Monday, August 31, 2009


Kurt Schwitters


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


Carlos Jiménez Cahua:

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Fifteen Walls/Phabetical

Nico Vassilakis:
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



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


Mike Golden:
Exquisite Corpse

A Giant Asleep in Fortune's Spindle

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

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,

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.

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)