Friday, August 27, 2010

Check out this fantastic D. Cherry performance, my tied for first fav. horn player.

Whatcha You Thinkin' Maya Maya Maya?

D. Burliuk, Aleksandr Kruchenykh,
V. Mayakovsky, Viktor Khlebnikov

from A Slap of Taste in Public Taste

To the readers of our New First Unexpected.
We alone are the face of our Time. Through us the horn of time blows
in the art of the word.
The past is too tight. The Academy and Pushkin are less intelligible than
Throw Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, etc. etc overboard from the Ship
of Modernity.
He who does not forget his first love will not recognize his last.

translation from the Russian by Anna Lawton & Herbert Eagle

Thursday, August 12, 2010


Rattle presents...
Issue #33 Reading& Release Party
Sunday, August 15th 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Church in Ocean Park 235 Hill Street Santa Monica, CA

Rattle #33 featured a tribute to humor, along with interviews with Aram Saroyan and Carl Phillips, and our always-eclectic blend of accessible poetry. Poets from across the country perform their work, including interviewee Aram Saroyan.

Refreshments provided. Admission is free. Donations to the church accepted at the door.

Featured readers include:
Devika BrandtJ. Scott Brownlee, John Harris, Marvin Klotz, Manuel Paul Lopez, Rick Lupert Aram Saroyan, Steve Westbrook

Friday, August 6, 2010

Moving to a new place is a #*%^&! It was a local move, but still. Anyway, we're in, nothing broke along the way. A few scratches here and there, but that's usually expected. We're near SDSU now, which means I'm near its library and special collections! Which brings me to this, here is a list of some of the books I was able to read during the packing and moving. My summer vacation is waning, but there's still a week and a half left to squeeze in a few more titles.

Against Interpretation and Other Essays, Susan Sontag
Purgatory, Raúl Zurita (A book I want to write about later. It was haunting.)
Voices of a People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove
Revolt of the Cockroach People, Oscar Zeta Acosta
Countering the Counterculture: Rereading Postwar American Dissent from Jack Kerouac to Tomás Rivera, Manuel Luis Martinez
To the Break of Dawn, Oscar Bermeo
Peeping Tom Tom Girl, Marisela Norte
The Duplications, Kenneth Koch
Glow of Our Sweat, Francisco Aragón
Painter Among Poets: The Collaborative Art of George Schneeman
Poems of the Millennium: The University of California Book of Modern and Postmodern Poetry, Ed. Jerome Rothenberg and Pierre Joris (Cont' to peck at this giant anthology)

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I'm listening to Red Garland as I type this, and his piano makes me feel like I'm under a mild sedative. In a good way, of course.

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This is what I look like when the mailman hands me a self-addressed envelope.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Arizona State Superintendent Wants Videos

Arizona State Superintendent Wants Videos Of Tuscan District's Ethnic Studies Classes.

Arizona's Daily Star (8/4, Huicochea) reports that Arizona Schools Chief Tom Horne is requesting that the Tuscan Unified School district "videotape courses over the fall semester to be used as evidence that would show whether they are in violation of House Bill 2281." The legislation restricts schools from offering "courses that promote the overthrow of the US government, promote resentment toward a race or class of people, are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group, and advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals."
Mary Ann Zehr wrote in the Education Week (8/3) "Learning the Language" blog that Horne "has told the superintendent of Arizona's Tucson Unified School District that he will announce a withholding of 10 percent of the district's funds as soon as" the law "goes into effect Dec. 31." On Tuesday, Horne sent a letter to Superintendent John Carroll, in which he also made the request for a videotape of the ethnic studies classes "in their entirety." Zehr added that "Tucson Unified officials would have the opportunity to appeal [a] withholding of funds before an administrative judge."