Friday, November 17, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

PAUL BLACKBURN ~













Dear Bob Arnold,
My name is Nina Mamikunian and I am the new Curator of the Archive for New Poetry at UCSD Library's Special Collections & Archives, following Rob Melton's retirement in 2016. I am very excited to carry on the work of the Archive for New Poetry, documenting and making available experimental work, including public performances and collaborative efforts.

To that end, I am pleased to announce the launch of our latest digital collection, the Paul Blackburn Audio Collection. These digitized recordings feature poetry readings, lectures, conversations, and correspondence recorded on reel-to-reel tape by Paul Blackburn from 1960 to 1971 in New York City.

Blackburn was a cornerstone of the New York Poetry scene: he organized and attended poetry readings at venues across the city, hosted his own radio program, “Contemporary Poetry,” on WBAI, and often recorded casual conversations about poetry with friends.  Blackburn’s recordings include some of the first readings performed at St. Mark’s Poetry Project, correspondence with Julio Cortázar and readings by such poets as Allen Ginsberg and Robert Creeley.

The first release of this collection includes over 100 recordings featuring over 100 poets, now available for streaming at lib.ucsd.edu/blackburn. Subsequent releases will bring the total number of recordings to over 200 available for online streaming and about 70 descriptions of recordings that can be made available onsite at UC San Diego Library’s Special Collections & Archives.  We anticipate having the entire digital collection complete by February 2018.

We would like to thank you for being a part of this project and giving the library permission to stream the readings online. The editor of Blackburn's posthumously published Collected Poems (1985), Edith Jarolim, has called this collection "the most comprehensive oral history of the New York poetry scene between the late 1950s and 1970." We are excited to be able to make this important collection available to a wider audience.

The collection is available at lib.ucsd.edu/blackburn. Additional information about the collection and its release is available at http://libraries.ucsd.edu/blogs/blog/paul-blackburn-audio-collection-now-online/ .

Thank you again for your contribution to the Paul Blackburn Audio Collection. This project would not have been possible without it!


Monday, November 13, 2017

TREASURE ~








One Word





Finally a blue sky day

And you do the wash!

Then you go and hang everything

Out on the line, a place reached

Through two feet of snow, rotten

Ice and a pathway I shoveled



Colorful wash all day

Blowing in the wind



At dusk you go pick

Dry clothes off a rope —

For a moment your billowy

Red skirt, violet sweater

Bright long hair blowing

In the same breeze



I come to help as

You hold one garment up to

Your face breathing in the

Fresh wash and all you

Say with a smile is


“Woodsmoke”






That’s Her




doing farm chores, lugging

water she hikes through a field

of wet grasses in high boots

old pants & cap, a red tee

shirt she slept in & much

earlier in bed I raised this

& kissed her kissed her






Treasure





it’s snow

falling



into her

hair



pail of 

grain



pinning

onto a



heavy

wool



shirt

walking



back from

the hen



house

eggs



inside her

mittens






Egg






Morning light of falling snow

We went outside and did our work

Shoveled out dog huts

Opened a trail to the chicken shed

Busted ice from water buckets



I was sweeping off long metal sheets

Over the woodpile when you said

see how this feels — and in your

Gloved hand you held the flesh of

A warm egg to my icy cheek



————————————

BOB ARNOLD
I'm In Love With You
Who Is In Love With Me
Longhouse 2012











Saturday, November 11, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

JERRY MARTIEN ~







Dream of the West


Driving through the country of the otherworld as I passed
a small town I pulled to the side of the road. I don't know
why I stopped. The sky was dark but the busy highway
and the roadside were just like our world in the middle of
one of its ordinary end of everything afternoons. It could
have been Oklahoma just before a tornado or the bomb.
I was driving a big American car, a Ford LTD or maybe
it was a Continental. The edge of the road sloped sharply
down, then dropped off much faster than I expected. The
huge automobile lurched downward and stopped sideways
on the precarious slope.

I could see the situation from several points of view. The
busy highway. The little Okie town across the fields. My
car ridiculously stuck. Then I saw other cars had gone
off this embankment. Some were part way down, some
farther. Rusted, abandoned. At the bottom of the long
slope a sunny grove of trees. There were people living there.
People in some of the cars.

Just below my car there were some Indians whose car was
older and much worse stuck. There was some
argument. Whose fault it was they'd gone off the road.
Then we began to laugh about our common
predicament. I could envision a big yellow tow truck
coming to my rescue. The whole nine one one. The cable
reaching down from the highway to bring me up again.
But it never came. I never called.

I've been living down here ever since.



——————————
Jerry Martien
Earth Tickets
Bug Press
2017










Wednesday, November 8, 2017

HAPPY ENDING ~












THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND ~






There are many books about Woody Guthrie,
 including the masterpiece Guthrie wrote himself
Bound For Glory
and this book by noted music historian Santelli
is as good as it gets regarding Woody Guthrie,
his associates, travels, time period, including
Guthrie's celebrated song
"This Land Is Your Land."
Somehow Santelli takes the reader
right up to the song's door.

[BA]








Tuesday, November 7, 2017

KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD ~






'In Sweden, where I live, war has not been waged since the seventeenth century, that is since the time of 
Montaigne, Cervantes, Shakespeare."

KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD


Americans can swish that sentence around in their heads for a moment.






Monday, November 6, 2017

THE WORLD ON A PERFECT DAY ~








Family





Try to get three berries

Off one stem at rest stop

As three of us








July In The Sun






We pick blueberries this way —

I wear jeans and t-shirt

you wear a pretty dress



the rest is easy






We






I wanted the

Longest kiss —

So we began






The World On A Perfect Day






All day it rains a steady rain

We can’t work in the gardens and fields

We hear the birds while we wait for the rain to end

The rain never ends

We watch the rain in the trees

We are surrounded by woods

We make love at lunch



————————————

BOB ARNOLD
I'm In Love With You
Who Is In Love With Me
Longhouse 2012












Sunday, November 5, 2017

AFTERLIFE ~






R E A D     M E





Every one 
of the book blurbs
on this book
are 
dead-on
and to be
believed








Wednesday, November 1, 2017

JAMES WRIGHT ~





Farrar, Straus Giroux 2017






JAMES WRIGHT      HORSE      ROBERT BLY













Tuesday, October 31, 2017

ANGELA EASTERLING ~












THE FORCE ~






Unfortunately Don Winslow, while still a crime writing force,
seems to be writing more for the big screen rather than
a great book read. Read his The Cartel, where the first
100 pages of an engrossing tale will hold your
feet to the fire, whereas in The Force you
may slog for the first 100 pages
enduring a main character
that seems cut right
out of one played
by Josh Brolin
in the
film
American Gangster.
Fine in the film.
Tedious here.
But it picks up by about page 200
in a book that goes over 400 pages.
If you're a crime writer fan, you'll hang in there.
Expect a movie.

[BA]



Morrow 2017



Monday, October 30, 2017

UP THE TRAIL ~









Up The Trail






I could see the hawk fly off

Through the trees but you didn’t —

So I felt like I didn’t









The Way






I can’t tell

If it’s fighting

Or love the way

The two songbirds

Shoot upward

Wings threshing

Flying way high

Into the snow

Falling as tail-

Feathers unfold

Into one fan






Baker






Kitchen spotless —

But flour

On her lips







While Deep Snow
Falls In The
North Woods






clear
clean


tea
cups


in
the


kit
chen






Sure






The cat hides away all

Day asleep and thinks nothing

Of coming out and wanting a kiss



————————————

BOB ARNOLD
I'm In Love With You
Who Is In Love With Me
Longhouse 2012