at Hobart and William Smith Colleges • 7:30PM, Hirshson Ballroom
Koh Xin Tian interviews me about FLOUNDERS, my new e-chap from Essay Press (downloadable for free at Essay Press here)!
Koh Xin Tian: Journaling, poetry, prose, and the intersection of different registers and styles of text come together in the form of your poetry chapbook FLOUNDERS. In the introduction, you write: “I want the texture of this work to be soft like wax, melting in places though not evaporating, some spots more hardened than others. The text throughout this chapbook shifts between fragments, sentences, poetry, prose, visual elements, objective/subjective content, up-close and distant perspectives.” As a graphic designer and writer, does the macro come before the micro or vice versa for you when you are picturing a completed product?
During the month of November you will see a bevy of new work at the magazine that I curated/edited as Special Features Editor — twelve new reviews, along with an essay by Anne Gorrick and an interview with and new music by Pauline Oliveros.
Anne Gorrick — “Taking Text Outside = Interstitial Acts” — which begins: “Let’s think a bit about textual art that is ephemeral, outside, fugitive; text that isn’t carved into a building or a street or a stone or a wall. Let’s note the diminutive textual adventure. The infinitesimal moment. I want to think about earth texts beyond shelter. Going outside brings the death in a little, releases the work into the air. Poem as prayer flag. Poem as act against the immaculate. Text as emphatic and intimate protest.”
Renee Gladman’s Calamities (Wave Books, 2016), reviewed by Aisha Sabatini Sloan. “Each essay in Calamities has about it the quality of Ikea instructions. Instead of a bookcase, though, these are directions for a cardboard device that makes the world look different than it was, like what Michel Gondry might try— a pinhole camera or chakra lenses or Google Glass. The thing she is telling you how to make is pure imagination, it is not something you would or could bring to life—but you can wear it by reading her essays.”
Craig Dworkin’s Alkali (Counterpath Press, 2015), reviewed by Martin Corless-Smith. “Alkali is a magisterial kunstkammer, a new periodic tableau planted in a crystal garden of arcane knowledge and preposterous invention, a glockenspiel orchestration of aural augury that dances an irresistible instance of our geo-lyrical world.”
Upcoming reviews include C.D. Wright’s Shallcross reviewed by Celia Bland; Joy Harjo’s Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings reviewed by Kelly Lydick; Michelle Detorie’s After-Cave reviewed by Nathan Hauke; Vi Khi Nao’s The Old Philosopher reviewed by Cheryl Clark Vermeulen; J’Lyn Chapman’s Beastlife reviewed by Arianne Zwartjes; Ravi Shankar’s What Else Could It Be reviewed by Ralph Pennel; Anca Cristofovici’s Stela reviewed by Matt Kirkpatrick; Barbara Duffey’s Simple Machines reviewed by Christine Stewart-Nuñez; and Joseph Massey’s Illocality, and Jean Valentine’s Shirt in Heaven, both reviewed by Elisabeth Whitehead.
Please make a trip over YEWJOURNAL.COM to see new work from writers Rachel Abramowitz, Shira Dentz, and Stephanie Schlaifer and artists Michelle Abramowitz, Joie Bourisseau, Kathline Carr, and Jana Harper and visual poems by J.I. Kleinberg.
For my poems, “Psalm” and “window1 & window2” in collaboration with art by Kathline Carr, click here
Featured readers: Roger Aplon, Shira Dentz, Janet Hamill, Erik Ipsen, Jane Ormerod, and John J. Trause.
The Seligmann Center is located about 50 miles northwest of New York City in a vibrant rural area of Orange County, in the hamlet of Sugar Loaf. Once home to Kurt and Arlette Seligmann, the history of the site is palpable – Max Ernst slept in the guest house; Marcel Duchamp shot five bullets into the barn foundation; Alexander Calder pulled prints from the very same press that is still in use today; others, including Yves Tanguy, Kay Sage, Peggy Guggenheim, and Meyer Schapiro, all spent time on the property.
Now out! The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker is a fearless and dynamic collection of contemporary poetry and short fiction by established and emerging writers. This is essential reading for everyone looking for the innovative, the reflective, and the fearless.
Available here from great weather for MEDIA, an independent press based in New York City and focusing on the unpredictable, the fearless, the bright, the dark, and the innovative…
This Thursday, June 9 at 9 p.m., in conjunction with the Albany Symphony’s New Music Festival, FENCE presents an evening of poetry performances curated by Rebecca Wolff at EMPAC. The event features poet-performers Shira Dentz and Diana Alvarez.
Living Poets Musical Theater
Thursday, June 9 at 9 P.M.
110 8th St., Troy, NY 12180
In her review, “Based on a True Story,” that appears in the Spring 2016 issue of Fourth Genre, Holly Welker focuses on door of thin skins, along with Kate Greenstreet’s Young Tambling, and Eleni Sikelianos, You Animal Machine (The Golden Greek).