Monday, June 22, 2009

Love is frankly, is dizzy and cellophane.
It's what is acquired with her shoulder
is affectionate. The walls, and spring
to speed.

Jerry Estrin, from A Books of Gestures, Sombre Reptiles, 1980

Jerry Estrin

May 6, 1947 - June 22, 1993

Friday, June 05, 2009

There is a lovely and accurate review of Norma Cole's Where Shadows Will at Brooklyn Rail (scroll down a bit). SPD now has lots of these books. I have been reading her book with a consistent sense that each poem is new because of the new context. I will call this phenomenon the Alan Halsey Rule of the Always New or It Matters Where You Put It. Please pay attention, darlings. The other book I am constantly reading is Alan's new Term As In Aftermath which includes every trick in the book and then some, as they say. A lot more on this, anon.

Monday, June 01, 2009

I'm with the band.

The Ragtime Skedaddlers performed at Amnesia in San Francisco on Sunday night. They were great & I enjoyed leaving my poet identity behind at the door.