Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Freewayin'

Hauling ass up-and-down- the L.A. freeway system this weekend reminded me of this Quincy Troupe poem:

Just Cruisin & Writin

writin poems
while cruisin
at seventy miles
per hour
on the pennsylvania
turnpike
can be spiritual
fun, if you don't
run into any
one.

-Quincy Troupe

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Weekend and Other Stuff

I missed my opportunity this Saturday to see Gronk at Skylight Books in L.A. I got caught up with other things. It's probably best to keep a distance from the heroes.

I read at the 2nd Annual Small Press Book Fair at The Church in Ocean Park (Santa Monica). It was an all day event. I recognized several of the presses and journals present, and even heard a few readings. I read along with a few others who have published in Rattle. The interesting, though, was Charles Bukowski's daughter's mother (not sure if they were married) was in the audience. FrancEyE was in the front row for much of the time I was there (also in the audience), checking it all out. I wanted to approach her, but thought, nah, what for--I'm awkward like that. One of her chapbooks was put out by Pearl Editions, the same group that has put out work by David Hernandez, Denise Duhamel, and the recent gem by Ada Limon called this big fake world.

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I have to catch the tera melos this time around.

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And Portugal the Man, too. I was in Wasilla, Alaska once--once and only once. Nearly frozen solid while being attacked by a wild band of Alaskan Huskies with nothing but attitude--they tried to get to the saladito stash I hid beneath my tubesocks, homeboy! It got ugly, but desert boy prevailed when he pulled out the Imperial Valley sun from his pocket and blinded those little bastards, raising that shit up like a Gary Soto orange.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

New Read

Here's a great-looking book you should purchase now: Text{t}-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America by William Anthony Nericcio. Nericcio is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University, also serving on the faculty of the Center for Latin American Studies and the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies.

This book demonstrates a wit and critical analysis faster than a Ricky Henderson/Vince Coleman (my personal fav) snag. Test your arm, baby, and see if you can keep up.



Friday, May 25, 2007

CHiPs Season 1

Who needs Spiderman when you've got Ponch and mutha'fn John, man. I'd hate to be on the other side of those glares. Olvidate.


Monday, May 21, 2007

Back

I'm back. It's been some time, I think, since I last writ a word for this blog, friends. Been very busy. The reading the other night went well. Santa Monica this weekend. I also want to catch Gronk while I'm up there. But before that, might catch Batwings on Friday night in San Diego. They're expected to put on a great show.

Just finished reading Daniel Alarcon's War by Candlelight. Impressive. Now I'm ready for his novel. Also reading everything Berrigan.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Readings




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I'll also be reading in Santa Monica at the end of the month with Rattle.