Saturday, December 20, 2008
I’ve been battling bronchitis for several days now and have had to admit to myself that I am not going to be able to make it to
Friday, December 19, 2008
All Things Considered interviews Alexander
Steve Vincent’s review of A
A curious photo
I’d never seen before
Barry Schwabsky on Jack Spicer
in The Nation
A new story by a 19-year-old
On the road
with Kerouac’s daughter, Jan
Sina Queyras’ latest chapbook roundup
Defining “experimental” poetry
The Librarian of Congress is
” wrong. He’s so wrong. He’s so totally wrong.”
Mark Twain, a new essay
75th birthday celebration
RainTaxi’s online auction
Craig Dworkin’s Parse
5 books of Latino Poetry
on 20 years of
Eliot Weinberger’s What I Heard About
NY Times obit for George Brecht
I’m interviewed for Word Riot
Zukofsky’s “A”-24 coming to
Charles Bernstein’s Histórias da Guerra
Saving a bookstore
in Salisbury, NC
on the importance of context
Duncan vs. Levertov –
the record of the letters
A profile of Louis Dudek
from an online store that believes
A video interview with Vladimir Nabokov
A profile of
with translations by Hiroaki Sato
Bryan Thao Worra’s Winter Ink
vs. flarf & conceptualism
Thomas Basbøll’s flarf thesis
Two problems of flarf
(& all else)
A profile of Raymond Roussel
James Wright on
”the blindness of the magazines”
on the shadow side of wealth
Library of obscure Chicago literature opens
CS Perez takes wing
Bruce Covey’s “Best Poetry Books 2008”
Dora Malech’s list
Michael Farrell’s list is very short
Kathleen Jesme’s list
Thomas Pynchon’s next book
A profile of Todd Boss
Talking with “Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost”
host Rustin Larson
3 stars for Mariani’s Hopkins
Sarton Prize recipients announced
A short note against cretinism
The return of some really bad poetry
It gets verse
Seth Abramson dreams
of numbers & “relevance”
Seth Abramson thinks
”make up 80% or more
of the national poetry community”
The writers of history
Rod Blagojevich & the death of journalism –
not an accidental relationship
The end of the daily newspaper –
city to go
How long will it take
before every city follows suit?
apologize to the Armenians
Books by artists
A memoir of street art
Picasso the historian
Life models on strike
or just institutional bric-a-brac
Peter Schjeldahl on Marlene Dumas
Sotheby looks at the contemporary art market
Elliott Carter’s birthday weekend
An evening of opera & dance
that includes an advance peek
at Anna Rabinowitz’
The Wanton Sublime
Thursday, December 18, 2008
When I linked to H.L. Hix’ “20 Questions” project on the Best American Poetry blog the other day, Harvey sent me his questionnaire &, rather impulsively, I responded straight away, answering 18 of the 20 questions. My answers may sound flip, but they’re not. That last question, for example, is completely serious. I’ve been in BAP & had volumes co-edited by people I completely respect, but year after year it’s almost as depressing a reading experience as the Pushcart Prize.
1. What poet should be in Obama's cabinet, and in what role?
Simon Ortiz, chair of Truth & Reconciliation Commission on the Subject of the Genocide of Native Peoples (a new position)
2. If you could send Obama one poem or book of poems (not your own), what would it be and why?
William Carlos Williams' Spring & All, in the 1970 Frontier Press edition.
3. What other poetry-related blog or website should I check out?
There are so many. But let's point to The Annandale Dream Gazette, the only site I know of devoted to the unconscious of poets
4. Who is the most exciting young/new poet I've never heard of, but whose work I ought to find and read?
This will vary greatly by person now, won't it? How about Tsering Wangmo Dhompa?
5. What's the funniest poem you've read lately? What was the last poem that made you cry?
I tend to resist poems that go for only one emotion or the other - what feeling do you get from Louis Zukofsky's "A"?
6. William or Dorothy? Robert or Elizabeth Barrett? Moore or Bishop? Dunbar or Cullen? "Poetry must resist the intelligence almost successfully" or "No ideas but in things"? Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas or Tender Buttons?
Both / and, both / and, both / and, both / and, "No ideas but in things," Tender Buttons.
7. Robert Lowell wrote a poem called "Falling Asleep Over the Aeneid." What supposedly immortal poem puts you to sleep?
The Four Quartets does it best, since it makes dreaming impossible. But most anything by Lowell will do just fine unless I've had tea after 9 PM.
8. Even for poetry books, the contract has a provision for movie rights. What poetry book should they make into a movie? Who should direct it, and why? Who should star in it?
I've only seen that clause in Yale Younger Poets contracts &, as I recall, Jack Gilbert told me he got an advance from a studio for Views of Jeopardy way back when.
But let's go with The Cantos, starring Brad Pitt. Woody Allen, because it would interesting to watch him negotiate the Pisan Cantos.
9. What lines from a poem you first read years ago still haunt you now?
Helot for what time there is
in the baptist hegemony of death.
Jack Gilbert, from "Singing in My Difficult Mountains," in Genesis West, no. 1, 1962.
10. What poem do you love, love, love, but don't understand?
Hart Crane, The Bridge. Or (which I love less, but also understand less) John Berryman's Dream Songs.
11. If the official organ of the AWP were not the Chronicle but were the Enquirer, what would some of the headlines be?
I will leave those for Kent Johnson & Kenny Goldsmith to invent.
12. If you were making a scandal rag for poetry in the grocery store checkout stands, what fictitious poetry love triangle would you make up to outsell that tired Hollywood story of Angelina and Brad and Jen?
13. This is the Best American Poetry blog. What's the best non-American poetry you've read lately?
Aleksandr Skidan's Red Shifting, translated from the Russian by Genya Turovskaya & others, published by Ugly Duckling Presse.
14. We read poems in journals and books, we hear them in readings and on audio files. Sometimes we get them in unusual ways: on buses or in subway cars. How would you like to encounter your next poem?
In my dreams tonight, so that I can write it down when I wake.
15. What poem would you like to hear the main character bust out singing in a Bollywood film? What would be the name of the movie? What would be the scene in which it was sung?
16. Do you have a (clean) joke involving poetry you'd like to share?
17. Tell the truth: is it a poetry book you keep in the john, or some other genre (john-re)?
In one bathroom, the one I spend the most time in, I have several books of poetry including Shakespeare's Sonnets. In the other, I have magazines, including The Nation, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Poets & Writers, ComputerWeek, Information Week, ComputerWorld and CFO.
18. Can you name every teacher you had in elementary school? Did any of them make you memorize a poem? What poem(s)?
No, thank heavens. I can't memorize haiku. But Vance Teague in fifth grade made us write for an hour every Wednesday and never told us what genre. He made me a writer as much as anyone.
19. If you got to choose the next U.S. Poet Laureate, who (excluding of course the obvious candidates, you and me) would it be? Of former U.S. Poet Laureates, who did such a great job that he/she should get a second term? Next election cycle, what poet should run for President? Why her or him?
PLOTUS (as Donald Hall called it): Linh Dinh, because he hears the "American" voice better than anyone I know.
President? Barrett Watten or Rae Armantrout – the ideal president would be a combination of the two.
20. Insert your own question here.
Why is The Best American Poetry so mediocre year after year, editor after editor?
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke, The Scattered Papers of Penelope: New & Selected Poems, edited by Karen van Dyck, many translators, Graywolf Press, St. Paul 2009
Ed Baker, Between Two Houses, Poems-for-All, Sacramento 2007
Micah Ballard, Parish Krewes, Bootstrap Press,
Adam Fieled, Opera Bufa, Otoliths, Rockhampton, Australia 2007
Adam Fieled, Posit, Dusie/e-chap, location never given, 2008
Karl Gartung, Now That Memory Has Become So Important, MWPH Books, Fairwater, WI 2008
Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei, After the Palace Burns, Zoo Press,
Tinker Greene, Funeral Sentences, self-published, San Francisco 2008
Lyn Hejinian, Saga / Circus, Omnidawn,
P. Inman, Ad Finitum, If P Then Q,
(Author not credited, but the design suggests that it’s John Martone), All Saints, no location given, no date
Teresa K. Miller, Forever No Lo, Tarpaulin Sky,
Fred Moten, Hughson’s Tavern, Leon Works, no location given, 2008
Anne Portugal, Quisite Moment, translated by Rosmarie Waldrop, Burning Deck, Providence 2008
Allison Power, You Americans, Brooklyn 2008
Brandon Shimoda, The Inland Sea, Tarpaulin Sky,
Jordan Stempleman, String Parade, BlazeVOX, Buffalo 2008
Joseph Stroud, Of This World, Copper Canyon, Port Townsend 2009
James Thomas Stevens & Nicolas A. Destino, Of Kingdoms & Kangaroo, First Intensity Press, Lawrence, KS 2008
Jean Valentine, Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems 1965 – 2003,
Keith & Rosmarie Waldrop, Flat with No Key, Burning Deck, Providence 2008
Hannah Zeavin, Circa, Hanging Loose, Brooklyn 2009
Books (Poetry Anthologies)
The Emohippus Greeting Card, first series, editing uncertain, Eohippus Labs, Los Angeles 2008. Includes Teresa Carmody, Dan Richert, Mathew Timmons,
Laura Chester, Rancho Weirdo, Bootstrap Press, Lowell 2008
Michael Cross & Andrew Rippeon, Building is a Process / Light is an Element: Essays and Excursions for Myung Mi Kim, P-Queue / Queue Books, Buffalo 2008
Derek Fenner, I No Longer Believe in the Sun: Love Letters to Katie Couric, Bootstrap Press,
Fanny Howe, The Winter Sun: Notes on a Vocation, Graywolf Press,
Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei, The Ecstatic Quotidian: Phenomenological Sightings in Modern Arts and Literature,
.M. G. Le Clézio, The Prospector, translated by Carol Marks, David R. Godine, Jaffrey, NH 1993 (new edition)
Ralph Maud, Charles Olson at the Harbor, Talon Books, Vancouver 2008
Kirm Rosenfield, Re: Evolution, with an introduction by Sianne Ngai, an analysis by Diana Hamilton & a research paper by Jennifer Calkins, Les Figues Press,
Gustaf Sobin, Aura: Last Essays, Counterpath Press, Denver 2009
Open Letter, thirteenth series, no. 7, Fall 2008,
Poetry Project Newsletter, no. 217,
Process, no. 1,
Thuggery & Grace, no. 4, Nov. 2008,
Tinfish, no. 18½, Kāne’ohe, HI 2008. Poetry Puzzles and Games Issue. Includes Susan M. Schultz, Lian Lederman, Allison Utley, Jenifer Wofford, Isaac Parker, Sally French, Jason Teraoka, Kai Gaspar, Sage Uilani Takehiro, Ryan Oishi, Jill Yamasawa & Tiare Picard
Work, no. 11,
Zoland Poetry, no. 3,
Still a big stack of books
waiting to be noted here
Labels: Recently Received
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
82 W. Third Street
Between Thompson and Sullivan¹
¹ If you have not been to the Zinc in awhile, please note that this is a new location.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Photo by Jonathan Williams 1957
Jacket’s new feature on
includes pieces by
Donna Krokik Hollenberg
Rachelle K. Lerner
José Rodríguez Herrera
links to 2 Robert Bertholf pieces
Robin Tremblay-McGaw on
the Beverly Dahlen Fest
Introducing Blake Butler
Linton Kwesi Johnson:
”If I Woz a Tap Natch Poet”
”Olson’s Archives: Fieldwork in New American Poetry”
Juliana Spahr’s “The 90s”
Lyn Hejinian’s Saga / Circus
A profile of Mourid Barghouti
Living at Shakespeare & Co.
Quietists plan for inaugural
Maya’s got laureate-itus
What about the real laureate?
Could it be worse?
A vote for Patricia Smith
David Lehman on the BBC (MP3)
A do-it-yourself strategy
Or maybe not
The Oakland Small Press & Zine Archive,
a part of Deep Oakland,
has PDFs of many works associated
with that city,
including books by Pat Parker & Bob Grenier,
the journal Work & my own zine Tottel’s
Talking with Kevin Killian
John Ashbery’s account
of the making of
A Nest of Ninnies
Ashbery vs. Kessler,
NY Times blog is keeping score
”Victor Shklovsky & Hannah Arendt”
Five books from a “good book year”
Mark Scroggins’ “Notable Books”
“Best reads of 2008”
Robert Archambeau’s list of everything he read
Anthologies make “the perfect present”
Seven of the NY Times’
”Ten Best Books of 2008”
were published by Knopf
(hint: less subtle than Blagojevich!)
No poetry, but several books
”Best Books of 2008”
No poetry in the Inky’s list
of what staff have been reading
Scott Abels’ gift guide
Best books for luring women
Poet of the Year is
Jack Powers is
New England Poet of the Year
“What we need is a list of lists”
by Roberto Bolaño
Talking with Natasha Wimmer,
translator of 2666 & The Savage Dectectives
Ron Slate on The Romantic Dogs
Martory, Bolaño, Lux,
Voisine & Holman
in Brooklyn Rail poetry roundup
Carol Houck Smith,
Norton’s editor of poets,
After reading Jack Spicer
”you may feel that much American poetry is fake”
40 years of correspondence
betwixt Allen Ginsberg & Gary Snyder
Breyten Breytenbach at Kelly Writers House
John Milton, freedom fighter
Four readings by Lynne Dreyer
Among the events coming up at the Poetry Project
is a 30th anniversary reading of
Bernadette Mayer’s Midwinter Day
plus, of course,
the New Year’s marathon
K. Silem Mohammad gets relevant
A short history of flarf
Flarf vs. conceptualism, round 2
(in which we notice why
all the Conceptualists are male)
Don Share on the interview process
Miles Champion reading at Jean Day’s house (MP3)
The problem of Solzhenitsyn Street
to counter “blasphemous” poetry reading
Bob Dylan & Thomas Hardy:
A simple twist of fate
”from De la Bronx”
The art of the self-destructing poem
Thomas Merton on PBS
Robbie Burns’ hidden poems
A first book prize for Holly Iglesias
When languages die
New trends in classic Chinese poetry
Todd Swift’s minireviews of
Poetry Review, Paxamericana, The Wolf
An act of prescience on the part of
Claudia Emerson returns to
Guardian review of the Lowell-Bishop letters
“Poem Including History”
Talking with Reginald Dwayne Betts
A new work by
Talking with Carole Maso
Cutting down trees
just to publish a magazine
Martial was no saint
Paul T. Hogan’s Points of Departure
Just like Romeo & Juliet
Carol Muske-Dukes on being
Dmitry Golynko’s As It Turns Out
A new collection of political poetry
A profile of Moira Egan
Stumping for John Gay
Hopkins & the modern?
Trying to save Philly’s libraries
Remembering Dorothy Porter
Talking with Porter
Working out issues through poetry
Reviewing The Paterson Literary Review
Dennis O’Driscoll’s interviews with Seamus Heaney
Mama, don’t let your kids go into journalism
Who cares if newspapers die?
Best article about Bill Ayers
The two Malcolm Gladwells
Mumbai is not our 9/11
In re Žižek,
the joke’s on Kirsch
The 2nd International Interdisciplinary
is announced for June
who changed the law
by invoking the infield fly rule,
Elliott Carter’s century
Turning 100 at Carnegie Hall
proud to be a bully
The Construction of
Scott Wheeler’s opera
set to a work by Kenneth Koch
A profile of Nathaniel Dorsky
Das Kapital goes manga
Merce Cunningham & his friends