BlazeVOX @ Burchfield Penney

The event book

Brilliant Poetry from the Reading, A Photo Journal and a Gallery of Self-Portraits from our Fundraiser, And Artwork from Peter Fowler!

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BX @ BP MOVIE TRAILER: ...................................................................................................9 BURCHFIELD PENNEY INTRODUCTION: .................................................................... 10

Thank You’s................................................................................................................................. 10 About the press.............................................................................................................................. 10 Things around the Room................................................................................................................ 11 Items on the net.............................................................................................................................. 11
A BRILLIANT POETRY READING..................................................................................... 12 MICHAEL KELLEHER .................................................................................................................................. 13

WALKING THE DOG: ELEVEN VOICE MEMOS.................................................... 14
ROBIN F. BROX ............................................................................................................................................. 18

Here or There ................................................................................................................................ 19 right woven prices ........................................................................................................................... 20 Three Stones .................................................................................................................................. 28 For All the Other Birds................................................................................................................. 29
MICHAEL BASINSKI ..................................................................................................................................... 30

Maid of Beer.................................................................................................................................. 31
GEOFFREY GATZA ...................................................................................................................................... 33

One Fold in the Sheet of Paper ...................................................................................................... 34 Plastic Lemon Trees....................................................................................................................... 35 The Exclamation Point Machine ................................................................................................... 36 Pumpkin Pie ................................................................................................................................. 37 Waltz............................................................................................................................................ 38 Twenty Years On .......................................................................................................................... 39
WADE STEVENSON ...................................................................................................................................... 40

YOU ARE THE ONE ............................................................................................................ 41 TO TOSHI, MY WHITE DOG .............................................................................................. 42 HOW TO LIVE LIKE THE STARS ................................................................................... 43 LOVE SONG FOR LORI ...................................................................................................... 44
SELF PORTRAITS FROM POETS AND BOOK PEOPLE ................................................. 47

Tom Clark.................................................................................................................................... 48 George Bowering ............................................................................................................................ 50 Hank Lazer ................................................................................................................................. 52 Lewis Warsh................................................................................................................................. 54

Eileen Myles.................................................................................................................................. 56 Kazim Ali..................................................................................................................................... 58 David Meltzer ............................................................................................................................... 62 Bill Berkson .................................................................................................................................. 66 Michael Basinski........................................................................................................................... 70 Aaron Lowinger ............................................................................................................................ 72 Keith Waldrop............................................................................................................................... 74 Rosmarie Waldrop......................................................................................................................... 76 Peter Money................................................................................................................................... 78 Robin F. Brox............................................................................................................................... 82 Ed Adamczyk .............................................................................................................................. 84 Geoffrey Gatza .............................................................................................................................. 86 Barbara Cole................................................................................................................................. 88
ARTWORK DISPLAY BY PETER FOWLER........................................................................ 90

BlazeVOX @ Burchfield Penney
Featuring a brilliant Poetry Reading: Michael Basinski, Wade Stevenson, Robin Brox, Michael Kelleher, and Geoffrey Gatza

Welcome!
Hello and thank you for stopping by this online version of our BlazeVOX @ Burchfield Penney! We had an extravagant BlazeVOX [books] event at a new large art gallery in Buffalo, The Burchfield Penny on November 10th 2011 from 6 to 8 PM. The night was catered with food and drinks from Oliver’s Restaurant and it was all quite delicious. The entire evening was a dream come true and such fun, we wanted to share! There are several parts to this work: A Brilliant Poetry Reading: We were unable to record the reading, so we decided to put together a small packet that captured the fun of the whole event. Featuring the work of Michael Basinski, Wade Stevenson, Robin Brox, Geoffrey Gatza and Michael Kelleher. Portrait Drawings by artist Peter Fowler: Artwork featured in Wade Stevenson’s book, A Testament to Love and Loss by Peter Fowler. These images were on display at the reading, as well as Peter drawing self-portraits for guests. His work to me is intertwined with poetry as his studios are above Rust Belt Books, a local used book shop in Buffalo. His paintings are in the poetry reading room and it just felt natural to have him there. So hurray on Peter for being such a great supporter of poetry! Self Portraits of Poets and Book People: As a fund raising idea, we asked local and international poets and book people to send us a self-portrait. We set up a packet of paper, pens, markers and other art utensils along with return mailing. We received work from all around North America, including National Book Award winner Keith Waldrop and the first Canadian Poet Laureate, George Bowering. This was so much fun to watch as everything came together. In total we received 30 pieces of artwork, and we sold a great deal of it at the show. We also have an online shop where we will have for sale, the remaining pieces. So if

you were not able to come to the event, but wanted to help out the press while taking home a self portrait of a favorite poet, here is your chance!

Self Portraits of Poets Fundraiser – online shop! http://www.blazevox.org/index.php/Shop/self-portraits-of-poets-fundraiser/
Self Portrait artists and page number to find their artwork: Tom Clark.................................................................................................................................... 48 George Bowering ............................................................................................................................ 50 Hank Lazer ................................................................................................................................. 52 Lewis Warsh................................................................................................................................. 54 Eileen Myles.................................................................................................................................. 56 Kazim Ali..................................................................................................................................... 58 David Meltzer ............................................................................................................................... 62 Bill Berkson .................................................................................................................................. 66 Michael Basinski........................................................................................................................... 70 Aaron Lowinger ............................................................................................................................ 72 Keith Waldrop............................................................................................................................... 74 Rosmarie Waldrop......................................................................................................................... 76 Peter Money................................................................................................................................... 78 Robin F. Brox............................................................................................................................... 82 Ed Adamczyk .............................................................................................................................. 84 Geoffrey Gatza .............................................................................................................................. 86 Barbara Cole................................................................................................................................. 88 Again, thank you for all of your kind support and allowing BlazeVOX [books] to continue on! Do keep an eye out for the Late-Fall issue of BlazeVOX11. It will be out around thanksgiving time and will be a wonderful issue. Also, this years Thanksgiving Menu-Poem, a book length poetry dinner, now in it's tenth year, celebrates Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop. Do stop on by the site on Thanksgiving Day to have a moment of poetry.
BlazeVOX [books] http://www.blazevox.org BlazeVOX11: Late-Fall issue http://www.blazevox.org/index.php/journal/ Thanksgiving Menu-Poem http://www.blazevox.org/index.php/thanksgiving-poems/

Hurray! Rockets, Geoffrey
Saturday November 19, 2011 Geoffrey Gatza Editor & Publisher

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Burchfield Penney Introduction:
Thank You’s
+ Thank you all for coming out on this lovely evening! + Thank you to the Burchfield Penney for hosting us. + A big thank you to Wade Stephenson for making this event happen! Without his support this would be happening in my living room. + Thank you to Peter Fowler for his drawings and self-portraits! + Thank you to the poets and writers from Buffalo and from all around North America who provided self-portraits for our fundraiser. Of which I’ll talk more about, but since this is a moment for clapping and hurray’s, well hurray and thank you. + And a big thank you and a hug to everyone here tonight and all who support this press.

About the press.
BlazeVOX [books] presents innovative fictions and wide ranging fields of contemporary poetry. Our books push at the frontiers of what is possible with our innovative poetry, fiction and select non-fiction and literary criticism. Our fundamental mission is to disseminate poetry, through print and digital media, both within academic spheres and to society at large. Now in our eleventh year of operation BlazeVOX has published 275 books and over 1100 writers in our online journal and other outlets. We have 75 kindle books available on Amazon.com and 50 free ebooks on our web page. Our family of fine writers includes Bill Berkson, Anne Waldman, Clayton Eshleman, Lee Ann Brown, Tom Clark, Ray Federman, Michael Boughn, and Gloria Frym. And many, many more talented writers that I encourage you to read. We have a full book table just out these doors and we have a full shop on our webpage, blazevox.org I want to make a small mention of BlazeVOX-Gate! I want to say thank you for standing by my side through one of the most turbulent moments in my life. I strive for poetry, not as a craven image, but poetry as that great medium through which we can all celebrate, understand and find new ways to understand our strange position within the universe. Through poetry all things can be achieved. Through poetry, we can write out how things feel, seem and mean as easily as we can describe how things do not feel, do not seem, and do not mean. Poetry pins down the indescribable, that thing known and experienced but not uttered, that shared space of communication that lifts one beyond the things that can be written or spoken. And it is my privilege to do this work. Thank you for allowing it to continue.

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Things around the Room
In just a moment we will have a brilliant Poetry Reading featuring Michael Basinski, Wade Stevenson, Robin Brox, and Michael Kelleher. I too will bother you with a poem or two of my own. A Huge Table of Books Check out a selection of our 275 printed books. Several authors are on hand to sign their books for you! All titles are $15 tonight only! All this goes to help keep our press alive and well. Portrait Drawings by artist Peter Fowler Peter has a displaying his artwork featured in Wade Stevenson’s book, thank you again for bringing and displaying them. Self Portraits at a fixed price: We asked for self-portraits from local and international poets and book people. Including work from National Book Award winner Keith Waldrop and the first Canadian Poet Laureate, George Bowering. My inspiration for these self-portraits was Burt Britton’s book, Self-Portrait, Book People Picture Themselves Keith Waldrop, Rosmarie Waldrop, Tom Clark, Lewis Warsh, Michael Rothenberg, Eileen Myles, Charles Alexander, David Meltzer, Bill Berkson, Kazim Ali, Peter Money, Robin Brox, Ed Adamczyk, Aaron Lowinger, and Hank Lazer Prices on works range from $25 to $100. So do help out the press and take home a portrait of famous poet. Hurray and thank you!

Items on the net
Do keep an eye out for the Fall issue of BlazeVOX11. It will be out around thanksgiving. And this years Thanksgiving Menu-Poem, a book length poetry dinner, now in it's tenth year, celebrates Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop. Do stop on by the site on thanksgiving day to have a moment of poetry. Hurray and thank you. I want to welcome our poets:

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A Brilliant Poetry Reading
Poems featured at the BlazeVOX @ Burchfield Penney reading

MICHAEL KELLEHER
WALKING THE DOG: ELEVEN VOICE MEMOS

ROBIN F. BROX
Here or There right woven prices Three Stones For All the Other Birds

MICHAEL BASINSKI
Maid of Beer

GEOFFREY GATZA
One Fold in the Sheet of Paper Plastic Lemon Trees The Exclamation Point Machine Pumpkin Pie Waltz Twenty Years On

WADE STEVENSON
YOU ARE THE ONE TO TOSHI, MY WHITE DOG HOW TO LIVE LIKE THE STARS LOVE SONG FOR LORI

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Michael Kelleher
Michael Kelleher is an American poet. He is the author of two collections of poems, Human Scale (BlazeVOX Books, 2007) and To Be Sung (BlazeVOX Books, 2005). His poems and essays have appeared at The Poetry Foundation Website, Jacket, ecopoetics, The Poetry Project Newsletter, The Brooklyn Rail, The Buffalo News, Slope, and others, and he has read his work in the U.S., Canada, and as part of the Encuentro del Poesia Del Lenguaje in Havana, Cuba in 2001. With Ammiel Alcalay, he edits the 'OlsonNow' blog, which is dedicated to the poetry and poetics of Charles Olson. Since 2000, he has edited ELEVATOR, an artist's book poetry press, whose projects have included The Box Project (2000), based on the work of ecoinstallation artist Brian Collier, The Postcard Project (2001) based on the work of French painter/sculptor Isabelle Pellissier, and The Grid Project (2003), based on the work of artist Amy Stalling and her husband, Jonathan Stalling who translates from Chinese. In 2008, he began a blog project called "Aimless Reading," in which he daily catalogs his personal library in alphabetical order, photographing and writing about each title. He lives in Buffalo, NY, where he works as the Artistic Director of Just Buffalo Literary Center.

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WALKING THE DOG: ELEVEN VOICE MEMOS
1 Smashed pumpkin. Fallen leaves. Garbage tote. Fire plug. Sound of wind, cars passing. Buffalo recycles. The yellow on the green. The black on the green leaves of the maple tree. Black spots. Tinkling of dog collar. Number ninety-six. Tinkling. No parking 9 AM -4 PM, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Un-smashed pumpkins. Clear plastic leaf bags. Smiling scarecrows. Winter approaches. Sound of footsteps. Jogger in knit cap. I can hear his breathing. Moisture in the concrete. Rust on the mailbox. The wind is picking up, leaves falling here and there. The dog is pulling hard on the chain. One dog year equals seven human years. It’s autumn. The bright red of the bush swallows the sandstone column. 2 Woke to Lori screaming in bed. The cats had knocked the bookcase over. We thought it was a prowler. Crunching sounds. Feels as if the wind is bringing with it the first real taste of winter. Leaves strewn across the sidewalk in thick bunches. More crunching sounds. Ghosts of dormant flowers whose names I can’t recall. Yellowing, inevitable. Street lamps still on. Sun creeping out. Sound of leaves scraping pavement. The dog is pulling hard on the chain. Gray and yellow edge of clouds lit on the horizon. Inaudible. A splash of light on the blank white face of the old folks’ home. Brown, shutter-less windows. A man is counting boxes by the door. This is the place I come to vote. Sound of panting. Hey hey hey! Let go of that! Chimes clank in the wind. Maybe the world and what I see in it is enough. DirecTV dish pointing southward towards the light. The satellite. 3 I hear a siren in the distance. Woke up thinking something about my father. Can’t remember what. Made a note to myself, mentally, to record it. School bus passing, empty. I see more sky today than yesterday. Three men stare at a freshly painted home. Mailbox. Fireplug. Sandstone wall. Even the bright red leaves of the bush are falling away. I wasn’t thinking about my father at all. I was thinking I had reached middle age. That it felt like some kind of crisis. Maybe a sense I hadn’t lived up to my ambitions. Sound of cars passing. That is to say, I wonder when it begins. Is it 30? 35? 40? 45? 50? What do you call a 42-year-old? Hey, hey, hey! Doggie, stop pulling. Come on. Yeah, let’s walk across the grass, doggie. Yeah, doggie, what do you smell? Do you smell birdies? Calm down. Sit. Sit. Sit. Good dog.

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4 It’s nice out here in the cold. Crisp. The air. My nose running slightly. Sound of sniffling. A crow is cawing up above. I had a dream the dog shit out a metal ball. I felt guilty. I reached for the offending object, but she sucked it back up into her ass. Like she didn’t want me to take it. I can’t quite visualize what the object was. The two words that pop into my mind are ‘egg’ and ‘microphone’. ‘Microphone.’ ‘Mic.’ ‘Michael.’ The dog was giving birth to Michael. Cough. It’s a little cold out. Sniff. Brings a nice flush to my face. Red berries on a hedge. Sound of music in the distance. 5 Cold fingers. The wind’s blowing so hard I’ve put my gloves on. Elect Mark Grisanti, New York State Senate. Blue, white, yellow sign. For rent, Property Management, 445-2325. Inaudible. Flowers whose names I can’t recall. Brightly colored even now. Purple, yellow, burnt orange. Like longstemmed, multicolored bunches of dandelions, which I am sure they’re not. Sound of footsteps. A pile of yellow leaves raked to the corner. Sound of breathing. One of those trees Lori’s always pointing out. Long, black, dessicated pods hang from empty branches. Ominous. Elect Mark C. Rogers, Supreme Court Judge. Red, white, blue sign. Sound of footsteps, leaves crunching. A man just passed on a bike. Middle-aged, bearded. Looked me right in the eye. Like he wanted to say hello. 6 Empty school bus passing. Lawns blanketed in orange-tinted leaves. Black spots. Air crisp and a little cold. Sun shining, seems like for the first time in a week. Daylight savings ended Sunday. Sound of footsteps, leaves crunching, breathing. Zelda sees another dog across the street. Still some pumpkins out. The happy scarecrows still there. And these little scarecrow dolls. They also look happy. That once red bush now almost bare. A few small red fruits cling to its branches. Sound of paper ripping. Napkin in dog’s mouth. The memory of having experienced certain objects before. Observing them change. Over time. Seems. Kind of. Important. To me. Dark-brown, leaf-shaped stains on the walk. I guess the leaves fell, got wet, sat a few days before leaving these shadows in their wake.

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7 Passing in front of the old folks’ home. Voted last week. Democrat across the line. The sun is lighting up the side of a white house ahead, black brick chimney running down the front. White picket fence surrounding the yard. Sound of cars passing, footsteps, leaves crunching. Another empty school bus. Tiny white flowers on a bush. Cars passing. Last night I came upon a hand print preserved in the sidewalk, the letter ‘Z’ pressed into the center of the palm. Beneath it–Zelda, stop! Come on. It’s just a squirrel!–three separate dice, also pressed into place, each turned to number six, as in, ‘666,’ yes, the number of the beast. I photographed it. Sent it to Facebook. It received several “likes” and comments from “friends,” one of whom was Yunte Huang. We got to chatting of Pound’s periplum. Local knowledge. Seeing the land as the sailor sees it. From the sea. And not as a bird might. From the sky. 8 A very tall man on a very tall bike. Light blue helmet. Brown jacket. Green shoulder bag. Red shoes. Quite a frost last night. Through the bathroom window this morning I could see the icy sheen on the roof next door. Sounds of multiple cars passing. We’re moving towards winter for sure. The house with the scarecrows still has the scarecrows out front. The empty school bus passes. Black minivan. Three guys painting a house. Still a few roses on the rosebushes. Sound of frozen leaves crunching. An evergreen of some sort. Inaudible. Big green house, fire escape descending from upper window to front porch roof. Doesn’t descend any further. I guess you’d have to jump from there to be saved. An old sandstone hitching post. Popular kitsch item. What’s the word for its shape? Obelisk. Yes. It’s a brown, sandstone obelisk. Three feet high. Textured sides. Copper hoop. To tie up non-existent horses. 9 Sound of loud car accelerating. I wonder if anybody is ever not escaping the present. Inaudible. Torn open shopping bag in the grass. Strewn diapers. Maybe someone got mugged. Had their bag ripped open. Lost their diapers. Clearing of throat. Church bell ringing. Bird chirping in tree. Footsteps on pavement. Tinkle of dogchain. The unrecorded soundtrack of our walk. Cough. Cough.

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10 Still leaves on the maples. They seem to be the last to go. Black spots on all. I wonder if it’s just part of the process of dying off before winter or evidence of some sickness in the trees. White and purple flowers whose names I can’t recall. Four bushes brightly in bloom. Raffle tickets scattered across the pavement. A stencil on a mailbox of a blue-skinned gypsy sipping soda from a straw. White roses. Tree with plastic bag caught in naked branches.

11 Cardboard boxes. Recycling bins. Speak of the devil. There’s a recycling truck now. Dark blue compactor. Bright yellow cab. They say recycling in the city is going to change. Our little blue totes replaced by wheeled green ones twice the size. We’ll be able to put more kinds of stuff into them. Which is good, I guess. We have so much of it. Recorded October 27-November 24, 2010

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Robin F. Brox
Robin F. Brox is a poet, teaching artist, and the Marketing & Publicity Coordinator for Just Buffalo Literary Center. A graduate of Amherst High School, SUNY--Buffalo, and The University of Maine--Orono, she runs the small feminist press and occasional performance series saucebox. Author of the blog Ice Hockey Chick, and several chapbooks, Sure Thing is her first full-length poetry collection (BlazeVOX [books], 2011). Brox's poems have appeared in Artvoice, Nickel City Nights, The Buffalo News, & various journals, and “When In Doubt, Cowboy Out,” a section of the long experimental poem A. Concoct Key Gush Run, is available as an Instant Chapbook from Binge Press (2011). She is a proud member of Buffalo Poets Theater, serving as its technical director, and as co-director for its most recent production, Gertrude Stein's Doctor Faustus Lights The Lights. An interview between Brox and fellow BlazeVOX poet David Hadbawnik is currently a special feature at Bookslut.com.

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Here or There

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right woven prices

over netting

under fan blades over medium over table under white cotton under rail stop under April nighttime under candle wax under hands

over public moment over covers under salad dressing over shoulders over coffee

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over wireless telephones over script under foot over ashtrays filling over grate shapes over series over burdock wildly over tired

under time change under Orion’s belt under eyelids under black polyester

under camera lens under shower heads

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over wrists in under person forest over ripping out over guest list under victory garden over stubble over game scores over rolling pin over corner lookout under massive frames under weight of under rust spot under honey sky under stone-skipping

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over masks erupting over wrought iron cornfield over backless over threaded needle

under seasonal under nylon

under bead gravity under metal dimensions over twelve o’clock strike under whale oil under hide

over glass-bottomed

over big band under attention span

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over silk tie

under scrutiny over smoked meats over quilt pattern under blossom riot under nails

over appetizers over burn marks

under earplug energy under root tangle over Mohawk Valley under zoning restriction under sleeplessness

over foreign exchange rates

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over homemade over low tide over fast water over holiday over light deprivation

under Ferris wheels under furrow under tear-stain

over raw particulars under what’s wrong under drenching over faces made

under spellbound

under chlorine burn

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over dust layer over spines ranging over border drama-force

under layers of under hemline under piss stained under pipe sweat under gut song under confluence under feather shackle

over sensitive tremble over slow dances over profiling error over bowl passing

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over attempted lines under humidity percentage over chipped over debate history over garlic peel over guesses over rivered desert under plucked things under absent voice under mine cavernings under ribbon curl under letting go

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Three Stones
One black one white one red smothered salt water waves and faintly scented insistence, stay with me ’til memories etch

our names onto each other’s skin we call onyx, obsidian we call brick, ruby, garnet my body in alabaster what we can and can’t remember or rename.

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For All the Other Birds
A labyrinth is a system of control (a rope) a maze is a method of confusion (a blindfold)

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Michael Basinski
Michael Basinski is the Curator of the Poetry Collection of the University at Buffalo. He performs his work as a solo poet and in ensemble with BuffFluxus. His many books include his BlazeVOX titles All My Eggs Are Broken and Gerald Locklin: A Critical Introduction. Among his other 40 titles are Poems Popeye Papyrus (Slack Buddha Press) and Of Venus 93 (Little Scratch Pad). His poems and other works have appeared in many magazines including Dandelion, BoxKite, Open Letter, Torgue, Explosive Magazine, First Offense, Terrible Work, Kenning, Lungfull, Lvng, Generator, Tinfish, Curicule Patterns, Score, Unarmed, Rampike, House Organ, Ur Vox, Damn the Caesars, Pilot, 1913, Filling Station, Talisman, Western Humanities Review, Vanitas, Public Illumination, and Poetry.

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Maid of Beer
by Michael Basinski

-first movementAngel oVUrsus big Major star dipper ov beer maid on blackbear skinsOv July evening skyfoam Aesir night bubbles inbeer blackberries of

shadow sweetcreep about the hot trees and curdled thorn bushes appear a pear shape I’m crazy intoxicant you about white suds red lipstick away a lace veil carpet that flies let’s go Las Coix Here! I’ll

have a cupUrOv a beer and gold beer golden chalice of O and then another cupid arrow and psyche beer Maenad of the bar of the beer tent Hathar

fete of Egyptian Luxor and cotton towels dry my dripping face dripping of need nighttime O! and wanton face a dry throat Gobi alone murmur July of Ur O my moist I more lush quart cups beer cool to hear your sea negligee a saillute wax candles red in the her royal order of

cups want I’m wanted drunk or alive lure snail tied tight of negligent honey

middle center belly-button lewd mast of the beer tent

the night waiters fulfill spoon sprouts Severin many teats and dicks from de side of the Simon Pure beer truck pore more forth excess cups of beer more

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I beg to you genuflect for a chug from dewy tap moth froth wings veined here I am here to chug gulps down walrus clam the gulley goddesses of beer worship wishes for you bring me you’re so vain I inhale hear the

Raugutiene Ninkasi Mbaba Mbaba Mbaba Mwana my heart

Waresa Yasigi Radegast Yasigi Raugutiene Yasigi yeeeeeest the fungus ona cucumber

my mouth is my drunken heart do take me and your pheromone whole me arrow of my

my vocal order spilling is singing perfume my mouth

hearing my witch my hope I

Eros is in my stiff atrium of cola dusk odor barley

where owls hunt in the spermy

allowed to sprout

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Geoffrey Gatza
Geoffrey Gatza is the editor and Publisher of BlazeVOX, which presents innovative fictions and wide ranging fields of contemporary poetry. The fundamental mission of BlazeVOX is to disseminate poetry, through print and digital media, both within academic spheres and to society at large. Gatza has received an award from the Fund for Poetry and is the author many books of poetry. Secrets of my Prison House is his latest title. Kenmore: Poem Unlimited and Not So Fast Robespierre (Menendez Publishing) are also available. His writings for children’s include HouseCat Kung Fu: Strange Poems for Wild Children (Meritage Press), A Rocket Full of Pie and A Book of Fables are loved around the world. He is also the author of the yearly Thanksgiving Menu-Poem series, a book length poetic tribute for prominent poets, which is now in it's tenth year. He is a CIA trained chef, a former Marine, a lifelong Sherlockian and an avid philatelist and lives in Buffalo, NY with his girlfriend and two cats.

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One Fold in the Sheet of Paper
Lives are written on a flat surface and in time fold upon itself into a story. The yellow finches in the elm tree watch the old man confess at his table. They fly off into vagueness and become mundanely human in the clouds. He is praying at the dinner table over a drab triangle napkin. His eyes are old but his glasses are at the height of fashion, His lips purse as he folds the cloth into a corrupt paper swan. The stars pleat when they express a crimped line. As we mature we take the technique and error out Of emotion and simply live out an understanding. It is a hesitant awkward reaction, feeling he cannot make it work this time. He saws musically at a concentric cello with a silent origami paper bow. In a simple orchestration of melody nothing thus comes to mean a trifle.

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Plastic Lemon Trees
It was a difficult decision that leads him to the crypt His memory was shaking as he neared the gray stone angels He places hand on the iron gate hoping that what is inside will remain there A mailman in an orange slicker hands the older woman a package She is waving to him as he rides down the wet street on a bicycle She returns to her kitchen and places the box on the table near the flowers The shadow over the picket fence illumines the children’s playground He tells the others of the haunted house on the heath that is over the hill There is that strange starlike silence of wonderment that fall over their blank faces A man with a hammer walks away from them with his head low into the white doorway The black lion doorknocker gleams pride to the onlookers and nosy parkers He has had enough of village life, climbs a ladder and goes back to his work She looks exhausted from her talk and slumps into her car She is unaware of the man in the backseat waiting for her He is wearing a gray suit and is thumbing through a Gideon’s bible In the classroom the young boy is blowing up a balloon Consider this a checkpoint on the road to ruin The pull of the underworld, under the mountains The upsurge of water, the wonders of fire The calm breezes of warm floral springtime The open amusing skies of county fairs The apple pie flakes of orange autumn There is so much detail in real life you would think it was plastic

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The Exclamation Point Machine
She was photographed holding her red passport up to her face. They did not believe that she was the woman she claimed to be. There are handsome soldiers standing directly behind her They have short black rifles and look down at her intently. There is a dreamlike quality in the tone of accusation. Smoke drifts around the outside of the framed picture. She is angered, annoyed by these men with guns. She wants to be respected or taken at face value. Her hair is rather glamorous, covered in white silks Yet the paper cannot feel her, or our, humiliation.

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Pumpkin Pie
I entered into a pumpkin pie contest a few years ago. I lost because of politics and aesthetics. My pie was a conceptual pumpkin pie; it had a crust made up of honey gingered pumpkin slices cut into the shape of the word pumpkin. Over and over again the word pumpkin went into every bite and in every mouthful was a reversal of thought and speech. The word itself inhaled with whipped cream rather than spoken on the cold October air. There was little support for the pie and I lost the contest. It did not taste like thanksgiving; an old woman jeered at me. What is wrong with you, an old man said holding onto a young girl who was crying relentlessly. I never entered another contest and plan to eat my pies in my own home. In my own private pumpkin patch with my own pumpkins and my pumpkin blog and a bowl of pumpkin seeds and I will eat to my fill. There is no other message to believe in, nothing other than my pumpkins and my pumpkins shall prevail if only in my own imaginary nation deep within my super-secret illusionland of Pumpkinvillia. There I shall dwell for hours alone with my cats and a blanket, indulging in my reverse words and idea. This is my pie, not yours. This is my pumpkin, I shall not want.

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Waltz
A single swinging incandescent light blub Hanging from the gray crackling ceiling. He is naked and they are in pressed uniforms. There is filth on his leg and he is cold in the concrete room. They spray him down with a water-hose before allowing themselves to touch him. The scent of urine and sweat; The fear in the eyes of this once confident man, The swelling and bruising from previous beatings. They ask him businesslike to lie down on the table. He cannot move. Once again they ask him to lie down. He tells them that they know each other; They nod silently. They look down at the table as if to say, lets get on with it. In the library studying, It is easy to forget amongst all the books and lint How the powerful revel in the silence of printing.

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Twenty Years On
2011-01-20

as a fomer marine, it is my pleasure to celebrate with you the 236th Marine Corps birthday. It is my 24th time celebrating this day. Hurray!

In the twenty years since we went to war we find more things to argue about. There is a round wooden table where many old men sit recounting old glory. Their arms are on their chins while another of their group articulates a point; One man is covering his mouth in disbelief, holding back his need to speak. He said, there were successes to counter the mistakes that were made. The camera moves its focus to the toy hobbyhorse over their shoulder. If we could forget the old men and their toys We could go outside and play with our friends.

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Wade Stevenson
Wade Stevenson was born in New York City in 1945. He now lives in Buffalo, New York with his wife Lori, his daughter, Annawade, and his three dogs, Toshi, Toulou and Daisy. He is the author of The Little Book of He and She, ONE TIME IN PARIS: A Memoir of the 1960s, Beds, Colors of Love, The Nude Paper Sermon, Ice Cream Parlors in Asia. His most recent title, A Testament to Love & Other Losses, is published by BlazeVOX [books]

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YOU ARE THE ONE
You are the one I sleep with And I touch your hands in the night Come to me, come now, the wind whispers I sleep the sleep of the lonely Because you sleep apart from me Come to me, come now, I whisper And the wind outside the windows cries In vain, while dreams lunge like wild Horses in my mind, and I reach to caress Your sleeping form, that does not need me, As I need to touch you, pale sweet body, Your limbs loosened like reeds in the water Of sleep, as I pace restlessly through the rooms Of my memories, calling your name, dear Lori, As a boy in a choir sings out to the pagan goddess Who rules his secret passions…Come to me, come Now, I call in the wilderness of the night, I need you as the dawn needs the darkness I want my flesh to cling to you until it becomes Our flesh, our bones, our love And nothing is needed any more Because there is: this.

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TO TOSHI, MY WHITE DOG
The white Japanese spitz --Four-legged fluff ball --Runs at full tilt Across the October grass While the grass sings Around his air-pumping paws.

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HOW TO LIVE LIKE THE STARS
Look at the night sky Feel nothing Be silent Feel the stillness, Inhale the immensity With one look You can feel How far everything is, How dangerously close.

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LOVE SONG FOR LORI
Life is a dream you know And you know that I know And I know that you know And we know that we know And we know what we know But we don’t know how we know Life is a dream you know But we will live hard And we will die softly Like a whisper in the night Which is a dream as you know, And you know that I know, And what we know we are not telling Because we don’t have to Because we know what we know And there is no need to know more At least not now, not now So we will simply go on in the sweet Ignorance of our un-knowing, Which is our knowing and not knowing Our not knowing anything really Except we will try to live hard And if we are lucky and live well Perhaps we will be lucky and die softly

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And our old loves will return to us In the new darkness that will fall After our old darkness has disappeared Behind the veil of all our unknowing Because life is a dream, you know And we will go on because we have no choice There will be no end to our going on We will go on and on And the dream will continue As we lock hands tenderly in our ignorance There is no end, there is no beginning There is only the darkness of what will come And the remembrance of the light that was I want you to go with me, I need you to go with me Hold my hand and step into the darkness Step lightly beyond the threshold of our knowing Come with me into my night, Hold a candle in my darkness Cover my eyes with your sweet hands We go round and round in the circle of love Blissfully unknowing, happy only To know what we know, to live in the knowledge Of the bitter everyday that is ours What we know is this: there is no going back. So come with me into the love that we have created, That we both have come to love and to know, With a deep knowing that goes beyond knowledge, As our biblical love goes beyond understanding ---

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Then, standing on the threshold beyond love, Beyond any understanding, completely naked, That is where we are, that is who we are, This is what we know, this is the total sum Of what we do not know, here is the history Of our remembered losses, and our unremembered Failings…. Night is a dream you know, And you know that I know And I know that you know And we both know there is no escape No way out from this dark ever-widening Circle of love, which falls around us like the night, The night which becomes a dream That we can never know, even living it. Here we are, alone in our beautiful sleep, The sleep of the dead, the sleep of unknowing, The sleep that carries us beyond Even the dream of the night. I want to be with you. I want to love wildly And then die softly. I want this dream to end In the beginning and end of the love That you and I have both come to know. Remember this, dear one: there is no end To our love, there is no end to what we Have begun, there is no end to our dream, To the remembrances of all our nights, To the combined wisdoms of our knowing And of our not knowing, there is no end.

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Self Portraits from Poets and Book People
As a fund raising idea, we asked local and international poets and book people to send us a self-portrait. We set up a packet of paper, pens, markers and other art utensils along with return mailing. We received work from all around North America, including National Book Award winner Keith Waldrop and the first Canadian Poet Laureate, George Bowering. This was so much fun to watch as everything came together. In total we received 30 pieces of artwork, and we sold a great deal of it at the show. We also have an online shop where we will have for sale, the remaining pieces. So if you were not able to come to the event, but wanted to help out the press while taking home a self portrait of a favorite poet, here is your chance!

Self Portraits of Poets Fundraiser – online shop!
http://www.blazevox.org/index.php/Shop/self-portraits-of-poets-fundraiser/ Self Portrait artists and page number to find their artwork: Tom Clark.................................................................................................................................... 48 George Bowering ............................................................................................................................ 50 Hank Lazer ................................................................................................................................. 52 Lewis Warsh................................................................................................................................. 54 Eileen Myles.................................................................................................................................. 56 Kazim Ali..................................................................................................................................... 58 David Meltzer ............................................................................................................................... 62 Bill Berkson .................................................................................................................................. 66 Michael Basinski........................................................................................................................... 70 Aaron Lowinger ............................................................................................................................ 72 Keith Waldrop............................................................................................................................... 74 Rosmarie Waldrop......................................................................................................................... 76 Peter Money................................................................................................................................... 78 Robin F. Brox............................................................................................................................... 82 Ed Adamczyk .............................................................................................................................. 84 Geoffrey Gatza .............................................................................................................................. 86 Barbara Cole................................................................................................................................. 88

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Tom Clark
Tom Clark (born March 1, 1941) is an American poet, editor and biographer. Clark was born on the Near West Side of Chicago and educated at the University of Michigan where he received a Hopwood Award for poetry. On March 22, 1968, he married Angelica Heinegg, at St. Mark’s Church, New York City.[1] Currently (as of 2009) residing in California, Tom Clark's recent books of poetry are Light & Shade: New and Selected Poems (Coffee House, 2006) and Threnody (effing press, 2006). His most recent BlazeVOX books are Feeling for the Ground, At The Fair, 2008, out now Canyonesque!

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Tom Clark

George Bowering
George Harry Bowering, OC, OBC (born December 1, 1935) is a prolific Canadian novelist, poet, historian, and biographer. He has served as Canada's Parliamentary Poet Laureate. He was born in Penticton, British Columbia, and raised in the nearby town of Oliver, where his father was a high-school chemistry teacher. Bowering is author of more than 90 books. Bowering is the best-known of a group of young poets including Frank Davey, Fred Wah, Jamie Reid, and David Dawson who studied together at the University of British Columbia in the 1950s. There they founded the journal TISH. Bowering lives in Vancouver, British Columbia and is Professor Emeritus at Simon Fraser University, where he worked for 30 years. Never having written as an adherent of organized religion, he has in the past wryly described himself as a Baptist agnostic. In 2002, Bowering was appointed the first ever Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate. That same year, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 2004.

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George Bowering

Hank Lazer
Hank Lazer (b. San Jose, California) is an American poet and critic who teaches at the University of Alabama. Lazer has published fourteen books of poetry since 1992. In addition, he published two volumes of criticism, Opposing Poetries: Volume One—Issues and Institutions and Opposing Poetries: Volume Two—Readings with Northwestern University Press (2006),[5] and edited a collection of essays by various writers and critics (including Helen Vendler), What is a Poet?, for the University of Alabama Press (1987).[6] Religious studies scholar William G. Doty called his "apocalyptic" work "prophetic and creative." Lazer's work has been nominated for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and the 2004 Forward Prize, and won the 2003 Emily Clark Balch Prize for Poetry from the Virginia Quarterly Review.

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Hank Lazer

Lewis Warsh
Lewis Warsh was born in 1944 in the Bronx, New York. He is co-founder, with Anne Waldman, of Angel Hair Magazine and Books, and co-editor, with Bernadette Mayer, of United Artists Magazine and Books. He is the author of over twenty-five books of poetry, fiction and autobiography, most recently Inseparable: Poems 1995-2005 (Granary Books) and A Place in the Sun (forthcoming from Spuyten Duyvil). He is director of the MFA program in creative writing at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York.

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Lewis Warsh

Eileen Myles
Eileen Myles was born in Boston in 1949, attended catholic schools in Arlington, Mass. and graduated from UMass (Boston) in 1971. She came to New York in 1974 to be a poet. Inferno (a poet's novel) which comes out in fall of 2010 from OR books chronicles the adventures of a female writer in hell very much like Eileen Myles. Inferno is actually a kunstlerroman. Myles first became known to many people for her openly female write-in campaign for President of the United States in 1991-92. She received her poetic education at The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church in 1975-77 where she participated in workshops lead by Alice Notley, Ted Berrigan and others. In 1977 and 79 she published issues of dodgems, a poetry magazine which presented a collision of New York School, Language Poetry, performance texts and other likely aesthetics of the time. She co-edited the feminist anthology Ladies Museum (w Timmons, Kraut and Notley), worked as assistant to poet James Schuyler in 1979, and was a founding member of the Lost Texans Collective (w Nauen & McKay) which produced Joan of Arc a spiritual entertainment and Patriarchy, a play. The Poetry Society of American awarded her the Shelley Prize in 2010. She lives in New York

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Eileen Myles

Kazim Ali
Kazim Ali is is the author of two books of poetry, The Far Mosque (Alice James Books), winner of Alice James Books' New England/New York Award, and The Fortieth Day (BOA Editions, 2008). As translator, he has published Water's Footfall by Sohrab Sepehri (Omnidawn Press, 2011). Ali is also the author of the novel Quinn’s Passage (blazeVox books), named one of "The Best Books of 2005" by Chronogram magazine;The Disappearance of Seth (Etruscan Press, 2009); Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities (Wesleyan University Press, 2009);Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence (University of Michigan Press, 2010), and Fasting for Ramadan (Tupelo Press, 2011). He is an assistant professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College and teaches in the low-residency MFA program of the University of Southern Maine. His work has been featured in many national journals such as Best American Poetry 2007, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Barrow Street, jubilat and Massachusetts Review. He teaches at Oberlin College and the Stonecoast MFA program and is a founding editor of Nightboat Books.

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Kazim Ali

Kazim Ali

Kazim Ali

David Meltzer
David Meltzer (born February 17, 1937) is an American poet and musician of the Beat Generation and San Francisco Renaissance. Lawrence Ferlinghetti has described him as "one of the greats of post-World-WarTwo San Francisco poets and musicians."Meltzer came to prominence with inclusion of his work in the anthology, The New American Poetry 1945-1960. One of the key poets of the Beat generation, Meltzer is also a jazz guitarist, Cabalist scholar, and the author of more than 50 books of poetry and prose. 2005 saw the publication of David's Copy: The Selected Poems of David Meltzer (edited by Michael Rothenberg and with an introduction by Jerome Rothenberg), which provides a current overview of Meltzer's work. Meltzer's Beat Thing (La Alameda Press) is his epic poem on the Beat generation. Jack Hirschman said of it: “Meltzer's most important lyri-political work to date...written by a poet who, in terms of the rhythms and verbal inventiveness and the naming of figures of popular culture, is without equal anywhere.” Meltzer's other books include, No Eyes, poems on Lester Young, and a book of interviews, San Francisco Beat: Talking with the Poets (City Lights Books). Meltzer taught at the New College of California in the Poetics Program, which was originally founded by Robert Duncan. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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David Meltzer

David Meltzer

David Meltzer

Bill Berkson
Born in New York in 1939, Bill Berkson is a poet, critic, teacher and sometime curator, who has been active in the art and literary worlds since his early twenties. He is professor emeritus at the San Francisco Art Institute, where, between 1984 and 2008, he taught art history, art writing and poetry; Berkson also served as interim dean in 1992 and directed the Letters and Science and public lectures programs. He is the author of some twenty books and pamphlets of poetry, including Gloria, a portfolio of poems with etchings by Alex Katz (Arion Press, 2005); Our Friends Will Pass Among You Silently (The Owl Press, 2007); Goods and Services (Blue Press, 2008); Portrait and Dream: New & Selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 2009); and Lady Air (Perdika, 2010). His poems have also appeared in many magazines and anthologies. Other recent books are What’s Your Idea of a Good Time: Letters & Interviews 1977-1985 with Bernadette Mayer (Tuumba Press, 2006); BILL with drawings by Colter Jacobsen (Gallery 16 Editions, 2008); Ted Berrigan with George Schneeman (Cuneiform Press, 2009); Not an Exit with Léonie Guyer (Jungle Garden Books, 2011).; and Repeat After Me with watercolors by John Zurier (Gallery Paule Anglim, 2011) Past recipient of awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artspace, Yaddo, the Briarcombe Foundation, the Fund for Poetry, the Poets Foundation, and the American Academy in Rome. Portrait and Dream won the Balcones Prize for Best Book of Poetry in 2010. A collection of his criticism, The Sweet Singer of Modernism & Other Art Writings, appeared from Qua Books in 2004, and Sudden Address: Selected Lectures 19812006 from Cuneiform Press in 2007. A new volume of his art writings, lectures and interviews, For The Ordinary Artist, appeared in 2011 from BlazeVOX Books.

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Bill Berkson

Bill Berkson

Bill Berkson

Michael Basinski
Michael Basinski is the Curator of the Poetry Collection of the University at Buffalo. He performs his work as a solo poet and in ensemble with BuffFluxus. His many books include his BlazeVOX titles All My Eggs Are Broken and Gerald Locklin: A Critical Introduction. Among his other 40 titles are Poems Popeye Papyrus (Slack Buddha Press) and Of Venus 93 (Little Scratch Pad). His poems and other works have appeared in many magazines including Dandelion, BoxKite, Open Letter, Torgue, Explosive Magazine, First Offense, Terrible Work, Kenning, Lungfull, Lvng, Generator, Tinfish, Curicule Patterns, Score, Unarmed, Rampike, House Organ, Ur Vox, Damn the Caesars, Pilot, 1913, Filling Station, Talisman, Western Humanities Review, Vanitas, Public Illumination, and Poetry.

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Michael Basinski

Aaron Lowinger
"All poetics is local," writes Michael Kelleher in response to Aaron Lowinger's Front Park poems. From third floor window, co-founder of House Press and author of moundz.blogspot.com, writes at the ecstasy of despair and the irony of joy. Recent author of chapbook Open Night Poems, about which Michael Basinski exclaims "The poet is in love and singing it poetry and finds all the silly and stupid and mundane things terrific! And finds all the important and special unique love things terrific! And terrific they are and the mind wanderings and celebration of imagination terrific and taxi cabs! And corn! And etc. of the city and as Bard of Buffalo!!" Aaron Lowinger is a poet living in his hometown of Buffalo, NY where he co-curates a poetry and performance series and goes to work damn near every day as a social worker. He was turned onto to poetry by his neighbor Tom Joyce and other teachers who had spent time at the University at Buffalo, where he also enrolled in while working weird part-time jobs and taking long trips. Aaron took classes with Charles Bernstein and received an MA in Linguistics in 2006, working on Germanic languages. He has published numerous chapbooks including Open Night (Transmission Press) and Guide to Weeds (House Press).

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Aaron Lowinger

Keith Waldrop
Keith Waldrop is author of numerous collections of poetry and is the translator of The Selected Poems of Edmond Jabes, as well as works by Claude RoyetJournoud, Anne-Marie Albiach and Jean Grosjean. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and DAAD (Berlin). His titles include HEGEL'S FAMILY, THE OPPOSITE OF LETTING THE MIND WANDER: SELECTED POEMS AND A FEW SONGS, SHIPWRECK IN HAVEN: TRANSCENDENTAL STUDIES, The Balustrade, Light While There is Light, THE LOCALITY PRINCIPLE, ANALOGIES OF ESCAPE and HAUNT. He has twice been nominated for the National Book Award: for his first book of poetry, A Windmill Near Calvary (University of Michigan, 1968); and his most recent, Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy (University of California Press, 2009), which won. With his wife Rosmarie Waldrop he co-edits Burning Deck Press. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and teaches at Brown University.

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Keith Waldrop

Rosmarie Waldrop
Rosmarie Waldrop was born in Kitzingen am Main, Germany, on August 24, 1935. At the age of ten, she spent half a year acting with a traveling theater. She has studied at Wuerzburg, Freiburg, Aix-Marseille and Michigan Universities, earning her Ph.D. in 1966. She has lived in the United States since 1958. Waldrop began publishing her poetry in English in the late 1960s and since 1968 has been co-editor and publisher of Burning Deck Press with her husband, the poet and translator Keith Waldrop. The pair met in 1954 while he was stationed in Kitzingen after the Second World War. She is now the author of more than three dozen books of poetry, fiction, and criticism, most recently her trilogy Curves to the Apple: The Reproduction of Profiles, Lawn of Excluded Middle, Reluctant Gravities (New Directions, 2006), and a collection of essays, Dissonance (University of Alabama Press, 2005). About her work, the poet Diane Wakoski has said, "Rosmarie Waldrop writes the poetry of everyday life and asks her reader to look beyond it, not by dazzling you with spectacular images or fancy metaphors but by simply quietly invoking you to look, listen, reflect." Waldrop's honors include the Rhode Island Governor's Arts Award, the PEN/Book-of-the-Month-Club Citation for Translation, a Translation Center Award, and Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in Poetry and Translation. She has taught at Wesleyan University and, as occasional visitor, at Tufts and Brown. She currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Rosmarie Waldrop

Peter Money
Currently I operate Harbor Mountain Press and teach a class or two at the Center For Cartoon Studies and at an independent community college called Lebanon College. Books to date: These Are My Shoes, Minor Roads, A Big Yellow, Instruments, Between Ourselves, Finding It: Selected Poems, To day—Minutes only, and the “autoseriographic” fiction Che. But to go back: Born, November 6th 1963, Queen of the Valley hospital, Napa California. Third son of two teachers, a Vermonter and a Californian. Grew up in neighborhoods in Napa (until I was 5) and in Centerville, Massachusetts (through high school), and in Vermont (between 5 and 8, and holidays). Arrived at Brooklyn College to study with Ashbery but he’d received a MacArthur award and left the college. Beat legend Allen Ginsberg was left in his place (how fortunate!), as well as Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, Joan Larkin, Lou Asekoff. Ginsberg took particular interest in me, introduced me to my first “little magazine” editors (David Cope and his Big Scream), gave me a blurb for my first book (These Are My Shoes, 1991), and gave me a place in one of his trademark “snapshots” (reproduced in the Stanley Kunitz issue of Provincetown Arts. Have been an “at-home-dad” (many a stroller in many a used book store) to my son and daughter. Magazines started: Writer’s Bloc (at Oberlin, 1985), Lame Duck (initially in Brooklyn 1989), and Across Borders (Lebanon, New Hampshire, 2003). In 2003 I appeared with a nod to poetry and a wink to comics in James Sturm’s Fantastic Four prequel for Marvel Comics, Unstable Molecules. In it, the poet Joey King spouts Kerouac and inspires the boy who would become the Human Torch (get it?).

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Peter Money

Peter Money

Peter Money

Robin F. Brox
Robin F. Brox is a poet, teaching artist, and the Marketing & Publicity Coordinator for Just Buffalo Literary Center. A graduate of Amherst High School, SUNY--Buffalo, and The University of Maine--Orono, she runs the small feminist press and occasional performance series saucebox. Author of the blog Ice Hockey Chick, and several chapbooks, Sure Thing is her first full-length poetry collection (BlazeVOX [books], 2011). Brox's poems have appeared in Artvoice, Nickel City Nights, The Buffalo News, & various journals, and “When In Doubt, Cowboy Out,” a section of the long experimental poem A. Concoct Key Gush Run, is available as an Instant Chapbook from Binge Press (2011). She is a proud member of Buffalo Poets Theater, serving as its technical director, and as co-director for its most recent production, Gertrude Stein's Doctor Faustus Lights The Lights. An interview between Brox and fellow BlazeVOX poet David Hadbawnik is currently a special feature at Bookslut.com.

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Robin F. Brox

Ed Adamczyk

Ed Adamczyk is a writer and weekly columnist at the Tonawanda News. He is the Kenmore Village Historian, a board member of the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society, and the editor of its newsletter. In 2010, Adamczyk acted as researcher and narrator for the WNED documentary "Buffalo's Voices of Steel". Each fall he presents his popular lecture, "Football for Women," at the Kenmore Public Library.

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Ed Adamczyk

Geoffrey Gatza
Geoffrey Gatza is the editor and Publisher of the small press BlazeVOX. The fundamental mission of BlazeVOX is to disseminate poetry, through print and digital media, both within academic spheres and to society at large. Gatza has received awards from the Fund for Poetry and a Boomerang Award. He is the author many books of poetry, including Secrets of my Prison House (2010). Kenmore: Poem Unlimited (2009) and Not So Fast Robespierre (Menendez Publishing 2008). His writings for children’s include HouseCat Kung Fu: Strange Poems for Wild Children (Meritage Press 2008), and Kindle books, A Rocket Full of Pie and The Diamond who wanted to be a Ruby. He is also the author of the yearly Thanksgiving Menu-Poem Series, a book length poetic tribute for prominent poets, now in it's tenth year. He is a CIA trained chef, a former Marine, a lifelong Sherlockian and an avid philatelist. He lives in Buffalo, NY with his girlfriend and two beloved cats. http://www.geoffreygatza.com/ http://www.blazevox.org

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Geoffrey Gatza

Barbara Cole
A new mom and the Education Director at Just Buffalo Literary Center, Barbara Cole holds a Ph.D. in Poetry and Poetics from UB. Cole, is one of the forces behind Wordplay, Just Buffalo’s annual anthology of student writing. She received her M.A. in Poetry from Temple University. Since 2000, she has been writing the ongoing project, situ ation come dies. The latest installment from foxy moron was published in 2004 by /ubu editions. She recently received a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry fellowship. Most recently, Cole co-edited Poets at Play: An Anthology of Modernist Drama (Susquehanna University Press, 2010)

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Barbara Cole

Artwork display by Peter Fowler
Artwork by Peter Fowler featured in Wade Stevenson’s book, A Testament to Love and Loss. These images were on display at the reading, as well as Peter drawing self-portraits for guests.

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