Thursday, September 30, 2010

News and updates

New work up in William Allegrezza's Moria -- five poems from my manuscript Nights Reading, a collection with its genesis in The Thousand and One Nights: the tales, dynamics of power and resistance within them, and the alternatives to power those narratives articulate.

Black Radish Blog has a new post up -- forthcoming titles. Next up a series of responses to their most recent title, Spectre by Mark Lamoureux. As Elaine Equi writes, this collection evokes "disturbing and often distinctly American landscapes explore the interface between fantasy and fatalism, magic and machine. In the tradition of Duncan and Spicer, he is a metaphysical poet for our times, when even 'the cheerleader's dreams are sinister' and 'what was once all Wagner is now/ all Duran Duran.'" Available from SPD.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Black Radish Blog

Black Radish Books has a new blog -- announcements, new books, news, and reviews: check it out and become a follower!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dusie Kollektiv 4, the upcycled collective

The newest incarnation of Dusie Kollektiv is now live. Dusie Kollektiv 4 features work requiring the use of re/upcycled materials in the production of its chaps -- paper, texts, even money! Edited by Susana Gardner with assistance from Paul Klinger and Marthe Reed. Webpages by Marthe Reed, Dusie Teaparty by Zeke KalishReed.

The poets featured are Samar Abulhassan, Cara Benson, Elizabeth Bryant, Mackensie Carignan, meredith Clark, Shanna Compton, Juliet Cook, Sarah Anne Cox, Michelle Detorie, Finegan Ferreboeuf, Susana Gardner, Jesse Glass Michalle Gould, Arielle Guy, j/j hastain, jared hayes, Jen Hofer, Carrie Hunter, Paul Klinger, Mark Lamoureux, Dana Teen Lomax, Nicole Mauro, Marci Nelligan, Anna Moschakovis, Francis Raven, Marthe Reed, Kaia Sand, Kathrin Schaeppi, Elizabeth Treadwell, Catherine Wagner, Rachel Warriner, and Vincent Zompa.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Leslie Scalapino Tribute, Day 4 of 4

Leslie Scalapino Tribute: Day 4 of 4

Eileen Myles
"from a conversation with Stacy Szymaszek"

Judith Roitman
"No Self"

Brenda Iijima
"Leslie's books are survival pods"

Rodrigo Toscano
"Simultaneous Multi-Local Mass-Body Rhythm in way"

Dana Teen Lomax
"'the difficulty' (the necessity)"

Leslie Scalapino
"Eco-Logic in Writing"

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Julian T. Brolaski | Laura Elrick | E. Tracy Grinnell
Brenda Iijima | Elizabeth James | Dana Teen Lomax | Eileen Myles
Frances Presley | Stephen Ratcliffe | Judith Roitman | Sarah Rosenthal
Leslie Scalapino | Adam Strauss | Rodrigo Toscano

+ more...

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edited by Cara Benson + Elizabeth Bryant + Catherine Wagner

Delirious Hem

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tribute to Leslie Scalapino, Day 3 0f 4

Leslie Scalapino Tribute: Day 3 of 4

Notes on keeping company with Leslie's life and writing:
Martha Ronk + Linda Russo
+ Elizabeth Treadwell + Marthe Reed + Pierre Joris

Elizabeth Bryant in conversation with Leslie Scalapino (with poems by Scalapino)

"Leslie Loved Invasion of the Body Snatchers": Laura Hinton

Joyelle McSweeney on Dahlia's Iris

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Laura Hinton | Linda Russo | Pierre Joris |
Marthe Reed | Celia Bland | Richard Price | Elizabeth Bryant

Joyelle McSweeney | Elizabeth Treadwell | Heidi Lynn Staples

+ more...

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edited by Cara Benson + Elizabeth Bryant + Catherine Wagner

Delirious Hem

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Leslie Scalapino Tribute

Leslie Scalapino Tribute: Day 2 of 4

Jena Osman
on her correspondence with Leslie Scalapino

Ruth Lepson
edits: Lyn Hejinian and Leslie Scalapino in collaboration and conversation

Michael Rerick
essays "Delay Series" (from way)

Jodi Chilson:
"And skimming over ZITHER and Autobiography again, now, I discover"

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Lynn Behrendt | Jodi Chilson | K. Lorraine Graham | Megan Kaminski
Ruth Lepson | Jena Osman | Deborah Poe | Michael Rerick
Jennifer Styperk | Rachel Zucker

+ more...

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edited by Cara Benson + Elizabeth Bryant + Catherine Wagner

Delirious Hem

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fairy Tale Review e-books

Kate Bernheimer's Fairy Tale Review titles are now available on Weightless Books as e-books. Weightless is run by Gavin Grant, editor of the fabulous Small Beer Press (which is also run by author Kelly Link). You can buy all back issues of FTR for just $9.99! That's less than ten cents a tale.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Mark Lamoureux's Spectre

Mark Lamoureux's new book Spectre is out from Black Radish Books. You can catch a glimpse of it at on "SPD Recommends" or buy a copy here.

A marriage of the fantastic to the absurd--the monstrous and the transcendent, the ridiculous and the delightful, the ordinary and the other-worldly: Lamoureux pursues a deliciously strange seam of Nazis, superheroes, aliens, mythologies, monstrous fungi, altered consciousness, magic, and spirits, a carnival-esque world scored by a voice alternately sardonic, wistful, and ironic. A potent and beguiling collection.

If you would like to review Spectre, contact Black Radish Books for a free copy at blackradishbooks at gmail dot com

Saturday, September 4, 2010

David Wolach on Philly Sound

PhillySound has a nice interview with David Wolach on his new book, Occultations from Black Radish Books: the book's genesis, the concerns with body, the body politic, the nature (and loss) of our connections to one another.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Kate Bernheimer's Horse, Fower, Bird

Kate Bernheimer, Writer-in Residence at UL Lafayette, has a new story collection Horse, Flower, Bird (Coffee House Press) and an anthology, My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales (Penguin). Horse, Flower, Bird has been getting fabulous reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal, as well as among some high profile book blogs such as Wordmunch:

Booklist writes:

In eight hauntingly poetic fairy tales, Bernheimer roots deep into the hyperimagination and fears of lonely girls and the estranged women they become. When a little girl’s pet parakeet dies, she runs away from home and later becomes an exotic dancer who builds her own cage. Two sisters perform imaginary scenarios from Star Wars in which love never triumphs. A girl abandons her sister’s friendship for that of a doll, and later for an imaginary friend whose disappearance leaves her psychotic. A young Jewish girl suffers from guilt and a fear of incineration after her friends and family fail to comprehend her intense desire for atonement. And in the collection’s most heartrending story, a woman hides a petting zoo in her basement, convinced that her secret is preserving her overworked husband’s stability. By turns lovely and tragic, Bernheimer’s spare but captivating fables of femininity resonate like a string of sad but all-too-real and meaningful dreams. This is a collection readers won’t soon forget, one that redefines the fairy tale into something wholly original.

And Library Journal:

Bernheimer, Kate. Horse, Flower, Bird. Coffee House, dist. by Consortium. Sept. 2010. c.208p. illus. ISBN 978-1-56689-247-6. pap. $14.95.

This is a collection of eight imaginative if not downright unusual tales that will delight readers but also evoke sadness and loneliness. Bernheimer’s lean and lyrical writing conceals forceful and spirited stories that will definitely prove disturbing, as in the collection’s last, dreamlike tale, “Whitework.” Other stories, like the penultimate “A Star Wars Tale,” will bring back strong memories of childhood as they communicate an innocent understanding of the world that is simultaneously beautiful and perhaps brutal. Bernheimer’s passion for fairy tales is evident in every story she spins, which should come as no surprise—she is founder and editor of Fairy Tale Review, and her previous works (e.g., The Complete Tales of Ketzia Gold) draw heavily on classic fairy tales from many countries to create wonderfully original ones. VERDICT Bernheimer’s work provides a refreshing contrast to most available fiction. It is no stretch to compare her to Aimee Bender or Kelly Link, and fans ought to be on the lookout for My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales, a forthcoming collection that she edited featuring those two authors.—Faye A. Chadwell, Oregon State Univ. Libs., Corvallis