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Call for applications: The NYFA Immigrant Artist Project is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 6th Cycle of our flagship Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists. The 2012 Mentoring Program will pair emerging immigrant artists with artists from the NYFA Fellowship Program. Our NYFA Fellows will act as one-on-one Mentors to their Mentees for a period of six months. They will help them in gaining broader access to the New York cultural community by sharing ideas, advice, and resources. Mentors will also guide Mentees in achieving one or more specific goals and objectives. This year’s cycle will take... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2011 at The Best American Poetry
Greetings from the fortress of solitude, a tiny room on the roof of a building in Brooklyn. Much like the character Blanche DuBois (my arch enemy), I am alone with my thoughts... a misunderstood artist sitting in a room alone pretending to be angry at my mother. However, unlike Blanche DuBois, I don't have shitloads of "stuff" that follows me around in dusty, unwieldy trunks. Come to think of it, I do indeed have a lot of clothing that I must donate to Goodwill, but because I'm markedly not a disgraced woman of the night, I uh...I uh... well this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2011 at The Best American Poetry
This just in from H_NGM_N Books: "For months & months, right up until he passed away earlier this year, we were working with Paul to reissue his book IN BALTIC CIRCLES. We all wanted to get it just right. Now, we’re excited to say it’s almost here. Preorder the book now; we expect them to ship before the end of November." Matt Hart writes "Paul Violi needs to be read (and taught) MORE—with incredible seriousness and with serious delight. He was, hands down, one of our best poets—inventive, adventurous, original, and resourceful—his poems always pushing the boundaries and expanding the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2011 at The Best American Poetry
I was delighted to be invited to participate in Six Non Lectures. The evening will be a surprise in many ways. Check it out! It look fun in that terrifying, surprising, enlightening way! Please come out! Here are the details. Read on! -AL Friday, September 16 · 8:30pm - 10:30pm PS 122 9th Street and 1st Avenue New York, NY In collaboration with THIS RED DOOR @ PS122, "Six Non Lectures" will feature six contemporary poets lecturing on topics they have arbitrarily selected for each other and are non-experts in; each lecturer will have only 48 hours prior to the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2011 at The Best American Poetry
Guy Pettit recently started a poetry music label called Unicorn Evil Records with Michael Barron that is worthy of much admiration. I wanted to hear all about it and share my findings with you, so I conducted a short interview with Guy. My questions are italicized and his answers are....not italicized. Why did you and Michael Barron create this record label? Michael and I, through the course of normal conversation, discovered that we were wanting to do similar things - that is, put poets on vinyl. I had already recorded Lucy Ives reading the entirety of her full-length book Anamnesis... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2011 at The Best American Poetry
Kings of the Fucking Sea, Dan Boehl's new poetry collection from Birds LLC, is a phantasmagoric adventure about dissolution, loss and pirates. I talked to him about the role of painters in his work, the considerations in putting together a first book of poetry and his writing process (which did not involve a parrot or an eye patch). Can you explain the plot of the Kings of the Fucking Sea? Hmmn, yeah. I can explain the plot. There is an unnamed man in his thirties who works at an art museum. He is married. He owns a house. He has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2011 at The Best American Poetry
We put this post together in like ten minutes. Adam Day, Badger Apocrypha (PSA Chapbook Award chosen by James Tate) Construction: It’s got the classic PSA style look. Really well put together nice low-gloss cover. Fits in your back pocket. The cover looks like hair. Critical Analysis: Sample poem: Mrs. Speaks She stands before a window speaking with a friend, she shifts like compost collapsing beneath a dress in summer heat. On her nose a wreck of warts that glistens in light like elvers. She’s remembering out loud: “When the workers marched Badger came home to find Henry had my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2011 at The Best American Poetry
“‎It’s yeah, it’s an understatement, you know it’s. I’m sorry man I got magic and I got poetry at my fingertips most of the time and this includes naps." -Charlie Sheen I’ve been thinking a lot about the VIDA count and Eileen Myles' amazing essay in The Awl. Specifically these lines from the Myles essay: "But here’s the actual problem. If the poetry world celebrated its female stars at the true level of their productivity and influence poetry would wind up being a largely female world and the men would leave. Poetry would not seem to be the job for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2011 at The Best American Poetry
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Posted Feb 17, 2011 at The Best American Poetry
Brandon Johnson assembled this poem for Mike Tyson from his own quoted speech. Now I present it to you. MIKE TYSON'S AMERIKKKA I’m just a dark guy From a den of iniquity A dark shadowy figure From the bowels of iniquity I wish I could be the Mike Who gets an endorsement deal But you can’t make a lie and a truth go together This country wasn’t built on moral fiber This country was built on rape, slavery, murder, degradation and affiliation with crime I’m too stigmatized in this country I want to do something That will have a tangible... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2011 at The Best American Poetry
Dude, did you go to the Dean Young Benefit? I didn't either. So put down your self-flagellation devices and click this link that will transport you over to Coldfront where D.J. Dolack had the wherewhithal to record it and post it and then email me that he posted it. Yay D.J. Also give Dean Young some of your money, otherwise what's the good of SCIENCE? HAHHAHAHAHAHHA. YAY SCIENCE! WHOOO HOOOOOOO! It's important to use science to keep the people we like and love here as long as possible. Oh right the link! CLICK HERE. To read about Dean Young and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2011 at The Best American Poetry
Why isn't ANYONE talking about the Frederick Seidel poem in the New Yorker in the January 10, 2011 issue? Why does it have to be me? I barely showered today. I was at the liquor store at 3:45 pm. I'm not camera ready! To preface:....I know as a woman I'm supposed to be all mad and signing petitions about how there are barely any articles written by women in the New Yorker. I totally get that. I totally do. Women ROCK and should be featured more in magazines that sit on coffee tables but are barely read. But this poem... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2011 at The Best American Poetry
Doing last minute Xmas shopping? So are we. Here are some "artisanal art objects" you can purchase straight from the hands of their makers. Impress your friends and family with your good taste and access to independently published literature. [Note justifying poems is super "in" right now, but TypePad isn't quite on to the trend so apologies if the poems don't look exactly as they do on the page. We tried!] Mark Leidner’s Willie (Minutes Books, Quarterhouse Books) Poems: The titular “Willie” is a funny, funny persona poem about the kind of egotistical shit that only goes on in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
Here are some chapbooks we like. Maybe this will make you read them. The End of Waste and The Harrowing Halychyna by Curtis Jensen Self-published. See Poems: Welcome to the greatest “zine” moments of the year. The typos do not detract from the enjoyment of this chapbook. Obsessive editing can be really annoying anyway. Sandbox in Hell V1.2 is a great poem; coupled with the visuals of cow/boar/horse/deer skulls creates a "bad-ass" feeling. Construction: Feels like a skate/punk/straight-edge/vegan recipe zine your little brother photocopied at Kinkos back in high school. Probably goes well with Black Flag or Gorilla Biscuits.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
This week, New York Magazine published a list of actor-writer-film director-producer-painter James Franco’s favorite poems. “It has been found again. What ? - Eternity. It is the sea fled away With the sun.” --Arthur Rimbaud I can remain silent no longer. What stirs my heart is what stirs my heart. While any attention to poetry is necessary and good and a long time a-comin', James Franco is making us look bad, my dear human race. And poetry is not the virgin sitting hopeful in the corner. It used to be that each man and woman did one thing apiece. Joseph... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
GHOST MACHINE by BEN MIROV Here is a recommendation/email correspondence/review of Ben Mirov’s GHOST MACHINE. It is available from Caketrain! I emailed Ben because I was really excited about his book. He loves spam! Hey Ben, I'm reading Ghost Machine and a review is brewing in my head because I am a reviewer now. These poems make me so depressed! I'm so glad you found C. a.k.a. got her back! [the poems depict a heart-wrenching loneliness after a break-up] Can you email me what you were thinking when you wrote them. They sort of seem like they're written in a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
I picked up an amazing chapbook by Sampson Starkweather at AWP in Denver way back in April called The Heart is Green from So Much Waiting. I only got around to reading it two weekends ago, and it was stunning. Daniel Magers' Immaculate Disciples Press in Brooklyn, NY produced this handmade book, and what can I say? From its poems to its layout, to its hand-sewn binding I was impressed! Each poem is titled with a roman numeral, and each poem roughly fits into the theme of the "super hero." What I liked about these poems is that they're smart... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
On Sunday, I had the pleasure of touring Miss Emily Dickinson's house [called the Emily Dickinson Museum] in Amherst, Massachusetts. I was fresh from nearly eight hours of graduation festivities for my sister, who just graduated with honors from UMASS Amherst, a college famed for its off campus pizza, enormous brick library, and beautiful grounds. First we toured the gardens. Emily loved her garden, and I can see why. The grounds are sprawling and open, plenty of room to think and get lost in. The flowers were lovely, though it seems a little early in the blooming season for New... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
Peas cannot be eaten with ease. Amy Lawless, Age 8.
Hey Kids! I thought I'd offer a Happy Mother's Day note on my mother, or "Mama" as I affectionately refer to her, or Carol Lawless as the world affectionately and legally refers to her. My elder sister Molly dug up this photo of our mater, matron. (I'm not even using a thesaurus!) In this photo Carol is preggers with Molly. Look how pretty she is! She is still just as pretty and interesting as she was in this photo. In fact, if Molly hadn't said this photo had her in it, I would think the photo was taken last year.... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
I recently read a really awesome split book by Dan Hoy and Jon Leon called "GLORY HOLE | THE HOT TUB," published by Mal-O-Mar. The book is a beautiful square, pleasing to hold with simple (how you say....?) colored line art on each side for each author's half of the book. Think of a 45 rpm record, but each side is a hit, and each side is by a different artist. Lennon/McCartney if you will, only these two guys don't have to write in the same house with the other guy's wife hanging around caterwauling..... Though that would be kind... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
You haven't heard of Hissa Halal? What's wrong with you? Hilal is a Saudi woman who's one of the finalist in the Persian Gulf reality television show called "The Million's Poet" [THINK AMERICAN IDOL FOR POETS]. She recites her poems weekly for a voting television audience and guess what? Her poems are pretty revolutionary, considering her stance. What stance does this woman whose only visible body part is a slit on her face take? Well, she is against violent arab extremism (YAY!), she's against the oppression of women (can't hear you under all that heavy wool, honey!), and she's against... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
Ah, the Omega, my last day of guest blogging at The Best American Poetry. Thank you, Stacey and David for allowing me to be me here for seven days! I had the time of my life. I'd like to leave you with a poem my friend Maggie Wells wrote and sent to me while she was living in Paris last year. I understood this poem to be an account of an ex-patriot's observations near Notre Dame de Paris. I post it here with her permission. Mass We met for Mass at Notre Dame under the clouds of the French, inside... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
Dear Everyone, So, it's more cool stuff, you want? I can't hear you? I think I hear the sibilant yessssssssssssssssss the crowd. All right, all right. Settle yourselves down. It's coming it's coming! 1. Firstly, here's a lovely poem by Alex Smith. Fortune Cookie The story of Nietzsche and the horse— That Fred was walking down the street When he saw a man brutally beating his mount, So he walked up, pushed the man away and then, having stopped the abuse, Turned to the horse, wrapped his arms around its neck, and began to cry— Is often told as the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2010 at The Best American Poetry