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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Feed me

I've decided to abandon the blogroll, which has recently crossed the smudgy threshhold between new-fangled and old school. I can't update it easily, or not easily enough to keep up with all the moving around and new additions. So I'm gonna delete it on the next site update (really hoping to get to that soon; it's musty in here).

Instead, I am finally succumbing to the subscription model. I eat your feeds.

Which means, if you have a blog on a private domain and haven't set up a feed (Reen!) or have a blogspot blog without the feed turned on (check your settings in your dashboard), you are leaving me hungry.

I get cranky when I'm hungry.

What else? Reading Cathy Park Hong's <i>Dance, Dance, Revolution</i> (review to come in <i>Galatea Resurrects</i>), doing the final proofreading on <i>My Zorba</i>, hammering out the last few details of Bloof Invades the Midwest for April, and really really really really looking forward to a little cabin in the woods for a week, beginning next Friday. Internetlessness, here I come. Planning to emerge on the other side with new poems, or die trying.

What are you up to? I've had my head down. Missing ya.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The wrong impression

For Girls (& Others) is not a collection of collaged poems, found poems, or appropriated poems, and it certainly doesn't contain 80% flarf.

The "Preface" is ripped off verbatim from the original "For Girls," an antique etiquette manual. That's noted in the, um, notes. It's a lie though, like most of the rest of the book.

Some of the poems themselves, particularly in the first section, do contain borrowed language, sometimes phrases, sometimes single words, often period metaphors or imagery, but these are generally gathered from more than one source and any lifted bits are remixed/recontextualized to such a degree that I doubt they could be traced exactly. The only exception would be the titles in the first section, which are indeed phrases mostly lifted from the original "For Girls."

A few of the poems near the back are flarfy, which is not to say I'd call them flarf. As Nada likes to remind, flarf is not a technique (i.e. google results collage does not make a piece flarf, though some flarf uses that technique)--it's an attitude. The attitude in For Girls is prissy and satirical in the first section, and less consistent and more contemporary in the second.

OK. I just felt like clearing that up.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Touch ring

Not sure what that means exactly. I dreamed it. It had a red stone.*

Built a foot-high snowman near the bridge in the park, but a kid stomped it. Maybe cuz I made him frowning and with a beret.

Philly this afternoon, here I come.

Otherwise, quiet.

* Update: A garnet, I remember now. (I used to have a ring with a small garnet, and also an pair of earrings, now lost.) But it's the birthstone of Aquarius (my husband) and a traditional gift on the 6th wedding anniversary (um, that'd be one month from yesterday). Freaky.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I'm way too sweet to get rich.

The end of February happened so fast.

Sunday, February 24th at 4:00 PM in Philadelphia

Shanna Compton, Teresa Leon & Elizabeth Scanlon
Hosted by CAConrad

Robin's Bookstore
108 S. 13th Street

Monday, February 25 at 7:00 PM in NYC

Bloof Books kicks off Spring's Monday Night Poetry Series at KGB
Shanna Compton & Jennifer L. Knox
Hosted by Laura Cronk & Michael Quattrone

85 E. 4th Street
Between 2nd and 3rd Aves.
F to 2nd Ave or 6 to Astor Place

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Friday, February 15, 2008

One problem...

...with the Midwest is that everything's so far apart.

Madison, WI, reading series, anyone? We need an alternative to Minneapolis.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

UPDATE: Deliriously yours

Most of The first feature is up at Delirious Hem.

Dim Sum: Being several & a few responses
to the trio of "Numbers Trouble" articles
in last fall's Chicago Review

Organized by Elizabeth Treadwell

With contributions by:

Esther Belin
Susan Briante
David Buuck (NEW!)
Michelle Detorie
Rachel Blau DuPlessis (NEW!)
Tonya Foster & Evie Shockley (NEW!)
Rachel Levitsky (NEW!)
Joyelle McSweeney
Sina Queyras
Linda Russo
Sandra Simonds
Carmen Giménez Smith
Elizabeth Treadwell
Catherine Wagner
Christine Wertheim (NEW!)

Delirious Hem is (one of) the external/public extensions of Pussipo, (after Acker, the experimental women's poetry experiment). Designed to have an open, rotating curatorship and freewheeling schedule, DH will add future features as they are created. Expect no trends, homogenous platform, or party line.

To be clear: I designed the layout of the feature and the blog, but DH is a group space, and each feature its own entity.

Please do see the sidebar welcome note for more information.


UPDATE: Added in the last day or so, mostly today, NEW contributions by David Buuck, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Tonya Foster & Evie Shockley (an AMAZING conversation/collaboration, don't
miss it, especially!!), Rachel Levitsky, and Christine Wertheim.

So even if you looked before, look again!

Silly but true

When I fall ill, I feel guilty.

Please explain.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

I've got a sudden craving for a pencil.

Sundrious & vandry

A couple of readings coming up:
Sunday, February 24th at 4:00 PM in Philadelphia

Shanna Compton, Teresa Leon & Elizabeth Scanlon
Hosted by CAConrad

Robin's Bookstore
108 S. 13th Street

Monday, February 25 at 7:00 PM in NYC

Bloof Books kicks off Spring's Monday Night Poetry Series at KGB
Shanna Compton & Jennifer L. Knox
Hosted by Laura Cronk & Michael Quattrone

85 E. 4th Street
Between 2nd and 3rd Aves.
F to 2nd Ave or 6 to Astor Place

Also...For Girls (& Others) is at last available via the distributors (Ingram in US, Gardners & Bertrams in UK), which means it's finally up at Amazon (including .co.uk, .de, etc.), Barnes & Noble, et al., and available to your favorite indie bookstores (they'll order it if you ask 'em), in addition to directly from Bloof and our good buddies at Powells.com.

And hey...check out this new interview with Jennifer L. Knox in the Southeast Review.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Ever have one of those days?

How did I get here? How do I get out of here?

Please leave maps and/or breadcrumb trails in the box below.


Sunday, February 3, 2008

AWP bookfair

Yesterday was the only day I was actually allowed into the bookfair, since I didn't have a badge. Got there around noon and tried to--but didn't quite--make the rounds of all three floors. I'd had enough by 3:15 or so, and anyways was out of money. My book bag was so heavy I really couldn't manage it anymore! From top to bottom:

Open Box by Carla Harryman (Belladonna, 2007)

The Grand Piano, Vols. 2-5, by Armantrout, Benson, Harryman, Hejinian, Mandel, Pearson, Perelman, Robinson, Silliman, and Watten (Mode A/This Press, 2007)

Anchiote Seeds: Winter 2008, anthology, edited by Craig Santos Perez & Jennifer Reimer (Anchiote, 2008)

Novaless by Nicholas Manning (Anchiote, 2007)

Across & Between the Void by Padcha Tuntha-obas & Alysha Wood (Anchiote, 2008)

Brenda Is in the Room by Craig Morgan Teicher (Colorado, 2007)

Unexplained Presence by Tisa Bryant (Leon Works, 2007)

Black Stone by Dale Smith (Effing Press, 2007)

a new quarantine will take my place by Johannes Goransson (Apostrophe, 2007)

Emptied of All Ships by Stacy Szymaszek (Litmus Press, 2005)

Notes for My Body Double by Paul Guest (Bison Books/U of Nebraska, 2007)

How to Be Perfect by Ron Padgett (Coffee House, 2007)

The Marvelous Bones of Time by Brenda Coultas (Coffee House, 2007)

A Murmuration of Starlings by Jake Adam York (Southern Illinois/Crab Orchard, 2008)

mauve sea-orchids by Lila Zemborian, translated by Rosa Alcala & Monica de la Torre (Belladonna Books, 2007)

Oh One Arrow and A Sing Economy, anthologies, (Film Forum Press, 2007 and 2008 respectively)

The Collected Fiction of Kenneth Koch edited by J. Davis, K. Koch & R. Padgett (Coffee House, 2005)

Got to chat with many friends--some formerly virtual only. But as is always the way, not everybody I would have liked to have seen. It's just too big and sprawling. (Heard many people still wishing aloud for a poetry-only alternative to make it easier to focus.)

This is the only other pic I have permission to post, as of yet:

Me, in the supersecret hidden women's lounge on the bottom floor of the Hilton.
Perfect for frequent breaks from the madness, since I never once saw anybody else in here.

I didn't take any bookfair shots--my hands were too full of books.

Hopefully the participants in Friday's pageant will OK a few of those pics. Though I think Reb got more than I did, so check in with her too.

Saturday, February 2, 2008