Thursday, July 31, 2008

Summer Issue

If you haven't done so already, try and order a copy of the new Rattle here.

TRIBUTE TO VISUAL POETRY David Alpaugh • Ruth Bavetta • Paula Marafino BernettDianne Carroll Burdick • Charlee Brodsky • Nick CarboAmy Sara Carroll • Peter Ciccariello • Jim Daniels • Kip DeedsDenise Duhamel • Ian Finch • Linda Nemec Foster • Krista FranklinDaniel Eric Gibson • David Hage • Kurt Kleidon • Susan Landgraf Manuel Paul López • Gregory Orr • Trisha Orr • Voltaire Q. OyzonEllen Peckham • Louis Phillips • Jessy Randall • Marilyn StableinArlene Tribbia • Patrice Vecchione • Dan Waber • Dinah Worman

POETRYJosé Manuel Arango • J. Stiles Askew • Michael Bazzett • Marvin Bell Bonnie Bolling • Tom Boswell • Jennifer Boyden • Tanya Chernov Kevin Clark • Martha Clarkson • Bruce Cohen • John ColasaccoPaul F. Cummins • James Cushing • Paul Dickey • ellenAlejandro Escudé • Anthony Farrington • Alan FoxJoy Gaines Friedler • Peter Funk • Jeannine Hall GaileyPamela Garvey • Maria Mazziotti Gillan • Jack GranathJonathan Greenhause • Jennifer Gresham • Jared HarelJamey Hecht • Bob Hicok • Richard Jackson • Michael JemalAllan Johnston • Michael Jon Khandelwal • Robert KingLynne Knight • Caryn Lazzuri • Andrew Miller • Joe MillsDave Morrison • Jason Nemec • John Paul O’ConnorSherman Pearl • Rainer Maria Rilke • Hayden SaunierTimothy David Shea • J.R. Solonche • Donna SpectorSarah Pemberton Strong • Chrys Tobey • Tony TrigilioBrian Trimboli • Nathaniel Whittemore • Douglas Woody WoodsumElizabeth Wurz • Meg Yardley • John Yohe • Matt ZambitoJane Zwart

CONVERSATIONS Marvin Bell Bob Hicok

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Carlos Monsiváis and his cat.

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Just returned from Portland. Saw Wolf Parade at the Crystal Ballroom. Hundreds there jumping to the music on a 4th floor with suspension. "Disconcerting" is how someone put it.
After locating a big volume of Karl Shapiro at Powells, I trotted toward the cash register, when lo and behold, the fire alarm went off and the whole place had to be evacuated. I ended up leaving the book there. Luckily, though, it was a false alarm.
Enjoyed some great punk rock at the Shanghai Tunnel. And although I don't have much of a sweet tooth, we enjoyed a doughnut sprinkled with Captain Crunch at Voodoo Doughnuts.
Caught one young lady reading John Ashbery at a coffee shop and some guy indulging himself in Schopenhauer at another. Great ways to start the day, I suppose. Funny to see someone reading A.S., since I'm currently reading his Parega und Paralipomena.
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The Batwings and the Vaginals play the Epicentre tomorrow. I'm sure I'll be there.
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The Silver Jews has been on heavy rotation lately. "Suffering Jukebox" is my favorite song at the moment. Homeboy can write!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Wordy Cathedral

I'm here in Portland, Oregon. Visited Powell's yesterday and left the place with my eyes red and swollen. Picked up Ugh Ugh Ocean by Joanna Fuhrman, Jam Alerts by linh dinh, and Sonnets to Madness and other Misfortunes (gave prev. copy to poetic grandma) by Francisco X. Alarcon (trans. Francisco Aragon). I circled Paul Beatty's new novel Slumberland (beenwaiting4ever) several times, new issue of Hanging Loose, along with four other floors of titles, but had to step back with my hands up to think about justifying another trip back in the next couple of days.

Wolf Parade tonight at the Crystal Ballroom. Maybe tix, maybe not.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Lipstick Terror is an incredible band from Mexicali, B.C., a place I've spent many days and NIGHTS. I hope to see them live. Unfortunately, I won't be able to see their two July dates because I'll be in Portland, Oregon. Lipstick Terror is the real deal.

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For no other reason but to share:

"O let me be nothing but beauty alone! Quickly or slowly I will go, but I will dare what must be dared. I will destroy appearances, the casings will be burnt off and will fall from me, and I will appear there, some evening, on the palm of your hand, calm and pure like a statuette of glass."

from The Thief's Journal

--Jean Genet

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My wife and I and a few friends hope to attend Calaca Press' Tacos for Texas fundraiser. It should be great.

Also hope to see a midnight showing of this at the Ken this Sat. night. Can't get enough of it. "I'm trying to use the phone!"

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So long and have a happy 4th. Lasers, America, lasers.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008