Filed under: POETRY, WRITING | Tags: 22, a, brooklyn, christpher, citro, i, Indiana, keep, list, magazine, Must, new, of, poem, poetry, the, university, what, york
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.
Filed under: POETRY, WRITING | Tags: 22, american, brooklyn, california, charlottesville, daniel, davis, magazine, meat, new, odysseys, of, the, university, virginia, wenger, york
how it comes of blood.
how it comes of bleeding.
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.
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…
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.
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by Matthew Cherry
Shall we cut our rhymes from that ridge of coal,
that crawls beneath the owl-watched pine?
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.
slipped through my fingers.
We pressed on, alone,
through the desert,
white shadows cut from the cloth of fear.
Filed under: THE WEEK/THE WEEKEND | Tags: 2, 2011, 30, 4th, 5, a, accompanied, Activator Born, Albo, american, and, ANIMALS Robert, Antarctica, Arches, art, arts, as Urban, at, b, baby, band, Banking DAVID, BARBES LITTLE, BEEKEEPER Crash, best, big, Birth, blind, book, Brief, Broadway An, by, Canada, CENTRIC Mike, CHORAL, city, classical, CLERI, collection, collective, community, Coonskin, Corner, Course, Crinkles Screening, cut, Day INTERROGATION, DAYDREAMING, death, Decade, Derfner, DIXON Best, DJ, down, Economies, ensemble, ensemble OCCUPY, event, Everest, Expano Hilary, Exploration, FAMILY BARBES, FLIGHT, Flipsides M, floating, folk, for, FREE, Freedom, Fridays, Friends JIMMY, from, Gallery Ben, GARNIEZ, Ghastly, Goldsworthy, graphic, Hawke, Hughes DJ, ice, Illuminated, in, Industries, installation, INSTITUTE_INSTITUT Anyone, japanese, jerry, Joel, KILL, KOTAK, la, labor, laboratory, lady, lamb, LIBERTY, library, live, Loory, love, metropolis, michael, Minds Woodsman, MOONLIGHERS, MORENO, Museum, music, Musto, Narrative DAVID, neff, Nightime, NYAA Jeremy, O5, OCCUPYWALLSTREET, october, of, on, panoply, paper, paste, Performa Ascent, performance, performative, Phantom ESTHER, PHILLIPS, Plaza, PM PEOPLE, porn, presents, Process RACHELLE, recent, Reflections, release. I, Rossman, Rupert, S, SANDA, science, secret, sensing, SHANGHAI, shaw, side, singing, site, sleep, SMOKEY, Some, sound, south, space, Spaces Illuminating, specific, Spooky, Square, STING, Storefront TREMBLING, stories, story, STREET PM, string, surround, Swallow Internet, SWEETEST, Terrance, the, theater, to, trio, TROTTER, turntables, university, Vic, vinyl, wall, Wattstax MARNI, weigl, white, WOES, works, world, Writing Jae, X O, yale, Yarber
“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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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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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.
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.
Co-Executive Producer – Kimberly Knox/ Ubiquita Worldwide
Executive Producer Co-Founder of WBA-Jim WildeSunday, 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.)
SID SELVIDGE & SONS OF MUD BOY
SUN RECORDS ORAL HISTORIES
Sat, Aug 13 at 2:00
Hearst Plaza Stage
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.
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.
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.
Saturday August 13th6th Annual Celebration of Progressive Culture
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.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
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
Noam Faingold Presents a night of Chamber Music plus a Rock Orchestra @ CAFE ORWELL.
SATURDAY 8/13. 8-midnight.
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.
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).
BAMBOO KAYAK BUILDING WITH MARE LIBERUM
ARLEKINO THEATER TROUPE PRESENTS: CARNEVALE!
TIMOTHY ATTICUS: UNZIPPED
Pay Day / Sunnyside / The Idle Class & Modern Times in HD @ Symphony Space.
Manhattan Graphics Center First Annual Juried Show
George Kuchar, Occasions @Mulherin + Pollard.
Local Party on the Block @Local Project.
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