Monday, May 25, 2015

Awesomist Manifesto

You are the boss of me
Widget of all widgets
‎The bestest mostest
Hostess with
The real hamburger
Car bomb
With the suds

‎I looked it up and they're speaking Arabic
The word was "philogeant"
One who loves everything on earth
Free associator extraordinaire!
Love your poetry war!
Pyromancy never felt so good
For the poor by the poor
Prerequisite for love
Our ghosts are well fed
And they'll show us the way
Just talk to the hand
Decorate wood
By burning it
Forest by forest


Saturday, May 23, 2015

DMZ Reading - 5-23 - Dowling Mancini Zaher

at: Gallery 1412

Saturday 23 May 2015 at 730p.  Free admission. Donations accepted. Books will be available for sale.

Gallery 1412 is at 1412 18th Avenue, just north of Union St on the east side of Capitol Hill in Seattle.

The reading features poets coming together across various borders for, among other things, a Seattle launch of Donato Mancini's Loitersack from New Star (Vancouver).

Loitersack is a labyrinthine commonplace book where critical, theoretical and paraliterary tendencies intersect in the forms of poetry, poetics, theory, theory theatre, laugh particles and many many questions.  

Sarah Dowling is the author of Down (Coach House), Security Posture and Birds & Bees. Sarah's poetry was included in the anthology I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women. She teaches at the University of Washington Bothell and is international editor at Jacket2.

Donato Mancini makes visual and procedural poetry, bookworks, and visual art. His main books are: SNOWLINE (2015), Buffet World, Fact 'N' Value, Æthel and Ligatures. Notable exhibitions of Mancini’s visual artworks have included exhibitions through Artspeak, Western Front, Gallery Atsui, Malaspina Printmaker's Society, and CSA. Mancini's published critical writing includes work on the archive, time and memory in Anamnesia: Unforgetting (2011), and a discourse analysis of poetry reviews in You Must Work Harder to Write Poetry of Excellence (2012).

Maged Zaher was born in Cairo, and currently lives in Seattle. He is the author of four books of poetry and the translator of an anthology of contemporary Egyptian poetry. He won the weekly Stranger's Genius award in literature in 2013.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Refusal to keep accounts

If communism is in large part a refusal to keep accounts, then one could make a case for a less narrative poetics, i.e., not obsessed with its own(ed) accounts?

We too easily forget that "these" 3 bananas do not equal "those" 3‎ bananas? The abstraction of number doesn't work well with Plato's idea - ideal image of what stands behind appointed objects.

In other words, the particular/concrete doesn't have universal equivalents? Money is inherently abstract.

‎It is amusing that the etymology of philanthropy is very much the same as the etymology of philanderer.  The etymology = Love + (hu)man.

Not sure what money has to do with it?  Are these two different aspects or articulations of the economy of excess: one emphasizing accumulation and the other emphasizing expenditure?

Do philanthropists necessarily embrace the anthropocene? No. I think the philanthropist loves the genre /abstraction of man - and pays tribute. Philanderers love specific instances of the human - and they spend themselves- directly throwing themselves at and into the lives/bodies of these specific humans.

The antidote to the patriarchy packed into these two ugly terms may be 'polyandry'?

If I could tell a joke it would start: these three bananas walked into a bar...




from Bartleby for Peter Culley

Remember leisure poets who invert the body’s response?  They yield to an earlier image, back when fruit dots were candies of the gods.  A twilit lozenge in the wake of dawn’s burst.  Dispatched to that suckling place – a pure exposure or announcement before skin.  That’s the ticket, pleased to admit one.  A baby shower that delivers a pillar from the waif.  Advertisements followed by popcorn and sticky feet.  The Magi caught looking can’t get enough.  Dead letters arrive just in time.



Friday, April 3, 2015

Welcome to the Philanthropocene

defacto loss leaders
breastless spigot
for honeyed image
for brute
philanderer
with the monied eyes

my other glasses
emerald wides
recharged on the grid
keep their own accounts

narrative loss
prevention

write it down