An Evening of Ethereal Instruments


The Douglas Lee


Glass Harp - Theremin - Singing Saw


The Velaslavasay Panorama
1122 West 24th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007


Saturday, August 8, 2009
8 o'clock

Tickets $12
{$10 V.P.E.S. Members, Students & Seniors}
Advance tickets available here

Do not miss this singular encounter with the evocative lyricism and fascinating sounds of the Glass Harp, Theremin, and the Singing Saw. Hosted by Greg Crooks and also featuring performances by Shereen Khan & Danny Gomes on the traditional Japanese Koto, The Douglas Lee will showcase these rarely performed-upon instruments and put his talents to the rapturous task of conjuring the unique and uncommon musical possibilities to be found within them.

The Questions
These are the questions that are asked of the poet.

1)What first sparked this poem?
2)Tell us about this poem’s life.
3)How long did it take to go from inspiration to published?
4)Are you satisfied with this poem?
5)What, in particular, do you, the poet, like about this poem and why?
YOUR BRIGHT FUTURE: Contemporary Artists from Korea

1) we should see more contemporary Korean artists in LA, though YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES is pretty omnipresent

2) The best work was the plastic walk through sculpture in the courtyard. It reminded my of my favorite work in the Hirshhorn in 1976, which was plastic tubing hanging from the ceiling almost to the floor lit by black light? purple light? This was plastic stuff: laundry baskets, dishes, buckets, bowls, etc. also hung from abt a 15 ft height that could be walked through. I have long been trying to think of something to do with these plastic things, art-wise (other than plaster them with printed paper-mache). I felt the color play could have been more interesting, but there was a strong effort there. It was perfectly located outside, so you could see both 99 cents only stores (which carry these sorts of things) that are nearby.

Someone had either put "made in china" stickers on some of the bowls as a comment, or the artist didn't buy everything on Korea. Hmmm. It is better if everything was made in Korea.
The collected Works of Billy the Kid
Michael Ondaatje
1970, 1979

This was a recommendation from WOMPROSE re: creative biography.

This was an enjoyable read. For nearly 40 years ago, this proved an amazing precursor to the slim volume length books of poems and prose poems which Iowa grads wrote 5 to ten years ago, even before Cole Swensen was there (although Swensen's books are frequently like this, well... seems to be less in style). A group of tightly interrelated works drawn from or about the same character, subject, natural science idea, science idea, event, nonfiction work, even flies.

More of these, like this book (like Anne Carson's) should (have) include(d) pictures and posters.

It also reminded me to Martine Bellen's poems based on autobiographies of women in the American West in the book of hers I reviewed, THE VULNERABILITY OF ORDER.
when is a gate a gate,
a gate, a harbor?

when the gold sways
like a tude, swings wildly like

commodities markets
review (pre-publication of the review) of the wompo listserv anthology


although this didn't link work for me... (so I don't think tinyurl would help)

this does



what's american
is what's here

and made here
by Americans, but

what is what us made
for Americans

of for Chinese?


from the new poem, controller seedbed, the first part of steering through torture garden

some friends gather

competitive acquaintances
matrix of horror, my story
it would be really unfortunate not to try everything

poetic nature
without scruple
free game hunt
release to
what is outside

dead – tease – bitter
dis-ease freak of the foreign
post card poetry


dance int he street
you haven't been
until you've been
further afield

tiger gate