Thursday, April 30, 2009

I am reading tonite

I am reading tonight in NYC. Here is the information:


Please join us on Dean Street to celebrate National Poetry Month with
readings by APS contributors and friends Mary Jo Bang, Dorothea Lasky, and
Matthew Rohrer.

A Public Space
323 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY
7:00 pm

It's for the great journal A Public Space. Please come by if you can!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Don't miss this

Saturday, May 2, 6:00 PM
Outpost Lounge
1014 Fulton Street (Grand and Classon)
G to Clinton/Washington, C to Franklin

In honor of the one-year anniversary of SUPERMACHINE reading series, they are having a big party! It is at the Outpost Lounge, and hopefully if the weather is nice we will read outside, in the garden.

Featuring Readings by:

Edmund Berrigan
Corina Copp
Garth Graeper
Kristen Kosmas
Joey Calavenna
Lee Norton
Dustin Payseur
Ben Fama

Bands: Holy Spirits, Bogge Burnsa, Tajalli


Saturday, April 25, 2009

but you'll never see the end of the road when you're traveling with me

Friday, April 24, 2009

Poetry is Not A Project

Here's my National Poetry Month piece up at The Millions: Poetry is Not a Project.

If you live in NYC, please come to my Supermachine Reading Series reading tonight @ 8 p.m. with Paul Killebrew and Laura Solomon. Details are below and on the link.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Packer Collegiate Day 1


Name Acrostic Poems

Example 1
Example 2

D aring
O riginal
T elepathic
T he Truth is my Goal
I like ice-cream
E lephants are my favorite animals

I know D ottie is my name but still
peOple always spell it Dotty
That is not my name
Truth be told
Igloos are very cold
But igloos are not my namE either

What is a poem?

Poems are things that pay attention to the way words look and sound.

"Stars" by Robert Frost

"January" by Alice Notley
"I'm nobody! Who are you?" by Emily Dickinson

"Rainbow Poem"

1. Romulus and Remus IM Plays/ Dialogue Poems

About Romulus and Remus

A Play

Sample Dialogue

Sample IM conversation

Write an IM conversation between Romulus and Remus 30 entries long

Romulus: Hi
Remus: Hey
Romulus: Funny about Rome.
Remus: Yeah.

[Read aloud]

2. The Silk Road and Flarf

About The Silk Road

Have you ever been somewhere where the weather is very bad?
Have you ever imagined being somewhere where the weather is very bad?

Robert Frost "Fire and Ice"

Flarf Poetry

(by Matt Cozart)

Soon, everything will make sense
Courtesy of miscreant noise
Drawing another kind of national attention
In the championships for two-men teams,
An exhibition of new works on paper,
Canvas, and mixed media
Tearing it up at the ramp.
These days are not derailed but in December.

The grand plan of developers encompassed the entire peninsula
And included the smell of burning rubber,
Another act I had been on the fence about whose works
Reverberate off each other in a low hum
As part of a significant hand in the early millennial union of
Experimental noise and the bookmaking process.

Flarf exercise

1. Pick one kind of extreme weather
2. Name the place where this weather is (this place can be real or imagined)
3. Write down a list of 20 adjectives you might use to describe this weather or place
4. Search 10 (or more, depending on the time it is now) of these terms in Google
5. For each search, copy a sentence, phrase, or word from the fifth thing that comes up in your search into your Word document
6. Spend some time rearranging your finds
7. Title your poem. Your title should have the name of your place in it, but it can be anything.

[Read aloud]

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Paul Killebrew, Laura Solomon, and Me This Friday

I am reading this Friday with Paul Killebrew and Laura Solomon. The announcement is as follows (and the flyer is above):

Bros and Brills,

This friday SUPERMACHINE proudly brings Dorothea Lasky, Paul Killebrew, and Laura Solomon to the Outpost Lounge. Expect drink specials including amazing sangria coffee tea wine beer soda and of course beautiful beautiful poetry!

Outpost Lounge
1014 Fulton (between Grand and Classon)
C train to Franklin, G train to Clinton-Washington

The reading starts at 8 p.m.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

The Laurel Review and Style is Joy

The Laurel Review recently published two of my poems in its Winter 2009 issue. The journal can be purchased as is specified below:

Subscriptions to The Laurel Review are $10 per year, $18 for two years.

Individual Copies: $7.00
Available Back Issues: $5.00
Chapbooks are $7.00

Make checks payable to:

GreenTower Press
Department of English
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468

Possibly there is an online purchase method on their website as well.

My two poems in the issue are: "Style is Joy" and "Word." I read the entire issue today, as I was locked out of my apartment for a while and had only my mailbox key (where the journals were) with me. The whole issue is very good.

One of my poems, "Style is Joy," I wrote in response to a Goodreads review of my book, AWE. I have found that most poets I know either hate or love the Goodreads site. I have no strong feeling about it whatsoever, but I do think that it must be good for something if it caused me to think about an issue regarding poetry. The issue I thought of in my poem "Style is Joy" is that some readers of poetry seem to have the idea that style is a bad thing in art, and in poetry especially. Or, more so, it seems that some readers of poetry think that some poetry can actually exist without style and thus, *get to* a more truthful or sincere emotion with so-called raw language. I think that's quite an impossible endeavor. To me, there is no such thing as raw art, especially not if it is real art. And I think the search for rawness or sincerity in art is a useless task, as art is always a combination of the real and the unreal. And the combination always makes something refined away from the truth, at least a little bit. (Dare I mention here the Dickinson line about telling the truth slant? No, I won't dare.) But I think this because I think style is joy. I hope you do, too, or that some point, you might entertain the idea.

I read with Gary Parrish, Told Colby, and Buck Downs a few weeks back at the Bowery Poetry Club and Gary Parrish was nice enough to tape record me reading "Style is Joy" for a project he is doing. Here's the link to the video of the poem:

Style is Joy