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on the small press, its recent past, production, present future, circulation: part one

on the small press, its recent past, production, present future, circulation: part one

A few years ago I read Capital, Volume I with some friends from work. I was the person in this reading group who kept bringing up chapbooks. Someone else kept bringing up higher education. Our jobs. [...]

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TURNING TABLES: On Geoffrey Gatza’s <em>Apollo</em>

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In which I talk about reading Geoffrey Gatza’s Apollo and Geoffrey talks about making Apollo   Divya: Reading Apollo I will lay my cards on the table.  I’ll put this offer on your [...]
Notes on Chic@Nceptualism

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In the spirit of the times, here is my attempt to be “contemporary.” However, even after any number of times employing Google Translate, ethnic politics kept emerging and the lyrical [...]
Blake, Contemporaneously

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For the eye altering alters all William Blake, “The Mental Traveler” Who reads Blake? The easy answer is almost everyone who reads poetry—that is, has read some Blake—and can quote something. [...]
Four Failed Revolutions

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Whatcha doin’? The less you know about it, kid, the better. Aw, c’mon mister. I’m writing poetry. Hey, I’ve heard of that. …Are you a fruit or something? Not exactly. I’m here to [...]
drawing from / drawing form: composition as exploration

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with Rachel Bers “That is, a line is not an arrow, it’s its events”  – Alice Notley ETG: About a year ago, Rachel Bers and I began working together in her studio with the idea that we would [...]
‘This is Gene Derwood speaking’

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It’s still going at a reduced scale down on 24th Street at Folsom, but Adobe Books used to be a barn of a store on 16th Street in the Mission District of San Francisco, and to my mind the epicenter [...]
I Want to Go All the Way

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Back then, I was still such a bad poet/and I didn’t know how to go all the way —Blaise Cendrars, “The Prose of the Trans-siberian,” trans. Ron Padgett, rewritten by me. 1. A DOMESTIC [...]
Flibbertigibbet in a White Room / Competencies

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I remember things I never forgot. To spend an afternoon returning to the site of some wrong committed only in my imagination against an unnamed person, a vaporous friend, is a bore and no kind of [...]
Santa Cruz Journal 2

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Strike Days Big tree, small axe. When the immigrant rights movement is the only active political struggle in the rest of the country, at least you can count on students at UC Santa Cruz for an [...]
Slaughterhouse Workshop, Part 2

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Text and photographs by Thomas Sayers Ellis. Commentary and poems by Jennifer Fitzgerald. Part 1 can be found here.   That first day of shooting I was impressed by everything I saw, especially [...]
Is It Work?

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A neighbor famously called Robert Frost the laziest man in the world, not just because he sat on the porch all day staring at nature like it was television, but also because he was constantly falling [...]
Saying What (It) Is

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About twelve years ago it entered my mind that no matter how much I thought about what I do—poetry, art, music—I had never arrived at a final thought about what poetry or art or music is. The [...]
OEDIPAL LOOP DE LOOP PLUS GOOP: On Jon Rutzmoser’s <em>shhhh! it’s poetry</em>

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In which I talk about reading shhhh! it’s poetry &  Jon Rutzmoser talks about making shhhh! it’s poetry Divya: Reading shhhh! it’s poetry 1990, Trichy, India. I watch [...]
Sorry I’m Late / Compared to What?

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I read with interest George Quasha’s recent post “Self-evidence with Difficulty,” drawn especially to these sentences: Duncan used to say that he and Charles Olson had made work that insisted [...]
AIRPORTS FOR CLASSROOMS

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The music was designed to be continuously looped as a sound installation, with the intent to diffuse the tense, anxious atmosphere of an airport terminal. Maybe what I mean is more simple: music for [...]
Careening Through the Birthplace of John Berryman to Get to a Reading in Chickasaw Nation

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Once, after deciding to quit poetry due to personal reasons, I promised myself to do non-poetry things, non-poet things. It back-fired of course. Eventually I find myself traveling to a creative [...]
Slaughterhouse Workshop, Part 1

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Text and photographs by Thomas Sayers Ellis Poems and Commentary by Jennifer Fitzgerald I am not fond of flying. In fact I hate it. As a child, I dreamt crashes but I do believe in the example of [...]
DESIRE TO BE/IN PROXIMITY/TO OKAYNESS: On Sarah Dowling’s <em>DOWN</em>

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In which I talk about reading DOWN &  Sarah Dowling  talks about making DOWN Divya: Reading DOWN “Cause when I open my mouth My whole heart comes out” – Christina Aguilera, “Sing For [...]