Thursday, January 26, 2012

I Live Here Now gets some love!

Today at FANZINE, the wonderful Amy Herschleb recommends the latest Lame House chapbook, Jackie Clark's I Live Here Now:

I Live Here Now by Jackie Clark
The latest offering from Lame House Press (which "irregularly publishes chapbooks from emerging poets"), Jackie Clark's I Live Here Now, reads like the description of an object that is just out of view, or the description of a feeling about an event, always at one remove. The only commitment to titling pieces is the recurring ( ) which introduces each poem. Maybe there's too much invitation to speculate, and maybe the reader begins to think, "now that's a handsome SWAT team guy" (ahem, awkward), or maybe there is just enough and each of the 15 poems may expand in the brain pan like a Shrinky Dink and take on that encoded form. An incomplete list of obsessions (go on, obsess) found herein: repetition, "counting the moments like counting the moments," lists, "prolongs the anti-effacing, / prolongs the darkness," reversal of the word onto the word, "even without the pay off, / which is the pay off," "all this while someone may or may not be looking over my shoulder," and a romance with the end-stop comma, which may or may not be self-evident. Available for $5 (+$1 shipping) from Lame House Press in a limited edition of 100. Jackie Clark can be found at Did I mention I'm a fan? –– AH

Check out her other recommendations and all the other great articles at FANZINE here.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Angela Veronica Wong at Redivider

There's a review with Angela Veronica Wong over at Redivider in which she mentions her forthcoming Lame House chapbook that she collaborated on with Steven Karl. Of the collaboration, she writes:

"I think each collaboration works (and each set of collaborators work) differently. The collaboration I refer to earlier (with Steven Karl) came about simply - I don’t even think we knew it was 'a collaboration' until it was finished. Basically, I sent him a poem just to look over, and he responded with a poem of his own. I wrote one back, and we kept doing that until we stopped.

Ending the series was somewhat intuitive and somewhat situational - we realized we had enough poems for a chapbook and there was a deadline for a contest coming up. Like I said, there was never a structure imposed on this collaboration (other than the back-and-forth), so I suppose we could’ve just kept going, but it did feel like a good endpoint. We then went through and made edits to our own poems, considered the poem order, came up with a title and sent it out."

You can read the full interview here. And look for Veronica and Steven's collaboration, Don't Try This On Your Piano or am i still standing here with my hair down to be released in late February/early March!