another video of ted berrigan!
quietly uploaded to vimeo a few months back. incredible!!!! ted in 1973 in glasgow (while abroad teaching in essex). anne waldman is the second reader in this video
(it won’t let me embed, ah!…)
Ted Berrigan Blythswood Square Poetry Reading 1973 from CCA: Glasgow on Vimeo.
there aren’t many videos of ted. u can see him read on public access poetry here & footage of him talking abt poetry & reading “whitman in black” from ron mann’s documentary poetry in motion here on my youtube channel & then this amazing recording of memorial day that showed up last year.
7:46 pm • 17 September 2014 • 19 notes
YOU GUYS YOU GUYS. The fabulous Cassandra Gillig made this mashup of Wallace Stevens’s “Puella Parvella” and Nas’s “Represent” for me because I backed the Big Lucks Kickstarter. Because, natch, Nas is my favorite rapper and Stevens is my favorite poet so why wouldn’t you put these two badasses in an auditory room together and let things bounce around?
Anyway the results are awesome and Big Lucks is awesome and Cassandra is awesome and I hope she puts out an album of these mashups someday.
Now let’s all be quiet and listen.
if u want 2 hear more mashups u can go here 2 my bandcamp
if u backed our kickstarter requesting a mashup, yrs is likely coming 2 u soon <3 :)
12:09 pm • 16 September 2014 • 8 notes
i just received an email that said ‘Here u go motherfucekr hers ur mashup’ from Cassandra Gillig. this mashup of a poem i read by lucy k shaw and dj berndt was in it.
i dont remember requesting this mashup gilligwhat kind of game are u playing (actually now i vaguely remember requesting/buying/winning some kind of mashup whats up)
my potty mouth my bad soul
8:59 pm • 15 September 2014 • 16 notes
My 3rd book, The Sonnets, available in November from Bloof Books!
im so excited!!!!!!!!!!!
9:37 pm • 11 September 2014 • 19 notes
a city of the heart for anne boyer
"All I ever wanted was… all my friends in one city." -Anne Boyer. Let’s make a city of the heart for Anne Boyer while she navigates stage 2, grade 3 invasive ductal carcinoma.
anne boyer’s work means so much to me & i think almost every poet, writer, or reader who has encountered it shares this sentiment. donating any amt of $ to this fund is helping out not only one of the greatest poets we’ve got but a single mom, an incredible teacher, & a strong, unstoppable activist
pls help spread ! & keep anne in yr thoughts
(Source: anaturalhistoryofcolours, via martin-cj)
11:11 pm • 10 September 2014 • 27 notes
DESPERATE LIVING, my first chapbook (!!!), is now available 4 purchase at the perfect lovers press website :’)
desperate living is 25 pgs of a picture of a dog driving a car & also there r some poems in it also a coupon for dial soap. its a big book the size of a sheet of paper & holding it makes me feel like the worlds most misunderstood beautiful bastard, a small god
if u arent familiar w my work u can read poems from this chapbook at pop serial & elective affinities or listen to some things via my album sex beach over at black cake records. i write poems fr the ppl im a populist & a good date & i was voted prom queen my junior year of high school
i am so thankful fr dana ward & paul coors doing rlly cool things w/ perfect lovers & i hope u will check out some of the other chaps theyve put out by ppl i love so so much like sue landers, anna vitale, leopoldine core, yvette nepper, debbie hu, the list goes on… :) <3
9:15 pm • 9 September 2014 • 28 notes
This is the best fucking book I’ve ever read
a Cool & Cute holdin my chapbook :)
it’s not 4 sale officially yet but will b up on the perfect lovers site soon i think
7:34 pm • 8 September 2014 • 14 notes
Wastoid, the first-ever Big Lucks Book, is now available for preorder.
Praise for Wastoid:
“A lover is obsessively identified and misidentified in Mathias Svalina’s breathlessly intense Wastoid. This lover is a praying mantis, morphs to predatory bird; this lover is a sadist, a romantic, an abstraction of winter, a mirror and tomb; this lover is dead, then mutates to other lovers. These prose poems move at ecstatic speed, compulsively rebuilding fantastical miniature worlds where a lover—Lazarus-like—dies and rises again, often leaving destruction in his wake. The more this love is defined, the more it feels unreachable and ineffable. These unforgettable poems are full of feverish imagination as well as gorgeous blood currents of anger and mourning that drive Wastoid deep into our consciousness.”
— Cathy Park Hong, author of Empire Empire and Dance Dance Revolution
“Mathias Svalina’s book is full of honey. It is full of sad honey, honey and swagger, a honeyed hope. The I in this book is sweet and the rest of the world is a Wastoid and I is left writing poem after poem obsessively trying to understand the disconnect between himself and the lover who is a Wastoid, too. Maybe the I can never understand the world. But the poems do—these tight little songs announcing themselves one after the other, bowling over the reader more and more as the book goes on. And after I read this book, I understood why it is OK to die.”
— Dorothea Lasky, author of Rome and Thunderbird
hell yea my dudes
3:53 pm • 8 September 2014 • 20 notes
how can i help u enjoy poetry?
im not thinking a lot abt being a better poet or even being a poet in general but i am thinking a lot abt how i can help ppl get more engaged w poetry or feel more comfortable w/ poetry. i guess this is especially fr my followeres who arent poets waht can i do 2 make u enjoy poetry more? what do u like me posting?
i have been thinking lately of trying to do very quick “best of”s for certain poets like maybe putting up files with 5-10 poems & a few sound clips of them reading. quick & accessible & free primers fr new & old poets. wld u find that useful? do u like listening to poetry? y or y not? there r so many questions i have. i want 2 kno how 2 get ppl 2 care again bc this is rlly important to me & its insane 2 look into the future of my life & kno that at some point i will have 2 give up trying 2 b a poet like this like w/ my whole being„ at some point i will have 2 go halfsies & b a career woman & that makes me wanna puke & die
so anyway right now while i have the time i am trying 2 figure out what exactly i can do 2 make poetry good again bc everybody who isnt already in love w/ it thinks its a big ball of garbage but this big ball of garbage is my life so i want to get u 2 like the way it smells & feels & to throw ur own trash at it 2 i just want u 2 throw trash at me & the world
11:17 pm • 7 September 2014 • 34 notes