24 October 2013
15 October 2013
09 October 2013
CJ Martin's been posting an incredible serial review of David Brazil's The Ordinary on his Tumblr, Rhyme Eats the Words. Just in case you've missed an installment of this crucial critical meditation, here are the links:
And while I have your attention, there are approximately 20 copies of David's book in existence. Get it while you can...
07 October 2013
04 October 2013
and also this:
Rachel Levitsky & Heriberto Yepez
hosted by Camille Roy
03 October 2013
Speaking of Alli Warren, folks must know by now that Here Come the Warm Jets is officially in the world, but what you might not know is that the City-Lights-sanctioned launch is at the end of this month, 10/29 at 7pm (at the bookstore). It seems almost condescending to suggest you need this book as it must be so obvious already to so many people: this one's been anticipated for a long while; that said, I'll risk it anyway: you need this!
02 October 2013
Alli Warren handed off the newest issue of her magazine Dreamboat the other day, just shortly after I'd finished reading Conrad's Albion number, and it contains this very-difficult-to-read (and certainly-difficult-to-write) (soma)tic ritual "Healing for a Pedophile." Despite its brutality, it highlights, for me at least, Conrad the shamen: our foremost "ethicist" (I'm certain he'd challenge this term) in a world in which "the good" exists somewhere between praxis and possibility. Whenever I hear folks challenge the efficacy of poetry, I think about what Conrad's writing does: that, despite this "villainous planet" (as he has it above) his poetry continues to pry open spaces in which language and thought recalibrate our biological temporalities and remediate the toxins in our bodies. While these poems are sometimes painful to read, I'm awed by where he finds himself, where he takes us as readers, and ultimately what he's able to produce as a result of these experiences...
As a side note, this new Dreamboat contains additional work by Marianne Morris, Amanda Nadelberg, and Alan Bernheimer (new installments from The Spoonlight Institute), and the prior issue featured new stuff from Anna Vitale, Jasper Bernes, Ara Shirinyan, and Jocelyn Saidenberg. If you're interested, contact Alli directly...
01 October 2013
Jamie Townsend was in town over the weekend, and I was pleased to catch his exquisitely measured and moving reading at the Public School (I couldn't make his reading at Woolsey w/ Bob Gluck, sadly, but I've heard it was equally on point). He handed off this fantastic broadside (designed by Nicholas DeBoer, I think?), which captures the tone of his performance perfectly. Jamie supposedly has a long-player on deck, so, if there's any justice in the world, I hope to read more soon...