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I Keep a List of What I Must.
October 9, 2012, 10:50 pm
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by Christopher Citro

 

By the bed and last thing at night, first thing

in damp daylight, I consult. On rare occasion

I might add. Making love in the long grass

near the river, a vulture’s shadow crept across

her face while I was in the middle of it,

and I looked away. That went near the top.

Those afternoons with everything crashing

around me, watching through café windows—

when I stepped outside, the smell of wet streets

and dripping trees. I did not inhale enough.

Years later, trying to recall it is like reading

through water. So I’ll have to forgive myself

for that, for letting the domino rally lull me

asleep. I saw a woman on the street yelling

at a man who did not step back. He opened

his arms, I’m a lover not a fighter, and hugged her.

Both drunk as September. Most of October,

me forgiving myself for being surprised.

Christopher Citro’s poetry appears or is forthcoming in Salamander, Cream City Review, Los Angeles Review, Southeast Review, The Minnesota Review, Poetry East, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. He is a past recipient of a Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award for poetry. Recent broadsides of his poetry are available from Architrave Press, Broadsided, and Thrush Press. Christopher is currently completing an MFA in poetry at Indiana University. Find him at christophercitro.com.



American Meat.

By d.

how it comes of blood.

how it comes of bleeding.

meat.

meat.

american meat.

how it comes with feeling.

like you eat the way the slaughterhouse felt/feels.

it’s in the meat, like a secret

ingredient the FDA doesn’t wanna talk about. and it becomes you. and u wonder, y am

i so sad?

u go 2 the dr.

and you trust what comes in an orange plastic bottle with a nice white paper label and
directions for use in the typography of impartial findings.

slowly, your systems get confused-­‐-­‐is that cancer, some disease, or just another
expectation of me?

don’t be embarrassed. they’ll clean your bedpans, mop up the blood you come of, open
you and brace you open, and cut out of you the stuff you’re made of, throw it out, a barf
of surgery. you’re just hunks of made the easy way. and your funeral is the big show.

or someday, language will say these things. and we’ll see ourselves in its mirror like
things we never stood for.

like another war, and another war.

death before the bastard’s innocence.

Forgiveness?

like emptiness. like arduousness and emptiness, trying and trying and emptiness, and
trying and trying and trying and emptiness, and trying and trying and trying and trying…
and emptiness.

look!-­‐-­‐a dot.

or peephole.

animals!

cobra, phoenix, amoeba. mule deer, monkey, bee, moth, mammoth, giraffe, wolf-­‐-­‐ different things in different spaceships. be made, remade of cantaloupe and cucumbers,
of avocado and almonds, nuts and kale and flax seed, kelp and tomatoes and sea salt and lettuce and cayenne pepper.

robot and his monkey brother.

and lo!-­‐-­‐the sun doth riseth, a wailing, wasted ball of drunken water on fire, less
idealism, merely, and the ponderosa’s sap is hot and flowing, it flows, in the sunlight
glowing, and the mosquito is fat on blood and on the ponderosa napping when-­‐-­‐poor mwah-­‐skweet-­‐O!-­‐-­‐he is trapped in hot drip of sap avalanche and preserved for 40 million years.

 


d. is a graduate of the University of California, Davis and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.  d.’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tattoo Highway, Fringe, The Collagist, Orion Headless, Birkensnake, and other places. d. lives on the river in Portland, Oregon.



What Stirs.

by Matthew Cherry

Shall we cut our rhymes from that ridge of coal,
that crawls beneath the owl-watched pine?

So green,
my memory,
and true.

What does he see?
That ancient mare,
in earth stirring.

That blackening equine gaze,
those leonine thighs.

Pacing in circles,
the width of my gyre,
we wear a white-bird torque,
the study of sodium,
armor against a clean death by drought.

Her hands,
broken sticks,
slipped through my fingers.

We pressed on, alone,
through the desert,
white shadows cut from the cloth of fear.

Matthew Cherry is a Creative Studies graduate student and Teaching Assistant at the University of Central Oklahoma, and a veteran in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. His fiction has been published in Calliope magazine, Necrology Shorts, and The Nautilus Engine. His true loves include Chimay Blue and any English word with all five vowels in alphabetical order. Give up yet? ‘Facetious.’


THE WEEK: Dec 5-9.
December 5, 2011, 6:51 pm
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MONDAY:

Photographing the Dead: The History of Postmortem Photography from The Burns Collection and Archive
Postmortem photography, photographing a deceased person, was a common practice in the 19th and early 20th centuries. These photographs, from the beginning of the practice until now, are special mementos that hold deep meaning for mourners through visually “embalming” the dead. Although postmortem photographs make up the largest group of nineteenth-century American genre photographs, until recent years they were largely unseen and unknown. Dr. Burns recognized the importance of this phenomenon in his early collecting when he bought his first postmortem photographs in 1976. Since that time he has amassed the most comprehensive collection of postmortem photography in the world and has curated several exhibits and published three books on the subject: the Sleeping Beauty series. Tonight, Dr. Burns will speak about the practice of postmortem photography from the 19th century until today and share hundreds of images from his collection.

FIRST BOOK BROOKLYN HOLIDAY PARTY & FUNDRAISER
first book–brooklyn is a nonprofit organization dedicated to getting new books to children in need.  join us tonight for their first annual holiday party and fundraiser.

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THE WEEK/WEEKEND: Oct 3-10th.
October 3, 2011, 4:20 pm
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“Coonskin 2: Flight to Canada”, a collection of art works by Terrance Hughes
Opening reception: Saturday, October 8th, 6 – 9pm

For Hughes, this upcoming show is a concoction of two inpirations: Flight to Canada, a novel by Ishmael Reed, and Coonskin, an animated film by Bakshi. Flight to Canada tells the story of Raven Quickskill, 40’s, and Leechfield slaves who run away from their master, Mr. Swille, in search of freedom. Coonskin tells the story of Brother Rabbit, Preacher Fox, and Brother Bear, who flee the American South during the 1970s in search of liberation. Using satire, sex, violence, identity, and history to tell the stories of their characters, both Reed and Bakshi make clear that transformation can only come from within—a theme that is the cornerstone of Hughes’ work and that resonates deeply in his life. Consequently, there is “Coonskin 2: Flight to Canada”, which is Hughes’ vision of a sequel that will never happen. The show serves as homage and “thank you” to the great works of Reed and Bakshi and is a representation of Hughes’ love of the lost art of animation. Terrance Hughes was born in 1975 in St. Louis, Missouri, and currently lives and works in New York City. He is a self-taught artist, whose work deals with different periods of Black American history and issues surrounding cultural and social identities. Hughes’ works consist of two elements: graphite and charcoal on paper to create rendered portraits and landscapes from photo references, which are meant to mimic the photo itself, complete with imperfections; and animation Cel Vinyl on acetate, providing stark contrast through its vivid color and three-dimensional effect. It is his belief that the lost art of animation deserves a place in the art world.

Hughes has had recent exhibitions at Modern Eden, San Francisco, The Cheaper Show, Vancouver, and Mad Art Gallery, St. Louis. In March, Hughes participated in a group show to benefit Japan relief at graphite., Williamsburg.

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Support this Project:The 30th Anniversary Concert of Sachiyo Ito and Company.

Sachiyo Ito has been an active participant in Japanese traditional dance in New York for over 30 years. Her salon series is a tribute to a fading art and her school remains a oasis for those who wish to learn without previous formal training. She also sometimes gives reduced rates to artists or performers who are somehow incorporating traditional Japanese dance or other elements into their projects.

Please help Sachiyo and her students celebrate 30 years of an amazing tradition. Donate here.

 

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THE WEEKEND: AUGUST 12-14.


SCREEN SLATE SIX MONTHS.
Saturday August 13th FREE. 9 pm – 4 am.

An open, no-cover party at Screen Slate HQ featuring live music byStrange Rivals, DJing by Colin Beckett and Max Diamond and 16mm projections by Ryan Marino. Spirits available including beer lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery. 15 Bushwick Ave., 11211, two blocks from the Graham or Grand L stops in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Introduction to Millinery @3rd Ward.

In this workshop you will be introduced to the old world craft of Hatmaking. The skills involved in making a hat evolved in the 14th century and have hardly changed since. Participants will become familiar with all the basic tools, materials and terminology. Over the four classes participants will handblock a Panama straw hat, and learn to finish and trim it just in time for the Fall.

Interested in more project examples? Check out students work from the class on our tumblr.
ENROLL.

The 2011 American Beatbox Championships presented by The World Beatbox Association (WBA) w/ Rahzel and Rakaa @LPR.

Executive Producer – Chesney Snow Co-Founder/WBA
Co-Executive Producer – Kimberly Knox/ Ubiquita Worldwide
Executive Producer Co-Founder of WBA-Jim Wilde
Sunday, August 14th 2011 at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City will see the undisputed Godfather of Noise Rahzel (the Roots) and Rakaa (DilatedPeoples) headlining the post-championship concert of the 2nd American Beatbox Championships. America’s top 16 beatboxers will battle it out live in an “8 mile style” beat down for the crown of America’s Best Beatboxer. Beatboxing’s finest will go mic to mic as Hasan Salaam and Eternia MC the evening with DJ Boo holding down the Red Bull decks alongside Colin Dean’s Roots & Grooves. (READ MORE.)

28th Annual Roots of American Music Festival 

(FULL SCHEDULE, VARIOUS LOCATIONS.)

ABIGAIL WASHBURN
SID SELVIDGE & SONS OF MUD BOY
SUN RECORDS ORAL HISTORIES
Sat, Aug 13 at 2:00
Hearst Plaza Stage
FREE

Clawhammer banjoist Abigail Washburn has emerged as a gifted singer-songwriter after perfecting the most unlikely of fusions—between Appalachian music and Chinese folk. 
Soulful folk-rocker Sid Selvidge’s astonishing voice takes the Memphis blues to another level, joined by Luther and Cody Dickinson, the sons of the influential late producer-musician Jim “Mud Boy & the Neutrons” Dickinson. Roots of American Music producer Spike Barkin starts the day with an onstage talk with the pioneering alumni of Sun Records, whose stories and recollections are a historical treasure trove.

Radio Happy Hour: The Final Episode
August 12, 2011
Radio Happy Hour, the radio show not on the radio, has announced the end of their 2+ year run as the Village’s best variety show. After a US tour, appearances on public radio, feature articles in NY Post, Nylon, and many other places, the hit comedy show is ending its run. “Secretly, I was always surprised that anyone ever came to see a murder mystery on a fake radio show, or that anyone ever agreed to be on the show. Apparently, New Yorkers have a real appetite for idiocy,” says show host and head writer Sam Osterhout.

Launch party for The Midnight Archive at The Coney Island Museum
Friday, August 12th

COMPLIMENTARY “MIDNIGHT MARTINI’S” AND SPECIALTY DRINKS FOR ALL!

Please join us for the launch of the new web series “The Midnight Archives: Tales From the Observatory.” The series is the work of many time Observatory presenter Ronni Thomas (Alias Ronni Raygun) of the IKA Collective and is centered around the esoteric and always exotic personalities that spring from the Brooklyn Observatory. It attempts to briefly document some of the truly unique people, talents and objects from around the world who gather there on a weekly basis. Mummies, Taxidermy, 18th century robotics, early French demonic 3d horror… its all here.

JAMES BROWN dance party w/JAMES CHANCE live and more @Zebulon 

Sat Aug 13

Williamsburg, Brooklyn – Zebulon (258 Wythe): James Brown dance party w/DJs Jonathan Toubin and James Chance plus a live performance by JAMES CHANCE AND THE J.C.’S (playing 2/3 James Brown and 1/3 Contortions songs! Supergroup featuring James Chance, Ivan Julian (Richard Hell and the Voidoids), Robert Aaron (avant-jazz legend who’s also played with everyone from B-52s and Blondie to Afrika Bambataa and Wu Tang Clan), Kim Clark (Defunkt and dozens of jazz projects), and Richard Dworkin [James White and the Blacks, Alex Chilton, etc), JAMES CHANCE SOLO, JAIL BAIT, and more at Zebulon…

AND ON SUNDAY
 NEW YORK NIGHT TRAIN’S DJ MR. JONATHAN TOUBIN!  @ UNION POOL.
August 14

Twig Terrariums @MAD.
Saturday, August 13, 2011 – 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Each Saturday in August join Brooklyn based artist collaborative Twig Terrariums as as they reveal their processes in creating small worlds within antique, vintage, and new glass containers.

Generative crowd sourced sculpture with music performances @ Devotion.
Opening: Friday, August 12th, 2011.

Sol LeWitt knew that artists of many diverse types use simple forms to their own ends. Musician and multimedia artist, Morgan Packard believes that simple rules, when allowed to unfold, create the splendor of the world. In Euclidean geometry the simplest non-curved flat shape is the triangle, and the simplest non-curved three-dimensional shape is four triangles connected by their edges—the tetrahedron. In this crowd-sourced artwork the public is invited to create tetrahedrons from recycled office paper and a few pieces of tape while musicians perform. Under Morgan’s direction the participants will attach the vertices of the tetrahedrons to create a constantly expanding sculpture, filling the gallery with a geometric wonderland intersected by sonic vibrations.

InDigest 1207 Reading Series w/ Matt Bell , Michael Czyzniejewski and Robert Lopez
Sun., August 14, 2011 / 7:00 PM FREE

InDigest 1207 Reading Series
InDigest also presents InDigest 1207, a reading series that takes place monthly in New York City and quarterly in Minneapolis. In addition to their own work, readers are encouraged to bring in something that has informed or influenced them in some way. The result is often funny, sometimes strange, but always interesting, showing us how we are all constantly influenced by what we see, hear, and read.


PORTAL: Perspectives on Video Performance Contemporary Video from Sydney @ Regina Rex.
Friday, August 12th

Curated by Janis Ferberg, organized by Stephen Truax
Portal is pleased to present a one-night screening of video works by Sydney-based artists engaged with performance mediated through video at Regina Rex in Ridgewood, New York.
This selection of work offers an alternative point of entry to the practice of performance, whereby video is used not as a medium for documentation, but rather as an end in itself.

The Dissident Arts Festival @Brecht Forum.
Saturday August 13th6th Annual Celebration of Progressive Culture
Steve Bloom, Robert Gibbons, Judy Gorman, Sara Goudarzi, Kevin Keating, Gwen Laster, David Lippman, The NYC Metro Raging Grannies, Radio Noir, Mary Ellen Sanger, Secret Architecture, Jackie .Sheeler, Upsurge! & Angelo Verga. Festival Organizer: John Pietaro

Now a Manhattan mainstay, the Dissident Arts Festival was founded in upstate NY in 2006 with a primary goal of establishing an annual showcase of politically progressive music, poetry and performance art—perhaps the only such vehicle in the nation. This Festival has sought to bring together a wide variety of sounds and styles, tearing down boundaries, bending rules and infusing the arts with the strongest, most radical activism, where folk-protest song meets free improvisation and contemporary composition. Featured among our past performers and speakers were actor/raconteur Malachy McCourt, folk legend Pete Seeger, poet Louis Reyes Rivera, revolutionary hip hop group ReadNex Poetry Squad, protest/garage band The Last Internationale, labor luminary Henry Foner, topical singer Bev Grant, ‘anti-folk’ singer Lach, jazz artist Ben Barson and filmmaker Kevin Keating (“Giuliani Time”). And we presented tributes to Woody Guthrie, Paul Robeson, Bertolt Brecht and Phil Ochs along the way. As of 2010, the Festival became affiliated with NYC’s Brecht Forum, a center of Left education and culture which has proven itself the perfect host of the Dissident Arts Festival. This year, Dissident Arts focuses on the improvisational and modernist heart of Protest Music while also featuring topical folk/acoustic performance, radical film and revolutionary poetry.

FringeNYC? The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) is the largest multi-arts festival in North America, with more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 venues. In addition to 1200 incredible performances, FringeNYC includes…..(READ MORE.)

Sanda Weigl@ Cornelia St. Cafe.

Saturday, August 13, 9:00 PM

OH THE SHARK HAS PRETTY TEETH DEAR, SONGS OF THE WEIMAR ERA
Sanda Weigl, vocals; Anthony Coleman, piano 

From Noam: The Noam Faingold Orchestra will play a set, then it’s members and some special guests will play contemporary chamber music by Jeremy Forbis, Jacob Druckman, Kurtag and others, and then we will play another set of Aleatoric pieces by Christian Wolff, Terry Riley, Louis Andriessen and others.

http://www.noamfaingold.com

THE PALMS

Saturday, August 13th
Noon through much much later…
$10 arrive before 3pm : $20 after

Sunday, August 14th
Noon through Midnight
$10 all day + Cheap Drinks

3rd Ward, Macro-Sea, Artists Wanted, TheDanger and Chashama have spent the past several weeks building out a fantastic oasis in the creative heart of Queens. A couple blocks from PS1, we are opening The Palms, a late summer ode to the Boca Raton Resort Pools of the 1940’s (with more music, spectacle and hedonism).

Lemonaids: A collaboration between Jason Fritz/Matthew Momchilov
Going Green@ Crossing Art.
SANKALPA: Art Therapy in India.
Music in the Garden Series @  The Noguchi Museum
The Official Bass Island After Party featuring: FreQ Nasty (Giveback.net) , Virtual Boy (Alpha Pup records) , Proper Villains (Nightshifters/Play Me Records) andWilly Whompa (Muti Music) @LPR
CAN’T HEAR THE REVOLUTION.
FLOAT: FIELD OF DREAMS
I Am Still Alive: Politics and Everyday Life in Contemporary Drawing

LAST CALL:

Accrochage @Carolina Nitsch
Matthew Brand, Christine Nguyen and Letha Wilson: Every Photo Graph Is In Visible, at Churner & Churner
Im Schatten der Made (In the Shadow of the Maggot)

 




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