Out Now

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from University of Michigan Press


And Then There Was Lunch

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… with Eirik Steinhoff and Sam Ladkin

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One Invitation One Link One Greeting

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An invitation from Tony Torn to be Christ:

A link to Jane Dalrymple-Hollo’s website:

And a birthday greeting to Elizabeth Fuller.



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Sad Girl Thee Midniters Latin Oldies Trilogy
Minor Yours Chet Baker & Art Pepper The Route
Blinded By The Light Bruce Springsteen Greetings from Ashbury Park
Africa Lakim Shabazz Rare & Unreleased Old School Hip-Hop ’89-’90 Vinyl
We Are Ninja (Not Geisha) Frank Chickens The Best Of Frank Chickens
End Of The Road Hunter S Thompson (Harry Dean Stanton/Jim Jarmusch) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Videotape Radiohead In Rainbows
Trumpet Solo From The Composition Rock Out Roscoe Mitchell Live At The Knitting Factory

Direct Download: lifel.mp3


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Torture Notes

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Bolivia joins Argentina, Costa Rica, Uruguay and Venezuala:

“We will gradually withdraw until there are no Bolivian officers attending the School of the Americas” said Morales. Questioning the U.S. government foreign policy he noted that “they are teaching high ranking officers to confront their own people, to identify social movements as their enemies.”

Meanwhile, through the looking glass, Humpty Dumpty Rudy:

…asked at a community meeting here (Davenport, Iowa) whether he considered waterboarding torture, Mr. Giuliani said: “It depends on how it’s done. It depends on the circumstances. It depends on who does it.”


Will Alexander

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I’ve just heard from Michael Rothenberg that there was an error in the first information about donations for Will. Poets in Need is unable to accept funds ear-marked for a specific person. I’m trying to find out an address for Will, or some other way or place any donations can be sent. More information when I have it.


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It’s another of those days: news of the death of Ron Kitaj, of the illness of Will Alexander, and of the possible collapse of the Centre International de Poésie in Marseille.

Ron I’ve not seen since his time in London, but I well remember him working on those portraits of Robert Duncan, Robert Creeley, Charles Olson and Ed Dorn. He’s gone, so nothing to be done.

Will has cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy. One of those (now) rare poets who has no solid academic position from which to denounce the world, he also does not have the accompanying heath care.

Poets in Need is coordinating efforts to raise money for him. You can make a (tax-deductible) contribution to them, earmarked for Will, and send it to:

Poets in Need
PO Box 5411
Berkeley CA 94705

In New York, there will be a benefit reading for Will at the Bowery Poetry Club, Thursday November 1, 6-8 pm (readers to be announced).

For C.I.P.M., which for almost 20 years has brought poets from all over the world (including the US and the UK) to Marseille for residencies, readings, conferences, exhibitions and workshops, the least you could do to help is to sign the petition here.
Just name and email: you’ll quickly get a confirmation email: that’s done.


Happy Birthday, Light

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In the beginning God created Heaven and Earth . . . which beginning of time (according to our Chronology) occurred at the beginning of that night which preceded the 23rd day of October in 4004 BC.
Archbishop James Ussher


Food Chain

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Cambridge Cattle



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a few shots

Jetlag Blues

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Hanging Around Here Dave Kusworth & The Tenderhooks Dave Kusworth & The Tenderhooks
Ebony Queen McCoy Tyner Sahara
Brighton Graham Greene
Do Be Down Curtis Mayfield The Definitive Soul Collection
Oxycontin Blues Steve Earle Washington Square Serenade
Armand Schultess Paul Rutherford/Paul Lovens Paul Rutherford/Paul Lovens

Direct download jetb.mp3


Thanks, Bill and Elizabeth

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Small Publishers Bookfair

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Small Publishers Bookfair 2007
12-13 October 11am-7pm both days
at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1
Details at

Click for details of readings & talks


Lunchtime Visit

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The Empire of Ice-Cream

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An interesting piece on the logistics of withdrawal from Iraq from yesterday’s Washington Times:

According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the military has some 300,000 “heavy” items that would have to be shipped back, such as ice-cream machines that churn out different flavors upon request at a dozen bases throughout the California-size country. And before it can be loaded onto ships, equipment has to be scrubbed clean to conform to U.S. Agriculture Department regulations. The U.S. maintains some 200 wash points in Kuwait. Helicopters have to be shrinkwrapped.

Read whole article



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There’ll be some changes made Billie Holiday Last Recording
Original pt 2 Mike Osborne/Stan Tracey Original
Stay, Time, awhile thy flying Dowland/The Consort of Musicke A Pilgrimes Solace
E.B. Cecil Taylor The World Of Cecil Taylor

Direct download flying.mp3


More Old Photographs

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October 4th.

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It being Poetry Day, that traditional annual marker celebrating the falling of more money onto the Uriah heap in the O’Brien vault, I couldn’t resist a quick parody of the most Forward poem.

Temporary File: for Al

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Before and After WW2

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Looking through stuff that’s been in storage more than ten years I found these two photographs: my parents’ wedding in the mid-1930s…. and myself at school, the year after the war (fourth from right, middle row)
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