Friday, February 27, 2009

Today the
postman brought
me a bridge. I'm
waiting for my
ship to come in
so I can open it.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

was / muffin diving / & found this

9)Prairie Muffins do not reflect badly on their husbands by neglecting their appearance; they work with the clay God has given, molding it into an attractive package for the pleasure of their husbands.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Today the
postman brought
me the Time-Life
extraordinary renditions
selection I'd written
away for. The
package was
larger than I'd
expected; some
kind of mistake
had been made. What
do razorwire, hooded
prisoners & torture
cells have to do
with Great Arias
from Great Operas
by Great Sopranos?

Monday, February 23, 2009

Sunday, February 22, 2009

geographies: The Netherlands Antilles

Once were a plethora
of megaliths &
great stone structures;
but the tourists' pre-
conceptions are
satisfied by accounts
of critical residues
& the annotated
graphic reconstructions
that accompany them
in the guidebooks. That,
& the local steel bands
which obligingly perform
requests for 1930's
Berlin beerhall tunes.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

the scale of economies

"AUSTRALIA and Indonesia, partners in a new era" reads the souvenir T-shirt, a gift for delegates to mark Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's latest 2020-type summit, this one designed to gather ideas for better ties between the two countries. "Made in Bangladesh," reads the tag on the collar.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

To whoever

has just bought three-quarters of the Otoliths catalogue, let me just say:
1. Sincere thanks.
2. You show excellent taste.
3. Would that there were more of you.

Monday, February 16, 2009

After the storm (reworked)

gathered to
test the re-
shaped edges
of the river.

He gathered
bits of drift-
wood, re-
shaped their
patterns &
tested them on
the greenscreen
of his mind.

Sometimes the
geisha brought
him tea, their
geta caesurae.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

One if by land

It has been raining quite heavily off & on for the last few days. Last night, when I went outside to have a cigarette, I could hear what sounded like a house alarm going off not too far away. Unlike an alarm, however, it didn't shut off after ten or so minutes, just kept on going. Puzzling

Tonight the same thing. But L. has solved the riddle. "Could it be frogs?" she asked. & that is what it is, hundreds, possibly thousands of them, down by the lagoon, offering up their croaking to each other, to the night.

Now out from Otoliths: Anny Ballardini's Ghost Dance in 33 Movements

Ghost Dance in 33 Movements
Anny Ballardini
80 pages
Otoliths 2009
ISBN: 978-0-9805096-8-7
$13.50 + p&h

A schooling in experimental cinema happening before our eyes. A screening. Frame upon frame, the seeing I making her way. In these remarkable poems, Anny Ballardini creates an important new space, a new kind of poem—note, notation, response, criticism, a philosophy of our lives as films responding to films, poems made from & making our new dwelling place. "The eye of the camera centers on their hidden hearts." Made of quotation, of citation, of sight, of insight—always the moving site—a dance in many movements. And a fine, inviting, moving dance it is, Anny's Ghost Dance in 33 Movements! —Hank Lazer

Anny Ballardini is the unofficial poet laureate of UbuWeb; from her perch in Italy she has watched the 20th century avant-garde stream through her computer's screen and has taken copious notes on it. These notes—at once literary criticism, poetry, oblique autobiography and amazing eavesdrop—come to us as an idiosyncratic transcript of a cultural and personal archive. This is 21st century ekphrasis written to an art that flickers and sings and sometimes screams. —Susan M. Schultz

Friday, February 13, 2009

how Big a Bang?

In a space-age first, two satellites have collided in orbit. Early on Wednesday morning, Sydney time, a Russian communications satellite and an American Iridium mobile phone spacecraft smashed into each other, 790 kilometres above Siberia.

The cosmic bingle left both write-offs. US Air Force Brigadier General Michael Carey, of US Strategic Command, said at least 600 pieces of wreckage had been observed circling the world.

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Anny Ballardini continues to channel Vivaldi at the Poet's Corner - Fieralingue. We're now up to the Spring anthology.

I've contributed with my take on a poem by E. E. Cummings.

pre-fixed verses



Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Have had

my mandatory ten days off from editorial duties. Have started working on issue thirteen—what will be, in effect, the third birthday issue—of Otoliths, & already it's shaping up to be something special.

Muggy as all hell here today though, comparatively, not that warm. Rained heavily yesterday. The monsoonal trough is moving further south than it ever has before.

Bushfires still threaten in NSW & Victoria. A cyclone builds off the coast of Western Australia. 60% of Queensland is disaster-declared through floods. These things are not new, but their intensity, their occurence & re-occurence, are examples of the changed climatic conditions that are now affecting this continent more & more.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Out now from Otoliths: Duhamel & McIntosh, 237 More Reasons to Have Sex

Just in time for Valentine's Day......

237 More Reasons To Have Sex
Denise Duhamel & Sandy McIntosh
illustrations by Rachel Burgess
36 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9806025-0-0
$9.00 + p&h

"Originally, I thought that we exhaustively compiled the list, but now I found that there should be some added…" wrote Cindy Meston, co-author of "Why Humans Have Sex," in the Archives of Sexual Behavior (Volume 36, Number 4, August 2007). Denise Duhamel & Sandy McIntosh have done just that in this delightful compendium that adds 237 more reasons.

It's an exhaustive list, but it still doesn't exhaust all the possibilities. So be warned, you'll want to find some more.

If you're going to AWP in Chicago this week, you'll find Denise and Sandy signing 237 More Reasons To Have Sex at the Sentence/ Firewheel Editions table: SW785.

A bushfire update

The official death toll from the Victorian bushfires stands at 84 as I write this, which makes them the worst, in terms of loss of life, in Australian history. & with people still missing, & others in hospital critically burnt, this will probably end up as the second worst natural disaster in Aushistory.

The worst occurred in 1899, Cyclone Mahina which struck Cape York in the country's far north, where the floods are now. More than 400 people died, including the crews of about 100 pearling fleet vessels, & an estimated 100 local Aborigines.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

The extremities of Australia

The monsoon trough covers North Queensland.
radar image, Bureau of Meteorology

Flooded Ingham
photos AFP

Wallabies seek refuge from the flood.

Some places have had two metres of rain—that's 6'6" in the old scale—in just two or three days.

Meanwhile in Victoria....

Photos from Reuters

Photo by Jason Smith, Fairfax Media

Temperatures have reached 48° C—118°F—in some places. The death toll from the fires in Victoria is estimated to be near 40 so far, & deaths from heat exhaustion & related causes in Victoria & South Australia is up over the 100 mark.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Now out from Otoliths: Ernesto Priego's the amazing adventures of Gravity & Grace

the amazing adventures of Gravity & Grace
Ernesto Priego
104 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9805096-9-4
$12.50 + p&h

Ernesto Priego has written that "G & G was the comic book I was never able to draw." G & G was, indeed, a sort of comic book experience for its earliest readers when it appeared in installments on Never Neutral, Mr. Priego's blog. The poems can be conceptualized as a series of speech balloons and captions formulated as something akin to a dialectical house party in which the characters Gravity and Grace sing in a kind of cozy yet somewhat slippery counterpoint for their Author and ultimately to us all. These are—it must be said—sweet and wistful, notational, allegorical poems. Much is hinted at. Much is left for the reader to fill in. And that is as it should be, no?
from the introduction by Tom Beckett

This is the first of the four books, coming out roughly a week apart, that make up the final formal round from Otoliths. There are still a few projects in the pipeline to be completed, the catalog will stay live, the e-zine will continue; but the bookpublishing arm of Otoliths, in terms of future output, has become another casualty of the current economic malaise.


Wednesday, February 04, 2009


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would seem
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Max Ernst’s The Virgin Spanking the Christ Child before Three Witnesses: André Breton, Paul Eluard and the Painter.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Otoliths issue 12 has just gone live

February may be the shortest month, but that doesn't mean that Otoliths has to follow suit. Issue twelve, the southern summer issue, has just gone live, & it's as large as ever, with its usual wide-ranging selection of prose, poetry & things visual.

Included in this issue are David-Baptiste Chirot, Denise Duhamel, Raymond Farr, J. S. Murnet, Tom Taylor, James Sanders, Martin Edmond, Kane X. Faucher, Andrew Taylor, Christopher Major, Forrest Roth, Cath Vidler, Angela Genusa, C.E. Chaffin, John Lowther, Mary Ellen Derwis, Joe Balaz, Mary Ellen Derwis & Joe Balaz, Maria Garcia Teutsch, Felino Soriano, Bobbi Lurie, Bill Drennan, Jeff Harrison, Sheila E. Murphy & John M. Bennett, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen & John M. Bennett, John M. Bennett & various collaborators, John M Bennett, Adam Robinson, Anny Ballardini, Michael Rothenberg, Jared Schickling & John Bloomberg-Rissman, Tom Beckett interviewing John Bloomberg-Rissman, John C. Goodman, Marcia Arrieta, Donald Dunbar, Eric Burke, Joseph Wood, Gregory Bem, George Moore, Brandon Shimoda, J. A. Tyler, sarah k bell, Ed Baker, Arpine Konyalian Grenier, Jill Jones, Geri Gale, Geof Huth, sean burn, Tim Gaze, Nicolette Westfall & Jeff Crouch, Paul Siegell, Daniel f Bradley, Stu Hatton, Dan Ruhrmanty, Philip Byron Oakes, Kristina Marie Darling, Katrinka Moore, Mary Kasimor, Charles Freeland, D.C.Porder, Jeremy P. Bushnell, Alana Madison, Michael Filimowicz, & Spencer Selby. The cover is by Alexander Jorgensen.