Saturday, August 30, 2008

Saturday Night Main Event



I love this.

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from this past week in worth-reading stories:

This week, Mother Jones has a cool interactive map of US troop presences worldwide.

Enough TALK about obscene executive pay, we need a balanced economy that works for everyone. Tax loopholes and creative accounting by the rich cost the government $20 billion a year, and at the same time Americans who lack health insurance will spend $30 billion out of pocket this year. Trickle-down economics died at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Common Dreams has a great article on twisting the idea of "elite".

In the ongoing food and water crisis rich countries used to use gun boats to seize food - now we use trade deals.

Lastly this week, Salon asks: how do we know what we know? The road from Aristotle to Wikipedia.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Idiolexicon 2.1

Sorry for Sedoka

Friday, August 22, 2008

Saturday Night Main Event



The Mountain Goats perform

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from this past week in worth-reading stories:

This week: wow!

The Huffington Post talks about poetry and subways.

We all know what the Bush economy looks like, but what about the green economy?

Slate asks, is bureaucracy destroying French wine?

And finally this week, are crosswords and sedoku a plague to America?

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Saturday Night Main Event



Rogue Wave performs

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from this past week in worth-reading stories:

We'll start this week with the most important story in the history of importance.

In economics this week, Alternet reports on why you want a progressive running the economy and delves into the great corporate tax heist. Turns out two-thirds of US corporations haven't paid income taxes under the conservatives while student aid requests soar as the economy plummets.

Two foreboding questions: have we entered the era of catastrophe? Are we on the road to extinction?

Buzzflash asks what everyone is thinking: could Cheney have orchestrated the anthrax attacks?

Finally this week, The Boston Globe has a story on the future of crossing the street.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Obit



Mahmoud Darwish, one of my favorite poets, passed away today.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Saturday Night Main Event



Billy Bragg performs

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from this past week in worth-reading stories:

Kind of important: the White House may have ordered the CIA to forge a link between Iraq and 9/11, and Salon reports new evidence backs it up.

This week, Alternet asks: is organic food really organic?

In economics, we get to the heart of the economic mess: the right-wing wrecking crew robbed us blind. But, Thomas Frank says misgovernment was no accident, and they continue to obstruct any efforts to the contrary.

In sad environmental news, we have a report on the death march of the penguins, and the collapsing of Greenland's glaciers.

Finally this week, The Atlantic Monthly wonders: is Google making us stupid?

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Recommended Reading



Do The Math - Poems by Emily Galvin

Do The Math is a book of presence, of the separation between the body and the self in any given moment, in any unit of time. A book that sets limits and seeks differentials within it. In her work, Galvin plays wonderfully with the absurdity inherent in poetry, in the assuming of persona and the stagecraft of lyric and language.

Wittgenstein said, to paraphrase, that the limits of our language are the limits of our reality. In her work, Galvin builds tiny universes of intricately stacked language, set between two points of set time, and allows them to play out. As the work increases, the mathematical and linguistic limits begin to be reached, but simultaneously unravel.

I don't know enough theater to say if Galvin borrows from Beckett, Brecht or Artaud, but I know enough poetics to speculate on the influence of Stein's architecture and Creeley's breath construction to her work. Galvin plays with communication, challenging our assumption of the line and the units of words as we turn every break. Grammar begins to separate from context, and voices begin to speak past each other, moving into new and parallel worlds of language.

Language within Do The Math builds on itself while dividing at the same time, a wonderful game of language and math, a string theory verse, each unit spinning off and colliding and creating. A great read.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Idiolexicon Poetry Series #7: Brian Teare, Mike Young

Brian Teare and Mike Young
Idiolexicon Poetry Series #7
August 11, 2008
Cafe Royale, 800 Post St, San Francisco
7 PM
Free


The recipient of Stegner, National Endowment for the Arts, and MacDowell Colony poetry fellowships, Brian Teare is the author of the award-winning debut The Room Where I Was Born and the chapbooks Pilgrim and Transcendental Grammar Crown. Two new books are forthcoming: Sight Map (University of California, 2009) and Pleasure (Ahsahta, 2010). He lives and teaches in San Francisco.


Mike Young co-edits NOÖ Journal and Magic Helicopter Press. Work appears or will in Coconut, MiPOesias, Saltgrass, Juked, elimae, NO COLONY and more. His chapbook MC Oroville's Answering Machine is forthcoming from Transmission Press.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Oranges and Sardines

Oranges and Sardines' Fall 2008 issue is out, featuring poetry by none other than me!

Download a free copy of the issue - and then purchase several dozen print copies and leave them around your city and town with my pages dog-eared. Deal? Deal.

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from this past week in worth-reading stories:

Know your poet laureate! (My third favorite game show!)

Also: woah!

In economics this week, Americans, Government and American Government, as reported by The Nation. Alternet says stagflation is alive and well in America, and Our Future reports on the unaffordable economic costs of Iraq. We're working more and earning less, and it's hard to change that when The GOP and Bush have run an organized campaign of obstructionism.

America faces water emergencies, but Scientific American reports it's all part of a worldwide freshwater crisis.

Finally this week, Slate has an interactive Bush illegal activity chart!.

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