LANGUAGE ARM OF BEHAVIOR

NEW REVIEW OF SLAVES TO DO THESE THINGS @ WET ASPHALT — …while ultimately what I think King is concerned with here is the nature of becoming by moving against time as a sort of point of resistance, what she is not interested in is sustaining such artificial constructs as the Master Slave dialectic itself,…

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THE UGLY AMERICANS

NEW REVIEW OF SLAVES TO DO THESE THINGS by Bobbi Lurie @ Jacket Magazine” Amy King’s poems are dense and energetically written. They are often fragmented collages of narratives which are in no way narratives in the usual sense. They express a great deal of movement of the mind, written with a strong imagination and…

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Not My Pelican!

More Gruesome Shots Here What’s BP Oil doing about the effects of filling the Gulf and Atlantic Oceans with their oil?  What two things can you do? 1.)  British Petroleum (BP) rep Randy Prescott made a comment, “Louisana isn’t the only place that has shrimp.”   His office number is (713)323-4093 his email is randy.prescott@bp.com .…

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Got Gulf Oil?

Like to eat Louisiana seafood? Swim with the Florida fishies?  Enjoy a little oil in your cereal? No?  Please answer the call for work at Poets for Living Waters today! Poets for Living Waters is a poetry action in response to the Gulf Oil Disaster of April 20, 2010, one of the most profound man-made ecological catastrophes in history. Former…

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Currency

New poems in June’s Poets and Artists — Pages 73 – 77 are killer. ~ Erika Moya reviews Slaves to Do These Things at Galatea. ~ SPD love. ~

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More Brouhaha – Parts 1 through 3

“But What About the Nipples?” A Nice Conversation (Pt. 1) From Roxane Gay: Blake Butler, Kate Zambreno, Amy King and I recently had an interesting and lengthy conversation about gender, publishing and so much more, prompted by lots of things including the recent, and largely excellent discussion in Blake’s “Language Over Body” post about the…

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Read Me Like Braille

READ ME LIKE BRAILLE A bath so good, I’ll type it out. But why do you prick the nerves at the water’s horizon? Such places do exist, noted or kissed, cued in or clueless. I’m riding bubbles, holding the soap, believing in children and calling you names deep into the mailbag’s destiny. This letter always…

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Major Linkage

“Fuck the Corporate Media” – Students *Love* Discussing This Analysis ~~ Alanis Morissette Honors Her Feminist Foremothers “I wouldn’t even tell people I was black in Mississippi!” ‘Boobquake’ Spurs Feminist Infighting Sometimes people think I’m Gertrude Stein [GRT! Video] Gender, fucked Reclaiming the ‘B-Word’ In the Name of Feminism “Click”: The feminist eureka moment The…

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The Count

“Best of 2009″ and “Historical Count” BEST OF 2009 Amazon – Top 100 Editors’ Picks 2009 77 Men 23 Women ~~~ The American Book Awards / Before Columbus Foundation 2009 5 Men 5 Women Lifetime Achievement Award – 1 Man ~~~ Christian Science Monitor — Best books of 2009: Fiction 5 Men 7 Women Christian Science…

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ANARCHY’S TIPTOE

ANARCHY’S TIPTOE Who’s to say what magic is when we’ve got vistas to explore? We’ll spend a day at the Hindu temple, watch a man who loses everything still hold his hands like being married. A younger man dreams of lions, a cave, an imminent slaughter the Lord intervenes on. His voice took the sword…

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I’m Just Being a Bitch Again

So HTMLGIANT, I’ve been told, serves a mostly young male community in its comments sections.  I wasn’t sure that was true, but apparently, that’s the hope: On HTMLGIANT, Blake Butler (who is also the editor of HTML) pimped a new mag, “We Are Champion,” that his work appears in;  Elisa Gabbert pointed out that it’s…

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With No Slither

“…Pound praised H.D.’s writing by saying that it was ‘straight as the Greek’ and with no ‘slither.’  It took me awhile to see the gynophobia behind such rhetoric.  I wanted my Imagism and my slither, too.  My precision and my doubleness.     … There is a way in which I am all of these…

Photo credit: Charles Bernstein/PennSound ©2007

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WHEN CATHOLIC GIRLS GO RIDING

WHEN CATHOLIC GIRLS GO RIDING My Mexican pony turned again and found himself adrift amidst the Bambis of the Eastern shore. North Carolina is just as lovely this time of year, with soft brown eyes that look the same as air. I ride along, forgetting my comb, so I need to find a pattern for…

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Don’t Just Reinscribe! Dissolve, blur, disguise, grrr, meld & dye, dye, dye…

Cahun’s work explores the interior and plays with the metamorphosis of self. Her androgynous polymorphy, her adoption of various theatrical disguises (vampire, gymnast, swami, masked gypsy, braided girl, mannequin, angel) and of the trappings of either gender, sometimes of both within one image, melts the boundaries drawn by the construct of two polar oppositional genders.…

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Notes of News

Gift in mail today:  Angels of Anarchy: Women Artists and Surrealism TODAY’S LINKS I’m not a feminist (and there is no but) Ironically Ignoring Race In The Feminist Blogosphere – (In light of Womanist Musings’s Renee Martin, followed by worthwhile discussion in comments) Not Just the President — Polish Feminist, Parliamentarian and LGBT Rights Advocate Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka…

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“The Count”

ABSOLUTE DISPARITY. For the WILLA debut, I thought I’d kick things off with two views. The “Best of 2009” looks at the gender distribution of several major book awards and prominent “best of” lists. I took my second cue from Ursula K Le Guin’s 1999 talk, “Award and Gender,” in which she tallied up the…

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National Poetry Month

Gently Read Literature 2nd Year Anniversary When Will We Stop Swimming?  Nathan Logan on Amy King’s Slaves To Do These Things In the Beginning: Dennis Etzel Jr. on Mathias Svalina’s Destruction Myth You’ve Been Warned: Jen Michalski on American Soma by Savannah Schroll Guz Lost Inside Maryam: Marcia Lynx Qualey on Mansoura Ez Eldin’s Maryam’s…

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THE GURLESQUE

WHAT IT ISN’T… Over the past few days, there has been a flurry of recent debate on the Gurlesque (see my post below). Numerous contradictions, conflations, and confusions abound, coupled with not a lot of resolution or agreement regarding what has cumulatively “taken place” vis a vis the book itself (Ana Bozicevic touches on this…

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