READING FROM NEW BOOK RIDES IN MY FLAT IN EAST LONDON DOCKLANDS:
“There is only seeing and, in order to go to see, one must be
There are mashups with train rides forwards and backwards all around the U.K.
Rides is part of my nomadic surrealist project.
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My new book is just out! YIPPPIEEE!! Started this in 2008 when I first came to London. Picked it up again in 2012 after coming back from living in Poland and Turkey. It was poems written at tube stops around London. Then poems written on the circle line in London. Finally it became poems written on trains all over the U.K. Sitting backwards on the way there. Sitting forwards on the way back. Some real. Some imagined. What’s the difference? Super happy to have Blart Books publish it. Super happy!! Check it out!! Grab a copy!! It’s poetry for pirates!
Bernadette Mayer, Ted Berrigan, Ron Padgett are some of the influences.
A little more about the book over at H_ngm_n (where some of the poems were also published):
“I began writing train poems on the London tube in 2008-2009. I sat there scribbling into notebooks as the train went from one stop to the next.”
I’m talkin about train poems & my process for writing Rides on H_ngm_n magazine today:
It is partly inspired by Ted Berrigan’s Train Rides (picture below).
Rides is part of my nomadic surrealist project. It is a lifelong writing project.
Flarf poem plays. Ted Berrigan is in there. And Daniel Day Lewis. And Ian Paisley. And Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, a girl who loves branching, a cow’s wink, mayor Chob, Catherine Chob, Weng, a Scottish soul dancer, a golden horn, carpet trouble, chums, a Gorkha, the mole audace, Sultanahmet in Istanbul, Trieste in Italy, a Russian princess, and a little tiny elephant named Elephanche. The title of the book is Elephanche.
video from the reading:
Available from Department Press for £5:
What I’d Like For Christmas, 1970
by Ted Berrigan
Black brothers to get happy
The Puerto Ricans to say hello
The old folks to take it easy &
as it comes
The United States to get straight
Power to butt out
Money to fuck off
Business with honor
My chapbook Smashing Time is now available for free (digital version). Thank you MIPOesias.
This book was written shortly after returning to live in London. From 2010 to 2011. Influenced by NY School poets (Kenneth Koch, Bernadette Mayer, and Ted Berrigan mostly). Also the buddhism and writing of Philip Whalen. Also my poet friends Tim Atkins and Jeff Hilson.
Ah we are never alone my friends.
Smashing Time is part of my ongoing nomadic surrealist project.
FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD HERE
Cover art by Grzegorz Wroblewski
It is the 28th March. The weather, of course, is mostly overcast. But I am mostly inside so that’s OK. I spend over two hours everyday on trains, commuting to work. Sometimes teaching at two different campuses at different parts of London. So reading, well, it is a form of sanity. I can do a lot of reading on the tube/subway. This week I am going to continue for education in NY School Poetry (or poetry at least inspired by what NY School poetry opened up in terms of possibilities for poetry). I have read many. There is never enough. Eventually I will read something else but it always feels good to get sucked into something and disappear. OK. Maybe not always. But often. Can anything be qualified with the word always. I am not sure.
Here are the four NY School Poetry books for this week’s tube commuting. I managed to check them out from The British Poetry Library at the Southbank. A treasure house of all treasure houses.
Memorial Day (Ted Berrigan and Anne Waldman)
The Joe 82 Creation Poems (Rochelle Owens)
New and Selected Padgett (Ron Padgett)
The Collected Kenneth Koch (Kenneth Koch)
What’s in your bag?
I found a bit of paradise yesterday.
First, a very cool feast at an Iranian restaurant with my former student from Iran named Ben. Sauces and yogurt drinks and all kinds of amazing bbq’ed meat. Carpets on the ceiling and wall.
Second, cool exhibition of Felix Topolski called Topolski Century. Overground trains shook above us while looking at murals from the 20th century. He was everywhere in the 20th century. Amazing work.
Third, the poetry library on the firth floor of the Royal Albert Hall. Treasures galore! I wanna live in that place. Small press wonders from the 1960’s and beyond! Also a balcony with a view of the Thames and Big Ben. It doesn’t get any better!
Bummer is you can only check out four items. I borrowed:
1) John Wieners The Hotel Wentley Poems (1st edition)
2) A Bernadette Mayer Reader
3) A Secret Location on the Lower East Side (all about the small presses in the 1960-1980)
4) Memorial Day by Ted Berrigan and Anne Waldman (Aleos Books 1971)
One day I want to start collecting my books again. But alas, I am on the move. A nomadic existence.
Really nice to have this amazing resource in London.
Today was uneventful. Off to get bread, cheese, coffee and other essentials then maybe some Six Feet Under.
Not ready for Monday. But who is????