4.30.2004

from Amelie Frank:

Well, I had hoped the latest Beyond Baroque calendar would have gone out by now, but because it hasn't, I am making this last-minute notice to y'all to check out a rare Southern California appearance by a fine Bay Area poet, who will be joined by a sublime force of nature from El Segundo.

San Francisco gad-about-town Rich Yurman will be reading from his two brilliant poetry collections, GIRAFFE and FASCINATION DOLLS. What can I say about Rich's work? At turns wise, moving, observant, and funny, Rich is a master of mining the remarkable and unique from inevitable human matters that would be become merely timeworn and maudlin in the hands of a lesser artist.

Appearing with Rich is a SoCal favorite--the elusive and witty Erica Erdman. A protegée of the fabulous Laurel Ann Bogen, Erica is the author of THE APOCALYPTIC KID (and, perhaps, if you are nice to her and give her some candy, she'll read that title piece). She is given to evaporating into the mist over the Ballona wetlands on certain Saturday nights, so we are very fortunate to have coaxed her in from that highly contested bog and her four (count 'em, four!) black cats to read with Rich. Don't miss her.

Meanwhile, I'm hosting, and I'm going to bring a cake. Why? Well, I'm taking cake decorating lessons, and I need to practice.

So . . . come for the poetry, and stay for the cake!

WHEN: Saturday evening, May 1st, 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA
WHAT: Two stunning features, plus open reading
HOW MUCH: We'll pass around Ye Olde Coffee Can O' Love, and you can decide.

4.29.2004

THE SPINE OF CALIFAS V
Saturday - May 8, 2004 8pm
$7 donation - all ages


Back to lead us on another poetic road trip
driver/host/ journalist/poet
Adolfo Guzman Lopez (San Diego-Los Angeles)


bringing along new for the occasion
poets
Miguel-Angel Soria (San Diego),
Ariel Robello (Los Angeles),
Jime Salcedo-Malo (Los Angeles-San Francisco),


and veterans of the Spine of Califas
musicians
Willie Herron and Xiuy Velo ("Los Illegals" - Los Angeles)


keeping it at the speed of verse,
with the stops true to the beauty and pain
of the California neighborhoods along the way.


For more information on the poets & musicians
http://tropicodenopal.com



Tropico de Nopal Gallery-Art Space
1665 Beverly Blvd. (between Belmont and Union)
Los Angeles, CA 90026
213.481.8112 nopalarte@earthlink.net


(Sitting is limited, door opens at 7:45 pm)
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Tropico de Nopal Gallery-Art Space is a venue dedicated to exhibiting and promoting contemporary emerging and mid-career artists through cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary art forms.
If the question is about experimental poets, then here are a few:

Carroll Arnett
Saginaw Grant
Robert Nazarene
David Baratier

Jesse Glass is too if he is out there & saw this, maybe he has some input.

I have Arnett's selected available for $5 post paid if you are interested.
innovative (north) american poets (I am in the process of reviewing Diane Glancy's new book of poems):

Cedar Sigo (Suquamish)
James Thomas Stevens (Akwesasne Mohawk)
Gerald Vizenor (Chippewa/Anishinabe) (Although he's better known as a
novelist, he does write poetry, namely haiku, and in my estimation is one of
the most innovative writers in any genre)
Elizabeth Treadwell (Cherokee?)

James Thomas Stevens, Diance Glancy, Gerald Vizenor and Reid Gomez

Cedar Sigo (SF via Snoquamish tribe of Washington)

Cedar Sigo here in SF, he is a member of the Squamish tribe, he is the "Indian John Wieners."

Diane Glancy and Simon Ortiz are considered innovative.
Paula Gunn Allen
If you want to venture into the visual arts world, the language-based
works of Edgar Heap-of-Birds are fascinating.
Simon Ortiz, and all the things Joy Harjo does with her sax

Lance Henson!

Joe Bruchac!

Maurice Kenny!

Mark Nowak, Diane Glancy, James Thomas Stevens, Joy Harjo, Sherman Alexie

Perhaps a little less -innovative-, but still interesting: Luci Tapahanso, Adrian C. Louis

_Visit Tepee Town_, eds. Nowak & Glancy

_The Wishing Bone Cycle: Narrative Poems of the Swampy Cree_, preface, Jerome Rothenberg (not *one* author, per se, but an excellent collection, & innovative, to my mind.)

Besmilr Brigham, of Chocktaw heritage? I believe she considered herself a Mississippi poet but lived for many years in Arkansas. She's anthologized in _Visit Teepee Town_. After C.D. Wright took up the cause of making her work more widely available, Lost Roads published _Run Through Rock: Selected Short Poems of Besmilr Brigham_.


4.26.2004

Cal Poly Pomona

Poetry and Jazz
at the W. Keith and Janet Kellogg Art Gallery

Monday, May 3, 2004

5:00–6:30 p.m.

featuring


Kenny Burrell, jazz great, UCLA Music department faculty, guitarist whose cool-toned sound and unchanging style based in bop debuted on records with Dizzy Gillespie in 1951.

Will Alexander, author of numerous volumes of poetry including Asia and Haiti (Sun & Moon Press) and director of a recent literary conference on the legacy of surrealism and André Breton at Beyond Baroque Literary Center.

Dominic Cheung, a poet scholar teaching at the University of Southern California whose most recent poetic works include translations of Taiwanese poets, Selected Poems (1999), A Map of Drifting (2001) and Drifting (in English, Green Integer Books, Los Angeles/Kobenhaven, 2000).

Guy Bennett, author of four books of poetry, most recently Drive to Cluster (2003), and, with Béatrice Mousli, of Charting the Here of There: French & American Poetry in Translation in Literary Magazines, 1850-2002 (2002). His translations include books by Mostafa Nissabouri, Michel Leiris, Nicole Brossard, Valère Novarina, and Jacques Roubaud.

FREE

For more information, please contact Deborah Meadows at 909-869-4968




Many thanks to our sponsors:
Department of Liberal Studies, Office of the Dean of College of Education and Integrative Studies, Associated Students Incorporated, ASI BEAT, Department of Ethnic and Women's Studies, Interdisciplinary General Education Program, Instructional & Information Technology, Office of the Provost, Poets and Writers, Inc. through a grant received from The James Irvine Foundation, and the W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery.
I had a miserable $10 / hr job as a grocery store mystery shopper here in LA. Saw Carol Muske-Dukes (another review called TROUBLE IN MIND the reverse of A SPARROW) and Lucie Brock-Broido in the grocery store a few days ago. There's the quotidian for you. And an escape from it -- I think they were buying wine, at the Larchmont high-end grocery store --

Of course, Brock-Broido was in town for the LA Times Festival of Books -- the poetry tent there is always such an oddity since the LA Times being close to USC and USC having the Anneberg school, the LA Times (and its festival) it always dominated by the networked-with-USC crowd, while the festival actually takes place on the UCLA campus.
thinking about this la salon thing vis a vis the (now very "last year" I guess) sf potluck / potlach thing:

since I am, in fact, using Hadaly for this poem thing, identity is more than information, for example, I can imagine a very interesting female android potluck scene which would illustrate the utter futility of thinking you're fetishizing the "posthuman" when you're really fetishizing death (perhaps of the author). Ah, yes, mayonnaise's true applications, or, does everyone bring Baked Beans to potlucks in Stepford?
response to an e-mail containing a transcription of a toenail-painting scene from 40's detective fiction:

..In this scene, this woman (Lilith) has just caught the guy trying to steal a key to her safe...

[Lilith. Key to her safe.]

“I was going to send you home, Stan, but I think you need a little lesson in manners. And I need my toenails fixed. You can help me with the polish. It’s in the drawer of the bed table. Bring it over here.”

[nail polish -- I have a series of nail polish pictures.]

"Lilith had taken the drawer marked sapphires from its little cabinet and was lifting the stones with a pair of jeweler’s forceps, holing them to the light of the desk lamp. "

[now -- what is the role of this wunderkammer / jeweler's shop case? wish she had a loupe --]

“You’ve had enough sinfulness for one evening, Mr. Carlisle. Be careful not to spill polish on the rug. You wouldn’t want me to rub your nose in it and then throw you out the back door by the scruff of your neck, would you, darling?”

my dull reply:

just reading (teaching) hammett & hellman -- sex conventions in detective fiction are weird conventions to have in a genre & ask such interesting questions about authorial intention. it is so cool that little bent scenes are a standard, requirement, constraint. guess my Dystopia poems need more juice.

after cutting my teeth on the conventions of the love elegy, I thought returning to androids / doll theory would be more fun -- I want to figure out what to do with Hadaly, "The Future Eve," poem-wise --