Monday, June 18, 2007

Many (serious) things I've been meaning to post on ... and will. Working on Red List poems (which do and don't address the red list), taxonomy poems (mostly Racehorse Inverse sequence-- and thinking about RI as a strange multisurfaced chap resisting and engaging with ideas of classification and coordinates), viral poems (from older manuscript "new shapes for the outside being eaten" and will prob change title -- though I found this essay really interesting)

In the mean time, I didn't know that the boto (amazonian pink river dolphin) could be this pink! fantastic but sadly in danger.

hmm... also thinking about a post on chance and divagation.

and xo to Jake and Bethany in whichitAH!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Miriam Londono

Really interesting work by Miriam Londono (w/ an ~ over the later n). Curious to think about these handwriting pieces vs. the cityscape cutouts.

I would like to do a project involving paper casts of fingers -- about the difficulty of counting in terms of crisis. Found out today that I would have to leave the wet cast of paper around my fingers until it dried. Diagnosis = I will need fake hands, or robotic hands to work for me while my hands are covered in paper.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Looking around at the IAMPA site -- so many good artists. I found "minature obscure" in Cornelia Beate Ahnert's gallery = the only lit journal I've seen come housed in a hamster wheel.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Some notes on the wonderment inducing properties of dos press

Really glad I got to make it to the dos press/ kadar koli launch party at 12th steet on Saturday. 12th Street Books is a great place to start with, but the readings were really, really good, and it was wonderful to see everyone.
Most of all, I can't get over how really stunning these the dos press chaps are. Chris and Julia are ridiculously talented, but I'm still impressed with how well conceived the idea is, and with all of the gorgeous work that brought these books together. My copy is an aspirin kissed pink with a silver crane/map and black poppy. It's spacious for its 4x4 interlocking scale, and unassuming but intricate. Moreover, there are some really good poems in here, from some really interesting authors -- while each poet seems to occupy a distinct territory in language, the book design emphasises a kind of geo-spatial connection between the authors, as if they were each around the corner from each other in other ways. The press flickr site has some nice images of the birth of the chap, but they really can't compare to turning the book over in your hands and reading the poems.
Julia's "Minumentals" are also seriously more amazing to see in all their three-dimensional fabulousness than the pictures convey. It's surprising to look into each box, (I even had a dream about the one with the shaky white feather) but the choice of objects and arrangement feels really suited to the richness and compression in the Niedecker lines. I love love love them. There are still a few left, along with special edition hand sewn chaps available by donor subscription. ....probably post more later about the poems.