Thursday, March 19, 2009

friday, saturday

tomorrow night, friday march 20, mrs. maybe editor catherine meng and mrs. maybe contributor james shea read fantastically at studio one, doors open at 7:00.

night after, saturday march 21, mrs. maybe beloved catherine theis, mrs. maybe contributor james shea, and mrs. maybe admired poets & editors of try, sara larsen and david brazil, read phantasmagorically at canessa park, reading at 8:00.

oh, and jared, could you link to the full post about the young poets reading? i don't get it, though i would like to talk to you. or tell me what you think, and i will talk to your opinions.

Hell Yeah Yes!

Call me Commissioner. Today I was appointed to the Merced Bicycle Advisory Commission.
I wonder if I need a tie.


Friday, March 13, 2009

Huh?!? What!?!?

From Martin Earl's post regarding whether the YOUNG POETS read:

Seen in the light of cognitive neuroscience it is easier, and less emotionally fraught, to begin to understand why poetry, and by extension, literature and erudite culture in general, is already well along the road to extinction. It is a question of stimulus; the world is changing how we feel about the world, and the aesthetic products which derive from the need to articulate those feelings are changing as a consequence. Since poetry is now written largely without rules (or written with self-invented rules), since the common craft of metrics, rhyming, quantifying are no longer taught, largely dispensed with by the community, the result is a less universal and a more personal poem, a poem that can no longer be “read”, except by the writer and the writer’s closest cohorts – those who know the language. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with this. There is simply no need in today’s world to write or to read epics composed in ottava rima which tell the life-stories of unlikely heroes.

Anyone? Let's talk.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Think of It as Being Like an NPR Pledge Drive - Only British

Salt Publishing Fundraiser


Since 2000, Salt Publishing has provided tens of thousands of customers in communities around the world with a wide range of contemporary poetry and short stories. Our literary success has largely been dependent on our innovative approach to sales and marketing but more recently we have benefited enormously from the active support of our major funders, the Arts Council of England. That funding is drawing to end during one of the world’s worst recessions and Salt now needs your direct support to continue with our ambitious development programme.

Salt has developed award-winning Native American and indigenous writing programmes, new translations programmes, and launched free digital magazines, as well as developments to support debuts by emerging writers both young and old. Our digital developments have included podcasts, video, social networking, online advertising, blogs, samples, electronic alerts and much more, all in aid of raising awareness of great writers and great books.

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This year, our goal is to raise £50,000 to support our publishing and Web development. With over 100 books to publish this year, we will be extending our products and services with new ebooks, mentoring services, more magazines and a new Latin American writing series. We hope to bring great contemporary writing by some of the world’s finest writers to more people than ever.

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