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Sarah Palin mixed with Emily Dickinson and Nicole Mauro, by Nicole Mauro, in Tax-Dollar Super Sonnet, from Black Radish Books.

Sarah Palin mixed with Emily Dickinson and Nicole Mauro, by Nicole Mauro, in Tax-Dollar Super Sonnet, from Black Radish Books.

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They will write to us one day with anguish: we miss you.

Their letters will be lost in the universe of lost letters written by animals other than us.

The cows are of the stars, dead stars, writers gone silent.

The cows’ literacy formed through a slow process in the history of the cows. With numerous setbacks. Certain ancient temples depicted cow scribes. Cows asleep on their writing desk. Exhausted with fatigue. Cows made mad with worry before written words. Bound to their worktable. Cows full of ink and of words that didn’t say anything to anyone anymore. Nor to any living thing on the earth. The cows appeared once more in the embroidery of very old female gangsters. They are representative of neither states of things nor of events, but of what we have become and what things have become. Abstractions of genus and species.

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— Frédéric Boyer, translated by Joanna Howard and Nicholas Bredie, from Cows. The entire book is about them. New! From Noemi Press.

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'Tis of thee…

'Tis of thee…

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Good Morning, SPD!
Everyone’s saying that, all of a sudden, soccer is cool in America. They’re saying this because suddenly lots of people are paying attention to it here. (let’s ignore for the moment that they really mean the U.S.A., not “America,” which is comprised mainly of countries that treat soccer like an unholy union of politics and religion, and have done so for decades) This is the opposite of cool, though, right? When all of a sudden something is mainstream popular and the media is paying attention to it? If the media had any sense of its function (silly, I know), it would come out instead with the news that, given all the current enthusiasm, soccer must have been cool 10 years ago, like Facebook, and Sarah Jessica Parker.  
Exhibit B: my own interest, frankly. I am the most fair weather of fans when it comes to any sport. If I’m talking about it this much, it is definitely not cool. Sorry, soccer, despite the glamor of your present position, your coolness peaked with Eminem.
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There are no volunteers on today’s calendar. 
Happy Soccer Tuesday!

Buy a book from SPD, enjoy a great read, and support the literary community!

Good Morning, SPD!

Everyone’s saying that, all of a sudden, soccer is cool in America. They’re saying this because suddenly lots of people are paying attention to it here. (let’s ignore for the moment that they really mean the U.S.A., not “America,” which is comprised mainly of countries that treat soccer like an unholy union of politics and religion, and have done so for decades)

This is the opposite of cool, though, right? When all of a sudden something is mainstream popular and the media is paying attention to it? If the media had any sense of its function (silly, I know), it would come out instead with the news that, given all the current enthusiasm, soccer must have been cool 10 years ago, like Facebook, and Sarah Jessica Parker. 
Exhibit B: my own interest, frankly. I am the most fair weather of fans when it comes to any sport. If I’m talking about it this much, it is definitely not cool. Sorry, soccer, despite the glamor of your present position, your coolness peaked with Eminem.

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There are no volunteers on today’s calendar.

Happy Soccer Tuesday!

Buy a book from SPD, enjoy a great read, and support the literary community!

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As if it fell from the sun
As if the sky were open
                                Earth listening…
Do your bookshelves speak in verse?

As if it fell from the sun

As if the sky were open

                                Earth listening…

Do your bookshelves speak in verse?

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From Sawako Nakayasu’s new book The Ants. It’s curious, funny, and totally profound. Published by Les Figues Press!

From Sawako Nakayasu’s new book The Ants. It’s curious, funny, and totally profound. Published by Les Figues Press!

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which came with the swag..
Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, Series IV
contents:
Edward Dorn: Abilene! Abilene!
Vincent Ferrini: Before Gloucester
Helene Johnson: After the Harlem Renaissance
Pauline Kael & Robert Duncan: Selected Letters 1945-1946
Adrienne Rich: Teaching at CUNY, 1968-1974
rare and unpublished texts, 600 pp. in all!

which came with the swag..

Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, Series IV

contents:

  • Edward Dorn: Abilene! Abilene!
  • Vincent Ferrini: Before Gloucester
  • Helene Johnson: After the Harlem Renaissance
  • Pauline Kael & Robert Duncan: Selected Letters 1945-1946
  • Adrienne Rich: Teaching at CUNY, 1968-1974

rare and unpublished texts, 600 pp. in all!

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swag is dead, LONG LIVE SWAG!
xo
swagerific. 

swag is dead, LONG LIVE SWAG!

xo

swagerific. 

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…a glimpse inside A Princess Magic Presto Spell by Lisa Jarnot with watercolors by Emilie Clark. The opposite page begins:
"and the mysteries: / / christ, death, genitals, the stimulation phase, salivation of the lamb, william partridge orange, boring / dutch milkmaid, the paranormal finger, seven west 46th street’s aristocratic vagueness panda, / turquoise buddha henpeck pacification, flackner sarkis bob, object relations banana, offending purple / snowsuit, pegma and plengg"

…a glimpse inside A Princess Magic Presto Spell by Lisa Jarnot with watercolors by Emilie Clark. The opposite page begins:

"and the mysteries: / / christ, death, genitals, the stimulation phase, salivation of the lamb, william partridge orange, boring / dutch milkmaid, the paranormal finger, seven west 46th street’s aristocratic vagueness panda, / turquoise buddha henpeck pacification, flackner sarkis bob, object relations banana, offending purple / snowsuit, pegma and plengg"

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THE HISTORY OF NECKLACES

Gems have always hung from the necks of women
Rocks have always hung from the necks of women
Stones have always hung from the necks of women
Pearls have always hung from the necks of women
Shells have always hung from the necks of women

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Emily Toder, from Beachy Head (just out from Coconut Books!)

Beachy Head brims with electrical currents flying backwards and forwards, with the force of poems that have been well fought out and felt. I hear the currents of Alice Notley, of Bernadette Mayer, of Eileen Myles, and Sylvia Plath…”—Dorothea Lasky

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double “best of the press” in last week’s Publishers Weekly! right next to the ALA 2014 feature and the poetry reviews (Who That Divines, Guantanamo, A Princess Magic Presto Spell, Backup Singers), respectively…

double “best of the press” in last week’s Publishers Weekly! right next to the ALA 2014 feature and the poetry reviews (Who That Divines, Guantanamo, A Princess Magic Presto Spell, Backup Singers), respectively…

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Good Morning, SPD!

In honor of the ousting of American Apparel’s notoriously creepy CEO, Dov Charney, here is a list of possible anagrams for “American Apparel”:

rare manic appeal
rear panacea limp
palace repairman
ripe almanac pear
manlier papa care
animal caper aper
paler panama rice
maria pecan pearl
papal crime arena
prepare maniacal
As of news time, American Apparel’s stock has surged in response to the news.
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Eric is here volunteering today (9-1), as well as Megan (10-2).

Happy Thursday!

Also, look out for my kid detective book series coming next Fall, starring a peppy, anthropomorphized oyster named “Maria Pecan Pearl.”

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Some poems by Celia Dropkin, newly translated from the Yiddish in The Acrobat, just published by Tebot Bach. Early 20th century radical-feminist-experimental poet in NY.. yes!

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New from Elizabeth Arnold and Flood Editions…

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HERON

i have a few clumsy words
a little perforated boat
and a sensual bird of undefined size
to communicate with the world.

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— Tone Škrjanec, translated from the Slovene by Matthew Rohrer and Ana Pepelnik. From his first full-length collection to appear in English, Skin, just published by Tavern Books.