The Filipino Exiled Poet Channels Montgomery Clift and Other Poems by R. ZAMORA LINMARK
Poetry Barn Barn! (That let it roll where you want it.) by JILL MAGI
on Sunday, November 1, 2009 5 pm @ Unnameable Books(in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn) 600 Vanderbilt Ave (between Dean St & St Marks Ave) Brooklyn, NY11238
the event is FREE & open to the public
ZAMORA "Zack" LINMARK is the author of two collections of poetry,
"Prime Time Apparitions" and "The Evolution of a Sigh", both from
Hanging Loose Press, and "Rolling The R’s" (Kaya Press), a novel which
he's adapted for the stage. A recipient of numerous grants and
fellowships, including two from the Fulbright Foundation, and published
in journals and anthologies in both the U.S. and the Philippines, he
currently divides his time between Manila and Honolulu.
MAGI works in text and image and is the author of "SLOT" (forthcoming
from Ugly Duckling Presse), "Threads" (Futurepoem), "Torchwood"
(Shearsman), and "Cadastral Map" (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs). She
teaches at Eugene Lang, City, and Goddard Colleges, and runs Sona
Books, a chapbook press, from her apartment in Brooklyn, New York.
Upcoming titles in the series include new chapbooks by Tim Peterson,
Peter Quartermain, & Jeremy James Thompson. For more info &/or
to join our mailing list kindly write to 2ndAvePoetry@gmail.com.
* the third volume of 2nd Ave Poetry will launch sometime in january 2010
It’s the Obama era now, time to put away that talking points
memo and get up off the couch. Here are just a few of the extremely worthwhile new
things to read and think about this year:
Ecopoetics no. 6/7 (2006-2009) An ENORMOUS group of new writings edited by Jonathan
Skinner, the journal editor who I believe invented the term. Includes essays
and poems by over 74 writers including mIEKAL aND, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge,
Rachel Blau Du Plessis, Robert Grenier, Forrest Gander, Michael Kelleher, Joan
Retallack, Stephen Vincent, Juliana Spahr, and many many more including a
feature on Australian ecopoetics guest-edited by Michael Farrell. A major
contribution to poetics.
CRAYON #5: On Beauty (2008) Edited by Andrew Levy and Roberto Harrison One of the best journals in contemporary poetry today explores a subject with unspoken "forbidden" status among the contemporary avant-garde: Beauty. Features diverse, rigorous, and inspiring essays on the topic by Beverly Dahlen, Julie Patton, Robert Kocik, Carolee Schneemann, Sawako Nakayasu, Kristin Prevallet, Brenda Iijima, Andrew Klobucar, and many others, all framed with Andrew Levy's brilliant overview/intro which is a substantial poetics statement in itself. Great poetry, great book reviews. This is an exemplary instance of what a journal with vision can accomplish, and I'm still learning from it as an editor myself.
Aufgabe #8 (2009) Edited by E. Tracy Grinnell, Paul Foster Johnson, Julian T. Brolaski, Jen Hofer, Nathalie Stephens, and Rachel Bers. One of the other best journals in contemporary poetry today
continues with consistently stimulating/challenging/dense work by over 50
writers including Diane Ward, Kimberly Lyons, Karen Weiser, Ari Banias, Akilah
Oliver, Tyrone Williams, Miles Champion, and many more including a feature on
Russian poetry and poetics guest-edited by Matvei Yankelevich. Of special note:
the surprising “Essays, notes, reviews” section edited by Julian T. Brolaski
which features a mix of eclectic critical objects by Dana Ward, Paolo Javier,
and Trish Salah among others.
Antennae #10 (2009), Edited by Jesse Seldess. Seldess keeps pushing the envelope in finding new relationships between poetry and experimental music, especially the musical score. Contains extensive contributions from just a few authors including Frances Richard, Uljana Wolf, Nathaniel Otting, Janice Lee, Eric Lindle, Christian Hawkey, Corina Copp, and others.
Open Letter, number 9. Beyond Stasis: Poetics and Feminism
Today, Summer 2009. Guest-edited by Kate Eichhorn and Barbara Godard. Substantial essays on next ideas for feminism and poetics from this Canadian journal. Contributions from Rita Wong, Rachel Zolf, Sina Queyras, and many others.
Tammy, Issue 1 (spring 2009) edited by Thomas Cook, Tyler
Flynn Dorholt and JoAnna Novak
Prismatic Publics: Innovative Canadian Women’s Poetry and
Poetics. Edited by Kate Eichhorn and Heather Milne (Coach House
Books, 2009). A major new anthology featuring Nicole Brossard, Susan Holbrook, Nathalie Stephens, Gail Scott, Margaret Christakos, M. Nourbese Philip, Karen Mac Cormack, Rachel Zolf, Erin Moure, Daphne Marlatt, Catriona Strang, Dorothy Trujillo Lusk, Sina Queyras, Ria Wong, and Lisa Robertson.
Judge, by Vincent Katz and Wayne Gonzales(artist book
collaboration), (Libellum / Charta, 2007)
Rapid Departures / Partidas Rapidas (poems by Vincent Katz,
art by Mario Cafiero, translation into Portuguese by Regina Alfarano), (Atelie
Blind Witness: Three American Operas (libretti by Charles Bernstein, Music by Ben Yarmolinsky). Factory School, 2008.
The Origin and Ideals of the Modern School, by Francisco
Ferrer (translated by Joseph McCabe), (Factory School / Southpaw Culture, 2009)
A Tribute to Emma Bee Bernstein, by Emma Bee Bernstein, Susan Bee, and Marjorie Perloff. (Belladonna Books, 2009)
Pain Plus Thyme, by Joe Amato (Factory School, 2008) New Jersey, by Betsy Andrews (University of Wisconsin Press,
2007) Alyson Singes, by Caroline Bergvall (Belladonna Books, 2008) Presocratic Blues, by Joel Bettridge (Chax Press, 2009) The Stars on the 7:18 to Penn, by Ana Božičević (Dusie & Ellectrique Press, 2009) Ta(l)king eyes, by Jacque Vaught Brogan (Chax Press, 2009) Light & Shade: New and Selected Poems, by Tom Clark
(Coffee House Press, 2006) The Book of Frank, by CAConrad (Chax Press, 2008) Our Insalvageable, by Thom Donovan (Vigilance Society, 2009) OBEY The Drifter, by Buck Downs (no publisher listed) Selected Tasty Shavers, by Buck Downs (no publisher listed) Small Pieecs Loosely Joined, by Buck Downs (no publisher
listed) Soft Launch, by James Dunn (Bootstrap / Pressed Wafer, 2008) Yinglish Strophes 1-19, by Thomas Fink (Truck Press, 2009) Generic Whistle Stop, by Thomas Fink (Portable Press at
Yo-Yo Labs, 2008) A History of the Common Scale, by Edward Foster (Texture
Press, 2008) Heart Stoner Bingo, by Stephanie Gray (Straw Gate Books, 2007) The Last 4 Things, by Kate Greenstreet (Ahsahta Press, 2009) Twirling, The Spirit Flies off Like a Falcon, by Barbara
Henning (Long News, 2009) An Arc Falling into the Bougainvillea, by Barbara Henning
(Long News, 2008) Rabbit Lesson, by Brenda Iijima (Fewer and Further Press, 2009) LMFAO, by Paolo Javier (OMG, 2008) refrains/unworkings, by Paul Foster Johnson (Apostrophe Books, 2008) Thine Instead Thank, by Jeffrey Jullich (Harry Tankoos
Books, 2007) Censory impulse, by erica kaufman (Factory School /
Heretical Texts, 2009) In the Field Where Daffodils Grow: Learning to Draw / A
History, by Basil King (Libellum, 2008) Astronomy Organon, by Mark Lamoureux (Blazevox Books, 2008) Heavenly Tree, Northern Earth, by Gerrit Lansing (North Atlantic Books, 2009) That Gorgeous Feeling, by Sueyeun Juliette Lee (Coconut Books, 2008) I Went Looking for You, by Ruth Lepson (Blazevox Books, 2009) Your Body Figured, by Douglas A. Martin (Nightboat Books,
2008) Mexican High, by Liza Monroy (Spiegel & Grau, 2009) A Toast in the House of Friends, by Akilah Oliver (Coffee House Press, 2009) Right New Biology, by kathryn l. pringle (Factory School /
Heretical Texts, 2009) The Comeback's Exoskeleton, by Matthew Rotando (UpSet Press, 2008) Theogony, by Douglas Rothschild (Subpress, 2009) The Pink, by Kyle Schlesinger (Kenning Editions, 2008) The Next in Line, by Christopher Schmidt (Slope Editions,
2008) A Message Back and Other Furors, by Leonard Schwartz (Chax Press, 2008) Over Here, by Frank Sherlock (Factory School / Heretical
Texts, 2009) With Naked Foot, by Jonathan Skinner (little scratch pad editions, 2008) Tony, by Nathaniel Siegel (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs,
2009) Zone: Zero, by Stephanie Strickland (Ahsahta Press, 2008)
I thoroughly enjoyed the launch event for the new kari edwards books at Dixon Place last night, and to the extent that one believes in such things I truly felt that kari’s molecules were vibrating in that space when Fran Blau began the event by asking us to pause for a moment of silence to recall our memory of hir and impressions of hir. Rob Halpern noted that this event is rewriting and altering our impressions of kari, and if this is the case I think it was sensitively done and there was a great deal of positive energy. I was struck by references throughout the evening to “kari people” which seemed to echo the kind of crisis of identification many of us were going through at the recent Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick memorial at CUNY Graduate Center, where a number of the speakers present referred fondly to a similar notion they had about “Eve people.”
Belladonna and Litmus Press and Fran Blau have done us all a very important service by putting two beautiful books into print, the intense new volume of poetry by kari, Bharat Jiva, and also the book of critical writing about hir work, NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life & Work of kari edwards. This latter book is simply a stunning achievement, and represents what editors Julian Brolaski and erica kaufman say (and what I’d reiterate) is “the start of what hopefully will be a much longer conversation” (In my reading for the evening I particularly thanked Julian who has been a superb, conscientious, and very creative editor and who was extremely easy to work with). When Julian and Erica began their intro yesterday with a quote from Ron Silliman, the palpable absence from the event of any “Language” writers could be felt in the room for a moment, highlighting the difference between what has happened in poetics between 2004 when kari was tearing around the internet as a lively, vital, and highly argumentative presence online and on the Buffalo List, and the more ad-hoc recent attempts to reverse-engineer avant-garde movements in 2009 that Eileen notes here. But I also very much appreciated the fact that Julian and erica quoted from kari's introduction written in 2006 for the Queering Language issue of EOAGH, because working on that journal issue with hir is one of my last and fondest memories of kari.
Some of the responses from the reading, which included many of kari’s friends and admirers, were drawn from the NO GENDER book and represented a variety of morphing critical objects, from essays to interviews to artwork to various other kinds of responses. Anne Waldman read from her piece to kari, “Secrets in a public ear” with explosively timed improvisations by Julie Patton (when she cited the relevance of Burroughs’ influence on kari, Juliesang “there’s something in my eye”). Brenda Iijima gave a heartfelt talk on how her views about gender were enriched by her friendship with kari, and she read from some collages she had contributed to the book (“The Anus, We All Have One”). Bill Marsh gave a powerful reading from my favorite book of kari’s, the Heretical Texts / Factory School volume obedience. Cara Benson read a great poem that channeled certain aspects loosely in the spirit of kari’s style. Chris Martin read from his collaborations he did with hir, “try not to kill anything with your face.” CA Conrad’s lovely poem to kari, “kari7,” echoed O’Hara’s Lana Turner in its loving but fretting appeal to hir “WAKE UP AND UPDATE YOUR BLOG GODDAMIT!” leaving a stunned feeling, as we all were a little speechless at first, as if waiting. But as I said in my reading I think it is now necessary to move forward and figure out what’s next. I was delighted to meet Marcus Civin, an artist and friend of kari’s who lived in hir apartment building and whose reading channeled what Rob referred to as “kari’s rage.” And last but particularly memorable was Rob Halpern’s reading from his marvelous essay in the book, “Reading the Interval, Reading Remains,” which addresses a number of topics including a radical and complex view of the “I” in kari’s work: “the singular ‘I’ of kari’s late work is rendered tender by a broken heart the body can’t contain…kari’s ‘I’ finds its incoherent coherence by remaining faithful to an event on the far side of the present’s horizon: the end of gender’s regulatory regime of power.” Rob’s amazing and moving essay references some texts that kari was reading at the end of hir life and tries to extrapolate from this what the implications could be for a radical queer poetics. So in that case “I” was incredibly delighted to meet Rob for the first time, and was moved by his presence and his generosity and passion. Thanks to all the "kari people" present, and thanks to Julian, Tracy and erica for so much hard work and for producing two books that represent essential reading for everyone in contemporary poetry this year.