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Monthly archive January, 2006

Carla Harryman @ Segue

Carla Harryman at the Bowery Segue Reading Series Saturdays 4-6

Thoughts on Writing: Nicole Brossard

I write to make a statement of presence in language. In order for the alive to win out.Writing can be done only in a body to body encounter with language, no doubt in involves listening as well, the emotion of making oneself available to one’s inner voice. I have always made writing a place of...

Random Posts, Matrix, Brossard, Ian Curtis, 24 Hour Party People, Wayde Compton, Zolf, Bachinsky, Beaulieu, Goodwin, Carson, Joy Division and more

Apologies for the increasingly random posts. For some reason deadlines seem like magnets for other deadlines which seem like magnets for upstart combustions and implosion of various natures, expenses and irritations. I will say that some reading highlights include the collection of essays on Nicole Brossard, edited by Louise Forsyth and published last year by...

Ask and ye shall receive…more bp Nichol

More bp Nichol on the U Penn site: bp Nichol Audio Archive, ed. Lori Emerson This is great news. But someone, please, create a similar site dedicated to Canadian poets and poetics. Is there funding out there for this? It would go a long way to making this, and new experimental work, more visible and...

Philadelphia Story

Screen shots of a classic. Couldn’t help myself.

The Chittendens

Catherine Sullivan’s new installation at Metro Pictures is well worth seeing. The Chittendens, a five-channel video, explores gesture by assigning a set of “attitudes”, as the artist describes it, to 16 actors. Using a remarkable score by composer Sean Griffin the videos present rhythmic patterns of distinct and random gestures…an exploration of “the constraints and...

Film adaptation I’m most eager to see

Tristam Shandy, is due at theaters in NY on the 27th, and in a rare move, one reserved only for Woody Allen movies (I’m like Charlie Brown to Lucy’s football when it comes to Woody…), I plan on catching it opening night. It looks delicious. Very exciting. Finally someone doing something innovative! And of course...

Strange bedfellows

No, it isn’t strange to follow Wordsworth with Stein, but it is strange to have a “Rat Snake” take to its dinner. At a Tokyo zoo a 9 cm dwarf hamster has taken up with a 1.2 meter rat snake. Officials presented the hamster to the finicky snake in an attempt to get it to...

TS Eliot Turns Blue

Isn’t this the second woman to win the TS Eliot Poetry Prize? Good lord, what’s happening to us. While I can’t claim to be a fan of Carol Anne Duffy, I can content myself with gender winning out. Though what I’d like to see is some more innovative work appearing on the mainstream shelves of...

Three Lives Book Store

Wiesel, Frey & Stein

Well, there are memoirs and then there are memoirs… This whole Frey mess might actually be contextualized with the Wiesel memoir. I doubt it, but I’m teaching a research writing course this winter on autobiography and memoir and plan on opening up this, and many other salient questions. I was disappointed to hear Oprah’s statement...

William Wordsworth

Ah, reverie. This energy I find in the most unexpected places–it need not be for hills and lonely streams, just as lonely as Manhattan’s sewers, some 600 miles of them I learned today. In any case, I’ve been rereading Wordsworth, perhaps to stave off the cold, and because for some reason he seems essential to...

Cat heads

Not a great photo–they were hard to catch–but there you are, the cat head and scarf. I prefer this to the boa constrictor scarf, seen occasionally riding by on a bicycle.

Arthur Sze

Thinking about Arthur Sze’s book The Redshifting Web, which I like very much. It has a quiet hold on me, not easy to articulate, not simple. Quiet poetry, not to be confused with “empty reverence” which there seems to be a lot of these days. Sze’s poetic is one of “appreciation” but his gaze isn’t...

10th Street, West Village, 9pm, Friday, January 13, 2006.

Take that!

No good reason to post this Barbie shot today other than the fact that I felt like it…well that and the fact that I’ve probably taken close to a 1,000 Barbie shots now (here’s one of the many slideshows…)…oh, and also because I’m about to complain…again. Perhaps the levity is essential. A further to, or...

That’s Szymaszek to you!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14th 2006Stacy Szymaszek & Diane WardSeque Reading SeriesBowery Poetry Club308 BoweryNew York, NY 4-6pm (Which I think is also happy hour!)http://www.bowerypoetry.com/

Must Read SHORT Fiction: A List

Over at the Danforth Review they are discussing essential fiction and 22 or so writers, Canadian writers I hasten to add, have added their 10 or so “must reads”. I couldn’t resist compiling my own. Particularly since, as usual, there were about 4 women in 27. (God this is getting so boring…you’d think there were...

The Whole Frey For All

The smoking gun in the whole Smoking Gun examination into the James Frey phenomenon is actually the ridiculousness of a book such as this gaining the kind of popularity it did in the first place. I’m a bona fide Oprah fan here, but choosing this book is right up there on the bad moves list...

Jen Benka is way cool

As posted last week, I heard Jen Benka read at “Battle Hill”, the Brooklyn Reading Series located on Smith Street, at Bar Below–a bar in the basement of the restaurant above. She read with John S. Hall, another Soft Skull writer, and Cooly-Cat with his little Jazz-Man chapeau and uber-slick anti-Bush riffs. His cool vibes...

On the way from the subway

A mother and son with no front teethTwo slices of squished pizzaOne man without legsTwo babies in red capsOne man with seven facial piercingsThe tail of an animalToo many discarded metro cards to countThree women handing out WatchtowersA man with an ear like a glazed donutA woman whistlingOne baby dressed in black faux leatherOne man...

Readings of the week

Tomorrow Night: Two Jordan Davis EventsTHE MILLION POEMS SHOW Wednesday, January 116:30 pmBowery Poetry Club308 Bowery212.614.0505www.bowerypoetry.com and then 8 pmJordan Davis & Susan WheelerThe Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church131 E 10th St (2nd Ave)212.674.0910www.poetryproject.com SATURDAY, JANUARY 14th 2006Stacy Szymaszek & Diane WardSeque Reading SeriesBowery Poetry Club4-6pm (which i think is also happy hour!)

Poetics List, Blogging, Comments & Ongoing Commentary

I wasn’t surprised by Silliman’s recent post about the ever-declining number of posts on the Poetics Listserv, probably partly due to a shift in single-voiced blogs–upwards of 700 listed on his site now–but I think it must also reflect an ongoing problem with the levels of discussion found in such forums. Personally, I find the...

Poem by Zang Er

Nu Shu: The Secret Language of Women* Hey you guys, Shut up! From sight progress by Zang Er Translated from Chinese with Rachel Levitsky *NuShu literally translated as ‘female script’ was a written language invented and used exclusively among women in rural southern China. Scripts look like a feminine version of regular Chinese characters, with...

Marjorie Perloff on Stein & Eliot

Sporadic posts due to overwhelming deadlines, but I’ve been reading Perloff’s 21st-Century Modernism: The “New” Poetics, the introduction to which is reprinted here. Lots of ideas, but loved this quote: Prufrock’s question “Do I dare eat a peach?” has no place in the world of Tender Buttons, where indeed one dares to eat a peach...