The new Octopus 10 is here.
This summer in Tucson--Conceptual Poetry and its Others
with keynote speakerMarjorie Perloff
May 29-31, 2008
WITH FEATURED ARTISTS CAROLINE BERGVALL, CHARLES BERNSTEIN, CHRISTIAN BÖK, CRAIG DWORKIN, PETER GIZZI, KENNETH GOLDSMITH, SUSAN HOWE, TRACIE MORRIS, COLE SWENSEN .
The recent publication of Craig Dworkin and Kenneth Goldsmith’s Anthology of Conceptual Poetry (based on the online Ubuweb Anthology of Conceptual Writing) is only one sign of the recent interest in the “tensions between materiality and concept” (Dworkin), in a “new new formalism,” based on constraints, both the Oulipo and Cagean variants, on citationality and found text, on sound play, and visual device. Is such “non-expressivist” poetry too extreme? Conceptual Poetry and Its Others brings together a variety of leading poets to debate the issue.
An interview with John Ashbery in Guernica.
CA Conrad Somatic Poetry Exercise No. 7: "Ok, so you find out you're going to die, or be killed later today. What meal would you like? What meal is your favorite? Make that meal for yourself. Sit and write a few lines from the smell and sight of it. Put your ear to the plate and move it around with your fingers or fork, or chopsticks. Listen, smell, look, and eat it, slowly, very, very, slowly, eat, it. It's your favorite meal, it's your last meal, enjoy every single flavor. Promise me you're slowly eating? Good. As soon as the last bite is gone move quickly into the bathroom. Blast the cold shower while you strip naked. As soon as your clothes are off then shut the water off. Light a candle, shut of all lights, then sit on the floor of the cold, wet shower with your candle and write your poem, addressing some of what you wrote earlier aout your final meal. If someone should catch you and call you a weirdo yell back, YES I AM NOW LEAVE ME ALONE I'M BUSY!" You are busy, and you are a weirdo, and it's a marvelous thing, now go back to your writing. Forget about them, it's not your fault you're more interesting than they are."
A profile of Casey Dienel by Katie Henricksen.
An interview with Matt Henricksen.