Jan 31, 2006

State(s) of the Union?

...two hilarious headlines up on yahoo news right now...

"Bush to say Americans addicted to oil"

"Poll finds men want Jessica Alba as a girlfriend"

found a used copy Neil Gaiman's Death graphic novel in Red Letter today...though it wasn't priced/processed yet so i couldn't buy it...wack...

...currently listening to N.E.R.D. nerd...

"hey girl, i'm a provider!"
—N.E.R.D.

Mueller gets ups!!!

if you're aware of my editor's mission statement published in the first issue of BOTH BOTH then this email from Daron Mueller of the Left Hand Reading series will make sense...



Hi John -- Daron here -- how are things?? I hope very well. I had
been
meaning to send this Shakespeare to you for some time (IF YOU HADN"T
ALREADY FOUND IT) -- I happened to be reading the Tempest right when
BOTH BOTH came out. Just a few minutes ago I realized that I could use
the MIT Shakespeare website and cut and paste the text to you -- there
maybe other "both both"s in Shakespeare and I suppose one could search
all text of all the plays with a "find" command and type in the text
"both".

fun fun!
d

here is the Shakespeare from the Tempest Act I, Scene 2
the MIT SHAKESPEARE site:

http://www-tech.mit.edu/Shakespeare/

*MIRANDA*

O the heavens!
What foul play had we, that we came from thence?
Or blessed was't we did?

*PROSPERO*

Both, both, my girl:
By foul play, as thou say'st, were we heaved thence,
But blessedly holp hither.

*MIRANDA*

O, my heart bleeds
To think o' the teen that I have turn'd you to,
Which is from my remembrance! Please you, farther.


...thanks Daron!

...currently listening to Mystik Journeymen Magic...

ORTH learns more about the energy-efficiency improvments that will be made to his home as a result of winning the 2006 Energy Makeover Contest

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P1010055,
originally uploaded by John Sakkis.

Jan 30, 2006

we got the beat!

woo hoo! we should make a bundle off this one...we got Jello Biafra and Thurston Moore to do a benifit show for Bombay Gin upcoming at the Boulder Theater...Anne Waldman will also be performing as will Naropa's own Strangers Die Everyday...


A Night of Poetry and Music for
Progressive Action presented by the Student Union of
Naropa University, Bombay Gin Literary Magazine, and
Estrojam

Featuring: Jello Biafra, Thurston Moore, Anne Waldman,
Andrea Gibson, Strangers Die Everyday, and DJ Yer Momm

When: March 9th, Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street,
Boulder, CO, 303-786-7030

Price: $20 Presale (for presale info., call
303-245-4612) $25 at the Boulder Theater

...currently listening to Murs 3:16 The 9th Edition and/or some Richard Buckner album...

new poetry stuff!!!

of late, a bunch of new stuff has found it's way onto my lap...

Etel Adnan sent me a copy of Discourse Journal For Theoretical Studies In Media Culture from Winter/ Spring 98'...her essay "The Unfolding Of An Artist's Book" is included...in her words (from her letter) the essay is "a probably interesting oblique view on translation, as it includes another form of expression, painting." (thanks Etel!)

Michael Magee's wonderful mag Combo (issues 1-11) found their way into my office this morning...lot's and lot's of fun catch up reading to do...

Michael Magee's book morning constitutional from Spencer Books/ HANDWRITTEN PRESS was also included...

and then in the mail this afternoon, Jessica Smith's beautifully put together/presented chapbook, bird-book...(thanks Jessica!)

should i start my thesis today or tomorrow? i'm thinking tomorrow, like, workday(mon), thesisday(tues), thesisday(wed), workday(thurs), thesisday(fri)...


...currently listening to Mogwai Come On Die Young...

Bound To Get Fuller (just imagine me beat boxing in the middle)


,
originally uploaded by Stephanie Young.
photo by Stephanie Young...

darg, i miss Armand...

"well well well, it appears as tho, you were up plenty late last night and ya know Logan, I could have really used your help last night in the TENDERLOIN. It appears, that at roughly 2am, a beer bottle went sailing out of Arnone's apartment towards a mob of about 20 hipsters outside the Castle. A few moments later, I found myself inside of the gate screamiing at a mob that now had grown to roughly 40 hipsters all wanting to rip me apart while Katie with a K, Orth and Pokarney desperatley tried to prevent me from entering the street and most likely my death. The scene outside, was truly something to be seen, like a choreographed Hipster-Thriller, or a scene from Thunderdome. Not only was I told to "go back to Fresno, you Yuppie-Fuck" whereupon I began a riveting monologue about how I was from Chicago, but I was also called a certain outdated term usually directed at an African American, which provoked me to start pointing my finger at the angry mob, counting them and screaming "Honkey". Eventually, a Budweiser "Big Boy" went sailing through the gate, towards me, fell on the ground, whereupon, Orth being incredibly aware, picked it up and screamed "Free Beer!", picked it up and then began thanking them by saying "Thanks for the free beer dude!....I love free beer!" Somehow this ended, we came back up stairs, I took a few sips of my "Big Guy" and then promptly took a power nap in the chair.

"Oh....thats our Armand" said Arnone."

...BTW, the apartment from whence the beer bottle was chucked is none other than my old apartment...Geary between Polk and Larkin foo'...glad to see, read, hear that the old TL apartment is still as ruckus as ever...and that Armand "cappo" Capanna is still the homie...

also, had a dream last night that i was performing with Brandon Brown and Alli Warren's super group Bound To Get Fuller at the San Francisco Poet's Theater...Brandon was sort of yelling surrealistic nothings into a microphone all the while Alli was looking embarrassed all the while i was beat boxing...people didn't seem to be into us...they looked really bored...

...currently listening to a Michael Palmer lecture...

back at work...

so, didn't leave the apartment all weekend, didn't answer the phone (ironically this seemed to be the weekend EVERYTHING was going on), drank approximatly 25 cups of "yogi herbal tea," and two gallons of "Simply Orange" orange juice concomitant with mounds and mounds of fruit...if fact the first "real" meal i had in three days was a bowl of chili yesterday afternoon (i think i lost 10 pounds this weekend, no joke, i had NO appetite)...prologue to that it was all fuji apples, bananas, cantalope and canned pinapple...

movies watched this weekend:

1. Sin City (#1 comic book movie ever...Batman Begins #2)
2. Gandhi (wow! this movie! i had no idea...)
3. American Me
4. Coming To America
5. The Shining

American Me struck me most (i hadn't seen it since middle school)...watching the "making of" and learning that more than half of the cast were actual gang members/ Folsom prisoners...and then learning that a lot of the actors/gang members in the movie were killed/maimed shortly after the film wrapped...not because of the film, but just because...

got sick of taking NyQuil so i did some meds digging and found some old prescription cold pills...currently taking those...though i'm holding off on the Amoxycillin until i know this head cold is a sinus infection...we'll see...

currently in my office listening to Drew Gardner reading at Segue in New York (http://media.sas.upenn.edu/pennsound/authors/Gardner/Gardner-Drew_Segue_NY_11-5-05.mp3), thanks for the link Kaplan! waiting for Ann (librarian) to bring me a box of new audio tapes to dig into and start digitizing...

"i'd like to think my stomach is beautiful"
—Drew Gardner

Jan 27, 2006

look at that folks, he jumped the gun...

so, TOTALLY not well...in fact, full blown cold...which blows...

so, Michael Koshkin and Jennifer Rogers, i probably won't be at your reading tonight at Left Hand (8 PM for the Boulder folks)...we'll see how i feel...

...i think i'm going to get dressed, go to Safeway, buy a gallon of orange juice, tea, some more cold medicine and Kleenex, go to the Writing and Poetics office and pick up mail, come home and watch movies all day...

why is the germaphobe always the one to catch the cold?



...currently listening to Modest Mouse Good News For People Who Love Bad News...

Jan 26, 2006

Trane Devore asks...

told you
told you,
originally uploaded by John Sakkis.
"um...is it real? looks ouch..."

for the record...yes, totally real...this is me pre-acclimation...and this one was mild...

so, come on down to Colorado...that's fun!

Gennady Aygi...(from Joris' blog)

Gennady Aygi is the major Chuvash poet of our times, now in his early seventies & in need of help because of failing health. The email below from PEN Berlin was forwarded to me by Ammiel Alcalay. Your help will be much appreciated. Below the appeal I'll paste two small texts by & a bio-note on Aygi I put together a few years back for a special issue on poetics of Boundary2.

Please help the poet Gennadji Ajgi in Moscow!

Gennadij Ajgi born in 1934 in Schajmursino (at the time part of the Autonomous Chuvash Soviet Republic), is a great European Poet. The Chuvashian lyricist has been writing since 1960 in the Russian language (following the advice of Boris Pasternak) and has received a numerous amount of awards amongst others the German Petraca price and the price of the Académie Française. In 1992/93 Ajgi was fellow in Berlin as part of the artists program of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). During this time period he published “Aus Feldern Russland“ (From Russian Fields) together with his translator Felix Philipp Ingold and has enchanted many listeners and readers.

We have received a cry for help from Moscow. Gennagij Ajgi who recently accepted to take part at the P.E.N. congress in Berlin in May has fallen ill and lies in a Moscow clinic. The hospital costs are large and exceed the modest amount covered by the families insurance. P.E.N. in Germany has set up a donation account to help Ajgis family with the hospital bill.

Commerzbank of Darmstadt; Germany
IBAN: DE 3750 8400 050 - 130808907
BIC: COBADEFFXXX

Please help with a donation and please help soon. The reserve assets and donations of his friends and family in Moscow have already been used. Every Euro Counts! Please pass this call for help to your friends and family.

Berlin, January 2006
Nina Hartl, DAAD
Ursulla Setzer and Herbert Wiesner, PEN-Zentrum, Germany
Ulrich Schreiber, internationales literaturfestival berlin


(...this is terrible news...Gennady's reading at The Poetry Center @ SFSU stands as one of the three best readings i've ever attended...and he read last (after a 3 1/2 hour marathon of international poets!)...i was lucky enough to have drinks with Gennady and his translator Peter France at a local pub in the Tenderloin after the reading...Peter kindly translating my English for Gennady, vise versa...

before leaving i told Gennady that i was sorry we couldn't communicate without a translator...Gennady took a napkin and wrote something in Russian which Peter quickly translated..."John, we communicate through the air...")

Michael Koshkin and Jennifer Rogers...

LEFT HAND Reading Series
This Friday, January 29th
at 8pm

Poetry Reading:

Barbara Barg
Michael Koshkin
Jennifer Rogers

at Left Hand Book Collective
1200 Pearl St. # 10
Boulder, CO

the store is downstairs on the mall near broadway in pearl in the
Broadway Basement Shops
call 303 - 888 - 6726 for more info and, or visit our web page

http://lefthandreadingseries.blogspot.com

soup...

at work on another Kyger tape (continued from last Monday)...

"the Latin Poet's are Cambells' Soup" —Philip Whalen (from a list given to Kyger on "what books to read")...seems like the males in Kyger's life were always giving her lists...a few tapes back Kyger read a list of "things you should be doing" written by Snyder to Kyger back in the late 60's early 70's...

right now, Kyger is playing a recording of Philip Whalen reading his poem "Self Portrait Sad"...

the no drink, no smoke stricture was going well until (not a complaint) fiction writer Adam Barker stopped by the apartment last night with a huge bottle of Shiraz in tow...we drank, we smoked we watched Arrested Development...then i started feeling sick...then i poured out the rest of my wine and went to bed...then i woke up at 3 AM on what felt like my deathbed...sweaty, achy, delusional, snotty, coughy etc...back to bed until i woke up again at 8:30 AM feeling refreshed, dewy, non snotty, non coughy and lucid!!!...it was one of those over night battles...some unknown germ VS. my immune system...i must say, my immune system whooped that ass...go t-cells!...i seem to get these a lot...like, my body is teetering on either being REALLY sick or flash-flood sick...my immune system (it really does rock) usually tips the scales to the latter with the cellular blitzkrieg...i'm a healthy boy!

...currenttly listening Kyger listening to a recording of Philip Whalen reading his poem "Dream Pantomime"

Jan 25, 2006

ouch...

i think i've been going too hard for the last 6 days or so...smoking WAY, drinking WAY, shit talking WAY...my body aches, my spirit is drained, my constitution flushed, i'm not sick but i have a cough...i haven't had a drink since monday, i haven't had a smoke since 6 PM yesterday...i don't plan on doing either until my chest feels better...

thank God Alicia is coming to Boulder to keep me company for a few days...gotta stay healthy for A-dub...

played catch with Jared Hayes (look for new work from Hayes in the upcoming issue Five Fingers Review!) today on the Naropa greens...always fun playing with a former minor league (single A) prospect..."nice throw" takes on a whole new meaning...

people always tell me i'm "such a sag"...like i know what that means...

what else? oh, i ate "Poet's Tuna Salad" today...yum yum yum...i'm out of fruit but am a little too paranoid to leave the apartment at the moment to buy more...which is sort of a Catch-22...if i don't eat fruit my body and mind sort of tag-team and go a little crazy...psycho-somatic reactions ain't fun bub...

has everyone checked the new Hot Whiskey chapbook? it's called...something...and is by Anselm Palatore...they're really pretty, you should buy one...Jared (da' catcher) Hayes helped design the cover...

later skater...

...currently listening to Modest Mouse Good News For People Who Love Bad News...uploading Neutral Milk Hotel On Avery Island...


oh, i almost forgot...didja know that the Beastie Boys Are The New Bon Jovi...http://www.michaelhanscom.com/eclecticism/2006/01/beastie_boys_ar.html

Jan 24, 2006

Sun...

a poem that i love from Michael Palmer's Baudelaire Series (which i read today)

I killed a bee on the Street of Scissors
The bee was holding a picture of me

A woman walked past
There is a time, there

is a time before, she said
without turning her head

Then you carried no ink
Then you were not a photograph


...somehow i feel implicated from the opening couplet's first person to the concluding couplet's second person...a sort of murky transition...the duration of the book/poem reads this way...not sure whom/what is speaking/progressing (I/ She/ You?)...thinking back to Palmer's sense of the 'margin,' of the 'theater'..."Because I'm writing about the snow not the sentence/ Because there is a card—a visitor's card—and on that card// there are words of ours arranged in a row" (from Fifth Prose)

...today i transcribed Demosthenes Agrafiotos' Greek translations of a couple Rachel Blau DuPlessis poems that are going in Bombay Gin #32...

Law & Order SVU is on tonight...i'm watching that then going to bed...boom...

...currently listening to Miss Kitten & The Hacker First Album...

Jan 23, 2006

choose your own adventure...or, an X-File...

so, how is it that one goes to the bar to study for thesis and ends up sitting with the ex-boyfriend of a girl who one was hooking up with a bit last summer while she was still with said ex-boyfriend (though to my (eh hem...one's)) credit the girl said she was in an open relationship???

OMG! talk about awkward at first...but dood turned out to be a really cool (AND UNDERSTANDING) guy...and i think once we both got over the the weirdness it was all gravy...actually, i had a great time shooting the breeze with him...lot's about Ken Miller (Naropa photo Prof. who is known for his amazing portraits of my old neighborhood in SF, the Tenderloin), corn shucking/ apple picking in the Pacific Northwest, and sports (imagine that! a theater major and a poet sitting in a bar getting excited about Kobe's 82 points, the UT game and the Super Bowl)

...speaking of sport's though, Barry Bonds dropped out of the WBC! which is bad news for Team USA but good news for my SF Giants...stay healthy Barry!

just for the record...Bowen family...Sabrina Calle does not have really big blonde Bon Jovi hair...not that there's anything wrong with that...

i got a lot done tonight...about 10 pages of notes from the Hollander/ Levi-Strauss/ Palmer interview...i'm thinking that the Catacombs might be my study hall (no, not like Spicer)...the analytic lyric haven i've been yearning for...hmmm....


and i wrote three poems!!!

after Michael Palmer

Form A

"called hazards of bodies"

the gaze true or false
well, no flood of blood
be (prey) dead gift
when having a birthday

under the name

Form A

"called hazards of bodies"

or to thumb jouissance
starts bleeding
yet a closed grotesque
Greek, judge and brutes

memory on dance
Jesperson has that too

Form A

"called hazards of bodies"

at each end ark
dinner for me/ easily
and discretion of a bear, let's say
everytime I saw red

I wrote you a letter

and Robert has talked about reading


...currently listening to Mike Ladd Welcome To The Afterfuture...

WWPOH...

just recieved the second issue of Jon Leon's mag Wherever We Put Our Hats in the mail (thanks Jon!)...looks like a pretty neat samizdat...this issue features poetry by Tyler Carter, Ken Rumble, Kate Schapira, Jon Leon, Ange Mlinko, Kent Johnson, Heather Brinkman, Jen Hofer and Jess Mynes all bound up with places to go in a canary yellow (a la' BOTH BOTH) cover stock...looking forward to reading it...check Jon's blog here wwpoh.blogspot.com...

the man, the myth Benjamin Hollander sent me the dope shit ("is your dad a dope dealer cause your dope to me" M.I.A.) for Bombay Gin...a response to a letter on/about translation Brandon Brown sent a while back...

...currently listening to Medeski, Martin & Wood Last Chance To Dance Trance (Perhaps) (wow...i used to really love these guys, now they bore/ annoy the living shit out of me...)

...

forgot to mention...Desperate Housewives rocked last night...good to see the writers finally bringing back story points that until last night i assumed they'd forgotten/discarded...on the other hand 60 minutes sucked (except for the pro video gamer profile on FATALITY from Kansas City MO ("the Babe Ruth of video gamers"))... (and then those So. Korean kids are nuts for first person shooters)...Dateline was much better (wha?)...AND my Sunday burger was the beat!

met Kaplan Harris through email this morning...always great to chat with another obsessive archivist...

i might be at the bar tonight keeping Selina company, studying while she works...game?

about to start work on another Kyger tape...all about Philip Whalen...

working...

on a lecture given by Jenny Penberthy at Naropa July 4, 1995 on Niedecker and Surrealism...

i remember Penberthy giving a similar lecture for The Poetry Center @ SFSU a few years back...the Oppen Lecture perhaps? (where Penberthy played the only known recording of Niedecker reading her poems...amazing!)

lot's about N.'s "Vertical Simultaneity," her experiment of putting three poems on the page together to "catch the intersections of consciousness and unconsciousness," with regards to her primary "basic color, sound, and rhythm" poetics...

and then lot's about N.'s "the subconscious and folk" poetics as applied to her New Goose poems...as Penberthy explains, "the deeply embeded rhythms of our childhood as explored in the poems.."

Steve Dickison recently (couple years ago) published the New Goose poems in a beautiful little edition from his Listening Chamber press...pretty sure they're still available from SPD...

Jan 22, 2006

Plummer's playing like crap...(pun...boo)...

ugh...Steelers lead the Broncos 24-3...two touchdowns in 1:48 seconds the latter coming off a pick interception...boo...this is almost to painful to watch...how come the Steelers aren't bothered by the altitude? where the hell are the bloody noses, the dehydration, headaches etc...?

in lieu of more football commentary i'll give you my "Poet's Tuna Salad" recipe...this is what i live off of...

one can of Kirkland Tuna (this is important, Kirkland has the desired quantity and texture)
three generous spoon size scoops of Safeway Select Mayo (integral, the Safeway brand has just the right combo of a salty to sweet flavoring...never, i repeat NEVER use Miracle Whip...unless you want to end up with "Poet's Garbage Tuna Salad"...

ratio of minced or chopped or sliced onions based on desired "pep"...i like a lot of pep so i tend to use a lot of onions...

1/2 a fuji apple chopped into small cubes (fuji is important, perfect sweetness to counter/compliment the onions)

one handfull of Trader Joe's Honey Roasted Peanuts (not so sure that the Trader Joe's brand is so important...i use them because my mom usually sends around 5 bags in her care packages...)

ton o' pepper...i mean TON O'...generous seasoning with salt...i say GENEROUS people...

mix diligently together until texture looks like patte...

eat either out of the bowl or wrapped in letuce while watching The X-Files or a sport's game on the tele...enjoy! kaliorixi!!!

...currently listening to the Steelers VS. Broncos AFC Championship...

please be careful with my Bon Jovi...

Bon Jovi Plane Skids Off Runway in Canada
01/21/2006 4:41 PM

An airliner carrying members of Bon Jovi skidded off a runway early Saturday after landing in severe weather.

The Boeing 707 carrying the band and its touring staff overshot the runway at Hamilton International Airport.

A spokeswoman said the 14 passengers and flight crew were arriving from Buffalo, N.Y., where the band played Friday. No one was hurt.

Shows scheduled for Saturday, Monday and Tuesday at Toronto's Air Canada Center were expected to proceed as planned, she said.

...currently listening to Mark Farina Mushroom Jazz 3...

hypnopompic...

dreaming that my cousin Petros was saying to my cousin Manolis that our band was going to be the "next American The Arcade Fire"...i think "American" is what jarred me awake, too much for my sort of awake brain to deal with...

also lot's of "deep deep sea diving"...i remember creatures, and one ugly ass shark, like Bishop's The Fish, i think i saw a commercial for ABC's Surface last night before falling asleep...yeah, that must be it...

...currently listening to Mannish Audio Sedative...

Jan 21, 2006

"what can i get for a 10 dollar"...

my girlfriends (poet's who you know and have definitly read) wanted to take me to the strip club tonight to get me a lap dance!...i'm lame and bashful though, so i said "hells no! what else?"...

lot's of talk about "bridge and tunnel"...mostly by me...herm...

i reek of the Downer...if you haven't been you should...you'll reek too...

got through the Bombay Gin solicitations today while watching the Avs finally loose a game...

...AFC tommorow!!! go Broncos!!!

...currently listening to Mad Season Mad Season...

sappin' the 40

sappin' the 40
sappin' the 40,
originally uploaded by John Sakkis.
Sabrina with brown-bag...

roll call? "sha-booya?!" WTF is wrong with me...

looking at the post below me and steadily laughing out of my chair...

what incites one to come home from a night of drinking whiskey and break out the poetry roll call on one's blog is beyond me...i'm blaming it on the Wild Turkey...that's that...

...currently listening to Ludwig Van Beethooven Master's Of Classical Music Vol. 3...


today i'm going to go over Bombay Gin solicitations and eat a ton o' fruit...

Jan 20, 2006

name droping like whoa...

so, i'm a little perved but...the Kerouac School departmental meeting was the beat!!!

ok: hella fun with Andrew Schelling about Robert Duncan and Jimmy & Lucy's (peep my interview with Schelling in Small Town 5)...

...super duper cold-kickin' it with Reed Bye in the snow about blogs...(check his new selected poems from United Artists)

...Anselm Hollo on the thesis (my advisor)...

...Sabrina Calle with the 40's...

me with the "big guy" (SF TM'd) of Wild Turkey...

Bhanu Kapil and me on crack smoking, M.I.A., mental illness, "dope smoking," and Alan Gilbert...

...Jack Collom being Jack Collom sans yokeling...darnit!

Junior Burke (our new chair!!!)...

Akilah Oliver pop locking her keys in her car...darnit!

hella shit talking and daps...woot woot...

ok, like i said i'm a bit perved...um...

gonna go fix me some Cambell's Chunky...watch the second episode of The X-Files Season 9...what?!

...um, more name droping...so, ROLE CALL!!! hi Alli Warren! hi Brandon Brown! hi Kasey Mohammad! hi Stephanie Young! hi Armand Capanna! hi James Sakkis! Hi Benjamin Hollander! hi Rick London! hi Rachel Levitsky! hi Demosthenes Agrafiotis! hi Anna Moschovakis! hi Siarita Kouka! hi Goodword! hi Grouch! hi Alan Gilbert! hi Paul Hoover! hi Murat Nemet-Nejat! hi Ammiel Alcalay! hi Brandon Brown! hi Norma Cole! hi CA Conrad! hi Eleni Stecopolous! hi Pierre Joris! hi David Larsen! hi Steve Dickison! hi Dose One! hi Stacy Doris! hi Suzanne Stein! hi Kevin Killian! hi Angelos Sakkis! hi Eugene Ostashevsky! hi Susan Gevirtz! hi Jerome Rothenberg! hi Michael Koshkin! hi Jen Scappettone! hi Waldrops! hi Chet Wiener! hi Bombay Gin! hi Matvei Yankelevich! hi Andrew Joron! hi BOTH BOTH readers!!! (disclaimer...these are mostly my friends or Bombay Gin #32 contributor's..or both (both))...

okay, i'm in love...not telling...sha booya sha sha...sha booya...

...currently listening to Ludwig Van Beethoven Master's Of Classical Music Vol. 3...

lot's of new flickr photos from the dept. meeting in the next week or so...

xo-Onlymerk!!

...

snow hike...

just got done with a long snow hike up the Sanitas Mountain trail...i'm exhausted...poof...

Writing And Poetics departmental meeting tonight at Sam Wall's house...see the Naropians there...Naropa kicks ass that way, Departmental meeting with drinks and DJ's...

...currently listening to Luckyiam.psc Justify The Means...

Brazil...

"just got in yesterday from brazil. i miss the heat. i miss always sweating. i miss the beaches. i especially miss all the sounds...how brazil creeps into your ears in the mornings."— my brother

...dream: i was a woman. i was in China. i was in a bicycle race with thousands of other men and women. we seemed to be racing downhill through sand dunes toward the beach. it was imperative to keep to a certain side of the road. thousands of bicyclists yelling at each other "do you know if it's left or right!" it was understood that the Chinese Government was forcing us to race. it was also understood that the Chinese Government would be executing people depending on how they did in the race. i reached the beach/ water first ostensibly winning the race. i called the Chinese Government to let them know i won and to claim my prize (my life?). the Chinese Government told me that because i had cheated by sitting down on the bicycle seat during the race they were coming to "collect" me. i knew i hadn't cheated by sitting down. for some reason i knew this rule and made sure during the race not to break it. i violently spat as many combinations of curses i could think of into the phone at the Chinese Government (i knew this was a MAJOR coup, like the collected "i" of the racers was being voiced). i knew i only had a few minutes before the "van" showed up to collect me. i found a pool cue on the beach. i quickly broke it in half. i quickly hid one half of the sticks in the cast on my left arm. then i quickly concealed the other half in my right breast plate (suddenly i was wearing women's midieval armor). i was being transported in the van with a group of other "collected" bicyclists. i saw an opertunity. (at this point the dream sort of took a narrative turn, as if i was telling myself what myself just did without actually experiencing what i just did). i slid the stick from my cast arm and thrust it into the face of one of the Government guards sitting in the back seat. i then took the stick from my breast plate and impaled the Government guard sitting in the front seat. i quickly took the gun from the Government guard sitting in the back seat and directed the Guard-driver, at gunpoint to take me somewhere safe. (at this point it's hard to make a narrative/ connection to the next part of the dream). suddenly my consciousness split. i was both a young African-American woman and myself (as John). we were married? boyfriend/girlfriend/ not sure. the "van" broke down in what seemed to me like the American Deep South (weeping willow trees, hills). we pulled into a grocery store parking lot. everything seemed a bit menacing. i remember seeing members of the community wading around in a kiddie pool in the middle of the parking lot. i remember i thought this was strange and went back to the "van" to get my digital camera. i remember kneeling down in the parking lot and snapping a picture of an old man with a white beard in a brown suit sliding into the water. myself (the African-American woman and John) got back into the van.

...i woke up and wrote it down.

...currently listening to Luckyiam.psc Extra Credit 2...

Jan 19, 2006

P1010010

P1010010
P1010010,
originally uploaded by John Sakkis.
i'll be Mulder to your Scully...

o my god! o my god! o my GOD!

ugh...are you kidding me?! i'm a total ufin' mess right now...um...wha...er...seriously though...how could one show be SO good...?

Mark Snow's "The Kiss" theme is to freaking die for...

by the way, Juliana Spahr wrote the best X-Files poem i've ever read in her Response...

true story, the only time i've ever been to San Jose was for an X-Files convention...yes, i'm a HUGE fucking nerd...WAY prologue to "geek-chic" though...i'm OG like that...ya heard?!

...currently listening to, you guessed it...Living Legends Stop & Retaliate...

"pumpin' 4 tracks at his funeral/ always from the Bay we relay/ interlay/ thoughts..."

skillz to pay the billz...

okay, that's it, i'm making this a series..."Best Yahoo News Article Title's Of The Week"...

this one takes the cake for this week...and it's up right now!

"many college students have only basic skills"...

...in the midst of a Living Legends saturation job if you haven't noticed (it's not my fault though, i'm a wee OCD, like the only reason for the LL glut at the moment is because i'm on the "l's" of an alphabetical "by artist" complete itunes listening session, before the "by artist" it was alphabetical "by song title," i have 7000 songs in my itunes so it takes about half a year to do a complete listening session (a through z), after i'm done with the current "by artist" i'll move on to an alphbetical "by albums" listening session, and after that i'll be doing a "by genre" listening session, i'm better than i used to be though, i used to have to listen to a new cd wherever it was naturally located within an alphabetical order, for example, say i get a new Themselves album but i'm only on the g's (Gavin Hardkiss for instance) in the song order "by artist," that means i'd have to upload the new Themselves album and get to it naturally by listening to 14 letters worth of "by artist" music, that could take half a year...i used to read my books this way too...i still do with a couple provisions, if you're my friend/teacher you get bumped up in the order...if not, i put you in the back of the order...poetry has it's own order as does prose as does journals...for example, the next novel i'll be reading is Kazantzakis' The Last Temptation of Christ...i bought that book 6 years ago...you get the point...currently listening to Living Legends Stop & Retaliate...

...maybe this could also be a weekly series..."John's Sort-of OCD Symptoms"...don't ask me about my underwear or socks order...i'll get to it...

oh yeah, blog's are better than cell phones...i got a call from the folks (Sabrina and Mya) about a half an hour ago asking if i was down for drinks tonight! that's fun...

i'm gonna go watch the season finale of The X-Files Season 8...if i remember it correctly from when i watched it on the original airdate (that's right card carrying X-Files Fan club member) it was one of the biggest X-File tear jerkers of the entire 9 year series run...i don't know about you but i'm always down for some weeping before the bar...

"Equipto from Frisco"
—Living Legends

"San Francisco four one fever"
—Living Legends

"this is about some SLUMP"
—Living Legends

translation rap...

wow! Rick London just phoned...we had a nice conversation about translation re his Darwish (Arabic) and my Agrafiotis (Greek)...

go Rick London!

...i just talked to my brother who got back from Brazil this morning...he's definitly the best person in the world...yuper, the best...

...note to folks in Boulder who wan't to get drinks but call me after 10 pm...you have to understand that if i'm not out by 8 i'm probably not going to go out...i'm probably in an Excedrin PM induced coma on the couch with a bowl of pistachio shells on the coffee table and The Lord of The Rings The Fellowship Of The Ring playing silently on the tube...so, hit your homie up sooner...like 6:30...

...currently listening to Living Legends Live Broke Ass Summer Jam (i was at this show!) (R.I.P. Maritime Hall)

"i'm as strong as an Altoid"
—Living Legends

"the Bay Area is the SHIIITTT!!!"
—Living Legends

Fraser...

at work in the Williams Burroughs Gray Room (my office!) digitizing Kathleen Fraser's lecture "The Uncontainable" given at Naropa July 5, 1996...

"what does it mean to listen through existing written forms?"

about an hour ago finished digitizing a workshop led by Joanne Kyger (Fall 92')...an extenuation of her "Beat And Other Rebel Angels" lecture series...the final talk was all about Gary Snyder and in true Kyger fashion filled with amazing anecdotal factoids...i took a class with Kyger a couple Summer's back...Kyger's teaching method is pretty amazing..."workshop" is definitly a misnomer...we were looking at Lew Welch that day, Kyger pulls pages and pages of notes out of her tote bag...and without delay begins reading...reading verbatim from her notes, at once cogent and off the cuff, well researched and talky as only Joanne can be...the only workshoping that goes on in a Kyger class is the student's attempt at taking down/in everything she is saying...

...woke up this morning to snow...which immediately put me in a good mood...snow does that to me...you?


...currently listening to Kathleen Fraser "The Uncontainable"

Jan 18, 2006

revelations...

funny how they work...i don't get it...like, a week ago when i checked the mail i found about 6 letter's addressed (by name) to my landlord...this isn't the first time it's happend...so, i'm thinking "i wonder why i keep getting mail for Erikur (landlord) in the mailbox..."...skip to tonight...i'm walking home from mailing some BOTH BOTH's, i have a bottle of Jameson in hand approaching my apartment, i just finished a smoke and am reaching into my jacket pocket to pull out my keys when it hits me...Erikur's mail is finding it's way into my mailbox because he used to live in my apartment (that's right, i've got the plush "building manager" apartment)...and the only reason i know this is because about a month 1/2 ago my garbage disposel was clogged and begining to flood the sink...i had to go to Erikur's apartment so he could call maintenance...when i invited Erikur into my apartment so he could take a look he remarked "i used to live here, this was my favorite (gesturing to the dining room) place to study..."...that's it, disposel fixed, never once thought about it again, and needlessly to say didn't connect any mail mishap dots...so, why O' why do the synapses snap into gear randomly tonight?! i wasn't thinking about it, it hasn't been bothering me, nothing NOTHING would have indicated that i'd connect the obvious (now, duh) clues...weird...the only thing i can think (ha!) is that somewhere, somehow my unconscious mind has been really hot and bothered by this seemingly puzzling situation...has been working at figureing it out for the last couple of months without my conscious mind being so much as privy...i love this, sort of freaks me out and makes me love being a homo homo sapian all at once...

...currently listening to Living Legends Angels With Dirty Faces...

Suzanne!!!

the lovely and amazing poet Suzanne Stein sent me Lil Kim's album Hardcore which i just recieved/ retrieved in the mail...this all stems from Christmas Eve...after Kevin K.'s birthday party me, Brandon and Suzanne headed back to the Mission to drink Pabst at Brandon's...and then after a few we got on the subject of sexy/ dirty female rap...and then Suzanne is all "John have you heard Lil Kim's Hardcore!?...and i'm all "noper" and she's all "alright, i'm gonna send it to you, it's the best!!!"

...and then she did, thanks Suzanne! (oh, and your copies (Dec/ Jan) of BOTH BOTH are in the mail)

another funny yahoo news article i just saw "face transplant patient is smoking again"


...currently listening to Lil Kim's Hardcore (is that the album title or Suzanne's burned cd title?...hmmm...)

BTW...

Koshkin came through with the Mac OS X...that's fun!

...currently listening to Living Legends Almost Famous...about to go eat lunch and read that interview...

float like a butterfly sting like an onion...

just got back from the grocery...gave myself deader arm walking hecka heavy goods home...DOUBLE FISTING IT!!!

1. candle (because i rely on matches to light my cigs and i've recently been out of matches and have been white trashly resorting to lighting my smokes with the oven burner...ghett...O!
2. toilet paper and mayo
3. super Summer sausages (because i have about 15 kinds of gourmet cheese in my fridge with nothing to eat them with)
4. two cans of Chunky Cambell's soup (as an incentive to keep me away from 7-11 after the bar on the weekends)
5. hamburger meat (i just got done preparing burgers for the freezer (my ritual is to cook a burger every Sunday, Greek style (sans bun) and watch Desperate Housewives)...my own burger concoction includes extra virgin olive oil, balsalmic vinegar, atomic bomb hot sauce, lemon juice and onions all mixed together into a lumpy spicy patti...))
6. one huge red onion (oh man, i can't tell you how hard i was tearing up slicing this onion...all the while dancing around to M.I.A. in my kitchen)
7. fuji apples and bannana's (someone once called me a fruitarian...cheers!)

...and speaking of meat, Silliman is too!!! all about Linh Dinh's erotic "meat" poems...
...and then Koshkin is putting together a "meat anthology"...that is, an anthology of poetry all about MEAT!!! the only poets that i know for sure are included are Lisa Jarnot and Logan Ryan Smith...that's fun!!!

here's one of my favorite Dinh poems:

Assholes

If I remember correctly, Bruce Chatwin
Declared the camel's to be the most elegant,
Over the cat's, horse's and human's.
I am no fan of the chicken's or the elephant's,
But the human asshole, like the human nose,
Hair, penis and breast, comes in such a variety.
Some are rimmmed pink, others are bruised purple.
Some are scraggly, bohemian, others well-trimmed.
Some are pert, saucy, even threatening.
Some are fankly shy, others coquettish.

...me again...and then two yahoo headlines that cracked me up/baffled me today...
"study: men enjoy watching mean people suffer" and "scientists discover new psuedo-scorpian species in caves"...at first glance i thought the latter read "scientists discover new psycho-scorpian species..." imagine coming across a "PSYCHO-scorpian in a dark cave"...roll a d20 and bust out your magic missle...

...currently listening to Leonard Cohen The Future...

i must i must i must increase my bust a move...

...just found out that Bimbo Gun is taking my poem "On Handling Spicer’s Filled But Unused Prescription of Neprobamate 400 mg While Kevin and Peter Look On At The Bancroft Library" for their upcoming issue...that's fun!

some notes toward the analytic lyric after reading Michael Palmer's essay "Counter-Poetics and Current Practice" published in Pavement 7 (1986):

1. silence/ conversation :political / linguistic/ grammatical
2. emergence, evolution regarding Palmer's diction/ the "accretive weight" of his language
3. silence as response
4. theater
5. a politics of politics
6. "incorporation of the immediate and the rupture of the unitary voice"
7. dispersal of the subject
8. operating at the margins (seems to be the major crux of an analytic lyric via Jabes, Celan, Vallejo, Holderlin, Hernandez, Hollander et al.)
9. critique of the discourse of power
10. structure of loss (margins)
11. the poem as an event both temporally and historically
12. prohibited content

after finishing the essay (originally presented as a "talk") i read through the endnotes finding a reference to a long interview with Palmer conducted by Benjamin Hollander and David Levi-Strauss published in ACTS 5...so i look on my bookshelf and lo and behold there she is, ACTS 5...the interview is 36 pages long! what a find! so, i'm going to read that today along with Palmer's Sun with the above notes in mind...i'll probably (hopefullly) end up with a mess of notes footnoting notes footnoting notes...a shimmery ouroboros of the analytic lyric...

...i'm not really sure why every morning i insist on smoking at least two cigs before my workout...super counter productive...like, mid-crunch i'm all "oh oh, where's the inhaler?"...for real...

...currently listening to Led Zeppelin IV...

Jan 17, 2006

my word!!!

my boy Goodword just recieved a 4 star rating for his debut album from URB magazine!!!

"As the title suggests, Goodword has a story to tell with his debut album. In fact, he has a whole bunch of stories, and they come to life through his attention to vivid detail, his smooth vocal delivery and a varied selection of beats from primary producer Steven Radison"
Urb Magazine(Four Stars)

check him out: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=6189261

...the girl dressed as a Tenderloin hooker in GW's profile pick is my girl Bryn...go Bryn!!!

...currently listening to LCD Soundsystem LCD Soundsystem...

at the whistle...

and they're off!
...just got back from the post office...whew...

just got offered a job by Naropa to transcribe Bobbie Louise Hawkins' lecture series delivered last semester...i think i'll probably have to pass, i could use the money but can't spare the time...

my Mac OS X hookup fell through...so, i'll ask again, does anybody have a copy of Mac OS X i could borrow for an afternoon?...my new printer won't work without it, and neither will my new ipod...help...

about to eat the leftover salmon Sabrina brought to the house...i could use the omega's...yum yum!

...currently listening to Latyrx The Muzapper's Remixes...

Jan 16, 2006

The Islands

Athens
for Siarita Kouka

perhaps even ten years ago
the Eve image
the playing board
rectangle of fabric
return of the dead
anything spirit
no longer the referent
and the person
salty as the rook
moving pieces
along the photo
the totemic and frontal
gesture always
apricots in salt-sea
or Olynthos
and Aegean
went wrestling
with his namesake

BOTH BOTH (January)...

okay! the January issue of BOTH BOTH is printed and ready to mail tommorow morning...look for it in your mailiboxes...i'm especially proud of this issue (an amazing cover plus a first time 31 issue limited edition (out of a 50 copy run) which the lucky one's will get))...huge thanks go to Michael Koshkin of Hot Whiskey Press for making the issue possible...BTW, if you'd like to purchase a 12 issue subscription send $25 checks made payable to John Sakkis 1900 Goss St. #109 Boulder CO 80302...

...watched Michael and Jen of Hot Whiskey get all "hot" this evening while formating BOTH BOTH when their new industrial strength paper cutter was deliverd by UPS...and then i watched Michael cut a phone book in half four times for fun!!!

and then the whole notion of detoxifying is out, seeing that Michael and I hit up the Catacombs for happy hour...oops!

...i think i'm going to do a submission run tommorow...haven't sent out work in a while...but mostly plan on reading all day tommorow...i super need to catch up...

a nice conversation with Michael tonight at the bar about intoxication and bloging...vis a vis "be wary!"...i think i'm doing alright...no?

Alan G.'s "no doubt" vs. my own "fa' sho"...i smell coastal divisions...

...currently listening to Jolie Holland Escondida...

toxified...

i think i may try and detoxify this week...we'll see come happy hour...

...did i leave my cashmere scarf at Matthew A.'s on New Year's Eve?

woke up this morning to find a thin layer of snow outside my window...the first snow for Boulder in 1 1/2 months!

going to read Pavement 7, Palmer's Sun and the Analytic Lyric issue of ACTS (7) today...if everything goes well i'll be starting my critical thesis on Friday...

last night's episode of Desperate Housewives sucked...but Felicity Huffman on 60 minutes rocked...60 min: "is being a mother the best experience of your life?" FH: no...and i resent that qustion" 60min: "why?" FH: "because if i say anything but "yes" people think you're a bad mother 60min: "are you a bad mother?" FH: "i don't know"


...currently listening to John Digweed Global Underground Hong Kong

Jan 15, 2006

Sunday Sunday Sunday...

BARTER- one of the coolest things about doing BOTH BOTH is all the nice emails i've been getting from people i don't know, telling me they've heard good things about the series or seen it at a friend of a friends etc...and even nicer than that is it seems all these people are putting out interesting publications of their own which they offer to trade, which i love doing...

Steelers over the Colts today only because the latter is a much better football team and i want my Denver Broncos to play the lesser of the two for the AFC championship...and then onward Super Bowl...for all the Naropa people, let's have a Super Bowl party at someone's house...maybe mine? the Boulder Theater was just okay last year, i could never get completely comfortable with the idea of watching a football game in a movie theater surrounded by homeless people and bikers eating stale popcorn...

just 10 1/2 hours until Desperate Housewives!!!

still currently listening to John Coltrane Giant Steps...i know in an earlier post i declared my distaste for all things Jazzy...maybe it's the wind storm blowing outside, or the slight hangover, but i'm really enjoying Coltrane at the moment...

Jan 14, 2006

Denver Vs. New England...

"well it's Saturday night and i'm feeling alright" —Slug

just got back from Koshkin's...addendum, BOTH BOTH should be out by Tuesday (the cover is WAY hyphy if i may say so)...drank some wine that curiously smelled of beef jerky...but didn't taste that way...

...have been steadily weeping my way through The X-Files season 8...mad props go out to Jerimiah Bowen and Sabrina Calle for not interupting me once as i excitedly reiterated the plot points to the "This Is Not Happening" episode last night at the bar...mad props go to the door guy for letting me in five fingers...and to the bartender who i thought was Latina and or Pinay (but found out was white) buying me a drinks...

just heard back from Paul Hoover over at New American Writing...they're taking some poetry (from Mouf) for their upcoming 06' issue...hooray for me!!!...

...Denver is playing the Pats tonight...last i checked it was 3-0 Pats...boo!!!...i've grown to love the Broncos while living in CO...huge crushes on Jake Plumer and DJ Williams (a Concord boy!...the highschool he went to was right next to my highschool...private VS. Cali public/ his highschool used to refer to kids at my highschool as "ghetto rats"...needless to say HUGE difference...De La Salle (the best highschool football team in the country...espn made a documentary about them called "151"...they won 151 games in a row!!!) being a Catholic school and my highschool Ygnacio Valley High being a public school where stabbings (during school) and shootings (after school) and riots (sur vs. norte vs. woo woo's (vietnamese click) vs. vigilantes (pinoy click)) were not all that uncommon (don't get me wrong, YVHS wasn't the worst school in the world (you'd have to go to Oakland or Richmond for that), just typically bad for any of the California publics (elem/middle/highschool) that are located near the racially segregated (Hispanic) and economically denegrated neighborhood of Monument Blvd (South Concord))...

can't seem to get Norma Cole's Scout to work on my computer even though i have the proper OS software...boo...

had a nice conversation with Alan G. over the last couple of days about rap music (sort of ongoing for the last year or so though)...i LOVE Alan...i think he might be my poetry-blood-brother-in-crime-brother...his selected essays is forthcoming from Coffee House super soon...cop that shit!!!

...also, look for my review of Dizzee Rascal's Showtime forthcoming in the next issue of Steve Dickison/ David Meltzer's music rag Shuffle Boil...Brandon Brown also has a couple of reviews in the same issue...BB, what did you review again?

bout to call Akilah Oliver for drinks and fraternizing...

...currently listening to John Coltrane Giant Steps...

Solomon's Key

"aabtr"

"tzqltom"

"ympzrsl"

"bckrrm"

"trumnn"

however//

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Jon said

Jan 13, 2006

dream a little dream...

i was hanging out with my friend Ramsey Lewis (who i haven't seen in about 10 years)...for some reason we were googling his name in search of tattoo parlors in Concord...problematically the only thing the google searches reeped were jazz articles...

...suddenly at an airport sans Ramsey...i recognize Amy King kneeling over a suitcase at departing gate 44...i'm like "hey Amy King, what are you doing here?" and she's like "oh hey John, i'm a flight attendant for TWA..." and i'm like "oh yeah, i forgot..."

...currently listening to James Horner Braveheart soundtrack (maybe you're realizing now that i love movie soundtracks)...my all time favorite "original" movie score being James Horner's Glory...a close second being Vangelis' Chariots Of Fire...oh yeah, and 2001 A Space Odyssey is amazing (i used to freak kids out at parties by mixing the chaos choir track with this one Elusive beat...the effect: a mangled/ paranoid/ syrpy Bay Area SLUMP)

Jan 12, 2006

Drawn And Quarterly...

only one nosebleed today...fresh out of the shower...
...5 hour Bombay Gin editors meeting where we decided on what's hot and what's not...
drinks with Koshkin last night where he passed off Hot Whiskey #1...looks great...and it's heavy...physically...
...intoxicated emails to Alan G. and Steve D. and Elza Rob last night after the bar...
ate an entire jar of cranberry almonds for lunch this afternoon...
dreamt that BB and I were epicly trecking in some snowy land...in the dream had the realization that BB is truely one of my best friends (and steady travel buddy to boot! SF-KC/ SF-NY/ SF-Athens/ SF-speakeasy/ SF-dreamy snowy Narnia-like-land...)
..."yeah what can i get for a 10 dolla...any ting you want!" -M.I.A.
more X-Files season 8 today...realizing more and more that Robert Patrick as Special Agent Dogget was pretty great...they should've ended the Mulder/ Scully show after season 7...then had a couple year hiatus...get the X-Phile saliva flowing...then brought the show back with Agent Dogget and Agent Reyes as the "next generation"...David D. and Gillian A. could keep making the movies...alas...
...learned the definition of "apologist" today after watching a TVN documentary on the new The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe movie...my favorite moment in the documentary was when they posited that GOD was fliping the script by adapting to the times to preach the message (as in, GOD'S down with using Hollywood as a tool to rap with the public about the "blood convenant")
"dash your curry like you're not in a hurry/ me come from big belly/ me not got no worry/ and if you fuck with me ima DAAAAASH my curry" -M.I.A.
...the January issue of BOTH BOTH should be out by the weekend!!!

to heria kampelononte
theghonte
te sarka
apo ta skotena aemeia
tes vitrinas

aniketo
phrope senthekon
exasphalizon
to xaploma ton lexeon
se epighpesomenes platees

///////////

kolemvetes
sto pavighion ton petrinon kepon
ghletone
to kala skee
mazi me ta photistika
esaghoghes apo te senephothalasa

—Demosthenes Agrafiotis

...currently listening to The Infesticons Gun Hill Road (i love that Mike Ladd sort of teaches at Naropa...ostensibly i could take a workshop with one of my favorite MC's)

"robotics with activator/ three italians stuck on playstations"
—The Infesticons
"if i was a woman i'd demand a tounge lash/ be gone like that girl in Splash/ posted testicles on virtual email/ scared of your girls clit i'll suck it/ she's thick from the bricks i'll pluck it/ sweet and slow like jacky onassis..with alzheimers"
—The Infesticons
"three dread locks and two Eldrige Cleavers/ five John Wayne Gacy's and one Beaver!!!"
—The Infesticons

bum ba ba bababa bum ba ba bababa bum boom boom boomboomboom bum boom boomboomboom...

Jan 11, 2006

M.I.A.

holy crap!!! everyone should comp a copy of M.I.A.'s debut album ARULAR...some top notch ish...i misread "Dash The Curry Skit" as "Dash The Curry Shit"...i'm all for Boys II Men but where was this on new year's eve?! (www.miauk.com)

...just got back from a bike ride...sold a book to Boulder Bookstore (Microcosmos) for $3.68...rode up to Albums on the The Hill...bought M.I.A.'s cd (sadly it felt weird to actually buy a cd)...went to Liquor Mart and swooped a handle of Jameson...

...currently nursing another gushing bloody nose (sinister nostril yet again)...you guys don't believe me do you...i'm seriously getting a bloody nose everytime i blow my nose (and if you know me you know that's a lot)...maybe i'll let the blood drip all over my chin then take a picture just to prove it...is that weird?

currently bumping the hell out of M.I.A. ARULAR and Hymie's Basement Hymie's Basement...

"America's a blinding place for nightlife/ the highlights/ America's a binding place/ and i might/ tangle you in your own fists"
—Hymie's Basement

"pull up the people!!!"
—M.I.A.

oh yeah, i just finished watching the second season of Arrested Development...it's official, the three best TV shows of all time 1. Six Feet Under 2. The X-files 3. Arrested Development...and funnily enough Arrested Development, the early 90's conscious rap group, is playing in Boulder tonight...

EPOFERO POLI...

just got out of the shower where i tried this new Clinique facial scrub (stocking stuffer), and i must say my forehead feels as soft as a caterpiller's back...

sick as all motherfucking hell of these climate induced nose bleeds (aclimate already!!!)...seriously, at least 6 times a day i get a gushing bloody nose from the left nostril...sinister..."i need some Afrin/ to clear my sinus/ i'm all congested and backed up like Frisco" —Eligh

about to start the final read through of the Bombay Gin final round packet...mostly crapola...thank God for solicitations...

i think i'll have oysters for lunch...

...my mom sent me a ham through the mail...

...check out the new A Tonalist blog linked at the sidebar...

currently listening to Howard Shore The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers sountrack

The Islands

Piraeus

“Mad—bad—and dangerous to know” bore George Gordon to the pageant of his bleeding heart in Philhellenic pirated by radicals reaching further and further to Cephalonia devoted to his fortune and the shaft that paid the brigade a remedy of bleeding heroism on hearing the news the Carbonari dreaming of The Two Foscari to beat the row and lasting eulogy “she walks in beauty” at the crack of bark the bloody news spoke for many writing on a rock “Byron is dead” and agreed to act as the agent on VIRONOS he became a name not an island and subjugated to “Byron is dead” “so, we’ll go no more a-roving” immense and lasting.

Jan 10, 2006

JT LeRoy...

i smell Ossian, i smell Yasusada, JT LeRoy is a hoax...

check out http://phillysound.blogspot.com/ for links to the story...

Jan 9, 2006

happy name day to me!!! (though it was actually a couple days ago)


,
originally uploaded by vigilo.
Greek poet Siarita Kouka just phoned to wish me a happy name day...
...in Greece they celebrate namedays rather than birthdays...

yamas agios yanni...

by the way this photo was taken by Brandon Brown on a water taxi just outside Porto "hella beat" helli (pronounced hyelli)...

check out some of my translations of Siarita's poetry in Sliding Uteri (from her book Arotho)...

from books to bling...a critical thesis bibliography...

okay...so here's the official bibliography:

1. ACTS #5
2. ACTS #3
3. ACTS #4
4. ACTS #7 (The Analytic Lyric Issue)
5. ACTS #10
6. ACTS # 8/9
7. Pavement #7
8. Transfer #84
9. The Book Of Who Are Was- Benjamin Hollander
10. Rituals Of Truce And The Other Israeli- Benjamin Hollander
11. Vigilance- Benjamin Hollander
12. Selected Poems- Robert Duncan
13. The New Sentence- Ron Silliman
14. Between The Eyes essays on photography and politics- David Levi Strauss
15. Temblor #3
16. Temblor #9
17. Temblor #5
18. Temblor #8
19. Gypsy/ Moth- Rachel Blau DuPlessis
20. Renga Draft 32- Rachel Blau DuPlessis
21. An Avec Sampler #2
22. Sun- Michael Palmer
23. Disembodied Poetics- ed. Andrew Schelling/ Anne Waldman
24. Notes For Echo Lake- Michael Palmer
25. The Promises Of Glass- Michael Palmer
26. Without Music- Michael Palmer
27. First Figure- Michael Palmer
28. At Passages- Michael Palmer
29. The Circular Gates- Michael Palmer
30. The Danish Notebook- Michael Palmer
31. Middle English Lyrics- ed. Maxwell S. Luria/ Richard L. Hoffman
32. Toward A New Poetics- ed. Serge Gavronsky
33. The Book Of Questions- Edmond Jabes
34. Helen In Egypt- H.D.
35. A Selected Prose- Robert Duncan
36. The Opening Of The Field- Robert Duncan
37. Robert Duncan- Mark Andrew Johnson
38. In The American Tree- ed. Ron Silliman
39. The Book Of Margins- Edmond Jabes

...ouch! my fingers ache from typing all of that...of course i've read a bunch of these alreay so i'm not starting from zero...in fact, most of the texts beside the Palmer/ Hollander books are safeties...as in, to suppliment/situate within/around/without the Analytic Lyric/ Lyric Analytic...so many precursors so little time...


...i'm going to re-post my response to Slosek in the comments section regarding the Analytic Lyric because i'm not sure anyone saw it...

currently listening to Grouch And Eligh's No More Greener Grass suffering from a bloody nose...

Turkey reports 5 new cases of bird-flu...

am i the only one who thinks that's funny? sounds like the begining of a popcicle joke...

...woke up this morning with the name Plexico Burrougs in my head...
also, dreamt last night that my brother was Riki Tiki Tavi...but he accidently slung a snake down the back of my shirt which summarily killed me...also, dreamt that Anselm Hollo and Reed Bye were kickin' in
Alamo Square park (the Full House neighborhood) in SF drinking 40's...had a strange sex dream involving my friend Sarah (Chastitty Belt)...no sex actually involved, but a sex dream none the less, does that make sense...?

currently listening to A Treasury of Gregorian Chants...mandatum novum like whoa...

...going to go the the Ginsberg Library today and shovel all the Michael Palmer books i can find into my backpack...

Jan 8, 2006

...

riding my bike around in the wind all day, repeating in my head "you can take Dante Colepepper out of the big city but you can't take the big city out of Dante Colepepper"...there is NO reference for this quote...if this is dictation i want nothing to do with it...

another name that seems to get stuck in my head: Duece Daily...sounds so Marvel Universe...

...people used to say i looked like Judge Reinhold...to which i didn't respond because i was like 8...and then they said i looked like Carson Daily...to which i got offended...and now people say i look like Robbie Williams...to which i say i am...

just 3 more hours till Desperate Housewives!!!

The Islands

Asclepius

around his snake or boxes and bundles of pleading or blisters at the foot of the hill he built a track and the scent of mulled dressings at the sharp skull of his arch that binds, unpacks an injury of sweat to the floor of Gods and Globes

/he who has reaped the river/

"tiny globes scatter"

on the flanks we have the brother and sister...

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sakkis 1,
originally uploaded by John Sakkis.
currently listening to the Before Night Falls soundtrack missing the family...

viva Sakkis familia!!!

Jan 7, 2006

help!!!

does anyone have a copy of MAC OS X i can borrow?

Jan 6, 2006

nice things said about BOTH BOTH series...

on David Norton's blog here: http://unionherald.blogspot.com/2005_10_01_unionherald_archive.html

look below this post....

woo hoo! super productive day...cleaned the hell out of the house...i mean like toothbrush and windex cleaning...went grocery shopping (Asian pears are in season!)...ate lunch (smoked oysters in cottonseed oil (shutup, i like it) and a half a fuji apple/ half an Asian pear))...wrote Jessica S. and Eric U...spoke with Andrew Schelling about indepdendent study...wrote CA Conrad...uploaded a bunch of holiday photos to my flickr blog...finished Larry Kearney's Streaming...deposited paycheck at the bank...went to Buffalo Exchange to pick up consignment For Us By Us parka money...went to drug store and bought nail clippers...walked up the Pearl Street mall where i found the amazing Brigitte Bardot calendar (pictured below)...walked to the post office and sent goodies to Jessica S...walked over to see Michael Price at his varity store Little Horse (lookin' for some cheap art but none to be had...)...Michael gave me a copy of his and Kevin Opstedal's new Blue Press book Double Impact...smoked a couple of cigs...walked back down Pearl Street stoping at another varity/baazar store next to Red Letter Books...chatted with super cute clerk who literaly got on the floor with me in search of "cheap stuff to hang on my wall"...with her help (shit! what's her name again...?) found said cheap stuff (pictured below...Mothergoose print is going in the living room, table blueprint in going in the dining room, Midieval print is going in the bathroom...)..smoked a smoke walking home looking at the amazingly marbled rolling coralline sunset...boom...

Double Impact by Michael Price and Kevin Opstedal

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originally uploaded by John Sakkis.

Brigitte Bardot 2006 calendar...The Beat!!!

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originally uploaded by John Sakkis.

Midieval Italian print

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originally uploaded by John Sakkis.

table blueprint circa 85'

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originally uploaded by John Sakkis.

Mothergoose print

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originally uploaded by John Sakkis.

Jan 5, 2006

going back to Cali...eh hem...to Boulder to Boulder...said i'm goin' back to Boulder...

back in Boulder...
...empty nest...
Logan's back in SF...
...Jameson on the rocks...
...Gary Newman on the juke...
a little frazled from not reading for a month...
...clean the fuck out of the house tommorow...
the first two season's of Arrested Development...
...Christmas card in the mail from Kevin K. and Dodie B.
hella Bombay Gin stuff to do...
...trying to convince Hot Whiskey to format BOTH BOTH for me now that Logan flew the coup...(BTW the premire issue of Hot Whiskey mag is out...i have a poem in it...swoop!)
already missing the massive makeout sessions that took place while in the Bay...
...who want's to makeout in Boulder?!!!
thesis to write (The Analytic Lyric: ACTS in Contention)

a list of things to do tommorow...
1. write CA Conrad about the lack of his issue of BOTH BOTH to send for his upcoming readings in Philly
2. clean house
3. grocery shop
4. write Eric U. and Jessica S.
5. pick up consignment cash (they sold my FUBU parka!) from Buffalo Exchange
6. go to the bank and deposit finicial aid
7. write Bombay Gin emails
8. pick up final Bombay gin packet
9. switch name on electricity bill
10. bar it up

off the cuff poem:

the story of the Aborigines
may now be crumbling rocks
and other vestiges
nomadic in their habits
they indicate warfare
and Jonathan Edwards
their names in place
like Frontier Airlines
with an attendant
guarding spearheads
and tomato juice

going back to Cali...eh hem...to Boulder to Boulder...said i'm goin' back to

Jan 4, 2006

The Islands

Santorini


“Hyphen’s Hyphen” Hyphy

greenflies curling
the watch pulls
swimming
our suicide-bird
the clock
or lock
“these busy insects”
my hair caught
and look
the way we sun ourselves

AUF DER HACKERBRUKE (120 m)

Rose Bowl...

UT (Billy's alma) just beat USC in one of the best football games i've ever seen...all the hype was starting to weigh but holy crap what a match...Vinny Young for Mayor (7 rushing touchdowns himself in the last 2 games)...19 seconds left at the 7 yard line 4th down, USC up by 6 points, Vinny fakes the pass and rushes...TOUCHDOWN!!!...UT wins (pretty much though Reggie Bush gave UT a bit of a scare on the return play)...that was a lot of fun...so, i'll be back in Boulder tommorow evening...see the Naropians manana...

Hot Whiskey debut...

congrats michael and jen...


Hot Whiskey #1 Out Now
front coverback cover
$78 1/2 x 7". Silkscreened cover. Saddle- stitch hand sewn binding. 57 pgs.Contains work from Jena Osman, Tim Armentrout, Elizabeth Robinson, Christopher Ryan, Linh Dinh, John Sakkis, Jessica Hullman, Farid Matuk, Robert Roley, Julia Hastain, Dale Smith, Leah Hansen, Anselm Parlatore, Tyler Doherty, Jared Hayes, Joseph S. Cooper, Hoa Nguyen, Lisa Jarnot and Andrew K. Peterson.

Jan 3, 2006

The Islands

Delos


after I woke up and thought how strange it was not to feel ashamed of this feeling that maybe I could actually kiss him and not be so worried about dreaming or dreams as strangers with something wielding from their content even if perhaps only momentarily strangers or the marks of roses a diffusion that soaks up detail like remember the band name the boy plays in as a heraldic face on a hill with rocks bifurcated on a foggy strangers and shadows collected in grammar exuberantly articulate and wet in the mouth forming portraits of strangers of semantic launching of involving all of us

i <3 Huckabees...

just finished watching this...pretty lopsided...Naomi Watts is Tiger Beat for boys...

funny scene from the movie...

mom: "how is your poetry job going?"
son: "i got fired"
mom: "great...you can't even hold down a poetry job..."

p-funk...

do you say poEM or pome...?

Jan 2, 2006

The Islands

Naxos


move if you can makeout her mouth sort of miming to B.B. happy birthday and handing him a bottle which is to illustrate the progress of civilization up to the present day that I was there when bought in greek four packets of Karelia’s virginia and brought back a big bottle fit for treason, stratagem, and spoils knocking the ball against the little house where I was born beginning to see that “two ugly make a pretty” moving upwards of a crooked village road not ten miles from the mud baths we read about as well as a foundry, coal-breaker, machine-shops, and light-house

blegh...

i think i like nothing less than going to the movies...