Monday, April 21, 2014

National Poetry Month Death Match

My position:

Do organized NaPoMo efforts make your poetic practices any less valid or artful or subversive? Turn your own poems into gimmicks? If your neighbor makes his poems mainstream, will that turn your poems mainstream? If so, maybe the problem is your weak-ass poems. Poems are supposed to endure.

If your neighbor reads his poem on PBS, will PBS come for your poems next? Save your tin-foil hat for a bigger threat.

Versus Jereme’s position:

For me, authentic poetry is the only genuine form of man’s concept of beauty.

This is why the MFA in poetics is laughably worthless. Why frumps ejaculating every day for a month is egotistical self-aggrandizement. And why professors with unblemished hands analyzing the symbolic merit of a red wheelbarrow is considerably pathetic.

In other words, National Poetry Month is fucking dumb.

Read it all here.

Friday, April 18, 2014


It's April and the poetry NEVER EVER stops.

No matter how nicely you ask it.

Everyday I'm writing my NaPoWriMo poems on my Tumblr. As always, some days are better than others. One of the things I like about doing NaPoWriMo is that the pressure is on getting something done, instead of the usual write something good. It pushes out my internal editor, which can often be a bastard.

If you're in Chicago, tonight is the opening of FIXATION, an exhibition and a publication of art and poetry focused on the physical or psychological preoccupation or obsession over an object or subject. Tonight is the opening reception at the Zhou B Art Center at 7pm. The show runs until May 11th. I've contributed poems, along with poets: Sarah Blake, Ana Menendez, Ken Taylor, Richard Blanco, Tara Betts, Grace Cavalieri, Kathleen Kirk, Terry Lucas, Denise Duhamel, Nin Andrews, Sam Rasnake, Amy Serrano, Geof Huth, David Krumpm John Korn and Emma Trelles along with artwork by artists: Terri Thomas, Brianna Angelakis, Rory Coyne, Matthew Cherry, Ryan Shultz, Eloy Morales, Denis Peterson, Lauren Levato Coyne, Nick Ward, Patrick Earl Hammie, Miranda Graham, Harry Sudman, Marcos Raya, Ernesto Marenco, Karen Kaapcke, Jennifer Koe, Ivonne Bess,Cesar Santos, Daena Title, Nadine Robbins, Tracy Stuckey, Brian Busch, Daniel Ochoa and Jaime Valero.

If you're not around Chicago, you can order the PoetArtists Fixation issue here.

Here's a sampler.

There's other things coming up, I wrote a brief piece "defending" National Poetry Month that should be up at HTMLGIANT anytime. I'll link to it when its live.

Also, I have an announcement about when Bombyonder will be coming out. I'll make that soon.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

NaPoWriMo has begun

My first poem is up. I used 6 or 7 different Bibliomancy Oracle prompts to nudge me.

Sure, NaPoWriMo poems are drafts and inherently rough. But it's about the process, right? Right. A lot of my NaPoWriMo drafts grew up to be honest-to-goodness poems in God Damsel.

It's not too late to join the party. All the details are here at Maureen Thorson's NaPoWriMo site.

Sunday, March 30, 2014


I will be participating in NaPoWriMo again this year on my Tumblr
30 poems in 30 days.
For at least some of the poems, I will be using the Bibliomancy Oracle as a writing prompt.

April is also National Bibliomancy Oracle Month.


If you're in the DC area next weekend, it's not too late to sign up for the Conversations and Connections PRACTICAL ADVICE ON WRITING Conference on April 5. At 10:45, I'll be participating on a panel discussing collaboration in writing.

In other news, it is March 30 in Virginia and snowing.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Reading Tonight

Barrelhouse Presents Coconut!

Barrelhouse Presents is back and we're bringing the presses and magazines we love to a bar near you!

On Wednesday, March 12th at 7 PM Barrelhouse Presents Coconut at Petworth Citizen with Christopher Salerno, Reb Livingston, and Steven Karl!

Petworth Citizen & Reading Room
829 Upshur St. NW
Washington, DC

Petworth Citizen is a new neighborhood bar on Upshur Street in Petworth dedicated to building the literary community through events in its reading room and through its take-a-book-leave-a-book lending library.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

AWP Booty

Here's a list of what I brought home from AWP Seattle:

The Poet Tarot deck & The Poet Tarot Guidebook (Two Sylvias Press)

Sky Rat by Rauan Klassnik (Spork Press)
Blud by Feng Sun Chen (Spork Press)
All Hopped Up on Fleshy Dumdums by Lara Glenum (Spork Press)

Natural History Rape Museum by Danielle Pafunda (Bloof Books)

The Opposite of Work by Hugh Behm-Steinberg (JackLeg Press)

These Things Happen by Adam Deutsch (Dusie)

The Primer of Zinnie Lucas by Sara Pennington (Cooper Dillon Books)

Of Dublin and Other Fictions by Nuala Ni Chonchuir (Tower Press)

Only Jesus Could Icefish in Summer by Abraham Smith (Action Books)
Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrorcream by Kim Hyesoon, translated by Don Mee Choi (Action Books)
Rain of the Future by Valerie Mejer, edited by C.D. Wright (Action Books)
The Parapornographic Manifesto by Carl-Michael Edenborg (Action Books)

A Table That Goes on for Miles by Stefania Heim (Switchback Books)
Manifest by Cynthia Arrieu-King (Switchback Books)
Red Missed Aches / Read Missed Aches / Red Mistakes / Read Mistakes by Jennifer Tamayo (Switchback Books)

Grace Period: Notebooks, 1998-2007 by Aaron Kunin (Letter Machine Editions)
More Radiant Signal by Juliana Leslie (Letter Machine Editions)

In the Air by Peter Gizzi/Richard Kraft (A Manor House Monograph)
Dark Art by James Meetze (A Manor House Monograph)

Nazareth, North Dakota by Tommy Zurhellen (Atticus Books)
Apostle Islands by Tommy Zurhellen (Atticus Books)

oracular by Matthew Klane

Revisioning Red Riding Hood around the World: An Anthology of International Retellings by Sandra L. Beckett (Wayne State University Press)

Fairy Tale Review/The Emerald Issue
Big Bell No. 8
Cardinal Sins (Volume 33, Issue 1)
Women's Review of Books (Volume 39, Issue 6 November/December 2012)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Where I'll Be at AWP

Wherever my feet take me.

No tables. No panels. No readings.

Just pure nomadic bliss.

(meaning I'm not participating in any tables, panels or readings -- but I'll certainly be attending some)