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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

Santa Cruz Journal 2 April 15, 2014: 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 anti-austerity strike, which began with a police showdown. The earliest moment of the UAW Teaching Assistant strike on April 2nd brought 20 arrests. [...] by

Slaughterhouse Workshop, Part 2 April 15, 2014: [caption id="attachment_84954" align="alignright" width="300"] The End of the Mona Lisa, TSE 2013[/caption] 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 the hanging hooks and other [...] by

Is It Work? April 15, 2014: 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 asleep in snowdrifts in the woods and letting hired men die poetically on his hearth instead of calling an ambulance to come pick them up. "He [...] by

Saying What (It) Is April 15, 2014: 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 Wittgenstein move to let go of definition and look instead for a usage context only scratched half of the itch, but it did not satisfy the part of me [...] by

OEDIPAL LOOP DE LOOP PLUS GOOP: On Jon Rutzmoser’s shhhh! it’s poetry April 14, 2014: 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 Saturday Night Fever in a small living room. I watch Tony Manero brush his beautiful bush with a black flatback brush and blow it into the poufy arch de triomphe [...] by