Hellhole Ratrace, For Sure


Girls is playing three times this weekend.  I acutally think I am up for going.  I haven’t been so interested in going to shows lately but I’m into this.

Also, I’ve add WFMU’s Beware of the Blog to my google reader.  They’ve got all these recordings from the recent Primavera Sound Festival that just took place in Barcelona.  Today I’ve been checking out The Bats‘ set.



Poem up at Raleigh Quarterly & WFMU all day, everyday!


A little late in posting this, but I have a poem up now at Raleigh Quarterly.  Exciting!

Also, having felt as if I have indefinitely run out of music to listen to, I have decided that I am going to listen to nothing but WFMU all day, every day (for better or for worse, and the worse can be pretty bad) while I am stuck behind this desk for as long as I can hack it.


Soon I should have a t-shirt that looks like that.   Oooooooooooo, and The Best Show is on tonight.  I splurged this morning and ordered this:



The Return from Chicago and that damn Best Show on WFMU (again)

Well, I’ve returned and quasi-recovered from this year’s AWP in Chicago.

I took home with me a little bit of self-doubt, and even more sad for me, a lot of germs.  As of this writing I only have one functioning nostril.  But The Best Show is on right now and I am already starting to feel better about myself.

Below is something that remotely resembles a photo journal.

Here goes Lake Michigan.  I was able to sneak away from the conference  for a little bit to get some outside time, which was much needed.


I was impressed by how blue the water looked.  This big ol’ pocket of water.  That’s what a lake is right?  Just a pocket?



ALIENS!  I’ve cataloged this one as evidence.  You know, Jack Spicer had a thing about Martians too.  It’s clearly not just me who has idenitified themselves in these kinds of terms.


Big, walking, headless feet.  I might like to be a big, walking, headless feet.


Pedestrian bridge designed by Frank Gehry in Millennium Park.


This bean is really called Cloud Gate.  It weighs 110 tons.  One the other side of the bean is an ice skating rink.  At the time of this photograph Phil Collins’ “Don’t Lose My Number” was playing at full blast.


Under the bean.  That’s me holding the light.


I wrote down at some point on 2/12 “I’d like to make a promise to myself that I will remember interesting moments.”  That seems obvious but it’s pretty disturbing how much I am willing to forget.

Overall, I think it is good to be seen.  For better or for worse.  AWP inspired me and scared the shit out of me all at once.  It’s time to shit or get off the pot.

New POP featuring Mark Bibbins is up now & I can’t for the life of me not listen to The Best Show on WFMU even though I don’t really want to


The new Poets off Poetry is up now featuring an essay by Mark Bibbins.  Thanks to Mark for putting together a stellar Best of ’08 list.   Definitely a huge overhaul.  Be patient with the page; all those videos take a while to load.

And to use the word “best” as a segue, I cannot stop listening to The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling.  It’s on right now.  It’s like that Bill Hicks joke about him not being able to stop watching the show Cops even though he doesn’t want to.  Like him not being able to quit tonguing the sore tooth in his mouth.  Once I turn on this show, I can’t not listen to it in its entirety.


You can listen too.  It’s on every Tuesday.  But I warn you, you will gain nothing by doing so except for the smug satisfaction that Tom isn’t heave ho’ing you off the line because you aren’t stupid enough to try to call with something for the topic.  Sometimes that smugness is good enough for me.

Oh, hey, hi. Hi!

Greetings from the year 2009.

Some stuff has happened.  Other stuff is going to happen.  I had a really good horoscope courtesy of The L Magazine a few weeks ago.  I think I am mostly pumped.

Here’s a list of some of said things:

Most importantly, there is Arthur Russell.


You can google him.  You’ll find him.  There’s even a documentary.

I can say nothing that will accurately express my appreciation for my new relationship with Russell’s music.

There is also this: Sound and Safe with Trent on WFMU.  I’ve been listening to all the archives.  Quality radio program.  For those of us  who get home at night and turn on the radio as opposed to the TV (there are others of you out there, right?) this show is a good find.  On September 22, 2008 Trent interviews Matt Wolf,  director of the Arthur Russell documentary.  Awesome.  Check out Russell’s “This is How We Walk on the Moon” below.

Next, there is this:


I’ll say no more.

Also, I have a poem in the latest issue of Tight.


I’m in some good company here.  It’s available by order from Northshire Book Store.

And last but not least:


POP got a logo!!!  Lastest issue of POP will be up this week, featuring a Best of ’08 list by Mark Bibbins.  POP will also be at AWP in Chicago next month so stop by and say hi!  I’ll even have buttons for you!

Stay tuned…more good stuff to come.

I heart Dave the Spazz Thursdays & poetry stuff for Friday

Man, Thursday nights are made for staying in and doing chores as long as I remember to turn the radio on.  Dave the Spazz is on 91.1WFMU from 8-11pm.  Dude’s been on the air at least 20 years.  Surf rock?  Garage?  Rockabilly?  No problem.  This dude reminds me that I don’t know shit about music.

Also, tomorrow night there are many poetry things.

1. Earshot


featuring Amy King, Leslie Anne Mcilroy with guitarist Don Bertschman & Nellie Bridge

Friday, September 12th @ 7 p.m.
Pete’s Candy Store
709 Lorimer Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11211
(718) 302 – 3770

3. The Poetry Brothel

The Poetry Brothel featuring Valzhyna Mort
Friday, September 12th, 9pm-2am
Papa B Studios
907 Broadway @ Arion Place
J/M/Z to Myrtle Ave.
$10 includes a free absinthe cocktail and private reading

Whoa-nellie.  I’m going to try and ride my bike around town tomorrow night.  Keep your fingers crossed for me that it doesn’t rain.