Baudelaire in Airports [click title] by Amy King
Baudelaire in Airports [click title] by Amy King
The WOM-PO (Discussion of Women’s Poetry) List was started in December 1997 by Annie Finch with an invitation to a small group of poets, critics, and lovers of women’s poetry. These people in turn invited other people to join, and the list has grown into a well-regarded international listserve by spreading through these networks. In April 2008, Amy King succeeded Annie as List Moderator for WOM-PO. Discussion on the list covers women poets of all periods, aesthetics, and ethnicities. It has been characterized by its high caliber, relatively low volume, and openness to a diversity of aesthetic perspectives. To SUBSCRIBE: Send a message to the server adress, email@example.com, with a blank subject heading and the message: SUB WOM-PO YOUR NAME ~~~~~ INTRODUCING YOURSELF WOM-PO has…
STRING THEORY Try again. Embroider the earth’s arc of belly risingto fold into mountain. If you lay your head table-side, a stream trickles out, over rocks, into lunar heights. Right here beside you. The sheen of a screen replays distant ringing from a lime green phone, 1950. STRING THEORY – CONTINUED @ BOSTON REVIEW
If one literary response to the 21st century cultural dislocation rooted in big data and its disruptive technologies is a “conceptual” poetics that brands itself as “uncreative writing” and sees its principal mission in terms of a kind of low-level guerilla warfare against intellectual property rights, then another, perhaps more demonstrative poetics would be one that is no less analytical in its approach to language and power, but identifies itself as an active force of resistance, a non-algorithm in the prison-house of language. CONTINUED @ THE BUFFALO NEWS
COOPERATIVE POETRY The Rooster Moans created an online network of artists where there are no hierarchies. “It allows the students to see that, regardless of level of experience, we’re all working artists, and that being a published poet doesn’t mean that you don’t still struggle and grapple with your art, and/or obviate the need to revise, revise, revise,” explained Lissa Kiernan.
THIS YEAR’S RESPONSE TO THE VIDA COUNT THIS YEAR – LINKS BELOW.
READ MY INTRODUCTION + SEE THE (MOSTLY DEPRESSING) CHARTS - HERE.
SNOW DUST ON THE TABLE OUT FRONT TONIGHT
SPOILER ALERT: EVERYONE FALLS IN LOVE & DIES. #INTERNETLOVESONGS
1996 Documentary About 13-Year-Old Riot Girls Who Didn’t Shower It’s appropriately titled, “Dirty Girls.” – A SERIOUSLY GOOD 10 MINS Shot in 1996 and edited in 2000, this is a short documentary about a group of 13-year-old riot grrrls who were socially ostracized at school by their peers and upperclassmen. Everyone in the schoolyard held strong opinions about these so-called “dirty girls,” and meanwhile the “dirty girls” themselves aimed to get their message across by distributing their zine across campus. Directed by Michael Lucid. Music: “Batmobile” by Liz Phair.
AMY KING INTERVIEWS ROSEBUD BEN-ONI “One poem was written completely in my head when this really tough looking guy got on the 6 Downtown Local, twisted around the pole, giving everyone hard looks, before belting out Rihanna’s ‘I want you to make me feel … like I’m the only girl in the world.’ That really gets me going. He’s the lipstick shade I’m wearing tomorrow.” –From “From Mexico to Jerusalem to Queens: Rosebud Ben-Oni’s 7-Train Love Carries Us All,” Solecism (Virtual Artists Collective) by Rosebud Ben-Oni, interview by Amy King.
Amy King interviews R. Erica Doyle “Hardly anyone was writing about sex the way I knew we were doing it, and feeling it, and sometimes fucking each other up and over. Sex and the body are what make us dangerous—no one would care if we were writing platonic letters to each other about maple leaves.” –From “Holy Erotic Psychologic Linguistic Twister: R. Erica Doyle’s Proxy Takes Stage”; Proxy (Belladonna) by R. Erica Doyle, interview by Amy King.
The gestural lyric and beyond A review of Amy King’s “I Want to Make You Safe” BARRY SCHWABSKY EXCERPT: At a time when the lyric is widely denigrated and often practiced in a defensive mode if at all, her insouciant confidence that it will serve any end is heartening. CONTINUED @ JACKET2
Authors on Artists: Amy King on Leonor Fini, Leonora Carrington, and Frida Kahlo Paint Is the Abyss’ Law, Living the Accent: Marginalia on Absorption Paint Is the Secretion of Scene on Leonor Fini’s Set I now confer status on you. As in, everything is as good as the next thing. Better yet, in this season, I am implicitly requesting your death on a platter. That said, should I begin without interrogating the great mystery that separates dark matter from the everyday? Dive into beauty untinged by the detritus of degenerative mechanics? But… CONTINUED @ BRIGHT STUPID CONFETTI
I cannot fathom that Walt Whitman was the first to write on a variety of controversies typically attributed to “Song of Myself,” including the complexities of slavery, the overt hand of eroticism, and the soul beyond the confines of religion, atrocities of war, etc. In fact, a number of writers come easily to mind who preceded him on such matters (i.e. William Blake, Phillis Wheatley, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edgar Allen Poe). It is my estimation that readers took offense to a primary feature that taste alone, presumably, should have dictated as unpopular: his form. Whitman’s stylings were, of course, the undoing of form as tradition dictated. As Allen Ginsberg noted, he ‘broke open the line,’ writing into the frontier, where no precedent had been…
Poem from I Want to Make You Safe (Litmus Press, 2011) Featuring (in order of appearance): Annie Finch Saeed Jones Daniel Nester Patricia Spears Jones Cole Swensen R. Erica Doyle Cate Marvin Brent Cuningham Danielle Pafunda Jamaal May GC Waldrep Ryan Doyle May James Yeh Matt Hart E. Tracy Grinnell Brenda Iijima Molly Gaudry Sina Queyras Mathias Svalina Matt Yeager Elisa Gabbert Vanessa Place Janaka Stucky Mike Young Metta Sama Lauren Hunter Jennifer Bartlett Sommer Browning Paul Legault Ana Bozicevic Amy King Anna Moschovakis Justin Marks Matvei Yankelevich Sampson Starkweather Julia Cohen Paige Taggart Chris Tonelli Corina Copp Eileen Myles Kazim Ali Tonya Foster Giovanni Singleton Dodie Bellamy Julie Patton Treasure Shields Redmond Alice Quinn Gloria Frym Patricia Lockwood Cheryl Strayed Joshua Marie Wilkinson…
From “Leonora Carrington: A Retrospective Exhibition” (1975) – excerpts from Introduction by Edward James: “Leonora’s work is no pastiche of the 16th century. Its similarity is rather due to the fact that Leonora Carrington was endowed from birth with the versatility of a Renaissance man [Women's Lib having not yet reared its head]. The fact is that Leonora epitomizes the woman of our latter-day Renaissance. She is, I firmly believe, a forerunner (now this will annoy critics, but we cannot help it) of the Age of Aquarius…Among the young, especially in America, there are signs of reaction against the early 20th century worship of mass conformity. …Also in art, though not yet in the sciences or in literary criticism, the insistence on specialization will…
With that in mind, I will be posting shorts a la Facebook posts. Little posts, little notes. Leonora Carrington died last year at 94. She was NOT a Surrealist. She associated with the group and was with Max Ernst for two years. The thinking person who does some research will discover that she was critical of Surrealist’ tenets as well as the group’s treatment of women. Leonor Fini and Leonora Carrington EXCERPTS FROM Essay by Carrington in “WHAT SHE MIGHT BE” Catalogue – “Technology, that is, the astute extensions of the human body, like the club of the cave man, the submarine or the jet, are hypnotic impressions of man and his thinking toys. Meanwhile, we women allow ourselves to be devoured by our…
• American Poet feature. Summer 2012, Issue 42. • Lissa Kiernan for The Rooster Moans review. June 30, 2012. • j/j hastain for The Lit Pub review. May 18, 2012. • Michael Flatt for the Center for Literary Publishing review. May 9, 2012. • Lightsey Darst for Bookslut review. May 2012. • Carol Dorf for The Mom Egg review. April 27, 2012. • The Poetry Foundation feature. April 10, 2012. • Alan Gilbert for The Poetry Foundation review. April 9, 2012. • Bomblog: Phone in reading. March 28, 2012. • Friends read Friends for HTML Giant. March 26, 2012. • Sara Jane Stoner for Poetry Project Newsletter. April/May 2012. • Lambda Literary review. March 6, 2012. • Metta Sáma reviews for Her Circle. March 1, 2012. • Creepy Valentine on Poets & Writers. February 14, 2012 • John Pluecker for HTML Giant review. February 2012 • Sara Jane Stoner and Julia Heim read. February 2012…
Words and Music by Metta Sáma EXCERPTS: “King’s book is not quiet; hers is an aesthetics of sound fractured, fragmented, compounded, mixed, remixed, sampled, jointed, yes, even anointed. (Check out the cover of this book, it’s sparseness of image, this blaringly red background, these glaringly gray figures, mouths open. Caught mid-pounce (whose in danger? (you must be asking yourself!)).” “Connecting the body to art (as that which comes from the body, which lives in the body, which defends the body, which deceives the body, which destroys the body, which provides passageways to forgive the body, to recreate the body) art to philosophy (what is the body, what are its limitations, its excesses, can we discard the body) philosophy to politics (who owns the…
Words and Music by John Pluecker EXCERPTS: “Amy King is doing God’s work. Of course, I don’t mean God in a traditional Christian way; I mean God in the way that King speaks of God in her recent book, I Want to Make You Safe: …” “The video gave me the feeling of what I imagined when I heard “I want to make you safe:” Arpad Miklos, this huge muscular gay porn star, swaddling Mike Hadreas: taking care of him, holding him, brushing his hair, putting make-up around his eyes. It’s tender and sweet and the radical opposite of bullying.” “Who is this queer woman writer who loves this man? Are we, queers, okay with this hetero love? Or is cross-gender love always hetero?…
SENTENTIA 4 What She Says: The All Women Writers Issue 164 pages edited by Paula Bomer, Amy King (poetry) and Jen Michalski (fiction) $10 (+$2 shipping) Including work by: Betsy Boyd, Ana Bozicevic, Mikita Brottman, Megan Calhoun, Ching-in Chen, Andrea DeAngelis, Kathy Flann, Sherrie Flick, Heather Fowler, Ana Garcia Begua, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Jen Grow, Toshiya Kamei, Elise Levine, Sara Lippmann, Khadijah Queen, Treasure Shields Redmond, Metta Sama, Ellen McGrath Smith, Sara Jane Stoner, Meg Tuite, Carolyn Zaikowski, Darija Zilic
BlazeVOX [books] & Its Poets: An Offsite, Really Hip, unAWP Reading: Thursday, March 1, 2012 6:00 pm until 8:30 p.m Revolving Door presents a spectacular sampling of BlazeVOX poets … setting out to dazzle 100% of the masses–that’s 99% + 1%. Among the poets who will prove themselves worthy sparks of divinity are: Amanda Auchter + Vincent Celucci + Farrah Field + Geoffrey Gatza + Matt Hart + Amy King + Jeffrey Morgan + Dan Nester + Michelle Naka Pierce + Nate Pritts + Chris Pusateri + Sarah Sarai + M Bartley Seigel +Chis Shipman + Michael Smith + Sheila Squillante + Tony Trigilio + Jarred White In one evening you can achieve a poetic density of stunning proportion and galactic measure. With food…
Where’s Barbie when you need her? “Sweet Talkin’ Ken” takes Amy King’s poem “Men by the Lips of Women” to creepy extremes in this special Valentine’s Day installment of Clips. Sweet Talkin’ Ken does “Men by the Lips of Women” [Click to view]
Harriet @ Poetry Foundation remarks, “you’ve got to check out Esque Mag Issue 3 … It’s beautiful.” Announcing Esque (click!) For the third issue of esque, REVOLUTIONESQUE, we asked you to tell us about the revolution. We didn’t define what we mean by that. Whether it lives in your home, in the financial district, or the district of your heart, you defined your revolution and told us what it is. Here are y/our findings. 108 poets talk about the revolution: Alex Dimitrov, Alex Rieser, Amanda Deutch, Amber West, Amish Trivedi, Amy Lawless, Anja Mutic, Anne Fisher-Wirth, Annie Finch, Becca Klaver, Betsy Wheeler, Bonnie MacAllister, Brad Liening, Brenda Iijima, Brian Howe, Cara Benson, Ching-In Chen, Chris Martin, Chris Pusateri, Christina Davis, Claudia Serea, Cynthia Arrieu-King, Dale Smith,…
*Click for Poetry Workshop Info* The Rooster Moans: Poetry Cooperative Dates: July 8 – August 4, 2012 For as long as we can remember, poets have addressed the sun and moon, distant lovers and heroes, while also separately singing odes to the gods. The Surrealist painter Leonora Carrington once said, “We learn about the soul, and we have to listen to the soul.” Just as some poets use music for inspiration, ekphrasis is not simply a description of an art work, but influenced by the art work and, sometimes, the artist’s life. Carrington’s own paintings evidence her own efforts towards querying the world she inhabited beyond the limits of perception; her life also reveals many lively, unconventional turns that inspire and provide unexpected permissions,…
I Want to Make You Safe POETRY UPDATES! • HOUSEFIRE – “I would like to amputate myself?” • Poetry Daily’s Featured Poet: Amy King • Boston Globe award: among the best poetry books of 2011 • Coldfront’s Top 30 Poetry Books of 2011 #17 • THE RUMPUS – “Death, Is Always” • Poets & Writers - ”Lidija Dimkovska Has Made a Bomb of My Eyes” • HTML Giant - Language is the atmospheric anomaly our fingers and tongues make happen • Verse Daily: ”The Identity in My Crisis” • On Barcelona – “Every Era Builds Character” • Small Press Distribution Poetry Best-Seller. November 2011 #8 • Small Press Distribution Poetry Best-Seller. December 2011 #8