Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Books I brought to California

Books I've bought while in California

Books I need

(Ray Dipalma - Numbers & Tempers)

And here is a poem by Graham Foust, to make me feel better.


Every recollection - from the smallest, most in-
significant jangle of trash to watching
someone care for machines to fan-blade
shadows of blood-begins
as a secret. (That's the truth, and of course
I can't prove it; I think I mean what I don't
want to say.) But why's the dull tangle of denial
half of life? Lying's lonely-to lie
alone is least as good. And I'm over here, keeping
split, requiring assembly. Forget weeping.
Get silent. My lack of desire says hi.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Ben Mirov & Amy Lawless did a lil featurette on The Constitution over at Best American Poetry Blog. I got some Rage to go along with. Also featured were Luke Bloomfield, Chris Salerno, and Brave Men Press's Ben Kopel.

Did you hear about Ben Kopel?

H_NGM_N Books is going to be putting out his first collection, VICTORY!

That, is right.

You can still get a copy of Ben's chapbook BECAUSE WE MUST in the Brave Men Press Coin Library.

In other news, Greying Ghost is going to release a chapbook of mine before the end of the year. Its called GOING ATTRACTIONS.

GOING ATTRACTIONS is also the name of my manuscript, which I just finished. So now, I have a manuscript. Finally.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Salt Horse & Bed

The new issue of Saltgrass is out. Poems by Cynthia Arrieu-King, Anselm Berrigan, Justin Carrol, Tina Brown Celona, J’Lyn Chapman, Cathy Linh Che, Sandra Doller, John Gallaher, Anne Cecelia Holmes, Lily Ladewig, Heather Monley, GC Waldrep.

I have two poems in the issue. See one of them, here.

Also, I'm pleased to let you know that I will be the new co-editor of Saltgrass with Julia Cohen.

We have an open reading month this June. Right now. We hope you submit your weirdest shit.

Also today, Horseless Review #9 is out.
Horse Less Review #9 includes writing by Brian Foley, Chris Hosea, Catherine Meng, Rhiannon Dickerson, Anne Shaw, Carrie Olivia Adams, Kerry Webster, Tony Mancus, TaraShea Nesbit, Adam Reich, Kevin McLellan, Mark DeCarteret, Travis Cebula, Elizabeth Robinson, Megan Burns, Thomas Trudgeon, Erik Anderson, Jennifer H. Fortin and Nate Pritts, Brooklyn Copeland, Maria Getto, Linda Dove, Carrie Bennett, Michael Flatt, James Yeary, Nicole Wilson, and Shawn Huelle. Cover art by Michael Sikkema.

I have four poems up around in there. Thanks Jen & Jen! Check out the issue here.

When I said I live here I actually meant I live here -

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I Live in Here Now

Son Ark, Coyote, Broken Numbers Band
@ Pappy & Harriets,
Pioneertown, CA

Matt Henriksen, Phil Cordelli, Brandon Shimoda, Dot Devota, Lucas Farrell
@ Flying Object, April 2011

A few weeks ago I posted this conversation between Matt Henriksen and Brandon Shimoda on HTMLGiant. Its spooky & brilliant. See it here.

MATTHEW: I don’t understand “through” as a process of knowing, only as a motion witnessed (“the duck passed through the rising smoke”). I think we know “in.” The women I admire in my personal life, as suggested by the poetry I most admire by women, seem to have a larger “in.” They live more intimately with the world than any men I know, and that intimacy brings a wealth of abstract connotations and connections, which must make their worlds larger and more real. I have a grandmother who can empathize straight to the bottom of anyone’s despair, and so she directs her action with kindness. I’m tightly bonded with my daughter, but by father-daughter actions, play and goofiness. Katy and Adele have a mother-daughter “in” while they sit on the couch nursing that I can’t sit “in” on. Maybe because our mothers pass us on into the world they remain in us partially and represent a larger intimate unknown that brings us comfort. But I don’t know that. I know marriage changed me and made me a feminist. In my marriage, at least half comprised by the pure feminine instinct, I feel more privy to the logical nature of tenderness—which I formerly attributed to values, as an act of rebellion against the will to power. Didn’t a woman give birth to Nietzsche? But after mother-love, we make a choice to love another. I don’t know if that love exists.

Also good news: Cannibal Books is not yet dead. New chapbooks by Dot Devota, Adam Roberts & Tom Andes are now available.