Monday, April 30, 2007

This semi-religious spectacle that the Nazis are well known for staging, especially to pot one ball with another prod my little black cat was faith strewn to stomach to the whole Constitution into the melting witness a feral, semi-nomadic subsistence the heat and stir-in of the dead favorite opposite, stones, root there-there sun of Graceland Harbor friend, we sew this nude deficit and soul, coup-like, a harrow's no. Close file. Fresh.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Byrne/Davis/Stine @ Bar Rouge 4/30

Monday, April 30, 8pm

Mairéad Byrne, Jordan Davis and Alison Stine

Bar Rouge
1315 16th Street NW
Washington D.C.

Friday, April 27, 2007

uh-oh = woohoo

I saw Buck read today & I said "read Buck read!" Missed Ryan, Jeremy, etc though dernit.

Lee Ann's a-comin' to town, & plus which there's Yockadot Toscanomania Saturday night. Then later the Balmer currrrazies w/ Blaster Al and Blaster Thurston and Blaster Franks too.

Thursday, April 26, 2007



I gave her Miranda too much
while she's wasting my her away

Much like IBM, you have to wonder


You fucked
President Clinton

too slow

Wednesday, April 25, 2007


FRIDAY Night, April 27th
St. Elmo's Coffee Pub

8pm. "The Poetry Reading as Performance/ The Poem as Theatre." Featuring Mid-Atlantic poets Jeremy Gardner, Chris Casamassima, J.D. Smith, Ryan Walker, and Buck Downs. 2300 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria Virginia 22301.

SATURDAY Afternoon, April 28th
Gunston Arts Center

4pm. Dominion Stage presents comic shorts by Brent Cunningham, as well as Lee Ann Brown and Tony Torn's modern Noh drama, Sop Doll. 2700 South Lang Street, Arlington, Virginia 22236

SATURDAY Night, April 28th
Del Ray Artisans Gallery

8pm, New York poet Rodrigo Toscano’s Collapsible Poetics Theatre. Performers will include Rodrigo Toscano, Tom Orange, Rod Smith, Cole Swensen, Gregory Stuart, Kelly Brown, Jeremy Gardner, and Jason Conger.

9:30pm, Ffrummsbo!—a mini-festival of text performance art from the flourishing Baltimore-Buffalo corridor: with Blaster Al Ackerman, John Eaton, Megan McShea, John Berndt, Rupert Wondolowski, David Franks, Buffluxus, and Kevin Thurston.
2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22301

MONDAY evening, April 30th
George Mason University

7:30 pm. Seminar on "Sop Doll" with author Lee Ann Brown, cast and crew from Dominion Stage, and folklorist Peggy Yocum.
Johnson Center, Gold Room. 4400 University Drive Fairfax, Virginia 22030

All events are free of charge. Donations accepted.
Please see the festival website for details and directions:
or call 703-400-2984

Sunday, April 22, 2007


They say I should be afraid of
Gutstein cuz he's so strong.

I say he should try
Ban Roll-On.

DUPLESSIS & PERELMAN at Bridge St 4/22

SUNDAY April 22nd, 7 PM


Bridge Street Books 2814 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington DC ph 202 965 5200

Bridge Street Books is located in Georgetown next to the Four Seasons Hotel, 5 blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro station (blue & orange lines).

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Send Tim Your Self Portraits

I need as many copies of Bob Dylan's LP "Self Portrait" as possible, for a sculpture I am making. I've been buying them on Ebay, but have artificially driven up the price by buying so many.

If you have an old copy, no matter how bad the condition, please send it to me at

Tim Davis
101 North Road
Tivoli, NY 12583

And I will be eternally grateful.Please feel free to forward this to any interested party.

David Markson, The Last Novel

David Markson, The Last Novel. I recommend it, with the caveat that I don't think "it pulls it off"-- what it sets out to do, I think, is cause some emotional connection to a doubly or triply removed character named "Novelist" as he "remembers" or re-remembers various literary anecdotes almost all of which are interesting and a good number of which are priceless. The anecdotes are more than worth the price of admission. No doubt, one is actually not supposed to feel the connection but to feel "Novelist" as a ghostly presence, or something, and his unimportance, or something, in the vast terrain of literary history, etc. Whatever, I didn't. But the anecdotes are great, and his phrasing of them is terrific. I did't need a narrative tease, or really understand why it was, occasionally, there. In order to call it a novel? perhaps. & I'm still making up my mind on what to make of the Wastelandish conclusion(s). Will likely read it again. This is not a negative review, it's a puzzling book, & at that level, I'll take it back, certainly does pull it off. Me think puzzling good. Like they say.

Am now reading Vonnegut's Slapstick for the first time since high school. It holds up.

Hi ho.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Thu, 9 Nov 1995 01:16:44 -0500
Reply-To: UB Poetics discussion group
Sender: UB Poetics discussion group
From: Rod Smith
Subject: Re: granted (Jameson) but

Eric Wirth addresses the question you raise re the "power" of the writer &
reader in an essay in _Aerial 6/7_-- basically in agreement w/ your
assertion-- he considers that in the dada text (using Coolidge as example)
there is "a preemptive fusing of relations." I go back & forth on this tho I
don't see how "opacity" is aggressive-- it can be used as such certainly, but so can any other technique. It seems to me the strength of the opaque text is
that it makes no pretense of clarity & leaves the reader free to respond on
their own terms as they will. If the rules are broken in the writing then
certainly they can be broken in the reading. This is where I find validity
in critical claims about reader interaction w/ l.p.-- such writing "honors" the reader's subjectivity by admitting its own.

I have a recollection of Jameson dismissing Cage in one sentence in his _Postmodernism_. Pretty boring. Dan Barbiero addresses "the Perelman issue" at length in a piece in _Aerial 6/7 as well.

I think your remarks abt "euphoria or mania" in the amer tree are important points-- Mayer & Coolidge being exemplars-- Mayer often talking abt exploring states of consciousness. & certainly there's only one Hannah. I think of Ted B. etc. as the hardest partiers. & "Howl" am I remembering it right?-- was written on mushrooms. & the recent visitation of David Ayre certainly made exceptional use of "mania." I'm still tired of grumpy virgins.


Tenney Nathanson wrote:
"there are certainly big problems w Jameson's take on Perelman's work
(insurmountable, were it a question of buying or not buying the goods).
Minor point: I think it's worth noting that the

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Monday, April 16, 2007

Mel passed on this link to the student news blog at Virgina Tech:

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Kurt Vonnegut


@ Pyramid Atlantic Art Center

Saturday, April 14, 2007, 8:00PM


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

@ District of Columbia Arts Center

3:00PM, Sunday, April 15, 2007


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. For directions, see the DCAC web site at

Monday, April 09, 2007

Noah Eli Gordon/Erik Anderson on Anselm Berrigan's Some Notes on My Programming

"The sweeping arcs of individual colors, which seem to be entering Berrigan’s ear, might be analogous to the implicit and multiple output of the world, and to the bow-tied order such information often misleadingly presents."

Click here to order Some Notes on My Programming via paypal.

looks familiar

Forbes: Sarkozy set to win French presidency with 52 pct of vote

The Age: Sarkozy poll lead at risk in suburbs

Parisblog: Uh-Oh - Electronic Voting in France

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Le Palais Idéal

new meme

New meme! - tell Mike what to do -- I tag Mel, Ryan, Kasey, Nada, Rodney, and Kevin.

'Hey Mike, go flog that travel agent, we're feeling stupid.'

'Hey Mike, eat this newt.'

'Hey Mike, run the unnumbered bugs in the fresh meat-host.'

'Hey Mike, stop licking the carpet.'

'Hey Mike, restabilize this canteena funding community, we're considering it for a groping appropriation parachute-suit.'

'Hey Mike, read Proust to this pineapple, it's almost bored.'

'Hey Mike, spray over the whole piece.'

'Hey Mike, arrest those cops.'

'Hey Mike, run on down and plead with the Harvard affect interface, we've got this fairy-tale cap what needs a good controlling.'

More Mike commands at Tong Bliss and Unreliable Zygote.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Tennyson was once so drunk at the end of a London dinner that he started to leave by way of the fireplace.

--The Last Novel

Monday, April 02, 2007

le nouveaux projet de Mel

wow. humans.

Just saw the Cecil Taylor documentary All the Notes at the Library of Congress. It's major. The film that those of us who've loved the music & knew, wanted to know more of the person, the wisdom there, have wanted, needed. Shots of Cecil dancing in his house to Betty Carter. Articulations by Baraka, Mackey, Thurston Moore. The insistence on joy in practice. "Not discipline!" Importance preiminent of the precursors, Bird, Ellington, etc. Where it/one comes from, actually. Excellent beyond repair. At 72 minutes only need it to be more. Question though, who's as important as example to us, now? Stein, Coltrane? Debord? Picasso? Notley? Monk? Creeley, Cage? etc. Not many come to mind as "in the same league." But enough. One hopes. Shoot for it. The only way to bring the 'them' down.

Peter Gizzi @ Bridge Street 4/6


Friday April 6th, 8 PM

A reading & publication celebration for his new exciting new tome THE OUTERNATIONALE, recently issued by Wesleyan University Press.

Gizzi’s other collections include Artificial Heart (Burning Deck, 1998), Some Values of Landscape and Weather (Wesleyan, 2003), and Periplum and other poems (Salt, 2004). He is also the editor of The House that Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan, 1998). Gizzi has taught at Brown University and The University of California, Santa Cruz. He currently teaches in the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Gizzi’s author page at the EPC:

Bridge Street Books, 2814 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington DC, ph 202 965 5200

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

Sunday, April 01, 2007

What do Pamela Anderson, Casey Kasem, & Jerry Lee Lewis have in common?

Bong Hits 4 Naked Chocolate Jesus

Cavallaro is best known for his quirky work with food as art: Past efforts include repainting a Manhattan hotel room in melted mozzarella, spraying five tons of pepper jack cheese on a Wyoming home, and festooning a four-poster bed with 312 pounds of processed ham.

Bourgeois Pseudo

No beastly work sidles
up, silly-like-- rather
pull-outs clop-clop &
we are pleuperfect, mazy
ricochets, loopy, like cold-cocked
cows numbered and radio-
implanted, perfect.