Monday, November 30, 2009

Best Poetry Books of 2009

This good clean fun is an ongoing list of the
Best Poetry Books of 2009 over at No Tell Motel.

Friday, November 27, 2009

It is difficult
not to show off.
Saying something simply
can be a great victory.
Happy Thanksgiving.
Here´s a kind article I like
about food and democracy.
I hope it will help you so much.

This week, I am giving midterm exams.
I have something to say about pencils.
Uriel could not write in the word "is"
even though there was room.

S h e      s w i m m i n g     i n     t h e   s e a .

He had to erase the entire line
and write it over.  Sometimes the focus
of many primary schools in Oaxaca
is pencils.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Ah, here´s two poems by Mia Wright 
over at Word Riot.

Far as I know, they´re the first ones published from her manuscript getting (her) born.
Prior to 1950, an estimated 10 million Olive Ridley turtles nested each year on Mexico's southern coast.  By 1988, just before Mexico banned their harvest, the population had dropped to just 40,000. Now, just shy of a million Olive Ridleys nest each year, primarily on three beaches in Oaxaca. 

This popular poster can be translated as:

My man 
doesn´t need 

Because he knows that they don´t make him more potent.

Then there´s a number to call to report egg harvesting, and a photo of three little turtles.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The new issue of Action, Yes is up! I have three poems from Rambo Goes to Idaho in this one. Thank you Joyelle McSweeney, John Dermot Woods, and Johannes Goransson.

Sugar Skulls

The Day of the Dead passed by Oaxaca quietly.
This year, the city seemed English Only to me.

Photo credit: Nina Buck

Fall Reading List

I moved to Mexico for the third time in my adult life last September. I moved here from Hawaii, and between Nina and I, we packed three large bags (the airline did charge us for the third). It´s hard to get books in English down here, as rural as the coast of Oaxaca is, and I don´t have much faith in the postal service. The list of books I packed: Noah Eli Gordon´s Novel Pictoral Noise, Susan M. Shultz´s Dememtia Blog, Raun Klassnik`s Holy Land, Barthes´ Empire of Signs, Danielle Pafunda´s My Zorba, Kim Hyesoon´s Momma Must Be a Fountain of Feathers, Berryman´s 77 Dream Songs, Eleni Sikelianos´ Earliest Worlds, Paul Valery´s Monsieur Teste, Haryette Mullen´s trilogy Recyclopedia, the new big Jack Spicer anthology My Vocabulary Did This to Me (the last two mostly to try to turn Nina on to), one novel: Ivan Doig´s English Creek, two audio books: The Aeneid and A Confederacy of Dunces, an issue of Fence magazine, the new issue of Lungfull! magazine, and Hawaii Pacific U.´s student lit. journal Wanderlust. That´s the reading list. I´ll get a lot from the internet.