24 November 2014

New classes at the Public School!

Hello all:

I'm organizing two reading groups at the Public School this spring if you're interested: "Heidegger for Mystics" and a monthly meeting on Agamben's Homo Sacer cycle. Info below; hope to see you there!

Heidegger for Mystics
2nd and 4th Thursdays starting January 8th from 7-9 pm

This reading group will investigate Heidegger's esoteric and "poetic" writings about language and the event, texts composed approximately between 1936-1942. With the new translation of The Contributions to Philosophy (of the Event), a forthcoming set of new lectures on Holderlin, and the recent translation of his "personal notebook" The Event, it seems timely to dig into this very strange, beautiful and often problematic writing. A possible reading list might include the following primary texts:

Martin Heidegger, Contributions to Philosophy (of the Event)
Martin Heidegger, Mindfulness
Martin Heidegger, The Event
Martin Heidegger, Elucidations of Holderlin's Poetry
Martin Heidegger, Holderlin's Hymn "The Ister"
Martin Heidegger, Holderlin's Hymns "Germania" and "The Rhine"

Secondary texts might include:

Jeffrey Powell (ed.), Heidegger and Language
Daniela Vallega-Neu, Heidegger's Contributions to Philosophy, An Introduction
Richard Polt, The Emergency of Being
Krzysztof Ziarek, Language After Heidegger

I'm open to moving as fast or slow as folks would like (we can meet once or twice a month, depending on schedules and interest). One strategy would be to read The Contributions in this new translation, tackle the Holderlin lectures, and then take on Mindfulness and The Event. At our first meeting in January we can work together to devise a proper reading list and schedule.

Giorgio Agamben's Homo Sacer Cycle
3rd Thursday of the month starting January 15th from 7-9 pm

I was thinking about rereading Homo Sacer and State of Exception in anticipation of digging into the later Agamben texts like The Kingdom and the Glory and Opus Dei, and as a result, it seemed like a good idea to read the Homo Sacer cycle from start to finish, especially since the missing volume, The Use of Bodies, is scheduled for publication in the summer of 2015. Here's the lineup:

1.1 Homo Sacer
2.1 State of Exception
2.2 The Kingdom and The Glory
2.3 The Sacrament of Language
2.4 The Use of Bodies (I think)
2.5 Opus Dei
3.1 Remnants of Auschwitz
4.1 The Highest Poverty

I plan to read one text a month, with a single meeting for conversation, though this is totally open for debate if there's interest.

I hope to see some of you there!

22 October 2014

Manhattan Luck

I'm not sure whether or not Alice Notley's Manhattan Luck will be on hand for purchase at the conference, but I wanted to share Andrew Kenower's cover, which is absolutely stunning. I'm dying to peek inside. And I think it represents the first publication of the Hearts Desire series, right?, which is super exciting!

21 October 2014

Alette in Oakland this weekend!!

So, I'm most certainly going to miss all of this due to tenure-review deadline stuff (feeling, um, mostly dejected), but you should totally go if you have a more humane work schedule. This promises to be so good that I feel totally overwhelmed just thinking about it. Here's the schedule:

FRIDAY 10/24:

7:30pm-9:00pm: Introduction & Reading by Alice Notley

9:00pm-10:00pm: Reception


10:00am-11:30am: Panel No. 1: Maggie Nelson, Sara Larsen, Laura Moriarty, Norman Fischer.

11:45am-1:15pm: Panel No. 2: Allison Cobb, Marcella Durand**, Laura Woltag, Lauren Levin, Brenda Iijima**

1:15pm-2:15pm: Lunch

2:15pm-3:45pm: Panel No. 3: Kaplan Harris, Steve Dickison, Jeanine Webb, Jennifer Karmin, Bernadette Mayer**

4:00pm-5:30pm: Panel No. 4: Becca Klaver, Trisha Low, Cassandra Gillig, Cathy Wagner

5:30pm-6:00pm: Keynote Talk: Eileen Myles

6:00pm-8:00pm: Dinner

8:00pm-9:00pm: A performance of “Anne’s White Glove” by Alice Notley, directed by Alana Siegel

[The cast and crew include Jane Gregory, David Brazil, Kevin Killian, Cassandra Gillig, Helen Frances, Jeremy Michael Dalmas, Annie O'Hare, Elaine Kahn, Crystal Sasaki, Steve Dickison, Kit Schlüter, Paul Ebenkamp, Heidi Gustafson, Alex Cruse, and Monica Raden. The play is free.]

SUNDAY 10/26:

10:00am-11:30am: Panel No. 5: Anne Boyer**, Alana Siegel, Others TBA

11:30am-12:30pm: Lunch

12:30pm-2:00pm: Town Hall with Alice Notley

So, everything is happening at the OMNI, and the (**) means that people are participating virtually.

And you can still support the Alette In Oakland Symposium by donating through the indiegogo campaign

14 October 2014

Dawn Lundy Martin and Anne Lesley Selcer

Thursday OCT 16 
Dawn Lundy Martin and Anne Lesley Selcer
3:30 pm @ The Poetry Center
HUM 512, SFSU, free
7:00 pm @ The Green Arcade
1680 Market Street (at Gough),
San Francisco, free   

We are pleased to host two readings by Dawn Lundy Martin and Anne Lesley Selcer: in the afternoon at The Poetry Center and an evening reading --- and book party celebrating Anne Lesley Selcer's from a Book of Poems on Beauty, which was selected by Dawn Lundy Martin as the winner of the Gazing Grain Press 2014 feminist chapbook contest for poetry/hybrid manuscripts --- at The Green Arcade.

Dawn Lundy Martin, an essayist and award-winning poet, is author of A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of Gathering (University of Georgia Press 2007), winner of the Cave Canem Prize; DISCIPLINE (Nightboat Books 2011), which was selected by Fanny Howe for the Nightboat Books Poetry Prize and a finalist for both Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Lambda Literary Award; Candy, a limited edition letterpress chapbook (Albion Books 2011); The Main Cause of the Exodus (O'clock Press 2014); and The Morning Hour, selected by C.D. Wright for the 2003 Poetry Society of America's National Chapbook Fellowship. Her forthcoming collection Life in a Box is a Pretty Life will be published by Nightboat Books in 2014. She has written a libretto for a video installation opera, titled "Good Stock on the Dimension Floor," which was scheduled to be featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, and is collaborating with architect Mitch McEwen on Detroit Opera House, "a project which stages an opera as a house, the house and its dramas of occupancy, vacancy, demolition, and re-purposing as an opera." Martin is also a co-founder of the Black Took Collective, an experimental performance art/poetry group of three. She is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.

Anne Lesley Selcer recently served as a columnist for SFMoma's Open Space and has one book, Banlieusard, commissioned by Artspeak gallery. Writing had been anthologized in NW Edge III: the end of reality, The Physics of Context, The Feeling is Mutual: A list of our fucking demands, and most recently in It's night in San Francisco, but it's sunny in Oakland. A chapbook is forthcoming with supersuperette press, and another was published with the Dusie Kollektiv in 2011. Poems have appeared in The Clackamus Review, Dusie, Where Eagles Dare, in the artist book Aunt Maude's Scrapbook by Sydney Hermant, and are forthcoming in Fence. Writing on art has been commissioned by galleries Centre A, the Or, the Helen Pitt, and by artists Aurel Schmidt and Abass Ackhavan, and has appeared in Fillipand Doppelganger magazines. In San Francisco, she was a member of the now defunct Nonsite Collective. In Vancouver she created and curated an interdisciplinary series for poets, researchers, and artists called the Chroma Reading Series. Her from A Book of Poems on Beauty was selected by Dawn Lundy Martin as the winner of the Gazing Grain Press 2014 feminist chapbook contest for poetry/hybrid manuscripts. The work is an ongoing, research based project which has produced poems, essays and video.

11 October 2014


Sara Larsen reports, "I am reading from After Sappho at Litcrawl on Saturday, October 18th @ 6 pm. It's at the Voyager Shop, 365 Valencia Street. There will be bells, and maybe a chorus..."

David Brazil reports, "Unfortunately the planned release event for Nico Peck's book on Sunday has been cancelled. We will let you know when & if it is rescheduled."

As far as I know, pancakes are still happening on Sunday...

10 October 2014

La Commune Benefit // Nico Peck

This weekend, La Commune is making you pancakes, and then Nico Peck's first book is officially launching. I hear Steve Orth can REALLY make a pancake, and it will be exciting to see books on the shelves. Like most everyday, you should spend the day at the OMNI! 

09 October 2014

Sara Larsen's After Sappho

Have any of you seen this killer Sara Larsen chapbook, After Sappho. I'm pretty sure David Brazil made them himself during a residency at the Berkeley Art Museum? Maybe Sara has more? Anyway, I love this work, and word on the street is that there's a new Sara Larsen book on the horizon!

06 October 2014

David Grundy's "Whatever You Think the Good Home"

Rich Owens also printed this pretty incredible (very petite) chapbook for David Grundy's stateside visit. I've posted the whole poem here because it looks like it's sold out at Punch Press (and it's awesome!), and I thought to mention that I have a few extra copies in my possession if you want one. First two takers get them... 

03 October 2014


Sorry I've been away so long, dear friends! Exigencies around a new teaching position have held the lion's share of my attention hostage since summer. But there's this, printed way the hell back in July, and it's so, so good I could no longer hold my tongue; flipping through it again this past weekend, I realized how many things I've yet to share this season...

Sundial was produced by genius poet/printer/critic/human Rich Owens in Maine, (maybe as) a one-off to mark David Grundy's visit to the states. Letterpress covers on kraft paper with photocopied guts. And the lineup is pretty incredible (see above). This number features the last few lines of my Katechon 3, the rest of which appears in the Timeless, Infinite Light anthology, and will appear later (??), in full, in a slightly different form thanks to the diligent (though frankly paranoid!) work of the Vigilance Society. Sundial can be had here for super cheap, and purchase may also snag you a copy of a tiny David Grundy one-off chapbook, also produced by Owens for the visit...

25 August 2014


Poet Elaine Kahn plays as Horsebladder, I read poems, and the legendary Bill Orcutt plays guitar. This is going to be nuts. Sat. 8/30, 8pm, Woolsey Heights: 1628 Woolsey St., Apt. C, Berkeley.

07 August 2014

Wendy's Subway

When Jamie Townsend was in town a few weeks back, he handed off a new newsprint journal representing the Wendy's Subway collective in Brooklyn. I'm not sure if the contributors listed above represent the core organizers of the space, or if these folks are simply near and dear to the collective's heart (the collective heart?!), but I love the magazine (which reminds me of the over-sized newsprint number coming out of Portland a few years back...David Abel and Robert Mittenthal were connected to that one I think? What was the name?). Anyway, I don't know enough about the space to get a sense of how it works, but it certainly looks promising from the outside...Learn more here.

06 August 2014

Elderly 5

Jamie and Nicholas Elderly are at it again, this time featuring a slew of our best. Here's the current lineup:


I feel well cared for these days in the magazine department, what with this brilliance, Steve Orth's Where Eagles Dare, etc. David Brazil handed off some extra copies of TRY! the other day, and though I'd usually feel a twinge of nostalgia, Jamie, Nicholas, and company are keeping the faith...

04 August 2014

New Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs

It's always great news when Brenda Iijima's Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs begins cranking out new work. These are the four newest chapbooks to land in my mailbox (though I think I'm missing at least three new ones?): Robert Kocik's E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E in its first edition (which we loved so much we used it as a prototype when designing the version that appears in Kocik's Supple Science), Julie Patton's Notes for Some (Nominally) Awake, Marissa Perel's Angry Ocean 1-10 (which comes highly recommended by tons of people I trust!), and another new one from C.J. Martin (who is having just an INCREDIBLE run at the moment!). It is imperative to support everything that Brenda does, so take a look at the current lineup here...

01 August 2014

Left Helicon by Luke Roberts

I was pleased to land some new Luke Roberts in the mail the other day, and this one must be making the rounds as I saw Rob Halpern carrying it around with him at his reading at Woolsey Heights a few weeks back. Great stuff here, though it's not easy to come by in the states: you might have to write Rod Mengham in the UK to get one. That said, Luke sent me two extra copies, so I'll send it out to the first two people to get in touch...

31 July 2014

Double Burst #1

Speaking of new work by Ted Rees, you'll find more in this recent issue of Stephen Novotny's Double Burst. Really interesting work here by both Rees and Jared Stanley. My understanding is that Novotny picks one author and asks said poet to pick another for the double feature? Next issue features Anne Lesley Selcer, I think...

30 July 2014

Armed Cell 7

Due to the craziness of the Poetry Summit, I forgot to mention this new incredible issue of Armed Cell, edited by our own Brian Ang. New Joshua Clover, Angela Hume, Dereck Clemons, Olive Blackburn, Ted Rees, and Kenny G. I'm especially partial to the Rees sonnets here...Get it.

Additionally, the cover image comes from Nicholas Komodore's photo essay "An Odyssey" which can be found at Komodore's Mayakov + Sky Platform site.

29 July 2014

Chap. XXIV by Craig Dworkin

This might be one of the most beautiful books I've ever owned! What's going on in Salt Lake City?! Tons of amazing book arts and poets converging, etc. Here's Craig Dworkin's contribution to Tristram Shandy from Red Butte Press. I don't know how to get one, as it's not listed on the website, but maybe if you write and ask nicely? This one's immediately finding its home on the top shelf...  

28 July 2014

Timeless, Infinite Light

It's almost always a great time to be a poet in Oakland, but the current constellation of folks residing in the East Bay boggles the mind. And with great people come great small presses and little magazines doing the work to capture a snapshot of this activity.

2014 might mark the busiest year of small press activity in the East Bay in, like, forever, what with the recent inauguration of Mess Editions, talk of a fledgling press connected to the Public School, and the recent incredible publications from Timeless, Infinite Light. Most everyone in the world has probably heard of the new anthology It's night in San Francisco but it's sunny in Oakland, but I thought to post some excerpts here as I read through it to entice folks to pick it up. You can already see the exquisite wear in my tattered copy (scanned above), mostly scarred as I stumbled through the East Bay Poetry Summit, granted; however, its wear should also speak to how often I dive in. I'm including scans here of a few favorite pages from the beginning: I especially love stanza #4 from Amy Berkowitz's "San Francisco Poem," and below that you'll find a page from Zoe Tuck's "Answering Machine." Get it here.

And folks love to talk shit about a "book trailer," but I've got to say that T.I.L. is making a super compelling case for why your press should have one! In fact, I'm going to go so far as to say that they invented this shit (though that's probably not true!). Someone at T.I.L. (Otis Pig?) is a branding wizard!

Timeless, Infinite Light Info Session (trans-temporal) from Timeless, Infinite Light on Vimeo.

26 July 2014

Say Hello to Your Last Chapbooks

Here are the covers for the three newest chapbooks in Aaron Cohick's (mostly) dos-a-dos series  through his New Lights Press featuring (mostly) two poets who he invites to his (and Noel Black's?) Say Hello to Your Last Poem! reading series in Colorado Springs. If you care at all about books, you need to seek out EVERYTHING that New Lights Press releases. These books are incredibly beautiful, and I'm especially digging what Aaron's been up to with lettering and titling. Get them here.

25 July 2014

Three new poems by David Grundy

It was a pleasure to have David Grundy in town this past week visiting from the UK. He gave a useful introductory lecture at BAPS on the uncollected Amiri Baraka volume he's working on with Rich Owens for Punch Press, and then he handed off these three new poems on the way to the airport this morning. Take a look and keep your eyes out for the Baraka soon....