23 April 2014

Robert Grenier Portfolio in BOMB

I'm pretty sure these drawings are pretty old, given that Bob was going to make an edition of rhymms with Alastair Johnston's Poltroon (I think) back in the 90's (I think?). Or maybe he's continuing the series? I remember seeing the green boxes for the aborted series at his place in Bolinas, which were designed to "rhymm" (get it?!) with the O Books edition of What I Believe   Transpiration / Transpiring   Minnesota. I'm always excited to see folks promoting Bob's practice; I view him as an unqualified genius...

22 April 2014

Newish Frances Kruk

I've been a huge fan of Frances Kruk's work since reading her beautifully measured chapbook with Punch Press, Down You Go, or NÉGATION de BRUIT: APRÈS DANIELLE COLLOBERT. I was stoked to discover two new Kruk chapbooks in the mail this week, both of which I hope to share here. This is the first in full, "Five Poems in Water" through the Dusie Kollektiv. Enjoy.

20 April 2014

Frost, Brazil, and Kennedy in Conversation with Thom Donovan

Check out this super interesting conversation between Jackqueline Frost, David Brazil, Evan Kennedy, and Thom Donovan up at BOMB. Essential reading.

08 April 2014

New Elderly

New Elderly, this one featuring Katy Bohinc, Matt Longabucco, Geoffrey Olsen, Emily Skillings, Dan Thomas-Glass, and Sue Landers. This mag has already proven super reliably awesome in its short life: I read the last two front to back, which is especially rare for me! And this one looks particularly chock-full of good stuff. After a preliminary skim, I can say I'm especially looking forward to Geoffrey Olsen's material, which I believe he shared when reading for Hearts Desire last summer.  

07 April 2014

New poems by Brett Price

I had the opportunity to meet Brett Price in Seattle during AWP, shortly after working with him on his fantastic contribution to ON, "The New York School: On Naming," which can be had here. As we were chatting, I realized I'd never read any of his poems and asked if he'd share a sheaf. The following PDF represents new work published here and there in small journals: a recent greatest hits, if you will. I'm very pleased I asked to see something as these poems are incredible, and I'm more pleased to have Brett's blessing to share them with you, kind and gentle readers. Take a look and share with friends...

04 April 2014

David James Miller on The Katechon

I feel incredibly lucky to point you, dear reader, to a super smart article at Drunken Boat in which David James Miller places my poem The Katechon in the context of black metal (where it certainly belongs!!).

He writes: "In looking toward a future in which a political (and biblical) katechon has been removed, through a necessary release of chaos, a ‘hope’ of a kind simultaneously arrives, one in which the presence of his poem and the act of its writing posits the possibility of redemption. This would certainly seem to be against all the ideological underpinnings of black metal, but isn’t this what they were really all about: asserting that the present is not enough, that there’s something else available, even if it’s not immediate?"

I was also pleased to see David mention the great St. Louis band Grand Ulena, which, I was suprised to learn, featured his friend Danny McClain on drums. I learned about the band through its bass player, Darin Gray, who played in one of my favorite bands of all time, The Dazzling Killmen (as well as other seminal Skin Graft bands like You Fantastic!, Brise-Glace, and Yona-Kit). Grand Ulena were short-lived and pretty great, and they deserve way more attention; as such, you should check out the YouTube clips when you read David's generous article here.

27 March 2014


They're getting way better at nailing my preferences...

21 March 2014

Caffentzis, Federici, Linebaugh

This is going to be incredible. Don't miss it. And it's the first event at the OMNI, which I've yet to visit and am super excited to explore. If you would have told me, even, like, three months ago, that this event would be happening in the new B.A.P.S. space, I would have had reservations. The power of optimism, I suppose!

Emji Spero at Johannson Projects Tonight!

EMJI SPERO - Almost Any Shit Will Do - Poetry Book Trailer from Timeless, Infinite Light on Vimeo.

20 March 2014

Rich Owens, Boyd Nielson, and Scrutiny

If you're following the conversations post-post-post Poetry and Revolution in the UK (and the Poetry and/or Revolution conference here in the Bay Area last October)--notably the Joshua Clover / Keston Sutherland exchange at the Claudius App, along with Stephen Collis' response now up at ON--this dialogue between Boyd Nielson and Rich Owens is totally worth checking out. Supposedly, some folks found this exchange controversial; reading it again this morning, I'm not sure why (Owens' claim that "the best poetry...has always been sound bourgeois practice"?).

And Nielson, Owens, and Joe Ramsey have started a new talk series called "Scrutiny" at the Center for Marxist Education in Camrbidge, Mass. Josh Stanley's "Immortality in Public," which takes up Wordsworth and Keston Sutherland is the first installment, and it's already available to stream above. Find the Scrutiny website here

19 March 2014

David Brazil, Jackqueline Frost, and Evan Kennedy at Canessa Park

I missed the Brazil, Frost, Kennedy reading at Canessa Park due to AWP, but thanks to Sara Larsen, we have some video footage. I post now in anticipation of Compline reissues of both the Brazil and Frost texts. I'm reprinting Jack's cover this weekend, in anticipation of a mid-April launch; David's book should follow later in the year.

18 March 2014

Renee Gladman's "The Sentence as a Space for Living"

UC Berkeley has inaugurated its own "Scalapino Lecture" (separate from what we do at Small Press Traffic, confusingly!), and so far they haven't advertised too far off campus (I'm not sure I heard anything about the first one). But Renee Gladman is an inspired choice for this talk, and I hope people will show. Renee's reading for SPT on Sunday was fantastic, and I expect more of the same here... 

And as a preview, Divya Victor and Simone White will share the stage for the 4th Annual Leslie Scalapino Memorial Lecture in 21st Century Poetics at SPT. June 1st, I think...You should come.

17 March 2014

New Sonnets by Ted Rees

Ted read from a new crown of sonnets at Hearts Desire on Saturday, and I asked if he'd let me share them, partially because they're dense and rich and I wanted to take another spin at my leisure, but also to share them with you, dear readers, because you're better off having read them. Ted's also featured in Stephen Novotny's new magazine, but I don't have one to share yet. Coming soon...

14 March 2014

One Year of the Public School (and Hearts Desire this Saturday)!

The Public School is celebrating its first year of incredible talks, readings, and classes thanks to the tireless efforts of its organizers (along with financial contributions from viewers like you!). I was reminded of this milestone when I saw its recent financial statement: with the efforts of just a handful of people (who work very, very hard!), this remarkable collective has provided so much to our community over the past year.

And though we all abhor talking money, this shit's not free. If you're able (and only if you're able), perhaps you'll consider cutting out some afternoon coffees and killing the cable bill or whatever to help support the cause. The Public School does a great job of avoiding the constant funding rhetoric, so it behooves us to remind each other that these things don't happen for free. Please consider joining the effort here, and if you're already a member of the Fab Fifty (or, I guess, the Fab Twenty-Five currently!), don't forget to re-up your bank info using the new direct deposit system. 

And finally, thanks to the Public School, we'll enjoy a badass reading this Saturday at Hearts Desire (with the new semi-spooky mood lighting that I'm proud to have instigated!). This one features the incredible Divya Victor (whose new Les Figues book is really, really great) along with local wunderkinds Carrie Hunter and Ted Rees. See you then?

13 March 2014

Where Eagles Dare

With the new Elderly material, and now the return of Steve Orth's Where Eagles Dare, it feels like we're experiencing a real PDF mag renaissance. Most welcome. I loved getting Orth's mag in person, but I think I prefer having it on the screen in color. Never thought I would say that... 

11 March 2014


The first nine stanzas of new work by Greek poet Siarita Kouka, translated by the dynamic duo of Angelos and John Sakkis. John shared this work at the AWP translation reading, and I just missed it as I ran over to the Hilton from my Scalapino panel. The poem's in two parts; twenty stanzas a pop. More than worth tracking down if you have a moment to write John a letter: I'm pretty sure you can get one at Both Both (unless AWP ate them up). Or else write me, I guess, and I'll tell John it's an emergency...

PS. "arotho is a Greek word that translates as 'lying-to,' a nautical term for a ship at sea waiting to port."

10 March 2014

Ezzz found AWP sooooooooooo boring...

Let me know when you're hocking a book about farm animals.

))))) yawn (((((

07 March 2014

Julia Drescher on Billy the Kid

Julia Drescher read this fantastic piece on Jack Spicer's "Billy the Kid" during the Compline/Cuneiform/Further Other Book Works/Textile Series reading at AWP. I'm very pleased to share it here, and I hope this signals a much larger project to come!

05 March 2014

Brent Cunningham's Rimbaud

Brent Cunningham organized a reading of translations for AWP and gave a stirring performance of Rimbaud's "Soleil et Chair," which he translates here as "Sunlight on a Chair." He was sure to mention that he doesn't actually speak French, claiming that he would like to produce a text that would simply "look right" next to the original. After a totally engaging and super funny performance, he said something like "or at least I think that's what it says"! At first I thought he was joking, but I think "Sunlight on a Chair" is more often translated as "Sun and Flesh"! Either way, I'm sure Brent's translation is pretty close! Enjoy...