Saturday, April 10, 2010


Malcolm McLaren

1946 2010


Friday, April 09, 2010


Recently Received

Books (Poetry)

Homero Aridjis, Solar Poems, translated by George McWhirter, City Lights, San Francisco, 2010

Charles Bernstein, Umbra, Chax, Tucson, 2010. Translations of Guillaume Apollinaire, Charles Baudelaire, Osip Mandelstam, Bernard Noël, Paulo Leminski, João Cabral de Melo Neto, Régis Bonvicino, Catullus, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Claude Royet-Journoud, & Victor Hugo

Zachary C. Bush, The Silence of Sickness, Gold Wake Press, Breinigsville, PA, 2010

Ken Chen, Juvenilia, foreword by Louise Glück, Yale Younger Poets, New Haven, 2010

Tom Clark, Feeling for the Ground, BlazeVOX, Buffalo 2010

Sandy Florian, On Wonderland & Waste, Sidebrow Books, San Francisco, 2010

Elisa Gabbert, The French Exit, Birds LLC, Austin, Minneapolis, New York, Raleigh, 2010

Gizelle Gajelonia, Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Bus, Tinfish, Kāne’ohe, HI, 2010

Dereks Henderson & Pollard, Inconsequentia, BlazeVOX, Buffalo, 2010

Barbara Henning, Cities and Memory, Chax, Tucson, 2010

Donora Hillard, Theology of the Body, Gold Wake Press, Breinigsville, PA, 2010

Pattie McCarthy, Table Alphabetical of Hard Words, Apogee Press, Berkeley, 2010

Tenney Nathanson, Ghost Snow Falls Through the Void (Globalization), Chax, Tucson, 2010

Denise Newman, Wild Goods, Apogee, Berkeley, CA, 2010

Alice Notley, Reason and Other Women, Chax, Tucson, 2010

Charles Plymell, Eat Not Thy Mind, foreword by Mike Watt, Glass Eye Books / Ecstatic Peace Library, Northampton, MA 2009

Elizabeth Robinson, Also Known As, Apogee Press, Berkeley, 2010

Jaime Robles, Anime Animus Anima, Shearsman, Exeter, 2010

Kaia Sand, Remember to Wave, Tinfish Press, Kāne’ohe, HI, 2010

Afzal Ahmed Syed, Rococo & Other Worlds: Selected Poems, translated from the Urdu by Musharraf Ali Farooqi, Wesleyan, Middletown, CT 2010

Chris Tonelli, The Trees Around, Birds LLC, Austin, Minneapolis, New York, Raleigh, 2010

Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, Selected Poems of Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, edited by Ben Mazer, introduction by Stephen Burt, Belknap Harvard, Cambridge, MA 2010

Kevin Varrone, G-Point Almanac: Passyunk Lost, Ugly Duckling Presse, Brooklyn, 2010

Anne Waldman, Matriot Acts, Chax, Tucson, 2010

Carol Watts, This is Red, Torque Press, Southampton, UK, 2009

Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Selenography, Sidebrow Books, San Francisco, 2010


Books (Poetry Anthologies)

Camille T. Dungy, editor, Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, University of Georgia Press, Athens, GA 2009. Includes Phillis Wheatley, Elizabeth Alexander, June Jordan, Clarance Major, Jean Toomer, Alice Walker, Claude McKay, Gerald Barrax Sr., Margaret Walker, Arna Bontemps, Rita Dove, Indigo Moor, Richard Wright, Yusef Komunyakaa, Gwendolyn Brooks, Harryette Mullen, Marilyn Nelson, Carl Philips, Ishmael Reed, Sterling Brown, Robert Hayden, Cyrus Cassells, Ed Roberson, Cornelius Eady, Melvin Dixon, Reginald Shepherd, Evie Shockley, Patricia Smith, C.S. Giscombe, James Weldon Johnson, Patricia Spears Jones, Wanda Coleman, Natasha Trethewey, Melvin B. Tolson, Douglas Kearney, Major Jackson, Al Young, Janice Harrington, many more


Books (Other)

Harold Abramowitz, Not Blessed, Les Figues, Los Angeles, 2010

Martine Bellen, 2X², BlazeVOX, Buffalo, 2010

Stephen Burt & David Mikics, The Art of the Sonnet, Belknap Harvard, Cambridge, MA 2010

David W. Huntsperger, Procedural Form in Postmodern American Poetry: Berrigan, Antin, Silliman, and Hejinian, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2010

Brenda Iijima, editor, )((Eco(Lang)(Uage(Reader)), Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs / Nightboat Books, Brooklyn & Callicoon, NY, 2010. Includes Karen Leona Anderson, Jack Collom, Tina Darragh, Marcella Durand, Laura Elrick, Brenda Iijima, Peter Larkin, Jill Magi, Tracie Morris, Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands, Julie Patton, Jed Rasula, Evelyn Reilly, Leslie Scalapino, James Sherry, Jonathan Skinner, & Tyrone Williams

Robert Kelly, The Logic of the World and Other Fictions, McPherson & Co., Kingston, NY, 2010

Tan Lin, Seven Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004. The Joy of Cooking, Wesleyan, Middletown, CT, 2010

Sarah Rosenthal, A Community Writing Itself: Conversations with Vanguard Writers of the Bay Area, Dalkey Archive, Champaign, IL 2010. Includes interviews with Michael Palmer, Nathaniel Mackey, Leslie Scalapino, Brenda Hillman, Kathleen Fraser, Stephen Ratcliffe, Robert Glück, Barbara Guest, Truong Tran, Camille Roy, Juliana Spahr & Elizabeth Robinson

Lewis Warsh, A Place in the Sun, Spuyten Duyvil, New York, 2010



Cannot Exist, no. 6, Madison, WI, March 2010. Includes Jordan Stempleman, Lewis Freedman, Monica Mody, Bob Heman, Steve Gilmartin, Joey Yearous-Algozin, Mary Kasimor, Jordan Dunn, David Buuck & Juliana Spahr, Crag Hill, Michael Bernstein, Mairéad Byrne, Nicholas Ranikar, David Wolach & the Nonsense Company


Other Media & Formats

Chain Chain Chain, by Rae Armantrout, Fact-Simile, Santa-Fe NM 2010 (3.5-by-2.5 inch trading cards in the grand baseball card manner with photo horizontally on one side backed by an excerpt from Waldman’s masterwork. The card is reminiscent of Topps’ cards circa 1960.)

ROVA & the Nels Cline Singers, The Celestial Septet, CD of compositions by the ROVA Saxophone Quartet (Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Larry Ochs & Jon Raskin, all on various saxophones) & the Nels Cline Singers (Nels Cline, guitars; Scott Amendola, drums; Devin Hoff, bass), New World Records, New York, 2010


Thursday, April 08, 2010


Jacket 39’s feature,
A Multitude of One: Celebrating Nathaniel Tarn
edited by Shamoon Zamir

Nathaniel Tarn:

Nathaniel Tarn:
Extracts from the Sarawak (Borneo) Field Journal
(photos by Nathaniel Tarn)

Joseph Donahue reviews
Ins and Outs of the Forest Rivers, by Nathaniel Tarn

Doris Sommer:
America as Desire(d):
Nathaniel Tarn’s Poetry of the Outsider as Insider

Janet Rodney, portfolio 1

Lisa Raphals:
Reading Nathaniel Tarn’s House of Leaves

Ruark Lewis portfolio

Peter O’Leary reviews
Selected Poems 1950–2000 by Nathaniel Tarn

Joseph Donahue reviews
The Architextures, by Nathaniel Tarn

George Economou reviews
Nathaniel Tarn: At the Western Gates, 1985; and
Nathaniel Tarn: The Desert Mothers, 1984

Richard Deming:
Speaking Places:
Nathaniel Tarn and the Poetics of Voicing Culture

Carolee Campbell, A Postcard for Nathaniel Tarn

Nathaniel Tarn in conversation with Daniel Bouchard

Janet Rodney, portfolio 2

Shamoon Zamir:
Scandals in the House of Anthropology:
notes towards a reading of Nathaniel Tarn

Eliot Weinberger:
Oranges & Peanuts for Sale, reviewed by Nathaniel Tarn

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Wednesday, April 07, 2010


Steve Benson’s reading / performance
at the Medium & Margin Conference in Berkeley

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Steve’s text, a note on his project
& the conference proposal


Tuesday, April 06, 2010


Is this what you call the Jewish avant-garde?

Bernstein’s writing is intoxicating

Rae Armantrout: “Paragraph,”
Soft Money,” “Outage

Talking with Bruce Andrews

A video of Hissa Hilal

A profile of Hilal

A bright light for women’s rights

With + Stand 4: The Lisa Robertson Issue

Gary Sullivan on Lynn Behrendt,
Nada Gordon on Vanessa Place

A recording of Lynn Behrendt & Vanessa Place
at the Bowery Poetry Club

Geof Huth on Behrendt & Place

Harryette Mullen wins the Jackson Prize

Fanny Howe reading at the Bowery Poetry Club,
April 3

Ben Friedlander, also reading at the BPC on April 3

Talking with Alan Halsey


The magical awkwardness of Joe Ceravolo

Women in Letters & Literary Arts

Talking with Erin Belieu & Cate Marvin

A gender breakdown of
literary editors’
2009 “bests” lists

On Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Due dates vs. deadlines

Stephen Burt on the poetics of motherhood

Swede Dreams:
Daniel Burnbaum on OEI

Alice Jones’ “Vault,” “Idyll

On Lucille Clifton:
Evie Shockley, Sharon Mesmer,
Mairéad Byrne, Mendi Lewis Obadike,
Theresa Senato Edwards, Julie Phillips Brown,
Cara Benson, Tara Betts, Kazim Ali,
Shanna Compton, Deborah Poe,
Naomi Shihab Nye, Aimee Nezhukumatathil,
GE Patterson & Alicia Ostriker

Clifton’s Voices

Luce Irigaray:
This Sex Which is Not One

Peter O’Leary on Robert Duncan’s
The Origin of Old Son

Flarf is snooty

Thom Donovan on CA Conrad

Philly’s next “flash reading”
is of the work of George Oppen,
April 11

Nominate the 2010
Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere!

Inspiration is key for Bill Corbett!

Craig Morgan Teicher on Bin Ramke’s
Theory of Mind: New & Selected Poems

First 100 days, best 100 days?

Downloadable walking tours
focused on poetry
for Chicago & DC

Cathy Park Hong:
Ballad in A,” “Our Jim

Source Material: A Journal of Appropriated Text
(a big zip file of a PDF that is not made much smaller
for having been compressed)

Margaret Atwood on Twitter

Ed Sanders in the Wall Street Journal
(neither a typo nor an hallucination)

James Wagner’s one-paragraph reviews:
Ange Mlinko’s Shoulder Season
Sarah O’Brien’s Catch Light

Ange Mlinko’s “Squill”

Talking with Eiríkur Örn Norđdahl

Michael McClure’s
Mysteriosos, and Other Poems

2 books by Dan Beachy-Quick

The “most representative poets”
of the 20th & 21st centuries:
Gregory Corso & Barbara Guest

7 Philadelphia-area poets to savor

14 poems read by these 7 poets

Daisy Fried
heads up Litapalooza
at Penn State Brandywine,
April 6

Another big AWP reading this Friday

Dodie Bellamy, Kevin Killian, Eileen Myles
Friday night @ CUNY

Talking with Paul Siegell

The most widely spoken language in the world:

You could vote for
Neil Gaiman, Patti Smith, Banksy, Mary Karr or Dave Eggers
for Time magazine’s list of the “100 most influential people of 2010”
or you could just be flat out appalled
at the 200 “finalists” you are given to chose from…

Dusie Pussipo Stonecoast Femiganza
in Denver, April 7

This year’s edible books

One more reason I do not drink

How Portsmouth became a literary haven

Against the memoir

May 3 & 4 @ CUNY,
The Annual Chapbook Festival

Devin Johnston:
Static,” ‘Thin Place

Joel Oppenheimer’s “The Dancer,”
illustrated by Robert Rauschenberg,
published by Jonathan Williams

Andrew Joron, Rachel Loden, C.S. Giscombe
at the de Young in SF, April 23

George Quasha:
Preverbs & axial poetics

Mendelsohn’s Cafavy

Literary Tees

The poetry of Black Bart

Jail not Yale

What’s on your bedside table?

Beltway Poetry Quarterly’s new issue
celebrates DC’s many literary organizations

Matthew Dickman’s “Fire”

Donald Revell:
“Homage to John Frederick Peto

Timothy Green’s American Fractal

Amérique, une révolution poétique,
with Olivier Brossard, Yves Di Manno,
Auxeméry & Christophe Lamiot Enos,
Saturday, April 10, Paris

The poetry & poetics of Kitasono Katue

Simone White’s House Envy of All the World

Talking with January Gill O’Neill

O’Neill’s Underlife


A Woodstock of the mind”

Emily Warn: “The Word”

Talking with Marcela Sulak

C.J. Laity on Gurlesque

On the Squirrelesque

No Boundaries: Prose Poems by 24 American Poets

Norris Church Mailer:
A Ticket to the Circus

Siri Hustvedt is The Shaking Woman

4 books by Bay Area poets

5 collections by major Quietists

21 poets recommend recent favorites

Strangest Robert Creeley reference
that I’ve seen in some time

Ron Padgett into French

Matvei Yankelevich’s Boris by the Sea

Mark Haddon talking with Paul Farley

A profile of Mark Haddon

Jim Murdoch’s “Lonely City”

Talking with Shelley Puhak

A longer Puhak interview

Heretical Texts fest in Philly, April 10
with Allison Cobb, Kate Schapira,
Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Simone White,
CA Conrad & Franks

Talking with Ned Balbo

Gary Snyder in action in Acton

A profile of Charles Plymell

The man who hoards

The Best Canadian Poetry
(in English)

11 ways to celebrate National Poultry Month

A 12th way would be to peruse a month’s worth
of tattoed poets on Tatoosday
with accompanying poems on
Bill Cohen’s BillyBlog

Your quintessential “national poetry month” article

Another that focuses on the poet laureate program

A day that poetry mattered

Penn’s book store is also doing
a poem a day online this month

April is also
International Pwoermd Writing Month,
devoted of course to writing
“words” that are themselves poems,
e.g. Mark Young’s fruitful

William Blake
hiding in the tangerines

Taking with T.J. Beitelman

Writing novels – it’s all in the planning

Talking with Kate Durbin

Durbin’s The Ravenous Audience

Talking with Marie Ponsot & Ed Hirsch

Edward Hirsch is ripe

Jonathan Galassi on Jenny Holzer

Elizabeth Bishop & The New Yorker

Talking with Louise Glück

Talking with Kimiko Hahn

David Foster Wallace:
“Updike…has never had an unpublished thought”

Roth’s fake interviews

Arguments for the Lost Man Booker Prize

Literary ladies of the Beijing subway

Spencer Reece, “Gilgamesh”

Talking with Robert Fanning

Fanning’s American Prophet

Talking with David Rigsbee

Tina Chang doesn’t do lofty

Poetry as a science

Criticism is always dying

The Herb Vandecker story

Paper Before Print:
The History and Impact of Paper
in the Islamic World

Some prize-winning book designs

Multiple futures of the book

E-book pricing model is changing
in fits & starts

Amazon, B&N surrender control of pricing

Brit publishers howl over Amazon demand
that no website be allowed to undersell them

Why does Congress
want me to shun my local bookstore
& shop online instead?

Bookstore décor made from old books

The death of a bookstore
that opened with great backing
less than one year ago

R.I.P. Big Jar Books

Boston Library opens the kimono on branch use

Does Wikipedia suck?

How green is an iPad? Or a book?

E-readers & eye strain (duh)

E-book royalties are the next battle line

From free books to e-books:
publishers struggle with going digital

Self-censorship hurts communications research

Harpers Studio closes up shop

The Great West Coast Newspaper War

Talking with Anna Halprin

Politics of the soundtrack

the first guitar hero

Chinese nix Dylan tour

Chris Smither
has the Global Financial Crisis blues
(but it don’t say if he’s playing the blue guitar)

Acoustic shadows

Farrah Field on Laura Marling

Peter Brook puts Shakespeare’s Sonnets on stage

A sculpture of Charlie Parker

Alfred Molina as Mark Rothko in Red

Rothko is back

& superb

John Gallaher on liking vs. discerning in Red

Sondheim = Shakespeare?

Thriving on the “Who wrote Shakespeare” scam

The most hated film-maker in America

Anish Kapoor’s new tower of London

Nancy Spero:
The Torture of Women

The Turbulence Project capsizes

Saatchi vs. Banksy

Jack Goldstein
& the CalArts Mafia

A bronze statue, taller than Liberty,
in the nation of Senegal

The art of the brick

Lego, already

Welcome to Marwencol

Recession forces art world to get creative

PaceWildenstein breaks apart

Art maps

A new Pompidou

Is Art History Global?

An online art book: The Mural in America

A second look at Roman Vishniac

Displaced arts journalists strike back

The Arts Desk

Don’t Piss on Me & Tell Me It’s Raining

The meaning of a “bad Koons

The Top 30 exhibitions of 2009

David Slivka has died

Ronald Clyne’s covers for Folkways Records

The AP obit on Ed Roberts

Terry Teachout tackles
“10 books that influenced my thinking” meme
(Edwin Denby, Fairfield Porter & novels
by New Critics…)

Defending the humanities

The crisis of philosophy


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