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October 2011

Mike Check!

Yesterday I joined a group of fellow poets for the first Human Micropoem event in support ofOccupy Chicago. The idea is a variation of the Human Microphone method of passing important information along to large groups of people without the use of electronic or mechanical amplification.  To be a human microphone, you listen and speak--listen to the information spoken by the Microphones ahead of you, and repeat the information in your strongest voice for the people behind you.  The person or people beginning the process calls out, "Mike check!

Artifice #4 Release Do!

Now With More Video!

For more details, visit the ARTIFICE blog here!

ARTIFICE 4 features a multi-piece visual/collage poem from my project Trade (Series 1).  

I'll be reading at the event, as indicated--and one of the videos screened will be a video adaptation of my contribution to issue 4.  

It will be swell!  

That Hometown Feeling

Paraphrased and image-quoted from Larry Sawyer's blog:

The Chicago School of Poetics is now enrolling for its first series of classes, beginning January 2012!  

Visit the site to get all the necessary information on course offerings, types, cost and payment options.  

The School "seeks to offer an alternative to, and a community beyond, the Creative Writing MFA." 


The Earth Is What Happens: Audio from Chicago Calling

This is a link to an audio recording of the reading Tim Armentrout and I did last night as part of the Chicago Calling Arts Festival (still ongoing!).  We read The Earth Is What Happens,  the chapbook we wrote together for the festival. Tim did his part all the way from West Virginia--via phone.  That's why the photo has me holding my phone up in the air. 

Thanks to Dan Godston, Larry Sawyer and Tim for a great event!

BEWARE! new video poem

I've been working out the concept and the text for this for about a year now.  This is what happens when I do a collage poem as a video.
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a video poem

2011 Chicago Calling Arts Festival: "Long Now and Then" Poetry Event this Saturday @ Myopic

This Saturday at 7 p.m., in conjunction with the Myopic Poetry Series, Chicago Calling Arts Festival presentsLong Now and Thenfeaturing poetry by prominent Chicago poets in collaboration with poets from all over the country. 

2011 is the 15th anniversary of The Long Now. 
Long Now and Thenincludes poetry collaborations that creatively explore themes that pertain to time, nowness, eternity, the moment, etc.

Long Now and Thenparticipants and projects include:
Jen Besemer (Chicago) and Tim Armentrout (West Virginia)
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