Monthly Archives: December 2006

Books for Soldiers

One of the (more innocent) things you find in the cache when using a public computer: Books for Soldiers. Looks kinda awesome. I know my parents have a ton of used paperbacks lying around.

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Anthology

5 more days to submit; check out the recent acceptances.

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FOURSQUARE 1.7+

December’s 4SQ is ready to go, but I’m raising the subscription price with this issue and am awaiting payments before I send it out. I have to raise subscription prices because the magazine costs more than $1/issue to produce and … Continue reading

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Helen White at Rock Heals

Helen White‘s kaleidoscopization of an older poem of mine is up at Rock Heals this week. (This is the larger version from which the piece in FOURSQUARE 1.3 is an excerpt.) The original piece is also becoming part of the … Continue reading

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lavender skies

Last night the light pollution and haze made the sky lavender. Today it is half-white, with blue showing through. Many songbirds live outside my window and are up doing their morning routines. Trains go through during the night, whistling, but … Continue reading

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merry xmas / rip james brown

L.A. Style – James Brown Is Dead [1991] … I’m the only one in the house who remembers this song. It always confused me. But then, I was 11.

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a little magic

The trains go by all night, calling to each other in low brassy tones. Birmingham is called The Magic City because of its rate of growth in the early 1900s. It grew “like magic,” drawing comparisons to rabbits popping out … Continue reading

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Flarf

I dreamt that Flarf was a complex medical procedure for making words longer. There were doctors with scalpels.

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Anthology submissions

It isn’t yet too late to submit to the Anthology. Do so. Who’s eligible? “Younger” poets– less established poets under 40ish Who’s ineligible? Oh, basically no one, just send stuff. What do I send? A handful of poems to poetry2008 … Continue reading

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the pulp-white sky here

is opaque like snowclouds, but it’s 60 degrees so they are not snowclouds. It’s beautiful in its whiteness, it’s not uniform, but textured like pulp floating in a waterbath before papermaking. I have unpacked and am eager to explore my … Continue reading

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Chronolibido and comedy

As with The Great Gatsby last week, rereading The Sound and the Fury for the first time since college and finding it hilarious. (“Time heals all wounds”? Ha!) My sense of humor has become awfully dark; I was laughing aloud … Continue reading

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As with The Great Gatsby last week, rereading The Sound and the Fury for the first time since college and finding it hilarious. (“Time heals all wounds”? Ha!) My sense of humor has become awfully dark; I was laughing aloud … Continue reading

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It’s a Patsy Cline morning. It rarely is, but when it is, there’s no denying it. Now, supposing that one had two cats, and one needed to drive them 10 hours, what would be the best way of making sure … Continue reading

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I often disagree with the editor of book covers blog about what comprises good/innovative cover design (not that I’m an expert, but just because all the books he analyzes are mainstream), but these are some seriously cool bookshelves. I especially … Continue reading

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4SQ 1.7 (Family)

Starring Angelica Paez (cover art), Alixandra Bamford, Eileen Tabios, Sarah Campbell, and Suzanne Zelazo. There will be a few extra; stay tuned.

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poetry meme

Alix, Shanna, Ryan, Jason, Lorna, Maureen, Logan, Sandra, angela, John, Sina, and Ania know how to respond to a meme. Tom also attempts an answer. Again, some similarities, some major differences. What is this made-thing that we all love so … Continue reading

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"i’ll teach you differences"

My loser friends aren’t answering the poetry meme, which is very interesting when answered. My answers are somewhat different from Susana’s, more similar to Michelle’s, and Elizabeth’s childhood universe in CA was about as different from mine in AL as … Continue reading

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bibliophiles beware

Ania discovered this. If you need or want to get any work done, do not click on this link. Shanna writes, “Packing books, I can’t help myself. I open them. I sit and read for a few pages.” Me too. … Continue reading

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errata

POST-EMPTIED OF ALL SHIPS language the blowhole starts here start stopping heck of a dive and mast under forwheel every mizzen mild day crow’s nest to sea shore cowrie shell commerce conversations of necks iron to jugular / such dead … Continue reading

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my life by poetry

Poetry meme from Michelle: The first poem I remember reading was… “As I was going to St. Ives”. The first poem I remember, ever, is Brahms’ lullaby. I was forced to memorize numerous poems in school and… I was only … Continue reading

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donations

… or, if you feel like donating, you can give a few bucks to Observable Readings in St. Louis. Need a tax write-off before 1/1? Make a donation to Outside Voices.

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holiday poetry sales

Sales at Ugly Duckling, including 2006-07 subscription deals ($75-125) (& anyone who wants to buy me a copy of 0 to 9 is more than welcome to) and No Tell Books ($45). For even less expensive poetry gifts, get the … Continue reading

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5 Reasons I’m Happy I’m Not in an MFA Program

1. I would think that shelling out $20 every time I wanted to enter my MS in a contest that, chances are, I wasn’t going to win, was ok. 2. I would think that winners of poetry contests were legitimate … Continue reading

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Lana Lambert is this month’s cover artist for FOURSQUARE. I could only use part of the bio she sent for the magazine, but I thought it was interesting and people might like to read it (in the spirit, perhaps, of … Continue reading

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Lana Lambert is this month’s cover artist for FOURSQUARE. I could only use part of the bio she sent for the magazine, but I thought it was interesting and people might like to read it (in the spirit, perhaps, of … Continue reading

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November’s issue (1.6) includes work by Jess Rowan, Tina Darragh, Jessica Smith and Jane Sprague. Cover art by Lana Lambert of Pistoles Press. There are a few extra copies for sale at etsy (unless you’re Steve, Ken, Jill or Erica … Continue reading

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Heroes

Use of the 360-degree roaming camera in a room filled with hanging origami cranes? I’m convinced. (Episode 10 Part 4) (Actually I don’t know what this show is about. But it’s so pretty.)

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Poetry in Birmingham (is there?)

I will at least be at this: Lisa Jarnot, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. Does UA have an extensive reading series?

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Also, The Great Gatsby is the 3rd work this month (in my readings) to mention the startling phenomenon of a man’s hair turning “suddenly, inexplicably white” (alongside Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Twin Peaks).

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proxy

for the absent also go to angela’s to learn about the new kenny goldsmith work. also, seriously, submit to the Anthology NOW if you’re going to at all. remember, this is a low-pressure operation. i’m looking to represent the breadth … Continue reading

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how did we get here?to this point of living?i held my breathand you said something

I started packing up books, trying to choose what books I may need over the next 8 mos. Leaving the others behind in boxes feels wrong, like abandoning friends. I am only taking books that relate to one of the … Continue reading

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I have a neverending cold. It changes, but never entirely goes away. I think I’m allergic to Charlottesville. In the mail: cover art for Brenda’s book. (Yes. This is one of the projects that will be completed this Spring.) My … Continue reading

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unreclaimed

There is a recording of the reading I gave a few weeks ago, round-robin style, in Toronto. It is here (scroll down). My poems sound nothing like aloud what they sound like in my head, that is strange, since it’s … Continue reading

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This week: jUStin/cris/bill and Maureen. Hmm… I have to go to the grocery store. We’re out of cookies, coffee, donuts, and Indian food.

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sale @ Coach House

Balm from T.A. Noonan (am I happy to see Charles’s wisdom in the left sidebar? Yes, of course I am. I like this use of it, a mission, a mantra.) Good to see DIY coming out of the Deep South. … Continue reading

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the color purple

i didn’t take this picture. niculina did. for all my girls who like fish, octopi, and sea changes. (there must be a kind of necrophilia here too, as with pictures of cut flowers.)

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