Saturday, October 30, 2010

Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home

Joyelle has a great little post about the cover and title of Bob Dylan's 1965 album, Bringing It All Back Home" on

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Christian Hawkey

Sunday, October 10, 2010

"Ambient Violence" in A New Quarantine Will Take My Place

In Montevidayo, Joyelle has written a piece explaining her concept of "ambient violence," in part applying it to my book A New Quarantine Will Take My Place and in part applying it to Twin Peaks and Sara Pahlin:

As the first poem, “The Seminal Union of Carvers,” opens up, we can see a kind of convulsion in which violence saturates and moves towards and away from the speaker’s body. He begins, “I’ve saved the best conspiracy theories for my own private genocide,” attests, “I was born to break and break again,” but when violence’s mark becomes legible, “I’ve examined the bruise on your thigh and it looks nothing like your pet.” This instability keeps the poem out of the safe gesture of critique. The speaker is saturated with violence and becomes a medium for violence. He makes media, stories, sounds of violence. “In my great debacle, all stories are starting to sound like Vietnam.” “logging accidents pale in comparison to/the things that take place in my capital when everybody’s looking. “In my capital”, in my basement, in my torso, in my ribcage, in my girlfriend’s cunt, in the Hispanic children, the sites of violence are interchangeable like the quarantine that will take my place. “[The military] think the truth is buried somewhere in the backyard of my body. They think one shovel will do.”

Friday, October 08, 2010

New Review of With Deer

There's a review of Aase Berg's With Deer in Word/for Word by Nicole Zdeb:

"Berg doesn’t want to spare the reader any discomfort. This isn’t a poetry of the intermediary, the mystic, or suburbia. It has teeth. The teeth have been filed sharp. In some poems, each line is a sweep of a blade. The line has movement and bright music, but it isn’t singing to you. It is eviscerating."

Here's a link to the full thing.

All I do is leak from orifices! (MFA Programs #2)

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The Ambient Violence, Erotics and Race of Ronaldo Wilson

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

MFA Programs

Monday, October 04, 2010

Thåström, Decadence and the 80s

I"ve got a new post up on Montevidayo about the Swedish pop star Joakim Thåström and his dismissal of his 80s songs with Imperiet.