Wednesday, August 31, 2005

And a discussion topic for the non-poets out there too. Have any of you seen Broken Flowers? What did you think? It's more conventional than Jarmusch’s work typically is. Is this good, bad, neutral? I know I tend to think accessibility generally hinders a movie, but it doesn’t really bother me here.

I've been noticing that while more and more poets seem to be embracing the idea of letting poems go where they may and perhaps even making use of collage more (both of which are largely good things), the negative side effect of this is a lot of poems that while they have series of interesting pairings of images or ideas a couple of times in the poem often feel quite unsatisfactorily put together. To me this seems largely to be due to inattention to sound and rhythm and inattention to the interactions between the connotative resonances of lines. Anyway, I would be interested to hear your ideas on why certain “disjointed”(for lack of a better word) poets are successful while others are not.

I'm going a bit stir crazy with nothing to do, so I'm trying to get everything together for Issue 2 of Mustachioed. I'm still a little short on submissions and trying to drum some up. Nate or anyone else out there, know anyone to solicit submissions from?

Also on a related note, my friend is looking for submissions at for his next issue. It is a simple online magazine but he gets some really good writers in there, and so far the mag has been a very good read.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Joe, Thanks for the update. I was about to shoot you an e-mail to see. A month! Holy shit! I hope it goes faster than expected. Good luck.

Just wanted to let everyone know I am ok. We evacuated to Houston and are waiting until it's possible to go back to New Orleans. It sounds like it might be a month before we can. Most of the city is underwater right now; and, since the pumps are broken, the water level is rising instead of sinking. Poor New Orleans! I'm sure it'll get back to normal eventually and perhaps even be the better for it.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

What the hell are we doing here?

So far, not much.

We moved in with my parents! It's like high school all over again.

Not really.

It's a temporary holding ground 'til we can find our own place.

I'm starting work on a PhD at UW this fall, teaching a general lit course on modern & contemporary literature...

Nikki's job-hunting, a truly horrible activity invented, I believe, in the late 19th century by a demented cult of a opium eater's turned megacapitalists.

I think I'm going to start my own blog to give occasional updates.

But, I agree w/ you Vicky, I wish this blog had more frequent activity. Guess we're all busy w/ this and that.

I have poems coming out in:






But these are all print journals.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Hello all! It's been quite a while since this blog has seen any type of activity. I know it was created to act as a forum for all you writer-folk so what the heck. Don't be afraid to drop links to your publications online or otherwise, any personal sites you may have and anything that crosses your mind, poetically, personally, politically, whatever. I don't care. (There could be an onslaught of "what i ate for lunch" type posts I guess I should prepare for them. If I don't see any activity you will hear about my endless days at the *ahem* 2nd biggest airline and let me tell you folks that is not very exciting.

I heard through the rumor mill that fellow bloggers (I use that word loosely) Nate and Nikki have moved to Madison! What are you guys doing there?