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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Overheard at AWP: Wednesday edition

"I knew a girl named Bethany* and she was a total asshole!"

* Name changed to protect the asshole. So if your name is Bethany, it's not you.

A work in progress...


Also, if you're interested in Bloof Books, we don't have a table. Look for me though. I'll be a walking bookstore--hawking copies of Drunk by Noon, A Gringo Like Me, For Girls (& Others) from my tote--special event price $10 each!--& bestowing limited advance copies of My Zorba on potential reviewers.

Danielle Pafunda will also have copies of My Zorba in her bag to show off/give to reviewers.

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Jenna Cardinale*
Shanna Compton
Bruce Covey
Jill Alexander Essbaum
Shafer Hall
Jennifer L. Knox
Sueyeun Juliette Lee
Reb Livingston
Danielle Pafunda
PF Potvin
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* Unfortunately cannot attend in person, yet will be attending in spirit, which is also good company.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

In sash of satin she sways & sashays...

Reb "Your Ten Favorite Words" Livingston's isn't quite finished. Her status requires additional bling.

Friday, January 25, 2008

The future of our road trip depends on it.

Hey, if you're in/near Des Moines, or Iowa City, or Central Illinois, or Minneapolis, or St. Louis & feel like having your brain picked, please drop me a line? (Email at top right.)

Ms. Knox, Ms. Pafunda & I are coming through there in April and have some spots to fill to complete our little tour, is why.

Roadside attractions & chowhound tips more than welcome too!

& how excited are we for part 2 of "Funcie in Muncie"? Oh, very. Who knew Muncie was the funnest town in the Midwest?

(The schedule so far is here. Some local stuff coming up too!)


Insomnia does WONDERS for my to-do list.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Publishers Weekly reviews For Girls (& Others)

"'For Girls,' the first of the two sequences that make up the book, responds to, reacts against and takes many phrases from an 1882 'health manual' with the same title: its advice on fashion, bodies and morals gives rise, in Compton's hands, to quirky but politically pointed verse. 'Comedy of Manners,' the second sequence, [...] hints of romantic narrative, frequent sarcasm, riffs on found texts and ambitious range of diction (from elaborate to vulgar) all serve Compton's consistent interest in how and whether the culture will ever let girls grow up."

Link to the full review (& thanks to C. Dale for the tip!)

Right now, you can only get the book here or via Powell's (because it's still not yet showing up in the distro system, alas).

Pretty much every page on this site is now out of date, most especially the blogroll. It's on my (very very very very) long to-do list. Sure it is.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Told ya it was hot

A limited number of advance copies will be available for reviewers (sorry, no sales yet!) from Danielle or me during you-know-what. (D will actually be attending the conference, so stay tuned for details.)

The official release date is April.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

2 new reviews of Drunk by Noon...

...& both terrific, naturally!

Ben Mirov in Coldfront sez, "[Drunk by Noon] is a series of beautiful failures linked together by the imaginative desire to fail again and again in highly enjoyable and creative ways."

& "Not since I first read James Tate have I encountered a poet who is able create a world that is at once so bizarrely asymmetrical to ours and yet somehow uncannily accurate in its portrayal of humanness."

& many other nice things.

Chris Purdom in PhilArt compares Drunk by Noon to a very wild ride of a careening cable car & recommends, "It's that good. Seriously. Go buy a copy. Now."

Shall I remind you that the Grand Opening Specials are available through the end of this month, at the Bloof Store? Drunk by Noon is also available via Powells.com (as well as the physical store in Portland, OR), Amazon.com, these great booksellers, or your favorite store can order it for you via Ingram.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Busy as a certain micropress logo

Still working with D on My Zorba so that we can have a few advance copies ready by you-know-what.

To which, I am not really going. But I will be at Stain Bar, Friday Feb 1 at 8:00 PM. Like Reb said. & we're not kidding about the tiaras.

Still reading Infinite Jest (have taken many breaks) and also this behemoth, of another stripe entirely.

Bloofy updates & hopefully a big old DIY post to come by the end of this weekend, too.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Working on My Zorba

It's gonna be great. Wait'll you see.

Sent D the first-pass proofs last night.

Here are some of the previously published poems (some in earlier versions):
--in Coconut
--in Apocryphal Text

Friday, January 11, 2008


Are you registered to vote? VotePoke will check for you, prepare your form if not, and let you poke your friends. It's not too late to register to vote in the primaries of New York and New Jersey (for instance, and many other states too), so get poking, pokey.

NB: The postmark deadline in NJ is Tuesday, Jan 15.


An interview with Jennifer L. Knox...

... by Jason Jones is up at Bookslut.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Naivete bruised residual whoops.

A sclera. A rictus. A dud.

When deciduous a raffle button,

an unhuffed galleon of mirth.

A thunderous. A sprinkle. A shawl.

With many crocheted little buttons.

Unless a finger's thinking

a hangdog sack catches on a fence.

A diamond angle. A right sad accident.

No bit...

...for yesterday. Because I went to a slam instead. T'was fun.

Robbie Q. be funny.

& speaking of slam, Cristin's Words in Your Face is finally out.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Happy new year

Um, hi. I'm feeling shy in front of my own blog. Funny.

Even though the daily bits I've been posting are mostly eh, I'm going to stick with it until I crack this unproductive streak. My excuse? That old saw "garbage in, garbage out."

Sina has posted the interview we did. Very interesting questions. (Thanks, Sina!) A few poems from For Girls (& Others) too.

& speaking of interviews, look to Bookslut on Thursday. Jason Jones will be posting a (really funny) interview with your friend & mine, Jennifer L. Knox.

One more thing I should probably mention here (wow, I have too many blogs): Bloof Books now has a Facebook group. Sign up for (infrequent) news and event invitations. Danke.

It's back to the writing-about-shoes factory for me...

Monday, January 7, 2008

And some winters

there were no snows

upon the ground.

The tawny geese

waddled about

not knowing when to begin.

The squirrels fattened

but never slept.

A faded green


on most of the lawns.

"Spring will be

less exciting, or

will we even notice?"

the man asked

of the handsome crow

rummaging through

a mound of blown leaves.

Crows know no seasons.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

When one lives

in an old house

it helps

to be or to be

romantically involved

with an electrician.


I do

& am not.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

There's a cat in my suitcase

I said to my friend A.

Somehow we were in Germany.

Or maybe like Russia.

K secretly was a rock god

on the drums but he'd never told us.

So after tipping our waitress

(a Polish model whose name I can't recall)

we went to the show. A & I danced

in vintage dresses & boots.

When I went to pee, the bathrooms

had bathtubs with millions of tiny tiles

& blond punkrock kids

sitting on their edges shooting up.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Paste the creep.

Mash juice ever slips up on an evening.

A hovering hum may bring the people down.

Fondle it away vicariously, with pulpy seeds.

The morning's cold dish too quickly billowed.

Ring a primer inwardly while wading.

Sow only euphonious whinnies for a year.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

To herself at five

she could only answer

run-on questions

To herself at ten

she'd have recommended

other books

For herself at fifteen

leanelegant, poised above

a shift in tense,

she waits

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

The fraction of an administered

dose unchanged. On waiver in vivo

the extent to which human. The current

understanding of the mechanisms

is no fault. A undersea environment

rich in potent generals. Who among

the nutritive company so bioavailable

so rotationally grazed. Three organizations

are superior to a million organisms

floating lonely in a watery theater.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

A raft of apple studded mawkish skins

A draft more often uttered than unloud

Which lack presents the ruddy leaf of gall

So juiced, the press a might less savor fall

& shook some puddled favors to mere dips

However earthen she did roll

A query stirring in a hill

Whose eager geyser never spilled

But quivered sharply all turmoiled

Until a loner's much regard had born

A missing lister must retard

No udder rowing purring of beloved

A pictured fuddle outfitted with a bell

As over loving as the churled mock mail

For new year's fetid unguent quelled