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Monday, November 28, 2011

New review of Drunk by Noon in BUST


I opened Jennifer L. Knox's Drunk by Noon (Bloof Books) and flipped to a random poem titled"I Am a Girl." "With a very big dick" is the opening line, and as I continued to read I soon understood the intoxicating ruckus I was getting myself into. Knox describers her lady-trunk as the innards of a geode, "The walls wink and beep tiny lights. / You can't fuck it unless you're / made of numbers." She ends with, "I'm telling you this because / I must be ready for the crow with God / knows what behind the big pussy / strapped to its face." If dirty language was a whiskey bottle and a tornado of emotions downed in one sitting, Drunk by Noon would be its glorious puke. Another standout poem, "Music to Watch Girls By in the Mysterious Perfect Infinitive" ends with a fantastic observational question: "How could I have known true love / would come, briefly, on one leg, after 56 Jello shots / in an upstate fraternity basement listening to Ted Nugent's 'Wango Tango,' / so drunk I'd just fucked a pile of phonebooks?" Knox's collection of profoundly amusing and bold poems will make you want to drunk dial this book over and over again, with no regrets. [AMBER TAMBLYN]
Get a copy of Drunk by Noon here. And probably you're gonna want to save some shipping by just ordering A Gringo Like Me and The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway at the same time.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

In advance I'm gonna ask forgiveness...

...for typos and maybe some less than smooth transitions, because I forgot to bring my keyboard and have to type on my phone, not yet fully powered up by coffee, me, the phone is charged, here at Steeplechase Coffee on Ft Hamilton Parkway.




Because Anne was fierce. The people sitting on the floor in front probably had a hard time getting up again, floored. Jen said "It's like a pistol whipping," and Anne stood there, sometimes swaying a little, and assaulted us. She never excused anyone: "When a man walks the street he is a flaneur, but when a woman walks the street she is a whore." "Since then I've learned 6 people are a riot." "The police haven't had a raise in 3 years. [...] The police are hugging Guy Fawkes." "Scott Walker." "The Brooklyn Bridge." So many lines from the history of the future.

Then she floated us a revolution, a smile. I hugged my purse tight. For a long time after, we'll nurse our bruises.

Tonight we'll do this again, in Philadelphia. Nice segue: Ryan Eckes is of Philly. This morning I'm reading Ryan Eckes's book /Old News./ (How to make italics in this phone app?) And I will have more to say about this later, but for now here is a poem from it, which he read:




Jen has this postcard in her bathroom:








This coffee is so good I'm getting another.

I can't place the images where I want them.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Bloof Books Tour begins this weekend!


**Even if you're not in one of these towns, you might support our tour by buying a Bloof book or sending a gas-money-diner-grub PayPal donation to sales[at]bloofbooks[dot]com. Everyone who helps out this way will receive a surprise package from the road.**

***UPDATE: A couple of folks asked about pre-ordering the forthcoming books. Yes, you can do that! PayPal $16 (each, we'll throw in free shipping) and include your mailing address and title in the "special instructions" box. JOAN by Anne Boyer and Brink by me will be available in 2012. Thanks for this great idea!***

Friday, November 4 in Brooklyn at 7:00 PM

ANNE BOYER, David Blair & Ryan Eckes
Hosted by Dorothea Lasky
The Multifarious Array
Pete's Candy Store
709 Lorimer Stree
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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Saturday, November 5 in Philadelphia at 7:00 PM

ANNE BOYER, SHANNA COMPTON, JENNIFER L. KNOX & MAUREEN THORSON
Hosted by Debrah Morkun & Kim Gek Lin Short
The General Idea Series
Fergie's
1214 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA
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Monday, November 7 in Indian Springs, AL (near Birmingham) at 7:30 PM

ANNE BOYER, SHANNA COMPTON & MAUREEN THORSON
Hosted by Jessica Smith
Indian Springs School Library
190 Woodward Drive
Indian Springs, AL


Tuesday, November 8 in Tuscaloosa, AL at 7:00 PM

ANNE BOYER, SHANNA COMPTON & MAUREEN THORSON
Hosted by Daniela Olszewska
Green Bar
2209 4th Street
Tuscaloosa, AL


Wednesday, November 9 in Tallahassee, FL at 8:00 PM

ANNE BOYER, SHANNA COMPTON, SANDRA SIMONDS, MAUREEN THORSON, PATRICIA LOCKWOOD & JOSEPHINE YU
Hosted by Grey Book Press & the Nighthawk Review
Fermentation Lounge
113 All Saints Street
Tallahassee, FL
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Thursday, November 10 in Atlanta, GA at 8:00 PM
ANNE BOYER, SHANNA COMPTON, PETER DAVIS, SANDRA SIMONDS, MAUREEN THORSON & PATRICIA LOCKWOOD
Hosted by Bruce Covey
Emory Barnes & Noble
1390 Oxford Road on the Emory Campus
Atlanta, GA
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Friday, November 11 in Water Valley, MS (near Oxford) at 7:00 PM
SHANNA COMPTON, PETER DAVIS, SANDRA SIMONDS, MAUREEN THORSON & EMILEIGH BARNES
Hosted by Tim Earley
Bozarts Gallery
403 North Main Street
Water Valley, MS
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Saturday, November 12 in Fayetteville, AR at 7:30 PM
SANDRA SIMONDS, MAUREEN THORSON, PETER DAVIS & SHANNA COMPTON with CHRIS MARTIN & MARY AUSTIN SPEAKER
Hosted by Matthew Henriksen, Kaveh Bassiri & Roger Barrett
Improved Lighting Series
Nightbird Books
205 Dickson Street
Fayetteville, AR
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Sunday, November 13 in Kansas City, MO at 4:00 PM
SANDRA SIMONDS, PETER DAVIS & SHANNA COMPTON
Hosted by Jordan Stempleman
A Common Sense Reading Series
Cara & Cabezas Contemporary
1714 Holmes Street
Kansas City, MO
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WHEW!