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Thursday, December 29, 2005

 

Mmm...Publicity

Lookee.

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More Poetry Madness

The MLA crazy keeps going tonight with readings from mom-poets and DC poets. I'm a last-minute addition to the lineup for the latter.

Thursday December 29th 7-8pm
The DC Arts Center
2438 18th Street NW

The Mom-Poets Discussion List presents:

* Julie Carr * Lisa Fishman * Christine Hume * Kristin Prevallet *
Elizabeth Robinson * Kathrine Varnes * Catherine Wagner * Rebecca Wolff

Thursday December 29th 8-10pm
The DC Arts Center
2438 18th Street NW

DCPoetry Group Reading featuring

* Leslie Bumstead * Jean Donnelly * Buck Downs * Cathy Eisenhower
* Heather Fuller * Lorraine Graham * Dan Gutstein * David McAleavey * Chris Nealon * Mel Nichols * Tom Orange * Phyllis Rosenzweig
* Jessica Smith * Rod Smith * Ward Tietz * Ryan Walker * Mark Wallace

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

 

Highlights included talking soft toys, lifts that move sideways, a vegetarian crocodile upset because it could not eat children, dinner party guests being traded for camels, soldiers fighting with each other with kittens instead of guns and a party in a lunatic asylum.

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I've learned something about myself recently: talking to British people on the phone weirds me out.

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Poetry Happenings

The MLA is in town, and that means that the late night poetry fandango is, too. Check it out:

Wednesday December 28th 8-11pm+
Four Seasons Hotel / Bridge Street Books
2800 / 2814 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Group Reading by Visiting Poets featuring:
-----* Joel Bettridge * Louis Cabri * Joshua Clover * Michael Cross
-----* Brent Cunningham * Richard Deming * Patrick Durgin
-----* William R. Howe * Nancy Kuhl * Nicole Markotic * Camille Martin
-----* Laura Moriarty * AL Nielsen * Bob Perelman * Joan Retallack
-----* Linda Russo * Jennifer Scappetone * Susan Schultz
-----* Rodrigo Toscano * Shanxing Wang * Tyrone Williams
-----* 8:00 prereading reception at Bridge Street

-----* 9:00 reading at the Four Seasons
-----* 11:00 Post-reading reception at Bridge Street

That's a peck of poets, and a pinch left over, too. I'll be there, although my sweepy wittle lawyer eyes may begin to dim and close before its over. I turn into a pumpkin if I'm not home by midnight.

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Secret Machinations

Been working on a website for a new, miniscule press I plan to start. Thus far, I've published itty runs of my own chapbooks under the "Hermosa Neutron" imprint, but in an effort to karmically cleanse myself of the moral disadvantages of money while simultaneously fulfilling my love of the creation of books as physical objects, I've decided to expand into publishing other people as well.

But, like I said, I'm starting "miniscule," and I'm looking for advice. I have a few people in mind whose experience I will plumb through backchanneling, but I throw it out to all you others in Blogville and the greater metropolitan internet area . . . what's your advice on an itty bitty press?

Specific things I'd like to hear about:

Making larger runs (50-100 copies) without compromising quality. I'm sort of my own labor force, so I need to know how to do things (like binding) simply but prettily.

Covers! Thus far, all my covers have involved my rather lame little home printer and/or linoleum block prints. Any advice on a good printer for producing high quality cover images -- hopefully one that will print to the border of the page, and which might allow for slightly larger format than the usual 8.5 X 12? Is it worth farming covers out to a local printer? Anyone have an idea on costs?

People with magazines? How much does it cost to publish one of these things? I know that magazines can be as little or fat as you want . . . you can have 20 pages in them, a card stock cover, and go at it with your trusty stapler, but for one of the larger-types that would actually require outside services?

Anyone have experience with grants, etc? I know I said I'm karmically cleansing myself of money, but I still have loans to pay off, yo.

And yes, I'm getting waaaaayyyyy ahead of myself here. But that's an attorney for you. All research, we are.

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Sunday, December 25, 2005

 

Merry Christmas, y'all! Have a poem.

Santa Worm

It's a goddam winter wonderland out here
And we're all gonna go for a ride--on my late model,
clean-burning fantastical Santa Claus worm!

I keep him in the barn out back and feed him ham sandwiches
And hay, candy canes and beer, and by Christmas time,
he's all fat and wriggly, with energy to burn.

See how the moonlight, painted in cool and antiseptic blues,
Curls away with the speed of his ride, how the smoke from his exhaust
Encircles his head like a wreath? Here, snowbaby, take

The reins. Frosty's called shotgun, and I'll climb on behind.
Giddyap with your sleighbell collar, pretty Santa, it's time
for all the wintry cheer your red hat and round cheeks

Can Provide, and you look just so stylin' with "XMAS"
Painted in capital letters on your candy-coated kick panels -- just
The perfect spirit of modern charity: slick and
Mechanical, so bitchin', so hyperdesigned.

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