15 January 2012

Favorite Things 2011: Laura Woltag



Alice Notley’s Alma, or the Dead Women summer reading group. We (often: Lauren Levin, Carrie Hunter, Amy Berkowitz, Erin Morrill, Lara Durback, Sara Larsen, Yosefa Raz…) were visited by a hummingbird. Getting witchy. Dreaming owl tattoos.

The Poems of Gaius Valerius Catullus – Brandon Brown. About ½ hour after BB gave me a copy, I was sitting in the SF State student center reading Erika Stati’s contribution and a 4.0 earthquake (origin in Berkeley, I think) shook the building. When things started to wobble, I was reading the sentence, “I caramelize the situation.”

This Can’t Be Life – Dana Ward. I’m going to need all of 2012 (&beyond) to think about this book.


Marathon reading of Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans at SFMOMA.

Poetry For the People


Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge reading at USF on November 9th. “My pulse falls through subtracted space.” Very blissed for days after this reading, as if the reading spelled me into bliss space. Though home after reading to learn of students beaten at Occupy Cal.

“The Acoustical Prehistory of Poetry” – Brunella Antomarini (trans. Susan Stewart)

Monica Peck & Jack Frost reading at A MUSE MEANT

The Cake Part – Stacy Doris


Poetic Labor Project Labor Day event at the Niebyl-Proctor Library

Song – Lauren Levin

“Air Rights” – Helen Mallinson

Don’t Afraid!

Sonic Warfare: sound, affect, and the ecology of fear – Steve Goodman

“Taxonomy of a Landscape” Victoria Sambunaris (@ Albright Knox)

Introduction to Sanskrit, Part 1 – Thomas Egenes

Reading with Yosefa Raz & Melissa Mack at Lauren’s house

Dimensions of Panini Grammar – Kapil Kapoor

A, a, a, a, a – Sara Larsen

“Bird Identification by Song” with David Lukas, SF State Sierra Nevada Field Center

The Incompossible – Carrie Hunter. Carrie gifted me a copy while we were eating undermade curry somewhere on Telegraph Ave. This was after DZB’s Hauntology reading at the Berkeley Art Museum. I wrote a poem to Carrie after having some time with her book, and she wrote a poem with a line from my poem, which you can find in her Angel, Unincorporated, also out this year. Monica was mentioned in the poem after Carrie’s poem and after I sent this poem to Monica, Monica wrote a poem, which she read at Bird & Beckett, where Carrie happened to be in the audience. They had never met.

Lauren Berlant’s blog

Capital for the Crisis reading group

yo! eos! – David Brazil

Danzon – Pina Bausch @ Zellerbach

Economy – David Brazil

Fifty Verses of a Love Thief – Bilhana

Lysistrata & Birds – Aristophanes

Deepa Natarajan’s Arangetram performance at the Humanist Hall, Oakland, 11/5

Mercury – Ariana Reines

Winstanley: ‘The Law of Freedom’ and other Writings, ed. Christopher Hill

Will Alexander playing the piano & reading at the Subterranean Art House

The Grand Piano Reading at SPT

Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs – Peterson Field Guides

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