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Dennis Cooper mentions Lucas de Lima’s Wet Land and Kim Hyesoon’s Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrorcream (Trans. by Don Mee Choi) in his latest installment of “4 books I read recently & loved" […] also included is Andrew Duncan Worthington’s Hot Dogs! and Jerome Sala’s The Cheapskates.

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Dennis Cooper mentions Lucas de Lima’s Wet Land and Kim Hyesoon’s Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrorcream (Trans. by Don Mee Choi) in his latest installment of “4 books I read recently & loved" […] also included is Andrew Duncan Worthington’s Hot Dogs! and Jerome Sala’s The Cheapskates.

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Lucas de Lima responds to a board member of VIDA with his Note on Gringpo Provincialism: 
"In the aftermath of my post on the baroque below, a board member of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts accused me of ‘reducing’ my issue to identity.
This person, who works for a key literary venue, said my focus on identity had ‘thoroughly’ persuaded them out of a line of thought that might otherwise have been interesting. They also quoted Marxist theory on me.
Too bad it wasn’t an isolated incident. This is a bias I encounter all the time in writers who claim to have supposedly ‘progressive’ politics.
Experimental U.S. poetry culture, especially, pats itself on the back for privileging some poets—the ones most legible in terms of their political causes—while ignoring others who sound like ‘strange almost English’ (another comment I fielded yesterday).
¿Pero que dices? Are we mongrels just too baroque to bear?
One senses an acute xenophobia in US-American poets’ underestimation of the relationship between identity and form, and the way aesthetics that have flourished outside the US get written out of the mainstream, the experimental, and the political.
Of course, this privileging of legibility and dismissal of the foreign must take turns waving the same tattered flag. As tendencies that work hand in hand, they exhaust gringo poetry at the twilight of a superpower, cornering it into its least visceral, mystical, and transformative space.
“North American experimentalism became a fine jewelry shop.” -Heriberto Yépez (trans. Guillermo Parra)
They’re the two sides of the avant-garde/mainstream exceptionalist comfort zone I’m calling Gringpo Provincialism.
A literary jingoism desperate for its baroque death.”

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Lucas de Lima responds to a board member of VIDA with his Note on Gringpo Provincialism:

"In the aftermath of my post on the baroque below, a board member of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts accused me of ‘reducing’ my issue to identity.

This person, who works for a key literary venue, said my focus on identity had ‘thoroughly’ persuaded them out of a line of thought that might otherwise have been interesting. They also quoted Marxist theory on me.

Too bad it wasn’t an isolated incident. This is a bias I encounter all the time in writers who claim to have supposedly ‘progressive’ politics.

Experimental U.S. poetry culture, especially, pats itself on the back for privileging some poets—the ones most legible in terms of their political causes—while ignoring others who sound like ‘strange almost English’ (another comment I fielded yesterday).

¿Pero que dices? Are we mongrels just too baroque to bear?

One senses an acute xenophobia in US-American poets’ underestimation of the relationship between identity and form, and the way aesthetics that have flourished outside the US get written out of the mainstream, the experimental, and the political.

Of course, this privileging of legibility and dismissal of the foreign must take turns waving the same tattered flag. As tendencies that work hand in hand, they exhaust gringo poetry at the twilight of a superpower, cornering it into its least visceral, mystical, and transformative space.

North American experimentalism became a fine jewelry shop.” -Heriberto Yépez (trans. Guillermo Parra)

They’re the two sides of the avant-garde/mainstream exceptionalist comfort zone I’m calling Gringpo Provincialism.

A literary jingoism desperate for its baroque death.”

(via pecunningham)

Lonely Christopher’s Death & Disaster Series and Lucas de Lima’s Wet Land have both been featured in Jordan Scott’s “10 Small Press Poetry Books You Have to Read in 2014” list via Bookish.

Lonely Christopher’s Death & Disaster Series and Lucas de Lima’s Wet Land have both been featured in Jordan Scott’s 10 Small Press Poetry Books You Have to Read in 2014 list via Bookish.

Two poems from Alice Ladrick via Word Riot

Two poems from Alice Ladrick via Word Riot

pecunningham:

“PQRS is a mess of genre, mixed media, and script; it is both part poem and part critical essay. In his notes, Patrick Durgin explicitly states that sections of this piece were taken from his other works, lifted wholesale and placed after the speaking colon. This is a kind of conceptualism: take the genre and fill it until it exceeds its own boundaries and becomes something else, or something several. 
What does it mean when our work is easily archived, searched, collated, cut apart, pasted back together, quantified, shared, compressed, leaked, and otherwise shifted from one place to another? Its materiality is questioned, since material things aren’t supposed to be that mutable, although maybe that’s naive. Still, what does it mean when our genres are wholly pierced through and bled out? According to PQRS, it means nothing. Or, it means only possibility. In this demi-play, Durgin uses the form of a play’s speaking action to build deep trenches between what is being said, who is doing the speaking, and the origin of those words.”[Click] to read Drew’s full article via Fanzine

pecunningham:

PQRS is a mess of genre, mixed media, and script; it is both part poem and part critical essay. In his notes, Patrick Durgin explicitly states that sections of this piece were taken from his other works, lifted wholesale and placed after the speaking colon. This is a kind of conceptualism: take the genre and fill it until it exceeds its own boundaries and becomes something else, or something several.

What does it mean when our work is easily archived, searched, collated, cut apart, pasted back together, quantified, shared, compressed, leaked, and otherwise shifted from one place to another? Its materiality is questioned, since material things aren’t supposed to be that mutable, although maybe that’s naive. Still, what does it mean when our genres are wholly pierced through and bled out? According to PQRS, it means nothing. Or, it means only possibility. In this demi-play, Durgin uses the form of a play’s speaking action to build deep trenches between what is being said, who is doing the speaking, and the origin of those words.”

[Click] to read Drew’s full article via Fanzine

naliterarymagazine:

No Assholes contributor Russ Woods has just released a wonderful new book of poetry called Wolf Doctors. Add this to your Need to Read list!

naliterarymagazine:

No Assholes contributor Russ Woods has just released a wonderful new book of poetry called Wolf Doctors. Add this to your Need to Read list!

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(From Deluge 2)
SAMPLESNotebooks as erratum as formisc.things incompetentalone grow looseaccord in Symphonyoffbeat sure the samefreeverse Betrays timeProblem is the egoinherent in compilingmy own crumbs as your meal.But, the novel is justbeing told a meaLesssubstantial yes that’s the pointself aware at that Springboardfor someoneWho can completeWhat I failed simplyput significance of Asymphony of Duh. This iscaucophony. Admittedly, I beat herto the punch here. I didn’t beatAnything. Or Any One At Allthoughts merge onespirogyrating mindOne time Exists Thanksto You I am grateful/For endowments granted to me As bearer of w/etorch. Dispensiary Communial function as existence Humbled as Cog.Thank you for My teeth& the Teeth which Turnand from, All your, Allglorious Only not Glory
David Blumenshine is co-founder and editor-in-chief of Similar:Peaks::, and the author of the chapbook at the mall there was a séance (these signals press, 2014). He contributes to LUNALUNA Mag, and has been or will have work featured in Five Quarterly, H_NGM_N, Smoking Glue Gun, Octopus, and Tarpaulin Sky, among others.

(From Deluge 2)

SAMPLES
Notebooks as err
atum as formisc.
things incompetent
alone grow loose
accord in Symphony
off
beat sure the same
free
verse Betrays time

Problem is the ego
inherent in compiling
my own crumbs as your meal.

But, the novel is just
being told a meaLess
substantial yes that’s the point
self aware at that Springboard
for someone
Who can complete
What I failed simply

put significance of A
symphony of Duh. This is

caucophony. Admittedly, I beat her
to the punch here. I didn’t beat
Anything. Or Any One At All
thoughts merge one
spirogyrating mind
One time Exists Thanks
to You I am grateful/For endowments granted to me As bearer of w/e
torch. Dispensiary Communial function as existence Humbled as Cog.
Thank you for My teeth
& the Teeth which Turn
and from, All your, All
glorious Only not Glory






David Blumenshine is co-founder and editor-in-chief of Similar:Peaks::, and the author of the chapbook at the mall there was a séance (these signals press, 2014). He contributes to LUNALUNA Mag, and has been or will have work featured in Five Quarterly, H_NGM_N, Smoking Glue Gun, Octopus, and Tarpaulin Sky, among others.

actionbookspress:

After a bit of a hiatus, we’re thrilled to announce that the newest issue of Action, Yes is on its way! We’ve been working on this one for a long time and it’s BIG: Penny Goring, Kim Hyesoon, Yideum Kim, Sara Tuss Efrik, Matthew Suss, Rebecca Loudon, Blake Butler, and many more. Stay tuned! We’ll be spending the next couple of weeks revisiting past issues of Action, Yes—including the one that started it all. MORE SOON!

actionbookspress:

After a bit of a hiatus, we’re thrilled to announce that the newest issue of Action, Yes is on its way!

We’ve been working on this one for a long time and it’s BIG: Penny Goring, Kim Hyesoon, Yideum Kim, Sara Tuss Efrik, Matthew Suss, Rebecca Loudon, Blake Butler, and many more.

Stay tuned! We’ll be spending the next couple of weeks revisiting past issues of Action, Yes—including the one that started it all.

MORE SOON!

pecunningham:

My friend Dominic is working on a new film project called We Are Monsters and I think you should check it out: “We Are Monsters is an offbeat horror movie and coming-of-age tale. It is told from the perspective of three young people that are independently transforming into strange, animal-like creatures. It is a dark, yet ultimately optimistic story about outsiders.”