– Sharon Harris’s Avatar, an Ono-esque caper through instructional, found, “visual,” list, and prose poetry.
– Tao Lin’s you are a little bit happier than i am
– Charles Bernstein’s Girly Man, which so far seems dark, rhythmic and witty in that Charles sort of way. It’s a lovely hardback edition. You can get a signed copy from Bridge Street Books (email Rod). Charles was telling us that the new editions of some of his books, including My Way and A Poetics, are printed by their publishers POD. This is just a reminder that large, “legitimate” publishers use POD too. Next request from Lulu: heavier cover stock.
– A purple envelope with poems inside from Alix which I have yet to open because I don’t want to hurt it. There are enough of these fragile enveloped projects now– from Alix, me, and Susana, off the top of my head– that something interesting might be said/written about why we insist upon the violation of beautiful textual objects, or about the delivery/receipt aesthetics of the enveloped text.
– Aaron Lowinger’s “Open Night” – a stellar fragile-but-tough, delicate-but-self-sufficient little book that you should try to get ahold of by contacting House Press. Here we go:
I love you
you don’t know
the night is new
the air oil black
where the cave opens
I miss your face
and the tree-sized arms
with each drink
I get a little better–
go off for twenty years
get buried by the sea
I’ll leave earth for you
in the room next to me
Just as it can be argued (as I sd to Charles, because I am always talking) that all writing is autobiographical, all traces of humanity, all sounds and patterns reveal the life that formed them, anthropologically as it were; it can easily be argued that all poetry is love poetry. Put your Derrida and Wittgenstein together; stir until thoroughly mixed; simmer until tender.
Last night after the reading while we sat at the DC version of Founding Fathers or Lebro’s, I found myself beside Charles and across from Rod (Smith), which was strange because I’ve known Rod since I was about 16 and I’ve known Charles since I was 18 and now I am 27 and that’s a long time.