December 4, 2014

to catch up

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2 recent publications i haven’t blogged

Anny Ballardini drove truck in november & published my standard face as part of that

Eileen Tabios has a forthcoming book & asked some of her poet friends to be part of it. The poem she sent to us & the replies became part of issue 35 of otoliths. she also bestows some love on swirl

November 30, 2014

swirl lives

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finally got around to publishing the first issue of my irregular online zine & chapbook press, swirl

the short introductory note is reproduced here

a new online zine. do we really need that? & does the answer to that question really matter? i’ve edited blog zines before & enjoyed it immensely. the contact with to me previously unknown poets doing cool things. giving some little thing back to a community that is so patient with my scribbles. & yes. we really do need another online zine. swirl will focus mainly, though not exclusively, on poetry, including translations of living & consenting poets. i also welcome comics, vispo, stories (crime is more than welcome), non-academic essays, reviews of newish small press poetry (chap)books & music with a bias toward anarchists, punk in all its permutations & whatnot. Issues will be published when i (your undemocratic editor) deem there is enough good material. & if some ambitious person sends enough good stuff there’s the possibility of a single author issue (aka chapbook). send your finest unpublished, in any form, things & keep in mind that the format is A5. &, as usual, if i like it i publish, if i reject i’m only one editor with his own odd taste & not an objective judge on quality. yes. & now invade that inbox at


our first issue features 3 lovely poets & persons & myself. have fun with it

November 24, 2014

short note on todd swift

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screenshot201403fIn Unfinished Study of a French Girl (KFS, 2014) Todd Swift serves us 16 new poems written since 2012 & they deal with the living & the dead & the occasional boy band. There’s a distinctly philosophical, at times religious (as in catholic), streak in this chapbook which would be no surprise to those who are already familiar with his work. The poems that stand out to me & to which i will return are the opener ”Not Refusing to Mourn The Death of Philip Seymour Hoffmann in Greenwich Village” (that title), ”Red Shoes”, the title poem & ”After the Boy Band Incident” with phrases like these: ”My shadow, my entourage./My sanity was syndiated.” The closing poem in memoriam Seamus Heaney is plain beautiful. There’s just one other book by mr. Swift in my shelf, the 2008 new and selected titled Seaway from Salmon Poetry, his new chapbook will make me reread that with new eyes

September 5, 2014

& today

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Nicanor Parra is 100 years young. i could do an essay on what his poems have done to my head. but i won’t.  not now anyway

September 3, 2014

& we have a new book in the world

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screenshot201409amy new book means is now published by the mighty Knives Forks and Spoons Press. the best way to pique your interest might be a link to my next big thing ”self”-interview. huge thanks to Alec Newman for all his work on this & all the other cool books he keeps publishing. support him, buy direct from the press

the cover photo was taken by my better half

September 1, 2014

a week

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of new poems by yours truly, one a day, at throg sludge, hot on the heels of the great company of Arielle Guy & Jess Mynes. all beautifully edited by Aaron Tieger

August 24, 2014

short note on yesterday

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yesterday, in malmö, the cops tried to murder anti-fascist demonstrators. i say murder because it was premeditated. repeated cavalry shocks & armoured trucks driving into us. blocking ambulances from getting to the most seriously wounded. & all to defend the meeting of an ambitious nazi party at any cost

July 24, 2014

catching up a bit

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so it’s been a while since i posted here. shall we catch up a bit. means, my new book is currently about to depart from kastrup. it could be here tomorrow. i have a new poem in the latest issue of upstairs at duroc, in some brilliant company & on truck. expecting the arrival of the new issue of POEM magazine with two translations – a poem each by Gunnar Harding & Per Wästberg as well as a poem of my own, all in memory of Regina Derieva. & yesterday a new poem from my collaboration with richard lopez in moss trill with one more due in cordite on august 1. on saturday me (poetry) & Petra (photography) are off to östra sallerup to take part in a festival organized by Tomas Ekström & Maria Lindberg. in all other news we have quite a decent summer, i’m an intern at iransk-svenska solidaritetsföreningen where i teach swedish & a bit of english, plan cultural events, proofread & generally serve as some kind of in-house intellectual. in an environment populated by iranians & afghans. so life is good

May 2, 2014

new otoliths & collaboration

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the new issue of otoliths is once more a huge wonderful field to get lost in. it includes the first 5 pieces from  bad hair climate,  my ongoing collaboration with lovely poet & great guy richard lopez. i leave you with the announcement from mark young

There’s some Herodotus quote about cyclones not staying us from accomplishing our appointed course; &, despite two more — one of which tripped harmlessly down our main street — since the one that caused the previous issue to come out a couple of days early, we’re back on schedule & issue thirty-three of Otoliths is now up.


In this quarter’s mailbag, missives from Anne Gorrick, SS Prasad, Richard Lopez & Lars Palm, Paul Pfleuger, Jr., Mark Melnicove, Mark Reep, Márton Koppány, Peter Ganick, Philip Byron Oakes, Jack Galmitz, Eric Hoffman, David-Baptiste Chirot, Bob Marcacci, David Dick, Youdhisthir Maharjan, Raymond Farr, Steven Fraccaro, Heidi A. Howell, Scott Metz, A. J. Huffman, Richard J. Fleming, John M. Bennett, Les Wicks, Howie Good, Jean Vengua, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Martin Edmond, Sheila e. Black & Courtney Spohn, Sheila e. Black & Caleb Puckett, Andrew Taylor, Sophie Herxheimer & Andrew Taylor, Bobbi Lurie, Wayne Mason, Cecelia Chapman & Jeff Crouch, Diana Magallón, Mitchell Garrard, Robert McDonald, Joe Balaz, Claudio Parentela, Sara Jean Lane, Chris Ashby, Anne Elvey, bruno neiva, Lakey Comess, Maria Garcia Teutsch, Nicholas Bon, Francesco Aprile, Simon Perchik, Steve Tills, Owen Bullock, Anela Aliotis, Olivier Cans, Mark DuCharme, Sarah James, Roger Williams, Massimo Stirneri, Jeff Harrison, Alberto Vitacchio, Neil Ellman, Carla Bertola, Aditya Bahl, Cat Leonard, Anne-Marie JEANJEAN, John Pursch, sean burn, Lucy Wilks, Pete Spence, Willie Smith, Jake Goetz, Johannes S. H. Bjerg, Marcia Arrieta, Sam Langer, Susan Kachor Conlon, J. D. Nelson, nathaxn walker, Jim Eigo, Michael Brandonisio, Bob Heman, Spencer Selby, Bogdan Puslenghea, Ric Carfagna, Reijo Valta, Carey Scott Wilkerson, Katrinka Moore, & Javant Biarujia.

March 30, 2014

me doing vispo

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this is the cover image of my new chapbook as a part of the ambitious project this is visual poetry generously run by Dan Waber of chapbook publisher. me doing visual poetry, in the form of more or less weird photos is about as likely as madonna doing something like this & i’m delighted he liked the madness

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