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."
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"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
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."
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“PQRS is a mess of genre, mixed media, and script; it is both part poem and part critical essay. In his notes, Patrick Durgin explicitly states that sections of this piece were taken from his other works, lifted wholesale and placed after the speaking colon. This is a kind of conceptualism: take the genre and fill it until it exceeds its own boundaries and becomes something else, or something several.
What does it mean when our work is easily archived, searched, collated, cut apart, pasted back together, quantified, shared, compressed, leaked, and otherwise shifted from one place to another? Its materiality is questioned, since material things aren’t supposed to be that mutable, although maybe that’s naive. Still, what does it mean when our genres are wholly pierced through and bled out? According to PQRS, it means nothing. Or, it means only possibility. In this demi-play, Durgin uses the form of a play’s speaking action to build deep trenches between what is being said, who is doing the speaking, and the origin of those words.”
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you’re invited. cosmic wolves and poems. and prose.
Johannes writes, "This past weekend I went to Detroit to give a reading at the Salt and Cedar press, and it got me to thinking about ‘ruin porn’ again, a pet topic of mine. As probably all of you know, ‘ruin porn’ is the phrase used to condemn beautiful photographs of the ruins of Detroit (though I’ve also seen it on a local level, photographs of the ruins of South Bend at the local museum interestingly)"
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In case you didn’t know Abe Smith has all the genius. If you’re wondering where it went.
"why how did we how come move the sweet confidant campfire
into the sweeter nested into the sweeter rests of the dead
and dig a cave there
and roast the cruel the missteppers there
pretty pretty beautiful in their fuego throes
gifted feathers answer dark
hair attention bolt gold
roots of fire foretell the flower
garden gonzo with not meant
surprised that’s not mint? rune o’ wild onion “
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"Nobody should need to know whether a poem is important or permanent before allowing him or herself to get renovated by it."
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april fools is not fun y no more
text by Steve Roggenbuck