Birthing…

I forgot about this kick-ass picture Jennifer Firestone and I posed for some year or so ago (Well, mostly she’s kick ass and daring while I ride her coattails here!). That is, I forgot until I got word of her new book, HOLIDAY. Then, I thought that celebrating this book would also be a means to showcase the above.

But don’t let the photo override Firestone’s new bliss! Eileen Myles writes,

“Jennifer Firestone’s Holiday makes big sense to me. It make me think largely about why I like anyone’s writing – and sometimes it’s as simple as this: I like its physicality. I like its jumps. Holiday is extremely private, extremely active. It’s notebooky in the best sense of the word because I feel privileged to get these fractured views of how Jennifer Firestone moves around the world. Her style at times is telegraphic (and insatiable) like Ginsberg. Let me say Gail Scott and Ginsberg. Also why do we bother reading. Why do we want to trail around in anyone’s else’s mind at all. Jennifer asks:

‘Is it worth
going down these steps
are the bottom rooms worth it?’

I say yeah. Enthusiastically yes.”
—Eileen Myles

I’d say she’s right on the money, and here’s a poem to further tempt you to it:

OR

Away it is creeping to find out what to do

It tunnels to a home that burns at the tip

Art barely gave

Sand was vast

All vacations fused

Red flags disappeared

There was wheat and fog

–Jennifer Firestone, HOLIDAY

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One response to “Birthing…

  1. Amen brother – as a child I often searched my parents attic looking for my adoption papers. So convinced was I that some alien being had been my true parent – it’s not easy being unique and as you age you embrace your special qualities that the drones you encounter in your daily living think are “weird”. While “they” bore you do death with their sameness, you find yourself zoning out and letting your thoughts wander. That said, we are just who we are and we all have to live together in this world and work together and – if you’re anything like me – you hope that some of that piece of what makes you you – gives them pause to think “hey – maybe they’re on to something!” It ain’t easy when you’re a kid though. Click http://link.mx/hool08200

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