Next month it's going to be a small-press fest featuring Erica Kaufman of Boku Books, Stacy Szymaszek of Instance Press, Shanna Compton of Half Empty/Half Full, and Ryan Murphy of innumerable one-offs and invented publishers (see the profile of him in last month's Poets & Writers. In addition to reading, we're planning to have them talk about small press publishing. A can't-miss event!
One of the SHINYs (Issue 9/10, 1999) contains some excerpts from Ted Berrigan's journals between 1961 and 1969. A couple of gems:
[Sunday Feb 10th 8 p.m.]
I want to write poems that cannot be understood until they
are felt. They must be read, then must germinate in the brain
until they flower. Then they will be apparentbut still
cannot be paraphrased with any meaning for others. Each reader
must make something out of them himself, w/o effort.
What a poet
"does" is like
what a yo-yo
But what is that
Now back to my regularly scheduled Sunday: grading papers and making diabolical plans for this evening's D&D game.