Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Proud to be among good friends and great poets in the inaugural issue of SET, a journal of experimental poetry and art. You can read it here.

The poems are from a sequence on the Ryder-Waite Tarot I wrote a couple of years ago.

Jack Spicer, apparently, was also really into the Tarot. From "A Plan for a Book on Tarot" which appeared in boundary 2 (Autumn 1977):

If the average person has heard of a Tarot deck at all, he is likely to associate it with dark rooms full of cheesecloth ectoplasm, old women who make a practice of sticking pins in wax dolls, or one of the various seedy attempts to exploit the occult which, for all their impressive trappings, move the modern man to pity rather than to terror. If he had the further misfortune to read one of the many books written on the interpretation of Tarot cards, he would have the further impression of a very old and impressively historical set of symbolic pictures whose meanings are as clear and arbitrary as the language of flowers and, while admiring the quaintness and charm of their design, would look on their use for a serious purpose as an idiocy - or, at best, a parlor game.
The truth is quite different.

A big thank you to SET editor and these signals press mastermind, David James Miller, for including the poems in this beautiful journal.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Parliament

New at Owl Cottage, Ellie Catton's owls, "an only bird."

'Beneath the quivering intensities'

There are a few happenings that make me feel my distance from the U.S. and friends acutely, painfully.

First there's the very exciting news of the publication of friend and phenomenal poet Nicholas Gulig's first book, Locality, forthcoming from YesYes Books.

Here are some poems of Nick's that quiver.

Then there's this:

"William Bronk in New York"
A Conference on the Life and Work of William Bronk


Celebration of the Publication of
Bursts of Light: The Collected Later Poems of William Bronk

Sponsored by

Columbia University, New York University, and Talisman House, Publishers

Friday, April 13, 2012 at New York University
(The Great Room, 1st Floor, 19 University Place
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Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Columbia University
(501 Schermerhorn Hall
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Free Admission and Open to the Public

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Friday, April 13th, NYU (The Great Room, 1st Floor, 19 University Place)

William Bronk Correspondences 10:00
Robert Murphy, “The William Bronk – Robert Murphy Correspondence”
Mark Katzman, “Desire and Denial: The William Bronk – Mark Katzman Correspondence”
Paul Pines, “My Brother in Elysium”

William Bronk and Reader Reception 1:00
Daniel Wolff, “Why Nobody Reads William Bronk”
Stephan Delbos, “Cusp Poet: A Case for William Bronk”
Burt Kimmelman, “The Problem of Pleasure in Reading William Bronk”

William Bronk and Religion 3:00
David Clippinger, “Bill the Taoist”
Daniel Leary, “The Mystery of Faith in Two Poems by William Bronk”
Ed Foster, “William Bronk and the Reformed Church”

“William Bronk’s Walk by the Canal" 5:00
(a talk by Daniel Leary about his photographs of William Bronk)

Plenary Address 6:00
by Henry Weinfield, “[Title TBA]”

Saturday, April 14th, Columbia University (501 Schermerhorn Hall)

William Bronk’s Rhetorical Forms and Figures 11:00
Jane Augustine, “The Image in Bronk, Early and Late"
Elisabeth Joyce, “‘another house’: William Bronk’s Contained Spaces”
Joseph Donahue, “The Ones We Meet Asleep: William Bronk and the Limits of Dreaming”
Jonathan Curley, “"Gnostics and Nots: William Bronk's Poetic Questionings”

William Bronk and Nineteenth- Century Writers 2:00
Norman Finkelstein, “Bronk, Melville, and the Mild Day”
Carole Stone, “Gender Issues in Emily Dickinson and William Bronk”
Tim Peterson, “The Presumptuous We: Figures of Address in Bronk and Thoreau”

William Bronk and World 3:45
Sherry Kearns, “The Arts and William Bronk: Response and the Artist”
Eric Hoffman, “‘The Real World’: William Bronk as Nature Poet”
Deborah Diemont, “A Visit to the Ruins: William Bronk, Pablo Neruda, and Octavio Paz”

William Bronk and Reality/Unreality 5:30
W. Scott Howard, “Apophatic Haecceity: William Bronk and the Analytic Lyric”
James Marian Bober, “The Late Agnostic: God, Sleep and Dreams in the Poetry of William Bronk”
Gerald Schwartz, “From ‘The Sunbeam on the Balcony’ to ‘The Ignorant Lust for Knowledge’: Bronk, Proust, Desire, Beauty and the Reality Veiled”

"String Quartet for Ballet Inspired by Poems by William Bronk" 7:00
(original music by Jonathan Newell, interspersed by recordings of William Bronk reading)
The Silhouette String Quartet, Conducted by Jonathan Newell
Ariana Rosen (violin)
Kate Mollica (violin)
Hannah Hens-Piazza (viola)
Lauren Riley-Rigby (cello)

Readings of William Bronk’s Poetry 8:00
(Closing Ceremony)
Readers (in alphabetical order):
Jane Augustine, Charles Bernstein, Martin Bober, David Clippinger, Jonathan Curley, Stephan Delbos, Deborah Diemont, Joseph Donahue, Norman Finkelstein, Ed Foster, Lyman Gilmore, Michael Heller, Sara Henning, Eric Hoffman, Alan Holder, W. Scott Howard, Susan Howe, Courtney Hughes, Elisabeth Joyce, Sherry Kearns, Andrew Klobucar, Burt Kimmelman, Basil King, Martha King, Daniel Leary, Ruth Lepson, Robert Murphy, Murat Nemet-Nejat, Peter Nicholls, Geoffrey O'Brien, Michael Perkins, Tim Peterson, Simon Pettet, Paul Pines, Gerald Schwartz, Leonard Schwartz, George Spencer, Carole Stone, James Tolan, Henry Weinfield, Mark Weiss, Daniel Wolff.

Me, Jane Wong, Nicholas Gulig, and Jeff Colosino at AWP 2009

A number of friends, comrades, and allies will be heading to lovely Chicago this week for AWP. Some will be reading and debuting new chapbooks and collections. Say what you will about the conference. I would've loved the opportunity to see so many of you and catch your new work.

Bronk knows:

The Tell

I want to tell my friends how beautiful
the world is. Not but what they know
it is terrible too--they know as well as I;
but nevertheless, I want to tell my friends.

Because they are. And this is what they are;
and because it is and this is what it is.
You are my friend. The world is beautiful.
Dear friend, you are. I want to tell you so.

Thursday, February 23, 2012


Fellow OR contributor Nate Klug's new chapbook, Consent, is available now from Pressed Wafer. You can order it here.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Leonard Schwartz's Eco-Po Playlist

Schwartz on Nature and poetry, on Nature Poetry, on Martin Buber, on Jacket2:

"Nature is the unconscious. Which is to say that when one picks up materials and begins to tinker with them in a certain way: when one picks up language and begins to fiddle with it, as it were absent-mindedly, or by way of automatic writing, or by chance operations, or by working from the black of the page, the unconscious begins to come into view. What was in the dark comes into the arena of humanly generated light. What was coiled in the unconscious enters the social."

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

New Poems

I have a few new poems up in TYPO 16 and The Cultural Society and a few forthcoming in the April issue of Shearsman. Really pleased to be in the company of so many poets I admire and at the chance to encounter new work!

Above: see a poesis