Deep Water, Shadow Boxes, Seam Ripper, Doolittle

This is an embarrassment of riches.

Issue 22 of Conduit just arrived in the mail. I have a poem in it! Along with work by Mary Jo Bang, Joe Bonomo, Charlie Clark, Robin Clarke, Chelsea Dappen, Scott Dolan, Joanne Dominque Dwyer, George Eklund, James Haug, Laird Hunt, Peter Hyland, Jesus E. Jambira, Noelle Kocot, Henji Koentjoro, Brad Liening, Ada Limón, Gina Litherland, Matt Longabcco, Jack Martin, Hoa Nguyen, Anne Ray, Ana Ristović, Michael Robins, Mary Ruefle, Manjari Sharma, Brandon Shimoda, Jason deCaires Taylor, Maja Teref, Steven Teref, Cody Todd, Scott Vincent, G.C. Waldrep, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, and Dean Young. The theme of the issue is “Deep Water: You, Me, and the Sea” and there’s also an interview with Philippe Cousteau Jr.

Issue 18 of Word For/Word went live last week. There are visual poems by Amy Kohut, John M. Bennett, Andrew Topel, Paul Siegell, Karl Kempton, Elizabeth Terrazas, bruno neiva, Michael Brandonisio, Rebecca Eddy, and Sean Burn; poem poems by Mónica Gomery, Stephen Ratcliffe, Anhvu Buchanan, Gracie Leavitt, Ian Seed, Jim Berger, Kara Imre, Sara Michas-Martin, Serena M. Tome, Karen Lepri, Kate Dougherty, Elizabeth Sanger, and Laura Kochman; and six “Shadow Boxes” by yours truly. The poems are partly inspired by Joseph Cornell’s boxes but I was also reading a lot of Moby Dick and Garance Doré’s fashion blog at the time.

I also have five new hat poems up on Delirious Hem as part of Seam Ripper: Women on Textual and Sartorial Style. Other contributors include Marisa Crawford, Khadijah Queen, Jackie Wang, Danielle Pafunda, Dolly Lemke, Yvette Thomas, Amy Boutell, Anna Lena Phillips, Nicole Steinberg, Jessica Bozek, Jennifer Tamayo, Danielle Roderick, jojo Lazar, Susan Yount, and Angela Veronica Wong, among many others. Did you know that wearing a wig with a giant ship on top was refered to as à la belle poule?

Finally, if you’re free on Sunday afternoon, you should stop by Cake Shop for Polestar Reading Series’ tribute to the Pixies’ Doolittle, hosted by the lovely Melissa Broder. I’m going to be reading with all these other fine folk:

When I was a senior, my best friend Megan sent me a mixtape with vital high school music, such as “Summer Babe” by Pavement, “Naomi” by Neutral Milk Hotel, and “Hey” by the Pixies. To this day it might be the best mix anyone has ever made for me and “Hey” is still one of my all-time favorite songs.

This Weekend: Ferociousness, Oz, Van Etten

Tonight! SUPERMACHINE! Justin Marks! Paige Taggart! Jeannie Hoag! Andrew James Weatherhead! 8pm @ Outpost!

Here’s one of my favorite poems by Jeannie, from her sold-out chapbook The Age of Ferociousness (Agnes Fox Press, 2010). I think I’ve heard her read it two or three times and I’ll never get sick of it.

Natalie Portman Is Smarter Than I

She has a mole on her left cheek
I have a mole on my left cheek
They are called beauty marks
and we both have them
She is in movies. I saw
Mel Gibson getting into a car
across from the Post Office
She doesn’t love my cat
the way I love my cat and
she doesn’t know my middle name
I don’t know hers but I could easily find it
Natalie Portman speaks five languages
That’s not me
I don’t know how she feels about Starbucks
but when I’m out of town
sometimes I patronize Starbucks.

Tomorrow night (Saturday) I will be reading at Yardmeter Edition 18 with Molly Dorozenski, Ian Dreiblatt, Corinne Fitzpatrick, Deborah Poe, Christie Ann Reynolds, Anelise Chen, Cate Peebles, Nada Gordon, Shangxing Wang, Margaret Monaghan, and Macgregor Card. We’re all reading Wizard of Oz-themed poems in front of a projection of the movie. It will be kind of like a midnight matinee of the Rocky Horror Picture Show only with less fishnets. The reading starts at 7pm sharp at 267 Douglass Street in Brooklyn.

Following the reading I’m going to catch a cab to the Music Hall of Williamsburg to see Sharon Van Etten! Her new album, Epic, has been my soundtrack all crappy-winter-long. I hope she plays this song:

Is it Friday yet?

Because on Friday I’m hightailing it out of Brooklyn in a little rental car with a bag of road snacks and a couple of cool kids. We’ll be arriving in Northampton in time for a slice of Mimmo’s before rolling up to WWII Club for a karaoke birthday party.

On Saturday night this is happening at Flying Object in Hadley, MA:

On Sunday I’ll be mixing up some bloody marys and will hopefully learn how to play Mahjong. Later that afternoon other good friends are reading poems at Eastworks in Easthampton, MA, at 5pm.

Get ready.