Thursday, October 30, 2008

This is where I write sometimes. 

This is where I get my mail.

These are the first two, and only two, books I have ever blurbed. I am now a blurber for hire. Read these books.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Can anyone tell me what movie I watched by looking at this photo? 

Monday, October 27, 2008

I will shock you. Come to this reading Thursday night so I can shock you.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

I spent some of the day looking for my neighbor's green pumpkin but wasn't able to find it. 

Now that I live in a state that is a firmly blue state, I feel like I can afford to vote for the exact right representative for myself without risking indirectly voting into office the exact wrong candidate for myself. The electoral college, as ridiculous and outdated and unnecessary as it is, affords me the chance to make this move. This is all to say I went to the Nader rally last week. This is all to say I'm still undecided. 

Saturday, October 25, 2008

EKF and I procured 12 books of poetry while in Seattle the past few days and on the way back we held a poetry book tournament. In the first round we read aloud the first poem of each book and pitted them against one another, one on one on one. Only one of three advanced to the second round. In the second round, the semi-finals, we read aloud each book's second poem, one on one, and that book advanced to the finals. In the finals, we read aloud the book's third poem. I would encourage you to do the same this weekend with random books from your shelf and show me your results. 

Here are our results:


Hat on a Pond (Dara Wier)
Oubliette (Peter Richards)
Something I Expected to Be Different (Joshua Beckman)

Winner: Something I Expected to Be Different (Joshua Beckman)

Selected Poems (Pierre Reverdy)
Quill, Solitary Apparition (Barbara Guest)
Indeed I Was Pleased With The World (Mary Ruefle)

Winner: Indeed I Was Pleased With The World (Mary Ruefle)

Plainwater (Anne Carson)
The Endearment (Joe Wenderoth)
Gentle Reader! (Beckman, McCann, Rohrer)

Winner: Plainwater (Anne Carson)

Rise Up (Matthew Rohrer)
Terrain Vague (Richard Meier)
So We Have Been Given Time Or (Sawako Nakayasu)

Winner: So We Have Been Given Time Or (Sawako Nakayasu)


Something I Expected to be Different (Joshua Beckman)
Plainwater (Anne Carson)

Winner: Plainwater

So We Have Been Given Time Or (Sawako Nakayasu)
Indeed I Was Pleased with the World (Mary Ruefle)

Winner: Indeed I Was Pleased with the World 


Indeed I Was Pleased with the World

Winner: Plainwater (Anne Carson)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

There is a little interview with me over at an interview blog called Thunk. Check it

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Pictures taken by others.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Yesterday, I bought a new pair of shoes for myself that look like this. 
And I bought a few pairs of socks. One pair looks like this.
This is a picture of one of my feet.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The president of Hofstra, Stuart Rabinowitz, with an upside down american flag pin before the debate. 

E, L, K, C and I watched the final debate at the Laurelhurst theater in Portland tonight. It was a raucous, angry, and cheerful crowd. Tonight's debates were the most skillfully and intelligibly moderated debates I have ever seen, particularly in comparison to Brokaw's. I love you Bob Schieffer. 

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Brandon Shimoda's The Inland Sea (Tarpaulin Sky 2008) is ready for you to buy it and read it. We should all be reading this and when we get together we should talk first about this before we talk about other less important things. Everything will seem less important from now on. You and I are going to be reading a lot of Shimoda for the rest of our lives, teaching his poems in our classes, etc, so let's get started. The time has come to get started. 

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Will you send me a sticker for my mac? 

I have a couple new poems in the new issue of Sixth Finch. So. 

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Sunday, October 05, 2008

After my meeting with my comprehensive exam readers last week in Lincoln, I learned I still have some work to do on my essays before I can become ABD. So, back at it. Here is a list of books I bought today to make that final push:

Rene Char: The Myth and the Poem by James Lawler
Mallarme. Yale French Studies.
A Short Survey of Surrealism by David Gascoyne
The Heresiarch + Co by Apollonaire
The History of Surrealism by Maurice Nadeau

Also, EKF and I saw Mister Lonely today. It is the first film I am screening in my film courses. It is stunning and overwhelmingly beautiful at times. Harmony Korine made a movie I've been trying for a while to write as a poem. 

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Two artist friends have new sites I want to show you. 

Clifton Burt designed the cover of Octopus Books' latest chapbook, They All Seemed Asleep by Matthew Rohrer.

Ben Estes designed broadsheets of each poem from my forthcoming chapbook, The Pond (Greying Ghost). He and I are collaborating on an illustrated chapbook also that will come out at some point from Factory Hollow Press. 

Friday, October 03, 2008

Your boy is reading at Three Friends Coffee House on Monday night, Oct. 6, at 7 pm. 201 SE 12th in Portland. Don't be a loser. 

Wednesday, October 01, 2008