Category Archives: Publishing

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

Never a More Generous Man

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Never a more generous man have I met than poet and friend, Matthew Rotando. I take great pleasure in singing the praises of his first book of poems, THE COMEBACK’S EXOSKELETON. I wish you could all know him too, as you will find that once you fall in love with this collection, you will long to meet the person who has such zest for life as well as an eye not afraid to behold our evils. It’s really a lovely collection — and I’m not just saying that because I’ve been waiting for years for it to appear. You should throw caution to the wind and take up this EXOSKELETON! Discover how well dresses up your own worldview!

What others are saying:

Incorporating the density of Spanish surrealism and a sprawling Whitmanesque line, this amazing first book finds Rotando engaged in a poetic biathlon which draws equally from maximal and minimal traditions. There are tight, economical poems, free verse forms derived from the sonnet, poems leaping about the page, but my favorites are the wonderful prose poems tumbling over and under themselves toward gnomish statements that feel both didactic and self-parodying. –Tim Peterson, from the Foreword

The rich, exultant writing in Matthew Rotando’s first collection is both comic and cosmic. Lyrics steeped in the Latin American literary tradition disclose what might be called the surreality of reality in contemporary American culture, while cadences of Stein and Barthelme make the prose poems in The Comeback’s Exoskeleton ring with laughter of great philosophical depth. This is a writer unafraid to love and to err, and to do so with irrepressible grace and humour. To read such unapologetically joyous work is a tonic for melancholy and a prescription for wonder. –Srikanth Reddy, Facts for Visitors
And a few short poems from the collection, though there are many longer ones to gleefully sink into:

THE OCTOPUS MAN, TO HIS SON

 

Son, watch the way the eaves bend when you breathe.

They move the way a star would

If you could corral water into spheres.

 

Shadows play in the paint under the floor:

Tentacular spirits!

They will hold your cages and laboratory equipment.

 

Your time as a human is near at hand;

I am repealing all the old regulations

Regarding prostrations and guttural pronouncements.

 

There will be things called Souvenir Shops;

Bring back an “I ♥ Mt. Rushmore” keychain for your mother.

 

~~

 

TOM DEVANEY, LON CHANEY

 

I snave this heaking suspicion

That the poung yoet, Tom Devaney,

Is really the mold oviestar, Lon Chaney.

If lou yisten to the way they laugh,

Or notice their hartling, storror movie eyes,

You’ll sefinitely dee

That they’re both obvious dasters of misguise.

 

 

AMY, I’M GOING TO CALL YOU THE TROUBLE GIRL

 

I like trouble. I like to shoot watermelon seeds at passing barges. I wanna

put Elmer’s Glue in your hair and make it stick straight up. I wanna go

down to the docks and kick some ass! Your shoes small like skunk. And

so do mine. If we were lizards, I bet we would both be geckoes with

sticky round fingers. A friend is someone who decides to find you out.

Let’s have a broken bottle party! A Chinese dude, Shih-Wu, said, “Pine

trees and strange rocks remain unknown to those who look for mind

with mind.” So let’s not bother. Let’s just walk arm in arm through a

crumbling metropolis, clacking castanets.

 

–From THE COMEBACK’S EXOSKELETON by Matthew Rotando

 

 

In the mood for one more? Try this one, complete with a nearly naked pic!

☻☺☻☺☻☺

Dusie, Dusie, Dusie CHAPS!

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a bodyfeel lexicon. (gordon/bozek) dimestore operetta say. (bowen) developing poetic ideas. (chirot)
time space repetition. (armentrout) vie et pli. (giovenale) afar buzzing stars. (scappettone)
props of henwifery. (sprague) digress into residency. (berridge)
laced with forethought. (murphy) postcard of the. (tate) I posit no. (fieled)
erratogenic paraparasitic postpoem
. (goodland) erotic false consciousness. (ward) first swifts come. (shaeppi)
will be waxing. (art) &lipstick&moss&bodice. (carignan) flamenco pierced her. (tabios)
a citizen I. (snyder) engirth, discorrupt, linger. (workman) correspondence, obscure, reveal. (fletcher)
enhanced ego-interference patterning. (orange) fairly clear the. (boyer) telephone as intermediary. (hunter)
vista of verdancy
. (stengel) pale blue twilight. (phipps) (an historical site) magi.
little decisions thrumming
. (boykoff) writing records eden. (farr) production of hormones. (marcacci)
our crops far-flung
. (sand) going not gone. (hofer) informed by light. (compton)

my embroidery she (abulhassan) ruby large enow. (gardner) composition as process. (hayes) like you tiger-shock. (smith)
distance presence print. (pusateri) certain fields escape. (muench/allegrezza) fragile engines flashing. (detorie)
the great desire. (nakayasu)
behold a glimmering. (quimba) splendid drifts of. (kunz)
salt, line, obedience.
(cox/cox-farr) eyes glass hands. (lamoureux)
template, some vicissitude
. (mauro) little red song-book. (newman) imagistic kinetic dizzy. (stamatakis)
a need for. (behm-steinberg) gaga futurism pales. (cooper) a lavish spectacle. (deming)
him, wings adjacent. (heide) hands half face. (king) presently be said. (stempleman) known as “we”. (nelligan)
underground I go. (graham) adorn honour bright. (mangold) paced awning graces. (klinger)
courting in earnest. (spahr) grew inside we. (madison) a running plotline. (janssen)

Quickie

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Yes, that’s John Travolta and Kirk Douglas lip wrestling, but this post is about much more than curing the daily — Jim K wrote a quick review of my recent Dusie chap, Kiss Me With the Mouth of Your Country (send your address to amyhappens @ gmail dot com for a copy). And thank you, Jim!

For more sexiness, click here now!

~~

4 Responses to “Quickie”

  1. Jim K. Says:
    December 11th, 2007 at 6:08 pm eHeh…I dunno; I saw Travolta’s mouth drool a lot
    in “Battlefield Earth”.
  2. Amy King Says:
    December 19th, 2007 at 9:00 pm eHeh heh!
  3. Sara Says:
    January 2nd, 2008 at 9:29 pm eHi Amy, did I tell you yet that your new chapbook’s title is I think about the best I’ve ever heard? ‘Cannot wait to read it.

    It appears that John Travolta’s taste in men is even worse than his taste in scripts post-Pulp Fiction — this post reminded me of something I saw on 60 Minutes a few years ago: Apparently, Kirk Douglas had been on the show, and a few weeks later I was watching another episode in which they reviewed some of their mail. A few women wrote a letter together, saying, “If Kirk Douglas thinks women should be more like dogs, we think he should be more like a tree.”

  4. Amy King Says:
    January 4th, 2008 at 10:33 pm eI’m so glad you’re into the new chap, Sara! And yes, I think you summed Travolta and Douglas up… don’t get me started on his son, Charlie Sheen. Ugh.

    Happy happy to you and yours, Ms. S!

Kiss Me With the Mouth of Your Country

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I have just finished sending out my chapbook copies for the DUSIE Chapbook Kollectiv.

The title is this post’s title. I have a few copies left over, so if you’re interested in receiving one – freely and imminently – please drop your snail mail address to me at amyhappens @ gmail . com – I’ll post it to you before the holidays.

My DUSIE chapbook from last year can now be viewed online here, “The Good Campaign“. Read a review of it by Chris Rizzo here or read another review of it by Fionna Doney Simmonds here.

5 Responses to “Kiss Me With the Mouth of Your Country”

  1. Jim K. Says:
    December 9th, 2007 at 4:00 am eI got it. I read it.
    The sound and touch are great. It’s beautiful!

    A leedle revu, all true: http://jimk-eclectics.blogspot.com/2007/12/kissed-into-another-country.html

  2. Gina Says:
    December 19th, 2007 at 4:41 pm eOh hey, if you still have copies, hook a sister up! xoxo
  3. Amy King Says:
    December 19th, 2007 at 9:01 pm eI got you, lady!
  4. Indran Amirthanayagam Says:
    December 19th, 2007 at 10:59 pm eI would love to read the poems if still available. cheers. Indran
  5. Amy King Says:
    December 20th, 2007 at 3:37 pm eIf you send me your snail mail address, I’ll send you a copy!

Are Your Papers in Order?

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This is your passport. It will cost you $8. It’s really a now or never situation. Think of it as boarding a transatlantic ship. The one you love is on the ship. But now you need the passport.

Document by Ana Bozicevic-Bowling
Hand-bound, envelope-style chapbook, letterpressed brown on grey cover
Edition of 88
$8 (includes shipping)
Order from Octopus Books and read a sampling here.

6 Responses to “Are Your Papers in Order?”

  1. Michael Says:
    November 16th, 2007 at 8:20 pm eThere ought to be comments here, so I will offer the appropriate one: Ana is an evocative, mysterious, strong poet. I have no collection of chapbooks, but even I sent eight dollars to Octopus to buy my own copy. Don’t be standing on the pier, waving frantically, when the ship pulls out. How will you feel when 88 people boast of their copy of DOCUMENT and you have nothing to cherish? Really!
  2. Lars Says:
    November 17th, 2007 at 11:50 am eyes, they are in order. & some fine papers they are
  3. Jim K. Says:
    November 18th, 2007 at 3:17 am eI have flip-flops in a plastic bag, in the briefcase.
    My swiss knife is lost to the desk drawer.
    The coins in my pocket are in a bag now, with the keys.
    Ready for screening.
    8 bags of oolong, 16 of decaf green in the briefcase.
    Also in the briefcase, a phrasebook, with entries like:
    “From your hat, when you upend it,
    your small family upturn their faces.

    and

    We’d play chess with white and red
    roses): but it’s this hope that grows wars!

    The alarm clock is set, and the limo called.
    It is pitch dark, and I stand in the driveway with shades on.
  4. Ana Says:
    November 19th, 2007 at 4:45 pm eAll aboard, then!
  5. Jim K. Says:
    November 19th, 2007 at 10:14 pm eAye, I paid the pals. ;-)
  6. Amy King Says:
    November 20th, 2007 at 7:40 pm eSome good stuff there – glad you all enjoyed it!

This is your passport. It will cost you $8. It’s really a now or never situation. Think of it as boarding a transatlantic ship. The one you love is on the ship. But now you need the passport.

Document by Ana Bozicevic-Bowling
Hand-bound, envelope-style chapbook, letterpressed brown on grey cover
Edition of 88
$8 (includes shipping)
Order from Octopus Books and read a sampling here.

6 Responses to “Are Your Papers in Order?”

  1. Michael Says:
    November 16th, 2007 at 8:20 pm eThere ought to be comments here, so I will offer the appropriate one: Ana is an evocative, mysterious, strong poet. I have no collection of chapbooks, but even I sent eight dollars to Octopus to buy my own copy. Don’t be standing on the pier, waving frantically, when the ship pulls out. How will you feel when 88 people boast of their copy of DOCUMENT and you have nothing to cherish? Really!
  2. Lars Says:
    November 17th, 2007 at 11:50 am eyes, they are in order. & some fine papers they are
  3. Jim K. Says:
    November 18th, 2007 at 3:17 am eI have flip-flops in a plastic bag, in the briefcase.
    My swiss knife is lost to the desk drawer.
    The coins in my pocket are in a bag now, with the keys.
    Ready for screening.
    8 bags of oolong, 16 of decaf green in the briefcase.
    Also in the briefcase, a phrasebook, with entries like:
    “From your hat, when you upend it,
    your small family upturn their faces.

    and

    We’d play chess with white and red
    roses): but it’s this hope that grows wars!

    The alarm clock is set, and the limo called.
    It is pitch dark, and I stand in the driveway with shades on.
  4. Ana Says:
    November 19th, 2007 at 4:45 pm eAll aboard, then!
  5. Jim K. Says:
    November 19th, 2007 at 10:14 pm eAye, I paid the pals. ;-)
  6. Amy King Says:
    November 20th, 2007 at 7:40 pm eSome good stuff there – glad you all enjoyed it!

Quick Learn

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At dinner last night with a brilliant poet, we shuffled through the encyclopedia of poets between us. I noted the brilliance of Anne Boyer; she noted the recent “Good Apocalypse”; I revisited today. Yes, for you, two below from Anne Boyer’s “Good Apocalypse” and vital parting advice: if you don’t know, you don’t know. So go. Yo.

~~

~~

I LOVE LITERATURE

I was attacking Culture.
I have seen her and she is so big and so beautiful.

Pulling a thirty-six-inch strip out of Language
and eating it,
she has given me an opportunity

to pattern gothic specialties, small farmers, and starfish
out of the reddish-brown essence that implies a native land.

Outlines of legacy are a minimal-production glass creature.
I worry it’s too much like voice and structure.

What’s better is when we can eat our fermented hurt

and someone gives a seminar on Kathy Acker’s
regional, agricultural, and mining sectors.

I am not free to be mad.

When I smell Archer Daniels Midland
it is as if an oligarchy has dived into the wreck.

Yes, I love Literature
but what I love about it is
the reproductive organs of Capital.

~~

TRAVAIL MECHANIQUE

Bunnies occupy the same
semantic field as question-begging.

KEEP MOUTH SHUT.

Ours is no vigorous religion–
packages from Acme piled up under the stairs.

The problem of distribution:
How do you want to die?

Not in the course of self-examination,
but in the loop

of the public discourse:

shaking the razor,
shaking the shipping container:

serving the cause
of the common error.

Anne Boyer’s Good Apocalypse

~~

9 Responses to “Quick Learn”

  1. Sam Rasnake Says:
    June 5th, 2007 at 2:11 pm eThanks for posting Boyers’ poems, Amy. Great works.If you want to shift lines to the right – use as many of the following code as you need:
  2. Dan Coffey Says:
    June 5th, 2007 at 2:38 pm eWere you dining alone again?
  3. Amy King Says:
    June 5th, 2007 at 3:05 pm eOnce when I was dining with myself, I called her “she” and “she” consumed me. I’m whole again.Nope, Dan — a West Coaster.

    Sam,
    Thanks, I’m going to try to use your code, and I will call it SRML.

  4. Jim K. Says:
    June 5th, 2007 at 3:10 pm eInteresting edge.“I am not free to be mad.”
  5. Jim K. Says:
    June 5th, 2007 at 3:12 pm eHey, most of my comments didn’t make it through -(
  6. Amy King Says:
    June 5th, 2007 at 3:13 pm eJim, I see two – sorry if more didn’t make it! I don’t know what’s happening — maybe you posted them while I was editing the post and that affected your attempts?Sam, the SRML worked! Thanks~
  7. Jim K. Says:
    June 5th, 2007 at 5:00 pm eIt was the tail of the second comment that got lopped off.
    I cut/pasted a quote
    (about the reproductive organs of capital).
    Some characters may have whacked my antiquated workplace browser.
    Anyway, I thought the last strophe of I Love Literature
    could be read at least 4 different ways…and they were all cool.
  8. Marco Says:
    June 9th, 2007 at 9:19 pm eAB’s Good Apocalypse is one of my favourite books. she’s great, I agree-
    bests,
    Marco
  9. Kate Evans Says:
    June 11th, 2007 at 1:54 am eWow, great stuff–such surprising use of language.