actionbookspress:

Lucas de Lima writes, "After mulling over Joyelle’s questions, I went all the way, adding to them. Why does Burt bother with the baroque in the first place? Instead of meeting the baroque halfway, why not come up with a more tailored concept (a la the Montevidayans) like the Gurlesque, the Necropastoral, or Atrocity Kitsch? Or even Burt’s own ‘elliptical poetry’ or ‘the New Thing’? Then it occurred to me just how important lack in the ‘Nearly Baroque’ may be. I think the ‘nearly’ of his taxonomy troubles it in ways that Burt doesn’t actually intend. In its admission to not quite living up to Severo Sarduy or Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, the ‘Nearly Baroque’ reads like the ultimate symptom of American literary provincialism.
 A provincialism the term itself takes to its limit, nervously marking it. As if the boundaries that prop up jingoist navel-gazing were finally being forced to dissolve.”[Click] for the full article

actionbookspress:

Lucas de Lima writes, "After mulling over Joyelle’s questions, I went all the way, adding to them. Why does Burt bother with the baroque in the first place? Instead of meeting the baroque halfway, why not come up with a more tailored concept (a la the Montevidayans) like the Gurlesque, the Necropastoral, or Atrocity Kitsch? Or even Burt’s own ‘elliptical poetry’ or ‘the New Thing’? Then it occurred to me just how important lack in the ‘Nearly Baroque’ may be. I think the ‘nearly’ of his taxonomy troubles it in ways that Burt doesn’t actually intend. In its admission to not quite living up to Severo Sarduy or Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, the ‘Nearly Baroque’ reads like the ultimate symptom of American literary provincialism.

A provincialism the term itself takes to its limit, nervously marking it. As if the boundaries that prop up jingoist navel-gazing were finally being forced to dissolve.”

[Click] for the full article

The Outsiders (1983)

"REAGAN says RONALD REAGAN a healthier, handsomer hair / in Jeris’ name, we pray: SHAMPOO WHIP! SO ECONOMICAL!"Photo credit: Joyelle McSweeney

"REAGAN says RONALD REAGAN a healthier, handsomer hair / in Jeris’ name, we pray: SHAMPOO WHIP! SO ECONOMICAL!"

Photo credit: Joyelle McSweeney

actionbookspress:

“Wet Land is anchored in the reality of de Lima losing his best friend in Florida after an attack by an alligator. The events of this attack, the unearthing of grief (through the Egyptian crocodile god Sobek), and the experience of being haunted all come together in this elegy.”via Jordan Scott’s “10 Small press Poetry Books You Have to Read in 2014”

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Wet Land is anchored in the reality of de Lima losing his best friend in Florida after an attack by an alligator. The events of this attack, the unearthing of grief (through the Egyptian crocodile god Sobek), and the experience of being haunted all come together in this elegy.”

via Jordan Scott’s “10 Small press Poetry Books You Have to Read in 2014

radioactivemoat:

Two poems from Alice Ladrick via Word Riot

radioactivemoat:

Two poems from Alice Ladrick via Word Riot

Alfred Hitchcock’s Downhill (1927)

actionbookspress:

Wow! Molly Weigel’s incredible translation of Oliverio Girondo’s IN THE MOREMARROW (Action Books, 2013) has been nominated as a finalist for a Three Percent 2014 Best Translated Book Award:BALAÚA Of surge you of surrender of deaths alive in the lovesea he she loved all over your nectar skin of naked petal your soft full moon bihoneycomb breasts thick with erohoney hummings rhythms and tides your yous and more than yous so echo of my echo and their sudden shine igniting the most sacred crypt yours mine give me your Balaúa

actionbookspress:

Wow! Molly Weigel’s incredible translation of Oliverio Girondo’s IN THE MOREMARROW (Action Books, 2013) has been nominated as a finalist for a Three Percent 2014 Best Translated Book Award:




BALAÚA

Of surge you of surrender of deaths alive
in the lovesea he she
loved all over
your nectar skin of naked petal
your soft full moon bihoneycomb breasts
thick with erohoney hummings rhythms and tides
your yous and more than yous
so echo of my echo
and their sudden shine igniting the most sacred crypt yours mine
give me your Balaúa



Trailer I made for Kim Hyesoon’s SORROWTOOTHPASTE MIRRORCREAM—a collection of poems translated by Don Mee Choi.

(Now available from Action Books)

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[Click] to watch the trailer for Kim Hyesoon’s SORROWTOOTHPASTE MIRRORCREAM—a collection of poems translated by Don Mee Choi

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Head over to Hyperallergic for Christine Shan Shan Hou’s great review of Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrorcream: "[Kim] Hyesoon’s fearless poetics suggests a grossly visceral alternative to the capitalist world. These poems conjure both feelings of desire and disgust, awe and repulsion. I want to read more. I need it. Please stop. Don’t stop. You make me sick."[ … ]"In each poem, Choi establishes a commanding cadence that is particular to the tone of each poem. Often words and phrases are repeated, not to lull the mind but to keep it alive, like carefully administered electroshocks."

actionbookspress:

Head over to Hyperallergic for Christine Shan Shan Hou’s great review of Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrorcream

"[Kim] Hyesoon’s fearless poetics suggests a grossly visceral alternative to the capitalist world. These poems conjure both feelings of desire and disgust, awe and repulsion. I want to read more. I need it. Please stop. Don’t stop. You make me sick."

[ … ]

"In each poem, Choi establishes a commanding cadence that is particular to the tone of each poem. Often words and phrases are repeated, not to lull the mind but to keep it alive, like carefully administered electroshocks."

50 reasons to check out Sam Pink’s latest book: Witch Piss

50 reasons to check out Sam Pink’s latest book: Witch Piss

Last night Joyelle McSweeney introduced the University of Notre Dame to Claire Denis’s Les salauds / Bastards (2013). I thought it was superb—can’t wait to see more of her work. This film only has a 64% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes (which I find hysterical) and most of the ‘rotten’ descriptions sound more like descriptions of films I typically enjoy:

"It could be that genre fans or French cinema enthusiasts may be engaged, but the murky visuals and non-linear nature of the narrative left me cold."

"as answers pile up, so too do the cracks in Denis’ atmosphere-over-all-else plotting …"

"The movie ends where it might have begun, and merely states mysteries that remain unexplored."

And then someone from whatever “Film School Rejects is wrote:

"a rather salacious, sexy premise, fails to get the pulse racing"

RIGHT, BECAUSE I’M PRETTY DAMN CERTAIN THAT “SEXY” WAS NOT THE FILMMAKER’S INTENT. FUCK.

boosthouse:

The Yolo Pages official trailer

The trailer for The Yolo Pages has just dropped and this means that you should invest two and a half minutes of your life into watching it. You will be convinced. View at your peril! Spooky contents!

Order the book @ boost-house.com

actionbookspress:

Wow here’s a super extensive review of various recent Action Books projects: "Sugar, like pornography, is a contested pleasure, an obscene luxury predicated on invisible labour. Each of these three books reproduces elements of pornographic representation to political and aesthetic effect, and each books offers a critique and celebration of excess and decay."read the full article @ 3:AM Magazine

actionbookspress:

Wow here’s a super extensive review of various recent Action Books projects:

"Sugar, like pornography, is a contested pleasure, an obscene luxury predicated on invisible labour. Each of these three books reproduces elements of pornographic representation to political and aesthetic effect, and each books offers a critique and celebration of excess and decay."

read the full article @ 3:AM Magazine

psychokandi:

Stunning anatomic dresses from  Shih Chien University‘s fashion students exhibition. 

(via oh-live)