Saturday, August 28, 2010


Moi, circa 1980

Bliss vs. Utility

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Friday, August 27, 2010


One of the reasons I’ve never tried to parlay my love for cinema into a full-time reviewing gig – besides the fact that the field is crashing thanks to the implosion of newspapers – is that, as a poet, I relatively seldom watch an entire picture, at least not the way I’d want a genuinely good reviewer to do. I focus instead on those elements that have more-or-less direct analogs in poetry – writing, direction, problems of narrative, the score, the photography, editing. There is, in fact, so much more in film than just those elements that I’m always abashed to read a review that does a good job, for example, with the role of costumes or sets as it always exposes to me just how much of the film I actually missed while sitting there in the dark.

I can – and often do – watch actors with much the same eye as I do dancers, ice skaters or athletes. There are a handful of actors in each generation who seem to raise their craft to a level heretofore unimaginable to us mere mortals. Their bodies, their faces, everything their eyes do & don’t say, the corners of their mouths – all are in play whenever they take the stage. Their nostrils are in character. Many actors are great for a time – Robert De Niro would be an example, as was Marlon Brando – but then opt to get rich or strange rather than better. Some others (Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp) develop cults & thereafter struggle to not simply to play to that. Yet the very best actor, like the very best dancer (think Baryshnikov), can be a revelation at whatever they do, even sitting silent in a chair. In my life, I can think of just four actors who I think achieve that level of luminescence and hold it throughout their careers – Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Cate Blanchett & Julianne Moore. If they were doing Alpo commercials, I’d probably get a dog.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010


A talk by Philip Lamantia
with a reading by Bob Kaufman
August 20, 1979

This audio is part of the Other Minds Archive

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Vanessa Place at Segue,
March 2010
(right click & save or open link)

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010



Monday, August 23, 2010


Leslie Scalapino on
The Dihedrons Gazelle
Dihedrals Zoom

George Bowering,
“bullshit artist”

Best UK poetry site
I’ve yet seen

Talking with Elisa Gabbert
in an incredibly small font

Talking with Natasha Trethewey

Susan M. Schultz’
Old Women Look Like This

On grief
& dying without finishing
your book

Talking with Ken Edwards

The Bowery Poetry Club Live!

Who wrote the poems of Frank O’Hara?

Tony Towle’s “true account”

Flânerie ending with oi

The Personism moment

The Ghost of Frank O’Hara

From Ray DiPalma’s
“Obloquium & Committer of Tidings
(plus a second set)

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Sunday, August 22, 2010


Arcade Fire
Madison Square Garden
August 5, 2010
Filmed for the American Express series Unstaged
directed by Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam takes total control of Arcade Fire


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