I've often wondered what the brokerage accounts of different "senior poets" -- you know, Ron Silliman, Kit Robinson -- look like.

Ron may not get to have one as a Granger employee, so he may have all the best t-bill funds or something.

I know when Bankers Trust asked me to take a giant pay cut, etc. to become an employee to get a second masters (just before I became a Hollywood wife & never got that MBA or PhD Econ) I know the kicker -- what let me dissolve the bad-for-me deal -- was having to rid myself of my brokerage accounts

admittedly not rich ones, but points of pride

I still get lucky beating my finance-major husband out of various fund picking

but rolling to a hands off management today, and it is such ... an amount I wish I'd been able to save *every year* ....


A key word in that bookshelf thing was "essential" I think -- sort of like "the essential Shakespeare" including the most famous monologues and Sonnet #28.

This is an "abridged encyclopedia" approach, or rather, enforces the encyclopedic approach, rather than an inclusive "all the words" dictionary-type approach.

That it, it is a sort of greatest hits question, or an essences question.

to be or not to be; that with which to be your poetry, your poetry can't be without

so the educational poetry, the poetry you had starting out, would not be a very wrong answer

or, cheat and say every Louis Underwood anthology, every Norton anthology, etc.... (like my Poulin anthology love poems)

I couldn't have written the poems in DaDaDa without the women writers of the 13th century, the Norton Anthology, the Greek Anthology, a Palm Pilot, MS PowerPoint, some Boolean algebra. I couldn't have written the poems in Locket without the modernist poets and the New York School poets.
My dear friends, please come to the Smell for the latest Last Sunday Reading
Series event this Sunday the 24th of April. Doors open at 6:30, the cover
is 5 dollars (to support the visiting poets). The Smell is located at 247 S.
Main st. between 2nd and 3rd. Entrance is through the Alley. See you there!

Readers for the even will be:

Jen Hofer
Catherine Daly
Cynthia Sailers (Alameda)
Stephanie Young (Oakland)

Jen Hofer is a poet and translator originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her recent publications include Sin puertas visibles: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by Mexican Women (University of Pittsburgh Press and Ediciones Sin Nombre, 2003), a feature section on contemporary Mexican poetry in the New York-based journal Aufgabe, the chapbooks lawless (Seeing Eye Books, 2003) and sexopurosexoveloz (translations of poetry by Dolores Dorantes, Seeing Eye Books, 2004), and slide rule (subpress, 2002). She is co-editor, with Rod Smith, of Aerial #10, a forthcoming critical volume on the work of the poet Lyn Hejinian. Other poems, prose texts and translations appear in recent issues of the journals Bomb, Circumference, and the anti-war publication Enough, and in the books Surface Tension: The Problematics of Site (Errant Bodies Press, 2003), Mixed Blood (Penn State University, 2004) and Strange Place (Never Die Books, 2005). She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches in a free humanities program for low-income adults and works as a court interpreter. She is happily a founding member of the City of Angels Ladies' Bicycle Association, also known as The Whirly Girls.

Stephanie Young's first full length collection of
poems, Telling the Future Off, is due out in 2004/05
from Tougher Disguises Press. Her writing has appeared
in Mirage Period(ical), Cypress Magazine, Five Fingers
Review, -VeRT and Combo, and in a series of
collaborative Postcard Poem Chapbooks with Del Ray
Cross, Cassie Lewis and Catherine Meng. She is the
editor of BAY POETICS, forthcoming from Faux Press.
She lives in Oakland but you can find her online most
days at http://stephanieyoung.durationpress.com.

Catherine Daly is a critic and poet. She's author of DaDaDa (Salt Publishing, 2003), a trilogy which has become the first volume of a 1,000 page project called CONFITEOR, as well as of Locket (Tupelo Press, 2005), which was released in April 2005 and should be reaching bookstores soon.

Cynthia Sailers

Week One: Course Introduction.
Week Two: Topic: Interrelation of social/geographic conditions.
Week Three: Topic: Bios: "Do they have to be straightforward?"
Week Four: Topic: "Can you indeed be a 'Cynthia Sailers.' A dreamer
would not ask such a question."
Wee Five: Topic: Acts of Imprisonment: "Lake Systems," Tougher
Disguises Press. "A New Season," Duration Press.
Week Six: Topic: "The Author." Exploration of the possibility of a
poet's dress.
Week Seven: Topic: "The Author as Psychoanalyst."
Week Eight: Midterm. Questions covering: 1. Cynthia Sailers, poet
of Alameda. 2. Cynthia Sailers' tattoos.
Week Nine: Topic: "Rhetoric and the Anti-Clique, The Sprawling
Politics of the once New Brutalists."
Week Ten: Topic: "Cynthia Sailers, An extremely nice and perceptive
person, whose personal definition of poetry that was once told to me made too much sense for me to remember."
Week Eleven: Special Guest: Cynthia Sailers.
Week Twelve: Final. Including material regarding, "What's in a Name,"
the "Possibility of the Lyric in a Society Both Pastoral and Industrial," "Helping Hands: Constant Skepticism as a Dress—Movement Between Comment and Commentary."


the bookshelf thing -- on Gabe Gudding's blog, on Silliman --

canonical vs. "favorite"

if the canonical is the "everybody loves" poetry, or perhaps the "everybody agrees it is poetry" and the favorite is "I love"

but the bookshelf is talking about INFLUENCE, and very specifically influence writ large -- what is the difference between the "small shelf of poetry" one presumably had when one started writing poetry and "influential poetry"?

before I had oodles of poetry, I had, or rather my parents or schoolbooks or I had:

Walt Whitman
Emily Dickinson
Marianne Moore (I had a propensity for tricorn hats 1976-7 after our vacation to DC / Virginia in 76)
Toby Olson
Langston Hughes
Carl Sandburg
Dylan Thomas
Sylvia Plath
James Joyce
several children's poetry anthologies
several children's literary encyclopedia
fairy tales

my sister, who actually wrote as a child, unlike me, had Odgen Nash, Shel Silverstein, etc.

So, this is a little ideosyncratic, but all in all, fairly standard stuff, especially for a person of Irish descent living in Illinois (note the paucity of Brits).

Then there is a question of who is influencing me *now.* Hmmmm.