Facebookers among us (I guess that is everyone), here is an event page for you to populate and share:

See you on Friday!

The Multifarious Array is a semi-monthly reading series featuring the very best poets at the very best place (Pete's Candy Store).

Pete's Candy Store is located at 709 Lorimer in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Take the G to the Metropolitan stop or the L to the Lorimer stop. (Map:

Join us at Rose Live Music in Williamsburg, Brooklyn!

Friday, December 3 at 7:30 PM
@ Rose Live Music
Admission: $5 + FREE DRINK!

Guest Host: Peter Bogart Johnson

Joe Hall (Pigafetta Is My Wife)
Bernadette McComish
Eric Weinstein (New York University)
Nedda Alammar (Sarah Lawrence College)
Marina Blitshteyn (Columbia University)

ROSE LIVE MUSIC is located at 345 Grand Street in Brooklyn, between Havemeyer and Marcy. Visit their website for directions:

Please join us at St. Mark's this Friday, December 3rd at 10pm for a reading by Paige Taggart and a musical performance by Michael Vallera. I'm super excited about this event and hope to see you there.

Paige Taggart lives in Brooklyn. Her chapbook Polaroid Parade is forthcoming with Greying Ghost Press. She has an e-chapbook, Won’t Be A Girl, with Scantily Clad Press. She was a 2009 NYFA Fellow. Peruse her blog:
Michael Vallera is a sound/visual artist currently based out of Chicago, Illinois. His work in both contexts focuses on slowness and symmetry. He has recorded for Immune Recordings, Catholic Tapes, Complacency Records, and Reverb Worship. He is a member of the duo Cleared, with Steven Hess, and has performed with David Daniell, Sinkane, Mike Weiss and Rhys Chatham. He received his MFA in sound from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the spring of 2010. His website is at