Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Mr. Smith Goes to Walla Walla

VERSARI

Susan Tichy:
Poems, Beltway

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Katrina (ROCKPILE)

Straight Jacket Elegy

Alan Kaufman:
New Poetry,
Inteviewed by CK Tower,
Riding the Meridian
Relationshit,
Eclectica June/July 1998

Saturday, December 19, 2009

You and your swan

Genevieve Kaplan:
A Poem, Prism Review
A Poem, The Daily Palette

Friday, December 18, 2009

Brian Patten Big Hill 09

Jack Spicer on Mars

Jack Spicer on Mars,
about The Collected Poetry of
Jack Spicer
, Wesleyan 2008
by Jared White, Open Letters
Jack Spicer:
"Imagine Lucifer...", Poetry

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Since We've Lived Here

Amy De'Ath:
Since We've Lived Here,
Amy De'Ath Blog

Alan Ross Poems


Reports from the past, by DJ Taylor, The Guardian
About Alan Ross Poems, selected and introduced
by David Hughes, Harvill

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

GEHRY IN THE DESERT


Gehry in the Desert, Hello Beautiful!

worst agonies

John Grochalski:
Two Poems,
Underground Voices

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

aslongasittakes


aslongasittakes - a magazine of sound poetry

five new york poems

Puma Perl:
five new york poems,
epic rites

Of Geese

Arlene Ang:
Of Geese,
Tonsillitis,
Rattle

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Words

Hugo Williams:
The Words,
Tell,
Acumen 50/2004

Three Riga Poems

Robert Sheppard:
Three Riga Poems,
Introducing Robert Sheppard,
pages

Friday, December 11, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

The Sesquipedalist


The Sesquipedalist - on the Sociology of the architectural
Profession and the Meditation of its Products

Monday, December 07, 2009

A fear of falling

Arlene Ang:
A fear of falling,
flashquake Poetry

The Golden Age

Piotr Gwiazda:
The Golden Age,
Linebreak

Canto XLV (With Usura)

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Poetry Activism

John Kinsella:
Poems can stop bulldozers,
Poetry Foundation

Friday, December 04, 2009

Midnight in Dostoevsky

Don DeLillo:
Midnight in Dostoevsky,
The New Yorker

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Yarg

Andrew Taylor:
Four Poems,
Great Works

Sunday, November 29, 2009

68

A.D. Winans:
68, epic rites

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Notting Hill Gate

Marcus Slease,
Poems,
The Argotist Online

Nothing in that Drawer

The Other Room (James Davies & Tom Jenks)
Interviews
Ron Padgett, The Other Room

Friday, November 27, 2009

Ballad of the Goodly Fere

Ezra Pound:
Additional Poems,
Modern American Poetry

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

HALO

Spencer Selby:
HALO (for JLM),
Eoagh #2

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Visual Poetry

starEduction

Nico Vassilakis:
NOTES ON STARING,
Word For/Word #15

Monday, November 23, 2009

Smoking Gun

Robert Sheppard:
from Smoking Gun,
Signals Magazine #5

Sorry

Eileen Myles:
Three Poems,
Eoagh #3

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

rio

Audri Sousa:
rio, robot melon
Poems, SUB-LIT
untitled, elimae

ST. LOUIS - LAST STOP OF THE ROCKPILE

ST. LOUIS—LAST STOP OF THE ROCKPILE ON THE ROAD TOUR
2 EVENTS!!

ST. LOUIS ROCKPILE Performance

November 24th 7:30-11pm
Regional Arts Commission Performance Space
6128 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112-1204
(314) 863-5811
http://www.art-stl.com/
Admission: free

David Meltzer, Michael Rothenberg, Terri Carrion and The Bob Malone Band w/ Bob Malone (piano),Marc Singer (drums), Christa Hillhouse (bass) and special guest Dave Black (guitar), Very special guest readers and performers include Shirley LeFlore, Michael Castro, K. Curtis Lyle and David Jackson (assorted percussion and electronics), Alexander Balogh, Howard Schwartz, Philip Gounis and Sean Arnold

UNTAMED INK PUBLICATION CELEBRATION: "UNDER AND ABOVE GROUND"

Monday, November 23rd 6pm
Untamed Ink, Under and Above Ground:
A Publication Celebration hosted by David Meltzer, Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion
Lindenwood University, LCIE auditorium.
Admission: free

ROCKPILE is sponsored by The Committee on Poetry and funded by Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, supported by grants from The James Irvine Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Friday, November 20, 2009

My hero JG Ballard

My hero JG Ballard
by Will Self, The Guardian

Billie Holiday Me And The Blues

A.D. Winans:
Billie Holiday Me And The Blues, erbacce-press
Billie Holiday Me And The Blues reviewed
by Terry Reis Kennedy, kagablog
An Interview with A.D. Winans by
Terry Reis Kennedy, kagablog
Selected Poetry, laurahird.com

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pigs don't say "oink" in every language

Jim Goar:
Two Poems,
Word For/Word #11

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Travel Writer

John Grochalski:
The Travel Writer, Bartleby Snopes
Two Poems, Unlikely 2.0
Two Poems, Clockwise Cat

Next Stop Chicago - Two Big Rockpile Events!

NEXT STOP CHICAGO--TWO BIG ROCKPILE EVENTS!!

ROCKPILE Symposium--Music and Poetry: The Art of Poetry Collaboration.
Tuesday, November 17th 5pm to 8pm
Columbia College Chicago,
Ferguson Hall
600 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
+1 312-663-1600‎

About: Since Kenneth Rexroth and Langston Hughes first collaborated with jazz musicians (but then Jelly Roll Morton claimed to have collaborated with authors, as well) poetry and music have enjoyed a special relationship. The subject ranges far and wide: Brecht's Threepenny Opera, Allen Ginsberg's manic rock combos, modern hip-hop, the singer-songwriter tradition of troubadors such as Bob Dylan and Lou Reed--the relationship between music, specifically jazz, and poetry has been percolating for generations. Sit in with these artists as they discuss this tempestuous relationship in a rapid-fire panel discussion about poetry and music.

Panelists include: David Meltzer, Michael Rothenberg, Art Lange, Dan McNaughton, Tony Trigillio, Ed Roberson, Dan Godston, Larry Sawyer, Francesco Levato, Terri Carrion, Bob Malone, and others.


THEULTIMATE CHICAGO ROCKPILE Performance at The Hideout

Thursday, November 19, 8pm- 12pm
The Hideout
1354 W Wabansia
Chicago, Il 60622
773.227.4433
http://www.hideoutchicago.com/
ADMISSION: 10 dollars at the door
(all shows 21 & over unless stated otherwise
advance tickets online or by phone at 866.468.3401)

Poetry & Jazz Festival with ROCKPILE: David Meltzer, Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion perform with The Spider Trio and The Bob Malone Band and special guests Art Lange, Ed Roberson, Francesco Levato, Larry Sawyer, Dan Godston Band with Renee Baker, Satya Gummuluri, Dan Godston and Jimmy Bennington

Friday, November 13, 2009

Lunar New Year

Jim Goar:
Two Poems, Typo #8
Three Poems, Jacket #37

Thursday, November 12, 2009

IN THE AFTERNOON BABYLON



Grzegorz Wróblewski:
A Rarity, Cervena Barva Press
In The Afternoon Babylon, Exquisite Corpse
Paintings/Poems, Otoliths #15

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

belinda takes the mike

THE ROCKPILE TOUR CONTINUES...

AFTER A MAGNIFICENT SHOW AT THE GERSHWIN HOTEL IN NYC
THE ROCKPILE TOUR CONTINUES UPSTATE. . .

ROCHESTER, NY

November 11th, 4-5:15 pm
David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg
read with guest musicians Carl Atkins (saxophone) and Jay Jackson (drums)
Rochester Institute of Technology
College of Liberal Arts Faculty Lounge
Bldg. 6, Rm 1251
92 Lomb Memorial Dr
Rochester, NY
(585) 475-4922
ADMISSION: free


November 11th, 7pm
David Meltzer, Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion
Reading at: Writers and Books
740 University Ave
Rochester, NY
(585) 473-2590
ADMISSION: free

November 12th, 10:30 am
Rochester Institute of Technology lecture
Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion class on
“Editing The Literary Magazine”
Rochester Institute of Technology
92 Lomb Memorial Dr.
Rochester, NY
ADMISSION: free

BUFFALO, NY

November 12th, 7PM
David Meltzer, Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion reading
Just Buffalo @ WNYBAC
Western New York Book Arts Center
468 Washington St. @ Mohawk Place 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
http://www.justbuffalo.org/
ADMISSION: free

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Annie Freud (Interview)

Annie Freud with Marek Bartelik,
The Brooklyn Rail

Monday, November 09, 2009

Katrina

Michael Rothenberg:
Katrina, word for/word #15

Sunday, November 08, 2009

STOP 5 ON THE ROCKPILE TOUR

NEW YORK CITY IS STOP 5 ON THE ROCKPILE TOUR

!!!!3 EVENTS!!!!

NYC ROCKPILE SHOW at The Gershwin Hotel
Monday, November 9th 8pm
The Gershwin Hotel
7 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016
(212)545-8000
http://www.gershwinhotel.com/english/site1.html
Admission: $10 at the door

David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg with Marty Ehrlich (multi-reed player), Lindsey Horner (bass), Bill Zavatsky (piano), Michael Stephans (drums)


** ** **


POETRY AND MUSIC AND THE TROUBADOUR TRADITION
Monday, November 9th, 12:30-2pm
Segal Theater
The Center for the Humanities
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5103
New York, NY 10016
212-817-2005
ADMISSION: free

ROCKPILE- Poetry and Music and The Troubadour Tradition
A Discussion with David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg hosted by David Henderson and Ammiel Alcalay.


** ** ** **


ROCKPILE SYMPOSIUM ON ART AND ACTIVISM AT POETRY PROJECT
Saturday, November 7th 2-5pm
Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church
Parish Hall
131 E. 10th St.(& 2nd Ave.)
Manhattan, NY
ADMISSION: free

ROCKPILE Symposium: David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg host a discussion on "Art and Activism, Poetry, Music and The Troubadour Tradition, Censorship and The Academy, Community and Collaboration: Open discussion with Ammiel Alcalay, Teresa Carrion, Jim Christy, Marty Ehrlich, Murat Nemat-Nejat, Wanda Phipps, Harris Schiff, Suzi Winson and Bill Zavatsky. We welcome audience participation. Moderator: Jim Feast. (Refreshments)

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Amy De'Ath

Amy De'Ath:
But This Is Your Quota (Part 2),
The Argotist Online

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Monday, November 02, 2009

Sunday, November 01, 2009

The Best Man That Ever Was

Annie Freud:
The Best Man That Ever Was,
The Poetry Archive

Saturday, October 31, 2009

ROCKPILE COMES TO WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON, DC is the 4th Stop on the ROCKPILE TOUR. Come join us!

Wednesday, November 4 ROCKPILE PERFORMANCE
Host: Busboys and Poets: “Hump Day Groovez” w/ Burnett Thompson and The New Columbia Orchestra
Time: 9pm-11pm
2021 14 St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-387-9757
http://www.busboysandpoets.com/
admission—10 dollars at the door


Tuesday, November 3, noon-1:30 pm
Poets in the (Think) Tank: ROCKPILE Symposium Co-sponsored by Split This Rock www.SplitThisRock.org and the Institute for Policy Studies www.ips-dc.org
Brown bag lunch
The Institute for Policy Studies
1112 16th Street, NW, Suite 600Washington, DC
Farragut North or Farragut West Metro
For more info: info@splitthisrock.org, 202-787-5210

In anticipation of what is sure to be a music and poetry extravaganza at Busboys and Poets November 4, ROCKPILE artists David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg host an open discussion on Art and Activism, Poetry, Music and The Troubadour Tradition, Censorship and The Academy, Community and Collaboration. Panel participants include David Meltzer, Michael Rothenberg, and Fred Joiner (bio below). Moderator: Sarah Browning


Sunday, November 1, "All About Rockpile" with David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg and celebrated pianist and composer Burnett Thompson with members of The New Columbia Orchestra at The Writer's Center. Special celebration of guest readers include Terri Carrion, Carlo Parcelli, Beth Joselow, Rod Smith, Sarah Browning, Tom Mandel, Ruben Jackson, Ed Baker, Tala Rahmeh, and Brian Gilmore
Writer's Center
Time: 2pm – 5:00
www.writer.org
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815
(301)654-8664
Admission free
(festivities continue at Gaffney’s after the reading!)


-------------------------------------------------------------------

A leading poet of the Beat Movement, David MELTZER was raised in Brooklyn during the War years; performed on radio & early TV on the Horn & Hardart Children's Hour. Was exiled to L.A. at 16 & at 17 enrolled in an ongoing academy w/ artists Wallace Berman, George Herms, Robert Alexander, Cameron; migrated to San Francisco in 1957 for higher education w/ peers & maestros like Jack Spicer, Robert Duncan, Joanne Kyger, Diane DiPrima, Michael McClure, Lew Welch, Philip Whalen, Jack Hirschman, and a cast of thousands all living extraordinary ordinary lives. Beat Thing [La Alameda Press, 2004] won the Josephine Miles PEN Award, 2005. Was editor and interviewer for San Francisco Beat: Talking With The Poets [City Lights, 2001]. With Steve Dickison, co-edits Shuffle Boil, a magazine devoted to music in all its appearances & disappearances. 2005 saw the publication of David's Copy: The Selected Poems of David Meltzer by Viking/Penguin, a collection spanning over forty years of work that paints a vivid portrait of Meltzer's life as a poet through poems taken from thirty of his previous books of poetry. With a versatile style and playful tone, Meltzer offers his unique vision of civilization with a range of juxtapositions from Jewish mysticism and everyday life to jazz and pop culture.

Michael ROTHENBERG is a poet, songwriter, and the editor of Big Bridge magazine online at www.bigbridge.org. His poetry books include Man/Woman, a collaboration with Joanne Kyger, The Paris Journals (Fish Drum Press), Monk Daddy (Blue Press), and Unhurried Vision (La Alameda/University of New Mexico Press). His poems have been published widely in small press publications including, 88: A Journal of Contemporary American Poetry, Berkeley Poetry Review, Exquisite Corpse, First Intensity, Fish Drum, Fulcrum, Golden Handcuffs Review, House Organ, Prague Literary Review, Tricycle, Van Gogh's Ear, Vanitas, Zyzzyva, JACK, milk, and Jacket. He is also author of the novel Punk Rockwell. Rothenberg's 2005 CD collaboration with singer Elya Finn, was praised by poet David Meltzer as "fabulous-all [the] songs sound like Weimar Lenya & postwar Nico, lushly affirmative at the same time being edged w/ cosmic weltschmertz. An immensely tasty production." He is also editor for the Penguin Poet series, which includes selected works of Philip Whalen, Joanne Kyger, David Meltzer, and Ed Dorn. He has recently completed the Collected Poems of Philip Whalen for Wesleyan University Press.


Burnett Thompson and The New Columbia Orchestra. Pianist and composer Burnett Thompson has lately been working with Chinese erhu soloist Ma Xiaohui, Shanghai-based jazz vocalist Coco Zhao, Flamenco guitarist Abraham Carmona, Argentinian bandoneonista Juan Pablo Jofre Romarion, and the New Columbia Jazz Orchestra.
His Silent Shakespeare and the Sonnets is an ongoing partnership with the Goethe Institute, the Shakespeare Theatre, the National Gallery of Art and the National Arts Club in New York.
Past associations have included a unique collaboration with Maestro Lorin Maazel on recording projects and an adventurous educational program.
Burnett maintained a “piano room” on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington throughout the 80’s and 90’s, hosting guest artists Chris Vadala, Keter Betts, Drew Gress, Louis Belson, and countless others. He has appeared with numerous orchestras including the Washington Chamber Symphony and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.
Burnett Thompson was educated at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Vienna, Austria, and the New England Conservatory of Music.


Sarah Browning is co-director of Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness and DC Poets Against the War. Author of Whiskey in the Garden of Eden (The Word Works, 2007) and co-editor of D.C. Poets Against the War: An Anthology (Argonne House Press, 2004), she has received fellowships and prizes from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, the Creative Communities Initiative, and the People Before Profits Poetry Prize. She co-hosts the Sunday Kind of Love reading series at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC, where she lives with her husband and son.


Fred Joiner is a poet living in Washington, DC's Historic Anacostia neighborhod. He works as a Systems Administrator for a small progressive consulting company. He collaborates frequently with jazz musicians and his poems have appeared in Callaloo, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas, and Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS from the Black Diaspora

ROCKPILE, made possible by grants from the Creative Work Fund (www.creativeworkfund.org), the James Irvine Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and is sponsored by the Committee on Poetry, Inc.

A Gunshot Or Did Someone Drop A Broom?

Marcus Slease:
A Gunshot Or Did Someone
Drop A Broom?

If You Must Sing
Gut Cult

Friday, October 30, 2009

a brief episode of fondness

Audri Sousa:
Three Poems,
kill author

Someone I once knew

Puma Perl:
Someone I once knew,
Counterexample Poetics

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sleeping with Demons


Photo of A.D. Winans by Ulvis Alberts

The A.D. Winans Mystery Island Interview



A.D. Winans:
Sleeping with Demons, Mystery Island
Poem For A Poet Friend, Punk Rock Poetry

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Whiskey, Madness, and Bellevue

Jack Micheline:
Whiskey, Madness, and Bellevue
Underground Voices

Rockpile Joins New Columbia Orchestra



Rockpile Joins New Columbia Orchestra
Wed. Nov. 4, 2009
9 p.m.
Bus Boys & Poets
2021 14th St. NW

Monday, October 26, 2009

This must be the place

Kate Greenstreet:
Leaving the old neighborhood,
This must be the place,
Gut Cult #6

The Aztec

Tomaz Salamun:
The Aztec, translated from the Slovenian
by Joshua Beckman and the author,
The Wolf

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Having a coke with you

TEMPLE EMANU-EL

Henry Gould:
TEMPLE EMANU-EL,
Poet's Corner

Blizzard

Spencer Selby:
Blizzard,
Gut Cult #1

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

life in bed

Del Ray Cross:
Two Poems, Shampoo #20
Poems, Shampoo #24

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Poems from GODZENIE

Marcus Slease,
Poems from GODZENIE (BlazeVox 2009):
Poems, past simple
24:00, Shadowtrain
Three Poems, Word For/Word #12

SENTENCE PEAK

Nico Vassilakis:
from SENTENCE PEAK,
Eoagh #5

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Spanish Bombs

Eileen Myles (poems)

Eileen Myles:
Howland, Drunken Boat #10
Sunday, Drunken Boat #10

Monday, October 19, 2009

Virgins

Tomaz Salamun:
Three Poems translated from the Slovenian,
Trickhouse

Sunday, October 18, 2009

shells

William Allegrezza:
Two Poems, Eoagh #5

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Sleep of Blowflies

John Kinsella:
Two Poems,
The International
Literary Quarterly

Introducing Scott Thurston

Introducing Scott Thurston
(by Robert Sheppard)
pages

Thursday, October 15, 2009

emcee

Christopher Mulrooney:
emcee, Drunken Boat #10

e.e. cummings

e.e. cummings:
Two Poems,
poetrymagazine.com

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

My Man

Eileen Myles:
My Man,
Blog: Harriet

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Kind of Pompeii

Arlene Ang:
A Kind of Pompeii,
Prick of the Spindle

Monday, September 28, 2009

Jane's Ninth Husband

Daniela Olszewska:
Two Poems,
Ekleksographia #2

Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Blessed Man

Sid Miller:
Poems,
Jack #9

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

Poetry and Cultural Studies


Poetry and Cultural Studies
A Reader

Edited by Maria Damon
and Ira Livingston,
University of Illinois Press

Introducing Andrew Taylor

Introducing Andrew Taylor
(by Robert Sheppard),
pages

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Out of the Blue

Eileen Myles:
Out of the Blue,
Blog: Harriet

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Farewell Sweet Prince

Tom Clark:
Three Poems,
Jack #1

Monday, September 21, 2009

WOBBLE HOME

Joseph Goosey:
Two Poems,
Two Poems,
Three Poems,
Thieves Jargon

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Guns of Brixton

Living nature

Pascale Petit:
Living nature,
The North 36/2005

Saturday, September 19, 2009

West Cliff Drive

Andrew Taylor:
Three Poems,
Counterexample Poetics

Friday, September 18, 2009

Tintern Abbey, Once Again

J.H. Prynne:
Tintern Abbey, Once Again,
Glossator, Volume 1, Fall 2009

ROCKPILE TOUR CALENDAR CORRECTION



Dear Friends of ROCKPILE

Please note that the Albuquerque ROCKPILE performance
date has been changed from Saturday, October 17th to Thursday,
October 15, same time, and same place. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Best, Michael Rothenberg
www.bigbridge.org/rockpile/

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

mountain lion

John Grochalski:
mountain lion,
two birds,
Thieves Jargon

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

Grown Up Cuba!

Michael Rothenberg:
Grown Up Cuba!
Jack #2

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Collagist


The Collagist

Death's Jest-Book

John Kinsella:
from Death's Jest-Book
Intertext (1829 text):
a de-dramatisation
(out of Beddoes),
Blackbox Manifold #2

Friday, September 11, 2009

Afterparty


Afterparty by MOS, A Daily Dose of Architecture

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Inside, Outside & Jimmy

Eileen Myles:
Inside, Outside & Jimmy,
Blog: Harriet, Poetry Foundation

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Dum Dum Gun

Tomaz Salamun:
Three Poems translated from the Slovenian
by Michael Thomas Taren and the author,
Ekleksographia #2

Night Houses

Brandon Shimoda:
Night Houses, Pilot #2

Monday, September 07, 2009

Saturday, September 05, 2009

MERCURY PROJECT


Grzegorz Wróblewski:
MERCURY PROJECT, a chapbook, poems
translated from Polish by Adam Zdrodowski,
Toad Press, 2008
Three Poems, CYC GADA

Friday, September 04, 2009

Don't Drink Busch Beer

Bernadette Mayer:
Video & Sound Files,
MESHWORKS

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Der Explosion

K. Silem Mohammad:
Five Poems, La Petite Zine

ROCKPILE TOUR CALENDAR 2009

CHECK OUT THE ROCKPILE WEBSITE AT
www.bigbridge.org/rockpile/
TOUR CALENDAR 2009

LOS ANGELES

Rockpile Performance

Thursday, October 8th 7:00pm
The Hammer Museum
Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: 310.443.7000
http://hammer.ucla.edu/
ADMISSION: free

David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg with Theo Saunders (piano), Johnny Lee Schell (guitar), John B. Williams (bass), Joe Sublette (saxophone), Debra Dobkin (drums and percussion).

ALBUQUERQUE

Rockpile Performance

Saturday, October 15th 7:30 pm
Outpost Performance Space
210 Yale SE • 2 blocks south of Central
Albuquerque, NM 87196 (505) 268-0044
http://www.outpostspace.org/
ADMISSION: $7, $5 dollars for members,
(Outpost accepts phone orders as well as in-person sales
at the Outpost Performance Space Box Office Hours:
2:00-5:30pm—Monday-Friday and 1 hr before
each show at the door

David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg with Thunderbird Poetry Orkestra:
JB Bryan, alto saxophone, rumba box, rattles; Mark Weber, hubcapaphone
& glockenspiel; Leif Rustebakke, koto, hurdy gurdy, percussion; Jon
Baldwin, cornet; Mark LeClaire, cello; Daisy Kates, mellophone,
percussion; Lou Liberty, taiko, little instruments; Jim Burbank,
djembe, didgeridoo, wooden flutes; John Tritica, rain stick, cowhorn rattle,
percussion; Riha Rothberg, balafon & percussion; plus special guest
Terri Carrion, accordion.

NEW ORLEANS

Rockpile Performance

Sun, October 25th 8PM
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center
1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70113
(504) 827-5858 or (504) 352-1150
http://www.zeitgeistinc.net/
ADMISSON: all events are by donation - $7 general / $6
students & seniors / $5 Zeitgeist members /Patrons
& Children 15 and under free (unless otherwise indicated)

David Meltzer, Michael Rothenberg and, Blodie with members of
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band including Gregory Davis (trumpet), Roger Lewis
(baritone sax), Terence Higgins (drums), Julius McKee (sousaphone),
and Jake Eckert (guitar).

WASHINGTON, DC
Sunday, November 1st, 2pm – 3:30
The Writer’s Center
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815
(301)654-8664
http://www.writer.org/
ADMISSION: free

"All About Rockpile," with David Meltzer, Michael Rothenberg, and
Burnett Thompson & The New Columbia Orchestra.

WASHINGTON, DC

Rockpile Performance

Wednesday, November 4th, 9pm-11pm
Busboys and Poets: “Hump Day Groovez”
2021 14 St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-387-9757
http://www.busboysandpoets.com/
ADMISSION: 10 dollars at the door

David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg with Burnett Thompson and
The New Columbia Orchestra

NEW YORK CITY

Saturday, November 7th 2-5pm
Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church
Parish Hall 131 E. 10th St.(& 2nd Ave.)
Manhattan,
NY ADMISSION: free

ROCKPILE Symposium: David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg
host a discussion on "Art and Activism, Poetry, Music and The
Troubadour Tradition, Censorship and The Academy, Community
and Collaboration: Open discussion with Ammiel Alcalay, Teresa
Carrion, Jim Christy, Marty Ehrlich, Michael Franklin, Murat
Nemat-Nejat, Wanda Phipps, Robert Priest, Harris Schiff, Suzi
Winson and Bill Zavatsky. We welcome audience participation.
Moderator: Jim Feast. Refreshments

Monday, November 9th, 12:30-2pm
Segal Theater The Center for the Humanities
The Graduate Center, CUNY 365 Fifth Avenue,
Room 5103 New York, NY 10016 212-817-2005
ADMISSION: free

ROCKPILE- Poetry and Music and The Troubadour
Tradition A Discussion with David Meltzer and Michael
Rothenberg hosted by David Henderson and Ammiel Alcalay.

NEW YORK CITY

Rockpile Performance

Monday, November 9th 8pm
The Gershwin Hotel 7 East 27th
Street New York, NY 10016
(212)545-8000
http://www.gershwinhotel.com/english/site1.html
ADMISSION: $10 at the door

David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg with Marty Ehrlich
(multi-reed player), Lindsey Horner (bass), Bill Zavatsky
(piano), Michael Stephans (drums)


ROCHESTER

November 11th, 4-5:15 pm
David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg read
and discuss ROCKPILE
Rochester Institute of Technology
College of Liberal Arts Faculty Lounge Bldg.
6, Rm 1251 92 Lomb Memorial Dr Rochester,
NY (585) 475-4922
ADMISSION: free

November 11th,
7pm David Meltzer, Michael Rothenberg
and Terri Carrion Reading at: Writers and Books
740 University Ave Rochester,
NY (585) 473-2590
ADMISSION: free

November 12th, 10:30 am
Rochester Institute of Technology
lecture Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion
class on “Editing The Literary Magazine”
Rochester Institute of Technology 92
Lomb Memorial Dr. Rochester,
NY ADMISSION: free

BUFFALO, NY

November 12th, 7PM
David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg
reading Just Buffalo @ WNYBAC Western
New York Book Arts Center 468
Washington St. @ Mohawk Place 2nd
Floor Buffalo, NY 14203
http://www.justbuffalo.org/
ADMISSION: free

CHICAGO

Rockpile Performance

Thursday, November 19, 8pm- 12pm
The Hideout 1354 W Wabansia Chicago,
Il 60622 773.227.4433 http://www.hideoutchicago.com/
ADMISSION: 10 dollars at the door
(all shows 21 & over unless stated otherwise advance tickets
online or by phone at 866.468.3401)

Poetry & Jazz Festival with ROCKPILE: David Meltzer and
Michael Rothenberg perform with The Spider Trio and The
Bob Malone Band and special guests Art Lange, Ed Roberson,
Francesco Levato, Larry Sawyer, Dan Godston Band
and Terri Carrion.

ST. LOUIS

Monday, November 23rd 6pm Untamed Ink,
Under and Above Ground:
A Publication Celebration
hosted by David Meltzer, Michael Rothenberg
and Terri Carrion Lindenwood University, LCIE auditorium.
ADMISSION: free

ST. LOUIS

Rockpile Performance

November 24th 7:30-11pm
Regional Arts Commission
Performance Space 6128 Delmar Blvd. St. Louis,
MO 63112-1204 (314) 863-5811
http://www.art-stl.com/
ADMISSION: free

David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg with Zimbabwe
Nkenya (Bass), Dave Black ( guitar), Bob Malone (piano),
Michael Franklin, Shirley LeFlore, Michael Castro, K. Curtis
Lyle and David Jackson (assorted percussion and electronics),
Alexander Balogh, Sean Arnold, Terri Carrion, Howard Schwartz,
and Philip Gounis.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Panama


A.D. Winans:
Panama, erbacce 6/2006

Monday, August 31, 2009

"A.M."

Kurt Schwitters

"A.M."

Er fiel in einen Narrenstall.
Da rauscht ein zäher Wasserfall.
Da sank ein zäher Gummiball.
Er aß von seinem Widerhall.
Da gab er seinen zähen Knall.
Wer gab da seinen zähen Knall?
Der zähe Gummiwasserfall?
So endete der zähe Prall
Im allgemeinen Knall und Fall:
Von Arp und Merz in diesem Fall.
So springt ein zäher Wasserball.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Lima

Carlos Jiménez Cahua:
Lima

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Fifteen Walls/Phabetical

Nico Vassilakis:
INTRODUCTION
From Fifteen Walls
From Phabetical
ACTION YES Vol. 1, Issue 10

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Mike Topp: Stuyvesant Bee, Volume 1, Issue 80


harry k stammer

harry k stammer:
Five Poems, P.F.S. Post
Jewelry Dictrict, word for/word
harry k stammer BLOG

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

West End Final


Hugo Williams:

West End Final, Faber & Faber
West End Final, book review: And so to bed
by Polly Clark, Guardian

Monday, August 24, 2009

TRIBUTE SHOW to DAVID BROMIGE

TRIBUTE SHOW to DAVID BROMIGE

August 26, 2009 7:00 p.m.

Katherine Hastings presents a one-hour tribute to the late poet David Bromige. The author of dozens of books and the recipient of many literary honors, David Bromige was also a former Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, a professor at Sonoma State University, and a mentor to many. His experimental style and sharp wit translated to a large collection of work so varied that the poems could easily be mistaken as the work of many. Born in London in 1933, Bromige died in Sebastopol in June of this year. Participating in tonight's program will be his wife, Cecelia Belle, their daughter, Margaret, and others. Recordings of Bromige reading his work will also be featured.

To listen to the program:

1) Tune in to KRCB 91.1 FM

2) Stream live at www.krcb/org

3) iTunes: Go to Radio/Public/KRCB

4) Comcast Cable TV, Santa Rosa, Channel 961

Friday, August 21, 2009

Another Day Trip

Michael Rothenberg:
Poems, Otoliths

Thursday, August 20, 2009

From "Cabaret Voltaire"

Hugo Ball:

From Cabaret Voltaire - Issue I

When I founded the Cavaret Voltaire, I was sure that there must be a few young people in Switzerland who like me were interested not only in enjoying their independence but also in giving proof of it. I went to Herr Ephraim, the owner of the Meierei, and said, "Herr Ephraim, please let me have your room. I want to start a night-club." Herr Ephraim agreed and gave me the room. And I went to some people I knew and said, "Please give me a picture, or a drawing, or an engraving. I should like to put on an exhibition in my night-club." I went to the friendly Zürich press and said, "Put in some announcements. There is going to be an international cabaret. We shall do great things." And they gave me pictures and they put in my annoucements. So on 5th February we had a cabaret. Mademoiselle Hennings and Mademoiselle Leconte sang French and Danish chansons. Herr Tristan Tzara recited Rumanian poetry. A balalaika orchestra played delightful folk-songs and dances.

I received much support and encouragement from Herr M. Slodki, who designed the poster, and from Herr Hans Arp, who supplied some Picassos, as well as works of his own, and obtained for me pictures by his friends O. van Rees and Artur Segall. Much support also from Messrs. Tristan Tzara, Marcel Janco and Max Oppenheimer, who readily agreed to take part in the cabaret. We organized a Russian evening and, a little later, a French one (works by Apollinaire, Max Jacob, André Salmon, A. Jarry, Laforgue and Rimbaud). On 26th February Richard Huelsenbeck arrived from Berlin and on 30th March we performed some stupendous Negro music (toujours avec la grosse caisse: boum boum boum boum - drabatja mo gere drabatja mo bonooooooooo -). Monsieur Laban was present at the performance and was very enthusiastic. Herr Tristan Tzara was the initiator of a performance by Messrs. Tzara, Huelsenbeck and Janco (the first in Zürich and in the world) of simultaneist verse by Messrs. Henri Barzun and Fernand Divoire, as well as a poème simultané of his own composition, which is reproduced on pages six and seven. The persent booklet is published by us with the support of our friends in France, Italy and Russia. It is intended to present to the Public the activities and interests of the Cabaret Voltaire, which has as its sole purpose to draw attention, across the barriers of war and nationalism, to the few independent spirits who live for other ideals. The next objective of the artists who are assembled here is the publication of a revue internationale. La revue paraîtra à Zurich et portera le nom "Dada" ("Dada"). Dada Dada Dada Dada.

Zürich, 15th May 1916

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Memphis

Mike Golden:
Memphis,
Exquisite Corpse

A Giant Asleep in Fortune's Spindle

Brandon Shimoda:
A Giant Asleep in Fortune's Spindle,
Otoliths

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Under My Wig

Marcus Slease:
Two Poems, Shampoo #20
Poems, Free Verse
Two Poems, The Adirondack Review

The Think Shop



Monday, August 17, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Radial Citizens

Paul A. Green:
Radial Citizens,
Brand

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Part 1 of this year’s Big Bridge is now online!

Part 1 of this year’s Big Bridge is now online!

As usual, it includes balanced presentations of arts and genres, aesthetic approaches and socio-political statements, compact anthologies and stand-alone works.

The issue opens with a collection of essays and examples of Slow Poetry, one of the leading contenders for the first major shift in 21st century art. Not a movement, but rather a means of approaching, rethinking, and appreciating virtually all modes and genres. A measure of the importance of this feature is that its URL got passed around before the issue officially went online. It thus officially appears after being mentioned in blogs, and even satirized by another group. In one way or another, we hope our features tend to be similarly ahead of the curve - at times going so far as to generate response before official publication.

We do, however, try to present work that keeps response from distorting our environment, as we try to reclaim poetry from preconception. This issue’s anthology of poetry and fiction from South Africa, for instance, makes no attempt to fill in news stories or confirm simplifications of huge problems and unusual successes, but present a glimpse of the diversity of a complex nation’s poetry and the individuality of its writers.

Standard features such as the continuing group statements in War Papers and another in the series of paintings by Jim Spitzer, judicious essays and terse reviews, short fiction and a suggestive sample of current little magazines published on paper in the digital age continue the scope of the magazine. A simplified table of contents appears below.

This issue differs from its predecessors in several ways. It intersects with the ROCKPILE program of transcontinental readings lead by David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg and including local participants.

It also appears several months before the omnibus New Orleans anthology, which, in itself, is larger than everything else in the issue. Later this year, we will also add a compact, bi-lingual Anthology of Venezuelan Women poets, another tri-lingual Anthology of Galician writers and a few small contributions. We feel that dividing the issue up this way keeps the New Orleans feature from throwing the issue off balance and giving our readers some breathing room. Opening ROCKPILE at this time also gives us a chance to test the interaction of an annual magazine with an on-going project.

Although we are adamant partisans in some areas, such as opposition to senseless wars in places the U.S. does not understand and where it does not belong, and in celebration of the history and resurrection of one of America’s greatest cities, we hope to maintain enough diversity to present some work that will appeal to nearly anyone who looks for progressive poetry on the web, and perhaps promote interchange between people with different ideas and orientations.

At a time when economic crisis brings out the perennial name for boondoggles, we’d like to move as far away from being a bridge to nowhere as we can but rather see how close we can come to being a big bridge that can act as a focal point for the cyberbridges that lead everywhere.

http://www.bigbridge.org

Derek Walcott's Lips

John Tranter:
Two Poems,
Jacket Magazine #37

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Hunters Homecoming

Grzegorz Wróblewski:
Two Paintings & One Poem, Otoliths #14
Poems, Open Salon (John Guzlowski)

Monday, July 27, 2009

CIRCUMSTANCES OF BETTER TIMES

Douglas Messerli:
Poems, Shadowtrain

Audri Sousa

Audri Sousa:
Four Poems, Word Riot
Cordoba, The Literary Bohemian
break & cappadocia, ABJECTIVE

Saturday, July 25, 2009

DISTRESS SALE INVENTORY

Michael Rothenberg:
Two Poems, Thunder Sandwich #15
Two Poems, Jacket Magazine #6
Poems, The Cortland Review #5
Poems, Mad Hatters' Review #6

Five Sequences

Nico Vassilakis:
Five Sequences,
gammm

Global Landmark

Global Landmark
by Herzog & De Meuron,
56 Leonard

Friday, July 24, 2009

"Was Kunst ist, wissen Sie..."

Kurt Schwitters:

Was Kunst ist, wissen Sie ebensogut wie ich, es ist nichts weiter als Rhythmus. Wenn das aber wahr ist, so beschwer ich mich nicht mit Imitation oder mit Seele, sondern gebe schlicht und einfach Rhythmus mit jedem beliebigen Material, Straßenbahnfahrscheinen, Ölfarbe, Holzklötze, ja da staunen Sie Bauklötze, oder mit dem Wort in der Dichtung, dem Ton in der Musik, oder wie Sie wollen. Darum sehen Sie sich nicht das Material an, denn das ist unwesentlich. Suchen Sie nicht versteckt irgendeine Imitation von Natur, fragen Sie nicht nach Seelenstimmungen, sondern suchen Sie trotz des ungewöhnlichen Materials, den Rhythmus in Form und Farbe zu erkennen. Mit Bolschewismus hat das ebensowenig zu tun wie der moderne Bubikopf. Dafür ist es die Essenz aller Kunst, das heißt, jedes Kunstwerk aller Zeiten mußte diese primäre Forderung erfüllen, Rhythmus zu sein, sonst war es nicht Kunst.

The Dark Side of Success


Dan Flavin:
The Dark Side of Success,
by Greg Allen, The New York Times
Constructed Light,
The Pulitzer Foundation for Arts

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Young Designers

Scott Thurston:
From The Young Designers, Shadowtrain
From Singing Sensation, Shadowtrain

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Citizen Jane

Daniela Olszewska:
from Citizen Jane,
P.F.S. Post

Thursday, July 16, 2009

PROGRESSIVE POETRY

PROGRESSIVE POETRY,
Center for American Progress

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Thelma

Robert Sheppard:
From Thelma,
Shadowtrain

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Glam Backpack

K. Silem Mohammad:
Four Poems, P.F.S. Post

Monday, July 13, 2009

Words Never Spoken

Barbara de Franceschi:
Words Never Spoken,
Eclectica, Jul/Aug 2009

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Poems About Trees

K. Silem Mohammad:
Poems About Trees,
Poetry (July/August 2009)

Amy De'Ath

Amy De'Ath:
But This is Your Quota, past simple
Interviewed by Kinga Pilich, OFF_MAGAZINE

Saturday, July 11, 2009

ROCKPILE

A Collaborative Journey of Poetry & Music…
ROCKPILE is a collaboration between David Meltzer — poet, musician, essayist, and more — and Michael Rothenberg of Big Bridge Press. David and Michael will journey through eight cities in the U.S. to perform poetry and prose, composed while on the road, with local musicians and artists in each city. ROCKPILE will serve to educate and preserve as well as to create a history of collaboration. It will help to reinforce the tradition of the troubadour of all generations, central to the cultural upheaval and identity politics that reawakened poets, artists, musicians, and songwriters in the mid-1960s through the 1970s. The project will end with a final multimedia performance in San Francisco.
Made possible by a grant from the Creative Work Fund
Visit our ROCKPILE BLOG to see what we are up to once we hit the road!
See details of PERFORMANCES AND VENUES.
And check our CALENDAR, on the right sidebar, for day to day details starting on October 5th. Just click on the red highlighted date!

Mike Topp: Stuyvesant Bee, Volume 1, Issue 78


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Mathematical Poetry

MATHEMATICAL POETRY

Autobiography

Piotr Gwiazda:
Poems,
Exquisite Corpse

Sunday, June 28, 2009

a d.a. levy satellite



a d.a. levy satellite
Editing by Ingrid Swanberg and Karl Young,
Big Bridge

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Underground Voices

John Grochalski:
Two Poems, Underground Voices, May 2009
Two Poems, Underground Voices, January 2009
Three Poems, Underground Voices, October 2008
Two Poems, Underground Voices, July 2008

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sunset Debris


Ron Silliman:
Sunset Debris,
ubu editions 2002

Buttons

Matvei Yankelevich:
Buttons, Action Yes

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Chinese Notebook


Ron Silliman:
The Chinese Notebook,
ubu editions 2004

Monday, June 22, 2009

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Anarchist Poem

John Cage:
Anarchist Poem, Anarchist Library
An Autobiographical Statement,
New Albion Records

Saturday, June 20, 2009

...and that is poetry

"I have nothing to say,
I am saying it, and that
is poetry."
- John Cage

The Music of Verbal Space

Marjorie Perloff:
The Music of Verbal Space:
John Cage's "What You Say"
,
Marjorie Perloff's homepage

CITIES: MOBILITY/NATURE



CITIES: MOBILITY/NATURE

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Poem Praise

Hal Sirowitz:
Poem Praise, Bob Holman
Hand drawn animation-poems
(Video), vodpod

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Van Gogh's Ear



The Flag

Piotr Gwiazda:
The Flag, Beltway Poetry Quarterly
Ivan Weiss reviews "Gagarin Street"
by Piotr Gwiazda, Jacket #31

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

like wind loves a window

"'the meaning of the protest is unknown but I long to join in'"
A review of Andrea Baker's like wind loves a window (Slope Editions, 2005)
by Jake Kennedy, Moria
Andrea Baker/Kate Greenstreet:
How has your first book changed your life?
Andrea Baker:
At the Seaport Restaurant, Drunken Boat #6

The forest and the trees

Genevieve Kaplan:
A Poem, The One Three Eight

Monday, June 15, 2009

Sissy

Susan Yount:
Sissy,
Arsenic Lobster #6

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Separate Way

Charles Reznikoff:
Depression, Poetry Foundation
Poems from Separate Way (1936), EPC

GODZENIE


Marcus Slease: GODZENIE, BlazeVOX

Henry Gould (2)

Henry Gould:
Poem from "July", Jacket Magazine #9
#3: The Old Swingset, Famous Reporter #33
IN RI: Part Two (excerpts), Negations

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Chris R./Victor M.

Matvei Yankelevich:
Chris R./Victor M.,
past simple

Notes From The Lake

Brandon Shimoda:
Two Poems, The Adirondack Review
Three Poems, coconut #3
Frank Lloyd Wrigth, TYPO #8
What It Would Have Been Like, Wyoming,
No Tell Motel

Friday, June 12, 2009

Carnivorous Saint

Harold Norse:
Two Poems,
Exquisite Corpse

MAGICAL URBANISM


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Harold Norse (1916-2009) II

Andrei Codrescu:
HAROLD NORSE (1916-2009),
Exquisite Corpse

Jane walks in

Daniela Olszewska:
Poems,
blossombones, winter 2009

The Capsular Civilization


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Canal Dreams

David UU:
Poems,
ditch

Harold Norse (1916-2009)

Harold Norse:
Three Poems,
Abalone Moon

The incarceration of the man holding a wine bottle

Arlene Ang:
Three Poems,
past simple #5

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

A Kingdom of Allusion, Pastiche and Revelation

Anna Kaluza:
A Kingdom of Allusion, Pastiche
and Revelation
, Book Institute/Poland

A poetics course

Before WRITING
WRITING
& AFTER WRITING

A poetics course w/
David Meltzer &
Neeli Cherkovski


July 21st through august 25th
6 consecutive Tuesday nights
7:00 – 9:30 pm

Presented by the
Bird & beckett
Cultural legacy project
653 chenery st., SF, ca 94131
www.birdbeckett.com
415.586.3733
$100 for All 6 sessions
in advance, or
$20 per session, on a
space available basis

We will talk about origins -- When
did poetry begin? Why do we
choose the poem as a primary
means of expression? What does it
mean to take on the identity of
"Poet?" These and other crucial
questions become the ground for
talking about the life of a poet over
time, and the relationship of poetry
to art and music. Haiku, Whitman
and Dickinson, modernists such as
W.C. Williams and H.D. -- along with
the poetry of today, will lead us to
look on the role of a poet in the
larger society.

Monday, June 08, 2009

NYC Rainbows


new_weather_group
Project: NYC Rainbows

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Anarchist Manifesto

Thaddeus Rutkowski:
Two Poems,
Fox Chase Review, Winter/Spring 2009

Celebrating the Therapist

Arlene Ang:
Two Poems,
blossombones, winter 2009

A little bit of antipoetry

Angel Escobar:
Poems translated from Spanish
by Kristin Dykstra,
inTranslation

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Nico Vassilakis

Nico Vassilakis:
PROTRACTED TYPE

In Protracted Type, Nico Vassilakis provides us with a stunning and extensive survey of the impressive variety of his visual and conceptual work with language over the past several years. The book is punctuated with thoughtful statements about the nature of creating that work, of “finding your aleatoric self among the pencils”; i.e., coming to grips with the paradox of working subconsciously with language which is generally experienced as a conscious medium. In one of his statements he describes his creative process as a kind of disassociation: “I let my brain do the thinking. I watch it think for me…it makes the associations…maybe my brain thinks I’m staring and is piecing the puzzle together for me.” This is an excellent description of the creative process at its best.

Vassilakis has explored the possibilities of visual poetry from the outer limits of the purely letteral to the purely graphic, and the results are consistently stimulating and resonant: from enlarged and manipulated photos of typewriter keys and printed letters, to collaged cut-ups, to glyphic drawings, to concrete poetry, to photocopier artifacts, Vassilakis has given us a tour-de-force of styles and approaches. This is an essential work, and would be a bargain at three times the price.

John M. Bennett

the formula states, “a picture equals a thousand words.” what, then, is the formula when the image is itself language? and, that the language ranges from its initial formation slowly congealing afloat in the willful stage of conscious intent to its full and robust compositional form as a typographic-scape on a page?

to approach this collection, think first of a landscape artist’s precise use of topographic perspective at the marco level and the same artist as a still life painter at the micro level rendering the sensual curve of an apple in a tree within the macro-scape. then, transfer your trained eye and esthetic process onto and into vassilakis’ typographic-scapes and typographic-stills to wander with delight and wonder within one of the most comprehensive, serious and playful overviews and inner views of type and font with accents by hand to date.

karl kempton

A tour de force through visual poetry, Protracted Type is a place where, according to the author, "letters are vulnerable and cant always stand on their own." Within, our thoughts become interlaced with Vassilakis's perception of visual poetry from minimal to maximal with letters ranging from typewriter and digital through handwritten, shorthand, and altered text, text sometimes so overlayed as to become asemic. This is a thoroughly enjoyable and beautiful book.

Kathy Ernst

It’s drizzling on Admiral Way. Cigarette smoke trailing through his black hair, the Captain stands stock-still at the window, his sea legs steady, framed by the world he’s framing. He sees this series of black and white visual poems–and these poems are seen, composed, more than they are written–particulates, letters, phrases, fields of words before and after they construct their meaning, some sharp, some fuzzy, some slipping over the edge. At the center point of the glass, where inside and outside are indivisible, these poems fuse, the Captain’s eyes seizing–seized by–the world he perceives. At the very instant of our dissembling, he nods, our language comes together.

Crag Hill

Made in the U.S.A.

A.D. Winans:
Made in the U.S.A., Big Bridge #10
70th Birthday Poem, Exquisite Corpse

Paul A. Green


Paul A. Green:
QBSAUL HYPERTEXTS - Paul A. Green's Home Page
&
Radio QBSaul - Welcome to Radio QBSaul, podcasting,
audio theatre, poetry, music and sound by Paul A Green
and guests

"If poetry is nice then it is dead"

Eileen Myles:
I Hate Poetry,
Harriet the Blog

Friday, June 05, 2009

Mark Yakich, Matvei Yankelevich (Interviews)

Mark Yakich:
Liberal Arts Opportunities Inspire Openness...
INTERVIEW, Illinois Wesleyan University
&
Matvei Yankelevich
from Ugly Duckling Press,
Interview by Johanna Knox,
The Quiet World Project

Thursday, June 04, 2009

A Panel On Excess

K. Silem Mohammad:
Excessivism,
Action Yes

Monday, June 01, 2009

Mike Topp: Stuyvesant Bee, Volume 1, Issue 77


Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor:
Poems, andrewtaylorpoetry.com
Interview with Andrew Taylor,
Epic Rites Journal