Sunday, March 31, 2013

Intern Gnational Pwoermd Writhing Mince



This year, as I have the last few, I am participating in Geof Huth's International Pwoermd Writing Month. A pwoermd is a one word poem -- no title -- the poem is its own title and text, as we are ourselves. I will be posted a pwoermd here each day in April.

The above pwoermd is one of my favourite neopwoermds that I created from last year. Aitch-two-oh found inside ghoti, George Bernard Shaw's famous phonoglyph for 'fish.' We are both medium and message. Flow and floating.  Both water and fish. We are what carries us, what rivers and rivens us. Water we? Fishous circle eddyfying. Stream of consciousness.

"Not seeing rivers is also another way of dying.”
- Etel Adnan

We hear what is inside words. We here. We word that in which we wade. Write makes rite. Or right. Alright.

Words are not what they seme. Or polyseme. Sometimes words are all seam. We are such words as stuff is made of. Not Bernie Madoff. We are stuffed with words as words are stuffed with us. We seme the seam. We make it sew. Between a won thing and I is another. Astreamic, I stream.

This month, two words don't make a write. Wonder word poems wonder where words wander. A journal of a thousand stars a first pwoermd.



Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Chapbook/micropress survey




Do you make ephemera? Have you ever made chapbooks in Canada? Ever wonder what the bigger picture is? Be a puzzle piece that speaks and answer a few questions for a PhD survey on Canadian small & micropress. It needs your info asap. You might get a lollypop but you’ll have to negotiate such higher rewards with him.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

FOR JAMES TATE, OR MAYBE, THE NEW POPE




FOR JAMES TATE, OR MAYBE, THE NEW POPE

you hover
over the earth
never touching

your father
a helicopter
above clouds

on earth
we have seasons
winter for example

our legs reach the ground
as if we were just
the perfect height

get ready to bail out of my head
with your tiny parachute
and little breath

we are buried in snow
our microwave is against the wall
when you land, look for us

then you can warm your burrito
sing the songs we used to sing
before we were sad

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Recapturing the Gopherwood Shmeckle: Excerpt from novel in progress.




RECAPTURING THE GOPHERWOOD SHMECKLE: MOISHE RECAPTURES HIS PIRATE SHIP AFTER A MUTINY

excerpt from my novel-in-progress Yiddish for Pirates

This is the passage which I have been working on for the last two days. The MS is currently at 96,000 words and moving towards an ending. Like all of us.

                        *

We paddled up close to the hull, an infant elephant nuzzled against the flank of its vast and sighing mother. Shh. Sleep mama, sleep.
The ship's hull was scarred with patches where cannonball or shallows had broken its skin. Until the ship was properly careened and the broad planks replaced, its sides were a Harlequinade of repairs. We searched for such a pockmark, small as two fingers, then Moishe worked at it with the blade of a Spanish dirk until he had re-opened the wound.
He had brought rum-bottle stuffed with a damp shmatta ripped from his ragged and swamp-ripe clothes. Now he would make fire.
In the middle of the sea, it is as simple to procure fire as it is fresh water. Both are possible if you have them already.
The women had given Moishe a firestick, a stone, and some dry grass for kindling. Moishe pressed the end of the stick into the stone with his palms and rubbed back and forth like a frantically aroused cicada while delicately blowing on the grasses. A move from a survivalist's Kama Sutra. We could only hope for a happy and propitious ending, nu? Some minutes passed. Then a splash over the rim of the barrel and the grasses were soaked. Moishe—always expecting fate to be duplicitous—removed some still dry grass from a small sack which he had kept in safety in his shirt, and began again.
Eventually, a weak smoke, and then the red spurt of fire. Quickly, Moishe dropped the burning grasses in the bottle and pushed its narrow neck into wounded hull. The green world of the bottle teemed with smoke. Viperous tendrils would soon be fuming below-deck.
“Let's hope—kaynanahoreh—we haven't lit the orlop and its store of gunpowder,” Moishe said. “But we will soon know.”
The ship came alive. The meshuggenah mariners aboard the Gopherwood Shmeckle scuttled fore and aft as a bees' nest disturbed.
In their gadkas.
Which reminds me:
Two Yiddish bees are shmoozing on a flower.
“Oy, am I hungry,” the first bee says to his friend. “Know where a bee could get a little nosh?”
“There's the Goldwing Bar Mitzvah. You should see the sweet table.”
And so the first bee flies off to get a little something.
When he returns, he's smiling and wearing a little yarmulke.
“What's with the lid?” his friend asks. “You don't practice. You don't go to shule. You're a secular bee.”
“But nu,” says the first bee. “Did you want them to think I was a WASP?”

And as if they were in a smoked-out hive, we heard the sailors, buzzing, running to safety up on deck, some into the rigging.
“The shlmiels don't wonder what's fuming?” Moishe said.
Moishe tipped the bottle and emptied the burning wad into the ship. 
 “I've heard it said, where there's smoke, there's fire.”
He maneuvered the barrel around toward the bow and held fast to some backstay deadeyes.
Soon, as expected:
“Gevalt!” the crew shouted.
“Fire!”
“For zentzing God-ratline-for-klugging-do something!”
“Fire!”
“Goteinyu, get the piss buckets.”
  “Lower the hogshead o'er the larboard gunwhale.”
“Fire!”
“Flames behind the salt pork store.”
“Shh! Zugs nisht oys—don't say it!”
And indeed the lovely boucan barbecue fumes of burning meat billowed invitingly from the ship along with an admixture of tar and mouldy lumber, the combined tang an alte kocker's shvitz, his shoes, and a variety of ailing muskrat. In the fire-fighting fury and smoke-filled hoo-hah, Moishe clambered up the hull clasping chains, deadeye, and shroud, then scaled the mainmast. He was a grievous and avenging angel in a fog of rum and pork-fire and from high up the cross-tree, he proclaimed:
“Nu. Look up. Way up. For I am the voice of this cloud of sulphurous and tormenting flame. I who have turned this ship into a burning bush around which you now scurry farmisht. But don't thank me. I have returned from the dead. That's thanks enough. I whose eyes burn like twin stars. Whose hair is an untamed and piratical porcupinity. Whose grepses are the fartz of one who has dined on naught but forty years of rats. Whose putz is a great mast which requires no stays. I who is not so easy to get rid of. But who were you expecting? Yoshkeh? The messiah? A klug, but it is a fercockt and scurvy world, but which other world would have us? I have returned as your captain and together we shall not perish but shall seek eternal youth and life whether in sea, or fire, in earth, or air or from the quintessence itself. Or in the shaineh zaftig arms of another and their sweet knish. Remember the days that have been, the seasons we have lived, where we might sing, swear, drink, drab, and kill in vengeance as freely as cake-makers do flies, as parrots speak, or as the waves climb and fall as they seek the distant shores of the world. The white smoke—with your consent and articles--elects me again captain. And if we are able to put the fire out.”

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Human Body: Recent Lettraset Work.




Oxymandias Spam

Shelley's draft of my poem



I want to hold and take care of
recent spam from an antique land

says: you are good person
I need help

imagine lover’s legs
alone in trackless place

her face sunk half
by sand, weeping jaw

needing forehead
broke lips speak name

passions easy as magazine
in doctor’s office help

her with help
and money she still survive

though nearly only

the hand that mocks

the heart that fed
needs and then the next spam appears

my name is Nata$ha
I am here 24/7

I have pics to share 

look at me

despair 
me nothing
remains round decay

I am boundless and bare 

you lone you never goes away

Monday, March 04, 2013

Some kind of gnostrilcism







EXIT THE VESTIBULES

we snort from the cathedral of the nose
noisemakers, lemon joyous

hands up-raised hallelujah
on the steps of the lips we are closer

take all our ribs and make from them forests
not women: we have worn seven layers

we have worn six
wearing five is flying skin like cloud

the twin mosques of the nostril
the synagogue of shnozz

outside we are ourselves on the chin
spring hot jubilant

iridescent wonder skin
a radiotelescope dish

for rays and exultant shredding
all books on our bodies written elsetimes

superceded by sun and the bright out
nosedness of day





Friday, March 01, 2013

Interview about my serif of nottingham editions micropress



rob mclennan wrote a profile and interviewed me about my serif of nottingham editions micro-press (which has been going for almost 30 years!) for OpenBookToronto.com.

Is the press bigger than a breadbox? Can a breadbox be fit through a laser printer and stapled? Does it have a witty colophon?

But I do wax colophonic about how such a nano-scaled publishing project can have larger implications and how something so simple can be more complex.

And I do discuss prostitution and the selling of poetry chapbooks in Toronto.