Month: March 2008

Poets Off Poetry

 This Recording Thanks to Jackie Clark for inviting me to participate in the ten part Poets Off Poetry series. My contribution, “Fed You From The Blood of My Nose: A Medley Melodic,” appears under the heading, “In Which Nearly Every Human Knows This Desire.” Lots of links to music you might enjoy, and I hope…

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Who Thought of That?

** “The tooth-in-eye technique, pioneered in Italy 40 years ago …” [Blind teen to have parts of tooth, jaw inserted in eye] ** “The procedure used on McNichol involved his son Robert, 23, donating a tooth, its root and part of the jaw.” [Blind Irishman sees with the aid of son’s tooth in his eye]…

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Benjamin on Baudelaire

 The Writer of Modern Life: Essays on Charles Baudelaire From the “INTRODUCTION” By Michael W. Jennings — THE WRITER OF MODERN LIFE: ESSAYS ON CHARLES BAUDELAIRE by Walter Benjamin: Yes the ragpicker is also a figure for Baudelaire, for the poet who draws on the detritus of the society through which he moves, seizing that…

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Tags: SEXY

This blog has received regular hits for The Knife’s “Pass This On” ever since I posted it at the end of May 2007. Since then, the video was removed by Youtube or the subscriber who posted it. Today, I found it elsewhere on the site (w/ an annoying “Z” in the upper corner) and posted…

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How To Frame Politics?

 A New Frame: Strong Communities It’s a sad, sad state of affairs for the American people when we have to boil our presidential election down to questions of race and gender. And yet, we’ve arrived: Are Americans more racist or sexist? We have to wonder aloud, so that we send the most able opponent up…

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I Dig It

Jennifer Bartlett’s DERIVATIVE OF THE MOVING IMAGE Jennifer Bartlett’s first book, with its most compelling title, DERIVATIVE OF THE MOVING IMAGE, is somehow not what I imagined it would be. I mean, there is shadow play and fondling of the slippery parts of relationships, but how can a first book reveal the mastery found within?…

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Best Second Book

 THE REVIEWS BEST SECOND BOOK (One time the singer Seal said something about how you have your whole life to write your first album, so people shouldn’t expect greatness out of a second attempt. These five say “go back in the water, Seal.”) Goat Funeral, Christopher Bakken Inflorescence, Sarah Hannah I’m the Man Who Loves…

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Dusie, Dusie, Dusie CHAPS!

hands half face. (king) a bodyfeel lexicon. (gordon/bozek) dimestore operetta say. (bowen) developing poetic ideas. (chirot) time space repetition. (armentrout) vie et pli. (giovenale) afar buzzing stars. (scappettone) props of henwifery. (sprague) digress into residency. (berridge) laced with forethought. (murphy) postcard of the. (tate) I posit no. (fieled) erratogenic paraparasitic postpoem. (goodland) erotic false consciousness.…

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How to Hate Hillary

“You can … discuss this avalanche of misogyny without endorsing her campaign …” –Bill Moyers in conversation with Kathleen Hall Jamieson ~~ Select excerpts from Robin Morgan’s “Goodbye To All That (#2)“: —When a sexist idiot screamed “Iron my shirt!” at HRC, it was considered amusing; if a racist idiot shouted “Shine my shoes!” at…

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The Politics of Ashok

Or rather, Ashok Karra’s thoughts on my political side. I am most grateful for his ongoing engagement and interest in my work. Today, Ashok was moved by a recent poem that appears in Jacket, “Two if by Land, I Do”: …As always, Amy King is well-aware of what I, as a student of Leo Strauss,…

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AWP New York City

Photo by Brent Cunningham, who voted me the one to “Most Likely Blog About This Blog.” ~~ * Ana and I hung out at the AWP bookfair for one day only. We paid no money, but luckily, I got to share a table with Cannibal, Kitchen Press, and Soft Targets. I saw lots of nice…

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Not Thinking Alike

“It is not best that we all should think alike, it is differences of opinion that make horse races.” –Mark Twain ~~ A few new poems written by my non-pseudonym in Jacket Magazine: * The Arm of Eden * Where Bullfinches Go to Defy * Two if by Land, I Do * A Martyrdom Should…

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Small Presses and Big Politics

1. Go on and support Small Press Distribution if you have money to spare. My most recent is available now. 2. One speculative equation regarding “How Clinton Won“: “Hillary Clinton won last night by putting together the voting coalition that has held Democratic frontrunners in good stead for 75 years. Take a look at these…

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New Year

 Such Flowers Love One When Nothing Else Does Welcome 2008! Above please find new work by painter, Cara Ober. I have the privilege of sharing some titles, ala John Ashbery/Jane Hammond, with Ober in an effort to inspire her latest. So far, two results to kick off the new year. Find the other one, “Into…

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Between Classes

On my way to the next one to give an exam, but thought it fun to note here that my basic writing students informed me this very morning that Condoleezza Rice is a lesbian. She owned a house with Randy Bean! This kind of evidence is akin to that citing weapons in Iraq: proof positive!@!…

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Quickie

Yes, that’s John Travolta and Kirk Douglas lip wrestling, but this post is about much more than curing the daily — Jim K wrote a quick review of my recent Dusie chap, Kiss Me With the Mouth of Your Country (send your address to amyhappens @ gmail dot com for a copy). And thank you,…

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Do Not Awaken Them With Hammers

Do Not Awaken Them With Hammers How about a pleasant poem to start your month off right? Ugly Duckling has smartly created a Eastern European Poets Series that we Americans might benefit from. I am currently immersed in Lidija Dimkovska’s most excellent book, DO NOT AWAKEN THEM WITH HAMMERS, translated by Peggy Reid – yay!…

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MiPOesias • December Issue

MiPOesias presents POETRY [with Poets’ Portraits!] + Gabriella Torres • The History of the Body + Christopher Stackhouse • Mater – Pater + Ken Rumble • Learn All This Stuff • From St. Apples + Reb Livingston • The Third Chronicle of Marriage • The Sixth Chronicle of Marriage • The Seventh Chronicle of Marriage…

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Are Your Papers in Order?

This is your passport. It will cost you $8. It’s really a now or never situation. Think of it as boarding a transatlantic ship. The one you love is on the ship. But now you need the passport. Document by Ana Bozicevic-Bowling Hand-bound, envelope-style chapbook, letterpressed brown on grey cover Edition of 88 $8 (includes…

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What Would Jesus Drive?

This semester, I’ve shown the films, “Who Killed the Electric Car?” (trailer above) and “An Inconvenient Truth” (good curriculum materials on that site too) to several sections of my basic writing classes. Shockingly while Generation Y cares about the environment and wants to take better measures than their predecessors did to protect it, most of…

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O Review!

Alexander Dickow reviews my book, I’M THE MAN WHO LOVES YOU, in the most recent issue of Jacket Magazine. A few excerpts: … King displays her taste for paradox, conceptual knots and conundrums: […] I named my dog for the future except I couldn’t remember what we’d all been calling her by then […]. My…

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