I had two thoughts while watching Obama's terrific nomination acceptance speech last night. First, I was struck by the weird Christlike quality he projected, there but not there (the messianic cult thing, his "in-between" identity, the "this election is not about me, it's about you" rhetoric). He's so exposed but almost diaphanous at the same time because of the way in which he defers to ideals outside himself. Second, parts of my brain were tingling that have not been stimulated before; he is alarmingly good at plugging into some deep subconscious stuff having to do with the legacy of the sixties, ideals held by Martin Luther King and Bayard Rustin and others which we haven't dared to think out loud in recent memory. What kind of fears and frustrations have kept us from reopening this box for so long? The way he mapped King's speech onto his own and then stood on the platform exposed among 80,000 people, and considering the fate of King, I got a little scared for him. Is it really over? Can we wake up from this massive cultural nightmare now? Or is this a well-intentioned person reading us a bedtime story that simulates earlier paradigms while our actual political choices are nullified in the face of the extreme and disproportionate influence of money and special interests, tying the hands of such idealists before they begin to act?
McCain's choice to play identity politics by picking Palin demonstrates something surprising: he legitimates these liberal ideas and bows to the perceived effectiveness of related rhetorics in the public sphere. On the one hand, who could have known that Bush's poor performance would cause a reverse paradigm shift undoing the work of all those conservative thinktanks? On the other, who could have known that identity politics would ultimately succeed in this way as strategic demographics?
Jesse Seldess' book, Who Opens was published by Kenning Editions. Chapbooks of his poems have been published by Answer Tag Press, Bronze Skull Press and the Chicago Poetry Project. He lives in Berlin where he organizes The Floating Series of exhibitions and events with Leonie Weber as well as edits Antennae, a journal of experimental writing, music, and performance.
Frances Richard's forthcoming chapbooks included Anarch. from Woodland Editions, as well as S h a v e d C o d e from Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs and her book of poems, See Through, was published by Four Way Books in 2003. She writes frequently about contemporary art, teaches at Barnard College and the Rhode Island School of Design, and lives in Brooklyn.
Kyle Schlesinger is the author of Hello Helicopter (Blaze Vox) and most recently, The Pink (Kenning Editions). He is the editor of Cuneiform Press and is the Monday Night Coordinator at St. Marks Poetry Project.
Press Conference & Awards Ceremony Friday, September 12th at 11:00am The Arch at Grand
Army Plaza Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz will present the 1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes to the competition winners.
Opening Day Saturday, September 13th, 11am–4pm Live music, food, face painting and special exhibit tours.
Meet the designers and prizewinners and talk with them about their
vision for Grand Army Plaza.
There will be a special performance by Brooklyn’s
own Streb Lab for Action Mechanics (S.L.A.M.).
Guided Exhibit Tours Every Saturday during the exhibit at 11am and 2pm Tours will be approximately 30 minutes long; meet under the Arch.
People’s Choice Award Vote by October 5th for YOUR favorite design! Winner
announced on October 7th. To cast your vote by text message, follow
directions at the exhibit or vote online at www.designtrust.org. Voting
begins September 13th and ends October 5th.
All events take place at the University of Arizona Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen St., Tucson, Arizona. The UA Poetry Center is a cosponsor of this event, providing venue, staff time, technical assistance, and promotional support.
Chax Press acknowledges the support of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the support of the Tucson Pima Arts Council.
Students $25, $15 if paid by September 26, 2008 Others $100, $70 if paid by September 26, 2008 Some scholarships and special pricing are available. Please inquire by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone to 520-620-1626.
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Friday, October 10 1. Exhibition open for viewing, 4pm – 7pm: CHARLES OLSON: Language as Physical Fact, a Suite of Broadsides from Chax Press 2. 7pm: Keynote & Welcome, by Charles Alexander 3. 7:30pm: Poetry Reading Myung Mi Kim (introduced by Wendy Burk) Anne Waldman (introduced by Barbara Henning)
Saturday, October 11 1. 10am: Film, POLIS IS THIS: CHARLES OLSON AND THE PERSISTENCE OF PLACE, by Vincent Ferrini, & discussion 2. 12:30pm: Brown Bag Lunch a brief talk on the exhibition of broadside prints, by Charles Alexander and Chax Press assistants 3. 2:30pm: Panel on Charles Olson: Language as Physical Fact Barbara Henning, Myung Mi Kim, Steve McCaffery, Tenney Nathanson, Cole Swensen, Anne Waldman (moderator to be announced) 4. 7:30pm: Poetry Reading Steve McCaffery (introduced by Tenney Nathanson) Cole Swensen (introduced by Charles Alexander)
I recently got this in the mail. OK, so basically it's offering talking points to help you prove that the sun revolves around the earth. Apparently they have 57,000 copies out there. What's the printing of your average poetry book?