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Joe, I Like Your Elephantine Works

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lipstickBill Berkson – Hey Joe (1’37”). Recorded on reel-to-reel by Robert Creeley on June 15, 1971 at Intersection in San Francisco and newly archived on PennSound, where one can also find individual pages for Berkson and Brainard. • Previously on Lipstick of Noise, Berkson’s “Dream with Fred Astaire,” Ron Padgett’s “Joe Brainard’s Painting Bingo” in live and studio takes, and Joe Brainard’s “Tuesday, February 18, 1971.”

Written by Steve Evans

July 7, 2009 at 9:53 am

Glistering, Bristling, Cozening

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lipstickTed Berrigan – From a Secret Journal (1’15”). Recorded June 1981 at New Langton Arts. “My babies parade waving their innocent flags.” • Previously on Lipstick of Noise: From a List of the Delusions of the Insane and Red Shift. More Berrigan on PennSound.

Written by Steve Evans

July 4, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Attention Span – CE Putnam

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Nico Vassilakis | Text Loses Time | ManyPenny Press | 2007

Nico’s book of books. VisPo & NicoPo, side by side.

“In the beginning was a texture. Historically, alphabets are for advertising. And so the world entertains by involving everything.”

Mary Rose Larkin (Holidays) | Nita Hill (Paintings) | Whimsy Day Book 2007: A Calendar of Imaginary Holidays | Flash + Card Press | 2006

“Tuesday May 8     Puppies vs. Kittens 2:05pm”
“Monday July 30     Diet-Jell-O Biafra Invented”
“December 21        Sun Enters the Sign of the Semicolon”

Nita’s abstract big color / bigger sun paintings are a wonderful complement.

Susan Landers | Covers | O Books | 2007

Dante! Now! & B-Sides : “My leader lobs fistfuls of muck down his throat to appease him.”

James Dickey | Self-Interviews | Doubleday | 1970

“The poetic process with me is something that simply goes on all the time, even when I’m sleeping. I write all night when I’m sleeping. It never stops. In dreams most of the time I’m writing, or I’m dreaming about something and trying to write about it at the same time in the dream. And when I’m up, I’m never far from a notebook; I’ve always got something to write on. Poetry, instead of being reserved for a a special time of day, goes on continually.”

Homer Wheelon M.D. | Rabbit No. 202 Illusions and Conclusions “Case History No. 22712 Test No. 67; Rabbit No. 202, Virgin Female, Age 120 Days. April 15, 1933” | Self Published | 1940

In 1933, after observing a rabbit being used in a pregnancy test, Homer Wheelon began to work on writing and illustrating his epic Rabbit No. 202. Doctor, scientist, painter, humanist, and poet, Wheelon filled Rabbit 202 with his diverse interests and beliefs. His Blake inspired pen and ink drawings are particularly weird. A PDF with more information about Homer Wheelon here.

“Air gulping fish,
Lung fish squirmed out of the sea
On land-going fins.
Land-going fins evolved into limbs
Limbs developed to reach the sea
Crawl back to the open sea
Receding waters forced fins into limbs
Droughts, mud, and slimy morasses
Forced life to search for the sea.
Stranded life,
Terrestrial life
Life lost to the sea.”

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Sung Po-Jen trans. Red Pine | Guide to Capturing the Plum Blossom | Mercury House | 1995

Published in 1261AD, this collection of 100 poems and woodblocks was so influential at the time that artists wishing to paint plum blossoms were encouraged to paint from what they found in this book rather than from the blossom itself.

“Sung’s book is also significant because it attempts to fathom the essence of a material object through detailed, empirical examination and uses the results of that examination to form the basis for that object’s deconstruction and reconstruction on a different plane. Once the reader has the flower’s 100 stages memorized, he has the key to the plum flower and the key to Nature as well. With this key he can create his own plum flower universe without having to observe Nature at all.” from the introduction by Lo Ch’ing.

Robert B. Textor | Roster of the Gods: An Ethnography of the Supernatural in a Thai Village | Human Relations Area Files, Inc | 1973

“The tester goes to visit Betsy while she is pounding some pepper sauce (nam phrik) in a mortar. The tester or somebody else somehow manages to put some lime juice into the mortar. If, after a few minutes, maggots somehow begin to appear in the mortar, this is positive proof that Betsy is a host. The rationale for the test is that maggots, like Filth Ghost, enjoy eating feces.”

Boredoms (Yamatsuka Eye, Yoshimi P-We, Yojiro, and Muneomi Senju) | Live Performance March 21,, 2008 | Neumos Seattle, WA

Psychedelic-Tribal-Punk-Electronic-Beatdown-Woosh from Osaka Japan! 4 drummers and stacks of electronics. A Seventar—a taller-than-human 7 necked guitar —played by beating it with a big baton. Once Eye starts up his sun-sound-machine there is no stopping it. The end effect is the compression of epic natural forces into punch/beat/scream/star-fuzz that brings light to the entire body via sound.

Jerry Lee Lewis | Live at the Star Club | Bear Family | 1994

“If you don’t like Jerry Lee’s peaches, honey don’t pull around on my tree.”

Recorded in 1964 at the same club where the Beatles got started. This is Jerry’s last blast before turning country & the oh those poor Nashville Teens (British/German Backing Band) you can hear them sweating trying to keep up with the KILLER. Listen for a mob of Gerrys chanting “Jerry, Jerry, Jerry…” Perhaps the best live rock n’ roll record ever.

Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack | Grass: A Nation’s Battle for Life | Famous Players-Lasky Corporation | 1925

Merian Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack’s (King Kong) first film.

“In 1924, pioneering filmmakers Merian Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack documented the punishing annual migration of the nomadic Bakhtiari tribe of Persia (now Iran) as they heroically trekked across harsh terrain to herd their livestock to pasture. With 500,000 animals in tow, the barefoot Bakhtiaris ventured through unforgiving deserts; the icy, half-mile-wide Karun River; and over a 12,000-foot, snowcapped mountain to reach their destination.”  (Netflix film description)

Joe Brainard | The Nancy Book | Siglio | 2008

“I have burned down the sky.”


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Attention Span – Gina Myers

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Roberto Bolano | The Savage Detectives | FSG | 2007

Anne Boyer | Art is War |  Mitvah Chaps | 2008

Joe Brainard | The Nancy Book | Siglio | 2008

Luc Sante | Kill All Your Darlings | Yeti / Verse Chorus Press | 2007

David Shapiro | New and Selected Poems | Overlook | 2007

Justin Sirois | Secondary Sound | BlazeVOX | 2008

Kevin Thurston | kevin is running late today but will be in (audio cd) | self-published | 2007

Alli Warren | No Can Do | Duration | 2008


More Gina Myers here.

Written by Steve Evans

May 18, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Attention Span – K. Silem Mohammad

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Jasper Bernes | Starsdown | ingirumimusnocteetcomsumimurigni | 2007

A dazzling book of poetry that achieves the experiential inventiveness and elaborative density of a novel without sacrificing its lyric autonomy.

Joe Brainard | The Nancy Book | Siglio | 2008

A much-anticipated event, heightened even further for me by getting to see the exhibit at Colby College, Maine, at which many of these works were on display, earlier this summer.

Jack Collom | Red Car Goes By: Selected Poems 1955–2000 | Tuumba | 2001

I wrote about Collom’s wonderful collaboration with Lyn Hejinian, Situations, Sings (Adventures in Poetry 2008) earlier this year for The Constant Critic. That book could easily have gone on this list as well. But I want to draw attention to this indispensable collection, which I picked up in June at Naropa, where Collom performs poetic miracles on a regular basis.

Patrick Durgin and Jen Hofer | The Route | Atelos | 2008

We’ve had a windfall of engrossing poetic memoirs and epistolary exchanges lately by Jennifer Moxley, Juliana Spahr, Bernadette Mayer and Bill Berkson, and others. Here’s another vibrant chronicle of the contemporary, in which two razor-sharp poets’ minds use each other as theoretical, political, and aesthetic sounding boards, and in so doing reveal the moving, living mechanisms that sustain a deep friendship.

Jennifer Knox | Drunk By Noon | Bloof | 2007

Knox is one of the few poets I can think of who still writes with great success in the familiar mode of the “dramatic monologue”: she makes it work partly by inhabiting its conventions like a kind of squatter and vandalizing them from the inside out, rendering the form unfit for occupancy by anyone else thereafter. Alternately and/or simultaneously sensitive, mean, elegant, smart, stoopid, and most of all, funny.

Jackson Mac Low | Thing of Beauty: New and Selected Works | California | 2008

The title says it all.

Sharon Mesmer | Annoying Diabetic Bitch | Combo Books | 2007

This book is like cherry-flavored anthrax in a Pixie Stix straw. Mesmer breaks all the rules of decorum, craft, and form—she even invents some new rules just to break them. I would like to see her and Jennifer Knox have a poetic slapdown in a big hockey arena somewhere. My guess is that it would end in a tie with the audience dead from hemorrhaging.

Sianne Ngai | Ugly Feelings | Harvard UP | 2005

Incisive takes on Melville, Stein, Hitchcock, Bruce Andrews, Nella Larsen, and much more. A key text for entering into many of the most lively and controversial discussions in poetics over the last few years.

Alice Notley | In the Pines | Penguin |2007

Dark, uncomfortable, haunting dream-speech. Recalls for me Spicer’s medium-like approach in works like Heads of the Town Up to the Ether.

Ara Shirinyan | Your Country Is Great: Afghanistan–Guyana | Futurepoem | 2008

Not Flarf, but that more “conceptual” vein of Google-collage practiced very interestingly in various ways by writers like Linh Dinh, Juliana Spahr, and Rob Fitterman. Shirinyan’s text does court flarfiness, however, with its inclusion of many of the unedited, offensive, and sometimes just silly things that turn up in searches for web text containing the phrase “[name of country] is great” (“Guam is great. really it is / shit, this is the place where i / found myself”). The minimal amount of shaping Shirinyan performs (mostly adding line and stanza breaks, I think) is just enough to induce that uncanny “subjectivity effect” which is one of the things that makes reading the book so compelling.

Various Authors | DRUNK |  ongoing

A lot of the poetry these days that I find the freshest and most full of expressive innovation happens on this blog and its outlying zones. The all-caps convention is really just a surface device that (along with the alcohol, one imagines) enables invention—although the monotone “shouting” effect does convey a sort of defamiliarized emotive urgency.

Attention Span – Richard Deming

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Patrick Pritchett | Antiphonal | Pressed Wafer | 2008

Sarah Riggs | Chain of Miniscule Decisions in the Form of a Feeling | Reality Street | 2007

Nancy Kuhl | Nocturnal Factory | Ugly Duckling | 2008

P. Adams Sitney | Eyes Upside Down: Visionary Filmmakers and the Emersonian
Heritage | Oxford | 2008

Susan Howe | Souls of the Labadie Tract | New Directions | 2008

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | Dig, Lazarus, Dig! | Mute Records | 2008

Lawrence Jordan | The Lawrence Jordan Album | Facets Video | 2008

Joe Brainard | The Nancy Book | Siglio | 2008

Kyle Schlesinger | Hello Helicopter | BlazeVox | 2007

Michael Kelleher | Human Scale | BlazeVox | 2007


More about Richard Deming here.