i'm about to eat lunch. i'm having italian salami and jarlsburg cheese and a handful of pistachio nuts and a handful of cherry tomatoes and four dried figs and a fuji apple.
last night i went out with Arnone, we went to Kilowatt, we talked about horror movies the whole time. we talked about Cube and HyperCube and CubeZero. we talked about Hellraiser II and "cenobites" and Miyazaki's Spirited Away. i told matthew that Spirited Away is one of the scariest movies i have ever seen. i told Matthew that Spirited Away is so scary that i sold it to Amoeba to get rid of it. Matthew reminded me that i actually gave him the movie and didn't sell it to Amoeba. the nice bartender girl bought Matthew and i some beer. Matthew and i talked a lot about Wolf Creek and about the term "torture porn." Matthew and i talked about Logan's book cover and Orth's album cover both of which he did and which are beautiful.
before i went out with Matthew i met up with Angelos at Mad Dog. Angelos and i worked on Demosthenes's Chinese Notebook. the translations are really coming together. Angelos ate a Rosumunde sausage and drank beer. Angelos asked me what "exenterates" means because i use it in a poem from The Moveable Ones. i couldn't define the word, i had forgetten the definition of the word. the word means "To disembowel; eviscerate," but i couldn't remember that at the time. the line in my poem goes "and he exenterates the islands" or something close to that.
after Mad Dog with Angelos i walked to D-Structure to say hello to Azikiwee. it sounds like there are going to be lots of fun events happening at the store in the coming months. tatoo events, new art shows, DJ nights, after skatepark jamborees etc. i bought a new tee shirt and chatted with Azikiwee about the upcoming events.
after D-Structure i went to the corner store and bought two big cans of Foster's. i went home and made my lunch for the next day and washed some dishes and cracked open one of the cans of Foster's and grabbed CA Conrad's Deviant Propulsion and headed for the stoop. I'm really enjoying Conrad's book. i've been reading a ton of poetry lately and Conrad's is pretty much tops. after about half of the Foster's i went back inside to work on Rude Girl. i put on the Star Wars soundtrack as background noise and worked on Rude Girl for about an hour. i think Rude Girl is finally starting to realize. my revision process at the moment is to take out all the boring stuff. i'm trying to make Rude Girl entertaining. Rude Girl is a giant love poem and will be searching for a home sooner than later (hi!). i've had the poetry bug for the last couple weeks. its been a while since i've had the poetry bug. it feels good to have the poetry bug again. you know?
after working on Rude Girl i went out with Arnone to Kilowatt (see top of this post)
stuff that's been on my mind lately
--crappy writers Tao Lin links to that write in the exact style of Tao Lin (and nobody calling anything on anyone (this applies to 98% of the folks who comment on his blog as well))
--"outside the Bay Area" as a paradox (see LRSmith getting invited to NYC to read for Big Game) which is awesome and disapointing at the same time (not logan reading for Big Game but for him having to leave the Bay Area to do a reading at all (you can put me in this category too)), in other words, no love...i think i'll start a reading series at my apartment and not invite anybody from the Bay Area to read except Rob Halpern and Norma Cole...
--"muffin tops" and why i can't spot them when i've been drinking, and is this a problem?
--reading One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest while working in a psychiatric hospital
--last Sunset of the season on Sunday at Lake Stafford in Novato
--seeking a cool, single, pretty, girl to spend my time with
--was Flickr just a fad
--moving to Athens somehow someway
--missing the hell out of house readings and not wanting to ever go back to SPT but knowing i'll probably be there in a couple weeks and regreting it once again
--everything good seems to be in Oakland these days
In the interest of making certain every poem is read by a machine,
1. please go to your settings 2. then go to the "voice" setting 3. then will you notice many different voices, some singing, some instruments. 4. You will make a keystroke to enable your computer to read. My advice is not to make it shift+t or you will lose your capital t's.
It might be worth the sacrifice, though.
Yay for computers w/ voices! If you record your computer reading poems to you please let me know.
Also, if there are bits of text on the internet that make you unhappy, it is cheerful to have them read to you in funny voices by a machine.
Can't wait to see you tomorrow night. Thought I'd make the Greek green beans, roast some carrots, make aGreek salad with lots of feta, barbaque you aporterhouse steak, and cook one of the spanikopitas Imade and froze. Does that sound appetizing to you!!!
Rodney is a wonderful person. Rodney looks a little like my brother James and/or Liev Schrieber. I have one of Rodney's infamous reading "set lists." As a BA at SF STATE I once wrote a really really crappy poem called "Musee Mechanique." Rodney's book is the opposite of that.
4. Incubation A Space for Monsters| Bhanu Kapil|Leon Works| 2006
Bhanu likes to say "interiority" and "liminal" in person more than on the page, Bhanu once fed me sugar from her hand, she said "now John, tilt your head back and open your mouth, good..." and then she sort of threw a fistfull of sugar into my mouth and i liked it.
5. The Singers| Logan Ryan Smith| Dusie Press| 2007
This is what I posted to my blog a while ago "if you can get past the totally inapropriate cover this is one of the best poetry books of 2007, or Steve Evans Attention Span 2007 material for sure."
6. I Have Not Been Able To Get Through To Everyone|Anna Moschovakis| Turtle Point| 2006
I read Anna's book on my stoop with beer. I want to re-read Anna's book on my stoop with beer. I don't want that experience to stop.
7. a poem a movie & a poem| Nick Moudry| Braincase Press| 2003
I didn't know who Nick Moudry was until recently reading The Tiny #1. Nick Moudry's poems in The Tiny #1 made me sit up in bed and go "who the fuck is Nick Moudry?"...I posted something to my blog stating as much and then a few weeks later Alli Warren handed me Moudry's chapbook a poem a movie & a poem, I read it on my stoop with beer and was sad when it was over.
8. Pussey!| Daniel Clowes| Fantagraphics| 2006
I don't know, maybe i'm just one of these people that thinks that Daniel Clowes comics shouldn't be made into movies. Ghostworld sucked, so did Art School Confidential. I recently dated a girl who was into the 60's as like a genre, a personal aesthetic. Her hair, wardrobe and music were all from the 60's. I almost bought her a copy of Pussey! but then thought that she might resent me for it...anyway, we're not dating anymore.
"and in Baypoint/ Pittsburg I suck"...i was at that show in 2000...he didn't suck. i was at his show in 2006 at the Great American Music Hall with Young and my brother. Again, he didn't suck. In fact, he was so good he rendered the headliners, Deerhoof, moot.
10. D-Structure| Apparel| Lower Haight| 2007
I play records here every Friday night. They shit all over Upper Playground. This place is my sanctuary. Plus they have the best t-shirt lines in SF. Plus i'm broke because of that.
11. Chinese Notebook| Demosthenes Agrafiotis| Erato| 1988
This is Self-aggrandizement but what the hell. With Angelos Sakkis, I recently translated Demosthenes's Chinese Notebook. I wouldn't have spent a year doing that if it sucked. It's very good.
have recently finished translating, with Angelos Sakkis, Demosthenes Agrafiotis's Chinese Notebook. "finished translating" meaning a first draft still in need of a lot of work but a complete first draft (83 pages) nonetheless. Angelos and i have been working every Wednesday at Mad Dog In The Fog for the last 4 or 5 months (not to mention the year spent corresponding by telephone and snail mail while i was at Naropa) hoping to have a draft in hand for Demosthenes's upcoming West Coast reading tour (his first visit to California!). whether or not he'll be using the translations or reading in Greek or a combination of both we haven't talked about yet.
Demosthenes will be in San Francisco on Oct. 11th for a reading at The Poetry Center (3:30pm) and then later that evening (7:30pm) with Kathleen Fraser at the Unitarian Center...
and then J. Mosconi tells me (though don't quote me on it) that Demosthenes will be in LA from the 17th-20th doing various readings around town with a possible sojourn in San Diego (UCSD)...
and then back to the Bay just in time for his Oct. 21st reading at New Yipes with Dolores Dorantes...
intruders in mined quarters sweep away billboards of averag-
calculations with shrapnel families and the power of arithmetic in lengths of kow tow-"
The Islands (Nightboat Books), "now, 1/3" and thepoem (BlazeVOX Books) Chinese Notebook (Ugly Duckling Presse)
Maribor (The Post-Apollo Press)
Rude Girl (BlazeVOX Books)
Rave On! (Lew Gallery)
Gary Gygax (Cy Gist Press)
Rude Girl (Duration Press)
The Moveable Ones (Transmission Press)
Benthos (Silas Press). Lives in Oakland. Works for Small Press Distribution.