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?