Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Ye haw!!

Caller & Other Pieces by Tom Raworth

New from Edge Books:

by Tom Raworth

48 pgs, perfectbound, cover by the author

$9.00 til March 15 ($12.50 retail)

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Caller and Other Pieces is Raworth's first collection since the Collected Poems of 2003. Comprised of 14 pieces with the long poem "Caller" at its center, this book evinces a striking formal and tonal variety-- from the classic Raworth rhythmic and roving perceptual matrix, to the comedic one-liner, to the parodic end-rhyme, the visual, and even a bit of nouveau-zaum. Caller and Other Pieces again demonstrates that Tom Raworth's accomplishment is essential to the poetry of our time.

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Monday, February 26, 2007

Enough stupid blogging for tonight except:





Top 40 (or so) Most Played, Jazz

Profoundly Blue No. 2-Edmond Hall's Celeste Quartet-Complete Edmond Hall Blue Note Sessions
Wailing Wall-Andrew Hill-Smokestack
Fish 'n' Rice-Andrew Hill-Dance with Death
Verne-Andrew Hill-Smokestack
Spiritual-John Coltrane-Village Vanguard 11-01-1961
You Go To My Head-Anthony Braxton & Ran Blake-A Memory Of Vienna
Hold 'em Joe-Sonny Rollins-On Impulse!
Crepescule With Nellie-Steve Lacy-More Monk
Ah-Leu-Cha (-2 !)-Charlie Parker- Complete Savoy Sessions
Here Me Talkin' To Ya-Louis Armstrong -Vol. 4 Louis Armstrong & Earl Hines
My Favorite Things-John Coltrane -Live Trane: The European Tours
Body And Soul-Thelonious Monk- In Italy
The Griots-Andrew Hill-Andrew!!!
Things Ain't What They Used To Be-Cecil Taylor-Jumpin' Pumpkins
Carvin' The Bird-Charlie Parker-Dean Benedetti Recordings
The Griots (Alt Take)-Andrew Hill-Andrew!!!
Maputo-Steve Lacy-Work
North Of The Sunset (Take 1)-Thelonious Monk-Monk Alone: The Complete Columbia Solo
Light Blue-Schlippenbach- Monk's Casino
Let's Do It-Billie Holiday-The Lady Sings: God Bless The Child
Skylark -Anthony Braxton & Stuart Gillmor -14 Compositions (Traditional)
Four-Anthony Braxton & Ran Blake-A Memory Of Vienna
The Way You Look Tonight-Mal Waldron-Mal-2
Lazy Mae -Red Garland Quintet with John Coltrane-Dig It!
Black Monday- Andrew Hill-Andrew!!!
Rockin' Chair-Derek Bailey-Ballads
Not So (Alt Take)-Andrew Hill-Smokestack
Let The Little Sunbeam In-Derek Bailey, Denio, And Palmer-The Gospel Record
Duplicity -Andrew Hill-Andrew!!!
Diga Diga Doo-Duke Ellington -The OKeh Ellington
Someone to watch over me-Bill Evans & Lee Konitz-Play the arrangements of Jimmy Giuffre
Don't Stop The Carnival-Sonny Rollins-G-Man
Best Black-McKenzie's Candy Kids -Shanghai 1925 Langmix
Ring Starmines-Derek Bailey & Henry Kaiser-Wireforks
Don't Get Around Much Anymore-Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington-The Making of the Great Summit
Stompy Jones-Barney Bigard And His Jazzopators-Duke Ellington: Back Room Romp
I Love You-Tal Farlow-The Complete Verve Tal Farlow Sessions
Peg O' My Heart-Jack Teagarden -1939-40
Sugar Hips-Dizzy Gillespie-1953-1954
Sportee's Jump -Todd Rhodes-1947-1949
Epistrophy-Steve Lacy/Mal Waldron -Japan Dream

Chomsky on Why Bush Does Diplomacy Mafia-Style

Shank: So when the United States considers a potential invasion you think it's under the premise of gaining control? That is what the United States will gain from attacking Iran?

Chomsky: There are several issues in the case of Iran. One is simply that it is independent and independence is not tolerated. Sometimes it's called successful defiance in the internal record. Take Cuba. A very large majority of the U.S. population is in favor of establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and has been for a long time with some fluctuations. And even part of the business world is in favor of it too. But the government won't allow it. It's attributed to the Florida vote but I don't think that's much of an explanation. I think it has to do with a feature of world affairs that is insufficiently appreciated. International affairs is very much run like the mafia. The godfather does not accept disobedience, even from a small storekeeper who doesn't pay his protection money. You have to have obedience otherwise the idea can spread that you don't have to listen to the orders and it can spread to important places.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Orange/Miller/Doyle i.e. 3/3

The i.e. series welcomes-

Tom Orange, Sandra Miller & Ben Doyle

Saturday- March 3rd - 7 pm

Dionysus Restaurant & Lounge
8 E. Preston Street
Baltimore, MD

Ultravioleta Docs

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Creeley to Olson, 1/29/61:

Hey! I'm still

a hick!

(I hope.)

Loscil - Plume

My pick for record of 2006.

Free web only release by Loscil, Stases.

Plume reviewed at Cyclic Defrost.

Friday, February 23, 2007

La guerre, un massacre de gens qui ne se connaissent pas, au profit de gens qui se connaissent mais ne se massacrent pas. --Paul Valéry

3 on P. Inman

Wallace on Inman

Laura Steele on M'event

a different table altogether

Face to Face: Allen Ginsberg

Terrific long interview with Allen from 1995 on Ubu.

& a Cage interview from '85

Stephen Montague: You are seventy years old on September 5. What are the best and the worst things about being your age? What are some of your reflections?

John Cage: Well, I have a friend named Doris Dennison, who is seventy-four and whose ninety-six-year-old mother lives alone in Oregon and is still taking care of herself. Doris called her one day and asked how she was. Mrs. Dennison said: "Oh, I'm fine, it's just that I don't have the energy I had when I was in my seventies."

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

a note from Frank Sherlock

a conversation with ALICE NOTLEY on trance, tarot, and poetry

Kaplan Harris Flarf pictures

More She Male Presidential Hopefuls

5 little known things about me.

Now that the meme's basically dead (I think) . . .

1. The first concert I ever saw was Kiss. . . . the opening band? Bob Seager.

2. The first reading I ever organized was for Ron Silliman at Bridge Street in 1988. He read from What for a crowd of 50. He wore a Jesse Jackson for president button.

3. I don't really smoke cigarettes. It's all done with mirrors.

4. The line I sometimes use in my piece "Snips," at readings, that inevitably gets a huge laugh, "If it's not sex, why are you thinking about it" is stolen from Kevin Davies.

5. I don't have a B.A. but do have an M.F.A., thanks to Carolyn Forché.

Flarf at Dionysus & DCAC pics

Thanks to Michael Ball, Cathy Eisenhower, Adam Good,
Dionysus, DCAC & all the Flarfers & FlarfOrchestrators!
& to everybody who came out! Great Time!

Nada Gordon also has some photos up.

Lang/Zuravaleff + Shattered Wig 2/23

Doug Lang & Mary Kay Zuravleff

Friday, February 23 at 7:30pm, at Westmoreland Church

One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD
(intersection of Western and Mass Ave)

For public transport, take the Red Line Metro
to Friendship Heights and Ride-On Bus #29
to Westmoreland Circle. For more information: 301 229-7768.


Shattered Wig Night of Great Psychic Warmth

Friday, Feb. 23rd

The Degenerettes
Kate Porter & Adam Good
Wheatie Mattiasich
Theresa Columbus
Blaster Al Ackerman

Doors open at 9pm, cost of admission is a mere
$5. At the 14 Karat Caberet on 218 W. Saratoga,
Baltimore, MD.

in memory of emmett williams (1925-2007)

Thursday, February 15, 2007

found in an old jacket

Flarf, Ladies & Gentleman, & FlarfOrchestra too

An Evening of Flarf

i.e. reading series presents
The Flarf Collective
Sat. Feb. 17th- 7 pm til? @!
Dionysus Restaurant & Lounge
8 E. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD

followd bye

An Afternoon of Flarf

@ District of Columbia Arts Center
2438 18th Street NW, Washington DC
Sun. Feb. 18th, 3 - 6 pm

Performers will include:

Katie Degentesh, author of The Anger Scale
Drew Gardner, author of Petroleum Hat & Sugar Pill
Benjamin Friedlander, author of A Knot is Not a Tangle & Simulcast
Nada Gordon, auhor of V. Imp & Foriegnn Bodie
Rodney Koeneke, author of Musee Mechanique & Rouge State
Michael Magee, author of Mainstream & My Angie Dickinson
Sharon Mesmer, author of In Ordinary Time & The Empty Quarter
Mel Nichols, author of Day Poems
Rod Smith, author of Music or Honesty & The Good House
Gary Sullivan, author of How to Proceed in the Arts & Elsewhere

+ Film by Brandon Downing, author of Dark Brandon

+ FlarfOrchestra conducted by Drew Gardner
featuring Flarf Collective members &

The Brain Wave Chick
Jason Hamrick, trumpet
Buck Downs & Ryan Walker, guitars
Jamie Gaughran-Perez, guitar etc.
Adam Good, bass
Gary Sullivan, ocarina

The District of Columbia Arts Center is located between the Dupont Circle and Woodley Park metro stations. For directions, see the DCAC web site.

A large sample of what has come be known as flarf can be found at.


A new bill in Congress would ban paperless voting. It's got enough support to pass, but time is short. This week, the Democratic leadership is deciding what Congress will take up next. Sign this petition!
"Do I really have to go out there?"

--Peter Gizzi, "Wintry Mix," The Outernationale

"And on that note
maybe we could have it a little warmer in here."

--John Ashbery, "Sleeper Wedding," A Worldly Country
"Well done all around."

--Kevin Killian on Michael Ruby

Wednesday, February 14, 2007


This Saturday, 2/17
3:00-4:00 pm
The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery@ Bleecker
New York, NY
$20 suggested donation (please give what you can)

Performers include:

Anselm Berrigan, Eddie Berrigan, John Coletti, Cori Copp, Marcella Durand, Greg Fuchs, Brenda Iijima, Mark Lamoureux, & Carol Mirakove

Our good friend Frank Sherlock was rushed to the hospital January 22nd with a sudden and mysterious illness which turned out to be a serious case of meningitis. He needed emergency surgery and also suffered a heart attack and kidney failure as a result of symptoms related to the illness. His friends have come together to help him at this critical time. We are reaching out to other friends and the poetry community on Frank's behalf. Frank's poetry page can be found here:

from the Friends of Frank Sherlock

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Sunday, February 11, 2007

ROVA 2/11 8 pm

Transparent Productions presents:


Bruce Ackley, saxophones
Larry Ochs, saxophones
Jon Raskin, saxophones
Steve Adams, saxophones

Sunday Feb. 11, 2007
8:00 pm

Twins Jazz
1344 U St. N.W.
Washington D.C.
(202) 234-0072

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

** Frank Sherlock EMERGENCY FUND **

Our good friend Frank Sherlock was rushed to the hospital January 22nd with a sudden and mysterious illness which turned out to be a serious case of meningitis. He needed emergency surgery, and also suffered a heart attack and kidney failure as a result of symptoms related to the illness.

The timing could not be worse as this attack of meningitis happened during the two month window in which Frank is without health insurance.

His friends have come together to help raise money at this critical time. We are reaching out to other friends and the poetry community on Frank's behalf. Please consider sending donations for his hospital bills, physical therapy, as well as his very expensive medications and other needs.

If you can make a donation by check or money order at this time please send it to Frank's longtime friend Matthew McGoldrick.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please make check or money order out to Matthew McGoldrick, and send to his address:

1504 Morris St.
Philadelphia PA 19145

We will be having a benefit show in Philadelphia in the very near future. If you would like to be notified of that event please e-mail for the details. Frank's poetry page can be found here:, and he can also be found at

from the Friends of Frank Sherlock

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Monday, February 05, 2007

Ghost Brain

lonely-- there's a serious number--

the go-go woe-woe's done
dumb bumper like its like,

low. we're low.



Smith & Ward @ Pyramid 2/10 8 PM

@ Pyramid Atlantic Art Center

Saturday, February 10, 2007, 8:00PM


Rod Smith is the author of In Memory of My Theories (O Books), Protective Immediacy (Roof), New Mannerist Tricycle with Lisa Jarnot and Bill Luoma (Beautiful Swimmer), Music or Honesty (Roof), The Good House (Spectacular Books), Fear the Sky (Narrow House Recordings), and Deed (forthcoming from the University of Iowa Press). He is also editing, with Peter Baker and Kaplan Harris, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley, for the University of California Press.

Dana Ward is the author of New Couriers (Dusie 2006), I Didn't Build This Machine (Boog Literature, 2004) & The Imaginary Lives of My Neighbors (Duration, 2003). Recent poems have appeared in Mirage #4/Periodical, string of small machines, Small Town, & other places. He lives in Cincinnati & edits Cy Press.

We hope you can join us for the reading and the festivities afterwards.

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center is located at 8230 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, MD, three blocks from the Metro red line. For directions:

Letterpress Broadsides of the poets (made in collaboration with printmaker Val Lucas of Pyramid Atlantic) will be available at the reading.

Sunday, February 04, 2007


wookie coup de boule

The tour guide, Brian Sapir, told the Los Angeles Times that he asked the Chewbacca impersonator to stop harassing two young Japanese tourists when the actor exploded in anger.

"He said, 'Nobody tells this wookie what to do,'" Sapir said.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

The Robot's Hot

Five Robert Creeley poems you’ve got to know about.


.org asked

critic and

Charles Bernstein

five poems
by Robert

Creeley to
add to


Harry & Bela on Global Warming

Thursday, February 01, 2007


Doors to the Wampa cage rooms had a bright orange warning sticker.

The poor Wampa is so misunderstood. He just wants to make friends and play games

Several other Wampa sequences were planned for Empire, but they were ultimately cut.