Tuesday, May 29, 2007

I've been interviewed by Kate Greenstreet. I have proof.

Would you please buy me the entire catalogs of Palm Press and Make Now Press? Thanks.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Saturday, May 26, 2007

My sister graduates from high school this weekend. She is very cool and I'm proud of her. Today is her grad party and I'm very excited because I'll be living one of my dreams. I'm in charge of the hot dog roller machine. I'm not joking. I will be a hot dog roller machine operator today. Jealous?

A is living her dream: she's operating the cotton candy machine.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Ideas for concept manuscripts:

1. A manuscript titled Steady Improvement. The first poem is a dirty limerick. It's centered. And it uses a font called Vivaldi. The next poem is an attempt at a sonnet. It's about love and heart and about never giving up. The next one is a trick haiku with "bla bla bla bla bla" as the last line. The next one is an attempt at a ghazal using a line from Night Ranger and is all about giving up. The next one invents a new form known as Seahorsing. And so on. You get the picture. It becomes mediocre, readable but forgettable. Then there are a few sparks. Then it ends with a poem with werewolves and black holes.

2. A manuscript titled Help! I'm Trapped. Each poem is a clue to where the poet is trapped against his/her will. The editor of the press to which this manuscript is sent figures this out, assembles a team of assistant editors who bring in oversized charts and maps to the coffeeshop where the manuscripts are read. After a few weeks or so, the team finds the poet on the brink of starvation deep inside a dark cave behind a fallen boulder and saves his/her life. It is a really good manuscript, but it is only named a finalist.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

My good friend, Hadara Bar-Nadav's book of poems, A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight, is being paired up with the Suit on Amazon. If you have my book, you should get hers--Amazon recommends you do. If you don't have my book, you should also get hers. She is in KC now so it is nice we get to hang out in the Amazon together, side by side.

Also, there are some new chappies on Press Press Press you should know about. Hot off the press press press.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Mathias comes back from his long road trip today. So I imagine we'll be splitting up some April manuscripts and talking issue #9. #9 should be up before I take off for Alaska (June 8--the day my sister turns 18). If you were going to do a piece for us for #9, that slow downward sliding door is nearing the ground, Indiana Jones.

Gonna pull some more weeds today. Listen to tunes. Tunes and weeds. Maybe I'll send some poems out later. I've been writing a lot lately and I haven't sent out since last fall.

Got The Hot Garment of Love is Insecure by Elizabeth Reddin in the mail yesterday. I ate half of it up last night and am saving the other half for tonight. It made me write a poem about a black hole. I badly want the other two books (pictured above) from UDP too. I need to go sell some blood now.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

I was reading through this new mannie of mine and realized that there is only one simile. I love similes though. Good ones. Tonight is simile night. Ok.
Also, this is one of about 10 fantasy covers I've got swimming around the old noggin.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Do you like good poems? Do you like to watch good poems being read? Do you like me (and Mathias Svalina and Joshua Marie Wilkinson and Julie Doxsee and Nathan Bartel)? Episode #3 from Rabbit Light Movies y'all.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

I read Tao Lin's Eeeee Eee Eeee (and 3 stories from Bed) on the plane to and from Ohio. It is a lot like watching your buddy try to find the secret passageway on the first level of a new video game. He goes into a room and back out of it, or into an enchanted den then just outside of the enchanted den then back into the enchanted den again then stands still then back out of the enchanted den. I really enjoyed it. Read both books. Some of the characters in Eeeee Eee Eeee will show up in Bed and break your heart. Also, I found 4 typos.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Fairly incomplete photo-narrative of Ohio trip:

A missed connection resulting in a pan-Erie prop plane flight. Didn't get to visit my old elementary school. K+ J. B. A fire in the driveway (intentional and controlled). A's walk and hooding (hoorah!). Rummy/Spades. Dinner theater/West Side Story (Maria!). Why didn't she shoot herself? A beer or more with B. Many thanks and hugs to P + C.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Got the front yard snazzed up real nice. Next week: the back yard. Oh, my back! But first, we're heading out to Ohio to get Allison graduated. Ph.D. style. Robes and regalia.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

D. Richard Scannell reviews the Suit over at Book Slut. And he digs it. Check it.
Mowing. Fertilizing. Seeding. Pulling weeds. Hoeing. Planting. Potting. Watering. Digging up. Mulching. Not in that order of course. All while listening to good garden music: Band of Horses, Asobi Seksu, Bright Eyes (the new one), Beirut, Maria Taylor, Promise Ring, Hayden, Bonnie Prince Billy/Tortise, Matt and Kim, Wanda Jackson, Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, etc etc. Maybe I'll take pictures for you when I'm done.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Before we tear the seal on the April manuscripts for Octopus Books sometime next week, and before we push the launch button on Octopus #9, I'm going to dig in to some of the books in translation on my PhD reading list. Want to see 'em?

Apollonaire, Guillaume. The Self-Dismembered Man. Trans. Donald Revell.
Baudelaire, Charles. Flowers of Evil. Trans. James McGowan.
Baudelaire, Charles. Flowers of Bad. Trans. David Cameron.
Breton, Andre. Manifestos of Surrealism. Trans. Richard Seaver.
Celan, Paul. Poems of Paul Celan. Trans. Michael Hamburger.
Char, Rene. Selected Poems. Trans. Tina Jolas.
Kharms, Daniil. It Happened Like This. Trans. Ian Frasier.
Kharms, Daniil. Incidences. Trans. Neil Cornwell.
Kharms, Daniil. The Blue Notebook. Trans. Matvei Yankelevich.
Kharms, Daniil, and Alexander Vvedensky. Man with the Black Coat: Russians's Literature of the Absurd. Trans. George Gibian.
Mayakovsky, Vladimir. The Bedbug and Selected Poetry
Neruda, Pablo. The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems.
Ostashevsky, Eugene Ed. OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism.
Pasternak, Boris. My Sister--Life
Peret, Benjamin. From the Hidden Storehouse.
Rimbaud, Arthur. A Season in Hell and The Drunken Boat.
Roubaud, Jacques. The Form of a City Changes Faster, Alas, Than the Human Heart. Trans. Keith and Rosemarie Waldrop.
Tzara, Tristan. Approximate Man and other Writings. Trans. Mary Ann Caws.
Zabolotsky, Nikolai. Selected Poems.

Any suggestions?

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

1. Octopus Books has extended it's reading period for two more weeks. We'll probably like that mutha so print that mutha off and send it in.

2. Interview with Howsare and Tynes. Check this mutha out.

3. Book Reports by Jonah Winter soft-cover edition. Buy this mutha for $6.