3.04.2006

WAHA members Leanna and Dean Harada are opening their home on Sunday, March
12, for the first Dorchester Salon event. In cooperation with Phenom Art,
they're turning their home into a living gallery to present a selection of the
serigraphs and collagraphs by Mid-Century California Modernists Ginger Osgood and
R. Freeman Worthley (for more information about the artists, visit
www.phenomart.com). The Haradas' home and studios will be open from noon until 5 p.m.
You're invited to come by and enjoy the art, drinks and food.

Dorchester Salon will be opening its doors on an ongoing but informal and
irregular basis, bringing visual arts, music, theatre and film to Harvard
Heights. For more info call 323-893-5961.

3.02.2006

the hold up in scanning hk, as I do, say modernist female poets, is that the coloring book isn't in the public domain, so I actually have to create a derivative work from it, and then scan that

but I would like to

right now, I'm preparing KORA IN HELL and the ol' i.e. website for some serious .pdffing

also, running for the WAHA board (that's west adams heritage assn, not western american hockey assn....)

http://westadamsgeritage.blogspot.com

http://www.westadamsheritage.com

3.01.2006

Participation via Attendance


The Bureau of the Census made these questions for the National Endowment for the Arts.

With the exception of elementary or high school performances, did [fill HESHE] go to _____ during the LAST 12 MONTHS?

a live jazz performance

a live classical music performance such as symphony, chamber, or choral music

a live opera

a live musical stage play or an operetta

a nonmusical stage play

a live ballet performance

a live dance performance other than ballet, such as modern, folk, or tap

visit an ART museum or gallery?

visit an ART fair or festival, or a CRAFT fair or festival?

visit an historic park or monument, or tour buildings or neighborhoods for their historic or design value?


With the exception of books required for work or school, did [fill HESHE] read any books during the LAST 12 MONTHS?

a. Plays? @a b. Poetry? @b c. Novels or short stories? @c


listen to - (1)Yes (2)No a. A reading of poetry, either live or recorded? @a b. A reading of novels or books either live or recorded?

watch a jazz performance on television, a video (VCR) tape, or a video (DVD) disc?

listen to jazz - (1)Yes (2)No a. on the radio? @a b. on records, tapes, or compact discs? @b


watch a classical music performance on television, a video (VCR) tape, or a video (DVD) disc?

listen to classical music - (1)Yes (2)No a. On the radio? @a b. On records, tapes, or compact discs?

watch an opera on television, a video (VCR) tape, or a video (DVD) disc? (1)Yes (2)No

listen to opera music - (1)Yes (2)No a. On the radio? @a b. On records, tapes, or compact discs? @b
SB7
With the exception of movies, did [fill HESHE] watch a musical stage play or an operetta on television, a video (VCR) tape, or a video (DVD) disc during the LAST 12 MONTHS?

listen to a musical stage play or an operetta - (1)Yes (2)No a. On the radio? @a b. On records, tapes, or compact discs? @b

With the exception of movies, situation comedies, or TV series, did [fill HESHE] watch a nonmusical stage play on television, a video (VCR) tape, or a video (DVD) disc

listen to a radio performance of a nonmusical stage play?

With the exception of music videos, did [fill HESHE] watch on television, a video (VCR) tape, or a video (DVD) disc dance, such as ballet, modern, folk, or tap

watch a program about artists, art works, or art museums on television, a video (VCR) tape, or a video (DVD) disc? (1)Yes (2)No @


participation in other leisure activities. Approximately how many hours of television do/does [fill HESHE] watch on an average day? @

go out to the movies? (1)Yes (2)No @
SC1C
With the exception of youth sports, did [fill HESHE] go to any amateur or professional sports events during the LAST 12 MONTHS? (1)Yes (2)No @
SC1D
During the LAST 12 MONTHS, did [fill HESHE] go to an amusement or theme park, a carnival, or a similar place of entertainment? (1)Yes (2)No @


jog, lift weights, walk, or participate in any other exercise program? (1)Yes (2)No @
SC1F
During the LAST 12 MONTHS, did [fill HESHE] participate in any sports activity, such as softball, basketball, golf, bowling, skiing, or tennis? (1)Yes (2)No @

participate in any outdoor activities, such as camping, hiking, or canoeing

do volunteer or charity work during the LAST 12 MONTHS?

make repairs or improvements on your own home

work with indoor plants or do any gardening for pleasure during the LAST 12 MONTHS?

work with pottery, ceramics, jewelry, or do any leatherwork or metalwork?

do any weaving, crocheting, quilting, needlepoint, or sewing? (

make photographs, movies, or video tapes as an artistic activity?

do any painting, drawing, sculpture, or printmaking activities?

[with the exception of WORK or SCHOOL] do any creative writing such as stories, poems, or plays

Were any of [fill HISHER] writings published?

write or compose any music during the LAST 12 MONTHS?

Was [fill HISHER] musical composition played in a public performance or rehearsed for a public performance?

Do/Does [fill HESHE] own any original pieces of art, such as paintings, drawings, sculpture, prints, or lithographs?

Did [fill HESHE] purchase or acquire any of these pieces during the LAST 12 MONTHS?

perform or rehearse any jazz music? (

play any jazz in a public performance or rehearse for a public performance?

perform or rehearse any classical music?

play classical music in a public performance or rehearse for a public performance? (

sing any music from an opera?

sing in a public opera performance or rehearse for a public performance? (

sing music from a musical play or operetta?

sing in a public performance of a musical play or operetta or rehearse for a public performance?

sing in a public performance with a chorale, choir, or glee club or other type of vocal group, or rehearse for a public performance?

act in a public performance of a nonmusical play or rehearse for a public performance?

dance any ballet?

dance ballet in a public performance or rehearse for a public performance?

any dancing other than ballet such as modern, folk, or tap?

dance modern, folk, or tap in a public performance? (


ENTER ALL THAT APPLY ENTER (N) FOR NO MORE The following is a list of events that some people like to attend. If [fill HESHE] could go to any of these events as often as [fill HESHE] wanted, which ones would [fill HESHE] go to MORE OFTEN than [fill HESHE] do/does now? Please select one or more of the following categories. ( 1)Jazz music performances ( 2)Classical music performances ( 3)Operas ( 4)Musical plays or operettas ( 5)Nonmusical plays ( 6)Ballet performances ( 7)Dance performances other than ballet ( 8)Art museums or galleries ( 9)All (10)None of these @
SD1B
Which of these would [fill HESHE] like to do most? [fill as instructed by Check Item A] (9)No one thing most @



ENTER ALL THAT APPLY ENTER (N) FOR NO MORE The following is a list of some types of music. Which of these types of music do/does [fill HESHE] like to listen to? Please select one or more of the following categories. (1) Classical/Chamber music (13)Bluegrass (2) Opera (14)Classic rock/Oldies (3) Operetta/Broadway musicals/Show tunes (15)The music of a particular (4) Jazz Ethnic/National tradition (5) Reggae (16)Contemporary folk music (6) Rap/Hip-Hop (17)Mood/Easy listening (7) Dance music/Electronica (18)New age/World music (8) Blues/Rhythm and blues (19)Choral/Glee club (9) Latin/Spanish/Salsa (20)Hymns/Gospel (10)Big band/Swing (21)Rock/Heavy metal (11)Parade/Marching band (22)All (12)Country and western (23)None/Don’t like to listen to music @
SD2B
Of the music types [fill HESHE] said [fill HESHE] liked, which do/does [fill HESHE] like best? {fill as instructed by Check Item B} (22)No one type the best @



Have/Has [fill HESHE] EVER taken lessons or classes in music - either voice training or playing an instrument?

EVER taken lessons or classes) in visual arts such as sculpture, painting, print making, photography, or film making?

EVER taken lessons or classes) in acting or theater? (1)Yes (2)No @


EVER taken lessons or classes) in ballet? (1)Yes (2)No @


EVER taken lessons or classes) in dance, other than ballet such as modern, folk or tap?

EVER taken lessons or classes in creative writing? (1)Yes (2)No @


EVER taken a class) in art appreciation or art history? (1)Yes (2)No @


EVER taken a class) in music appreciation? (1)Yes (2)No @


What is the highest grade (or year) of regular school [fill HISHER] FATHER completed? (31) Less than 1st grade (43) Bachelor's degree (32) 1st,2nd,3rd or 4th grade (For example: BA,AB,BS) (33) 5th or 6th grade (44) Master's degree(For example: (34) 7th or 8th grade MA,MS,MEng,MEd,MSW, MBA) (35) 9th grade (45) Professional School Degree (For (36) 10th grade example: MD,DDS,DVM, LLB, JD)) (37) 11th grade (46) Doctorate degree (38) 12th grade NO DIPLOMA (For example: PhD,EdD) (39) HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE- high school DIPLOMA or the equivalent (For example: GED) (40) Some college but no degree (41) Associate degree in college - Occupational/vocational program (42) Associate degree in college -- Academic program (X) Father is a household member @
SE9B
What is the highest grade (or year) of regular school [fill HISHER] MOTHER completed? (31) Less than 1st grade (43) Bachelor's degree (32) 1st,2nd,3rd or 4th grade (For example: BA,AB,BS) (33) 5th or 6th grade (44) Master's degree(For example: (34) 7th or 8th grade MA,MS,MEng,MEd,MSW, MBA) (35) 9th grade (45) Professional School Degree (For (36) 10th grade example: MD,DDS,DVM, LLB, JD)) (37) 11th grade (46) Doctorate degree (38) 12th grade NO DIPLOMA (For example: PhD,EdD) (39) HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE- high school DIPLOMA or the equivalent (For example: GED) (40) Some college but no degree (41) Associate degree in college - Occupational/vocational program (42) Associate degree in college -- Academic program (X) Mother is a household member @


Earlier in the supplement [fill HESHE] were/was asked about trips taken in the last 12 months that included attending at least one performing arts event (classical music or jazz concert, musical or stage play, dance or opera performance)or visiting art museum or gallery. Sometimes [fill HESHE] may take trips that include attending a performing arts event or visiting an art museum where [fill HESHE]is/are away from home for one or several nights or return(s) home in one day. In total, how many trips did [fill HESHE] take that included attending a performing arts event or visiting an art museum in the last 12 months? @

How many of these trips were one hour or more away from home? @TM How many were 50 miles or more, one way, away from home? @MI


use the Internet? (1)Yes (2)No @
SG1B
Do/Does [fill HESHE] use the Internet to learn about, listen to, or discuss topics related to - (1)Yes (2)No a. Any kind of music? @a b. Dance? @b c. Theater? @c d. Opera? @d

Do/Does [fill HESHE] use the Internet to learn about, view, or discuss topics related to the visual arts-- painting, sculpture, or so on? (

use the Internet to learn about, read, or discuss topics related to literature-- novels, poetry, or plays? (

In a typical week, about how many total minutes or hours do [fill HESHE] use the Internet to explore (i.e. visit websites or interact on chat rooms, Usenet groups, discussion forums, bulletin boards, etc.) these topics (music, the visual arts, dance, theater, opera, literature or related topics)? Exclude e-mail or downloads of large music, video, or data files.
introduction from Elena Karina Byrne for a reading I did:

Catherine Daly is a scholar of many talents: technical architect, investment bank officer, software developer, and the one who is visible here, poet. Daly is an artisan of language, a poet who bargains with the abstract handing over an offer the mind can't refuse. Immediately, we experience that necessary "false measure," the inversion in language, always "negotiating between sentiment and sediment," somewhere inside the ellipse, the eccentric orbit or juncture where the poet likes to hover. Her wonderful reconfiguration of the world is both "hook and capitulation" placed, almost inadvertently "in the seat of emotion... nothing like a rose, not a locket." The panorama here is interior; the foreboding is backwards, the construct, untitled. Catherine Daly's strength resides in her diction, her deft movements where even language's disjoint moves freely.

With a practitioner's eye, Daly makes sure the view is clear, even when it is a counterpart view. Let's welcome everything her new work offers, "source, recourse," and finally that rare breed "racehorse" we might call this poet.


Like Andrew Maxwell, Elena Karina Byrne's briefer reviews and introductions are publishable, and they are written to a publishable whole -- one hopes that both collections see the light of day eventually.

I am wondering if my own reviews ever will. Not if I can't finish them, but I have enough time wedging in the poems, and, of course, a more established routine for them...
not a form or meter, but a method

-- Catherine Daly's virtual masterpiece "T9 of my Affection", two new poems from Pierre Joris on PFS Post (www.artrecess.blogspot.com).

this poem was written using my old cell phone, which used the t9 "type ahead" dictionary to speed text messaging;

what I did was type in some fragments from the greek anthology (in translation) and write down what the t9 dictionary guessed at each stage of typing

2.28.2006

poem order written down from tour

Eleanor Antin
St. Catherine
PDA Commands p. 12
Action
Install
LCD / Lucid / Lewd
Examine / Display
Latin Kiss
Cous Cous
Swing Street
Mistress Plot p. 46, 55, 58
plsce: the idea that an extreme geography requires an extreme and authentic expression

2.27.2006

As far as readings/content, I don't know -- I just wanted to mention here that WOMPO was talking a while back about the evolution of readings, lectures, performances and essentially what I ended up with out of the conversation was the ghost of Victorian recitations I hear in Stein and Pound, Amy Lowell's lecture / readings (wasn't she on the chatauqua (sp?) circuit?, Vachel Lindsay's performances (Dylan Thomas, blurring the reading / performance line), the salons in the east village in the teens and 20s, and the balls and parties surrounding the publication of a magazine or fundraising for the publication of a magazine

"poet voice" readings being similar to the Victorian recitations; talk / readings -- or even readings with lots of intro material -- is the intro material marketing; performance; gang bang readings of 5-10 people (and in my experience, out of 5-10 poets, there's somebody who has never timed anything, and thinks 10 minutes is 10 poems); and -- a really lame open mike? being like a salon?
some 'call backs' to silliman's blog re: flarf -- haven't read the commentary there yet -- vis a vis SECRET KITTY


One set of questions has to do with systematization, the use of computers, games, any sort of gimmickry in the construction of the poem

well, gimmickry is certainly an unfriendly word in this context; SK is "all about the tOy" in a foregrounded way, but the reason it isn't flarf is that I used search engines where I would normally start using my head, thinking, making associations -- I had started to write the hello kitty poem in my usual way for this sort of poem (there are some chapbooks of this, and PALM ANTHOLOGY is "this sort of poem") (and I left what I had of that early stuff in), but I decided that if it was going to be like that it wouldn't mean as much as I wanted it to, because I was starting with a mouthless toy, a figure with no speech, etc. I was also STARTING with text and ideas from Use your Imagination! a HK coloring book, and I was using the search results in a very specific way -- like much flarf, the result is rewritten, but unlike flarf, the text was not purely generated by search results AND I was very fast and loose with the queries as I would be when writing my own poem "out of my head" -- the part where imagination generally enters in, I tried to put the search engine there; I "pre"wrote & rewrote as usual -- well, a little faster and looser than usual on the Mimmy part, because there was a deadline (I THOUGHT -- the book was expected in December)

I didn't use google excusively and this is part of my critique of flarf -- although in response to criticism, flarfeurs have researched the algorhythm and are very conscious of their queries & how they are written and what everyone calls "junk characters" -- I used Alta Vista because it remains mostly an engineering-centric engine, and I used dictionary.com's web search because it is faux news and prose - centric, lovely sentences there -- some ask jeeves and whatnot put in as seemed appropriate -- the poem titles allude to the major engine used, ex. View is Alta Vista

Uncreative Writing utilizes systems ruthlessly to achieve its goal,...

The translation of the first "node", the hello phantasm section, into Japanese and back in the third section, Mime/Mimesis (named after HK's twin sis, Mimmy) would most closely resemble uncreative writing if it wasn't translation. I mean, it did have that sort of ruthlessness to it, in the execution.

I will say, tho, that this ruthlessness -- not rigor, exactly, but energetic determination -- is what makes this sort of conceputalization in poetry not a minimalism, but a modernist maximalism.

Neo-Oulipo employs systems, but where uncreative writing does so with the eye of an historicist, focusing on the origin of the content, Neo-Oulipo tends to focus on the system itself.

I think this is something of a false distinction here. Bad neo-oulipo work never transcends the algorhythms or constraints which were devised to arrive at a work; conceptual poems & history? I dunno

rest of this still unedited from silliman

A second set of questions has to do with the anti-aesthetic, the deliberately awful, the troubling.

Flarf is interested in the idea of poetry as kitsch, as well as poetry as linguistic disaster – it’s desire to reach the “so bad it’s good” stage

part of the reason I'M not interested in this so much is that I am acquainted -- as I mentioned here -- with a lot of very mainstream poets who use the deliberately bad as a teching method, etc. -- this aspect of flarf is not innovative, and it is where the ideation of flarf touches the "writing workshop"

now, of course I love junk culture more than a little and a new kitty's epic for tomorrow's market today... obviously my attempt was to discover the point in all this kitch and glitter... and my interest in reviving modernist female poets, say, has something to do with the debate about what is good and what is popular / marketed as does a HK poem which is available free, albeit comparatively intangibly, but also for purchase

A third set has to do with the appropriation of non-literary materials.

Uncreative Writing is interested in the non-literary as social documentation. Again, this is the poetics of New Historicism.

Flarf is interested in the non-literary as language – these poets mostly deploy anti-literary discourses, but do so with an aesthetic frame that is fine-tuned to the level of word and phrase. Uncreative Writing might see that as a residual form of creativity and as something to be stamped out.

Neo-Oulipo seems neutral on the issue of social language as a source for its work, but fascinated in identifying new ways of using language that are not necessarily within the traditional frame of literature.

2.26.2006

Octavia Estelle Butler passed away at her Seattle, Washington home on Saturday February 25, 2006.