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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...