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Such Conjunctions in this weeks Times Literary Supplement!

Such Conjunctions in this weeks Times Literary Supplement!



Such Conjunctions: Robert Duncan, Jess, and Alberto de Lacerda mentioned in this week’s TLS, Times Literary Supplement!



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After meeting in November 1969 at the International Festival of Poetry in Austin, Texas, the Portuguese poet Alberto de Lacerda (1928-2007) developed a trans-Atlantic friendship with the San Francisco poet Robert Duncan (1919-1988) and his partner, the artist Jess (1923-2004). This book celebrates that friendship by bringing together from the Duncan and de Lacerda archives reproductions and transcriptions of all their extant correspondence in addition to the many inscribed publications, books, magazines, photographs, poems, drawings, and artwork that they shared with each other. Together, these items document not only the story of the relationship between these three men, including their subsequent visits together in San Francisco, Boston, and London, but also many of the significant events in each figure’s life during the years 1969 to 1989. Edited by Mary Porter de Sousa and Luís Amorim de Sousa, de Lacerda’s longtime friend and literary executor, and James Maynard, Associate Curator of the University at Buffalo’s Poetry Collection, which houses Duncan’s papers, this collection features essays by de Sousa, Maynard, and Scott Laughlin, a former student of de Lacerda’s.

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The Electric Affinities one of 9 Book Forum Highlights From Independent Publishers.


In the December-January issue of Book Forum The Electric Affinities one of 9 Book Forum Highlights From Independent Publishers section, page 51. Hurray and congratulations to Wade Stevenson!


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 Book Information:
· Paperback: 340 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-148-1
·  $18



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Reviews of Selected Prose of Bobbie Louise Hawkins Edited by Barbara Henning


Here is a fine list of full reviews of Selected Prose of Bobbie Louise Hawkins Edited by Barbara Henning.

 Review by Patrick James Dunagan http://htmlgiant.com/reviews/on-bobbie-louise-hawkins/

Review by John Olson http://talismanarchive.weebly.com/olsonhawkins.html

The Allen Ginsberg Project http://ginsbergblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-selected-prose-of-bobbie-louise.html

The Poetry Foundation http://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2012/10/new-poems-from-bobbie-louise-hawkins-are-reviewed-at-htmlgiant/

Lindsey Drager. "The Shape of Our Lacks: Migration as Method in the Work of Bobbie Louise Hawkins". Denver Quarterly http://www.du.edu/denverquarterly/media/documents/474Drager.pdf

Bobbie Louise Hawkins:  //www.bobbielouisehawkins.com http://www.bobbielouisehawkins.com




Selected Prose of Bobbie Louise Hawkins  Edited by Barbara Henning 

 Bobbie Louise Hawkins captures the sound of the human voice on the page with grace and honesty and allegiance to the music of the way people talk, interact, lie to themselves (and others), make speeches, converse. Her (dis)comfort zone is the fine line between past and present, who you want to be and who you are, and she always knows when to stop. Applause to Barbara Henning for gathering these minimalist-epic tales all in one place, a keepsake for the ages.

—Lewis Warsh

When Bobbie Louise Hawkins sets out to tell a story, a spell is cast. The entrancement of her narrative and her vivacity for real people in the quotidian of real human situations is impeccable. What supreme fortune to have her voice among us and to have now available this selected prose of her work. A prose Electric with Life!

—Maureen Owen

Bobbie Louise Hawkins is a remarkable master of the witty understated prose sentence and writes in the lineage of Barbara Pym and Jane Bowles; she is also a fabulous storyteller with a great ear for the "very thing": quip or bon mot. She should be more discovered and read beyond her adoring fans at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics where Bobbie presided as a grande dame teacher and consummate genius performer of her work many years. This collection is a terrific revival!

—Anne Waldman

Bobbie Louise Hawkins has written more than twenty books of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and performance monologues. She has performed her work at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater, Bottom Line and Folk City in New York City; at The Great American Music Hall and Intersection in San Francisco, as well as reading and performing in Canada, England, Germany, Japan, Holland, and more. In England she worked with Apples and Snakes, read at the Canterbury Festival and the Poetry Society. She was commissioned to write a one-hour play for Public Radio’s “The Listening Ear,” and she has a record, with Rosalie Sorrels and Terry Garthwaite, Live At The Great American Music Hall, available from Flying Fish. She was invited by Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg to begin a prose concentration in the writing program at Naropa University where she taught for twenty years.

Barbara Henning is the author of three novels, seven books of poetry, as well as a series of photo-poem pamphlets. Her most recent books are Cities and Memory (Chax Press), Looking Up Harryette Mullen: Interviews on Sleeping with the Dictionary and Other Works (Belladonna Series), Thirty Miles to Rosebud (BlazeVOX) and My Autobiography (United Artists). In the nineties, Barbara was the editor of Long News: In the Short Century. Barbara was born in Detroit and moved to New York City in the early eighties. Professor Emerita at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, she continues to teach courses for Naropa University, as well as LIU.

Book Information:

· Paperback: 404 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-100-9


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The Sun & the Moon by Kristina Marie Darling Reviewed


Kristina Marie Darling’s The Sun & the Moon

Kristina Marie Darling’s new poetry collection, The Sun & the Moon, from BlazeVOX [books] is as smooth and well-crafted as the flowers that so often appear in Darling’s poems. The book is separated into four sections: the main narrative, illustrations of various astronomical clocks—probably because of the many stars that appear in the text—erasures of the main narrative, and “Notes and Observations.”   
Though Darling employed many of the same images and techniques as in other books, (such as erasure) The Sun & the Moon was different because there was so much more of a dreamlike narrative bent to the poems than in previous collections such as Fortress or Night Songs. This made for an interesting and welcomed change. I’m glad to see Darling expand her horizons a little. The book tells of a married couple whose house is taken over by “an endless train of ghosts” and burned.
I believe the ghosts represented the couple’s troubled marriage. In fact, the husband does leave the house by the end of the book, leaving the protagonist as the only human occupant in the house. What I found peculiar is that the ghosts and the husband did similar things, such as carry stars around with them. Also, the husband did fantastic, surreal things: “The tablecloth was burning & still you just sat there, stroking that enormous fire.” I wonder if there were such similarities between the man and the ghosts, was the man a ghost too? Is that how the protagonist saw him? As always, provocative questions like these appear in all of Darlings poems.

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Thanksgiving Menu Poem - 2014 is Now Available!


Happy Thanksgiving

13th Annual Thanksgiving Menu Poem is Now Available!

Guest of Honor: You, the BlazeVOX reader






Hello and welcome to the thirteenth incarnation of the Thanksgiving Menu-Poem. This year the guest of honor is you! Yes, you sitting right there reading this, I do mean you. Hip, hip hurray and thank you for your kind support, your wonderful nature, your continued love for poetry, your willingness to open your life to weird little books like the ones we make at BlazeVOX! Even if this is your first time here or this is your thirteenth thanksgiving with us, hurray and thank you for joining in on the fun of a Menu-Poem and I hope you enjoy the celebration. 

Beginning in 2002 with a Menu-Poem to honor Charles Bernstein, I have continued this series of texts using a menu as the basis to honor prominent poets. Being a trained professional chef I wanted to blend my love of food and poetry into a book-length work that would fit within the ideas of Thanksgiving. In a feast of words, I wanted to honor poets who have meant many things to many readers in a form that could be presented to everyone. Over the years we have honored many fine poets, but last year we had a bit of a fiasco, a wonderful poet declined the Menu-Poem for very fine reasons. So to pick things back up, we decided it was best to dedicate this poem to you, the reader, and bring you in on all the fun. Hurray!

I would also like to take this opportunity, on a day of giving thanks, to say a special thank you to everyone who was kind enough to be there for me during this tumultuous year. I had a major health scare over the spring and summer, which you can read about on the BX blog. That is now a thing of the past and I am happy and healthy once again. The outpouring of support was something that made my wife Donna and I feel just grand. So to say ‘Hurray, I am still alive’ and to say thank you all, this Menu-Poem is dedicated to you. 

This Menu-Poem differs just a touch from previous incarnations. In the past, each poem was set next to a course of a large dinner. This would be, for example, the soup course or main course with a line or two of text describing each menu item that would be served to accompany the forthcoming poem. This year, each poem is set next to a Taste Poem. Since some things cannot be spoken, some events surpass what the tool of language is able to provide, some things are just known to each of us on an individual level, these taste poems expound on what cannot be ingested by reading. The instructions are vey simple, to gather up the ingredients and eat them one at a time to enjoy their flavor, texture and sensuousness and then move on to the next item. Work your way through the lot of items and there you have it, a taste poem. Then move on to read the poem that is next to it, they are just poem poems and you are already up to speed on that, so hurray! 

And one last bit of information for you before you begin reading. The cover art is a painting by Donna White. It is a portrait of our dear pumpkin from last year, as he was our 2013 Thanksgiving pumpkin. It was with us for over nine months and stayed around, until he turned to pulp in late August of this year. There is a poem for him in this grouping, which I do hope you enjoy. We do miss him terribly and his silly face. 

Hurray and Happy Thanksgiving 

Rockets, Geoffrey


Thanksgiving 2014 a Menu Poem by Geoffrey Gatza

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