Tuesday, August 31, 2010

CA Conrad interviews David Wolach

CA Conrad's interview with David Wolach on PhillySound is not to be missed--it is so rich on so many levels. I've been writing and thinking and writing and posting snippets on 'ownership' --obsessively for the last few days. I nearly jumped out of my skin reading this--so many points of intersection, commonality and difference... the shaman theme... body intelligence, staging actions in public spaces... . wonderful stuff

Monday, August 30, 2010

No One Can Own a Poem

All things owned are slaves, all owners, thieves. All who cling to more than what they need to nourish life, to care for those entrusted to them, to give strength for work and good works and the making of music, art, poetry… are thieves.

It is the very Being of Things, whether living, or of nature, or of the mind, to resist slavery. Things owned will sooner or later drive their masters to greater and greater thievery, and to greater and greater violence.

What of those who would rob you? Would you let them take from you without resistance? Of course not. They are thieves… who take in order to own. Why would I surrender what is entrusted to my care to one who wanted to make it into a slave? The important thing—to abjure ‘owning,’ and take great care to know the limits of one’s needs.

No one can own a poem. What better reason to write them? Because they can't be owned, there can be no end to our need for them.

This is the way to be rich.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Poets on the Porch

Poets on the Porch in Burholme.. PHOTOS

 We are mostly such BAD monkeys... I was happy to hear the story of Ryerss rescuing abused horses.

Founded September 17, 1888,  Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines

...that rescued horses once grazed nearby. I could hear them whinging in the wind.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Jacob Russell: Poetry Available On-Line

                       READINGS (Youtube)
at Penn & Pencil, Painted Bride's Slam Bam reading
Germ Books, July 2010 2 Poems
Reading at Fergies, Philadelphia Stories, Spring 2011
At Robins: Philadelphia Stories reading  Winter 2008
3 in The Madison County Crier (scroll down)
1 on e.ratio
2 in Clockewise Cat # 21
1 poem in Philadelphia Stories
12 pages from Transport, Rondo 2, on Big Bridge, Poem to the End of My Days
         on Big Bridge
1 poem at Philadelphia Stories
4 poems on Retort
The last of these--the birth of Spirit-Stick-Who-Walks-With-Me!
1 poem at Danse Macabre
2 poems in Fox Chase Review
1 in The Battered Suitcase, Autumn, 2010
2 in Clockwise Cat
In Connotation Press
In  Scythe III
In   decomP Magazine.
5 poems in  BlazeVox
5 poems in  Critiphoria
2 poems in Conversation Poetry Quarterly pp 21, 22
Recipe for a Poem After a Busy Day on-line. Apiary Corporation (scroll down)
with poems by Autumn McClintock, Michelle Traverse, Laura Spagnoli, Deborah Marquez, Jacob Russell, Rachel Cualedare.
1 in Philadelphia Stories
In Pedestal 
Dog Barking in the Back Yard

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Confluence of Idea & Object

I was walking to the Wine & Spirit store to reward myself for a day well spent, when there on the sidewalk outside 16 Below at the corner of Passyunk and Tasker were some strange and wonderful objects. Still only partially assembled, even incomplete they asserted themselves as beautifully crafted works of art--constructed from black iron and galvanized pipes, nipples & elbows & joints, from auto wheel disks polished and gleaming, decorative glass, record turn tables... all Found Things! The artist, Steven Evans, was unloading sections from a truck and fitting them together as lamps and lighting fixtures.

I love Found Things--freed from the tyranny of fixed contextual identity--or as Levi Bryant would say, from their former regimes of attraction, they call out with potential hidden powers irresistible for anyone with a creative mind and unbiased eye... art lying in wait for the artist, and in Steven Evans these objects have found someone with the skills and vision to bring them together as something new in the world.

Evans doesn't yet have a web page (he says they're working on it), so I can't link images, but they will be displayed in the Tasker window of 16 Below tonight, be on the sidewalk for the funky historic and custom car show on Passyunk tomorrow (Sunday, August 7).

If you can get to South Philly, come see these wonderful pieces. Every work of art is a spark of hope--and when emerging from Found Things--a powerful reminder of what it means to "make new" the objects of our received world.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Looking into the Dark

"The future is dark, but with a darkness as much of the womb as of the grave"

Another idea of 'Hope'

Monday, August 2, 2010

Synergies: Food Philosophy Poetry

I like how these come together...

Resonance Timber and Food, on Larval Subjects HERE

Tonal and atonal poetry and music HERE,
the Poetry of Food HERE

Recipe for a Poem on Apiary HERE (scroll down)

Philly Poetry: This Place, This Time

What is the concern for poetic pedigree but the archaic desire to search out the one train among all those tangled tracks that will take one’s poems into the future, whether in the echoey Grand Central Stations of sainted orthodoxy or the sidings and rickety platforms of the avant? A last gasp of the ancient infatuation with immortality. What could be less fitting for what may be the last few generations of human life on earth? What future? As for the past, if we are at the end of it all, what is there to celebrate in a lineage that’s led us lemming like to the edge of the precipice?

What I love about the interlocking circles of Philadelphia poets is their radical contemporaneity, maybe the only thing they... we... hold in common, a fierce passion for the present that I’ve come to share. A passion that finds no contradiction in flaunting an eclectic diversity of styles, in drawing freely from whatever traditions and trends succeed in exciting new work, whatever has the street smarts to survive, to stay awake, eyes wide open--and all the while, stubbornly refusing to turn off the dreams.

How like in their disregard for imagined futures the poems we read at Elfreth’s Alley--those things selected for the ‘time capsule,’ bits and scraps, memoranda and found things--covered with a layer of dirt unlikely to survive the first rain, sealed in a cookie tin a single winter will likely be enough to turn to rust. It didn’t matter. What a perfect setting for that reading, for the magic ceremony of the opening and closing moments--this colonial street, the facsimile Declaration of Independence. Words released into the summer heat. What endures, I heard—is not a fetish of the past or fancied future, but now--and not an eternal unchanging present, but its constant unfolding into this time, this place, this city of poets and the possibilities of love we can create, here and now.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Poets on the Porch: August 21


Diane Sahms-Guarnieri of Burholme has won numerous awards for her poetry and has been published in literary anthologies and magazines to include Philadelphia Stories, The Fox Chase Review, Many Mountains Moving, Mad Poets Review, Southern Ocean Review and The Wilderness House Literary Review. She has served on the Philadelphia Stories Editorial Board and in 2009 signed on as poetry editor of The Fox Chase Review. She is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University and has performed post graduate work at Holy Family University. Her first full length collection of poetry titled Images of Being is slated for release in November of 2011. You can read the poetry of Diane Sahms-Guarnieri in The Fox Chase Review at these links: http://www.foxchasereview.org/08AW/03-DianeSahmsGuarnieri.html and http://www.foxchasereview.org/2008/15-DianeSahms-Guarnieri.html
Catherine Staples poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, Third Coast, Commonweal, The Michigan Quarterly Review, and others; new poems are forthcoming at Blackbird and Valparaiso. She was selected by Amy Clampitt for the University of Pennsylvania’s  William Carlos Williams Award and is the recipient of two APR Distinguished Poets’ Residencies. Her manuscript, Still-Life Breathing, has been a finalist for Lost Horse’s Idaho Prize, Northeastern’s Morse, Eastern Washington University’s Spokane, and Ohio State University’s The Journal Award. She teaches in the Honors program at Villanova University and lives in Devon, PA with her husband and children.  You can read the poetry of Catherine Staples in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/10WS/StaplesC.html
G Emil Reutter writes poetry and prose in Fox Chase. He founded The Fox Chase Review and The Fox Chase Reading Series in 2007. Seven collections of his poetry and short fiction have been published. Carvings his latest poetry collection will be released in November of 2010. His website is www.gemilreutter-author.com
Jacob Russell
Patrick Lucy lives in Philadelphia where he’s a member of the New Philadelphia Poets and runs an ephemeral press called _Catch / Confetti. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Corduroy Mtn, Elimae and Gulf Coast. You can read the poetry of Patrick Lucy in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/10SU/PatrickLucy.html
Rodger Lowenthal is a poet from Eastern Montgomery County Pennsylvania who is known to frequent 3 Sisters Corner Café in Fox Chase. His poetic reviews of books have appeared on line in various literary blogs. He is semi-retired working as a substitue teacher and playing poker. Rodger is known to pick up pieces of Hollywood and Cigars where he can find them. You can read the poetry of Rodger Lowenthal in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/23-RLowenthal.html
Carlos Soto Román was born in Valparaíso, Chile. He has published the books La Marcha de los Quiltros (The Mongrel’s march,1999), Haiku Minero (Miner Haiku, 2007) and Cambio y Fuera (Over and Out, 2009). His work has been collected in Bar (Anthology, 2006) and in Pozo (collective book, 2007). In 2004 he received the Creation Fellowship of the Book & Reading Council of the Chilean Government. He has resided in Philadelphia since March 2009 and is a member of The New Philadelphia Poets and the editor of the new cooperative anthology of U.S. poetry, Elective Affinities. He is also a pharmacist and actually is pursuing a Master in Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. You can read the poetry of Carlos Soto Román in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/10SU/CarlosSotoRoman.html