some poetry, politics & what have you

Thursday, February 25, 2010

mischievoice has moved & will continue here

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

this photo, blurry as it is, was taken by me in barcelona on december 12 last year. we were in a bar near camp nou having really good platos combinados, the usual watery spanish beer & the usual amazing spanish coffee before going to watch a game. the victim of the camera this time is petra, my lovely wife, who has now started her social photography blog & fickr site i know more is to come from both sites. go to her

haitian times

haiti progres

videos of readings from the stain of poetry series. some fine poets

liberación. a really good weekly in spanish, produced in malmö

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Open Palm Press (an imprint of Meritage Press), is pleased to announce the series:

Hay(na)ku for Haiti

-- a fundraiser for Haiti, edited by Eileen R. Tabios and blessed by support from chapbookpublishing.com.

Poets who write in the hay(na)ku form (about which more information is available at http://haynakupoetry.blogspot.com) have consented to create hay(na)ku for helping Haiti's recovery efforts. The results are to be released as "pocket poem booklets" by Open Palm Press. Each will be sold for $3.00, reflecting the hay(na)ku's three lines, with all proceeds to be donated for Haiti relief.

The first five of the series are:

#1: PARTICLE AND WAVE and FROM THE CHAIR, two hay(na)ku sequences by Jean Vengua
#2: On A Pyre: An Ars Poetica by Eileen R. Tabios
#3: Hay(na)ku for Haiti by Tom Beckett
#4: when the earth moves by Lars Palm
#5: After René Depestrne’s “My Definition of Poetry”, as translated by Edwidge Danticat, with lines at the end by Lafcadio Hearn by John Bloomberg-Rissman

Over time, more releases will occur as it is anticipated that Haiti's relief requirements will be prolonged and deep. Poets interested in exploring the hay(na)ku through this fundraising effort may contact the series editor at MeritagePressATaolDOTcom

"H for H" booklets are lovingly produced by chapbookpublishing.com (http://chapbookpublisher.com/) on lilac-colored paper to fit, at 2.75" x 4.5 X 2", on an open palm -- ideal for giving engagements.

To order some or all of the series, please send checks made out to "Meritage Press" for $3 per booklet and send to

Eileen Tabios
Meritage Press
256 North Fork Crystal Springs Rd.
St. Helena, CA 94574

For more information: MeritagePressATaolDOTcom

hay(na)ku for haiti. any of you surprised that eileen tabios would jump at the opportunity to start that impromptu imprint, in collaboration with dan waber's chapbook publishing outfit? Small five page chapbooks to be sold for $3 each as fundraisers for haiti relief. i am delighted to be part of that series. my when the earth moves in will be #4, hot on the heels of chaps by jean vengua, tom beckett (another shadow? anyone?) & señora tabios herself. it's the second time my hay(na)ku try to feed the world, the first was/is some hay. this is my kind of political poetry. will post more on this when the first chaps are released

Monday, February 22, 2010

ah, but wild life rifle fire, the new book by paul siegell is out from mark young's otoliths

& issue 2 of soandso magazine has some fine poets

Friday, February 19, 2010

Halvard Johnson - THE PERFECTION OF MOZART'S THIRD EYE & Other Sonnets is new from chalk editions

Thursday, February 18, 2010

& i have to link the three blogs by megan barron i just found

i post these photos to fend off the endless ice age having besieged the far north end of europe for two months now. they were taken from our hotel window in barcelona in december by my wife petra a.k.a social photographer (when she has her blog & flickr site up & in working order i'll link to them). this is a way of remembering that there are places where winters can be pleasant

amy king wants to know who the "most innovative poets" writing today are. can that question even begin to be answered?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

(rob tomorrow)
for rob mclennan

for many years
in the 70s & 80s

my father worked on
a container ship doing

the route from gothenburg
to vancouver via all

manner of ports from
harwich & rotterdam to

seattle. 2 months on & 2 months
off. he said once

he preferred vancouver
to seattle but now i

can't for the life
of me remember if

he's ever given a

snow in málaga. a rare thing
the news says the first

in something like 50 years
& show respectable pinstripes

running to the top
of what little hill they

can find using their brief-cases
to slide down laughing

oblivious of work

then brushing the snow
from their pants

we eat you cook

how we learned the rivers
of halland in school

now an amateur chef asks

how do you move a river
or do you just move

the names?

Monday, February 15, 2010

about a year ago, waiting for the bus, going to work, i saw a poster for a students hiphop club in lund, a nearby town. the club was called don't be quiet, start a riot. of course my first thought was “book title”. when i got home i sent off an email to adam fieled telling him about it & asking him if he wanted to write half, kind of in the punk/hc tradition of the split single/ep/lp/cd. he did. & sent the manuscript to ana bozicevic & amy king, who had then published two chapbooks for the new dusie kollektiv through their newly started weekend press. although they will not make the formal announcement until next week & neither adam nor i have seen the physical book yet, it is now available. adam will read at the stain of poetry reading series on february 26 & that will serve as the new york release. i may try to set something up here in the first half of march

i pick this from eileen tabios & her latest list of relished w(h)ines. those ties alex gildzen sent out are moving around nicely

TIE ONE ON 1 and TIE ONE ON 2, conceptual art by Alex Gildzen (very entertaining -- RECOMMENDED and AVAILABLE FOR FREE AT ungovernable press. I thought Bill Allegrezza was HOT until I saw Kevin Killian. Grin.)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

encuentros imaginarios has a new website. it's run by roberto mascaró & publishes nordic poets in his spanish translations. seriously worth checking out for those of you who read spanish

Friday, February 12, 2010

maureen thorson (of big game books fame) is back online & accepting queries for long book manuscripts. i would also say i thoroughly enjoy(ed) her twenty questions for the drunken sailor from the recent dusie kollektiv

Thursday, February 11, 2010

surprise, surprise. the ceaselessly active rob mclennan has a new long book out, this time it's wild horses from university of alberta press. which comes hot on the heels of his most recent chapbook how it is I am not married/I want to sleep in the runcible spoon from lipstick press. many of his books ago i published solids, or, strike out (a suite)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

it looks like prefab eulogies volume 1: nothings houses, the first long book by david wolach, will be published in a near future by Geoffrey Gatza's blazeVOX. this is indeed thrilling news. you may find bits & pieces of the book in various online zines. i would also like to remind you of his book alter (ed)

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

some taqwacore for y'all

the kominas

secret trial five




in my temporary adopted town there is a comics press that has been plodding on for just about a decade now, doing lovely things with the form. i think it's time they get our attention. C'est Bon Kultur recently released entanglements, their 9th anthology. you like what could be called experimental comics?

Monday, February 08, 2010

got the first five chapbooks from sacrifice press in the mail today. will write some, hopefully, sensible things about them sometime soon. they are a varied bunch & look tasty. for now i leave you with a poem from whomeanswhat, due out from that very same press in may or june


meandering to
the sea to see
what's up there
& what to bring
meandering to
the sea bringing
bikes, fish, shoes
cows, garden rakes
cigar butts, beer bottles
grenades, villages
& other general
debris & the sea
turns over & goes
back to sleep for
it's still very
early & hardly
even dawn yet
the river meanders
finally noticing
you splashing &
hollering & your
friend undressing
while running to
wards its west bank

Thursday, February 04, 2010

a very old dream is coming true. Hidenori Hiruta san is going to translate some of my haiku into japanese & publish them on the akita international haiku network site in march, maybe along with photos by my wife petra who, by the way, is starting out as a freelance photographer

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

an afterthought to the last post, a hay(na)ku i wrote when living in las palmas after a few hours of slightly lighter rain. it was published in the hay(na)ku anthology vol. II

swept &
flushed yet the

rain does a
far better

there has been some heavy rains over the canary islands the last couple of days. luckily only a handful wounded. canarias7 here & la provincia here

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

now enter dusie 9: Das Kollektiv 3 & get no less than 48 chapbooks to dive into

this is a great idea. letting poets in any given country publish a few poems, a statement on poetics, a short bio & name a few others they feel an affinity with. so far it's latin america, spain & the u.s. i'm hoping others will follow. & i would be deeply happy if someone set up a global one where all posts were in the poet's original language

las afinidades electivas in

costa rica

as escolhas afectivas in


elective affinities in


Monday, February 01, 2010

a grand new issue of otoliths is out. amazing poet & editor mark young (terracotta worriers) once again provides us with hours of fascinating writing & visual wizardry

& on a new subject. arsenal may have pissed away their chances of taking their first premier league title in six years by losing against manchester united yesterday. they weren't even on the field. not one of the players were even close to doing the job they're paid for. you just don't lose against manchester united. it doesn't happen. their last straw now is getting their shit together & giving chelsea the proper whipping they normally should on sunday