In mid-October poet Paolo Javier spent an hour talking about his New York origins story along with his new work: "experiences with language": It was a delight (in every Brainard-esque sense of the word) to talk with former Queens Poet Laureate, sound poet, and visual artist Paolo Javier, author of the spectacular O.B.B. (Nightboat, 2021), the time at the end of this writing (2004), and Court of the Dragon (2015), as well as the forthcoming True Account of Talking to the 7 in Sunnyside (Roof Books, November). Our conversation was about conversations - about discovering New York School writers through reading, through personal connection, through moving in and around the city, through writing; about outsider status, the paraliterary, the not-quite-poem; about 'schools' as places of learning, of discovery, of connection, of experimentation, of the childlike; about Queens, resilience, and the spirit of the New Yorker; about Frantz Fanon, Joe Brainard, Frank Lima; about 'unheard rhythms', comics, collaboration, and collage... You can watch/listen to the interview by clicking the image above, or on our Youtube channel.
Alice Notley: A Couple of Things I See in Get the Money!: Alice has kindly shared the opening remarks from our online launch of Ted Berrigan's Collected Prose - her gorgeous thoughts on this gorgeous book can be read here.
New work from Nightboat Books: Chia-Lun Chang's Prescribee (November 15) is in the lineage of Tender Buttons and The Tennis Court Oath, a transformation of the familiar ingredients of everyday life into a wild and alchemical language; Anne Waldman and Emma Gomis meanwhile bring us New Weathers: Poetics from the Naropa Archive, a series of lectures asking how poetics might embolden deeper engagements with the world.
New work from Coffee House Press: Ron Padgett's new collection, Dot, full of wit and wonder, is out today! Ron is reading this afternoon, 4pm ET, with the Yale Literary Magazine (Zoom link: yale.zoom.us/j/95862472840).
New work from Fonograf Editions: Alice Notley's The Speak Angel Series and Early Works will be released in February 2023 and are available for pre-order now. The Speak Angel Series is composed of six full-length books in various forms: it is meant to be read for plot, pleasure, musical experience, wisdom and truth. The books present something like a cosmology in the philosophical sense, a reading of existence and of death. Early Works, edited by Nick Sturm, collects Notley’s first four out of print poetry collections, along with 80 pages of previously uncollected material, and includes original collection cover artwork by Philip Guston, Philip Whalen and George Schneeman, among others.
New work from Two Rivers Press: Peter Robinson's Retrieved Attachments,about people and places, friends and loved ones, mentor poets and artists, will also be published in February 2023, but is available to pre-order now.
Jordan Davis has a new pamphlet out with Sam Riviere’s If a Leaf Falls Press, Hidden Poems (this is a selection from Jordan's 2023 collection Yeah, No, forthcoming from MadHat): https://samriviere.com/index.php?/together/if-a-leaf-falls-press/. Jordan has also recently written about Ted Berrigan’s exuberant and idiosyncratic prose for the Poetry Foundation: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/articles/158608/what-do-i-say-next-fast .
Anne Waldman's Bard, Kinetic will be published in January 2023, with Coffee House Press, and is available for preorder. In Bard, Kinetic, Waldman assembles a layered compendium of essays, letters, poems, and interviews that form a portrait of her life and praxis as a groundbreaking poet. Waldman charts her journey through a maelstrom of radical artistic activity, from growing up in Greenwich Village to creative partnership with Allen Ginsberg and touring with Bob Dylan. She recalls founding the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church and later the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, and she discusses the political and artistic philosophies that guide her activities as writer, activist, performer, instigator, and Buddhist practitioner. Throughout Bard, Kinetic, Waldman pays homage to friends and collaborators including Amiri Baraka, Lou Reed, John Ashbery, and Diane di Prima.
Vincent Katz's Broadway for Paul is now out in paperback, with Knopf. Elaine Equi has talked about how this 'virtuoso collection' highlights 'the pleasure of sharing spaces, ideas, and art', whilst Paul Vangelisti describes the poetry as a 'voice in the grand tradition of New York poetry, from Walt Whitman to Frank O’Hara, engaging in ‘equable’ conversation (Whitman’s term) with the city’s people and places'.
Tia Shearer Bassett, a theatre-maker based in the Washington, DC area, performs a one-actor, Zoom theatre version of Kenneth Koch's Edward and Christine. It premiered in the spring of this year, and Tia is now beginning to perform it monthly (and by request). The next show is on Sunday 11th December at 3.30pm EST: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/edward-christine-tickets-296927176177. You can read a review of the show here: https://dctheaterarts.org/2022/05/20/fun-and-intimate-edward-and-christine-plays-live-on-line/.