1.09.2010

a job selected for me

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don't we all owe -- I do anyway -- certain family and grandparent photos to the "take the church" photo companies?

1.07.2010

Cracked Slab Books is pleased to announce the publication of two new books!

Course of Action by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
and
Morphs. Grant Jenkins and Cheryl Pallant

Both can be purchase at http://www.facebook.com/l/13ef6;crackedslabbooks.com


About Morphs:
What happens when poetry becomes a thrilling late night conversation? The co-authored poems in Morphs explore new ways of thinking and writing and living that were always available for people willing to take the risk of responding to each other. The back and forth leaps, jump cuts, and startling juxtapositions in these poems offer not discrete poetic reveries of a lyric voice in standardized isolation but poetry as the electrifying weave, slant, and break of writers creating their own common ground. Always darting at the edge of what can and can’t be said, these poems reveal, finally, the tremendous excitement that can come from being involved in the life and words of others.
-- Mark Wallace

The poetry of Morphs features a committed conversation this reader experiences as occurring in layers, pricks, grace notes, simulated dance steps, and thick sliding scales. The authors’ pleasure in inventing ways to communicate à deux across geographic distance is always in evidence. While formally inventive, the interpersonal world of these poems is rich in content and serious play.
-- Carla Harryman

Morphs is a poetics of “Beginner’s Mind.”
-- Christian Peet

1.05.2010

I am going through poetry books and attacking the "don't ever sell any
poetry books" mantra I adopted after swapping the language number of
the paris review and the first edition hardcover of flow chart when I
was in grad school. To get rid of some books this year.

I found a
book (I think her third poetry book) by Katie Louchheim in my possession. It is on
Vintage because her second husband was the Random House publisher.

Her first husband was a big cheese, starting in Washington under FDR, where he created a little org called the SEC. Katie was Vice Chair of the DNC, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs in the State Department, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Economic, Scientific and Cultural Organization.



Anyway, she seems to be a fairly straightforward Louise Bogan fan. Apparently became personally acquainted when Bogan was LoC poetry consultant.



Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy, wearing HIS poet hat, wrote a
poem to her that's printed on the back cover as a blurb. His poetry is easier to find.

http://www.thecie.org/gene/index.asp?s=POEMS

http://pittsburgh.indymedia.org/news/2005/12/21884.php

In her book about the new deal, claims Dean Acheson was a poem as well.

1.04.2010

I generally use an empty line between stanzas, rather than have each stanza as a separate paragraph; there are non-html reasons for this, including that there are -- and should be -- sentences that run across stanzas; a stanza in poetry is not the same as a paragraph in prose.

Additionally, capping -- or small capping -- the beginning of each line really went out with WCW, and anymore signals a poem which does not "come after" modernism except in time. In other words, perfectly appropriate for "Twinkle, Twinkle" but not for most poems, and furthermore, arguably for no poems in html (modern technology).

comment to webdesignernotebook -- thanks for these thoughts!