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Thursday, September 29, 2005

New Crush: Ronald Palmer


Thanks to Delilah I discovered the work of Ronald Palmer. What a hottie! And I've been taken (ah!) by his work that I've read online. Did I mention he's a hottie? Look at those eyes! And smile! And those slender lips! His lips know things! His first book Logicalogics has just been published. The book was published by Soft Skull. I ordered a copy today. I hope Soft Skull sprang (oh!) for a page-size author photo. I hope, I hope, I hope.

Bits

I'm flying off to Phoenix in about five hours. My sister is getting married. I've been begging her to throw the bouquet my way. Please! Toss a dog a bone!
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I'm still digging Sufjan Stevens. Read Sara Sower's comment a few posts down about her adventure at a Sufjan concert. Poor Dirty Girl!
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I had a great time in Chicago this past weekend. We stayed in a hotel near Magnificent Mile so all the shops and restaurants were close. I was broke so I didn't buy much. Just a Swatch watch on credit. Okay, did I just admit to the world that I bought a Swatch watch? Wow. But my friend shopped and shopped. He was nice enough to buy me a new shirt for the wedding. He also bought flatware and dishes at Bloomingdales for the townhouse.
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We had a fab meal at the tapas cafe. The food was amazing. Salmon served with slivers of apple in a mango-infused sauce. Spare ribs. Spanish tortillas. Stuffed mushrooms. Coconut bread pudding. We were seated next to a very loud group. The group consisted of three middle-aged couples. I usually don't mind loud folks--hey, I'm loud--but these folks just wanted attention. Sad. When they left a bachelorette party took their place. Thankfully, these ladies enjoyed themselves quietly. Though I was surprised when all of them slipped penis-shaped straws into their water glasses. Silly girls! You only use penis-shaped straws to drink milk!
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I saw so many handsome men. Swoon.
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Books I just ordered:

Logicalogics by Ron Palmer.
Leadbelly by Tyehimba Jess
Down Spooky by Shanna Compton
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I entered a Neiman Marcus for the first time in Chicago. The prices were kind of shocking. Who pays 600 dollars for a Paul Smith wallet? Wow. Granted, the wallet was gorgeous. I felt uncomfortable in there. I'm more of an Old Navy kind of guy.
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from Ana

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Lodestar Quarterly

The latest issue of Lodestar Quarterly is up. My favorite poem: Scott Hightower's Visit with an Old Model at Norwood.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Sufjan Stevens


I picked up Sufjan Steven's Illinois in Chicago this weekend. I'm in love. Yes, he's easy on the eyes. But I'm talking about the music. It's gorgeous. It's haunting. I haven't had this type of reaction to a musician since discovering Rufus Wainwright years ago. In fact, Rufus and Sufjan are very similar: lush orchestrations, intelligent lyrics. If Rufus was straight, and played the banjo instead of the piano, his work would probably sound like Sufjan's.

Gosh. This man is good. I can't stop listening to the CD. It works for me from start to finish.

Any Sufjan fans out there? Are his other CDs as good as Illinois? Tell me!

Thursday, September 22, 2005

You Got To Be Kidding

The nerve of some journals.

What would you think of a contest that offered its entrants a possible spot in the canon? Fucking crazy, no? Well, check out this contest sponsored by The National Poetry Review. I'm really stunned. And disgusted. Maybe the editors of this journal have physic powers, like Miss Cleo, and can predict what types of aesthetics the future will revere.

I really can't imagine any serious poet entering this contest. This contest will appeal to novices, to "poets" who wear all black and who brood in the corner of their local Starbucks.

POR EL AMOR DE DIOS

Chills. Down My Spine. Reading This.

Not to Brag

but I was just solicited by two journals for work. But I only have enough poems for one submission packet. What to do? I know! I will flip a coin. A quarter. Here goes..

Tails. Cool. This journal has published me before, but hey, it won the coin toss.

It's nice to be solicited. I now know how Paul Guest must feel like each and every fucking day.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Chicago

I'm going to be living it up in Chicago this weekend. I will arrive early Friday-- so far I have no plans for the day. Saturday afternoon I will be trolling the corridors of this museum, and that night I will be enjoying tapas at this fine cafe. I leave late Sunday afternoon. What other things/places should I do or visit? Please email me or leave a comment.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Barbara Jane Reyes Wins James Laughlin Award


Barbara Jane Reyes has been selected as the recipient of the 2005 James Laughlin Award for her second collection of poems, Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press). The James Laughlin Award is given to commend and support a poet’s second book of poetry. The award was established by a gift to the Academy from the Drue Heinz Trust in honor of the poet and publisher James Laughlin (1914–1997). Ms. Reyes will receive a cash prize of $5,000, and the Academy will purchase copies of Poeta en San Francisco for distribution to its members. This year’s judges were James Longenbach, Mary Jo Bang, and Elizabeth Alexander.

Ms. Reyes was born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her undergraduate education at the University of California Berkeley and her MFA in Creative Writing (poetry) at San Francisco State University. Her work was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and appears or is forthcoming in Asian Pacific American Journal, Chain, Interlope, Nocturnes (Re)view, North American Review, Tinfish, Versal, in the anthologies Babaylan (Aunt Lute, 2000), Eros Pinoy (Anvil, 2001), Going Home to a Landscape (Calyx, 2003), Not Home But Here (Anvil, 2003), Pinoy Poetics (Meritage, 2004), and forthcoming in Red Light: Superheroes, Saints and Sluts (Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp, 2005), and Graphic Poetry (Hong Kong: Victionary, 2005). Her first book, Gravities of Center, was published by Arkipelago Books (San Francisco) in 2003.

From the judge’s citation for the James Laughlin Award: “If William Blake were alive and well and sitting on a eucalyptus branch in the hills above the bay, this is the poetry he would aspire to write.” —James Longenbach

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How fuckng cool is that? I told you it was great news. Way to go Barbara!

Jason!

Jason Schneiderman is featured this week in Robert Pinsky's Washington Post column. Jason is the author of Sublimation Point .

Peter!

Three poems by Peter Pereira over at three candles.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

O No He Didn't!


Remember Roy and Silo? Two "gay" penguins who've lived for the past six years as a couple at the Central Park zoo. Well, Silo has gone straight: he now has a girlfriend named Scrappy. And Roy? He's just hanging around, like a sucker. Men are the same. Gay. Straight. Penguin. All dogs. All of you. I hope Roy at least bitch slapped Silo before he waddled off to his new hussy. I feel so bad for Roy. Do penguins cry? I would leave town if my man left me for a woman named Scrappy. How embarrassing!

Jimmy Love

That Jimmy! He's fucking cracking me up with his Such Exotic Creatures comics.

Jimmy, I only have one grandmother poem in my collection. Granted, it's an eight part sequence. But it's still just one poem. Wait, I also have a poem about my grandfather. Oh boy...


More comics
here, here, here, and here.

Black Kites: Gabriel Orozco: 1997



Graphite on Skull

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Call for Submissions: Micro-Fiction

The deadline for the second issue of Staccato is October 15th.

My Favorite Poem

Jeff B. is asking bloggers to post their own favorite work. This poem is my favorite.

The poem came to me one afternoon as I took a walk through Iowa City. I suddenly heard myself softly pronouncing the first few lines. I was startled. I rushed home, and wrote the poem in less than twenty minutes. I showed it to Mark Levine a week later. He commented that it was very different from anything else that I'd shown him. He suggested two small revisions. I agreed with him, and I haven't tinkered with this poem since.

I love the way this poem unfurls. It's seamless. I love the tension between the beauty of the images and the terror the title conjures forth. And that ending! The ending is gorgeous--if I do say so myself.

I Know These Children


More photographs by Araceli Herrera.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Call for Submissions: Churchyard

Churhyard is now accepting submissions for its second edition. Please email submissions or questions to: danjpir@yahoo.com.

I have three extra copies of the first issue of Churchyard. So if you want a copy, email me & I'll mail you one. The first issue features poems by Charles Jensen, Anthony Robinson, and Jenny Sadre-Orafai.

UPDATE: All three copies are gone. Sorry. You should read my blog before all others. All others!

The Body Acoustic


NEW YORK (Epic Records/ SONY BMG Music Entertainment) - When Cyndi Lauper emerged on the scene twenty five years ago, it was a defining moment for pop music. And since then, her contributions have never stopped - album after album, Cyndi has delivered hit songs that literally comprise the soundtrack of our lives. And this fall Cyndi prepares to release her 9th album The Body Acoustic with Daylight/Epic Records on November 8th. On The Body Acoustic Cyndi revisits songs like "Time After Time," "True Colors," "She Bop," "Shine," and more giving them a modern day extreme makeover. Adding fresh flavor, rich textures, rawness and unexpected twists and turns -- plus special guests like Sarah McLachlan, Shaggy, Kelly Osbourne, Ani DiFranco, Jeff Beck and Vivian Green -- Cyndi shows her singing, producing and writing talents at an all time high.

On "Money Changes Everything" Cyndi is joined by Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday who gives the song a twangy earthy quality. "Time After Time" features the angelic voice of Sarah McLachlan, who brings a new tenderness to the gem. Reggae/pop superstar Shaggy lends his trademark voice on the newly funky "All Through The Night," while Kelly Osbourne joins in on the fun on "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." Other highlights include "Sisters of Avalon" with Ani DiFranco & Vivian Green, and "Water's Edge" (from the 2002 EP Shine) w/ Sarah McLachlan. With her unique vocals, Cyndi continues to spice things up with fresh versions of such hits as "Shine," "Fearless," "She Bop" and "True Colors." The album also contains two brand new songs co-written by Cyndi Lauper, "Above The Clouds" featuring guitar legend Jeff Beck and "I'll Be Your River" with Vivian Green. The Body Acoustic was produced by Cyndi herself along with renowned producers Rick Chertoff (She's So Unusual) and William Wittman (At Last) and the result is nothing short of spectacular.
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I can't wait. I love this woman. How much do I love her? There's a poem in my first collection dedicated to her. That much.

POETRY NORTHWEST IS BACK!

Beginning in 2006, The Attic will begin publishing the historic literary journal Poetry Northwest. Poet and critic--& Attic Director and Writer-in-Residence--David Biespiel has been named Editor in an arrangement with the University of Washington, the journal's former publisher.

Poetry Northwest was founded in 1959 by Carolyn Kizer, Richard Hugo and others, and was edited from 1966-2002 by David Wagoner. The magazine ceased circulation in 2002 because of funding difficulties. At the time, it was the longest-running poetry-only journal in the U.S.

A hallmark of the Northwest literary scene for more than four decades, Poetry Northwest attained eminence for publishing some of the best poetry by established and up-and-coming poets from around the country and abroad. Writers who have appeared in the magazine include Harold Pinter, Joyce Carol Oates, Annie Dillard, Raymond Carver, Ted Kooser, James Dickey, Robert Pinsky, Richard Wilbur, Mary Oliver, Jorie Graham, Michael Harper, Stanley Kunitz, Thom Gunn, Phillip Larkin, May Swenson, Theodore Roethke, W.S. Merwin, John Berryman, Czeslaw Milosz, Marilyn Hacker, Stanley Plumly, Anne Sexton, James Wright, William Stafford and Mark Strand.

The new series of Poetry Northwest will include poetry, essays, interviews, & reviews.

To submit work to Poetry Northwest, send no more than four (4) poems. Query first regarding prose. Send or write to: Poetry Northwest, P.O. Box 14310, Portland, Oregon, 97293.

info from this site

Friday, September 09, 2005

Dustin


Dustin always writes the craziest emails. I just spent twenty minutes trying to "read" his latest.

Here's one of his poems.

from The Onion

White Foragers Report Threat Of Black Looters

NEW ORLEANS—Throughout the Gulf Coast, Caucasian suburbanites attempting to gather food and drink in the shattered wreckage of shopping districts have reported seeing African­Americans "looting snacks and beer from damaged businesses." "I was in the abandoned Wal-Mart gathering an air mattress so I could float out the potato chips, beef jerky, and Budweiser I'd managed to find," said white survivor Lars Wrightson, who had carefully selected foodstuffs whose salt and alcohol content provide protection against contamination. "Then I look up, and I see a whole family of [African-Americans] going straight for the booze. Hell, you could see they had already looted a fortune in diapers." Radio stations still in operation are advising store owners and white people in the affected areas to locate firearms in sporting-goods stores in order to protect themselves against marauding blacks looting gun shops.

more HERE.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Congrats Laurel!


Congrats to my former classmate Laurel Snyder who just won Burnside Review's chapbook contest. Her chapbook, Daphne and Jim, will be available late this fall.

Charles B. Wheeler Prize: Ohio State University Press

The Journal, the literary magazine of The Ohio State University,
selects one full-length manuscript of poetry each year for
publication by The Ohio State University Press. In addition
to publication, the winning author receives the
Charles B. Wheeler Prize of $3,000.

Entries of at least 48 typed pages of original poetry must be
postmarked during the month of September. Entries postmarked
later than September 30 will be returned unread. Clear photocopies are
acceptable. Your name or other identification should only
appear on the cover page.

More info here.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Xmas Shopping Done!

Gay Merit Badges

Major Jackson


Major Jackson is kicking some internet butt! Check out his webpage. One of the best poet webpages I've seen.

Action Books 2005 December Prize Guidelines

The December Prize will be given annually for a first or second book of poetry written in English. Action Books editors Johannes Göransson and Joyelle McSweeney will read all manuscripts and select one for publication and a $1,000 award. We are looking for writing that shares in the spirit of our press, writing that enlarges our notion of what poetry and language can do and be.

Eligibility
Those who have published no more than one book of poetry in English are invited to submit. Close friends and those who have studied with the editors are ineligible.

Translations cannot be considered for this prize, but Action Books welcomes queries about book-length translation projects.

More info HERE.

Goodbye Little Buddy


Bob Denver, TV's 'Gilligan,' dies at 70

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

A New Home

for our nerdy chic man, Charles Jensen, who sometimes poses in the nude--I'm not surprised his old blog addy has become a porn site.

Go here for all things Charles.

Donald Justice Poetry Award

Info here.

Indiana Review: Latino/a Writers Issue

Are you a Latino/a? Good for you! Now, do you write? Awesome! Then don't forget to submit to the Indiana Review's Latino/a Writers issue. Deadline: 12/31/2005. I'm going to submit a couple of book reviews. I would also like to send some poetry. I like being solicited. Hint, hint.

The Trench Coat Post


I saw the worst film yesterday: A Sound of Thunder. Don't go! Trite story. Laughable special effects. The only good thing was Ed Burns. I'd totally forgotten about him. Wasn't he an independent film darling a few years ago? When his sexy face appeared on the screen I got wet. Yeah, you read that right. He's so freaking handsome. In a couple of scenes he walks around in white boxers. If only I'd been wearing a trench coat!
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The cover of the new issue of Fence is turning heads, but don't forget to read the words inside. Like this good poem by Gina Franco.
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Er. Has the world gone totally insane? Over at Jim Behrle's blog folks are voting for Sexiest Male Poetry Blogger, and the results are stunning. So far no Daniel Nester! What the fuck! Daniel, please forgive them, they know not what they do! How do I feel about the other so-called sexiest bloggers? Let me tell you. Jordan Davis? Hell yes! I would jump his bones. I would probably crush the darling, but oh what a ride it would be! Josh Corey? Not my type, but I understand why some girls and boys would throw their panties at him. Anthony Robinson? Ditto. Aaron McCollough. Hell no.
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I've found the daddy of my babies. You might know him. His name is Ted Mathys. He's a fine poet too. Our babies will be looking good as they spell out their words. My babies' daddy's first book Forge has just been published. Here's a review. Buy a copy or two. Our babies will need to be fed and sheltered.

Two by Two

Margaret Cho rules!

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Brokeback Mountain: The Movie


I just can't wait to see this movie. I vividly remember the first time I read the story. The hairs on the back on my neck stood up. My pulse quickened. My heart broke.


Did I mention that Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger star in the movie? Be still my beating crotch...er..heart.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Wonderful

Emily Lloyd has come up with a wonderful way we can help a New Orleans blogger/MFA student Erin B.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Seth Abramson

Seth Abramson has been writing some amazingly lucid posts about Katrina and its aftermath.

Thank you Seth.

Hot or Not: Terrance Hayes


Do we even need to discuss this? Terrance Hayes is one fine man. He's one of the beautiful people. I saw him in the flesh at AWP Baltimore. He walked into the large reading room and I instantly knew who he was: I recognized him from his author photo. He walked past me (he smelled like wet bark and cinnamon) and I wanted to say hello but I was afraid I would say or ask stupid things. Like: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Like: Your bald head is shiny, and I do like shiny things. Like: Who killed the pork chops? What price bananas? Are you my Angel? I kept my big mouth shut, and watched him glide across the room. Of course, everybody else shook his hand or stopped him for a quick chat. Punks.

HOT!!!

Be Still My Heart!

Kate Bush will release a new studio album titled AERIAL on November 7th.

Red Cross Info

You can help the victims of hurricane Katrina by contributing to the Disaster Relief Fund of the Red Cross.