01 February 2014


In prose: Two Cabins by Julie Ault and James Benning; the two notebook-memoirs of Doris Grumbach, Coming into the End Zone and Extra Innings; Caleb Crain's first novel, Necessary Errors, examining the notion of dailyness of a young American in Prague in 1990; Rebecca Solnit's The Faraway Nearby; John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee novels, Lisa Cohen's All We Know; Herve Guibert's journals in Nathanael's translation; and John Keene's translation of Hilda Hilst's Letter from a Seducer.

In poetry: first books by Tamiko Beyer (We Come Elemental), HR Hegnauer (Sir), Evan Kennedy (Terra Firmament), and Lauren Shufran (Inter Alma). New books from Mei-mei Berssenbrugge (Hello, the Roses), Clark Coolidge (Book Beginning What and Ending Away), Brenda Hillman (Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire), Lucy Ives (Orange Roses), Martha Ronk (Transfer of Qualities), and Brian Teare (Companion Grasses). Recoveries: new editions of texts by Emily Dickinson, Alfred Starr Hamilton, Lyn Hejinian, Ronald Johnson, Robert Lax, and Lorine Niedecker.

Events: Stacy Doris Tribute, The Poetry Project; Ecopoetics Conference at the University of California, Berkeley; Reading for Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics in AWP offsite event in Boston; Native Innovation Conference at Poets House; Clark Coolidge's visit to New York City; Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev's duration talk at Mildred's Lane, Beech Lake, Pennsylvania, Douglas Crase reading "Lake Superior" by Lorine Niedecker at the Rock Valley Schoolhouse in Long Eddy, New York; Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian reading at SFMOMA; Norma Cole and Joanne Kyger reading at opening of "Words and Places: Etel Adnan" at CCA Wattis Institute for the Arts, San Francisco.

Art: "Words and Places: Etel Adnan" at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco; Forrest Bess at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; "Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent" at The Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York; Roger Caillois' collection of rocks at the Venice Biennale; "Drawing Surrealism" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and at the Morgan Library, New York; Hilma af Klint's exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; "After Year Zero" at Haus der Kulturen der Wel, Berlin; "Mira Schendel" at Tate Modern, London; "Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault," at Artist Space, New York.

Walks: Murray Street to 14th Street, New York; Downtown Oakland to Mountain View Cemetery, Piedmont, California; Jasmund National Park, Rugen Island, Germany; Tiergarten, Berlin; The Ledges, Long Eddy, New York; Eagle Rock, Topanga State Park, California.

Stephen Motika is the author of Western Practice, published by Alice James Books in 2012. The editor of Tiresias: The Collected Poems of Leland Hickman (2009), he is also the author of the poetry chapbooks In the Madrones (2011) and Arrival and at Mono (2007). Motika’s articles and poems have appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, BOMB, The Brooklyn Review, Eleven Eleven, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Staging Ground, Vanitas, among other publications. He has held residencies at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace, Millay Colony for the Arts, and ZK/U in Berlin.

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