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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Reminder: Tribute to Lucille Clifton


A reminder that I am seeking any/all words of praise, personal anecdotes, close readings, reviews, photographs, audio/video recordings, poems-in-the-manner-of, work dedicated to, and other gushing and love for the Mama Poet who was Lucille Clifton, to be posted on the Delirious Hem blog very soon.

I'd said on/around March 1, but need at least a few more things. There is no lack of love, we know.

Alicia Ostriker has sent me an essay and anecdote. Sharon Mesmer a poem in memorium. Naomi Shiab Nye a poem about hearing Lucille perform. Theresa Senato Edwards an essay. I have written a little mini remembrance with some excerpts from her work.

Do you have anything to add? Would you like to play a song for Lucille? Or paint her an angel? Or just sign a card?

I am going to repost the call to Facebook too, so please DO FORWARD this message or repost at will.

Thank you,

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Film review

Zombieland is the grossest teen-inflected romcom I've ever seen. And I read in an interview with Woody Harrelson that that Twinkie was a vegan facsimile. He's pretty funny. So's that adorable Jesse Eisenberg, but I missed whatshername Juno, because the girls' parts were typically underwritten. They did what they could, and I admired Emma Stone's eyeliner and pout. Overall, not as tickling as Pineapple Express or Hangover, or to compare it to something in the same vein Shaun of the Dead, but still laffy, with a few "I'm totally gonna start saying that a lot" lines. I agree about Garland, TX. The best part is Bill Murray, but I don't wanna spoil it for you.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Lucille Clifton tribute


If you're like me, you met Lucille Clifton (via her poems) in a Central Texas public library, back in the early 1980s. If you're like me, you were wowed by her, and emulated her, and later just flat out admired her.

Or maybe you met her another way, in person even, at school or a reading or through correspondence.

We're mostly alike in that we loved her and we're sorry to see her go, but so happy she wrote us all those poems.

I'm collecting Lucille Clifton stuff for a tribute at Pussipo's Delirious Hem.

Taking stuff through Feb 28, to be posted on or around March 1.

Please send your essays, reminiscences, personal photos, close readings, audio/video interpretations, portraits, poems inspired by, etc. to me at shanna [at] shannacompton [dot] com.

Or if you are on the Pussipo list, you may post them (especially large files) to the group's FILES area there.

Feel free to repost/foward this message.


Sunday, February 14, 2010

PS: new feed link


or some readers prefer


Migration complete

I think I managed to migrate to the new subdomains successfully.

If you visit one of the affected pages, you will see a creepy dead TV like the one above, and get automatically redirected in 15 seconds. Like magic!

Please update your bookmarks/blog rolls from:

      shannacompton.com/blog.html ----> blog.shannacompton.com

Also affected (but I doubt anyone has them bookmarked or blog rolled):

      shannacompton.com/poems.html ----> poems.shannacompton.com
      shannacompton.com/readings.html ----> readings.shannacompton.com

Thank you.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


In the next week or so, hopefully, I will be migrating the various Blogger pages built into this site (http://www.shannacompton.com) to newly created subdomains.

I will be doing this because Blogger will no longer support FTP publishing to paths on my domains.

Aside: I love saying "my domains."

Anyway, what this means is that the URLs for the pages will change formats, like: www.shannacompton.com/blog.html will become blog.shannacompton.com.

This will also affect the "readings" and "poems" and "gamers" pages here. The other pages will stay where they are.

I will put in redirects and fix the nav bar so the new pages will be automatically found. But if you could update your blogrolls/links/bookmarks that'd be cool.

In fact this is probably a pretty good time to do a full redesign of little ol me-dot-com but WHO HAS TIME FOR THAT SHIZNIT?

I just wanted to mention this will be happening in case the folks who stop by during the switchover are freaked out thinking I've died or something. Like my mom.

OK, my mom doesn't really read this blog. So like, Jen or Maureen or whoever you lovely people are.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Film review

The Stepfather contains John Locke (with full-frontal and backal nudity), a deeply troubled-yet-prescient teen girl (more frontal and backal nudity), not one but TWO shower scenes, wigs and other late 80s hairpieces, an awesome rusted-out muscle car, some of the worst expository dialogue evah, a highly fanciful plot based on an utterly whack true crime, and a damn fun (and bloody with knives and a classic attic gag) climax. Also it gave me nightmares.

Or you can opt to see the 2009 REMAKE. Because that's how the 21st Century rolls.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Friday night with Jennifer L. Knox, et al.

To come one, come all ...

And join LIT Magazine & Housing Works Bookstore Cafe for an evening of
literary refreshment, complete with prose, poetry, and a dandy selection
of snacks and beverages.

Your invitation is cordially attached. (Please note: The date of the
event is FRIDAY FEBRUARY 5, 2010 and begins at 7 PM sharp.)

Celebrate: The LIT 17 Launch Party!
Time: Friday February 5, 2010 at 7 PM
Place: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Address: 126 Crosby Street in SoHo.

With readings by Sasha Feltcher, Phillip Gardner, Jennifer L. Knox, and
Anne Ray.

UPSTAIRS IN THE SKY is due out from ml press in December in the year
2010. He is an MFA candidate in Poetry at Columbia University in the
city of New York.

A three-time winner of The South Carolina Fiction Project, Phillip
Gardner has recently appeared in The North American Review, Hayden’s
Ferry Review, Potomac Review, and New Delta Review. He is the author of
Someone To Crawl Back To, a collection of short stories. Two new
collections, That Place Love Built and Freaks Out are forthcoming.

Jennifer L. Knox’s new book, The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway, is
forthcoming from Bloof in fall 2010. Her first two books of poems, Drunk
by Noon and A Gringo Like Me are also available from Bloof Books. Her
work has appeared three times in the Best American Poetry series, as
well as in the anthologies Best American Erotic Poems and Great American
Prose Poems: From Poe to Present.

Anne Ray was raised in suburban Maryland and has been an English
teacher, a waitress, a gardener, and a fish monger. She attended the
Brooklyn College MFA Program and the undergraduate writing program at
Carnegie Mellon University. Her fiction appeared in Brooklyn Review, and
her nonfiction has appeared in Washington City Paper and Baltimore City
Paper. She lives in Brooklyn.

The Editors

Monday, February 1, 2010

NEW at Delirious Hem

Delirious Hem announces: This is What a Feminist [Poet] Looks Like #2, where each day this week you will find new responses.

Monday February 1: Ching-In Chen, Jennifer Bartlett, & Kate Durbin
Tuesday February 2: Juliet Cook & Kate Schapira
Wednesday February 3: Kirsten Kaschock & Michele Battiste
Thursday February 4: Michelle Detorie & Stephanie Strickland
Friday February 5: T.A. Noonan & Theodora Danylevich

There are likely as many strains and modes of feminist poetics as there are of feminism, but in reviews, discussions, and even our own manifestos, we often fall into shorthand that fails to explore this valuable friction, our own variations. I'd longed for unpacking, and so issued this open-ended call:

This is What a Feminist [Poet] Looks Like: what branch of feminism, model of feminist poetics, feminist icon, or etc. informs your poetry? Or, from which of these does your poetry diverge? Are there particular feminist tactics you employ? Do you consider yourself a feminist in many ways, but don't particularly involve it in the poetry? Feel free to take liberties with the questions! Short, long, essay, manifesto, whatever appeals to you!

Our first forum was full of such provocative, funny, thoughtful, revealing, and kick-ass work, I thought we'd better run another. We hope you'll enjoy and join in the conversation. If you post on your own blog in response to this conversation, please drop a note in the comments! --Danielle Pafunda