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A Longhouse Birdhouse: W.S. MERWIN ~


W. S. MERWIN 1927  ~ 2019

Source: A Longhouse Birdhouse: W.S. MERWIN ~

Cecilia Vicuña – BOMB Magazine

Hilo Azul, 2016

The poet and artist invokes ancient matriarchal cultures, Indigenous folkways, and the speculative capacities of language so that we might rediscover our kinship with nature.

Source: Cecilia Vicuña – BOMB Magazine

Now Published: The End of the World Project in Two Volumes

TheEndOfTheWorldProjectVolume13.12.19 TheEndOfTheWorldProjectVolume2_3.12.19

Thanks to William Allegrezza at  Moria Books, and to over 140 contributors, The End of the World Project (eds. Richard Lopez, T.C. Marshall and me) is now published. In two volumes. Two big fat volumes. Copies are available at Moria (scroll all the way down to the very bottom of the page where you will find the book. Click on the cover and download a free pdf. Or buy a copy. It’s up to you.

Here are the pdfs. You can see the list of contributors in the TOC to the first volume. They are the ones who make the book what it is. We are very happy and proud to be part of it. Enjoy. (And may a miracle happen: may humans come to their senses pretty immediately and not turn this place into a catastrophic mess.)  – John Bloomberg-Rissman

Source: Zeitgeist Spam: Now Published: The End of the World Project

Eileen Tabios, a poet, writer, editor, and publisher, on November 17, 2018, wrote this about The End of the World Project:

For over the past year, a group of poets has been working on a major forthcoming anthology whose title captures the times:


The project, edited by John Bloomberg-Rissman, richard lopez, and T.C. Marshall, actually began as a feature I was going to release through Galatea Resurrects, but it ballooned to something too huge for a journal. I’m glad Bill Allegrezza’s Moria Books stepped up to the plate to release what will be a two-volume (about 1,200 pages) set. And here are the poets and artists responding to the theme — I believe they will be worth listening to when the books are out in a couple of months or so:

THE RESPONDENTS (in alphabetical order):

Etel Adnan
Charles Alexander
Will Alexander
Will Alexander and Byron Baker
Rae Armantrout
John Armstrong
DJ Kirsten Angel Dust
Runa Bandyopadhyay
Alan Baker
Carlyle Baker
Tom Beckett
Melissa Benham
Franco Beltrametti
Steve Benson
Charles Bernstein
Anselm Berrigan
John Bloomberg-Rissman
Daniel Borzutzky
Daniel f Bradley
Helen Bridwell
Julian Talamantez Brolaski
Brandon Brown
David Buuck
Wendy Burk
Olivier Cadiot
Julie Carr / Lisa Olstein
Aileen Cassinetto and C. Sophia Ibardaloza
Tom Cohen
Claire Colebrook
Allison Cobb
Jon Cone
CA Conrad
Stephen Cope
Eduardo M. Corvera II (E.M.C. II)
Brenda Coultas
Anne Laure Coxam
Michael Cross
Thomas Rain Crowe
Brent Cunningham
Jane Dalrymple-Hollo
Philip Davenport
Michelle Detorie
John DeWitt
Diane Di Prima
Suzanne Doppelt
Paul Dresman
Aja Couchois Duncan
Camille Dungy
Marcella Durand
Martin Edmond
Sarah Tuss Efrik and Johannes Göransson
Tongo Eisen-Martin
Clayton Eshleman
Carrie Etter
Steven Farmer
Alec Finlay
Donna Fleischer
Evelyn Flores
Diane Gage
Jeannine Hall Gailey
Forrest Gander
Renée Gauthier
Crane Giamo
Giant Ibis
Alex Gildzen
Samantha Giles
C. S. Giscombe
Peter Gizzi
Anne Gorrick
Richard Greenfield
Jaimie Gusman
Drum Hadley
Rob Halpern
Roberto Harrison
j/j hastain
Jonathan Hayes
Kris Hemensley
Anselm Hollo
Fanny Howe
Angela Hume,
Stefan Hyner
Tim Ingold
Hiromi Itō
Adeline Johns-Putra
Pierre Joris
Tim Kahl
Jennifer Karmin and Bernadette Mayer
Lynn Keller
Márton Koppány
José Kozer
Abdellatif Laâbi
Sonnet L’Abbe
Janice Lee
Ágnes Lehóczky
Richard Lopez
Chip Lord
Rupert M Loydell
Eric Magrane
Peter Manson
Colin Lee Marshall
T.C. Marshall
Lila Matsumoto
James Maughn
Rachel May
Bernadette Mayer
Cris Mazza
Jim McCrary
Bill McKibben / Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner and Aka Niviâna
Scott McVay
Brigid Meier
Miranda Mellis
nick-e Melville
Billy Mills
Gustave Morin
Rusty Morrison
Charlie Morrow
Eileen Myles
Heather Nagami
Sawako Nakayasu
Camilla Nelson
Paul Nelson
Ron Padgett
Shin Yu Pai
Lars Palm
Michael Palmer
Stephen Parlato
Dale Pendell
M. NourbeSe Philip
Tiare Picard
Deborah Poe
Stephen Ratcliffe
Marthe Reed
Evelyn Reilly
Noʻu Revilla
Robert Rissman
Ed Roberson
Kim Stanley Robinson / Donald Wesling
Kit Robinson
David Rothenberg / Michael Deal
Jerome Rothenberg
Douglas Rothschild
Hassen Saker
Andrew Schelling
Jared Schickling
Susan M. Schultz
Jesús Sepúlveda
Eric Paul Shaffer
James Sherry
Eleni Sikelianos
Sandra Simonds
Andrew Mark Sivak
pete spence
Christine Stewart
Leny Strobel
Cole Swensen
Eileen R. Tabios
Guy Taylor
Mel C. Thompson
TC Tolbert
Edwin Torres
Rodrigo Toscano
Jean Vengua
Pasquale Verdicchio
Cecilia Vicuña
Alli Warren
Karen Weiser
Julia Wieting
Amie Whittemore
Tyrone Williams
Elizabeth Willis
Elisabeth Workman
Workman-Brandt Household
Mark Young

Touch the Donkey: Touch the Donkey : fifth anniversary sale,

Source: Touch the Donkey: Touch the Donkey : fifth anniversary sale,


“Think of the poem as a step transformer in a cosmos that radiates energy at an infinite number of vibratory intensities. The poem receives high-voltage information and transforms it – steps it down – into a gnosis acceptable or accessible within our finitude. Those higher voltage levels can’t be processed without possibly burning out the receiver unless they are modulated. Imagine a poem that literally blows your mind, leaves the mind shattered by the sheer intensity of the energy transmission.” – Michael Boughn

Touch the Donkey supplement #128 : seven questions for Michael Boughn

Staff Picks: Broccoli Puzzles, Bot Poetry, and Banana Pudding






To pass a Turing test, a robot must trick an examiner into believing it is human. It must perform or passwhich sometimes involves performing errors to appear more humanlike. But even the errors are part of a design to make the robot work, in the sense of function: achieve what they were designed to achieve. There is something disturbingly teleological about the test—that robots should and will arrive at humanness. Like capitalism, the test is (or at least has become) competitive. It demands that everything and everyone be productive. Franny Choi’s forthcoming poetry collection Soft Science adopts the Turing test as a structural frame with six “TURING TEST” poems spaced throughout the book. The reader might understand Choi as the cyborg taking the test. But if so, she’s a cyborg in revolt, not allowing the examiner to let her pass. What’s more, the examiner is a cyborg, too, as is the reader: “remember / all humans / are cyborgs / all cyborgs / are sharp shards of sky / wrapped in meat.” Choi tells us what we need to hear: that we possess the radical potential of the glitch and the possibility of unbecoming productive machines of capitalism. Do humans “work,” or are we already broken? Do we want to work? Is unchecked production our ambition? Should we design robots to act like humans, when humans can be so despicable? My favorite poem from the collection describes the life of Chi, from the manga Chobits, a broken android whom the protagonist rescues from a trash pile. Choi writes from the android’s perspective, remembering the trash, lamenting, “as if I could rot / as if they didn’t make us / to last & last.” I think Choi wishes we could be allowed to rot and return to the soil. She reminds us elsewhere that it’s okay to wither, to “commune with miles of darkness,” to reach into our circuit boards and pull ourselves apart. The beginnings of our way out of capitalism will involve such pulling both delicate and violent—tiny hands wrenching, striving for clarity, honest and ruthlessly specific language like what Choi offers up. —Spencer Quong

Soft Science may be purchased directly from the publisher at Alice James Books

Source: Staff Picks: Broccoli Puzzles, Bot Poetry, and Banana Pudding



Acclaimed Author Claudia Rankine to Feature in the 56th Annual Wallace Stevens Poetry Program at UCONN

Acclaimed Author Claudia Rankine to Feature in the 56th Annual Wallace Stevens Poetry Program at UConn and the Greater Hartford Classical Magnet School
Claudia Rankine, a MacArthur “Genius” and National Book Critics Circle Award winner, will read from her work at UConn’s main campus in Storrs and at the Greater Hartford Classical Magnet School on March 13, 2019.
She will appear at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday March 13 at the at the Greater Hartford Classical Magnet School, 85 Woodland St, Hartford. She will offer a second reading at 7 p.m. that night at the Konover Auditorium of the Dodd Center, 405 Babbidge Road on the UConn Storrs campus. Both readings are free and open to the public.
Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including Don’t Let Me Be Lonely (Graywolf 2008) and the bestselling Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf 2014), which uses poetry, essay, cultural criticism, and visual images to explore what it means to be an American citizen in a “post-racial” society. As the Judges Citation for the Jackson Prize notes, “The moral vision of Claudia Rankine’s poetry is astounding. In a body of work that pushes the boundaries of the contemporary lyric, Rankine has managed to make space for meditation and vigorous debate upon some of the most relevant and troubling social themes of the 20th and 21st centuries.” Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the NAACP Image Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the LA Times Book Award for poetry as well as fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts.   –


Source: Home | The Wallace Stevens Poetry Program

A Longhouse Birdhouse: CROSSING AMERICA ~

Crossing America


We hitchhiked America. I
still think of her.

I walk the old streets thinking I
see her, but never.

New buildings have gone up.
The bartenders who poured roses
into our glasses are gone.
We are erased.


Minook, Illinois,
one street out of nowhere through cornstalks.
Winter clutched the cornfields into Chicago.
Cold, we couldn’t get in out of the cold.

But a lonely filling station owner risked
letting his death in out of the night.
I lay on his gas station floor and let her
use me for a bed.

I will never forget the cold into
my kidneys or lying awake bearing the
pain while she slept like a two month
old child on the hill of its mother’s tit.

It was on the stone floor
that I knew I loved her.


just a portion of this excellent long poem by
Leo Connellan
Crossing America
Penmen Press, 1976

Source: A Longhouse Birdhouse: CROSSING AMERICA ~