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The Noise, The Night April 18, 2014: On Monday night I stayed up until 3 a.m. waiting for a glimpse of the blood moon, a lunar eclipse where the moon shifts into earth’s shadow and flushes red with the light of the sun rising and setting in a circle all around our globe. So I’ve read. Just as the fated hour approached, a bunch of stupid clouds rolled in and I couldn’t see [...] by

on the small press, its recent past, production, present future, circulation: part one April 17, 2014: 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. Emotions. Care labor. Midway through we invited a friend to visit in the role of something like guest lecturer, beginning, I think, with relative [...] by

TURNING TABLES: On Geoffrey Gatza’s Apollo April 17, 2014: 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 table. We’ll make a deal under the table. And then you will turn the table. The drama of the table—never blank, never rasa—comes from [...] by

Notes on Chic@Nceptualism April 17, 2014: 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 "I" was stubborn and refused to be uncreated. In fact, "I" felt judged. This “manifesto” was generated by the throwing of 2, 4, 10 and 15 six-sided dice. The [...] by

Blake, Contemporaneously April 17, 2014: [caption id="attachment_84877" align="alignnone" width="500"] "America a Prophecy" title page (1793)[/caption] 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. “A rose is a rose is a [...] by

Four Failed Revolutions April 16, 2014: 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 bring down the State. What do you mean, like the State of California? The State of California will have to recognize me as its new [...] by

drawing from / drawing form: composition as exploration April 16, 2014: 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 collaborate in some form or another. Without a specific starting point, we began by talking about our work, delineating the affinities that [...] by

‘This is Gene Derwood speaking’ April 16, 2014: [caption id="attachment_85131" align="alignright" width="500"] Flyleaf of New Poems 1940 signed by editor and several contributors.[/caption] 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 of a [...] by

I Want to Go All the Way April 16, 2014: 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. [caption id="attachment_85001" align="alignright" width="500"] Kazuo Ohno went all the way.[/caption] 1. A DOMESTIC ANECDOTE: When we’re feeling a little down [...] by

Flibbertigibbet in a White Room / Competencies April 16, 2014: [caption id="attachment_84821" align="alignright" width="500"] Fibbergibbet and Mumbo Jumbo: Kara E. Walker in Two Acts, 2004.[/caption] 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 penance. What [...] by