The Smell Last Sunday Reading Series invites you to special readingcelebrating the release of Not for Mothers Only: Contemporary Poets onChild-Getting & Child-Rearing (Fence Books). "A whopping door-stopper of an anthology of poems by living poets from allover the aesthetic and mothering map‹adoption, single parenthood,bereaved mothers, new mothers, mothers of adults‹up to and includingchildlessness. Not for Mothers Only will abolish any comfortable prejudicesabout what poems on motherhood can or cannot do or say." SUNDAYApril 29, 2007 Featuring: Rae ArmantroutWanda ColemanMartha Ronk The Smell is located at 247 S. Main Street, between 2nd and 3rd Street indowntown Los Angeles. The entrance is through the back, by way of the alley,west of Main Street. Doors open 6:30 pm. $5. Rae Armantrout¹s most recent books are Next Life (Wesleyan, 2007), Up toSpeed (Wesleyan, 2004), The Pretext (Green Integer, 2001), and Veil: New andSelected Poems (Wesleyan University Press, 2001). Her poems have beenincluded in numerous anthologies, including Postmodern American Poetry: ANorton Anthology (1993), American Women Poets in the 21st Century: WhereLanguage Meets the Lyric Tradition, (Wesleyan, 2002), The Oxford Book ofAmerican Poetry (Oxford, 2006) and The Best American Poetry of 1988, 2001,2002, and 2004. In 2007 she received an award in poetry from the Foundationfor Contemporary Arts. Armantrout is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at theUniversity of California, San Diego. Wanda Coleman¹s honors include fellowships from the John P. GuggenheimFoundation and the NEA. Her books from Black Sparrow Press include A War ofEyes, Heavy Daughter Blues, African Sleeping Sickness, Hand Dance andBathwater Wine (1998), for which she received the 1999 Lenore MarshallPoetry Prize presented by the Academy of American poets, the New HopeFoundation, and The Nation magazine‹ the first African-American woman toreceive the award. Mercurochrome (poems), published by Black Sparrow Press,was nominated for the 2001 National Book Awards. Her new books includeOstinato Vamps (poems, Pitt Poetry Series) and The Riot Inside Me: Trials &Tremors (Godine/Black Sparrow Books). She was C.O.L.A.¹s first literaryfellow, Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles, 2003-04. Martha Ronk is the author of eight books of poetry and several chapbooks;her forthcoming, Vertigo, was chosen by C. D. Wright for the NationalPoetry Series and will be published by Coffeehouse Press. She has recentlywon a NEA fellowship, has had residencies at Djerassi and MacDowell, and isthe Irma and Jay Price Professor of English at Occidental College in LosAngeles.


Ara Shirinyan's Make Now Press website
Free to the public
Saturday, May 12, 2007
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
369 East First St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

As part of event, various poets will be offering readings during the
afternoon at the so-called "Poetry Balcony". Here's the newly-received
schedule from curator Jamie FitzGerald:

12:15-12:30: Victoria Chang

12:45-1:00: Sung Yi

1:15-1:30: Amy Uyematsu

1:45-2:00: Russell Leong

2:15-2:30: Sesshu Foster

2:45-3:00: Eileen Tabios


advertising verse



I've got some women'written chamber of commerce/advertising verse to write -- more local history / advertising verse than pre-jingle

The BBC recently published a funny-but-true list of the immutable laws of advertising... and readers sent in another hilarious set.

The BBC's list:

Men are obsessed with sex but will forego sex in order to watch football or drink beer.
Women are locked in a constant battle with their weight/body shape/hairstyle.
Career success is entirely based on your ability to impress your boss.
Mums are often harassed but NEVER depressed/unable to cope.
Any act of male stupidity (e.g. walking across a clean floor in muddy boots, putting the dog in the dishwasher, etc.) will be met with a wry smile, not genuine annoyance/anger.
Married men will flirt with other, younger women but NEVER act upon it.
Anyone with a scientific career will have a bad haircut and dreadful clothes.
If you work for the emergency services, you are a better person than the general population.
Elderly relatives NEVER suffer from senile dementia.
Scandinavians are, without exception, blonde and beautiful.
Women have jobs they never do in real life, e.g. dockworker (who looks like a model).
Children will not eat fruit or vegetables. Ever.
Both men and women find driving deeply pleasurable, never boring or stressful.
Men are inherently lazy/slobbish; women are the reverse.
Chocolate, however, will cause women to immediately fall into the languor of the opium eater.
Bank staff are (A) friends of the customers, and (B) of slightly above-average attractiveness (only if female).
Modern men own a cat.
Hot beverages have miraculous rejuvenating effects.
Professional people have strangely trivial preoccupations, e.g. a female barrister who is morbidly obsessed with finding a healthy snack bar.
All women (except stay-at-home housewives) have interesting and enjoyable careers.
Any over-the-counter medical product will work instantly and 100% effectively.
Children know more than adults.
Women never merely hop in and out of the shower, instead preferring to act out some sort of soapy Dance of the Seven Veils.
School is a happy experience for all children.
Tortilla chips are the most exciting experience any group of young people can experience.
Playing bingo is THE number one pastime among 18-25 year old British women.

From their readers:

Shop staff always greet you with a smile and answers your questions in a professional manner.
All dogs are happy and stupid. All cats have impeccable taste.
Mothers never ever shout at their offspring, and have endless patience.
Chocolate bars come out of hand bags/top pockets facing forwards, pause for a moment on their journey upwards in the half in/half out state (of hand bag/top pocket) and finally they are opened, perfectly, by simply pulling at the top outermost corner of the wrapping.
People who talk to the viewer never seem to be noticed by the people around them (i.e. their family, friends, co-workers).
If you have dyed red hair you are glamorous and sexy. If you have natural red hair then by all accounts you have a problem.
Cat food smells delicious to humans.
Bars are not sweaty, smoky places with very drunk people in them.
Shaving is always performed to music, semi-naked and accompanied by a blonde woman in a towel.
Young people always live in fantastic flats.
You only ever wash one item at a time in your washing machine.
It's possible to take great photos with a camera phone.
Pieces of chewing gum only ever fall from their packet in pairs into the hands of the gum eater.
It is totally acceptable and quite normal behaviour to go around kissing babies' bottoms.
Soldiering is portrayed as being on a challenging outward-bound course.
Any advert so obscure that you have no idea what it is about will be revealed to be a car advert in the final half-second.
Black people don't exist - or at least they don't buy anything.
Women suffer from constipation, men suffer from piles.
People with regional accents are always friendly and helpful.
Buying a sofa will not only improve your life beyond measure, it'll also make you and your family beautiful.
Teenage "sufferers" of acne will only ever have one completely invisible spot, for which they will apply a product which will not only clear the spot, but also miraculously solve all other social issues they might be having.
Slim, young, sexy, beautiful women are invariably and inexplicably married to frumpy, dumpy, pudgy - and quite often balding - middle-aged men.
If senior women are smiling and dancing they must be wearing an adult diaper.
Cars never sound like cars revving and changing gear, but the gentle sound of a hollow breeze.
Cats are always fed by women.
All people are heterosexual.
All vicars look like twits.
Married women are *nearly* sexy.
Dogs never sniff your crotch.
Technology works.
Reading from Way More West, Selected Poems of Edward Dorn on 21 April,
Saturday - 7:30 PM at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice,
California, 310.822-3006

ED DORN, one of America's great, courageous poets, began at Black Mountain
with Creeley and Olson. He wrote such classics as Gunslinger (Duke), with
its critique of the Vietnam War and America's "Shortage Industry," Hello La
Jolla, Some Business Recently Transacted in the White World, the
groundbreaking Shoshoneans, and much more. MICHAEL ROTHENBERG has edited a
Selected Poems for the prestigious Penguin Poets series (following Kyger,
Meltzer and Whalen), and co-hosts this tribute with JENNIFER DUNBAR DORN.