Monday, November 21, 2011

Heather Christle Reading at Stain of Poetry 11/18/11

A Tribute to Paul Violi (1944-2011)
Friday, December 2, 2011 6:30 p.m.

Paul Violi was a distinguished poet and esteemed member of the New
School faculty. Violi was a man of great integrity, a dear friend to
many, a generous teacher, an inspiring poet. Widely admired by his
peers, he is regarded as the most consistently inventive of the
generation of poets inspired by Ashbery, Koch, and O’Hara. Violi
taught poetry workshops and literary seminars for many years in the New
School’s MFA and Riggio programs. His classes were popular and, in
some cases, life changing.

With Kate Angus, Paul Auster, Star Black, Donna Brook, Billy Collins,
Alex Crowley, Bob Hershon, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Mark Hillringhouse,
Amy Lawless, Charles North, Ron Padgett, James Periconi, Michael
Quattrone, Helen Schulman, David Shapiro, Tony Towle, Maggie Wells, and
Bill Zavatsky.

Hosted by Robert Polito, director, and David Lehman, poetry coordinator
of the School of Writing.

You look like one Whom time has surprised, Though the perfect sense Of
what is final, The inmost view From behind the past, Beyond the long
slope,T he frost and tall grass, Is not new to you: You’ve played
along With it once or twice On your violio.
—“To Himself,” Paul Violi

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th
Street, 2nd floor

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Mouth: Eats Color - Sagawa Chika Translations, Anti-Translations, and Originals

Is now available for purchase here (, as the inaugural publication of Rogue Factorial. The webpage link is here: -
Mouth: Eats Color is a brilliant infra-textual work, brainchild of the bi-cultural poet/translator Sawako Nakayasu. The collection provokes, expands, and disavows the parameters of language and person and tradition, to forge a beautiful weave of performance and interrogation. This is a project of multilingual wit and passion, echo upon echo upon echo…..
------Anne Waldman

You will not read this book. Your mouth is full of birds, believe me. Their song is vulgar, coarse and that’s not their natural coloring. Or you either for that matter. If a translator is not polite, what good is she, if she asks what it matters who is speaking?
------Steve Dolph

Glorious transgressive inventivity of permutation! Reveling glissement, poem into poem---it’s really a single poem, it’s the single poem that realizes the dream in which there is no “original”---which implicitly asks, then, what a poem is: a burst of moving words, words moved, like the reader is, deeply. The glass, the gloves, the sun pouring down. The reader is mostly the sun pouring down. The text.
------Cole Swensen

Don't ever let anyone tell you that literature exists for the sake of truth: rather, it exists to create better and more beautiful lies, and to enshrine like insects frozen in crystal the gorgeous and inventive asymmetry of mistakes. In this rigorously irreverent book, Sawayaka not only accepts the fact that every translation is "always already" [sorry] a mistranslation, but capitalizes on it, romping, torquing, messing up, re-galvanizing. A tour de force!
------Nada Gordon

Friday, November 18, 2011

2011 Stain of Poetry Season Finale!

Heather Christle – Paul Siegell – Jennifer Tamayo – Karen Weiser – Jared White
29 Oct

7 PM on November 18′th @ Goodbye Blue Monday – Bushwick, Brooklyn


Heather Christle is the author of The Trees The Trees (Octopus Books, 2011) and The Difficult Farm (Octopus Books, 2009). Her third book, What Is Amazing, will be published by Wesleyan University Press in 2012. She is the web editor for jubilat and lives in Western Massachusetts.

Paul Siegell is the author of three books of poetry: wild life rifle fire (Otoliths Books, 2010), jambandbootleg (A-Head Publishing, 2009) and Poemergency Room (Otoliths Books, 2008). Paul is a senior editor at Painted Bride Quarterly, and has recently contributed to Black Warrior Review, Dark Sky Magazine, La Petite Zine and many other fine journals. Kindly find more of Paul’s work at ReVeLeR @ eYeLeVeL.

A writer, artist, & performer, Jennifer Tamayo is interested in the human body. Her manuscript, Red Missed Aches, Read Missed Aches, Red Mistakes, Read Mistakes was selected by Cathy Park Hong as the 2010 winner of Switchback Book’s Gatewood Prize and was published in June 2011. She serves as the Managing Editor at Futurepoem and teaches art and poetry to students in Harlem. Recent work can be found at Delirious Hem and the New Delta Review. Currently, JT is working on a project on desire, Harriet Tubman, girly things, falling in love, photography, having affairs, silence, stalking, letter writing, Alfred Hitchcock and other personal matters. More on JT can be found at

Karen Weiser’s full-length collection To Light Out came out from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2010. She lives in New York City with five other creatures, two of them children, two pets. More information can be found at

Jared White lives in Brooklyn, where he co-directs the Yardmeter Editions event series and, with Farrah Field, he has recently founded a poetry bookstore, Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop. His chapbook Yellowcake was included in the hand-sewn anthology Narwhal from Cannibal Books in 2009. Poems and essays have also recently appeared in Action, Yes, Coconut, Harp & Altar, La Petite Zine, No, Dear, Open Letters Monthly, and We Are So Happy To Know Something. An occasional blog can be found at


Goodbye Blue Monday

1087 Broadway
(corner of Dodworth St)
Brooklyn, NY 11221-3013 (718) 453-6343

J M Z trains to Myrtle Ave
or J train to Kosciusko St

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


I have a mini-essay on Metallica up on Coldfront. Check it out here.

Friday, November 4, 2011

AWP Action

I'll be moderating a panel at AWP along with Angela Veronica Wong, Mathias Svalina, Farrah Field and Sommer Browning. Awesome collection of poets/publishers/book sellers.
Stop by and say hi.

The Chapbook Beyond Cultural Artifact: Contemporary Poetry
and the Economics and Vitality of Chapbook Publishing

Scheduled Day: Saturday, March 3
Scheduled Time: 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Scheduled Room and Hotel: Honore Ballroom, Palmer House Hilton