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Friday, February 22, 2008

The Wind Shifts Reading:Palm Beach, FL: This Saturday


I will be reading with Sheryl Luna and Kevin A. González this Saturday at 11AM at the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, FL. Please spread the word.

Here's an article about the reading and the anthology.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Smurf Bits


Too cute.
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This is cool: Open-Door Poetry, a website sponsored by Borders that features videos of poets discussing poetry.
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Their faces quicken from the slap of her unbeauty.
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Open-Door Poetry is sponsoring a free contest. Check it out. Whoa, that's one sexy skeleton. Wait, that's Mark Strand.
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Smurfs, Still Just Three Apples High, Turning 50.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Bits

I just ordered this set of Cyndi Lauper buttons!
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Once, when they had made love in the middle of the night and
it was very sweet, they decided they were hungry, so they got up,
got dressed, and drove downtown to an all-night donut shop.
Chicano kids lounged outside...

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I'm so looking forward to this book. Another doctor poet!
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The latest installment of Drunken Boat is up.
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Ditto: MiPOesias.
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"I have a friend who did once teach a course on himself, and I was talking to a mutual friend, and he said, "I bet he starts with his baby pictures..."
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32 Poems now accepts online submissions.
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"When I was little, mi ama bought our groceries at Fiesta. She bought our shoes and clothes there tambien. I have always wanted to write a standup comedy routine in the voice of a Mexican Jeff Foxworthy, "If your mother ever bought your tennis shoes from the same aisle she got the tortillas, you may be mojado."
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Wicked Alice: Winter 2008
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Hottie!
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I haven't sent out poems in over 14 months.
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No colonies for me this summer. I just want to do two things: a P-Town summer workshop and Breadloaf.
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To a Mojado Who Died Crossing the Desert

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Sunday Bits


I'm in my office.
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I can hear the wind howling outside. I'm dreading walking home. I need to buy long johns.
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Here the dead borrow nails for their coffins the way one bums a cigarette
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I was invited by two theatre professors to join them and about 30 students on a day trip to Brooklyn to watch a production of Macbeth.
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The production stars Patrick Stewart. Captain Picard himself!
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The bus left at 7:30AM on Saturday.
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I slept on the bus. I snored on the bus.
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The venue: The Harvey Theatre at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
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Here's The New York Times review.
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The bus arrived in Brooklyn around noon. We let the students find their own lunch spaces. We ate at a fab soup place. I had white bean soup with white truffle oil. Yummy!
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In the old days of our family,
My grandmother was a young woman
Whose hair was as long as the river...

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The matinee show started at 2PM.
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We had gallery seats. The Harvey isn't a big space. About 900 seats. So even the gallery seats were great.
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But. Oh my butt. The seats were tall and narrow like bar stools. After the first hour, my butt went numb. I was so uncomfortable I couldn't concentrate on the performances. So I just focused on the visuals.
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Paul Muldoon Bits

Colgate University sponsored a reading by Paul Muldoon this past Thursday and a performance by his band, Rackett, on Friday.
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I sat in the front row next to Mr. Muldoon. He borrowed my watch to keep track of his reading minutes. Yes, he gave it back.
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The lapel microphone didn't work, and Mr. Muldoon refused to hold a handheld mic, so he stood in the middle of the stage and made his voice carry.
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He didn't read any of my favorite poems, but he did provide a lot of great scaffolding: poem context, jokes, explanation of specific poetic devices, etc.
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The auditorium was packed. Saw several of my students in the audience. Extra credit!
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Also in the audience: Julie Parker. She was one of my first poetry teachers at ASU.
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Click here to hear Mr. Muldoon read his own work.
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After the reading we headed off to a great dinner. What did I order? An amazing greens salad, two glasses of red wine, a surf and turf entree, white chocolate cheesecake and coffee. Thanks, budget code!
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I sat next to Bruce Smith. He's teaching the advanced poetry workshop this semester. He also had the surf and tuf entree.
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I didn't attend the concert. I was so tired!

Monday, February 11, 2008

No, I Don't Want To Blurb Your Chapbook Bits

Seth has a lot of good news to share.
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Paul also has good news. Great title, no?
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Take a look at my gold-mirror bird pin. Cornshake kept trying to unfasten my bra! She's sneaky and quick.
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Review of Dagoberto Gilb's new novel.
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AWP pics on flickr.
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Bit

from Rich Villar:

"Better than 200 people, maybe more, came by to celebrate with each other, laugh, cry, and generally enjoy the most amazing group of Latino and Latina poets to come together in a long time."

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Recent Google Searches That Led To My Blog

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zone 3 press

from Javier O. Huerta, Mr. Have Air

By the time of my INS interview, I was an English Literature major at the University of Houston. So I felt ready to pass any exam on or about the English language. And I got this sentence? I wanted to tell the INS agent that I could do things with the English language that she had never seen or even dreamed of. Instead I settled for showing her that the line scans as iambic pentameter.

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Today I’m going to the grocery store.

Fat Chair: Wood, Metal, Fat: Joseph Beuys: 1964

Bitch Bit

Rigoberto blogs about The Heart That Lies Outside The Body by Stephanie Lenox, a chapbook published by SLAPERING HOL PRESS.

I've read with Stephanie in the past. I like her work. I was excited to see her chapbook at AWP. I was all ready to fork over money to buy it. But then I saw that Charles Jensen was one of the blurbers. WFT? I like Mr. Jensen. But isn't it too early for him blurb a chapbook? I didn't buy the chapbook. I just couldn't.

Bits from "AWP 2008 Live Blog"

The official language of AWP is 'smarmy'!
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Wow! A free journal? Thanks! I do love reading! I hear that it has some long-term benefits similar to sugar pills and radiation treatment (the good kind!) I can't remember the last time anyone gave me anything for free!
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...you wrote stuff down in a Moleskine! I think you and I might be the ONLY people in the world with one of those...what are the odds, really?

The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry Tour

I will be reading in Palm Beach, Florida at The Society of the Four Arts on February 23, 2008.

I will be reading with Sheryl Luna, whose second collection of poems, 7, was recently accepted by University of Notre Dame Press. And with Kevin A. González, whose first book of poems is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon University Press.

Please spread the word.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Holy Cow Bit!

Kelli Russell Agodon has won $7, 500 bucks! And so has Jeannine Hall Gailey!

Congrats, ladies!

Monday, February 04, 2008

AWP Is Dead, Long Live AWP

Where to begin?
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Uneventful but fun ride to NYC. Jennifer Brice was kind enough to drive me, Peggy Shumaker, Peggy's husband, and Eva Saulitis to the conference. We ate oranges. It didn't rain.
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Ah, the city! I do love visiting it. I wanted to visit the MoMA but that never worked out. And it was just down the block from the Hilton.
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My favorite thing about AWP? Catching up with old friends. Juan Manuel Sanchez. Diana M. Delgado. John O. Espinoza. Though I will say I was a little upset when I paid for dinner on Saturday and both Diana and Juan acted like it was a miracle!
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I gave Diana the scarf. I'm not fierce enough to wear it. She looked fab in it.
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My second favorite thing about AWP? Meeting people. It was a pleasure to meet Suzanne Frischkorn for the first time. Based on her blog posts, I thought she would be a June Cleaver type. But hell no! She's more June With A Cleaver. She has amazing black hair. She's tough but sweet. And very friendly. I spent hours with her early Friday morning. Remember, Suzanne? It was a blast hanging out with you, James Hall and Jericho Brown. I finally called it quits around 4:30AM but Suzanne could've gone on for hours more. She's that tough.
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Jericho Brown is a great kisser. I should've said that two years ago. My bad.
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And Paul Guest! Handsome as gold. And sweet as candy. Though he did keep going on and on about his agent. Hey, he's earned the right to be a bit obnoxious.
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I'm seriously in love with James Allen Hall. Funny as fuck, sweet as fuck. I want to give birth to his baby. But he's also a bottom. Too bad, James. Maybe artificial insemination? And oh yeah, his book sold out at AWP. I bought two copies.
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I was sneaked into the bookfair on Thursday and Friday. Take that AWP organizers! In your face! Ha! Double ha!
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Or was I snuck into the bookfair?
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Steven D. Schroeder is tall, quiet, and nice. And he likes pancakes. How do I know? I'm not telling.
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I rode a limo for the first time in my life on Friday night! Javier O. Huerta mistook the TV in the limo for an oven. A very small ovean. An oven that could only roast a canary.
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I met Gregory Pardlo. Very nice guy.
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For two nights in a row I ended up drinking at Russian vodka bars. Two nights in a row. Our waiter on the first night was mad hot.
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The Hilton bar was crazy expensive. Nine bucks for a beer? Nobody's piss should be that expensive.
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New crush: Michael Dumanis. The photograph doesn't do him justice. But I would do him justice. Ha! I'm funny.
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Four guys slept in my room. Wow, that's alot of balls. Tennis anyone?
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When I say four guys slept in my room I mean four guys shared my room.
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I bought a lot of books! I blew my buget on the first day. I never wait until the last day of the bookfair to buy my goodies. I'm not that savvy.
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Wayne Miller is cute. So is Rick Barot.
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Ivy is a sweetheart.
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I finally met Daniel Nester! I was blushing as I talked to him. I was thinking, He knows that I think he's hot. And he's hot. And very nice. He even offered to give me his wife's AWP badge. As I was walked around the dance party on Friday night he pulled me onto the dance floor. I danced like a mummified cat. Fun!
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And on the dance floor I bumped into Ali Stine! She has some great news, but I will let her tell you.
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Sara Tracey has an amazing smile.
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It was so nice to hear from other poets that they love teaching my poems in their classrooms. Wow, I'm being taught??!! Very scary. Very nice.
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Ego check: I saw Marvin Bell sitting at a table at the bookfair. I walked up and started talking to him. After a minute I could tell he didn't remember me!
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Adam Clay has long feet. I'm just saying...
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I bought Reb's book? Did you?
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New crush: Roberto Tejada.
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Sunday, February 03, 2008

I Ran Into These Folks at AWP

Aaron Smith
Amanda Auchter
Adam Deutsch
Ali Stine
C. Dale Young
Corn Shake
Charles Jensen
James Hall
Jericho Brown
Daniel Nester
Ivy Alvarez
Javier Huerta
John Gallaher
Gina Franco
Emmy Perez
Lee Herrick
Neil Aitken
Matthew Thorburn
Rick Barot
Miguel Murphy
Paul Guest
Reb Livingston
Sara Tracey
Sheryl Luna
Simmons B. Buntin
Suzanne Frischkorn
Steven D. Schroeder