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February 2012

EmergencyINDEX and its release party

Emergency INDEXis a great new annual focusing on documentation of performance. It's put out by the wonderful Ugly Duckling Presse, and I'm looking forward to its release.  I can't make the release party at the Kitchen (as announced here).  But those of you in the NYC area should try to make it.  It looks great!

Oh yeah, I'm in thisINDEXtwice: as part of the Human Micropoem, and for the "Restrictive Andragogies and Ex-Citation" performance with Nicholas Alexander Hayes, in the Red Rover series.

A Review of 10 Word Problems!

A review of my latest chapbook, 10 Word Problems, is up here!  This was a great surprise.  Many thanks to Patrick Trotti and JMMW magazine--and thanks to my editor Dale Wisely for letting me know!

Now available: e-ratio number 15

Issue 15 of e-ratiois now up, featuring five of my prose poems and multiple outstanding works by dozens of other poets! I'm especially excited by the Susan Bee interview also featured in this issue.  Check it out!

10 Word Problems

I didn't expect to be making another announcement so soon, but this weekend I was notified that my short e-chapbook, 10 Word Problems, is now published.  The best description for the book is found in the Author's Statement that functions as a preface: "These prose poems masquerade as word problems of the sort often found on standardized tests and classroom exams. The questions they ask are unanswerable [...]."  To learn how I actually finished that sentence, and to see what the whole costume party looks like, check out 

The Last Question

The Last Question

In May 1929, the final issue appeared of the seminal art and literary magazine,The Little Review.  It was devoted to the results of a questionnaire that the editors--Jane Heap and Margaret Anderson--had distributed to (as stated) "more than fifty of the foremost men in the arts."  As a historical document, it is particularly fascinating, and on several levels.  Not only do we get the actual questionnaire and the actual responses, we get photographs of the respondents, and we get an overall picture of some of the feelings, ideas and beliefs of many modernists.
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