The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet. Where they overlap, it is in every point of the overlap. - Novalis

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Bruce Andrews' Strange Attractors



I haven't (yet) actually read Bruce Andrews, but this piece by Rasula helped me quite a bit in my disorganized and sporadic attempts to figure out what has been going on in avant garde American poetry for the last several decades. So, worth noting... And as an erstwhile student of dynamical systems theories I like Rasula's appeal to those metaphors... such appeals are often not useful - here I think it works.

We Are Batwa Trailer from Ben Rodkin on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

some links on poetry and politics...

some things i have been paying attention to lately-


which led to this
both of which seemed to me worth engaging with - &
both by Juliana Spahr (and others), an editor of Chain Links
the publisher of The Empire of Neomemory 
which I had just read a couple weeks ago because of Rothenberg,
after which I found Il Gruppo, which lead me to read Alcalay's book A Little History 
pointed to by Joris


Friday, January 10, 2014



Writing a poem is like trying to describe a totemic column which passes right through and beyond the world. We see it, but its existence is elsewhere.” - Stanley Diamond, here.


Thursday, January 9, 2014


"It's strange to me, but clear to me, that I can give my attention only to something not worthy of it. Because everything worthy of my attention makes me inattentive - doubly so: first, because it stuns me, and second because it gives rise to reflections that distract me from observing it in detail. But I am happy with this trait of mine, and would not want to live otherwise." - Boris Pasternak, 1928, Letter to Vsevolod Meyerhold.


Thursday, January 2, 2014



"Art is magical. Poetry changes the way we think, it changes the way our brains work as we read it." - Alice Notley