Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Two poems by Sean Burke


The cauterized beast
likes my Bob Dylan haircut.
A three-headed, red-
throated bird. The patron saint
of pinwheels and nickels
whispers palsied hymns
to withered hydrangeas
between slugs of sea-
foam and wine. In rush
accompanying strings;
an elephant burns alive
in holy fire; molten
eyes leak down creases
in its face. I think of
words as mineral, but no⎯
they are just fauna
of the floating world
and neurons. After all,
I was there and it was
nowhere, their heaven full
of ugly blondes; a pack of wolves
under the moon, jacks
beneath a rubber ball.


better be trembling eye aloft half heart
half horse eying the half moon like an artichoke
heart aloft in the trembling cosmos
names squint at tangency
here is my portrait
in a very small dream
a pigeon-winged Napoleon
a soft barbarism
eat until you are full
day is a stomach
night is not hieroglyphs carved in bone
long ago horses were tongues
vision is reverence

Two poems by Sean Burke


Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Best Cds of 2007 Honor Three Farfalla Artists

Bob Holman's Top 10 CDs of 2007

Holman writes:

While You Were Gone, by Junior Burke

(Red Thread Records, 2007) Folks, if you’re looking for the deepest connect of poetry and rock’n’roll, the soulful verbalities of hey, you! Junior Burke will keep your mind dancing all night long. Backed by a totally swinging band with some real pretty picking, mark this one the Poetry Party of the Year, where everybody’s dancing, talking, and making love to and with language. Right now I’m devoted to “Bed Full of Blue” and “Walkin’ My Karma,” but the hits be changing often. One for the iPod!

Junior Burke's novel Something Gorgeous was released by Farfalla Press in 2004

Junior Burke's Website

The Eye of the Falcon, by Anne Waldman & Ambrose Bye

(Farfalla Press, 2007) The volcanic performances of Anne Waldman should be sought out, are not to be missed. Here she serves up chamber settings of new work, accompanied by the quirky jazz hands of her son, Ambrose Bye, on piano. The result is like listening to love. Produced by the selfless team of po activists over at Farfalla Books, Gary Parrish and Tyler Burba.

Jim Cohn's Postbeat Poetics- The push for Outrider and Outlaw Poets

Jim Cohn writes about the linages of poetry

that have presented themselves in and

around The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics

first 30 years of Naropa University (formerly institute)

Don't miss this article

Post Beat Poetics

Few stats on Jim Cohn

Born in Highland Park, Illinois, in 1953, he received a BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder in English, and a Certificate of Poetics in 1980 from Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics where he was teaching assistant to Allen Ginsberg. In 1986 he received his M.S. Ed. in English and Deaf Education from the University of Rochester and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. In 1987, he coordinated the first, historic National Deaf Poetry Conference.

Jim is the author of five collections of poetry: Green Sky (1980), Prairie Falcon (North Atlantic Books, 1989), Grasslands (Writers & Books Publications, 1994), The Dance Of Yellow Lightning Over The Ridge (Writers & Books Publications, 1998) and Quien Sabe Mountain (Museum of American Poetics Publications, 2004). Anne Waldman, co-founder of the Kerouac School, described Prairie Falcon as "a strong, shapely collection with intelligence, heart, and love of the breadth of life." Grasslands won praise from Allen Ginsberg for its "inventive, profuse, concise, improvisational, playful and expansive Whitmanic quality." Anselm Hollo said of Quien Sabe Mountain that "one follows this poet on his journeys to places both distant and familiar, trusting him, trusting his words."

Jim began his recording career in The Abolitionists, a North Bay Area collective that featured his long-time musical collaborator Mooka Rennick and guitarist Steve Kimock. Together, they made a now cult classic: The Road (Rudy's Steakhouse, 1995). Inspired by the classic improvisational vocal performances of Jack Kerouac on the 1959 Steve Allen Plymouth Show , Jim then established himself as a powerful spoken word performing artist in his own right with the release of five recordings: The Road (Rudy's Steakhouse, 1995), Walking Thru Hell Gazing At Flowers (Rudy's Steakhouse, 1996), Unspoken Words (MusEx Records, 1998), Antenna (MusEx Records, 1999), Emergency Juke Joint (MusEx Records, 2002), Trashtalking Country (MusEx Records, 2006), and Homage (MusEx Records, 2007). Combining an inimitable mix of American roots music & original spoken word, Jim's recordings air on radio stations in-the-know.

After the death of Allen Ginsberg in April 1996, Jim began planning for an online poetry project that would explore affects of Beat Generation poetics activities after the poets that created the best works of the period were gone. He envisioned a site that would serve as an expression of Ginsberg's idea of a "benevolent sentient center to the whole Creation." During the summer of 1997, Jim founded the on-line Museum of American Poetics (MAP) at MAP is an expression of his ongoing commitment to American experimental poetics, community service, postbeat era documentation, and democratic internet free speech. In 1999, the Museum of American Poetics became the first online poetry site to be mentioned in the New York Times.


by Gary Parrish

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Tenth issue of Puppy Flowers directly linked to hot pockets on Saturn

The new Puppy Flowers has arrived. Number ten.

Edited by Christopher Martin
Designed by the inimitable Karl Krause
This issue features the work of:

Glenn Bach
Kit Kennedy
Mark Cunningham
Jessica Fiorini
Gary Parrish
Gary Sloboda
Kendra Sullivan
Travis Nichols

Quick note from Chris

As always, Puppy Flowers never repeats. Our next issue will be our last, so sup hard at the flowery depths. They are mystical and rewarding. If you like what you see, write this down on a napkin and give it to some confounded stranger....

Puppy Flowers 10

Don't forget Puppy Flowers has nine other beautiful issues to peruse.

Happy New Year, indeed...