Wednesday, November 29, 2006

So There

Bass player Steve Swallow has been meditating on the poetry of the late Robert Creeley (1926-2005) for a long time. In 1980, Swallow and pianist Steve Kuhn released an album of song settings of Creeley’s poems with vocalist Shirley Jordan (Home, ECM). After a quarter century, Swallow feels prepared to take up the collaboration again.

For So There, Creeley recorded a selection of poems and fragments. Swallow took the recordings to Oslo a few short months after the poet’s death and created the musical accompaniment, again in the company of Kuhn, and this time also with the Cikada String Quartet.

Tracks: Oh No; Names; Here Again; Ambition; Indians; From Histoire De Florida; Sufi Sam Christian; Later; From Wellington, New Zealand / From Eight Plus; Miles; Just In Time; Return; Echo; Sad Advice; Riddle; Blue Moon; I Know A Man; A Valentine For Pen.

Personnel: Steve Swallow: bass; Robert Creeley: voice; Steve Kuhn: piano; The Cikada String Quartet: Henrik Hannisdal: violin; Odd Hannisdal: violin; Marek Konstantynowicz: viola; Morten Hannisdal: cello.

Monday, November 27, 2006

OMG THIS is SOOO Presidential!!

Idiots have bred presidents to be much larger than ever
intended, thereby increasing the incidence of hip dysplasia .

Friday, November 24, 2006

Beethoven Opus 109 pg 2 original draft manuscript


New video and photographic evidence that puts three senior CIA operatives at the scene of Robert Kennedy's assassination has been brought to light.

The evidence was shown in a report by Shane O'Sullivan, broadcast on BBC Newsnight.

It reveals that the operatives and four unidentified associates were at the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles in the moments before and after the shooting on 5 June, 1968.

The CIA had no domestic jurisdiction and some of the officers were based in South-East Asia at the time, with no reason to be in Los Angeles.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Ghost Brain

the to-come,

red dye on the
sunburnt rye--

lest the lettuce-head win:

keep worsening

their orbit, their


their us

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Thanks to Jane Dark on Kakutani on Pynchon.

A case of review as "bucket wheel excavator."

On the other hand, there's some class struggle at the Wall Street Journal.

I refuse their call for resignation.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Lannan at Georgetown 11/16

Thursday, November 16 in the ICC Auditorium at Georgetown

8:00 PM, Reading:


4:00 PM, Lannan Literary Symposium, The Poetic Book

Jerome McGann, Johanna Drucker, Penn Szittya, & Caroline Bergvall

Did NASA accidentally nuke Jupiter?

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Bernstein/Smith 11/18 4 pm

i.e. reading series

Saturday, November 18th
4 pm - 6pm

Charles Bernstein & Rod Smith

Clayton & Co. Fine Books
317 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD

Raworth/Brötzmann at Woodland Pattern

Thursday November 16 and Friday November 17, 10PM
Peter Brötzmann (Germany) and Tom Raworth (UK): Poems and Improvisations and Cheryl Lynn Bruce (Chicago) and Joshua Abrams (Chicago): Pickling by Suzan-Lori Parks, performance monologue with music Elastic Arts Foundation, 2830 N. Milwaukee, 2nd floor

Sunday November 19, 7PM
Peter Brötzmann (Germany) and Tom Raworth (UK): Poems and Improvisations and Cheryl Lynn Bruce (Chicago) and Joshua Abrams (Chicago): Pickling by Suzan-Lori Parks, performance monologue with music Co-presentation with Woodland Pattern
Woodland Pattern Book Center, 720 East Locust, Milwaukee
$8/$7 students and seniors/$6 Woodland Pattern members

Charles Bernstein at Bridge Street, Sun. 11/19, 7 PM

Come to Bridge Street Books

at 7 PM on Sunday, November 19th because


will read.

Charles Bernstein is the author of 30 books of poetry and libretti,
including Girly Man (University of Chicago Press, 2006), Shadowtime
(Green Integer, 2005), With Strings (University of Chicago Press,
2001), and Republics of Reality: 1975-1995 (Sun & Moon Press, 2000).
He has published two books of essays and one essay/poem collection: My
Way: Speeches and Poems (University of Chicago Press, 1999); A Poetics
(Harvard University Press, 1992); Content's Dream: Essays 1975-1984
(Sun & Moon Press, 1986, 1994; reprinted by Northwestern University
Press, 2001). Bernstein is Donald T. Regan Professor of English,
University of Pennsylvania. He is the co-founder and co-editor, with
Al Filreis, of PENNsound (; and editor, and
co-founder, with Loss Pequenño Glazier, of The Electronic Poetry
Center ( In 2006, Bernstein was elected a Fellow of
the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Bridge Street Books
2814 Pennsylvania Ave.
(202) 965-5200

Located in Georgetown next to the Four Seasons Hotel, 5 blocks from
the Foggy Bottom Metro station (blue & orange lines).

BYOE (Bring Your Own Ears)

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Dem Senate Majority

The new AP count showed Webb with 1,172,538 votes and Allen with 1,165,302, a difference of 7,236. Virginia has had two statewide vote recounts in modern history, but both resulted in vote changes of no more than a few hundred votes.

"World Reaction"

Kaplan passed this on from CNN:

In an extraordinary joint statement, more than 200 Socialist members
of the European Parliament hailed the American election results as
"the beginning of the end of a six-year nightmare for the world" and
gloated that they left the Bush administration "seriously weakened."

yay dems!!

The Work of Leslie Scalapino

Saturday, November 11th, 1:00 pm at The Poetry Project, 131 East 10th Street, NYC

please come!

A celebration and inquiry into the work of prominent contemporary experimental Bay Area writer and publisher (of O Books) Leslie Scalapino. Leslie Scalapino's over 20 books challenge the boundaries of poetry, prose and visual art. Her most recent titles are Orchid Jetsam, Dahlia's Iris and Zither & Autobiography. Six poets will each present a short talk on aspects of Scalapino's work, followed by a question/answer session. Poets will include Brenda Iijima, who will host the discussion, Rod Smith, Laura Elrick, Alan Davies, Jennifer Scappettone and Rodrigo Toscano.

Rod Smith is the author of In Memory of My Theories, Protective Immediacy, The Good House, Music or Honesty, and, forthcoming You Bête. He publishes Edge Books and edits the journal Aerial in Washington, DC. Smith is also co-editing, with Peter Baker and Kaplan Harris, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley, for the University of California Press. Laura Elrick's book Fantasies in Permeable Structures is recently out from Factory School (2005) in Vol. 1 of the Heretical Texts series. She is also the author of sKincerity (Krupskaya, 2003) and is one of the featured writers on Women In the Avant Garde, an audio CD produced by Narrow House Recordings in 2004. Alan Davies is the author of many books of poetry including Active 24 Hours (Roof), Name (This), Rave (Roof), and Candor (O Books). Jennifer Scappettone's recent poetry, prose, and translations from the Italian are forthcoming in 4x4, Drunken Boat, P-Queue, The Cracked Slab Anthology of New Chicago Writing, Jacket, Modern Philology , and Zoland Annual . She is working on an archaeology of the landfill & opera of pop-ups in progress, provisionally entitled “Exit 43”, commissioned by Atelos Press. She teaches at the University of Chicago. Rodrigo Toscano is the author of To Leveling Swerve (Krupskaya Books, 2004), Platform (Atelos, 2003), The Disparities (Green Integer, 2002) and Partisans (O Books, 1999). His poetry has been translated into French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. Toscano is originally from California (San Diego and San Francisco). He lives in New York City. Brenda Iijima is the author of Around Sea (O Books, 2004) and two forthcoming titles: Animate, Inanimate Aims (Litmus Press) and Eco Quarry Bellwether (OtherVoices). She runs Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs from Brooklyn, New York.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

In memoriam, Brad Will

Bradley Roland Will (1970-2006) was a U.S. anarchist, documentary filmmaker, and journalist with Indymedia New York City. He was shot and killed on October 27, 2006 during the teachers' strike in the Mexican city of Oaxaca.

Monday, November 06, 2006


Being a Grover Leper,
something is going on--

Grover was an American politician--
outraged citizens branded him a "moral leper"--

freesofree that my pastor, St. Francis Rickenbacker:
Roar! I'm a leper!


Roar! Roar! I'm a hamster! &
this is disjunctive poetry

'Jesus' can also be translated as 'Leper Colony'
makes me happy

This is the situation--
want to drown?

"To heal the leper"

the other kids not accustomed to

become part of the Grover family
(the Honolulu Chapter)

If all employers
be like ya know 'neighborhood leper'

then the Dems have a chance!
yay Dems!!!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Tough times for NGC 6745

Just remember, no mater how bad it gets, at least you're not in a colliding galaxy . . .

Reading Bay Poetics

Reading Bay Poetics is devoted to collecting and generating discussion of the anthology Bay Poetics, edited by Stephanie Young (Faux Press, 2006).

Potential contributors should email Tom Orange at tmorange[at]gmail[dot]com.

limetree's movin'

new add

Friday, November 03, 2006

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Gottlieb/Smith 11/4 NYC


Saturdays: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
308 BOWERY, just north of Houston

Michael Gottlieb’s most recent books include Lost and Found, Gorgeous Plunge, and The River Road. In the late 70s and early 80s he helped edit one of Language Poetry’s seminal periodicals, Roof Magazine. Rod Smith is the author of Music or Honesty, The Good House, Poèmes de l'araignée, In Memory of My Theories, The Boy Poems, Protective Immediacy, and New Mannerist Tricycle with Lisa Jarnot and Bill Luoma. A CD, Fear the Sky, came out from Narrow House Recordings in 2005. He edits Aerial magazine and publishes Edge Books. Smith is also editing, with Peter Baker and Kaplan Harris, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley for the University of California Press.