Category Archives: Literature

Erasures in La Vague

I work in a library that has been weeding thousands of books (outdated, water damaged, and otherwise in poor condition– it had not been weeded in years and we’re downsizing as our research/space needs change), so my friends and I … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary Poetry, Librarianship, My Poetry | Leave a comment

butterflies (tinysides 2006)

From 2006-2008, Maureen Thorson published small chapbooks called “tinysides,” which began as a large folded sheet of paper with a colored cover, saddle-stitched into an uncut codex with binding thread. If I remember correctly, she got the idea while trying … Continue reading

Image | Posted on by | 2 Comments

How to be a good poetry citizen

Yes Yes 1. Read poetry 2. Listen to poetry 3. Disseminate poetry 4. Write poetry 5. Remain open to learning more No No 1. Don’t bully other poets online or in person 2. Don’t write bad reviews of a poet’s … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary Poetry, poetics | 3 Comments

The Volta: Women of Visual Poetry Issue

I spent the first three weeks of June guest editing the September issue of The Volta/Evening Will Come, which focuses on visual poetry created by women. Thanks to Joshua Marie Wilkinson and Noah Eli Gordon for letting me put this … Continue reading

Posted in visual poetry | Tagged | Leave a comment

Curate What You Know

In my “other life,” I’m a librarian. I’ve tried to integrate my poetry life with my library life by hosting poetry readings at the library.  My guest blog post on Library as Incubator Project describes our main library program, the Indian … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary Poetry, Librarianship, poetry readings | Leave a comment

Curation, not Competition: Pinterest and Poetry

For those of you who haven’t ever used it, Pinterest is a link storage site (similar to delicious) that organizes bookmarks with pictures; it’s also similar to Tumblr in that you can like and share links.* Users make “boards” and … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary Poetry | Leave a comment

Recent novels

A few contemporary novels I’ve read recently that I liked, with rough descriptions. 1. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes This short book is so well-written, it’s all but perfect. The plot is a little weird, and it’s … Continue reading

Posted in Literature | Leave a comment

NaPoWriMo Day 4: Chance

I didn’t “write any poems” yesterday, so I used chance to generate one. Some people write entire poems with chance operations, but I use them to generate material for collage/sculptural poems. So I was trying to remember a quote that … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary Poetry, NaPoWriMo

Editors and Poets

A few years ago, I tried to be an Editor. Mostly, I was bad at it. I accepted more manuscripts than I had the time or financing to publish. I made a really awesome magazine called Foursquare, but publishing it … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary Poetry, small press publishing

Ugly Duckling’s Digital Library

If you’re left without anything “good” to read now that Ron’s sophisticated and brilliant comment box conversation has been shut down, I’d suggest these four books from Leslie Scalapino. I came to Leslie’s work as an undergraduate at Buffalo, and … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary Poetry, gender | 4 Comments

The Silenced Generation

I want to comment briefly on a special phenomenon I’ve seen and experienced with regard to Ron Silliman‘s blog. It seems that to some degree, poetry’s youth is being trampled, discouraged and undermined with a potential long-term detrimental effect on … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary Poetry | 100 Comments

12 or 20 Questions

In which I participate in rob mclennan’s long-running interview series. Although rob has been prodding me to do this for awhile, I didn’t feel inspired to until Dottie did it. What can I say, peer pressure works.

Posted in My Poetry, Organic Furniture Cellar, Outside Voices, poetics, poetry readings, small press publishing, visual poetry | Leave a comment

An evaluation of the last 10 months

I’ve finished my coursework for my Library Science degree (the MLS).

Posted in Academia, job, moving | 2 Comments

Corresponding Juvenilia: 1993-1995

Poems from 8th and 9th grade– because I think it’s interesting to see how what one reads affects what one writes. During these Junior High years I liked Emily Dickinson, and I numbered my poems, feeling that if the title … Continue reading

Posted in Childhood, juvenilia, poetics | 1 Comment

My favorite poem in 8th grade

This Alice Notley poem, available in Grave of Light, was in our Scholastic reader in 8th grade and I identified strongly with it.

Posted in Childhood, Contemporary Poetry | 2 Comments

My favorite poem in 7th Grade

My rebellion poem, from Carl Sandburg’s Chicago Poems. Via Bartleby. The Red Son I love your faces I saw the many years I drank your milk and filled my mouth With your home talk, slept in your house And was … Continue reading

Posted in Childhood, Modernism | Leave a comment

Protected: Health updates etc.

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

Posted in Academia, family, health, moving

A poem I wrote in 7th Grade

The Callow Heart Inside of anyone you see There is s heart of candle-wax and a slender string That is lighted by trivial fires of orange… So that when A heartbreaking incident Occurs The wick burns crimson and after a … Continue reading

Posted in Childhood, juvenilia | Leave a comment

My favorite poem in 6th Grade

As far as I remember, this was my favorite poem in 6th grade. My grandfather bought me Minou Drouet’s First Poems at a library sale. (Thanks to this blogger for typing it up.) (Academics may cf. Barthes’ “Myth Today”) “Tree … Continue reading

Posted in Childhood, Literature | Leave a comment

Happy Bloomsday!

In the spirit of the Twitter trends #booksthatchangedmylife and #happybloomsday, 217 words that changed my life: INELUCTABLE MODALITY OF THE VISIBLE: AT LEAST THAT IF NO MORE, thought through my eyes. Signatures of all things I am here to read, … Continue reading

Posted in Literature, Modernism, Organic Furniture Cellar | 2 Comments

Reading Lists

The last time I had time to “read for pleasure” was 2005, in the short summer months between finishing my MA and beginning the PhD. I was in Sweden and few books were available there in English, so I worked … Continue reading

Posted in Literature | 16 Comments

A successful failure

Yesterday afternoon I made a giant list of almost 300 contemporary female poets compiled from three lists I’d previously made. And I asked for more. By 11pm there were over 400. By midnight there were over 500. I woke up … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary Poetry, gender | 5 Comments

The Poem In Your Pocket

It’s Poem in Your Pocket Day! Halloween for poetry. Carry a poem in your pocket to give to someone like a valentine or trade with someone like a baseball card. Or just hoard poems in your own pocket. Bonus points … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary Poetry, gender, personal | 3 Comments

Let Us Cultivate Our Garden

Only two more days to vote for the Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere. I voted the year that Amy King won (I voted for Amy) and I voted for rob mclennan last year, who came in second. This year the … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary Poetry, personal | Leave a comment

Protected: Things that are not Real

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

Posted in Academia, Contemporary Poetry, health

Notes from Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie was here.  No one died. My notes, as they are, not cleaned up (except to be typed rather than handwritten): laughter & forgetting :-D –> A novel of memory becomes a political novel literature to preserve the human … Continue reading

Posted in Literature, politics | Leave a comment

It’s LIS Finals Time

And now we get to see how I’ve managed to relate my real life to my LIS life in my final projects.  First complete project: a very personal, very condensed, almost to the point of being just plain wrong, look … Continue reading

Posted in Librarianship, Literature, small press publishing | 2 Comments

The Philadelphia Wireman

. Joseph Massey posted these links to Facebook and I wanted to repost them because they are fascinating: the Philadelphia Wireman and a mini-gallery of his work.  I’d never heard of this person until Joe posted these links about 24 … Continue reading

Posted in art, Contemporary Poetry, visual poetry | 2 Comments

30 Poems in 30 Days: Thoughts on Process

April, once uncomfortably known as National Poetry Month, has been re-branded, much more comfortably, as National Poetry Writing Month.  This makes us feel less passive in our minority.  The challenge is to write 30 poems in 30 days. For the … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary Poetry, My Poetry, poetics | 7 Comments

Let’s Call a Draft a Draft

As poets, many of us are skeptical of editors. They have the power to reject or accept our poems and even edit them, and what do they know? Those of us who are visual poets are even more skeptical. Will … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary Poetry, New Poetry, visual poetry | 7 Comments

Dickinson’s Music: Beyond “Amazing Grace”

When I was an undergrad taking graduate courses in the Poetics Program, one of the courses I missed out on was Susan Howe’s Emily Dickinson course (I later took her very interesting Wallace Stevens course).  I loved Howe’s work but … Continue reading

Posted in Literature | 3 Comments

Se Mig

When I was in Sweden in 2004, I passed a movie theater playing the film Se Mig. With my rudimentary Swedish I translated this as “See Me” (the literal translation), although the English translation from the original French Film Comme … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary Poetry, gender, metablog | 5 Comments

Copyright

For one of my library classes, a group of us are making a digital library of art and literature from the Buffalo area.  Subsequently, and partly because of the continuous uproar surrounding copyright and other digital libraries (namely Google Books), we … Continue reading

Posted in small press publishing | 1 Comment

Subscription Deals

Two subscription deals I would buy if I had any disposable income (which I currently don’t, see previous posts on unemployment): Chax Press, $70 Alice Notley, Reason & Other Women; Anne Waldman, Matriot Acts; Charles Bernstein, Umbra; Barbara Henning, Cities … Continue reading

Posted in small press publishing | 1 Comment

Big Night

One of the reasons why Just Buffalo‘s fantastic new “Big Night” reading series attracts so many different Buffalo arts demographics: everybody loves good food.

Posted in Buffalo, poetry readings | Leave a comment

I have something to say and I’m saying it and that is poetry as I need it

“Have something worth telling in the first place.” 1. Brooklyn 2. Elisa

Posted in Contemporary Poetry, poetics | 1 Comment

Gender and Blogging Redux

As you may already know, there are a couple of discussions going on about gender and poetry following my original post, one at Mark Wallace’s blog and one at Harriet.  There are a couple of things I want to say, … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary Poetry, gender | 9 Comments

How to Write a Good Bio

As you can tell from my “about the author” blog page, different media have different ideal bios. I certainly wouldn’t send that whole thing to a magazine, and under normal situations I would not send it to a curator of … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary Poetry | 1 Comment

Women in Poetry (Again)

Since I am currently out of work, I am working on a few much-delayed issues of Foursquare and I am reminded that although Foursquare is not a unique project in the world of poetry magazines, it is still a sometimes … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary Poetry, gender, poetics | 8 Comments

Protected: Elsewhere

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

Posted in job, Librarianship, money, teaching

Protected: National Survivors of Suicide Day

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

Posted in Modernism, personal

Thesaurus Project

So here’s the short paper that resulted from the previous post…

Posted in Academia, Contemporary Poetry, Librarianship, publishing in miniature, small press publishing, visual poetry | 10 Comments

Difficulties of Cataloging Artists’ Books

I’m doing a few of my LIS projects on artists’ books, and I’m currently doing one on contemporary poetic objects by women, incorporating works from Hex Press, Dusie, recombinant dna press, Big Game Books, dos press, ellectrique press, and a … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary Poetry, Librarianship, small press publishing, visual poetry | 2 Comments

Protected: Digitess

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

Posted in Academia, job, personal

Update

I drove to Lowell, MA last weekend, where I met the Bootstrap boys, Derek Fenner and Ryan Gallagher, for the first time. Bootstrap is the mother-press of which Outside Voices is an imprint, but we had never met in real … Continue reading

Posted in My Poetry, poetry readings | 6 Comments

Upcoming Readings

I’ll be giving two readings soon: one in Buffalo and one in MA. Check out the Readings page for details.

Posted in My Poetry, poetry readings | Leave a comment

Noriko Ambe at the Albright-Knox

Although many of the assignments I have to do for my MLS degree are dull, simplistic activities, some of the larger projects involve researching things I’m actually interested in. For example, for one of my courses my partner and I … Continue reading

Posted in art, visual poetry | Tagged | Leave a comment

Gargantuan poetry reading

Buffalo kids like to do it up big.  Every year during the Small Press Book Fair, we have marathon readings– this year’s lasted for (if memory serves) 7 hours.  This Friday, starting at 8pm at Sugar City (19 Wadsworth), we’ll … Continue reading

Posted in poetry readings | 5 Comments

Fall Readings

I’d like to set up a couple of fall readings in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Eastern Canada, and/or Great Lakes areas. Any takers? Boston, Toronto, Cleveland, NYC, Philly, DC…

Posted in poetry readings | 3 Comments

Town & Gown Reading

UB Poetics student David Hadbawnik is starting a reading series with the goal of bringing “townies” (Buffalo area poets not affiliated with the Poetics Program) and Poetics Program poets together.  This schism is just one of many on the Buffalo … Continue reading

Posted in poetry readings | 2 Comments