Distribution Automatique

Saturday, July 14

Kyle Schlesinger

has posted an interview he did with us at SUNY-Buffalo in 2000, published by Cuneiform in a chapbook edition of 100. It has not been otherwise published.

"What appeals to me about disrupting nar-
rative structure is the transgression of auto-
maticity. The “automatic” and the machine
gun are apt contemporary images for the
internally terrifying sensation of violence
exactly because 'reaction time' has been
effectively eliminated. No time for pity or
sympathy. Just plug’em. Simply stated: nar-
rative structure = violence. Or, as I put it in
The Boundary of Blur: The cutting edge of
narrative often turns to blood and is fasci-
nated by monsters."

Wednesday, July 11

Ray Davis Receives The Thinking Blogger Award

I've been thinking about the Thinking Blogger award. Having received this distinction the other day from Michael Lally, I've decided to pass it on to Ray Davis for his pseudopodium which recently reached its eighth birthday.


from a Letter from Debussy to Robert Godet, 18 December 1911

"Talking of organization, I haven't managed so far to find what I want for my two Poe stories...They smell of the lamp and you can see the 'seams.' The longer I go on, the more I detest the sort of intentional disorder whose aim is merely to deceive the ear. The same goes for bizarre, intriguing harmonies which are no more than parlour-games...How much has first to be discovered, then supressed, before one can reach the naked flesh of emotion...pure instinct ought to warn us, anyway, that textures and colours are no more than illusory disguises."


The Best of 8 Random Facts

Tom Beckett's Soluble Census
(It is rumored that Tom Beckett will soon receive a Thinking Blogger Award).

Tuesday, July 10

Ron Silliman announces The Age of Huts has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize

Speaking of classics, at his Zinc Bar reading, on Sunday, June 17 (Father's Day), Ron Silliman made the amazing announcement that his UC Berkeley Book, *The Age of Huts* has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize! Hear it for yourself (Ron reads second, after Jessica Smith). It is unclear at the moment whether this means that *Huts* is now a finalist-or was submitted by UC Berkeley for consideration as a nominated finalist- but either way, this is breaking poetry news!

Ron Silliman and Jessica Smith reading at the Zinc Bar


New listings on our homepage at the Electronic Poetry Center
our EPC homepage("New" is under Online Works)

Monday, July 9


It is, of course, hard to predict what poems from our era will be seen in the future as classics. Yet it was no surprise to me that when I posted James Sherry's haunting poem "She'll Be Comin' Round" awhile back there were many appreciative comments and links posted on blogs. Here is James Sherry reading what I predict will be one of the poems that will be remembered in most future anthologies of today's poetry:

James Sherry reading "She'll Be Comin Round" via Penn Sound

Sunday, July 8

We've Been Nominated!

by Michael Lally on his Lally's Alley blog for the Thinking Blogger Award, which we deeply appreciate. Check out Michael's other nominees. His blog, quickly becoming an online favorite, was nominated and he was asked to nominate five bloggers himself. Poet Michael Lally is also a successful film and tv actor.