Thursday, February 26, 2009

Everybody Calls Him Food

You gotta go to the Raleigh Quarterly and read this poem by Tony Tost. Here are some parts.....

All things are created
in accordance with number.

Its doors are the mysteries.

A scrap here, a scrap there:
nothing exists.

All is from number.

All is from a rain
unless I have missed an exception.

imposed five years silence.

You have a concentration of treasures.

Don’t borrow money.
I still don't know if you pronounce his name as "toast" or "tossed." I still don't know what Complex Sleep is trying to do to me. I don't want to know.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

"Sweet God, poetry hates Boston" - Jack Spicer

Emergency Wal-Mart

Monday, March 9th, 7pm, Ada Books, Providence Blake Butler, Claire Donato, & Mike Young

Blake Butler is the author of EVER (Calamari Press 01/09) and Scorch Atlas (forthcoming Featherproof Books 09/09). His work has appeared in Ninth Letter, Willow Springs, Quick Fiction, Harpur Palate, New York Tyrant, etc. He lives in Atlanta and edits No Colony and

Claire Donato's work has appeared in journals such as Caketrain, Coconut, Cannibal, and Dewclaw. She is the author of a chapbook, SOMEONE ELSE'S BODY (Cannibal Books 2009). Her hometown is Pittsburgh, PA.

Mike Young is the author of the chapbooks MC OROVILLE'S ANSWERING MACHINE (Transmission Press) and REAL STURDY THING (Stormy Petrel Press), both forthcoming. He co-edits NOÖ Journal and Magic Helicopter Press. His writing has appeared in Nerve, Hobart, Pindeldyboz, Juked, elimae, Coconut, MiPOesias, No Tell Motel, Online Writing: The Best of the First Ten Years + more.

I'm going to this. At the beloved Ada Books. If you've never met anyone from Pittsburgh, now's your chance.


The So & So reading series lives on in the grand ol' south. So do their uniquely awesome broadsides. The above feature Elisa Gabbert and Tony Tost. Check them out here


I had a phone interview today with UMass trying to explain why'd I'd be a suitable TEACHING ASSISTANT. I don't know if I made my case. I had something in my throat. A nervous voice.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Nice Language, Mouth

I'm pretty late on the Jack Spicer train, but so is the rest of the world. At least Peter Gzzi thinks so. That's why in a January issue a The Nation (for which he now edits the poetry section) he plopped down 2 Spicer nuggets. Nuggets for super liberals. I'm stealing one so you don't have to subscribe. But you should. Subscribe I mean.

2 poems by Jack Spicer

Pieces of the past arising out of the rubble. Which evokes Eliot and then evokes Suspicion
Ghosts all of them. Doers of no good.
The past around us is deeper than.
Present events defy us, the past
Has no such scruples. No funeral processions for him. He died in agony. The cock under the thumb.
Rest us as corpses
We poets
Vain words.
For a funeral (as I live and breathe and speak)
Of good
And impossible

The blog title comes from something my Dad used to say to me when I'd talk shit. Usually in his direction. It was also this guys name in a 1985 American Tribute to Orphans-

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

grad schule

i thought it was a bill collector. i thought it was the researcher i'd talked to the day before about donating my mind for medical testing. Instead it was umass, and they said i could come stay with them for 2-3 years starting next fall.

I'm happy. I feel like i can comfortably become a janitor for the next 6 months and know there is a light at the end of mine shaft.

I'm alone at my childhood home. I'm frying up a pork steak. I'm drinking a Heineken in the snow. My dog agrees.

Saturday, February 14, 2009


The new elimae is out. I have a poem in it. It is for you.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Yes Action

One of my favorite journals, Action Yes, has a new issue featuring some of my most favored word wielders - Rauan Klassnik, Mark Leidner (who will be in the new SIR!), Lily Hoang, Amy Clark, Sabrina Orah Mark, and lots more. Thank you, Action Yes.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Guess Who's Not Coming to Dinner

Am I the only one who's too broke to go to AWP? Where are all the broke poets? I wish I could go. I have a manuscript I've been carrying in my pants that I want to show you.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Sap Lungs

I have two poems up at Rain Fade.

Rauan has some nice poems up Eleven Eleven.
Here is a disfigured fraction:

Fire’s leaping from hill to hill, and my nerves are swaying
like seaweed. I have learned to die. And not to. My veins
are filled with milk.

Yesterday I heard a bird. Only arresting because I realize its been a while. Now I hear church music that turns for a a few moments at noon. It must be a short walk to the lectern.

What I really feel like is sausage rolls.


1 lb. ground sausage
1/2 lb. lean hamburger
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. curry, mixed Herbs
1/4 tsp. mustard
1/2 loaf bread (12 oz.) soaked in water, then squeezed in a colander
Pastry - recipe follows

Roll out pastry. Mix all ingredients for meat together well. Arrange meat in a line the length of the pastry. Moisten one side and roll pastry over to make a roll. Cut into 3-4 inch lengths (or smaller for hors d'oeuvres) and prick top. Place on tray and glaze with milk. Bake 20-25 minutes in 425 degree oven.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


A werewolf god conquered by the heart

Live at Napa State Mental Hospital, 1978

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

From Exoskeleton

"When Bataille analyzes the activities of society, he divides it into two parts: the productive part, and then ‘the second part, represented by so-called unproductive expenditures: luxury, mourning, war, cults, the construction of sumptuary monuments, games, spectacles, arts, perverse sexual activity [...] all these represent the activties which, at least in primitive circumstances, have no end beyond themselves.

This is what I mean when I say that I don't believe poetry should be "productive."

Monday, February 2, 2009

Albinos of the Off Season

Submissions for SIR! are now closed. If you haven't yet heard back from me you will in the next day or so. The issue will appear no later than the end of this month. It will be a stunner.

Think about getting your self one of these print journals for Groundhog day-

Corduroy Mtn.
Peter Berghoef, Shane Jones, Brooklyn Copeland, Forest Roth, Blake Butler, Mandy Billings, Brandon Shimoda, Sommer Browning, Adam Maynard, Joshua Ware, Drew Kalbach, B.J. Love, Kevin Wilson, Kendra Malone, Jac Jemc, Eric Amling, and James Iredell

Eric Baus, CAConrad, Jessica deCourcy Hinds, Johannes Goransson, Kate Greenstreet, Brenda Iijima, Kristi Maxwell, Sawako Nakayasu, Keith Newton, Joshua Poteat, Joy Rhoades, Ken Rumble, Matt Sumell, Chris Tonelli, and Mike Young.

No Colony
sadora Bey
Kristina Born
Aaron Burch
Blake Butler
Luca Dipierro
Scott Garson
Rachel B. Glaser
Chris Higgs
Brandon Hobson
Edward Kim
Matt Kirkpatrick
Rauan Klassnik
Lee Klein
Darby Larson
Evan Lavender-Smith
Patrick Leonard
Eugene Lim
Sean Lovelace
Anthony Luebbert
Conor Madigan
Gene Morgan
Bryson Newhart
Christian Peet
Jennifer Pieroni
Kathryn Regina
Joanna Ruocco
Bradley Sands
Ken Sparling
William Walsh
Corey Zeller

A growing trade in Tanzania is to hunt albinos down and use their body parts for miracles. All proceeds of the journals listed above go towards saving the Tanzania albino population.