Saturday, August 07, 2010


Jon Raskin’s world premiere of
The Hear and Now
at Other Minds 10
at San Francisco's
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts,

As performed by
Rova Saxophone Quartet

Bruce Ackley, soprano saxophone
Steve Adams, alto saxophone
Larry Ochs, tenor saxophone
Jon Raskin, baritone saxophone
Min Xiao-Fen, pipa
Kyaw Kyaw Naing, pat waing
Jiebing Chen, erhu
Shoko Hikage, koto
Sang Won Park, kayagum
Jim Santi Owens, tabla tarang
Gino Robair, conductor


Friday, August 06, 2010


Photo by Rochelle Kraut

To my knowledge, I never met Steve Carey, though you might think I would have. I borrowed the money to pay the minister for my first wedding in 1965 from Clifford Burke, who published Carey’s Smith Going Backward in 1968. Bill Berkson published Gentle Subsidy in 1975. Bernadette Mayer & Lewis Warsh published The California Papers in 1981, which includes as one of its sections a label from the Haight Street Pharmacy from May of 1966. That was where I went to have prescriptions filled that same summer.

Perhaps because he was published in journals like The World, Best & Company, The Paris Review, Angel Hair & Big Sky, I simply presumed that Carey was one of the younger poets – my age – who were part of the St. Marks scene, and perhaps for a while he was. But when his work stopped appearing in journals I read, I didn’t really notice.

I did not realize that Steve Carey had died in 1989 of a heart attack until I read it in The Selected Poems of Steve Carey, edited by Edmund Berrigan. Nor had I realized that he was at least as much a Californian as he ever had been a New Yorker, in spite of the fact that one of his books was entitled The California Papers, that both the Bay Area & what I take to be his hometown LA (he was born in DC in ’45) are palpable presences in the work & that Phil Whalen is as much an influence here as Ted Berrigan.

Edmund is in fact the second Berrigan to have edited Carey’s work (Ted did The Lily of St. Marks), and he’s done such a great job that I knew almost instantly that I had to read more. A couple of trips to and I have both volumes of The California Papers (the second of which is entitled AP), Smith Going Backward & Gentle Subsidy. 20 Poems & The Lily of St. Marks are still en route. Steve Carey is for me The Big News of 2010.

Berrigan Sr. & Phil Whalen were both masters of the I-did-this, I-did-that poem as linked journal & what excites me most about Carey is the degree to which he’s seen that point of connection & expands it with his own very distinct energy. Where you see it most clearly in the Selected is in the excerpt from AP, the first two passages from a total of 32. Here is the 32nd section from the 1984 volume:

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Thursday, August 05, 2010



Wednesday, August 04, 2010


A representative sampling of some of my email this week:

I can certainly understand your exasperation –– maddened by the buzzing of flies, as Mallarmé’s phrase has it––but I’m saddened to see the comments go.

 Or perhaps “Pitch deflileth” is the appropriate quotation, with its ugly echo of Berryman’s dysfunctional, yes, and pathetic, yes, dismissal of Creeley. Tiresome wars, and so many muscle-bound heroes sulking in their tents, as Joe Green once quipped about me in that very stream more than a few years ago.

 Truth to tell, I’d been feeling that the box had lost its spark. And taken some crass turns. But still...

It feels very weird not having your blog to go to check new comments. You feel more gone from it, somehow. I don't think I like it.

I was chagrined to see you close comments on your blog.  I understand the problem. There are a lot of crazies out there, to be sure.

Good call turning off the comments. Will probably draw criticism. Stick to it.

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Tuesday, August 03, 2010


Generosity & Tom Raworth

Christine Hume’s Shot

Maryrose Larkin’s Marrowing

Chris McCreary’s Apocrypha

Elisa Gabbert:
Is poetry boring?

Is the reading giving way to vaudeville?

Ray DiPalma’s House of Keys

Learning that Leslie Scalapino has died

Carol Mirakove’s Wall

Dante’s Inferno for Dummies

Eileen Myles’ Inferno

Remembering Robert Trammell

From the other (original) Milk Magazine:
A Tangiers Journal for Paul Bowles,
Thomas Rain Crowe interviews Philip Lamantia,
Vincent Katz on
Yvonne Jacquette & Rudy Burckhardt,
George Wallace
on Mary Beach & Claude Pelieu,
& much more

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Monday, August 02, 2010


4 complete books by Leslie Scalapino

Click on cover to download PDF file

Thanks to the Electronic Poetry Center


Sunday, August 01, 2010


Leslie Scalapino's Books Chronologically 072010


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