Wednesday, September 24, 2008

More than anything, I recommend finding the new issue of Tin House and spending some serious time with it. It hits all the perfect notes that fall between poetry and politics right now. There are excerpts from Jose Saramango's new novel, Death With Interruptions, a fantastic discussion between Win McCormack and Thomas Frank, Slavoj Zizek on shame and Michelle Houellebecq, essays by Brian Evanson, Lydia Davis, George Saunders and poetry by Kevin Young. An essay by Win McCormack is available for your online eyes.

The superlative Matthew Rohrer has a new chapbook out. It is 43 page long poem. Get it here before its gone.

Typo 12 is up. So is a new Action Yes.

I have a new poem forthcoming in Spooky Boyfriend, which is a cool journal that has already had some interesting authors. It premieres on Halloween.

Emily and I just adopted this thing. The thing is a cat. His name is Christopher Sousa, named after my friend Christopher Sousa.

I've read a lot of great books lately. Indignation was the first Roth I ever truly enjoyed. I initially picked it up for the cover. I'm particularly enamored with Polish poet Adam Zagajewski. Maybe its the newly chilled weather, but I can't get enough of the Poles. I like Zagajewski for his clean, direct language. Already I can tell this is a collection I will come back to, over and over. I've got my Herbert and Milosz, but who else should I look for.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Don't Let Me Die Nervous

Some words about a poem I wrote mentioned in the latest New Pages review of Prick of the Spindle.

There is a shortage of chapbooks at Greying Ghost. Carl has this to say -

"As far as greying ghost news goes, books have been a moving. all orders have either been shipped or have been packed and will be shipped out later this afternoon. this is exciting news for me as i've been behind and am no legally caught up. legally. i have 5 copies of Shane Jones' I Will Unfold You With my Hairy Hands. i have 2 copies of Peter Berghoef's News of The Haircut. i have 6 copies of Christopher Rizzo's Naturalistless. and i have 12 copies of Allen Bramhall's Walden Book. i have 6 copies of Brian Foley's The Tornado Is Not A Surrealist. if you are a last minute type, you should visit the Airforce Joyride site pronto while you legally still can. i like throwing the word "legally" legally into sentences. "

Greying Ghost has really picked up it's business lately. This makes me feel self conscious. Chapbooks are forthcoming from Zach Schomburg, Brooklyn Copeland, Kathryn Regina, Brandon Scott Gorell, and a lot more. Mathias Svalina and Julia Cohen now have another collaborative chapbook coming from GG as well.

This book made me want to go fishing and talk in circles. I nice end of summer the read. It made stop thinking about politics for a while, which all you can really ask. I think about politics and read about politics too often these days. I don't trust my opinions, so I read more. That's how it is for most things though, I don't trust my opinions, so i read more.

This weekend I am in New Hampshire. At the end of the month I will be in San Francisco, then in Portland for a week. I've never been to Portland.

There don't seem to be many poetry readings happening in Boston this fall. I can change this, but am not wild about hosting them in my store. It is a bit "uptight". I would like to read again. From my work. I would stick myself on a bill, but that would be obnoxious. I enjoy readings - by others, or for myself. Like an oil man or newspaper man, I am a reading man. That is what I do. Once I am through with my position at the store, I will probably start my own reading series. I would start one now, but don't have the time.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


There are some pretty good poets in Boston. Almost enough for half a football team. Boston is where I live, more or less. That is how you talk about Boston when you talk about Boston, you say "more or less."

There is of course Chad Reynolds who authored the classy, Victor in the New World. Then there is John Cotter, Jon Woodward, Peter Shippy, Ben Mazer, Bill Knott, & Carl Annarummo. I'm going to still count Chris Tonelli. He doesn't live here anymore but his blog says he does.

Elisa Gabbert doesn't have a blog but she has a book (which is better than a blog) co- scribed with Kathleen Rooney called The Tiny Insane Voluptuousness.

Kathleen Rooney is a poet who used to live in Boston. There are a lot of people who "used to live in Boston." Its that kind of place. It sounds good in the past tense.

There are a many more but I am starting to bore myself. Who have I forgotten? I would like to make a bigger list.

Visitors, who have you seen or heard around your town? New York, save it.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

The MiPOesias story is up. The turnaround was quick. View it here, or if you are my mom, buy a copy here.

I am massively impressed with Jesse Ball's new collection. Between his last novel and his first collection of poetry, this is the best thing he has done. Over 75 pages of prose parables in a gorgeously designed little book. It is easily one of the best collections I've read in a long time, and something I will come back to again and again. Buy it here.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Made the final cut of the new issue of MiPOesias. It is the NO POEM issue, so I guess that makes it a story. It is a story of 103 words, called Keep.

I'm glad I have something to write about.