Tuesday, August 26, 2008

"Poets on Paper," Canessa Gallery, September


Works by 5 Poet-Artists
at the Canessa Gallery
September 1-October 1, 2008

Brent Cunningham
Cassandra Smith
Dan Fisher
Scott Inguito & Jared Stanley

Opening Night: Thursday, September 4

(during the "First Thursdays" SF Art Crawl)

Canessa Gallery
708 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111


Works Online:
B. Cunningham: http://brentcunningham.blogspot.com/
D. Fisher: http://fishfishtofferson.blogspot.com/
C. Smith: http://flickr.com/photos/violetedison/sets
J. Stanley: http://www.mrs-maybe.com
S. Inguito: http://www.scottinguito.com/

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Slow Poetics of Fossil Fuel

Text Message From Inguito

new art movement 'hopeless grostesquerie' - an art in which the artist knows that nature is laughing at his/her crudity.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

And Again, Back

Hey Hey,

Phew - back from the big bicycle trip. My legs feel like stumps, and I have a persistent sore throat from inhaling diesel smoke, way out in "nature." In a state park, in a redwood grove, someone was watching a sitcom in a tent with the volume way up high. Scratch an American.

Getting back into the questions and answers:

Lauren writes:

why isn't the paglen work about uncovering?

As an X-Files fan, I'll just say that uncovering and uncovering do nothing. There's no power in it, just paranoia, and I think Paglen's reportage and romanticism are winking at it. "It's not a secret weapon if no one knows about it" &c. &c.

It's just that the romanticism of the night sky seems to keep that stuff 'endarkened.'


And, on to the subject of having a poetics.

Boy, those posts, esp. D. Bellamy's were pretty awe-inspiring. I think I prefer D.'s take on things. That Gossip then becomes history. It reminds me of Stein's hilarious "Remarks are not literature" - which really should be on a post-it above every blogger's screen.

As a quick, and really inadequate, response, I guess, in general, it's probably good and healthy not to make too many pronouncements. On the other hand, making a pronouncement gives you a side to be on, and then you can be a double-agent. I do want to say that 'negative capability' persists, despite Johannes' statement, and who cares? I think things can be simple and negative c. at the same time, probably.


can we be pragmatists about it? Is there a practical poetics?

It's probably fine to have a speculative poetics, but I think it would be fun to look at specifics and see how practical problems of poem making are ventured by a given poets. I think Rhubarb is Susan can be kind of dumb and really bro, sometimes, but the guy is specific. I've been teaching scientists too long.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Yikes, Yeeks, Great Scott

am i the only person who didn't know about link +?

in case there is another semi-recent california arrival who feels that she can't find the books she wants without teaching at or attending a college (or begging her university friends to cart them over from merced or san jose), and that person reads the mrs. maybe blog, here it is again, link +.