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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Peter Davis: "Poem Addressing People Who Love Heavy Metal but Don't Know Anything about Poetry"...


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STAN APPS is the author of Info Ration (Make Now, 2007), soft hands (Ugly Duckling) and Grover Fuel (Scantily Clad, 2008). He blogs at Freewill Applicator.

ANNE BOYER is the author of Art is War (Mitzvah Chaps 2008), The Romance of Happy Worker (Coffee House Press 2008), Selected Dreams with a Note on Phrenology (Dusie Collectifv 2007), Anne Boyer's Good Apocalypse (Effing Press 2006), and the forthcoming novel, JOAN (Bloof 2009). With K. Silem Mohammad, she edits Abraham Lincoln, and with Robert J. Baumann, she curates An Actual Kansas Reading Series. She will be posting poems here each day for the month of April and a corresponding prose work at odalisqued.blogspot.com. Use this tag to pull up Anne's poems.

TODD COLBY is the author of Riot in the Charm Factory: New and Selected Work (Soft Skull, 1999), Tremble & Shine (Soft Skull, 2003) and the editor of Heights of the Marvelous: A New York Anthology (St. Martins Press, 2000). He has appeared in numerous poetry anthologies, including Short Fuse: A World Anthology of Poetry, The Portable Boog Reader, Word Up: Spoken Word Poetry in Print, Verses That Hurt, Revival: Spoken Word from Lollapalooza, and Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café. He often posts new poems at his blog, Glee Farm. TODD'S PODCASTS: "This Morning" (4/6/09), "Breathing In the Brilliant" (4/14/09)

SHANNA COMPTON is the author of Down Spooky and For Girls (& Others), both available from Bloof Books. She is also the editor of GAMERS, a book of essays on the topic of video games, published by Soft Skull Press. Her poems and essays have appeared in such publications as Best American Poetry 2005, McSweeney's, Verse, No Tell Motel, Coconut, Abraham Lincoln, and the Poetry Foundation website. She's been playing NaPoWriMo (thanks to Reen) since 2004, with varied results! She'll be posting her poems here at the Bloof blog this month. Use this tag to pull up Shanna's poems. SHANNA'S PODCASTS: "[Don't get me started.] (4/20/09)

PETER DAVIS's book of poems is Hitler's Mustache. His poems have recently been in journals like Lamination Colony, Barrelhouse, Fou, and Tarpaulin Sky. He lives and teaches in Muncie, Indiana. His website is here. And he will be posting his poems to his blog this month too. PETER'S PODCASTS: "Poem Addressing Babies" (4/5/09), "Poem Addressing Conspiracy Theorist" (4/14/09), "Poem Addressing People Who Love Heavy Metal but Don't Know Anything about Poetry" (4/24/09)

KATIE DEGENTESH is the author of The Anger Scale (Combo Books, 2007).

K. LORRAINE GRAHAM is the author of three chapbooks, Terminal Humming (Slack Buddha), See it Everywhere (Big Game Books), and Large Waves to Large Obstacles, forthcoming from Take Home Project. Moving Walkways, a CD chapbook, is a limited edition from Narrowhouse Recordings. She will posting her daily poems at her blog this month.

CHRIS HANIS [bio to come]

JENNIFER L. KNOX is the author of Drunk by Noon and A Gringo Like Me, both both available from Bloof Books. Her poems have appeared in the anthologies The Best American Poetry (1997, 2003 and 2006), Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to Present, Free Radicals: American Poets Before Their First Books, and The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1800 to the Present. She'll be posting her poems at Ada Limon's blog (along with Ada!) this month.

REB LIVINGSTON is the author of Your Ten Favorite Words, editor of No Tell Motel and publisher of No Tell Books. Many of the poems from her upcoming book, God Damsel, were written during NaPoWriMo. Visit her blog to read her poems this month. REB'S PODCASTS: "Four Proverbs" (4/6/09), From God Damsel (4/17/09)

SHARON MESMER is the author of Annoying Diabetic Bitch (Combo Books, 2008), The Virgin Formica (Hanging Loose Press, 2008), Vertigo Seeks Affinities (Belladonna Books, 2006), Half Angel, Half Lunch (Hard Press, 1998), and Crossing Second Avenue (ABJ Books, Japan, 1997). Collections of fiction include Ma Vie à Yonago (Hachette, France, 2005), In Ordinary Time (Hanging Loose, 2005) and The Empty Quarter (Hanging Loose, 2000). She blogs at Virgin Formica.

K. SILEM MOHAMMAD is the author of Breathalyzer (Edge Books, 2008), A Thousand Devils (Combo Books, 2004), and Deer Head Nation (Tougher Disguises, 2003). His work has appeared or is soon to appear in various journals and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 2004, Bay Poetics, and A Best of Fence: The First Nine Years. He maintains the blog Lime Tree and edits Abraham Lincoln, a magazine of poetry. Kasey pretty much always posts poems at Squirrels in My Attic.

MEL NICHOLS is the author of Bicycle Day (Slack Buddha 2008), The Beginning of Beauty, Part 1: hottest new ringtones, mnichol6 (Edge 2007), Day Poems (Edge 2005), and the forthcoming book Catalytic Exteriorization Phenomenon. Poems have recently appeared or will soon appear in New Ohio Review (/nor), Van Gogh’s Ear, Practice, and Abraham Lincoln. She has a blog called Illuminated Meat.

DANIELLE PAFUNDA is the author of My Zorba, available from Bloof Books, Pretty Young Thing (Soft Skull, 2005), Iatrogenic: Their Testimonies (Noemi, forthcoming), and the chapbook A Primer for Cyborgs: The Corpse (Whole Coconut Chapbook Series, forthcoming). Her poems have been chosen three times for Best American Poetry (2004, 2006, and 2007). Other poems and reviews have appeared in such publications as American Letters & Commentary, Conjunctions, the Georgia Review, and TriQuarterly. She blogs at Iron Caisson. Danielle will be posting her poems here at the Bloof blog this month. Use this tag to pull up Danielle's poems.

MICHAEL SCHIAVO is the author of The Mad Song (Shires Press, 2008). He blogs at The Unruly Servant. MICHAEL'S PODCASTS: "Not Never Falling But Rising When We Fall" (4/6/09), "We All Operate in a Ghost World Where We Are Maharajah" (4/19/09)

SANDRA SIMONDS is the author of Warsaw Bikini, available from Bloof Books, as well as the chapbooks Tomorrow’s Bright Bracelets (forthcoming, Kitchen Press), The Pyrotechnics of Madame Trotter (forthcoming, Coconut), Bananas and Spiders (forthcoming, H_NGM_N), A Teeny Tiny Book of War (Teeny Tiny, 2008), The Humble Travelogues of Mr. Ian Worthington (Cy Gist, 2007) and The Tar Pit Diatoms (Otoliths, 2006). She blogs at Sandra Simonds Swims and Swims. She will be posting her poems here at the Bloof blog. Use this tag to pull up Sandra's poems.

ROD SMITH [bio to come] is the author of ten books of poems, including Deed, Music or Honesty, Poèmes de l’Araignées and In Memory of My Theories. His poems have appeared in many print and online journals and anthologies including the Baffler, the Gertrude Stein Awards, Java, New American Writing, Poetics Journal, and Shenandoah. He edits the journal Aerial, publishes Edge Books, and manages the independent Bridge Street Books in Washington, D.C. Smith is also editing, with Peter Baker and Kaplan Harris, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley. Rod blogs at Ghost Brain.

GARY SULLIVAN is a poet, cartoonist, and blogger. His DIY comic, Elsewhere—which he started drawing and writing in 2005— explores biography as an artistic construct. Sullivan lives in Brooklyn with Nada Gordon. Together, they wrote the book Swoon. Sullivan’s most recent book is PPL in a Depot. He blogs at Elsewhere.

EDWIN TORRES is the author of The PoPedology of an Ambient Language (Atelos Books), The All-Union Day of the Shock Worker (Roof Books), Onomalingua: noise songs and poems (Rattapallax e-book), and Please (Faux Press CD-Rom).

MAUREEN THORSON is the author of Novelty Act (Ugly Duckling), Mayport (Poetry Society), and other chapbooks. She is the publisher of Big Game Books and the co-curator of the In Your Ear series in Washington, DC. She will be posting her NaPoWriMo poems here, (as she has every year since 2002 when she invented the game. Big thanks to Maureen for founding our annual madness!) MAUREEN'S PODCASTS: "Figure 2.59 - Moth Balls and Sugar" (4/10/09), "The Lake of the Dismal Swamp" (4/15/09)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Michael Schiavo:"We All Operate in a Ghost World Where We Are Maharajah"...


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Read more of Michael's poems here.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Reb Livingtson: Excerpt from God Damsel...


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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Edwin Torres: "Chiaroscuro"...


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Maureen Thorson: "The Lake of the Dismal Swamp"...


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Read more of Maureen's poems here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Peter Davis: "Poem Addressing Conspiracy Theorist"...


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Read more of Peter's poems here.

Todd Colby: "Breathing In the Brilliant"...


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Read more of Todd's poems here.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Maureen Thorson: "Figure 2.59 - Moth Balls and Sugar"...


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Read more of Maureen's poems here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Jennifer L. Knox lectures tonight in Brooklyn


I'm "lecturing" for this thing called Adult Education, a Brooklyn-based lecture series devoted to making useless knowledge somewhat less useless. Each month is devoted to a given theme, and several speakers address that theme using visual aids. This month's theme is "Colors" and my topic is "Tasting Brown". It should be fun.

Jennifer L. Knox
Adult Education Series
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 8 pm (doors at 7:30)
Union Hall in Park Slope
702 Union St. @ 5th Ave
$5 cover

UPDATE: See the Media Bistro post here for more info and list of additional lecturers!

Union Hall is located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, right off the corner of 5th Avenue on Union Street.

QUICKEST: R Train to Union Street. Walk 1 Avenue East to 702 Union St.
(South side of the street)
QUICKER: Q, 2, 3, 4, 5 trains to Atlantic Ave (Atlantic Center). Walk South
on 5th Ave for 10 blocks. Make a left at Union St.
QUICK: F Train to 4th Ave. Walk North on 4th Ave for 13 blocks and turn
right on Union St.

BUS LINES: The B71 stops in front of Union Hall and the B63 stops around the
corner at 5th Ave and Union St.

And if you're not checking Ada Limon's blog for Jen's daily poems (and Ada's and Jason's too!), uh, you should be!

Todd Colby: "This Morning"...


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Read more of Todd's poems here.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Reb Livingston: "Four Proverbs"...


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Read more of Reb's poems here.

Michael Schiavo: "Not Never Falling But Rising When We Fall"...


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Read more of Michael's poems here.

the two thousands -- 6





Once I was caught in a perfect crowd.
It was a flickering heap.

That city was made of intestines.
The children there screwed their courage to a cow,
but this was not what we saw of it.

We saw a people composed of gestures.
They shared such promise.
They were those-who-would-never-fuck-out-loud.

The conjugal flesh was nothing
like that in the cities of the past.

I promise you these were composed
almost entirely of men wearing glasses.

They felt natural
in their concerns

so that they could eat or move their hands
without so much thinking.

Their pants narrowed.

There was no one way we could be unconnected.
It was a mass we were afraid of.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

the two thousands -- 5

BANKER UTOPIA

They wore bowler hats
as a gesture of defiance

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Poets House Showcase


The only event of its kind, the annual Poets House Showcase is a free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year—with more than 2,000 titles on view (including volumes by individual authors, anthologies, biographies, critical studies, CDs and DVDs) from over 500 commercial, university and independent presses. The Showcase provides writers, readers and publishers with a fascinating vantage point from which to assess publishing and design trends and linguistic, aesthetic and philosophical shifts. Established in 1992 by Executive Director Lee Briccetti, the Showcase reflects Poets House’s mission to make the range of modern poetry available to the public and to stimulate public dialogue on issues of poetry and culture.

Each year, Poets House adds the bibliographic records of all the books exhibited in the Showcase to its free, fully-searchable online database, the Directory of American Poetry Books. With over 20,000 titles, the Directory contains the most comprehensive information about U.S. poetry books and publishers from 1990 through 2008.

The 17th Annual Poets House Showcase
April 4-11, 2009


Opening Reception: Saturday, April 4, 1:00–4:00pm
Exhibit Hours: Saturday, April 4-11, during regular library hours

Catch an eyeful of what's happening in poetry today with this divergent, cacophonous display of all the new poetry and poetry-related books published in the United States in the last year. From micro-press chapbooks to masterworks from major commercial publishers, over 2,000 titles share shelf space for one week.

@ NYPL Jefferson Market Branch
425 Sixth Avenue (at West 10th Street)
For library hours, call (212) 243-4334
Admission free

Bloof happily sent all our books in for this. So if you're going, say hi to them for us.

Peter Davis: "Poem Addressing Babies"...


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Read more of Peter's poems here.

the two thousands -- 4

I was a low-rank mimetician
investigating portraiture
in incorporated angles

ie “the angle at which you can appear
to everyone as dead.”

“I was a child soldier”
to admit this
might distinguish me from gladiators

all of them chanting
“sorry”
for our season in hell.

Friday, April 3, 2009

the two thousands -- 3

GONE TO CROATAN

I am on strike again today
so can tell you about the fuckers

in most documents like this
the girls are like land.

I am glad to be given permission to speak

but here I am
disappointing you again.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

the two thousands -- 2

Over our many urban centers the natural men dropped
devices

for the reproduction of porous surfaces
and the hollowing out
of playlists.

Attractive young people participated.
Everyone went along with
skidding.

They broke up everything
but property*/

for this
they went to school.

Mortality was the don
of my incompleteness.

He held banks and guns—
it was a narrow resemblance I corrected

to rip? to burn?

* corrected: they broke three bank windows in London on April fools

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

the two thousands -- 1

I was certain these were not the cities themselves,
not the ghosts of cities.

These were not beyond the run-of-the-mill.

They were bodies
vastly functioning

their oil and currency
the center of
exegesis

stealing seventeen minutes
for polite orgies
& local news.

We could imagine illustrious cities their bronze networks ascribing
cuckholds
& age gaps.

The consolations of pornography
dried all over my face so whatever they could do for me
was nil.

I’d opened up for it, looked straight into it
as usual.

It was admittedly
an hour’s drive
looking away from one’s fingers
at sedans

I’d take it that way
every killer treatise

lost in circulation (again).