Come celebrate with Octopus Books and Poor Claudia as Bad Blood turns 21 with Mathias Svalina, Amy Lawless, Tyler Brewington and Kelly Schirmann. Come find us at ADX on Saturday, Dec. 14. Tell your acquaintances, bring your friends.
We are starting one hour later than usual. Doors at 8. Poems at 8:30 sharp. We’ll treat you with some poetry ephemera made special for the event, and beer from our friends, Gigantic Brewing. Also, please remember to bring a few big boy bills for the books table. It’ll be free to get in, and there’ll be a happy jar at the bar.
Also, the party will keep going into the next day. Bad Blood’s presses, Octopus Books and Poor Claudia, will be tabling at Publication Fair downtown at The Cleaners from 12 to 6.
MATHIAS SVALINA is the author of three books, most recently The Explosions from Subito Press. Big Lucks will release his book Wastoid in 2014. He is a member of Team Octopus. He lives in Denver.
AMY LAWLESS is the author of two books of poems, most recently My Dead (Octopus Books). She lives in Manhattan.
KELLY SCHIRMANN is the co-author of Nature Machine (Poor Claudia) & half of the band Young Family, whose second EP will be released from Spork Press this year. She lives, writes, sings, & makes in Portland, Oregon.
TYLER BREWINGTON is one author of Nature Machine (Poor Claudia), the author of Dear Stray Volcano (alice blue), & an MFA candidate in poetry at Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is from Boise, Idaho.
My fourth book of poems, The Book of Joshua, will be published by Black Ocean in June of 2014. In July and August, I plan on driving around the country to read from it with Joshua Marie Wilkinson and Mathias Svalina and some rotating special guests. We are just now beginning to plan that tour.
I would like several of the stops to be in people’s houses or in public spaces in small towns away from any typical route. If you’d like us to read in your town and if you have a good idea for a spot for a reading, please send me an email before the end of the year. Here is a general timeline of where we’ll be and when:
July 18 -25: Between Portland and Omaha.
July 28 - Aug 3: Between Omaha and Boston.
Aug 3 - 10: Between Boston and Atlanta.
August 10 - 18: Between Atlanta and Tucson.
August 18 - 23: Between Tucson and Portland.
Samiya Bashir and I are going to read our own poems from our own mouths and from about the same place in the same room, back to back in time, toward the same people in that same room, on PSU’s campus at Smith Student Union 338, tomorrow night at 7pm. Most of the people will be sitting down most of the time and I can’t quite picture them yet but they could maybe be just about anybody. You have so much power to make things specific.
There is a new issue of jubilat, and for its website, I filmed myself reading “The Book,” a translation I translated with Alisa Heinzman of Jacques Rebotier's “Le Livre,” and I read it in the same way that Jacques Rebotier read “Le Livre,” and all of this was brought to you by the new issue of jubilat. Alisa and I translated an entire book of Rebotier’s poems. And in the background that is Joseph Mains asleep on the couch in our living room.
A while back, Meera Lee Patel, a self-taught artist and illustrator living in Brooklyn, designed a tattoo for someone based on a poem of mine from The Man Suit called “The Lung and Haircut.” That someone didn’t get the tattoo after all, which means that it is just sitting sadly in one of Meera’s drawers in her desk instead of on someone’s body. I think it is beautiful. Maybe you should get it on your body. Or maybe at least you should go check out Meera’s site and buy some damn art.
The 8th issue of BIRDFEAST now exists, and it looks like they’ve got a few excerpts from this long poem I’ve been working on called Agnes the Elephant. So, if you feel like reading stuff…
This weekend I’m proud of my dad, Bruce Schomburg, who in his 40th year of coaching high school swimming, was named by the Iowa High School Swim Coaches Association as the 2013 Coach of the Year. It was his first time earning this accolade, and it came after his swimmers broke a state record in the 400 Freestyle Relay and were champions in two events. Credit couldn’t have been more due. You can go to the Hy-Vee in Council Bluffs, IA, any morning of the week before the sun comes up if you want to congratulate him in person.
Wong May's poems first appeared in Poetry Magazine in its September 1969 issue. 44 years later, her poems are appearing there again, in this month’s issue of Poetry, this time in anticipation of her fourth book of poems, her first book since the year I was born (1977). And her name is on the cover! Buy the November issue of Poetry, and read Wong May’s poem “Buying Camels in Dresden" here first, then save up for her book, Picasso’s Tears, coming out early next year from Octopus Books.
Next Thursday night I’ll be at Literary Arts for Poetry Press Week, where two of my new poems will be performed by young Hamza Akalin. Poetry Press Week is a new format reading series where the poet curates a performance/reading and stays in the audience to watch along with everyone else. You should come down and see how this thing turns out.