Sunday, December 31, 2006

Announcing Jacket 31

" Announcing Jacket 31 "

As the shades of 2006 gather to bid us farewell...
the glow of a gleaming new Jacket lights up the night sky...

Jacket 31 - October 2006 - via

Featuring the late great Robert Creeley...
poetry from the Low Countries...
the Letter to Poets project...
more on the Phlarf Phenomenon...
and millions of poems, reviews, articles, and interviews.

>>>>>> Feature: Robert Creeley (1926-2005)

Edited by Michael Kelleher

--- Robert Creeley, 'Wow. I called it and why not:' 7 letters, 1950-1961, edited by Rod Smith, Peter Baker and Kaplan Harris.

--- Charles Alexander: Robert Creeley: The Speech that Seeks Company (two brief notes)


--- Benjamin Friedlander: Reading in Pieces

--- Susan Howe: Leaf Flower in the Wind Falling Blue The Dark River

--- From Words to Pieces: On Robert Creeley, A tape-essay by Tosa Motokiyu, Ojiu
Norinaga, and Okura Kyojin, with an introduction by Kent Johnson and Javier Alvarez

--- Alexander Jorgensen: Emails to a Younger Poet

--- Margaret Konkol: Creeley in Age: Negative Poetics in Robert Creeley's Late Work

--- Ruth Lepson: "It Is All a Rhythm": Robert Creeley and Steve Lacy

--- Stan Persky: About Robert Creeley (1926-2005)

--- Kyle Schlesinger: GETTING Behind the Word: Creeley's TyPOGRAPHY

--- Dale Smith: Space Suits: the Empirical Tradition in Robert Creeley's "A Day Book"

--- Joel Weishaus: A Poem Addressed to Robert Creeley on His Poem "Histoire De -Florida."

--- Don Wellman: Creeley's Ear

>>>> Feature: The Low Countries -

Editor: Karlien van den Beukel

--- Karlien van den Beukel: Introduction [to come]

--- Paul Bogaert: ADDRESS, translated by John Irons

--- Arjen Duinker: Senses and Desires, translated by Jeltje Fanoy

--- Hans Faverey: Poems from Three Cycles: translated by Francis R. Jones

--- Astrid Lampe: 4 Poems from "Spuit je Ralkleur" (Spray your RAL Colour)

--- Lucebert: Four Poems, translated by Diane Butterman

--- Erik Spinoy: Three poems, translated by John Irons

--- Dirk van Bastelaere: Wwwhhhooossshh (The Opera Ain't Over Till The Fat Lady Sings), trans. Willem Groenewegen

--- F. van Dixhoorn: Two Poems: 'All at sea' and 'Big batten', trans. Astrid van Baalen, with a note on the translation

--- Reviews: Andrew Duncan: "The Last to Leave" by Dirk van Bastelaere

--- Douglas Messerli: Three reviews: Hugo Claus, Remco Campert, Hans Faverey

--- Eliot Weinberger: "Preface Against the Forgetting: Selected Poems" by Hans Faverey, trans. by Francis Jones

>>>>>> Feature: Letters to Poets

--- Introduction: Dana Teen Lomax and Jennifer Firestone: Letters To Poets: Conversations

About Poetics, Politics, and Community

--- Kathleen Fraser and Patrick Pritchett

--- Paul Hoover and Albert Flynn DeSilver

--- Leslie Scalapino and Judith Goldman

>>>>>> Articles

--- Charles Bernstein: Afterword to "The Holy Forest: Collected Poems of Robin Blaser" (Revised and Expanded Edition) Edited by Miriam Nichols

--- Rachel Blau DuPlessis: Manhood and its Poetic Projects: The construction of
masculinity in the counter-cultural poetry of the U.S. 1950s

--- Jonathan Fedors: Writing Class in Kevin Davies' "Comp"

--- John Felstiner and David Goldstein: The Lure of the God: Robert Duncan on Translating Rilke

--- Chris Glomski: Leafing The Now: "Depth Theology" by Peter O'Leary, "The Totality for Kids" by Joshua Clover

--- Piers Hugill: "Fig" by Caroline Bergvall, and "Via: Poems 1994-2004", by Caroline

--- Tom Jones: "The Unconditional: A Lyric" by Simon Jarvis

--- Poets Behaving Badly: Robert Sheppard: "Poetry Wars: British Poetry of the 1970s and the Battle of Earls Court" by Peter Barry: 'What the Arts Council's investigating team had failed to achieve in months I accomplished in seconds,' boasts Osborne of the fateful meeting when the avalanche of resignations was triggered by chairman Jeff Nuttall. 'They marched out of the room, and I asked the Secretary to be certain to record their resignations in the minutes, for fear they should come to what senses they possessed and march back in again. But they didn't return. Was ever a victory so inadvertently achieved?'

--- Anthony Stephens: Nietzsche's Unease: The Ambiguity of Poetic Metaphor

>>>>>> Poems

--- Caroline Bergvall: The Summer Tale (Deus Hic, 1)

--- Sean Carey: Looking at Peter Porter after many years

--- Sharon Dolin: Four poems: Missed Hummer / The Give, Seek, Am / This Scabbard's Free / Lick-Over

--- Landis Everson: Jack, My Vocabulary Said This

--- Adam Fieled: Apparition Poems

--- Alan Gilbert: from "Pretty Words Made a Fool Out of Me"

--- rob mclennan: Four poems

--- D.S. Marriott: the levees

--- Geoff Page: Ugly Beauty

--- Hazel Smith: In camera

--- Mark Yakich: New Love Poem

--- Jeffrey Yang: Bedsong for A - after Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006)

--- Todd Swift: Four poems: Confessions / The Serious Business / I'm In Love With A
German Film Star / Hume

--- John Tranter: Girl in Water

--- Harriet Zinnes: Possibilities

--- Grzegorz Wróblewski: Two poems: A Summation Scheme (About the Illness of John T.) / Black Head

>>>>>> Interviews

--- Janet Cardiff in conversation with Anthony Easton

--- The Romantic Objectivist: Hugh Seidman in conversation with Molly Nason, 2006

>>>>>> More on Flarf

--- Michael Gottlieb: Googling Flarf

--- Rick Snyder: The New Pandemonium: A Brief Overview of Flarf

>>>>>> Reviews

--- Erik Anderson: Cockerels and Testicles: "Exchanges of Earth & Sky" by Jack Collom

--- Martin Anderson: "New and Selected Poems" by Kelvin Corcoran

--- Scott Bentley: "Perspective Would Have Us" by Erica Carpenter

--- Clive Bush: "Myne. New and Selected Poems and Prose, 1976-2005" by Frances Presley

--- John Couth: "Inside to Outside" by Christopher Gutkind

--- Ian Davidson: "Collected Poems" by Lee Harwood

--- Thomas Fink: "The Secret Lives of Punctuations, Vol. 1" by Eileen R. Tabios

--- Kass Fleisher: "Nightbirds" by Garin Cycholl

--- Tom Goff: "Must Be Present to Win", poems by Meg Withers

--- Henry Gould: "Breeze" by John Latta

--- Lisa Guidarini: "Jagged With Love" by Susanna Childress

--- Edmund Hardy: "The Places As Preludes" by Gustaf Sobin

--- Edmund Hardy: "Ancestors and Species: New & Selected Ethnographic Poetry" by Tom


--- Tim Kahl: "Mulberry", by Dan Beachy-Quick

--- David Kennedy: Ken Bolton, "At The Flash & At The Baci" - Four Coffees with Ken

--- Michael Leddy: Homer: "Iliad" 12 CDs and "Odyssey" 10CDs, translated and read by
Stanley Lombardo: '...I have been reading and teaching the Iliad and the Odyssey in
Lombardo's translations for several years, and I'm delighted by the ways in which
listening to these readings allows nuances of the poems to register.'

--- Ben Lerner: "Curves to the Apple", by Rosmarie Waldrop

--- Nicole Mauro: "Twin Towers" by Basil King

--- Nicole Mauro: "Gogol in Rome" by Katia Kapovich

--- Bridie McCarthy: "Strange Attractors", by Louis Armand

--- Tim Morris: "Word is Born", by Michael Kindellan and Reitha Pattison

--- Robert Mueller: "Ledger" by Susan Wheeler

--- Paul Nelson: "Lost in the Chamiso" by Amalio Madueño

--- Paul Nelson: "Fulcrum" Number Four 2005

--- Craig Perez: "Involuntary Lyrics" by Aaron Shurin

--- Gilbert Wesley Purdy: "Concerning The Book That Is The Body Of The Beloved" by
Gregory Orr

--- Brian Richards: "Epigramititis: 118 Living American Poets" by Kent Johnson

--- Peter Riley: "Blue Grass" by Peter Minter

--- Dale Smith: "Solution Simulacra" by Gloria Frym

--- Rob Stanton: "Open Clothes" by Steve Benson

--- James Stuart: "The Trees: Selected Poems 1967-2004" by E. Montejo and "Walking to
Point Clear" by David Brooks

--- Ezra Tessler: "The Collected Fiction of Kenneth Koch", by Kenneth Koch

--- Carolyn van Langenberg: "The Hoplite Journals" by Martin Anderson

--- Mark Wallace: "Industrial Poetics: Demo Tracks for a Mobile Culture" by Joe Amato:'... That such forums continue to exist in a society often so hostile to them gives Amato at least a degree of optimism on which to conclude a book that spends most of its time detailing a vast industry of unfreedom and the anguish it causes.'

--- Ivan Weiss: "Gagarin Street" by Piotr Gwiazda

--- Marjorie Welish: "Spinoza in Her Youth" by Norma Cole


Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Monday, December 18, 2006

2nd Ave Poetry vol. 2

2nd Ave Poetry vol. 2

featuring the work of

annon-3888976 | anselm berrigan | regie cabico
michael coffey | ernest concepcion | kevin coval
del ray cross | thom donovan | phebus etienne
thomas fink | rob fitterman | sarah gambito | drew
gardner | rigoberto gonzales | sabrina gschwandtner
donna ho | fanny howe | brenda iijima | paolo javier
ellen kennedy | jack kimball | tao lin | serena liu
jill magi | paolo manalo | noam mor | joyelle mcsweeney
bruna mori | hugo mujica | daniel nester | aimee
nezhukumatathil | long ngan | urayoan noel | manuel
ocampo | aaron peck | tim peterson | wanda phipps
sreshta premnath | meredith quartermain | peter
quartermain | barbara jane reyes | tony robles | patrick
rosal | thaddeus rutkowski | sukhdev sandhu | leslie
scalapino | jennifer scappetone | purvi shah | dennis
somera | rodrigo toscano | charles valle | tim yu

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Friday, December 15, 2006

Thursday, December 14, 2006

For the Onion Dead

Cauliflower works well when smushed with a bit of
bizarro mannequin behind the wheel of a
round-bodied Pudding Risotto Beef--

An onion-headed man.
His teeth were bad.

How's your ass?

"me real poet, you historical context"

Tony's got some interesting things to say re Ron on Ashbery.

The thing I wonder is would Dave Smith be able to comment on Ron's work at all. I rather suspect Ron cld comment, with some context, on Dave Smith. That's, perhaps, part of Ron's dismissal of that list of Medal for the Arts recipients. The tradition Ron is pushing, radical modernist comme Stein, Zukofsky - New American - Language etc is used to being overlooked in the awards/major review arena. I don't disagree with Tony that there's new terrain to be explored but I'm not sure championing Ashbery, against, for example Pinsky, could do anything but further that exploration.

All that said, I've never read Robert Penn Warren. & I'm ok with that.

But, seriously, is working with awareness in a tradition inherently an oedipal matter? Pollock, to go to another context, seemed to think so. But let's go to jazz, how about Lacy's relation to Monk? It seems to me possible to work in a furthering/celebratory manner that's highly conscious of a/the tradition(s).

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Flarf Goes to College Videos

Just in time for the holidays, all the videos from the Flarf collective reading at Dickinson College - Katie Degentesh, Drew Gardner, Nada Gordon w/ Mel Nichols, Michael Magee, Rod Smith, & Gary Sullivan - are now up at YouTube.

sweet land of liberty

"The United States has 5 percent of the world's population and 25 percent of the world's incarcerated population. We rank first in the world in locking up our fellow citizens," said Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance, which supports alternatives in the war on drugs.

We now imprison more people for drug law violations than all of western Europe, with a much larger population, incarcerates for all offenses.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

What the media aren't telling you about the Iraq Study Group report

Summary: Media Matters for America has identified six findings in the Iraq Study Group's report that major news outlets have largely overlooked. They include: that the Pentagon has significantly underreported the extent of violence in Iraq, that U.S. officials possess little knowledge about the sources of the ongoing attacks, and that the situation in Afghanistan has grown so dire that U.S. troops may need to be diverted there from Iraq.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The Lipstick of Noise, yay!

Third Annual Single Malt Poetry Slam

Sunday Dec 10, 5 pm

Third Annual Single Malt Poetry Slam! Anna Moschovakis, Gary Sullivan,
Paolo Javier, Eugene Ostashevsky, Kim Rosenfield + yr hosts: Fitterman
& Holman $20/$15 at

The Bowery Poetry Club is hosting a Sixteenth Annual Single Malt Scotch Holiday Poetry Slam, at 5pm on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006, 308, Bowery at Houston. $20 includes 6 single malts! ($15.00 in advance at

This fourth annual event features 6 poets, reading descriptions of six
single malts, as the audience samples the whiskeys. The audience votes
on the poets and single malts. + Door prizes!!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Comp. in French!

traduit de l'anglais par Xandaire Sélène

cover photo: Tim Davis, Buddah Security Camera