Wednesday, February 25, 2009


My homeboy w/hand grenade, Alejandro Romero, just sent me this link about the new Howl pic in the pipeline(?)

Interesting timing for this news since I'm using Bom Kauf's "Abomunist Manifesto" in the classroom, one that's never worn my cranial guitar.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Ursula Rucker: Poet - Official Trailer

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to see and hear and marvel at Ursula Rucker at the Kava Lounge in San Diego. She read with her guitarist and technological wizard on keyboards and drum machine. It was a tight performance in an intimate venue. When she started the set, the crowd was a bit sluggish, but that sluggishness soon vanished as the deep grooves worked their magic on our hips.

Some tracks reminded me of Tricky at his best. I wish I could've captured the night in a vial so that I could let a little out every once and awhile when shit was flat.

Thursday, February 19, 2009


I've been using some Tao Lin in the classroom, and my students love his work and love him. They can't get enough.

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Griot

Check out beautiful and inspiring vid. featuring Bob Holman at Oscar Bermeo's place.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Nina Simone - Do What You Gotta Do

I absolutely melt every time I hear the opening verse of this song. The phrasing is so, so good. We bought my moms The Complete Recordings for Christmas.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

I lost another pair of glasses! My brother suggested these for my next pair.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Poetry of the Sneeze: Thomas Merton and Nicanor Parra

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I just read a tender portrait of Bukowski's fateful meeting with his hero, John Fante, in Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook. Of course, Bukowski disguises this literary giant in his piece by using one of his signature acts of deception, his use of the alias, where John Fante becomes John Bante! My favorite, though, has always been Allen Binsberg. Oh, and how can one forget Lawrence Berlingetti. It's been some time since I last purchased some Bukowski y los Bukis. Most of it is his typical posturing, with plenty of shine.

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I'm currently waiting patiently for certain books to be released, one of which is Rebecca Schumejda's Falling Forward. Here's a dynamite poem that will be included, I believe, in her new book.