I have a short essay on zines and teen librarianship in Poet-Librarians in the Library of Babel (eds. Sommer Browning and Shannon Tharpe) and an entry on teeth in Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing within the Anthropocene (eds. Linda Russo … Continue reading
A new mini-chapbook of mine is out from Phafours Press, where $10 will get you all 7 of the mini chapbooks in the series. Cicada Radio is a series of square handwritten poems (like this one at Apocryphal Text but … Continue reading
I work in a library that has been weeding thousands of books (outdated, water damaged, and otherwise in poor condition– it had not been weeded in years and we’re downsizing as our research/space needs change), so my friends and I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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
This Alice Notley poem, available in Grave of Light, was in our Scholastic reader in 8th grade and I identified strongly with it.
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
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
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
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
There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.
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
. 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
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
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
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
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
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.
“Have something worth telling in the first place.” 1. Brooklyn 2. Elisa
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
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
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
So here’s the short paper that resulted from the previous post…
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
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
I’ll be giving two readings soon: one in Buffalo and one in MA. Check out the Readings page for details.
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
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
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…
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
Is technically available now from Edge Books. I imagine that there’s a lot of overlap between readers of her blog and readers of mine, so you probably already know this. And if you read her blog then you already know … Continue reading
.. . . Spell/ing () Bound is a tripartite book, arguably harkening back to the Oulipo tradition,* by Cara Benson, Kai Fierle-Hedrick and Kathrin Schaeppi. I saw it at the Dusie Press reading in New York last month, shuddered at … Continue reading
– A toss of the dice will never abolish chance. Take advantage of Jeff Encke’s “fire sale” of this amazing poem published on playing cards. Jeff writes: When you find a moment, please take a look at the card gallery … Continue reading
– I’ve decided to write single poems for single readers such that writing is publication and the reader I appeal to is the one precise reader who receives the poem. This is partly practical: I don’t have the time or … Continue reading
Here. There’s a stack of cool stuff on my desk I want to tell you about, but I don’t have time right now to do it justice.
honestas . what do you think of that building without knowing the architect ….. knowing the architect, what do you think of that building ….. the answer: they have expanded cheaply, beautifully, or otherwise in the streets, holes and parking … Continue reading
Charles Alexander covers the Poet-Publisher Roundtable, etc. My own thoughts, perhaps, one day– if I ever have time!
If you have a Ph.D. in English, experience working in libraries (especially Special Collections), and an interest in 20th Century poetry, there’s a great job posting for an Assistant Curator at the UB Poetry Collection. The salary is $50-55k, which … Continue reading
Helen took some great pictures of Veil at the infusoria exhibit. I also found the text for Veil, which has been lost since I originally created the piece for Bridge St. Books in 2002– there are six passages embroidered in … Continue reading