Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bunch of readings/missed+unmissed (Parnassus & PoetrySucks! + TMB & E t Al.)

Deerhoof happened merry well joyful correct naive, Mercy, jazzy broke fragment knowing.


More limbed the body of the nashpo these days such that attendance is a wee bit more difficult to come by, thus missed and unmissed.

Unmissed the "Losing in Gainsville" reading which saw the cozy, zen airportish The Post host four writers, three of which read from their works of fiction, one from his collection "The Dead Wrestler Elegies." It was a nice night from the rain, these touring readers from Curbside Splendor Publishing ranks, plus our local Susannah Felts with accents and smiles. W. Todd Kaneko was a soothed figure dredging the depths of my youngblood days affiliation with wrestlers and myth, formations of drama, realities, physical forms of gender, reps of gender, talk. James Tadd Alcox, Brian Costello read his portion with super grand intensity, rushed over with it over food eccentricities, a psudeo-bio tale of the pizza buffet, in repetition, then mentioned the steer is more toward comedy with fiction and toward certainty and prolificacy with poetry, seems to have agreed.

Missed Poet Laureate Natasha Tretheway reading. Check this vid, she gets out their like a dignitary.

Missed Vanderbilt's Jamie Quattro reading.

Unmissed the reading Irene Mathieu reading, that's not an 'Irene' as in goodnight-Irene, but diacritic, with emphasis, augmentation. I am saying that she read youthfully to an older audience, moving gracefully among her work to us. As in Cole Swenson, as in some phantom structure of composition, as in drawing from labor acts then producing, a vocabulary for the world, not a world for the vocabulary as she derived poem titles from medical avenue studies, informing as she went, calm grown tone, even, with unexpected (for the context, and its posteriori, experienced versions) unexpectednesses.


Lyrical Brew reading was a smash time, all dense among each other Tiana Clark, Bill Brown, Walker Bass, Jeff Hardin. Was happy to be audience to that show, packed in as it was. Energy does not allow me elaborate on it but notes thusly:

Tiana Clark: "confessional, expulsion, that formal structures have escape, out of vestiges (what does not split from cohesive structure - all leaps from prompt) / syntax enacted at phrasal / sentiment / sentence level (this traditionally traditionalist depth / operative pounce) (epi-bio-poetics) / t h a t propulsion, fervent among, potent  by representational framework (turns well inside normative language - why - thats how things mean to her) // BB: "mesmeric, movement as time in collaboration / pace of historicity, that is almost unforgiven, trauma has a pace to it, its pace oscillates with our connective tissue, our collaborations of living with others / held that way: with emotive, resonant - that's what lie is, how lie is, but here is not, from / from at least voicelessness given volume, redemptions, therapy, tao te ching" // Walker Bass: "nature analogies/ poetry strays to have been enabled to do so, trees do not stray, they toward, forward / USE EVERYTHING / everything can be tree like as a shy thing, shying from everything to relate all to tree" // Jeff Hardin: "Form ought to be fun…whose whole/wholessness / 'wind-nudged' / every moment / disconnected / miraged narrative / 'for which I am awake' / pronomial / 'no one dies in their own mind and heart' / 'Is ever you?' / 'does our noise ever fill the sky/' (slivered end, amputated, sliver, off to wide inarticulation / honesty"


Next ones for us Nashpo /

Tue, 3/31 - Christina Stoddard book release Hive, @ Parnassus Books, 6:30pm

Wed, 4/1 - Poetry Sucks! + Third Man Books, Janaka Stucky, Daniel Pujol, Laura Birdsall, Lee Connell, et al. + musics, @ Hail, Dark Aesthetics (off Gallatin Ave.), 7pm

Fri, 4/3 - Emerging Writers Series, @ Howlin' Books, 7:30pm

*** Sun, 4/12 - E t A l. Poetry Readings, Andrea Spofford, Spencer Connell, Gary L. McDowell, @Dino's (off Gallatin Ave.), 8pm

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

"The occasion is selling off the color from my teeth…" / 'Isthmus' in next Word For/Word, 2nd E t A l. reading (Crawford, Bernhardt, Bachmann)

News fit to me, got that long, chaptered, worked, and crisped poem ( "Isthmus" ) over for the next Word For/Word, their #25, out soon this March this month. Am absolutely ambidextrous to have this piece, which feels dear to me for having worked it and had it for so long and hooded it as it went out to the rain like its own little boy, with the challenging, exciting, strange, risk oriented journal.

Be looking good out there for it.


Chong-Li (like me most readings though I try to stop it, pull it down from my face when I realize its happening to just have my regular face forward). from Bloodsport, cuz it is.

Willie the Pimp by Frank Zappa on Grooveshark


Held the 2nd E t A l. Reading to a tight crew, though local critical representations were somehow absent from such a good lineup of readers. 

Meagen Crawford stepped out from shrouds into some mystical pond out of which she read the dense, prose-ish (on page, with personal markings adjacent/synonymous with stop/recalibration/pause/attentions-retention moments - "|"), 'Flat.' She use every ounce of her time to get the thing out in a speed rumination. 

Deborah Bernhardt read handfuls of classic 'Echolalia' parts, finding a sturdiness in reading amongst Nicolas Cage films, and sizzlings peripheral to/contextualizing the reading, forcing one to sit into the reading no where else. No one was injured. 

Beth Bachmann had herself and for us a grand time, fixated as she was with the unique, proletariat menu. She read among an avenue of celestial, and planetary content, with finely articulated pace, clear ( if effortless ) delivery. Her Do Not Rise sold out and nothing was left after the reading for her to sign, then the guilt trip, then the IOU, and everyone chatted for a bit after, with Dino's then an after party of mingles. My thanks to Beth, Deborah, Meagen for reading to us chaps and chappies, creating such an indelible moment for us that I can hold.

Next month's is shaping up nicely too, the April shindig.


The Two Boots Free Pizza Myth shines forever from each amp n speaker apparently for every stomach with arms to it, The Shackletons. Ranch Ghost. Clear Plastic Masks


And Vacant Fever, I forgot ( ! ), read this trash here and referred to it, hot damn.


Poetry Upcomings -

-March 18 - The Post, James Tadd Alcox, Todd Kaneko, Susannah Felts, 6pm.

-March 19 - Vander, USA Poet Laureate, Natahsha Tretheway, Wilson 126, 7pm. 

-March 26 - Vander, Scarritt Bennett (19th ave), Irene Mathieu, Poet's Corner, Fondren Hall (2nd floor), 7pm.

-March 27 - Vander, B&N (25th ave/West End), Walker Bass, Jeff Hardin, Tiana Clark, Bill Brown, Lyrical Brew, 7pm.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Missed + unmissed readings, upcomings ( E t A l. @ Dino's, 3/12 ) / Sustain, Lylas, Sketchbook went

Sometimes things that are sustained are continuances of a necessary, or becoming necessary, to be exorcised outward, externalized into submission, observation, foundations revealed to be ( required for, augmented definitions of, cipher to ) the things built atop it.


Got a not bad at all bootleg of the Lylas show that happened the other night over at The East Room, psych show, nice night, amongst the DigDeep visual background of performers.


The warehouse art show setup by lovelies Yanira + y Anna was delightful, smashing, broad, intricate with intimacy ( intrinsic to sketchbook format, diary, journal, formulating/development grounds ), not lacking in depth or width, or wine or beer, or friendlies, or hip pops by A. Ferro. Gallery in someone's warehouse residence ( ? ), off Gallatin Ave., hopefully every month or on the regular ( perhaps with various trajectories next time - musics, literatures... )


A poetry mixtape booyahs, grand grand manifests, range, delicacy.


Missed readings like

Feb. 27, Brian Gilmore at The Global Education Center ( ? )

Feb. 27, Chase Davenport, Alric McDermott at Lyrical Brew ( Turns 2 ), at B & N

Unmissed readings like

March 1, Ciona Rouse, Anders Carlson-Wee, Tiana Clark, The Front Porch Reading at Browns Diner ( ! )

Fun time beer and poetry and acoustic musics in the middle of the day in the narrow corridors of Hillsboro's burger bar. Ciona did a great job putting out the energies in exuberant, delicate phrasings, and long poem charged with repetition and fervor, her first reading I've seen ( ! ). Anders, ( whose brother also writes poetry? and of a same type of lung ) composed and with mention of NEA award, revealed the intricacies of self-formation, a certain strata of lifestyle & interest, well-placed, and subtle. Tiana, too, certain strata of lifestyle, and with her acceptance to Vander professional poetry trajectory, read clear, let us be inside of her memory house.



3/10, Tuesday / Vander-related, Simone Wolff, Kevin Reilly, Alicia Marie BrandewieBand of Poets, Bobbys Idle Hour, 9pm

March 12 / E t A l. Poetry Readings, with Deborah Bernhardt, Meagen Crawford & Beth Bachmann, Dino's, 8pm.