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Maurice Scully and Liverpool FC

Just ordered maurice Scully's Livelihood from Wild Honey and Rosmarie Waldrop's Blindsight from New Directions.

I am really excited to read some more Maurice Scully.

check out some of his poems:




I am excited to be in Ireland in a few weeks. Also going to England for a few days. Hope to catch the Liverpool vs. West Brom game on Boxing Day.

Liverpool, o how I've missed 'em. My hero growing up was Ian Rush.

Today they play Arsenal. It's going to be a tough game. Liverpool has lost their best strikers due to injuries. They lost to Monaco earlier in the week (with a controversial handball in the penalty box).

They really need to win today's game.

I just hope I can pick up the broadcast on the internet.

Come on REDS!

Grand Master Flash & The Furious Five - The Message

Broken glass everywhere
People pissing on the stairs, you know they just don't care
I can't take the smell, I can't take the noise
Got no money to move out, I guess I got no choice
Rats in the front room, roaches in the back
Junkie's in the alley with a baseball bat
I tried to get away, but I couldn't get far
Cause the man with the tow-truck repossessed my car

Don't push me, cause I'm close to the edge
I'm trying not to loose my head
It's like a jungle sometimes, it makes me wonder
How I keep from going under

Standing on the front stoop, hangin' out the window
Watching all the cars go by, roaring as the breezes blow
Crazy lady, livin' in a bag
Eating out of garbage piles, used to be a fag-hag
Search and test a tango, skips the life and then go
To search a prince to see the last of senses
Down at the peepshow, watching all the creeps
So she can tell the stories to the girls back home
She went to the city and got so so so ditty
She had to get …

Tubulence by Pierre Joris

Just finished Turbulence by Pierre Joris and I am charged. Fully charged. I search and search for the right book at the right time and this is it.

The movement (architectonics) of the book is dead-on.

First, clouds and the weather, a little groundwork
Second, Canto Diurno # 1 (my fav is Noon re:Sobin's work)
Third, Lemur Mornings

This book answers the nagging question of difficulty and audience (sort of).
For me, this is perfect balance of critical/theoretical and lyrical.

In other words, this is what I've been looking for.

In talking to Tost a while back, he mentioned he found it difficult to blog about current books because the energy used in writing poems might be sucked out by writing critically about it on his blog.

I sort of feel the same way.

Anytime I get pumped about a book, I only blog about it in general terms. It's not that I can't explicate/break-down/look closely/be more specific.

I suppose I want to let the influences leak-in in an intuitive fashion (I&#…

Figures One


A figure of feeling is not a single tree a set of lines an occasion of words.

A figure of feeling is a system of roots, a bloodline, re-invented events.

And we know now the clay as first begotten the irrational how(l) of language.

And now in-knowing needs be more musical.

Less naming.
Less lingering.
More spinning.

A figure “of” feeling is also a figure “for” feeling.
A figure “is” rather than a figure “as.”

Life not a storehouse of living but a burning a charing a using-up.



“Bells ring in other worlds I cannot see.”

“Back of the genital throne the spincter awakens and moves the dream.”

“They are the members of a wake behind speech.”

For example: beyond the blind lid of night is the blind lid of night.

To take the elf of the self (es spricht für sich selbst) or hands on hips
we can see how acts are interpreted by other acts.

To act “as …


The interconnections of blogs. I was just surfing a little and found
Josh and Jordan
are both talking about audience (as well as Silliman). Josh and Jordan are both very articulate. Their responses full of passion. I especially found Josh's argument for friends and lovers convincing. And Elvis. Yes, I don't want to be Elvis.

The transference of energy (Olsonian) interests me in this blog sphere.

Poetry builds. The 20th century avant garde built some crazy shit.

I do like the word innovative poetry over avant-garde or post-avant.

Now poetry writing out of the avant garde traditions no longer needs to define itself against the institution(s) of poetry.
(as Mark Wallace and others have pointed out)

The audience for innovative/avant poetry is quite close to the audience for mainstream. So, neither need rely on defining their respective in terms of what it is not.

Or, to think it through on personal terms. Teaching Poems for the Millenium for my intro to poetry class does no…

on audience

Silliman's post about audience today was very interesting. I've noticed the same thing.

A lot more people laughed when I read to a mix of poets and non-poets at a coffee shop than when I've read to a room full of MFA poets.

The funeral audience versus the party audience.

Education as the sometimes enemy of poetry.

Legit versus legitimacy.

Bugs Bunny as the hippest of the hip versus the poet priest presiding over a funeral.

Incest and Audience

Finally got around to reading Carl Martin's _Genii Over Saltzburg_. Terrific book. I was really taken back by the elegant surrealism. I felt like I was reading some strange combination of Charles Simic and John Ashberry. I also had to stop a few times to look up words I'd never encountered.

This looking up of words brought back some of the issues while I was working on my MA. The idea of "home grown" good 'ole American poetry. Terms such as "clever" and "academic poetry" were sometimes used to describe so-called Language Writing or poetry that enacted philosophy. Ideas about audience were also often discussed.

If poetry has a limited audience why limit it even more to academics by writing poetry (or contructing a poetics) that requires a background knowledge of Postmodern theory (linguistic and political theories etc.)
The critique of "high diction" had some anti-intellectualism built in (as is typical of American culture as in G.B.)…

christian science monitor review of swensen

GOEST, by Cole Swensen, Alice James Books, 63 pp., $13.95

"Cole Swensen leads readers through history as she explores the subject of light, both natural and man-made. The poems in "Goest" travel back and forth through time - from the present-day United States to the streets of Paris in the 1500s and Rome in 50 BC. A highly intellectual poet, she traces the development of incandescents and the events they set in motion. She also writes, with meticulous care, about the color white and, more briefly, about mirrors, whose reflected images become another form of illumination. Her subject matter is often fascinating, and the language - spare and highly visual - seems to mimic flashes of light. "The Invention of Streetlights" is a good example of the poet's approach and tone: "noctes illustratas/ (the night has houses)/ and the shadow of the fabulous/ broken into handfuls - these/ can be placed at regular intervals,/ candles/ walking down streets at times ec…

chris cheek and Leonard Schwartz

Been reading coductors of Chaos for a while (an anthology of outsider/experimental poetry from the U.K.).

I am really digging Chris Cheek. His poem "Stranger" got the engine roaring tonight. It's not reproducable in parts. it's the total effect of its music.

Also finished Leonard Schwartz's The Tower of Diverse Shores. Amazing book. Especially the last poem "The New Babel" "about" 9/11 and the world trade center towers. For me, it's political and elegiac and encyclopedic and spiritual. An amazing weave.

"If architecture is frozen music, then these melted smoking shards / are its melodies, its incandescent burial grounds-- Babel become / what begs you to sing it."


"Babel was Mesopotamia, its era's only superpower: redound of / Gilgamesh, modern day Iraq."


"Babel is Baghdad, Babel is Belgrade, Babels our backyard, a World / that incessantly trades names with itself."

For some reason I keep trying to…

cat stress

For the last couple of weeks our cat iris is been in and out of the vet/hospital. Earlier this week she underwent exploratory surgery and they diagnosed her with a severe case of Irritable Bowel Disease. The vet wants to start her on chemo and steriods on Monday.

In the meantime we've got to watch her carefully. She's been getting fevers and throwing up constantly and not taking shits. Both Tiffany and I have been getting little sleep. Any sound of the purging and we're up trying to figure out whether or not to bring Iris into the hospital (she's having a hard time keeping anything down and keeps getting dehydrated).

It's horrible to think of life in terms of $ and emotional stress. We love our cat. But we're already well over a thousand dollars into this (which we don't really have) and there could be a lot of side effects with the chemo and steriods. She is also at high risk for the IRD developing into cancer.

It's so hard to know when to draw the li…

solaris reading

Good time reading at Solaris last night. Angie Decola took the photos below. A guy videotaped the reading and is sending the readers a free DVD of the night (he is a local fella that lives off taping and selling readings and other events on DVD).

best part of the night: Ezra's interactive lecture on the etymology of the word world(s). Robots make me happy.

Community is good.

Taught my intro to lit class Marxist theory today. Felt good to relate it to the contemporary political situation(s) in the States.
Rhett (the third poet of the night) and Marcus not sure what we are looking at Blogged via
Jake and Angie (the photographer) Jake's lucky hat is also in display in this photo Blogged via
Marcus Slease
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some of the crew an audience of friendly friends Blogged via
ezra reading
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From: Judith Barrington
Date: 2004/11/10 Wed PM 08:35:38 CST
Subject: POL: THIS SEEMS VERY IMPORTANT: Will Kerry Un-conceed?

Please forward to all who have specifics on vote fraud. The
send-to address below is John Kerry's brother at his law firm. Kerry will
unconcede if there is solid evidence of fraud. We need first hand sufferers
so please get this info to them!!


I am angry and getting emails and recrimination from people wondering why
KERRY just caved and is not fighting this before the final count in Ohio,
before any of the fraud was challenged, before New Mexico and Iowa even
came in.

There is widespread feeling that he did not lose the election and that it
was taken from him.

There is enough here to warrant investigation and enough to challenge the
results. It's coming from all corners.

I understand that he has until the official count certification in Ohi…

Beverly Dahlen and Leslie Scalapino

I stumbled on a book of Beverly Dahlen's _A Reading 1-7_.

So far, I am really enjoying it. I just finished reading Leslie Scalapino's:
1) Way
2) How Phenomena Appear to Unfold
3) New Time.

I've also listened to the Kenning cd of Scalapino reading Way quite a few times. For some reason I hear Scalapino's voice when I am reading Dahlen. The sentence constructions feel similar. The "how" of it (meaning the syntax etc.).

I realize Scalapino is swimming through Buddhist philosophy and Dahlen seems to swim through (among many things) feminist psychoanalysis, but I wonder why their sentence structures and my reading (overlaying) of voice connects them as intimates?

I don't get the same sense of similarity in "voice" with Susan Howe or Bernadette Mayer.

I don't know enough (I never do) to know if there are some philosophical connections (and epistemological methods) that Scalapino and Dahlen hold in common?

I am also wondering how to select what…

reading this wednesday 9PM at Solaris in Greensboro

If anyone is free and lives near Greensboro, I am reading with two excellent poets (Don Ezra Cruz and Rhett) at Solaris (a restaurant/night club in downtown Greensboro) at 9PM Wed Nov. 10th. I guess a band is going to play after our reading. Don't how late I'll stay though.

Also, one of students turned in Lisa Jarnot's Ring of Fire to Ed McKays used bookstore in Greensboro. Good price. Interesting student notes on the relationship between text and image and Dick Cheney in "Dumb Duke Death." Too bad they didn't keep the book. The essays on Lisa Jarnot's _Ring of Fire_ were the best of the semester.

On the Cave You Live In

"And cast down me wretched / sinner unto thee I am / slightly different from / a corpse at a funeral / in that I am less made up / but made up worse."

"The spaces between the aura / and the jolt are shorter / like some epileptic thunderstorm / waiting for the eye."

(from Philip Jenks' _on the Cave You Live in_)

>Review of On the Cave You Live In

Another Review

>a nice cave

levels of abstraction

had to get my mind off the big countdown. Worked for a few hours on Campanology. Refound my pace. I've felt for about a month (after trying it out on an audience) something was amiss. More than amiss. Way off for my satisfaction.

I realized it was very abstract. I mean I am all for abstract, but there must be levels of abstraction. I just finished Zero Star Hotel by Anselm Berrigan. That's the amount (or degree) of abstraction I dig.

Rather than say, Jorie Graham or Ann Lauterbach's degree of eliptical abstraction.

So I reworked the first 20 pages and refound the umph. If it sounds too NY schooly ah well. I gotta have the roar.

And now, back to the nailbitting. This is one election I wish I could vote in. I pay taxes and when I was younger I could have been drafted. I can die for America but as an alien I can't vote. Strange.