Sunday, October 26, 2008

POETRY FEATURE 9: Karen Garthe


      in LA rain

This was To Be’s Fantastic
but packed in the querulous use

Ancestor of Narcissus amassing
mirrors to compass

A self of magic blond and air
nest, spark


And the uncorrected proof
of Dreamtime

Yet a mere thong
cod and extra

Plus saboteur
of all profit and sleep

Queering the magic blond
the Dreamtime

To a wailing embankment
of limbless

Fish-form, gills and vent
between the self and the proof

Of sublime orangeries
limelight tucks

To be more
famously at the door

Than a standout extra
in LA rain

Swaddled so

Arctic melting

flowing shards of

and oceans rescinding

The unpack
of the querulous use


Karen Garthe's poetry has been published in Chicago Review, Denver Quarterly, Court Green, Fence, VOLT, American Letters & Commentary, CHAIN, POOL, Ellipsis, Torque, Cannibal, etc. It's forthcoming in the Best of Fence and in the debut issue of Lana Turner, and her poem "The Porticos of Toulouse," which appeared in New American Writing, will be featured in the 2006-2007 volume of Green Integer's Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative Poetry in English. Her first book "Frayed escort" won the 2005 Colorado prize.

Garthe moved to New York City from Baltimore in 1968 to study at American Ballet Theatre School. In the early '70's, she lived in Charlottesville, VA, where she co-founded the Experimental University and wrote for an alternative newspaper. She also taught at the local dance academy and performed in local ballet and dinner theaters before returning to Manhattan to study with Merce Cunningham. In the late 70's Garthe worked in the music industry for The Wartoke Concern, managing Patti Smith, John Cale and Television. She managed the music room upstairs at Max's Kansas City and the Other End, a cabaret on Bleecker Street in the Village. In the '80s Garthe worked in the Special Projects Division of Doubleday and Co., before joining the Barthold Fles Literary Agency. She founded her own literary agency, Greenwich Mean Time, but then decided to focus on her own writing. In NYC, Garthe has worked in the music industry, publishing, social services, health care, government, heritage preservation, and the visual and performing arts. She currently works in the administration of a private school.

In a Chicago Review essay titled "The Predicament of Modern Poetry (The Lyric at the Pinch-Gate)" Cal Bedient writes: Garthe's lines sound fundamentally strange and foreign, partly for the reason that she, too, slips and leaps about with a William Jamesian certainty that "experience remolds us every moment," that to follow a straight line and not zig zag is to do violence to the continual infiltration of otherness in our experience, violence to the rule of serial nonidentity.


Thursday, October 23, 2008

3 Exciting Announcements & a Correction


Bowery Books
is pleased to invite you to a book release party for

BODY OF WATER by Janet Hamill.

Janet Hamill will read and perform with Patti Smith at the Bowery Poetry Club, Sunday NOVEMBER 2nd, 6 p.m.

FULL INFO: A book party for Janet Hamill's new poetry collection BODY OF WATER (Bowery Books) will be held on Sunday, November 2 at 6 PM, at the Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, (Between Houston and Bleecker), admission free. Patti Smith, who contributed several photographs to the book to illustrate the poems of her life-long friend and mentor, will be on hand to celebrate the release, along with Lenny Kaye from her band.

Advance Praise for Body of Water

"...This book is a romantic, surreal, lyrical Voyage. It twists and turns with the playful tide of poetic vision, enhanced by the delicate measures of Patti Smith's photography. Kudos all around."

-Anne Waldman

"Reading Janet Hamill now, as I have over the last thirty years, I'm amazed again at the particulars of the world her poetry makes – a night world, as I read it, peopled with bright creatures & splashes of color, beautiful & terrifying by turns....With this & much more, she has become indispensable."

-Jerome Rothenberg

With its unbridled surrealistic, hypnotic imagery, Janet Hamill's alchemy of language gives us back communion with our souls. With a magician's grace she reminds us of the enchantment of our being. Hers is a music both modern and magik.

-Maureen Owen

"...Hamill's mastery of form and feeling comes together to create a poem that delicately examines celebrity, gallantry, silence, talent, and beauty. Only a poet could do that. Or maybe only Janet Hamill."

-Patricia Spears Jones

Bowery Books gratefully acknowledges that this publication is made possible with public funds from The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Bowery Books is a proud member of CLMP.

Hope to see you there!
Bowery Books


"The Exaggerated Man and Other Stories" by Terry Grimwood is out now and available from and from the author himself at terrygatesgrimwood [at]

Read a review here.

And another review by Greg Hamerton (author of "Riddlers Gift") below:

“Deftly-crafted nightmares of ordinary humans struggling with crisis, making decisions that lead you ever deeper until you're aching for liberation from a gripping and sometimes graphic hell, whereupon you get ... the twist! Great short stories, like a blend of Stephen King and Roald Dahl, from a writer who understands human frailty all too well.

Exaggerated Man opens with one of its strongest pieces, Coffin Dream, in which Grimwood demonstrates his talent for deconstructing reality and whispering in your ear, in the dark, until you really aren't sure that you are going to wake up. The characters in Grimwood's stories all struggle with personal issues - they are mostly complex and troubled, and often unpredictable. In some stories you're expecting a violent reaction from them because of all the tension in their souls, but then they do nothing and you're left with an understanding of how truly human they are. The inability to overcome weakness is what makes characters flawed in the first place. There is a good range of stories in this collection, from demons to ghosts, from science-fiction crisis to fairy-tale-gone-wrong. They may not all be to your taste, but with the great variation in style and theme throughout The Exaggerated Man, there are certainly many gems that I marked to be re-read when I need a spike of supernatural espresso.

Warning: If you are easily disturbed by occasional violence, gore, blasphemy, foul language, and demonic themes then Horror probably isn't your genre, is it, precious?”


Two internet recordings of readings from Books & Bookshelves:

Oct. 3, Brian Teare & Frances Richard.

July 22, George Albon & Stephen Vincent:



In the acknowledgements for the Selected Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin, translated by Maxine Chernoff and Paul Hoover, we erred in listing the editors of Poems for the Millenium, Vol III: The University of California Book of Romantic and Post-Romantic Poetry.

Here is the corrected acknowledgement:

Poems for the Millennium, Vol. III: The University of California Book of Romantic and Post-Romantic Poetry, Ed. Jeffrey C. Robinson and Jerome Rothenberg (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009): "In the Forest."

We apologize for this error.


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Exciting Discounts from The University of Alabama Press


The University of Alabama Press is proud to announce its latest offerings in the Modern and Contemporary Poetics Series:

Poetics & Polemics, 1980-2005 by Jerome Rothenberg


The Alphabet by Ron Silliman.

Purchase one or both of these publications at a 30-percent discount and you can receive, as a bonus, two of our bestsellers from the MCP series for $5.00 each: Another South: Experimental Writing in the South edited by Bill Lavender and Differentials: Poetry, Poetics, Pedagogy by Marjorie Perloff. (See below for pricing and ISBNs required for ordering.)

To purchase a copy of any of these titles at the discounted offer, good through November 1, 2008, just call our warehouse in Chicago toll-free at (800) 621-2736 or locally at (773) 702-7000 and mention sales code FL-109-08. As always, we invite you to forward this e-mail to any of your colleagues who you think might be interested, or suggest names and addresses to which we should send future mailings. If you have any questions, please contact me directly at or 205-348-1566.

Poetics & Polemics

“The significance of Jerome Rothenberg’s animating spirit looms larger every year. . . . [He] is the ultimate ‘hyphenated’ poet:
critic-anthropologist-editor-anthologist-performer- teacher-translator, to each of which he brings an unbridled exuberance and an innovator’s insistence on transforming a given state of affairs.” — Charles Bernstein

6 x 9 / 360 pages
(cloth, ISBN 978-0-8173-1627-3): $43.75 USD (30% discount)
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The Alphabet

“Ron Silliman’s ongoing long poem The Alphabet . . . mingles quotidian observation, linguistic philosophical reflection, and street-level social critique to produce as vivid, systemic, and cumulatively moving an account of contemporary life as any poet now writing.”— Times Literary Supplement

6 x 9 / 952 pages
(cloth, ISBN 978-0-8173-1618-1): $59.50 USD (30% discount)
(paper, ISBN 978-0-8173-5493-0): $27.97 USD (30% discount)

Another South
(paper, ISBN 978-0-8173-1241-1): $5.00 USD

(paper, ISBN 978-0-8173-5128-1): $5.00 USD

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

POETRY FEATURE 8: Patrick Pritchett


The Real Real

       Whoever sees the real charges the eye with a flare. Keeps evening kneeling, a
blue-smoked air stripped of its string of

lights given as the park to the people and where they move there, from path to
path, each node cinched and fluid, the cold edge of a run over ice to

where the middle is a bridge and not anything separate. The weather for it
melting, I mean the way it’s built out of the ground and because

of it a shelf is what it says will last, will hoist the fables of the margin even after
the spire is misrepaired.


Patrick Pritchett is the author of Burn, Lives of the Poets and Antiphonal. He is a Lecturer in History and Literature at Harvard University.