Sunday, September 30, 2012

Very, very proud to be included in Dusie - The Radical Vernacular Issue - thanks guest editor Mike Sikkema! what a gorgeous group of hick poets!




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Radical Vernacular isn't only rural, and is not a movement. Forget what you've heard. A movement moves a bit forward and stops. A movement is identified by watching how its tracks appear in the mud, by how it's seen.

Radical Vernacular is identified by how it changes the way WE 
see. It's WEATHER; we like it or not. It lights sheds and sheds 
light. Radical Vernacular needs no manifestoes, but each blink is a palimpsest, current-recurrent. These poets pitch our present tense.

I hope you enjoy reading their work as much as I enjoyed collecting it. 

Michael Sikkema
Grand Rapids, Michigan



9 Michael Basinski
13 Danielle Vogel 
17 Megan Burns
20 Sarah Vap
23 Gina Myers
29 Brenda Sieczkowski
34 Megan Kaminski
38 Nathan Hauke 
44 Kirsten Jorgenson
48 Eric Baus 
50 Robin Brox
55 Aaron Lowinger
61 Brenda Iijima
64 Jennifer Denrow
69 Shelly Taylor**
74 Abraham Smith**
79 Jen Tynes
87 Michael Sikkema 
93 Contributor Bios

Saturday, September 29, 2012

it's Saturday ya'll! i can write!

That's my Granny!  Go Granny, it's your birthday!

this is my weekend, i shall sleep my life away - grading done!!

Deanne gave a reading last night for CSPAN Book TV - go grl!

i kinda love this Coldfront Mag spotlight on Dobby Gibson

Friday, September 28, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

shittiest football call EVER



Saturday, September 22, 2012




thanks to Ralph & Jessie for inviting me out to din at the Barrio Brewery - i sooooo needed that lil break & that burger!

big up to my hood friend Dan H for branging me over a beer & some convo for a 45 min grade-break close to midnite - so needed that, i so did.

heading to MMs office to guess what?...grade!

happy hot inferno weekend!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012

POG reading - today is football Sunday - and hopefully horses - lil lecture planning too

my most fav Steve Salmoni

these amazing ladies came out for poetry

those are yellow heels i'm wearing

Saturday, September 15, 2012

me sissstur & g bear

need to get to LA soon - miss me fam

we look twin-ish Rouch

yesturday i had myself a monday-friday / sleep it off! / tonite i'm reading w/ POG & Friends / c'mon down

Kaia played at the Casa Libre fundraiser last nite.  Algae & Tentacles' John Melillo followed & it was really cool.


POG & Friends Reading, Saturday, September 15, 7-9pm, at The Drawing Studio, 33 S. 6th Ave., Tucson.

Poetry, Literature, and Arts Presentations by Maureen McHugh, Matthew Schnirmann, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Hannah Ensor, Melissa Gutierrez, Hassan Falak, Anna Fulford, Maya Asher, Tere Fowler-Chapman, Lisa Bowden, Samuel Ace, Lisa Cooper Anderson, Jefferson Carter, Jamison Crabtree, Matthew Conley, Shelly Taylor, Annie Guthrie, Tony Luebbermann, Charles Alexander, Kristi Maxwell, TC Tolbert, Cynthia Miller, Tenney Nathanson, Michael Rerick, Steve Salmoni

Friday, September 14, 2012

CD Wright amazing!!!!! / Yes, Packers! 23-10!!!!! So proud of my boys!

love you CD

MM at the sports bar!  Go Pack!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Yay! My dear friend Ari Zwartjes has a new book out from University of Iowa Press! Congrats Ms Ari!

In a series of linked lyric essays, Detailing Trauma explores in vivid, sometimes graphic detail the many types of wounds from which the human body and spirit may suffer—and heal. Mapping the diseases and injuries that can afflict the body, the author asks how we can continue to live and love in the face of the great potential for suffering and loss.
She names each section of the book for body parts or processes, then juxtaposes the functions and failures of human anatomy with experiences in her own life and those of people she knows and loves, meticulously stitching together life’s fractures and ruptures with skillful narrative. Each essay offers glimpses of hope and reasons for living with the likelihood of chaos and pain, reasons for choosing to love despite the risks.

Zwartjes’s beautifully crafted poetic prose humanizes the technical descriptions of medical conditions and illuminates the scientific understanding of emotional states. Far more than a popularization of science, Detailing Trauma explores the wondrous anatomy and physiology of the human body, a geography of our human frailties—and also our wealth, as humans, of love and hope and the capacity for meditative thought. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


today in U lit 101s we did a lil David Foster Wallace.  i had mega-migraine.  like on the floor in the fetal early a.m. migraine that's still sitting with me now a little bit 13 hrs later.



Game starts at 520.  CD Wright at 7pm.  Thank goodness for NFL on my telephono!


Wright’s writing has been described as experimental, Southern, socially conscious, and elliptical; as a volume of selected poems, Steal Away demonstrates how Wright has not cleaved to any one voice or form but continues to evolve her style. As poet and critic Joel Brouwer asserts, “Wright belongs to a school of exactly one,” and Wright herself has pointed out the contradictions inherent in her work: “I’m country but sophisticated. I’m particular and concrete, but I’m probing another plane. . . . There are many times when I want to hammer the head. Other times I want to sleep on the hammer.” 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Blah, blah, blah - we got work to do before Thursday vs those stank Bears

i feel ya, Aaron Rodgers.

after crawling out the dive bar full out niners fans - suck it, sunday!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


hot, hot, hot '78.  that second guitar solo indeed.  miss going to shows with fam, sister whit.

 seems a common way to go

work work work

I write.  I write that I am writing.  Mentally I see myself writing that I am writing and I can also see myself seeing that I am writing.  I remember writing and also seeing myself writing.  And I see myself remembering that I see myself writing and I remember seeing myself remembering that that I was writing and I write seeing myself write that I remember having seen myself write that I saw myself writing that I was writing and that I was writing that I was writing and that I was writing that I was writing that I was writing.  I can also imagine myself writing that I had already written that I would imagine myself writing that I had written that I was imagining myself writing that I see myself writing that I am writing.

- Salvador Elizondo "The Graphographer"  - 
preface to Aunt Julia and the Script Writer - Mario Vargas Llosa

Monday, September 3, 2012

Monday & I'm in me pjs still working away - thanks so much Labor Day

Y La Orkesta con Salvador Duran - HOCO Fest - thank S, for my new vinyl!

Sonoita Rodeo - the view from Pelican - Arnold's team roping horse

the bulls won today

Saturday, September 1, 2012


a-well hello:  i'm Spring cleaning & working on my garden.  it's looking like a little rain in this desert--let's hope so.  i'm also watching college football & working on my book.  i like to multitask usually, yesss.

had the loveliest din w/ Aluvia last nite, to bed super-early, up & at em.

Fam is at the beach...wish i were there too!

erstwhile here's one smokin AB Gorham at The Volta (