Wednesday, October 31, 2007

So & So

I may be biased, but I enjoy readings. However, they're not the first thing I jump to attend on my days off. This Saturday may have to be the acception. Though I doubt I'll know anyone there, this may be the time to break out the old charm suit and moustache and attend, as this looks like it's going to be boss.

The So & So Reading Series

Saturday * November 3rd * 7pm * The Distillery * 516 East Second Street * South Boston, MA 02127


Feel free to bring booze and snacks.

Douglas Hahn, Dan Magers, and Maya Pindyck

Douglas S Hahn is the founder and editor of the Sink Review. He received his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2007, and is relocating to San Francisco this winter for his career in copy writing.

Dan Magers has had poems published in the tiny and Red China Magazine. His chapbook Exploitation Poems was published in September 2007. He is a co-editor of the online literary magazine Sink Review, and works as an editorial assistant at John Wiley & Sons. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Maya Pindyck is the author of the chapbook, Locket, Master, which won a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship in 2006. Her poems have recently appeared in Bellingham Review, elimae, Mississippi Review, RealPoetik, and Sycamore Review. She holds an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn, where she is a New York City Teaching Fellow.

Mustachios of the 19th Century



Last Saturday, Emily and I shared raised voices and karate stances over the subject of whether or not it is okay to have sex with an animal. Guess which side I was on.

We had just finished watching this thing - ZOO, a poetic film about Zoophiliacs in the Pacific Northwest and their deep love of horses. Good, high brow horse porn saved my father in the war, I protested, but Emily couldn't disagree more. And she was right too. I made that up.

The most beautifully shot flm I I've seen since Bertolucci's The Conformist, it's was a strange subject to poeticize. Sadly, the plotting wasn't very linear so the attempted story was skewed, but see it for the visuals and rose bouquet of sympathy the filmakers stir within you for those who have a different, sexier kind of love.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Summon the Witches

Red Sox win the World Series.
Though they're my team and I watched a lot of this season, there is no exclamation mark in that sentence because I felt bad for the Rockies. While Boston did play better, I would have liked to seen more drama and competition rather than a sweep. There is rumor of A-Rod coming to Boston, and Mike "The Carpeneter" Lowell leaving. If this is true, let the team become recursed.

Post game I read Joe Wenderoth's new book, No Real Light.
I've read good things about Joe, but this book was not what I expected. I expected a more whimsical ordeal, and this book is anything but. A sobering sincerity I often avoid these days, the poems tackle fatherhood, politics, warfare, and murder in deceptively light verse. The last poem is a parable of art/teaching conflict.
Though mostly serious, Wenderoth is never indignant or sanctimonious. I often enjoy his conversational style, letting the words unfold naturally. I'll definately be looking into his past works.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

A room....

...called Sweden

Brained in the balcony
he fell forward
into the foothills

White foliage
a ski lift in the mist

& just beyond
the trail of breathe
someone is coming.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Hotel 1

There are few crucial dudes I've had the pleasure
of meeting this year, and two of them are Aaron Petrovich and Alex Rose, proprietors of the Hotel St. Georges Press. Legend has it that the hotel is a literary and arts quarterly of magnanimous fortitude. Others say its a gift shop
The Musical Illusionist is Alex's debut, a journey through a repository of esoteric myths and false wonderments. Years later, when this book is discovered by the neohumans in an excavated book shop, Alex's fabrications will be taken as truths.

Aaron, who works over at the incredible Akashic Books, should be famous in France. If he's not already, he will be soon. A two person dialogue, The Session is more Beckett than Beckett, and when performing a reading of the Session, Aaron will perform both characters for you with a wide-eyed fury, which makes you fear him,but love him because it's genius.


A new poem was accepted at Juked. It should be up next week. I like Juked.

Sunday, October 14, 2007


Portrait by EBGoodale