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still breathing

A very intense dream the other night. don't know if any of you out there ever feels a bit of despair over becoming wormfood, but lately the cycle has been a bit on the downside. Hence a dream to release my anxiety.

Quite a few of friends in this one: Angie and Jake Decola, Ezra Plemmons, Fay Dacey, Adam and Melissa, Dan Albergotti, Tony Tost, and a lot of people with bits of people I know.

So we are all in an old house lining up to be executed by firing squad. The soliders tell us if we don't put up a fuss they will shoot us right in the head rather than riddling us with bullets (and more pain). I ask one soldier if he feels guilty about doing this and he says he's just doing his job. So we all line up (in a manner familiar to receiving the eucharist). Some old men are excited. One 92 yr. old man tells me he is ready to go with drama. He tells me he is from London and lived through World War Two and is tired of his body. So I watch all these people I don't know being sho…

Bernadette Mayer and psychosexual dreamscapes

I am laughing and gasping and all in all envious of Mayer's Midwinter Day. The "NY School" has so much boundless and boldness. What generation is Bernadette Mayer anyway? She mentions Ted and Alice so I am assume that's Ted Berrigan and Alice Notley (2nd generation?). This is my first encounter with Mayer and I am pumped. I've only finished section one's convoluted psychosexual dreamscapes and I am excited to read more. I am also about to start reading Kevin Davies Comp.

The morphing of daughter/mother/lover reminds me of when I read Freud's Interpretation of Dreams about 10 years ago. A few days into the book I managed some lucid dreaming and attempted a reading of my dream as it was happening.

The dream consisted of three scenes/parts. Here it is as best I remember:

Scene One:

My then girlfriend was eating hulu hoops (onion flavoured) and we began a nice make-out session on the couch (including dry waxing or as some say Levi-lovin). We were really moving w…

behold the home

the gates

nose and hair and lips and teeth

a nose

intimate and available versus accessible

The idea of audience and language has been on my mind for quite a few years (perhaps always but I talking consciously here).

Quite a few of my professors over the years have spoken of "limiting your audience" via the type of language you employ. In other words, big words. Abstract concepts. This goes with the very complex issue of difficulty (and the idea of an open and closed text).

So a closed text is supposed to be easier and more accessible on the surface and an "ideal reader" can read more into the language to get at deeper levels. An open text is difficult on the surface and may require more active (and uncomfortable) reading strategies to contruct meaning(s).

The closed text is usually labeled accessible (read democratic and non-elitist) and the open text is elitist or self-indulgent.

On the blurb for a Peter Riley collection I am reading, the blurb writer (someone who works for Carcanet) writes:

"He is chiefly interested in making a poetry which is &#…

open and closed conceptions of writing

Chris Vitiello instigated a great discussion on the Lucipo listserv. He asked about our conception of open/closed text while composing/writing. His bloghas some fascinating talk of late (audience, plays etc.)

I am still thinking through this issue. But here is a simplified version of my conception of open/closed:

Good music. Good books.

Just picked up Medeski Martin and Wood's Notes From The Underground. I am liking it a lot so far. What a range!

I have found music without words works best when I am writing. Or perhaps words in another language (I'll see about that when I try out some opera).

Also just finished reading _Rome, A Mobile Home_ by Jerry Estrin and immediately wanted to re-read it straight through. I really really needed to read this book (I'm always searching for that book I need to read right now).

Here's just a small sampling of the lines that made me linger:

"People have often said the city when they meant / capitalism."

"Fantasy is clipped from living material. / Responsibility is unjustifiable."

"The powers of order are never naive / power works by normalization."

"Stoicism of unironic singularity."

You made get the idea it's theory heavy. But it's everything. surreal images, "confession," celebrities, demotic speech, humor.


thank god the switch has been flipped!

Dry spells hurt. Resurrections are good
(poetry doesn't want immortality but ressurection) or insurrection?

It's good to plug back in.

Listening to Jazz contemplating, dancing, and writing with IT.

I really dig Brian Parker's All That Jazz. Really gets me moving.

So, I have three quick questions, if anyone cares to answer:

1) What are some great jazz/bebop albums?

2) If you feel connected with the writings of the historical avant-garde, which term sits right with you:
a) innovative poetics
b) experimental poetics
c) post-avant
d) none of the above

So, I am off to clean the cat litter.

Damn, I love the surge. God, I hate it when leaves for a few weeks!

The Bookshop is still # 1

If you're ever in Chapel Hill, NC you must visit The Bookshop. I have yet to find a better used bookshop for poetry.

Turned in a small box of poetry books and got $86 in credit. Picked up:

1) North of Intention by Steve McCaffery (essays)
2) Poetry on and off the page by Marjorie Perloff (essays)
3) John Ashbery's Selected Poems
4) Frame Structures by Susan Howe (early poems 1974-1979)
5) Incarnate: Story Material by Thalia Field
6) Doublespace by Hank Lazer (poems 1971-1989)
7) Rome, A Mobile Home by Jerry Estrin (never heard of him but looked interesting)
8) Light Travels by Rosmarie and Keith Waldrop ( nice little chapbook)

The Selected Ashbery had a bonus (actually two):
1) Some kick ass GRE scores from someone named Anthony
2) a good poem called "Spring in Canada" (maybe written by Mr. Anthony)

If Anthony would like his scores returned I can bring them to the next reading. This man rocked the analytical section!

three cheers …

Red Juice by Hoa Nguyen

Red Juice by Hoa Nguyen
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Handsome, well-made chap. Demotic and personal and eliptical and chiseled. Music that stays fresh all year. Lot's of interesting poems about/around motherhood. I now know about FAM and I want to look into it further.

Get a hold of this one while it's available. Smells and feels fab. Order from Scott Pierce (Effing Press):
Red Juice

Etruscan Reader VI

Etruscan Reader VI
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These Etruscan Readers really rock. I want them all!

tom raworth essays

tom raworth essays
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Ordering this soon from The Gig Editions.

tom raworth's collected

tom raworth's collected
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This is my true reading project. He is in my top five poets of all time.

lew daly's nemesis

lew daly's nemesis
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about to try and read this Apex of the M fella again. I've read parts and put it away.

maggie o'sullivan's palace of reptiles

maggie o'sullivan's palace of reptiles
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Can't wait to get this in the mail

interesting article on Ashbery from The New Republic Online

This article makes me want to re-read some Ashbery. I often give up on him. I didn't make it through Three Poems or Flow Chart. There is so much Ashbery. I need someone to recommend certain books. Or perhaps I should just pick up his selected. I am not usually a big fan of Vendler, but I think she does a nice job of exposing the problems of "accessability."

Attention, Shoppers
by Helen Vendler

Post date 02.25.05 | Issue date 03.07.05

Where Shall I Wander: New Poems
By John Ashbery
(Ecco, 81 pp., $22.95)

John Ashbery, in a youthful review of Marianne Moore, cited what he called the "almost satisfactory definition" of poetry given by the nineteenth-century French poet Banville: "[Poetry is] that magic which consists in awakening sensations with the help of a combination of sounds ... that sorcery by which ideas are necessarily communicated to us, in a definite way, by words which nevertheless do not express them." Poetry expresses ideas, the poet claims…

where do you stand?

1) when is the new commodified:
a) at the moment of its conception
b) when air enters its lungs
c) after it leaves the hospital

2) which best describes your view of the sun:
a) there is nothing new under the sun
b) the sun is always new
c) there is no sun

3) The world is all that is the case
a) sometimes
b) always
c) you have no case

define your values:

a= at the moment of its conception there is nothing new under the sun. sometimes.

what is the value of a?

b= when air enters its lungs the sun is always new. always

what is the value of b?

c= after it leaves the hospital there is no sun. you have no case.

what is the value of c?