music from january and february 2019

Here you have some songs that caught my ear in January and February. Listen, won’t you?

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reading
Detroit: A Psychopathic Geography – Julie Wu
Always Coming Home – Ursula K. Le Guin
El Mal de la Taiga – Cristina Rivera Garza
Behind the Zine #7 – Billy McCall, editor.
Boundless – Jillian Tamaki
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
David Bowie: The Oral History – Dylan Jones
Houses of Ravicka – Renee Gladman
A Handbook of Disappointed Fate – Anne Boyer
Human Nature #5 – Harley E.D. Houseman and Missy J. Kennedy, editors
Pops – Michael Chabon
Truckface #17 – LB Briggs

watching
Kill All Redneck Pricks
Dr. Who
RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars
Swansea City AFC
Drunk History
Ajijaak on Turtle Island – Ty Defoe, and others.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Review with a Jew

listening
All Kind Music – Georgia
Elysia Crampton and Elysia Crampton Presents: Demon City – Elysia Crampton
Everything’s Fine – Jean Grae
Dialogue – Helen Newby
Degradation Loops and Traced – Jasmine Guffond
Room 25 – Noname
Irreversible Entanglements – Irreversible Entanglements
Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun – Ben LaMar Gay
Friends. Lovers. Favorites. – The Hirs Collective
Selected Early Keyboard Works and Central Palace Music from 100 Model Subjects for Hegikan Roku – Catherine Christer Hennix
Faith Exotica – Shoeg
Sequence – Rattle
Pieces of a Man – Mick Jenkins
Eye Chant and Beside Herself – Michele Mercure
Oculto Pelos Seres and III – Rakta
Negative Capability – Marianne Faithfull
Khonnar and Klabb – Deena Abdelwahed
Free Lutangu and Mentor – Bonaventure
Julius Eastman: Piano Interpretations – Kukuruz Quartet
Really Good – Happy Nina and Nelson Bandela
Queen of Golden Dogs – Vessel
Overload – Georgia Anne Muldrow
Thought Gang – Thought Gang

the year in poetry

March 20, 2018

For John Porcellino

In the evening
the expectant hush
palpable from the small audience

Having dealt with the pause
with humor
a lip to his finger
he sips pop from a can

The first image from his talk
on the projector,
ready

A pause
then he begins with

A,
sigh

Long,
slow
and heavy

 

May 7, 2018

The play of all her feelings as she reads from her phone –
a smile full and open

Silence.

Incredulity in her mouth – pulled to one side in smirk

Silence.

Expectancy – a brief twinge of slow annoyance,
or vague disgust

Silence.

A smile again and silent laughter.

Sun illuminates half of her face as we ascend,
out from the tunnel

Her shirt gathers in a series of wrinkles,
she leans against the half wall and window by the door

Her weight largely on one leg,
one hip slightly raised

 

May 18, 2018

  1. A small black beetle, or flying ant, or other such divided insect, crawling on the thigh and then disappearing over the calf of the woman sitting next to me on the train.
  2. A dream of zombies. Flesh shorn and chewed. Gnawed. Inevitable and foreseen.
  3. The collapse of insect ecosystems and the disappearance of pollinators.
  4. Waking to another school shooting. Nightmarishly routine. Nauseatingly apathetic. Our nation’s meaningless thoughts and useless prayers.
  5. The world ending. The world breaking.

 

October 30, 2018

Tired. The changing of the seasons, tired.

Tired. Waking to a tantrum throwing child, tired.

Tired. It is no longer day, only night, tired.

Tired. The air heavy with dry leaves, tired.

influences

A list of writers who influenced me in some way that directly affected my own writing. Presented in order of first encounter.

Autumn Mather
e.e. cummings
Langston Hughes
Allen Ginsberg
Tristan Tzara
William S. Burroughs
John Porcellino
Barry Gifford
Joan Didion
Anders Nilsen
Michael Ondaatje
Sofia Samatar
Renee Gladman