Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Poetry Typos: the Comment Stream

  • Debbie Gavazzi8/5/2010
    Remember in the first edition when Frost's chestnut was printed by MacMillan Co. as Two Toads Diverged in the Woods? LOL!
  • Renee Bagley7/15/2010
    LOL... I have been there! I have been trying to triple check my titles lately, for the same reason. I wrote a book called The Golden Bumble Bee and they printed it as The Golden Assble Bee which is a real howler.
  • Pearl Grace7/5/2010
    Really fun poem to read in pubic! Its rhythm is aweome. Very nice job!
  • Stephanie Jeannot7/1/2010
    Poetry Love!
  • Marie Stine6/29/2010
    I know the feeling! One time Philip Larkin jokingly said "call it Whit-tit Weddings" and that's just what Faber & Faber did.
  • Catherine Spencer.6/29/2010
    I just thought you had created a new type of poetry: the Bonnet. Which is a sonnet but it has to be about hats. Like your poem was when it mentioned the fedora. Funny.
  • Rita Oakleaf (formerly Muether)6/29/2010
    I usually spell things right, but sometimes leave words out. When I read over it, I somehow "read" words that aren't there because I know what I want it to say. Typos annoy all of us, I think. A really funny thing though is that I just reread this and the way i spelled Typos was Typohs which is a wholly different word in its way. Incidentally I went back and changed the initial usage.
  • Ellen Burford6/29/2010
  • Shelly Barclay6/26/2010
    Typos are the bone of my existence.
  • Carol Roach6/26/2010
    I am the same way, it's a learning disability for me. I wood forget my had if it wasn't screwed on to my neck. Still, i do love poetry to the end.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Reflections of Some Books of Poetry with the Word "Reflections" in Their Titles

Reflections: Magic Beyond the Pain by Dalia

We reflect that this poetry collection looks painfully magical.

Reflections by David Z. Moronz

We reflect that 'Reflections' spelled backwards in the sky is interesting and then some.

Reflections: Poems of Faith by Charles Lee Taylor

We reflect that four crosses equal a game of tic-tac-toe


Reflections: Poetry and Illustrations by Lisa Herman-Gagon

We reflect that this picture was probably taken askew, with Lisa's finger crazy-glued to the mirror.


Reflections: From the Heart a Collection of Poetry by Dianna Wilson

We reflect that the heart may know the power of love, but will never know the power of effective typography.


Reflections in Poetry by Glenndell Chatmon

We reflect that this book in untouchable.


Poetic Reflections by Dickie Elaine Vean

We reflect that real poets have either three names or only one.


Reflections of a Poetic Judge by Hon. James Brown

We reflect that it is bad practice to poke fun at judges.


Reflections and Poetry to Ponder by Diane Hicks White

We reflect that we'd like to read more poetry that isn't meant to be pondered.


Reflections in Poetry with Uncle Tony by Uncle Tony

We reflect that "Gagbah" means "No Thank You" in Gaelic.



Reflections on Lifes Roller Coaster Rides: 100 Poems of Circumstance  by Dwayne M. Kilbourne

We reflect that "Roller Coaster Rides" is not used as a trope throughout Kilbourne's 100 poems... his book was literally written on a roller coaster.


Reflections on My Life: A Collection of Poetry by Peter C. Rubin

We reflect that the right stock photo can add a unique and personal touch to any cover.


Friday, 25 May 2012

12 or 20 questions: with poet, Zach Galifianakis!

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Zach Galifianakis graduated from Lakehead University there in 1976. Immediately after graduation she headed to the Banff Centre where she took a six-week stand-up writing program with Reggie Watts and Alice Munro. She published her first film, Double Sexposures, with Coach House Pictures in 1984. She gave birth to her son, Alexander, in Canmore in 1985. In 1989, her short film, “Red Laid Shirt,” appeared in Saturday Night Live. Zach’s first feature length film, The Language of Laugh, was produced in 1994 by HarperCollins Canada. She still lives in Kingston, with her son Alex, her three cats, Max, Sammy, and Buster, and her lovely little dog, Nelly.

1. How did your first book change your life?

Not really. I wasn't sitting around going, "Oh man, this is it. This is the big break." It was exciting, but it was like, "Here's another job, let me see how I can screw this up." I never really realized that I was a producer of it until later, but by then, it was too late. Also, I was eating a lot of pot cookies at the time; I could've been a little bit more professional.

2. How long have you lived in Kingston, and how does geography, if at all, impact on your writing? Does race or gender make any impact on your work?
Yeah, it's a chicken town. They make a lot of chicken. Well, the chickens make themselves. I think it used to be the biggest chicken producing plant in America, which is a lot to be proud of. Noam Chomsky is from there. And the cast from “Sanford and Son” were all from there. All of them, surprisingly, are all from the same town. And Noam Chomsky actually got his television debut on “Sanford and Son.” A lot of people don't know that, because I just made it up. 
No, I didn't work very long, maybe just a couple weeks. And then I cleaned houses, I was a nanny, a private investigator, and then a bus boy. They were all pretty bad. But if I had a comfortable job I don't know if I would have turned to something like stand-up. I started doing stand-up because I don't have any skills; I don't know what else to do. They were all bad. I was a waiter at a drag queen restaurant in New York that was owned by Kurdish rebels. I remember that—his name was Talib— and he tried to get me to dress as a woman. He'd call me on the phone and he'd be like, “Ok Zach, this is Talib, your schedule is you work Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and don't forget to dress as woman.” And I'm like, “Talib, I'm not going to dress as a woman. That's not my thing.” And he'd say, “You'd make more money.” And I was like, “Why is there a guy from small town North Carolina talking to a Kurdish rebel about dressing like a woman?” It was so bizarre, but that was the state of my work experience. I would work there from 7 at night ‘til 7 in the morning. And then at 8 in the morning I would go baby-sit and just fall asleep. I would just fall asleep and hope that the kid wouldn't escape his duct tape handcuffs.

3. Where does a piece of fiction usually begin for you? Are you an author of short pieces that end up combining into a larger project, or are you working on a “book” from the very beginning?

Yeah, I get letters from 13-year-olds. And I got a great—I didn't bring my computer with me—but I got a great piece of fan mail via email from a guy in Venezuela. Well, he emailed me and I emailed him back, insinuating that I was gay—I'm not—but I was so over the top about it that I thought he would think it was a joke, but in return I got back about 9 pornographic shots of himself.

4. Are public readings part of or counter to your creative process?

Oh yeah. That was embarrassing and terrible and awkward. I was in this movie called “Out Cold,” and I'm in a jacuzzi with this Playboy Playmate. And I was telling her, “Listen, I'm uncomfortable about this.” I assumed that she was too. She seemed to feel that way. And I said to her, “Is there anything I can do to make you feel more comfortable?” And she looked right at me and said, “Yeah, you can go under the water and eat my pussy.” That was completely what she said. I swear to God. And when she said that I was like, “She has such a great sense of humor.” She and I started doing comedy bits after this. Actually she called me twice after this and I proposed to her, “Let's do one of those Playboy video things and talk about how much you love diarrhea and we'll have you in bed with a bunch of Snickers bars on your sheets.” And she was so into it. She was pretty cool.

5. Do you have any theoretical concerns behind your writing? What kinds of questions are you trying to answer with your work? What do you even think the current questions are?
I don't know. I didn't really have any aspirations except to be really good looking. And that was accomplished years ago, and it's still the mainstay.

6. Do you find the process of working with an outside editor difficult or essential (or both)?

God, I don't know. There are some really embarrassing things about it. I saw it once a year ago and was like, “What was I doing?” But I don't think so. I don't think there will be any requests for it. I hope not.

7. After having published more than a couple of titles over the years, do you find the process of book-making harder or easier?

I used to work for the Sedaris family in North Carolina, in Raleigh, but they were his cousins or something. I know, it's really weird. He comes from North Carolina, Greek, his father married a non-Greek. I wish I could write like that, I don't think I'd ever be able to. I would love to meet that guy. It's weird that there's two Greek North Carolinian guys trying to make people laugh. But God, I'd rather be him than me. Because he lives in Paris with his boyfriend—wait, way outside of Paris in France with his boyfriend.

8. When was the last time you ate a pear?
It's funny; I was just talking about that today. I was conceived in a jacuzzi. The sperm that I was had a beard.

9. What is the best piece of advice you’ve heard (not necessarily given to you directly)? 
I lived in a crack house. They stopped being crack dealers about a year after I was there. All the artists started moving in. Fucking art. The last thing we need is art.

10. How easy has it been for you to move between genres (short story to the novel)? What do you see as the appeal?

I just wanted to show the rawness of stand-up. A lot of times, people put out these DVDs that are just really polished, but I wanted to show some awkwardness. But I think it's good. I think people should try to sit through it.

11. What kind of writing routine do you tend to keep, or do you even have one? How does a typical day (for you) begin?
There was one time where I actually started crying. We were in a church, and this guy was so sweet. He said something really sad, and I just couldn't take it. If you're onstage and you're screwing with someone, they know that there's a comedy show going on. These people had no idea. And a lot of times, we weren't taking the piss out of people with power, we were just taking the piss out of regular folks. And we have all these fancy lawyers behind us. Sometimes it felt a little dirty. But some of the hardest I've ever laughed was on that show, because you weren't supposed to laugh, which made it kind of like laughing at a funeral.

13. How does your most recent book compare to your previous work? How does it feel different?

No, no, no, no. Well, it could be. Yes. It could be something in my mind. I'm not sure if I want it to be released. There were some embarrassing things on the show that, even while I was doing them, I was like, "Oh my God, what am I doing?" So the possum is somewhat of a metaphor

14. David W. McFadden once said that books come from books, but are there any other forms that influence your work, whether nature, music, science or visual art?

I don't like it at all. I don't know why. Sometimes it can go so badly, and I will sabotage myself onstage. And I just don't want that awkwardness after the show where a family member says, "No, it was good!" I feel bad for them, not for me.

15. What other writers or writings are important for your work, or simply your life outside of your work?

I have a 60-acre farm in North Carolina, and I have a tractor and a farmhouse. As soon as I groom the land, I want to put cabins around and have a place where people can write and hang out. It'll be either that or an all-black nudist colony.

16. What would you like to do that you haven’t yet done?

I don't like it at all. I don't know why. Sometimes it can go so badly, and I will sabotage myself onstage. And I just don't want that awkwardness after the show where a family member says, "No, it was good!" I feel bad for them, not for me.

17. If you could pick any other occupation to attempt, what would it be? Or, alternately, what do you think you would have ended up doing had you not been a writer?

 A lot of people have done blackface, I would be in black-penis. That's so stupid. [Groans.] I have a lot of goals for the farm. I planted a few trees—I want it to be a sustainable farm. I put a pond in and I'm trying to figure out where to put my pot plants.

18. What made you write, as opposed to doing something else?

It's funny that you bring that up, because I was talking to my mom the other day, and she called me a weirdo. It was the first time I'd ever heard her say that, and I told her that I thought she was weird. So we got that out of the way. I think that I could be in porno, but as long as I was flying my parents around, they wouldn't really care.

19. What was the last great book you read? What was the last great film?
Sean Penn called my cell phone out of the blue. He was like, "This is Sean Penn," and I'm like, "Uh-huh." And then I kept listening to him and thought, "That does sound like Sean Penn." He asked me what I was doing the following week, and I told him that I had plans to go to Arby's, and he laughed at that. And then the next week, I flew to South Dakota and he and I and Vince Vaughn were in a hunting lodge together for two weeks. When I first got there, I asked Sean Penn, "How did you know who I am?" and he said, "I've seen the movie Out Cold about 20 times." It's this horrible snowboarding movie that I'm in. His son had watched it over and over. You never know what a shitty Lee Majors movie could turn into.

20. What are you currently working on?
Oh, God no. Jeez. No way, no thank you. I'm fine with ginger ale.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Advanced Praise for "Conceptualists Now: the Movie"

Bud: "Beautiful movie..uplifting message... the first poem that ever inspired me to read and write poetry was "Day" it's words forever engraved into a little plaque in my bedroom and eternally carved in my heart.."

Diane: "I think humanity would be in such a better place if we, alongside the sciences, also learned conceptual poetry as a fundamental part of our education. Not just reading poetry, but copying it, living it, and being completely free in it. No grades, no pass or not pass, no plagiarism charges, just a class where the teacher would take the kids out in the wild, to watch nature, to watch people in the city, to listen, and to steal whatever it is they feel or want to steal that someone else has already written. Now that would be progress in my eyes."

Steve: "This is awesome :) I'm a conceptual poet as well, check out my new conceptual poetry video on my channel. conceptual poetry will never die because it's already dead!"

Anish: "I cry at the end of it every time I watch it. I often wonder if I will get alzeihmer's, what I would do in the last moments of life, only able to watch and see what is around you, not for any purpose but for simply the act of seeing. Seeing moments of this lady starting to learn conceptual poetry brings a strange warmth to my heart, and tears to my eyes, but thankfulness that I have had the chance to walk on this earth."

Cor: "Wonderful film. Pure cinema. No pat answers nor tidy endings."

Susan: "Extraordinary film, totally took me by surprise. Although not for everyone, those who enjoy cinematic experiences can definitely be taken away by this conceptual poetry movie. The acting was beautiful and it was heartbreaking and touching at the same time. One of the best conceptual poetry films of the year."

Doug: "Conceptual poetry is Life!"

Monday, 21 May 2012

Poetry Toys

Haiku House: Some Syllables Not Included

Classical Poetry Trivia: BYOParchment
Merzbau in Colour Building Blocks
Chapbook Catalogue Guide for Future Purchases

Sunday, 20 May 2012

If They Mated: Poet's Edition!

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Hedith Ballwell

Kallenneth Ginsmithberg

Saturday, 19 May 2012

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Friday, 18 May 2012

What is a Good Poet Nickname?

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What Is a Good Poet Nickname?

I am a poet, and a few of my poet friends have nick names like "Everlost Poet" and "Bloodstained poet" Im trying to find one for myself, my name is Kelsey, Does anyone have any suggestions?

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I'm zephyr in several groups. It fits me.

It depends on what you feel is your personality. Do you love the water?
Tranquil Poet
Deep Blue Poet
Deepest Poet
Or if you love the heat:
Hot Mama Poet
Fire Walker Poet, etc..
Hurricane or Toronado Poet.
Electrical Poet.

You live and breathe your will find the key. I'm a butterfly (Clan of the Butterfly in Ancient Native American teachings) and I LOVE the wind and wild storms. I think of myself as a free spirit. For you it might be:
Sultry Poet

Best of luck-


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Thanks, I think that got my mind working ^^

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Thursday, 17 May 2012

Haiku is the most Economical Poetries! Evan D. Flaschen Knows It's Truth!

And the Rest Is History

The Cardinals chose
Young Joe Garagiola
The Yanks got Yogi

Near Death Experience

General Motors
Bankrupt, but “it ain’t over
until it’s over.”

The Closing Song For Greece/Grease

Greece and bad fiscal
Judgment go together like
Dip da dip da dip
By Guest Haiku Artist Ariel Collis, Economist

Global Plea

Unemployed so long
Brother, can you spare a job?
No easy answers

Occupy Wall Street

One percent are rich
Ninety-nine percent look on
Warfare or envy?

MF Global

Cash has disappeared
A billion here, billion there
So where did it go?

Euro Zone

Hellenic bailout
Grease the skids or skid the Greeks?
Atlas shrugs, again

And more of these jeeky little gems righto here!

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Comments Stream Poetry Sandwiches Talk is Rich the Poem is in the Pudding Sandwich That is True and Truer Studies in Gender Too

  1. ooh, so you don’t want to make me a sandwich?!!?
    sudo make me a sandwich
    There you go biaaaaatch
  2. The_Specialist
    Ha ha, nice one ! Would have been even better if the letters said “sammich” instead of “sandwich” !
  3. Razial36
    My Love For you is always There
    All consuming and ever pleasant
    Knowing you were there for me
    ever present in my life
    Making my day brighter with your smile
    Ever present on your face
    Sad days turned around
    All in a touch of your hand
    Never Judging me , always helping me
    Doubt never crossing you
    Wisdom always filling you
    I cannot list all the reasons
    Cannot find the words to tell you
    How can i tell you…..
  4. FF
    Too much ever present
  5. Not funneh coz its a girl that answered and she shouldnt be answering she should be cooking.
  6. Efex
    you just won a…. sandwich
  7. guwno-master
    That trolling is a art.
  8. Behemother
    the asker says the only thing she appreciated about the poem was that it used the word “perfume”. the word perfume is not in the poem. this is seriously bothering me.
  9. TakingItTooSeriously
    Heh heh…. “It needs to make marginal sense”…. And the trolling is in the margins….. It’s funny because it’s true….
  10. Moe
    my love for you is like a truck!
  11. Columbia
    @Behemother – a lot of the people on Y!Answers don’t even bother to clarify who they’re speaking to. It could have been an answerer who snuck in before the almighty sammich post found its way.
  12. ElChupacabra

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