Thursday, March 27, 2014

On My Way to Visit Southwest High School

Headed to El Centro to see family and friends and present/read at Southwest High School tomorrow morning.  I'm excited and nervous as always, but I'm sure it'll be fun.  One must just be a BELIEVER in situations like these!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

San Antonio's New Poet Laureate

A heartfelt abrazo to Laurie Ann Guerrero who will be sworn in as San Antonio's new Poet Laureate in April.  Congratulations!

I finally got my hands on a trumpet.  One I can call my very own.  Been practicing scales, trying to strengthen the lips.  I've been adding accompaniment to my favorite songs by Elvis Depressedly, such as this one and this one and this one.  Or the lullaby I sing to my wife before we go to sleep.

Just finished watching Guy Maddin's Brand Upon the Brain.  I had to watch it in segments--it's a visual assault in a good way--and eventually got through it.  I wish I could've experienced the film at the theater with the live orchestra and the live narrations.  The film was fantastic, though I prefer The Saddest Music in the World.  

I can't wait for Friday.  I will be visiting my old school, the school I used to teach at, that is, called Southwest High School in El Centro.  I'll be doing a presentation and reading.  It's been several years since I've been back, and it will be great to see old friends, and of course, the current students.
I snatched this great video from Silliman's blog about "Bucky" Fuller's association with Black Mountain.  It's a great introduction to Fuller's ideas about education and the importance of "learning by doing."

NBC News on Border Gridlock

I ran across this article on NBC News this morning.  It details the grueling day that day laborers experience between Mexicali, the Imperial Valley, and Yuma, Arizona.

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Empire of Neomemory

I'm currently sixty pages into Heriberto Yépez's book The Empire of Neomemory.  It's a fascinating interrogation of Charles Olson's work and its various connections to Mexico.  In addition to Olson, Yépez considers others who have spent considerable time in Mexico, such as Burroughs, Artaud, Lawrence, Melville, and Bradbury.

From the back cover: 

Yépez begins with Olson in Mexico, with the possibility that he might be writing a study of Olson, a study of Olson's Mexico-philia.  But what he writes instead is a breathtaking investigation of the relation between USAmerican poetry and Empire that careens idiosyncratically through the great men of empire--not just Olson, but those many other men who also travelled to Mexico...This work is a dismantling of Olson, and of empire, and yet it is also clearly an inside job, a book that could only be written by someone who had spent hours thinking with and through--and beyond--Olson.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Two New Books

I'm currently reading two books published this year by Action Books.  First is SORROWTOOHPASTE MIRRORCREAM by Kim Hyesoon and translated by Don Mee Choi.  And the second is Rain of the Future by Valerie Mejer, edited by C.D. Wright with translations by Forrest Gander and A.S. Zelman-Doring.  Rain of the Future also includes an intro/forward by none other than Raul Zuríta.  

Both of these books, as I am reading them together in tandem, are swimming in my bloodstream like two high-powered stimulants.  I can't put them down.  They're in the water I drink.  They're in the toothpaste.  They're in the papercut I suffered opening an envelope yesterday.  They're all over my sunburned face after playing a few sets of volleyball this weekend with the homies.  They're in my hands right now as I type this post with my nose and read them with my peripherals.  Such strange, visceral, frightening beauty!

More later when I finish.  Until then, here's an interview with Kim Hyesoon and a YouTube of Valerie Mejer.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

from Ted Berrigan's Sonnets, XLIII, opened at random

in my paintings for they are present
Dreams, aspirations of presence!  And he walks
Wed to wakefulness, night which is not death


Monday, March 3, 2014

Interview and Asco

Check out this short interview I did with poeta Lauro Vasquez a few weeks ago at Letras Latinas. There's mention of east L.A.'s Asco, the mega cool group that tore it up for so many years.  Below is a video I found that I've never seen until today.  

Saturday, March 1, 2014

I was a little behind on this one, but I'm really enjoying Thundercat's album Apocalypse.  Dude is super smart, brilliant!, and someone I'd just love to listen to talk comics, music, etc.  

Speaking of music, Silvio Rodríguez is going to be in Rosarito this month.  O goodness!