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Keep the old blue notebook? or throw it away? How it was, that year in the month of her birthday: car windows smashed twice, living on the other side of town, another country, getting lost a lot. Visit B in Mexico, drive from California to the Jersey shore. Various dinner guests, none who see the paintings on the walls. "It's long slow work reorganizing my life, rearranging my loyalties." (Numerous i-n-g words. Trials of duration.)
Jennifer Bartlett interviews Andrea Baker, Jen Benka, Adam Clay, Bruce Covey, and me in the new issue of Saint Elizabeth Street.
"All artists are suspect. All artists are outsiders, and in this sense, queer."
"The idea that men are better than women is still pervasive--not just out there, but in here."
"Should poets work manual labor jobs and write poems at night in a windowless room?"
"Some of the pieces had incredibly strict structural guidelines--for instance, for 'beauty,' I googled the names of People Magazine's 50 most beautiful people and chose one designated word per site."
"Feeling that I had found my people, I immediately stopped using hairspray, bought black clothes, became a vegetarian, and took up writing."
Who said what? Find out here.
rob mclennan reviewed case sensitive at his blog yesterday. I'm really excited about reading in The Factory Series that rob curates in Ottawa and in Mark Trucott's Test Series in Toronto when I visit Ontario in May for the very first time.
Frank Sherlock was rushed to the hospital January 22nd with a sudden and mysterious illness which turned out to be a serious case of meningitis. He needed emergency surgery, and also suffered a heart attack and kidney failure as a result of symptoms related to the illness.
His friends have come together to help raise money at this critical time. We are reaching out to other friends and the poetry community on Frank's behalf. Please consider sending donations for his hospital bills, physical therapy, as well as his very expensive medications and other needs.
If you can make a donation by check or money order at this time please send it to Frank's longtime friend Matthew McGoldrick.
VERY IMPORTANT: Please make check or money order out to Matthew McGoldrick, and send to his address:
There will be a benefit show in Philadelphia in the very near future. If you would like to be notified of that event please e-mail CAConrad13@aol.com for the details.
UPDATE: You can now send a tax-deductible donation. Details are at PhillySound, here.
Thomas Basbøll at The Pangrammaticon
A couple of days before case sensitive came out, in response to my wondering aloud if anybody would read or review my book, Max began sending me an occasional email with the subject "Another Candid Testimonial." No text--just an attached jpeg dug up from here or there online, modified to include the case sensitive cover and a few words of praise that he put into the mouths or minds of the pictured. The images here are a selection from the growing collection. (Max offers his apologies to the individuals in these found photos, readers whose likenesses are now being publicly associated with case sensitive but who have not, as far as we know, read the book.)
Even before we get on the road for real, we sell three books to Billy and his buddy Tom. Profit sharing, we pass along fifteen of that to Mike when we get to DC. Mike in a wheelchair on the corner. Mike in fatigues, sitting on the cold steps holding out a paper cup--he's everywhere.
Three women waiting for a light in the dark owl box. I read the printed explanation, discover that it lights up for one minute each half hour. "Those slow connections we talked about." A pattern like raindrops on the box's old glass, steadfastness rewarded. The box became lit, a candle-shaped bulb. We turned to look.
"If there were a category for dreams--like Flying Dreams, Tunnel Dreams, Talking-Animal Dreams--where you experienced life, almost your own life but what yours would feel like after a religious conversion--if there were, I'd say I'm having a recurring Converted Dream."
"You shouldn't be telling yourself stories about a better world."
"No, I think of it dark--I liked it better dark. But what stays with me is the way those women were willing to stand there and wait for the light."
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