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Monthly archive August, 2006

Elizabeth Willis

Turneresque and Meteoric Flowers, both by Elizabeth Willis, who (along with Kate Colby), will kick-off the belladonna reading series in just two weeks. And what a kick-off. I’ve carried Willis’s two recent books around for a few weeks now, dipping in, dipping in: there are lines in here so good you simply can’t move beyond...

South Street, late night

Perhaps this is what makes a feminist?

Louise Bourgeois produces wonderful texts. Not just as accompaniment to her art either. In fact of the four artists responding to Roni Horn’s Wonder Water which I posted on here, Bourgeois was perhaps my favorite. She is writy (that’s wry & witty), and precise. Very precise. The following is courtesy of notes from the recent...

Silliman on Rachel Blau Duplessis

Interesting post. Checked it this morning however and unfortunately clicked on the comments box…yikes. No comments turned on here. My sense is that people respond on their blogs or in their work if they want. Wouldn’t that be great, actually? In any case, the older I get the more feminist I become. Have you read...

Jim’s Steaks

There is always a line-up a Jim’s, and often a car will stop me to ask where this Jim’s is. I haven’t been, but you can’t miss it. Between the line-up, and the scent, which is everywhere. Meat. Grilling meat. Not unpleasant unless you are vegetarian, in which case, well, its very unpleasant. Neighbourhoods have...

So you want to read in Canada?

Check out these venues: Montreal:The Pilot Reading Series is sponsored by Matrix magazine and features established and emerging writers on the 2nd Sunday of every month at Blizzarts 3956-A St-Laurent Blvd. 8 pm(For more information on the Pilot Reading Series you can contact jon.fiorention-at-gmail.com)The Atwater Poetry Project is curated by Oana Avasilichioaei and has hosted...

Interviews!

Okay, so Kate Greenstreet has a few dozen interviews with first-time book folks by now. Here’s one with CAConrad, and here’s a slice from the CV2 interview with yours truly.

Brooklyn, Sunday afternoon

Readings in Montreal

The Pilot Reading Series is sponsored by Matrix magazine and features established and emerging writers on the 2nd Sunday of every month at Blizzarts 3956-A St-Laurent Blvd. 8 pm(For more information on the Pilot Reading Series you can contact jon.fiorention-at-gmail.com)The Atwater Poetry Project is curated by Oana Avasilichioaei and has hosted Phil Hall, Betsy Warland,...

Louise Bourgeois @ The Fabric in Philly

Hey, the Meat Painter, aka Mike Geno, just introduced me to the Fabric Workshop & Museum here in Philly. Wow, great shows by Louise Bourgeois who is 91 now and still so vital. My favorite piece a pair of trousers with…damn it…something like “the phallus is the object of my affection” written across the front....

Where I’d rather be this week

I’m reposting this from last year. Same idea though: where I’d rather be. This is north of Whistler (and pre-Whistler mania) on a glacial lake. Too cold to swim, the only smart thing to do is float. Can’t remember the name of this lake–near Pemberton. I want to say it’s Lilloet Lake…but I doubt it...

The Library, Haverford

There is a special collection of Quaker poetry and ficiton. Who knew? Can you name a Quaker poet?

Readings in Toronto

I’m wondering why there is not more flow between New York, Philly, Boston, DC, and Toronto. People do email to ask where they should read in various cities and that’s often a difficult question–part of reading is a conversation isn’t it? So it seems to me that one should read where one thinks one will...

Gertrude Stein

Listen to the girls reading History, or Messages from History, plus other selections. Wow! So cool. Check out WBAI and scroll down to the show from 11 am to 12 am on Sunday, August 20th.

Now what?

Yup, that’s Maya Deren. Screenshot from At Land, which you can see for yourself. Amazing.

Elizabeth Willis, Meteoric Flowers

From “Glittering Shafts of War” Lost words are lost boys. Those woods are combing the hair of paradise. You’re waking and thinking, an opera of our minor ways: Sweet William, Virginia. What we fear in fearlessness turns over the table. You don’t blame the lamp for what you cannot read, the fire in the match...

Reading at Mollys Books

My first Philly event as a bonafide Philly person. Friends, including Molly herself, read work by Bob Gallagher, a local writer who passed away very recently. Brandon Holmquest (above) read a wonderful essay about the Mutter Museum which intrigued, but only in the abstract: I don’t want to go but I enjoyed hearing his account....

Rae Armantrout

Rae Armantrout from Up to Speed, Wesleyan, 2004From “Currency”I stare at the edge Until the wordTulip Comes up Where I thought it might. But the lag timeIs a problemAnd from “The Fit”In a fit of repugnanceEach momentRips itself in half, Producing a twin. And from “Flinch”A new seasonSweeps across the merchandise.Is it true we deserve...

Craig Allen Conrad

Found this poem on Silliman with a lengthy review of Deviant Propulsion by CAConrad, one of the Philly folk I’m looking forward to meeting in person. Jordan Davis says this is about as close to “living verse” as you’ll find this year, and I have to agree. Terrific energy. It’s True I Tell Ya My...

Calgary Blow-Out

Wow, wow, wow. Check out the Calgargy line-up: Jordan Scott, Jonathan Ball, ryan fitzpatrick, Natalie Simpson, Natalee Caple, Natalie Walschots, Rajinderpal S. Pal, Melanie Little, Christian Bok, Neil Scott, Jason Christie, Jessica Grant…What a vibrant community.

Nuts & Bolts

The new Matrix is out and it’s an issue dedicated to Fan Friction. Take a look at all those graphics and comix and Bat Barbie too. What’s this about Canadian Literature having no sense of humour? Wait, what do you mean by sense of humor? Do you mean like the annual Poetry Magazine Humour issue…...

Quote of the week

“think in language not about it”Joshua Corey, from Composition Marble.

Philly has books

Yes, Philly has books. And plenty of them. You can tell a little something about the place you’re in by the books in a given number of used book stores. The shelves in Mollys Books in the Italian Market offer some great poetry. You’ve got your CK Williams and your Rumi (though I didn’t notice...

Go Canada! Go United Church.

Here, here! I have always been concerned about this whole bottled water thing…

Joshua Corey

Stopped off for lunch at the Moosewood, in Ithaca, which was everything you would expect, and, well, I’ll be back. What a great town, too. Is it limestone? It feels like Christopher Dewdney’s southwestern Ontario, all those layers like the Icelandic cake (Vínarterta) my grandmother used to make. Of course it probably is very similar...

a performance of History or Messages From History

a performance of History or Messages From History, originally uploaded by woodpecker gazebo lemon. That was fun! Whenever and wherever possible folks should just read Stein. Organize it, read it. Do it. With women. Without. Whatever. Just read Stein out loud.

Quote of the week

“I wanted my Imagism and my slither too.” The quote of the week is from Rae Armantrout and can be found in her essay “Cheshire Poetics“. Wondering this week about the value of poetry in the face of so much conflict and fragmentation. Also thinking that part of the resistance to language poetry must be...

Road Trip!

Napoleon Dynamite Dance Scene

I’m it, or I’ve been tagged, or other people’s responses are always so much more interesting

Survey in which one reveals a good deal about their reading habits. 1. One book that changed your life: Virginia Woolf’s The Waves. 2. One book you’ve read more than once: This is a long list with entries that range from Gertrude Stein’s How to Write, to Tolkien’s The Hobbit. 3. One book you’d want...

Anne Carson’s Euripides

You’ll find a review and excerpt of Carson’s latest here. Another wow.

Hail Wiki-King

One man’s passion.

Bergvall does Chaucer

Curated by Charles Bernstein and hosted in part by Poets House at Fordham Lincoln Center, last Friday’s night of Chaucer inspired verse was a good one. Wendy Steiner, Susan Stewart and Caroline Bergvall took on Chaucer, all in vastly different ways, but none, I have to say, quite as successful as Bergvall’s four tales. Over...

bird dog and more on Jason Christie

A smart review of Christie’s Canada Post by derek beaulieu over at the new site I mentioned yesterday. I’m interested, very interested, in beaulieu’s thoughts about the connection of lyric and nation, particularly as it plays out in the poetic longing found in Canadian poetry. A poetry of the pastoral which, as he points out,...

Oops, and more on reviewing

I had to take down the Radiohead and Berssenbrugge videos temporarily because for some reason my MAC, or Mozilla doesn’t like them… Interesting little thread on reviewing happening over here, a site I only discovered recently. What’s the deal? I have deleted several long and meaningful rants in response to this thread and leave in...

Lunch Poems: Mei-mei Berssenbrugge

Born in Beijing, China, and raised in Massachusetts, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge molds language with seemingly effortless beauty and grace that invites the reader on a journey between worlds. She has published three books of poetry. Her selected poems, “I Love Artists,” is forthcoming from UC Press (April, 2006). Tune is as she reads a selection of...

Radiohead – Thom Yorke Interview -

Three Joshuas: Beckman, Clover and Corey

Every time I see Shake, by Joshua Beckman, I can’t help picking it up. And moreover, once I begin to read, it’s difficult to put it down. So to with Joshua Clover’s the totality for kids. As for Joshua Corey, his latest is reviewed here by Paul Foster Johnson. Shake is one of those loping...

china town bus

$10 bucks gets you from NY to Philly in under two hours. $15 gets you to Boston. It’s all good from point A to B but bring ear plugs, avoid the bathrooms, and whatever you do, don’t sit too close to the front. There’s a reason you get where you’re going so fast, and believe...