Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Warhol photo of Ron Padgett, ca 1965

Padgett/King 11/5 at Bridge Street 7 PM

Join us at Bridge Street Books

Sunday November 5th @ 7 PM

for a reading by


Ron Padgett's contribution to American poetry is HUGE. Originally from Tulsa, where he edited The White Dove Review with Joe Brainard, publishing Creeley, Kerouac, Leroi Jones and others, he moved to New York in 1960 with a cadre that included Ted Berrigan, Brainard, and Dick Gallup. Together they invented (&/or re-invented), via the inspiration of poets such as Ashbery & O'Hara, what has become known as The New York School. He studied with Kenneth Koch and Lionel Trilling at Columbia. He directed The Poetry Project in the late seventies and publications at Teachers & Writers from 1980 to 2000. Padgett's books of poetry include You Never Know (Coffeehouse Press, 2002), Poems I Guess I Wrote (2001), New & Selected Poems (1995), The Big Something (1990), Triangles in the Afternoon (1979), and Great Balls of Fire (1969). His first collection of poems, Bean Spasms, written with Ted Berrigan, was published in 1967. He has also published a volume of selected prose titled Blood Work (1993), as well as translations of Blaise Cendrars' Complete Poems (1992), Pierre Cabanne's Dialogues with Marcel Duchamp (1971), and Apollinaire's The Poet Assassinated (1968). His most recent book is a memoir--Oklahoma Tough: My Father, King of the Tulsa Bootleggers.

Amy King is the author of Antidotes for an Alibi published in 2005 by BlazeVox. She teaches English at Nassau Community College on Long Island and has been writing poems throughout her numerous careers, which have included working for the Department of Defense, managing a popular fast food restaurant, multi-tasking as a medical technician in Labor & Delivery, serving as a residence counselor and advocate for the learning disabled, directing an ESL school in Manhattan and many other positions better left a mystery.

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).

Upcoming at Bridge Street:
Nov 19th - Charles Bernstein

BYOE (Bring Your Own Ears)

Monday, October 30, 2006


Death has only
writing to end.

Tolling Elves arrived today announcing its demise-- significantly-- with the stop of a REAL magazine, felt & thought, always, in its choices, in its attn, in its gifting, and with a powerful "return" to poetry by Barrett Watten. I daresay a double masterpiece that leaves us with "masterpiece?" and means to.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

VERY interesting . . .

The federal government is investigating the takeover last year of a leading American manufacturer of electronic voting systems by a small software company that has been linked to the leftist government of President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela.

Thorson/Potvin/Manzione @ Bar Rouge 10/30 8 PM

Maureen Thorson, PF Potvin and Gianmarc Manzione at Bar Rouge in Washington D.C. Monday, October 30. Reading will begin at 8:00 p.m. in The Dark Room at Bar Rouge.

oh great

If the United States government conducts business as usual over the next few decades, a national debt that is already $8.5 trillion could reach $46 trillion or more, adjusted for inflation. That's almost as much as the total net worth of every person in America - Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and those Google guys included.

Claire Lise

Elle a chantés à Washington dernier soir. C'étais bon. Terrific stage presence. Good fun. Good band. She'll be in New York at Pianos on Sunday Oct 29 at 9:30 & at the Bowery Poetry Club Monday the 30th, 6 PM.

Friday, October 27, 2006

The Anger Scale by Katie Degentesh

Starred Review-- Publishers Weekly October 16, 2006

The Anger Scale
Katie Degentesh, Combo (SPD dist.), $12 paper (80 p) ISBN 0-9728880-2-0

Degentesh's debut draws on Google by importing content from Internet searches into her poems to fill in the blanks of the MMPI. That's psych shorthand for the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, sample statements from which --"I Feel Uneasy Indoors"; "I Am Not Afraid to Handle Money" -- serve as titles for these 35 beautifully conflicted poems. Degentesh inhabits the poems' weirdly pathologizing psychic space with a deep love of overheard speech that's charged with unconscious (and sometimes not so unconscious) violence, longing and misunderstanding: "it was sloppy and bloody and all fucked up,/ when I try and translate it back into English/ it sounds like the Christian notion that we are born// to read stories of free, unhindered UnaBirths." Degentesh is a member of the Flarflist collective, a loose gathering of Google-obsessed poets who cast their poems in an ironic, deliberately "not ok" mold: "I loved my mother, and she did nothing/ as my father repeatedly beat me." The Weird genius of these poems is that Degentesh encodes a sliver of identification within her deadpan sendups of cliché and banality surrounding real feelings, such that when one speaker says, "at the same time some poor wanker necro in half undress/ was kissing, fingering and licking Shelene's pussy," the reader feels a kind of celebration rather than censure. (Nov.)

Now available from Bridge Street Books-- (rod at bridgestreetbooks dot com). Or visit Combo Arts online.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Winch & Young @ Bridge Street 10/29

Please join us

Sunday, October 29th @ 7 PM

for a reading by


Geoffrey Young is the author of Fickle Sonnets, Lights Out, Admiral Fever, Pockets of Wheat, Rocks and Deals, and Subject to Fits. He lives in the Berkshires where he runs The Geoffrey Young Gallery, an art space celebrated in such publications as Artforum and The New York Times. Publisher's Weekly writes of his recent book Lights Out: "Young's great strength, like that of his compadres Michael Gizzi and Clark Coolidge, is his updated use of Kerouac's "spontaneous bop prosody," an intricate and seemingly improvised incantation of word and syllable whipped up to ecstatic length." Young is also publisher of The Figures-- one of the most important literary presses of the last thirty years.

Terence Winch is the author of three books of poetry: The Drift of Things, The Great Indoors, and Irish Musicians/American Friends. His most recent book, That Special Place: New World Irish Stories, is a collection of non-fiction stories drawn from his life as a musician playing traditional Irish music with Celtic Thunder-- a band he started with his brother Jesse in 1977. Celtic Thunder's second album, The Light of Other Days, won the prestigious INDIE award for Best Celtic Album. His writings have appeared in more than 20 anthologies of poetry, prose, and non-fiction, and in journals and newspapers such as The Paris Review, New American Writing, American Poetry Review, Arshile, Shiny, Verse, The Washington Post, The Washingtonian, and The Village Voice.

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).

Upcoming Bridge Street Readings:
Nov 5th - Amy King & Ron Padgett
Nov 19th - Charles Bernstein

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Friday, October 20, 2006

Creeley Letters!

The first publication of the project Kaplan, Peter, & I have been working on is now up at Jacket 31--

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


* To William Carlos Williams (February 11, 1950)
* To William Carlos Williams (February 27, 1950)
* To William Carlos Williams (January 1, 1957)
* To Denise Levertov (April 22, 1951)
* To Robert Duncan (September 24, 1955)
* To Robert Duncan (October 30, 1959)
* To Tom Raworth (January 21, 1961)

Thanks to Michael Kelleher & the folks at Jacket. They're still in the process of finalizing the Creeley Feature.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

yo yo yo ya'll gotsta dig de 14 Midget Man

If you can imagine a fat bald midget
wearing a bright blue sweatsuit,
you are a fourteen-midget man.

Dan Gutstein in Rat Genius 10/20 @ 9 PM

Our DC friend and future Edge author Dan Gutstein makes an appearance in Natl Geographic's Rat Genius, 9 pm Friday October 20th on the National Geographic Channel.

Archive of Dylan's radio show

Click on the link above and start downloadin'. Thanks to the gentle radishes of Lisablog.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Ben Doyle & Sandra Miller photos

Sandra & Ben read two sets-- the first individual readings of 15 minutes each, the second trading poems and a few collaborations. It rocked.

Monday, October 16, 2006

The World Premiere of the all-new stand-up special, "Steven Wright: When The Leaves Blow Away" debuts on COMEDY CENTRAL Saturday, October 21 at 9:00 p.m.

Hillman/Berssenbrugge Georgetown 10/19

GU Poetry & Seminar Series Presents

Brenda Hillman & Mei-mei Berssenbrugge
Gender on the Lyric Edge

Seminar: 5:30PM, 462 ICC
Reading: 8:00PM, Copley Formal Lounge

Mei-mei Berssenbrugge's mixed-media collaboration with artist Kiki Smith, Concordance, has been published by the Rutgers Center for Innovative Paper and Print. Her selected poems, I Love Artists, appeared in 2006. Among Brenda Hillman's recent books are Pieces of Air in the Epic and an edition of Emily Dickinson's poetry. She is active in the non-violent Code Pink Working Group in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Old news

Flarf split.

Alan Gilbert on Lisa Robertson.

Saturday & Sunday

@ Pyramid Atlantic Art Center

8:00PM, October 14, 2006

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

@ District of Columbia Arts Center
3:00PM, Sunday, October 15, 2006


District of Columbia Arts Center is located at 2438 18th Street NW in Adams Morgan, Washington, DC, between the Dupont Circle and Woodley Park metro stations.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Leslie Bumstead & Rod Smith @ George Washington University

Wednesday, October 11th
5:25 to 6:25 p.m.
GW Visitor Center
(next to Smith Hall of Art)

Free and open to the public

Directions: Foggy Bottom Metro, take a right at the top of the escalators, then a left at 23rd and H. Cross 22nd on H. Past the statue of Pushkin (on your left) you'll come to a walkway between two buildings. Take a left. The Visitor Center will be the first door on your left.

Friedman/Orange at Bridge St Pics

Tom read from his forthcoming Dusie book and a new piece dedicated to Joe Ross and the DC poets. Write him soon and you might be able to get a copy. Michael read from his new rather flarfy novel Martian Dawn, just out from Turtle Point Press. Good crowd, 30-40 people, including regulars like Leslie Bumstead, Tina Darragh, P. Inman, Phyllis Rosenzweig, and Buck Downs, as well as a number of GW and Georgetown students. Afterwards, we repaired to Marshall's for refreshments. All was, briefly, well.

Sunday, October 08, 2006


"a blog dedicated to reviewing women’s innovative poetry and related poetry work. If you have a review of a book, poem, po-formance, or other uncategorizable woman product, please send it to repopo1@gmail.com right away."

This is Cathy (aka Vigilante Librarian) Eisenhower's new project. Recently posted, Maureen Thorson on Lauren Bender's The Dictionary Poems.

Lisa Robertson / James Scully reading

At the seminar Lisa spoke eloquently of her recent reading of Arendt & of "a necessary inconspicuousness" -- the poem's non-site -- ". . . a place that gives pause, a clandestine hiding place that is always strategic." That one can, or must "extract a representation which remains both inconspicuous and a site for future thinking."

I enjoyed James Scully's talk but didn't quite get what he was getting at when he said "Emily Dickinson is an anti-poet," somebody said something about "pseudo-anti-poetry."

From Scully's reading:

"The future of sleep is buried alive."

A few quotes from Lisa's reading:

"O, uneven survival"

"and if I degenerate into style it's because I love it so"

"The biggest problem with melancholy is that it is more detailed than the world."

From the Norton Anthology of Sea Shanties

If I had a boat

I would eat a sandwich

Video from Day 31 - Rod Smith and Cole Swensen.

Pics from Poetry Bus in DC.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Friedman/Orange 10/8 at Bridge St

Sunday, October 8th @ 7 PM


Poet Michael Friedman's debut novel, MARTIAN DAWN, is just out from Turtle Point Press in New York City. He is the author of six collections of poetry, including the book of prose poems SPECIES (The Figures, 2000). Since 1986 Friedman has edited the influential literary journal SHINY.

Tom Orange is currently teaching literature and creative writing at Georgetown University and The George Washington University. His recent work appears or is forthcoming in Court Green, Primary Writing, The Word at Peek Review, Rock Heals, and The Poker.

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).

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Poet, Translator, and International Man of Intrigue

As fruitcake sd to my
fruitcake, because fruitcake is
always talking—

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Flarf/Dusie at Dickinson College

The entire weekend was a kind of lettucey stegner fellow, very Presidential.

Drew conducting the Flarf Collective with Alarm Will Sound, the best.

Scott Glassman on the event. The above, and most of photos from the weekend were taken by Mel Nichols.

Four Serious Days of F*%#ed Up Music

OCTOBER 05 - 08, 2006
Warehouse - 1017-1021 Seventh Street NW, WDC

Phill Niblock : Mikroknytes : Wolf Eyes : Matterlink : Los Glissandinos :
Koen Holtkamp : Queens : Scott Smallwood : Andy Hayleck : Ben Owen : BLK w/ BEAR + VJ Poppins : Lum and Abner of Morocco : Harvey Bainbridge of Hawkwind w/ Spaceseed : Yellow Swans : Mouthus : Kohoutek : MoHa! : Robert van Heumann : USA-USB : SKIF++ : If, Bwana : Violet : Michael Gendreau : elmapi : Northern Machine : Jeff Carey : Office-(R)6 : PHO : DB : John Wiese : Ovo : Mr. Natural : Harrius : Facemat : HZMT : Mat Weston + Tone Ghosting ...

Sonic Circuits is a celebration of audio extremes. The 4-day festival, October 5-8, at Washington DC's Warehouse arts complex features local, national and artists from around the world who are doing something unique outside of "popular" musics; sonic architects who explore and expand on the elements of music beyond melody and rhythm, leading to new territories and discoveries.


Monday, October 02, 2006

Robertson/Scully 10/5

Thursday, October 5
James Scully & Lisa Robertson: "Social Practice"
Lannan Poetry & Seminar Series, Georgetown University
Seminar 6:00PM 462 ICC || Reading 8:00PM ICC Auditorium

Poetry Bus 10/4 - 7 PM

Wednesday October 4, 7:00pm

Wave Poetry Bus reading with Joshua Beckman, Kyle Dargan,
Peter Gizzi, Sally Keith, Valzhyna Mort, Dwaine Rieves,
Catie Rosemurgy, Gwydion Suilebhan,
Rod Smith, Cole Swensen and Matthew Zapruder.

The Big Hunt
1345 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC
(Metro: Dupont Circle)