I am the wind and the wind is invisible, all the leaves tremble but I am invisible, blackbird over the dark field but I am invisible, what fills the balloon and what it moves through, knot without rope, bloom without flower, galloping without the horse, the spirit of the thing without the thing, location withoutContinue reading “The Love Song of the Square Root of Minus One (i) by Richard Siken”
Erin Stead's illustrations will get their first publication in book format with A Sick Day for Amos McGee, which is due out later this year. Check out the swell interview with her over at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.
Even in the falling a train breaks for the light. The tunnel, the darkness – never sweeter. This body is not real. Yet living. This living body. There is a child. The blessed coolness of water. And hands by Chris Abani This is the title poem from his new book published by Copper Canyon Press.
There’s a volcano in my Alaska, a Paris in my mesa and the bulldog at the wheel looks at me with her awful eyes and says “Sandra, there’s no time for a vinyasa, so skedaddle,” and in dog paddling to the Eiffel Tower I see the shenanigans of topography, the loop-a-doop shooting stars crushing underContinue reading “Your Own Winnebago by Sandra Simonds”
by Susana Gardner published in Coconut 14
From Art MoCo: Designing textiles and wallpapers under the Lulu DK brand, Lulu de Kwiatkowski released an eponymous book last year that is a compilation of her collages. A reflection of a life of travel and exploration, de Kwiatkowski's artwork is colourful, layered and textured. This monograph of heft is a blend of journal, artContinue reading “Eponymous”
Cool new alphabet by Tim Fishlock.
Back and backward, why, wide and wider. Such that art is inseparable from the search for reality. The continent is greater than the content. A river nets the peninsula. The garden rooster goes through the goldenrod. I watched a robin worming its way on the ridge, time on the uneven light ledge. There as inContinue reading “from My Life by Lyn Hejinian”
Today I read on the blog Grain Edit about a picture book from the 60s called PUFF by William Wondriska, which seems similar in plot (although I haven't actually read it) to The Little Engine That Could. What a cool integration of text into illustration. Plus I like orange!
5 now it is evening cobalt is always the colour drawingthin in a cold season it shades to black wherethere are no interruptions no shadows no moonbut the sounds of settling no planes no interferencewhere feet fall they meet other algorithms likea walking in the dark where space kicks back do you losegravity find newContinue reading “Excerpt from Zeta Landscape by Carol Watts”
An exhibit of work by Stan Vanderbeek is up at Guild & Greyshkul in NYC. Here, Marisa Olsen (Rhizome) introduces Vanderbeek to the uninitiated (I include myself): Stan VanDerBeek (1927-1984) shares with artists like Josef Albers, Aldous Huxley, John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, and Buckminster Fuller the legacy of having developed their practice at Black MountainContinue reading “Pictures from an Exhibition”
Emily Warn, Christian Wiman, and others post a nice list of favorite poetry books published in 2008. Check out Harriet, the blog of the Poetry Foundation. photo by planewalker011 via flickr
Art MoCo recommends this new book by Lynda Barry. I think it looks like a lot of fun. Here's the write-up: What It Is by cartoonist Lynda Barry is not only a collage-type journal that reflects some of the material she uses in the creative writing workshops she holds, but also chock full of classicContinue reading “A Notebook-Lover’s (Note)Book”
Ahsahta Press publishes so many cool books. I had not heard of Charles Hartman before I read about this book on their website. Apparently much of Hartman's work is related to and inspired by jazz. Here's one about Miles Davis: Flamenco Sketches: Miles Still fall Another drift of sunshine A day, and then some NoContinue reading “Meet Charles O. Hartman”
I've thought about Lisa Jarnot's political poetry often during the Bush years. Check out the "Because Poem" posted this week on Poetry Politic. She writes addresses the white-collar atrocity with unmatched bravery. This week PoetryPolitic shares her "Because Poem" with us. It is a must-read poem (or must-hear–audio version is provided as well) for theContinue reading “Because Poem by Lisa Jarnot”