Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Quick Mini-Review of Knox' Latest

The book is The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway from Jennifer L. Knox on Bloof.

If you've got this blog in your reader, you know I've raved about Knox for years. She's like Wonder Woman, only with blond hair, and an invisible cocktail glass.

I've been digging into her latest book, and it's unexpected. It's like you've been at a party for hours, and everyone's been drinking and having barbecue, and the keg is kicked, but that's okay because someone brought over a case of two-buck Chuck, so it just kept on going. The kids are doing whip-its in the garage. There's one person there cracking the whole place up, and everyone loves her/him. Then everyone leaves or passes out, and it's just you and this person, and they pour a fresh drink for you.

It's intimate, and s/he starts telling stories from war--every painful trauma you only get when you're alone with a person like that, and there's been so much laughter, that now it's got to be balanced out because that's just how we do things. Some people would be looking to get the hell out of the place, but it's terrifying but safe.

That's a quick review.
If that sounds like something you'd be into, click on the link above, buy it, and check it out.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Life in the cube.

Friday, October 15, 2010

New stuff is brewing...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Nearly lost you.

Friday, August 27, 2010

A pile of house across the street

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The sink at the shop where I play with motorcycles

Monday, August 2, 2010

I have a new poem up!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Sometimes plants get sad

Thursday, June 3, 2010

My new work-friend

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Spotted while having a milkshake for lunch.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Rolltop Work Bench

Monday, April 19, 2010

And We Will Ride Again

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Interview with this goof

Dig us Cooper Dillon peeps at the Bloof/Cooper Dillon/Noemi event at Green Spaces in Denver.

The lovely Carrie Olivia Adams just posted up an interview with me at Constant Conversation. Check it out, and keep going back for more interviews with the small press community.

And check back here--I might have a few things to say about the AWP in Denver, now that my body has returned to a reasonable height above sea level.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Small Press Party in Denver!

Mark your AWP calendar for Thursday night!

7-10 PM
Green Spaces Colorado
1368 26th Street

We're throwing a small press party in Denver, featuring Bloof Books, Cooper Dillon Books & Noemi Press.

Readings by:

Shanna Compton
Peter Davis
Jill Alexander Essbaum
Jennifer L. Knox
Gary L. McDowell
Danielle Pafunda
Nate Pritts
Sandra Simonds

& more TDB

RSVP at the Facebook page here.


This event will also now include Ada Limón!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Your Philip Graham Fix

from Hunger Moutain

Hunger Mountain, the Vermont College of Fine Arts journal of the arts, is now accepting submissions for the new "Stage and Screen" section of its (relatively) new online journal. I'm writing to pass along the call for submissions, and ask that you consider sending us work. If you know anyone whose work might be a good fit for this section, please let them know about us. Also, I would greatly appreciate it if any of you with related blogs, or who are part of communities of writers/filmmakers/
theaterfolk/puppeteers/animators/video artists/etc., might post our call to help us spread the word. You can find Hunger Mountain here: and the Stage and Screen section here:

Thank you so much for your time!

The call:

Hunger Mountain is now accepting submissions for the Stage and Screen portion of our journal. Please submit a print submission consisting of a a typed, double-spaced manuscript no more than 10,000 words, or a video submission, consisting of a description of your project and a link to the video (we cannot accept files over 500KB). We welcome an array of examples of and responses to work on “stage” or on “screen”: film, theater, performance art, dance, dance film, animation, television, etc. We’re looking for both traditional and experimental work, including, but not limited to, video art/short film/recorded performances; excerpts from plays/screenplays; interviews of artists working in the field; critical reviews; and lyrical, personal or critical meditations about the genre/s. We like work that demonstrates an engagement with the world beyond its borders, clear stakes, and a beating heart. Please see submission guidelines to learn how to submit using our online submission manager.

Thanks for sending us your work and helping spread the word!

All best,

Megan Savage
Stage and Screen Editor, Hunger Mountain

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Now Open

I was having the most wonderful dream as the rain sounds where coming through the window and walls that I was going to a deli with Amy Guth. Then I woke, and Ada Limón reminded us all that it's National Poetry Month.

Happy happy poems.

Cooper Dillon Books is now taking submissions of Full Length and Chapbooks. All the details are here for you.

Will I be seeing your lovely face in Denver?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

My friend Alfred

Monday, March 8, 2010

Work work work

Thursday, March 4, 2010

If you're in NYC Tonight and on the 29th

Friday, February 12, 2010

This Just In: If you're in NYC tonight!

Friday, February 12 // 7:30pm

Poetry by Duane Esposito (9pm)

Duane Esposito is an Associate Professor of English at Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York. He has an M.A. from SUNY Brockport and an M.F.A. from the University of Arizona. In 1994, Diane Glancy selected his work for an Academy of American Poets Award. In 2003, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His poems have appeared in dozens of journals, magazines, newspapers, and one or two anthologies/textbooks. New poems are on the way. He has published two books of poetry: The Book of Bubba (Brown Dog Press,1998) and Cadillac Battleship (brokenTribe Press, 2005). He lives on Long Island with his wife & children.

Open Mic from 8pm-9pm

RankingIY DJs throughout the night

Fort Useless is at 36 Ditmars Street in Brooklyn, one block from the Myrtle Avenue/Broadway stop on the JMZ trains

Thursday, February 11, 2010


I wanted to pass on to you this article by Jennifer Michael Hecht. She posted a variation of it, 1/11/2010 on Best American Poetry, and it's been getting around.

Her poems are fantastic. My personal spiritual beliefs differ from her's, but there's really no denying she's on to something with the whole "Don't kill yourself" thing.

Give it a read, and consider some of the wonders we have.

Here's a poem from her second collection, Funny:

Prosody on Comedy

Tragedy is when all the stage is all good will
and all will wrongly, like too many winter coats
in too few seats on the subway, no one will
give up a thing yet all feel a remote
and stinging sorrow for the standers. Still,
tragedy is the ship sunk, bobbing heads afloat
together in the drink, all happy now to fill
their lungs with air and dream of lifeboats.
No bouts now. All their coveted papers and pills
as wet as once were their eyes, dry as ghost's
now, a low slung. Comedy is why they're still
together, in an ocean wide as wind and sky her host.
As we float, the deepness of the ocean tugs our bones.
In comedy we rush the crowded stage and act alone.

The poem originally appeared in Poetry, and Funny was a winner of The Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry from the University of Wisconsin Press.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

If you're in NYC this weekend...

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Bookslut & The Wonderfull Yeare

Nate Pritts is interviewed over at Bookslut. Check out the whole piece where he gets into some nitty-gritty about The Wonderfull Yeare.

Cooper Dillon is taking orders for the book right this minute. They will ship by Feb. 16th, fo' sho'.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

As if there wasn't enough to love...

Gary L. McDowell (of They Speak of Fruit fame, now available at Cooper Dillon Books) has won the Orphic Prize for his full-length collection, American Amen!

Full story over at his blog RIGHT HERE.

If you'd like a taste of what's to come from Dream Horse Press, head to Cooper Dillon and get your chap on!

Friday, January 8, 2010

If You're in St. Louis on January 23rd...

A good reading with some good people. Flyer's above, and more details are over at this lovely blog right here.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

An Essay (& reading if you're in NYC on the 17th)

Ada Limón has a courageous essay of affirmation up at InDigest. It's called Listen. Give it a read.

She's also reading with a whole bunch of wonderful people in NYC on 1/17. The details:

Boog City presents

Launch Party for
The Portable Boog Reader 4
annual poetry anthology

with 72 NYC poets and now D.C. Metro area poets
all new to The Portable Boog Reader

Sun., Jan. 17, 7:00 p.m.

Zinc Bar
82 W. 3rd St. (Sullivan/Thompson sts.)


N.Y.C. poets:

Ivy Johnson * Boni Joi

Steven Karl * Ada Limón

D.C. poets:

Lynne Dreyer * Phyllis Rosenzweig

Curated and hosted by Portable Boog Reader 4 N.Y.C. editors
Sommer Browning, Joanna Fuhrman, David Kirschenbaum, and Urayoán Noel,
and D.C. editors Cathy Eisenhower and Maureen Thorson.

Directions: A/B/C/D/E/F/V to W. 4th St.

For further information:
212-842-BOOG (2664),

PBR4 (BC61) features the work of 48 New York City and 24 D.C. Metro area poets.
The physical issue will be available 12.30.09, and the online pdf that same day at:

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Devastation by Jill Alexander Essbaum is Now Available

Cooper Dillon Books is happy to bring you Jill Alexander Essbaum's long-poem chapbook, The Devastation.

Head on over to the Cooper Dillon Bookstore and start 2010 off right!

PS - Expect this blog to have a name other than my own soon. Ms. Rachel Dacus was kind enough to plug it and link it up, and it seems goofy that I never named this space. More to come as it comes.

Peace, babies!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Welcome to the New Year

Kick it off by reading Jason Schneiderman over at the Best American Poetry Blog.

My brother asked me the other day what my resolutions were. He got annoyed when I told him I don't make them because I don't think we need to wait for a day-to-come to make our lives better. Why should our resolve be waivering until the new year?

Just saying.

As for this blog, the resolve is the same as it ever was: expect announcements regarding other artists around the entire community whom I'm excited to support. The links to the right bring you to people who are making magical stuff, and I hope you enjoy it.

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