Sunday, December 31, 2006

Monday, December 25, 2006

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Lucky Street Pencil (The Poetics of Re-use)

Adam Good gave sheets of stickers to everyone in the audience when he introduced the reading at DCAC.

"...the pychosis of influence..."
Lucky street pencils and found notebooks lead to poems. Buck Downs talks about re-use, reads from the Ted Berrigan's Sonnets as well as his own work, "A Fresh 24." Use non-functioning objects [words] and bring them them to life.

Brian Howe with Audrey after the reading @ Angles in Adams Morgan.
Brian discussed/read from F7, a project that utilizes Word's spellcheck feature. Cage-influenced, Brian tried various ways of typing in a non-reglar manner for the project, turning the keyboard backwards, etc. Reminded me of Derek Bailey's non-idiomatic guitar playing. Before his reading Brian performed a sampled/improvised sound-piece.

from the notebooks of brian & audrey

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

post-dickinson, part 2

videos of the flarf readings at

aleatory printmaking

my letterpress experiment at the book arts fair at pyramid atlantic art center (november 17, 18, 19). there are wonderful people affiliated with pyramid atlantic who salvage old wooden and metal type (like you see in the first photo above) before it is destroyed or melted down.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

maureen thorson & dan gutstein
@ pyramid atlantic

silver spring, maryland

maureen reads from her new PSA chapbook

dan reads from a work that includes
a dish called "cowboy hotplate"

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

"First and foremost, I am an entertainer, but all I need is the Federal credentials."

alexandra's homework last night was to write a paper from the perspective of elvis--here's an excerpt from the the letter elvis wrote to richard nixon on the way to DC:

Sir, I am staying at the Washington Hotel, Room 505-506-507.... I am registered under the name of Jon Burrows. I will be here for as long as it takes to get the credentials of a Federal Agent. I have done an in-depth study of drug abuse and Communist brainwashing techniques and I am right in the middle of the whole thing where I can and will do the most good.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Friday, December 01, 2006


recently read ron padgett's memoir of joe brainard. the piece above i found in the poets of the new york school, published in 1969 by falcon press in philly & distributed by the gotham book mart and gallery in nyc.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

anthology of baltimore poets

sandra miller reads jamie gaughran-perez's anthology of baltimore poets it was real close and squishy. DCAC, 18 november 2006.

inside: rupert wondolowski, miriam stewart, justin sirois, lauren bender, marianne amoss, chris toll.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

charles bernstein @ bridge street books

charles bernstein read from the libretto he wrote for shadowtime, an opera
by brian ferneyhough based on the life and work of walter benjamin.

[sitting in front: sandra miller, ben doyle, tony tost, ryan walker]

Monday, November 20, 2006

i like this boat ride i'm being taken for

tony tost & miriam stewart reading, DCAC, 19 november.

tony read a 1001 sentence poem that began: "i have 1000 more sentences to write."
miriam gave us fragments to read as a group--included one of my favorite ted berrigan poems, "crystal."

PHOTOS >>>>>

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Saturday, November 11, 2006

leslie scalapino panel

brenda ijima organized the panel on leslie scalapino at st. marks
i read with rod his work on leslie, Essay: A Play

The Work of Leslie Scalapino on Saturday, November 11th, 1:00 pm
The Poetry Project, St. Marks Church, 131 East 10th Street, NYC

A celebration and inquiry into the work of prominent contemporary experimental Bay Area writer and publisher (of O Books) Leslie Scalapino. Leslie Scalapino's over 20 books challenge the boundaries of poetry, prose and visual art. Her most recent titles are Orchid Jetsam, Dahlia's Iris and Zither & Autobiography. Six poets will each present a short talk on aspects of Scalapino's work, followed by a question/answer session. Poets will include Brenda Iijima, who will host the discussion, Rod Smith, Laura Elrick, Alan Davies, Jennifer Scappettone & Rodrigo Toscano.

some bloggers:
thom donovan
tim peterson

PHOTOS >>>>>

Sunday, November 05, 2006

dad was the guy always pointing into the sky
at a buzzard...

rod smith
segue series at the bowery poetry club on 4 november 2006
@ penn sound >>>

Monday, October 23, 2006

rat genius

Friday was Dan Gutstein's debut on National Geographic in Rat Genius. Dan faces a lamb-chop eating rat in his kitchen. Rat Genius airs again Friday, October 27, 2PM. Check it out.

ca roule ma poule (that wheels my chicken)

rod brings home helpful vocabulary from french class. tonight he taught me hachis parmentier.

we had hachis parmentier (shepherd's pie) after mei-mei berssenbrugge's reading at georgetown last thursday, but it was smothered in cheese.

mei-mei berssenbrugge reads at georgetown university.

the georgetown reading was on a rainy thursday, just like lisa robertson's reading earlier this fall. brenda hillman read various poems including one having to do with string theory. mei-mei read mostly from i love artists.

during the seminar brenda said she has spent a lot of time talking to rocks and mei-mei said, you know, rocks can move all by themselves.

Monday, October 16, 2006

is that wool hat my hat

from the ladies room at quarry house pub

rod smith, mel nichols, sandra miller, ben doyle read jackson mac low @ DCAC.
photos to come on ward tietz and ric royer performances that day.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

welsh rarebit

Chris Nealon and Dora & Sally help Adam Good with his order Welsh Rarebit after Lisa Robertson's reading at Georgetown; Mel Nichols introduces Lisa to Flash the Basset Hound at the end of a rainy evening in DC.

Lisa Robertson read from Rousseau's Boat and The Men. She was brilliant. Rousseau's Boat is a still expanding series first published as a chapbook in 2004. She described this work as an index of last lines from 20 years of notebooks.

By the way, we weren't sure that the Welsh Rarebit was authentic Welsh Rarebit. It was more like cheese dip served with toast. Also of note: "Vivid nightmares are famously attributed to overindulgence in Welsh [rarebit]." Acccording to Wikipedia.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

poetry bus at the big hunt

Maureen Thorson and Mel Nichols show up for the Poetry Bus wearing the same shirt.
Readings by Rod Smith and Cole Swensen at the Poetry Bus site >>>

Monday, October 02, 2006


store window in carlisle, PA.
more photos...