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Legendary, Lexical, Loquacious October 17, 2008: Every year Poetry hosts a gathering for Chicago literary publishers called the Printers’ Ball. Over 100 local literary organizations showcase a diverse selection of print publications, available free of charge, including magazines, journals, weeklies, posters, and broadsides, plus a full night of live entertainment. See, hear, and read all about [...]
Stop Making Sense November 15, 2007: Those drawings on the cover of November’s Poetry are of chairs. The chairs are drawn by David Byrne. Why did David Byrne draw chairs? Well, they have arms and legs and vaguely human scale—and shape. They're people—they hold you, support you, elevate you or humble you. They're funny or elegant, funky or gorgeous, social or aloof. They're [...]
GONZO PURO! October 16, 2007: At birth, before the umbilical was cut, Ralph Steadman pooped in the hand of the hospital nurse. This marked, according to Steadman, the “earliest manifestation of a Gonzotic event.” He claims to have sole understanding of Gonzo, a term taken from an astonished medical student, Giuseppe Gonzaga, who witnessed the immaculate crap and shouted, [...]
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL July 18, 2007: YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL (YAB) is my favorite public art collective based in Chicago. YAB is powered by a hundreds-large gang of anonymous visual artists that install the same three-word poem—"YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL"—on abandoned buildings, street posts, and, sometimes with the cooperation of the gov, in large-scale roadside installations. If you want [...]
Long Live a Hunger to Feed Each Other July 15, 2007: The best book-publishing story of the year is from Open City in New York. This Gallimard-inspired, thin blue volume, Long Live a Hunger to Feed Each Other, is a posthumous collection of poems by the little-known and largely-influential poet Jerome Badanes. He was part novelist, filmmaker, antiwar activist, street artist, and teacher (Vassar, [...]
The Price is Right July 12, 2007: How much would you pay for a first-edition, one-of-500, Prufrock and Other Observations by T.S. Eliot of your very own? $20,000! What a deal!! Hurry up please it's time to buy at Manhattan Rare Books.
The White Issue July 6, 2007: Every time I pick up a copy of Chicago Review I learn something. They have a knack for special sections: Kenneth Rexroth, Lisa Robertson, Christopher Middleton, Louis Zukofsky, and Stan Brackhage(!) and Ronald Johnson... This time they map out British poetry, literally. But I really just like the pictures. (Click through for a [...]
“You’ll probably hate some of these poems.” March 29, 2007: An intern suggests to David Eggers that he publish poetry. Eggers says OK how? Enter The Poetry Chains of Dominic Luxford, section one in McSweeney’s three-volume Issue 22. Here’s how it works: Ten poets/poems are chosen. Each poet then chooses another poem of their own and then a poem by someone else, and so forth and so on for a total [...]
The fair New Yorker is, sometimes, very amusing… March 13, 2007: Play with Wave Book's erasures. Context be damned.
“Irony does not mean simply, ‘things that suck.’” March 8, 2007: SoYouWanna interpret a poem?