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Useless Wooden Toys April 30, 2013: [caption id="attachment_66233" align="alignright" width="500"] Jeff Grosso, still from Speed Freaks, 1989[/caption] I always dug that title from the New Deal video, aptly taken from Jeff Grosso’s part in Speed Freaks where, laying on a sofa after shaving his eyebrows off says, “…the life of a professional skateboarder, lounge around all [...] by

Lord Carnarvon & the Death of the Flyer April 18, 2013: A few months ago I was asked to contribute some Auguste Press books for Luke Daly’s small press library he’s building at The Annex in Chicago. After an hour of searching for the books in my closet I started to imagine I was in the antechamber of Tutankhamen’s tomb. There was no white lotus chalice or leopard’s head, but I did find a [...] by

Some of the World’s Diamonds April 12, 2013: It was the perfect form of bibliomancy. There was a volume of encyclopedias strewn from La Mystique Braiding up to my apartment door on Fillmore. I grabbed the first one in reach and out fell a page that read “Some of the World’s Diamonds.” On it were radiant cuts, oval and pear, surrounded by round brilliants. On the back laid a slender [...] by

Highways in Hiding April 9, 2013: I’ve always been preoccupied with process, tracking the origin of poems along with their lineage of composition. We all have sources, subliminal and otherwise, but how do we monitor their stay in the bloodstream? We shouldn’t have to, but it’s a good idea to know who’s bruising the vein. The trick is to be of the atmosphere while [...] by

Bringing John Wieners Back: Revisiting 707 Scott Street April 2, 2013: In 2001 I printed a small book, Negative Capability in the Verse of John Wieners, an outtake from my thesis for the Poetics Program at New College of California. I wanted it to look like a mini-manifesto, a small pamphlet reminiscent of Walter Jackson Bates’s Negative Capability: The Intuitive Approach in Keats-- something that could pass as [...] by