Monday, March 31, 2014

thanks for the shoutout NolaVie - life & culture in NOLA

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THE DELTA MOUTH LITERARY FESTIVAL CHIPS AWAYAT BATON ROUGE'S DOLDRUMS APRIL 3-6

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LSU’s graduate creative writing program and its cohorts will try very hard to make our normally dull state capital appealing (to book nerds) for at least one weekend this year by hosting the Delta Mouth Literary Festival April 3 – 6 at venues throughout Baton Rouge.
Interests vary among featured presenters, such as Wayne Koestenbaum, who was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Queen’s Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire, and Shelly Taylor, poet and co-editor of Hick Poetics, a forthcoming anthology of contemporary American rural poetry.
Scheduled to read Saturday, among others, is Ben Marcus, who seems to have distilled the best characteristics of his past work and expelled the worst in his latest short story collection, Leaving the Sea. You may not like his stories. You may find them emotionally distant. But his desire to “travel deep down into the coalface of the ontological conundrum that some call the human condition” might make for just about as interesting an evening as you’re going to have in Baton Rouge.


This article was reposted from Press Street: Room 220, a NolaVie content partner. 

happenings post-weekend

this was sweet-kitsch just like all Wes Anderson flicks

Jacques the neighborhood peacock : only in NOLA

Jacques + gato 

Gordon's new book is just now released:  get it!

Love walks with death, death with love; the two intensify each other's existence. These two books urged from the same visceral human pool are starred with identical sibling markings, deep set eyes, monkey mouths, dazzling corneas. The two are one in voice and form, one fingerprint, one long song. They are made to be known together for they are not, in fact, separate. Death creates love, love satiates death, and therefore, these two books, LOVE & DEATH, cannot breathe without each other. Gordon Massman wants you to read them both, not separately, but overlappingly, one from LOVE one from DEATH, like playing cards in shuffling hands. Only then with Love covered by Death covered by Love covered by Death can meaning be found. This is the way to understand the crucible of existence.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

TWO BLACK-EYED HEIFER REVIEWS I SOMEHOW MISSED - THANK YOU TO FACT-SIMILE (pg 52) & THREE SENTENCE REVIEW




FROM THE THREE SENTENCE REVIEW


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Black-Eyed Heifer by Shelly Taylor

The mixed forms in this poetry collection move the reader around a world where what it means to be a woman is uncertain. The poems are made up of moments full of horses and dresses which brings what it means to be a woman closer to nature. The greatest aspect of this book is its allowance for the reader to breathe and chew on everything that is given.

Friday, March 28, 2014

field trip / poets poets poets

teacher field trip mode: sculpture garden

ekphrastic writing - alan & do ho suh sculpture

some-a my po peeps

with Richard Siken & Carolyn Hembree at their reading at NOCCA last night

Monday, March 24, 2014

HAPPENINGS

A LOTTA GRADE

A LOTTA FRY

FAULKNER WROTE SOLDIERS PAY & MOSQUITOS HERE.  NOW A BOOKSTORE.

JOHN SCREAMING STEEEEELLLLLAAAAA IN THE STELLA SCREAMING CONTEST

THIS HAPPENED OUTSIDE OF PETCO.  IM BLAMING THE AFTERNOON DAY DRINKING FOR CRADLING ROB RYAN'S BELLY IN THIS TENDER MANNER, LOL.

SMALL PRESS DISTRIBUTION HAS LIONS IN STOCK!

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

FANZINE "COCONUT SWAG" / BIG THANK YOUS TO PAUL CUNNINGHAM FOR THE SWEET REV


Friends, whether you choose to wipe the anticipatory drool from your chins or wear it like a badge of honor, theCoconut Books 2014 catalog is upon us. Literally, it’s a lot. There’s a heap of brand new stuff already available and by the time June is here you’ll be able to explode open your eyes all over again with: Jennifer Tamayo’s YOU DA ONE, Natasha Kessler’s Dismantling the Rabbit Altar, and Emily Toder’s Beachy Head. And, thanks to Coconut, you’ll also have the option of spending the later half of this year reading new books by Bernadette Mayer and Danielle Pafunda. I guess the whole perpetual state of anticipatory drooling is what the staff of Coconut Books is all about. I recently had the opportunity to visit the Coconut table this year at the AWP conference in Seattle and instantly found myself overwhelmed by book options, forthcoming book options, and a really impressive collection of author-signed broadsides. (I particularly enjoyed the phantom page that semi-conceals the lines of a poem from Shelly Taylor’s Lions, Remonstrance.)
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LIONS, REMONSTRANCE by Shelly Taylor
“The lion grandly pacing lines running deep the outer edges, barred / to the public, a stallwalker. I have been him & his father, the monsoon bang,” What a gut-wrenchingly heavy backpack trek this was into love and warfare. As I read these chock-full, folk-full poems, Taylor’s unrestricted language—sorrows, travels, joys, dreams, vows, grief, blood, upbringing—Mattie Ross’d all around my head all tumbleweed-like (collecting and motoric more and more gaining here and then) all while I sometimes swear I heard that Norma Jean version of “Tramp on the Street” mutating out of and back into Hank Williams, Sr.’s “Tramp on the Street”. A book of war (“Like a town on fire: so won so lost”) and a book often exploring gender (“& neither do I want a bath or the linear world I’m supposed to / sashay through a lady. We fought the silence, the men inside us—”). A book of duets of wound and animal, Lions, Remonstrance will collision into you with its sprawling geography of memory and its recurring lion surname: a circulation of veterans, of trauma, of loss. “Let’s make these sheep / into horses he’ll blind and astonish as me, the very land / mourns the eye holes of the horses women must gather.”

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

ash wednesday missing soa heavy





from my 1718 reading bout a month ago

Shelly Taylor, 1718′s own faculty advisor, read for us on February 4th. She read from her newest poetry collection, Lions, Remonstrance, which is available for pre-order at Coconut Books. We were lucky to have this  preview of her new book. Look below for one of her poems from the collection.
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drawing by Julia Taylor

photos by my super-duper-talented PO student Andres Neidl


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

LUNDI GRAS PARADES, ORPHEUS AND PROTEUS



COLD W CHEF

ORPHEUS GRAND MARSHAL QUENTIN TARANTINO

QUENTIN TARANTINO CHUCKING BEADS


ANDREW






SEATTLE DAY THREE

HICK POETICS TREE READING - MICHAEL EARL CRAIG

POETS EMILY TODER AND STEPHEN DANOS

POET MEG WADE

ONE OF MY FAV AWP MOMENTS:  VALERIE MEJER, CD WRIGHT, FOREST GANDER, THE JEWEL BOX

THIS ACTION BOOKS READING ABOVE WAS MY FAVORITE READING.  MY SECOND FAV READING WAS SERENA CHOPRA AT LO-FI ON FRIDAY.

SEATTLE DAY TWO


ME AND BRUCE COVEY - WE MADE THIS BOOK, YEH!

PIKE MARKET FLOWER NANA

CUUUUUUUUUTE FISHERMAN BOYS BEHIND US

INCREDIBLY HOTTTT POET MEG WADE

COCONUT READING FOR LIONS

ABE READING FROM NEW BOOK

LITERARY DEATH MATCH?  I HELPED ZERO.

WINNERRRRRRRRR!