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Odd Words September 29, 2011

Posted by The Typist in 504, books, New Orleans, Odd Words, Poetry, Toulouse Street.

Sometimes I read some of the young turk literary blogs like HTML giant–“Tao Lin Tweets a non-meta Tweet!”– and I get this sensation of an emptiness masquerading as…no, not a sensation, a specific visual memory.

Stand up and turn the mechanical rotary dial through all twelve channels. (It is 196x. There is no remote. There are only twelve choices, most of them empty. The images are black-and-white). Between the working channels are the screens of static, the visual representation of the hissing of the absence of a carrier wave. (Someday this will be an art installation entitled “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?”. It is 196x. There are no such things as Art Installations.) There is nothing on. Push in the knob marked On/Off/Volume. (It is 196x. There are no accepted ideograms for these functions).

The image collapses into a dot, which slowly fades from the screen.

Before we get to the listings: I drove over to Far Algiers to Studio in the Woods for what I kept calling the Investment Dinner and Reading (not sure what else to call it) launching poet, scholar and journalist Benjamin Morris’ residency at A Studio in the Woods. He turned the event into a surprise book launch for Coronary, a sonnet cycle on the subject of his father’s recent heart attack. A beautiful letter press work by printed by Fitzgerald Press. I will post up a podcast of his reading separately.


so to the listings:

& Tonight I share the podium with poet and publisher Danniel Kerwick at 17 Poets! at the Goldmine Saloon. Danny will read from his new book of poems ATTACH IT TO EARTH. I will read partly from a small, limited edition chapbook PHONO GRAPH which I thought the occasion of my first featured reading called for. There are only 33 numbered copies, so get yours against the odd chance it it will be worth something when I’m dead. Thursday, Sept. 29 7:30 p.m. at the Goldmine Saloon, Dauphine St. at the corner of St. Peter.

& Also this Thursday, Michael Martone – author of twelve books of fiction and nonfiction and contributor to Harper’s, Esquire, The Best American Essays and The Best American Short Stories – will celebrate the release of a new book of short stories, For For a Quarter, along with two of his former students, Michael J. Lee and Christopher Hellwig on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Antenna Gallery.

& Rev. Jerome G. LeDoux, formerly of St. Augustin Parish in the Treme, will sign his tale of the battle to save the nation’s oldest predominantly Black parish “War of the Pews” at Farbourg Marigny Art & Books Monday, Oct. 3 7-10 p.

&I don’t normally go much into cookbooks but when natural-born nautical bon vivant Troy Gilbert is on deck its all hands for bad puns and Gilbert, co-author of Cafe Degas Cookbook, singing his tasty work at the Maple Street Book Shop (the one on Maple Street) on Saturday, Troy is also the co-author of New Orleans Kitchens: Recipes from the Big Easy Best Restaurants and Dinner with Tennesee Williams. He will be sharing the signing table with Robert Medina and his New Orleans firehouse cookbook IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT. Oh, the bad puns I could get out of that but I won’t.

& Also on Saturday, the Milton Latter Library monthly poetry reading organized by Gina Ferrara will feature poets Joel Daily, Brett Evans and Murray Shugars reading their work. Saturday, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m., Milton Latter Memorial Library.

& On Sunday the ALCU will hold their annual Banned Books 2011 Celebration of our Freedom to Read, featuring live readings, trivia, door prizes, drinks, food and more at Raplh’s on the Park, 900 City Park Ave. I have a hard time imaging this event at Ralphs, a rather nice restaurant the bar of which is where the lakefront forty-plus single set mingle. I’ve been with a friend and it’s a bit frightening, as if it were mating season in the hallucinatory lizard bar scene in Fear & Loathing. I plan to go in and order a Hi Life just as a matter of principle, but I don’t expect to get one. Or if I do, it will be $8. If there’s an open mike (I doubt it), I’m going through my Burroughs to see just how committed the sort of people who picked this spot are. Something from the Soft Machine, I think. Sunday, Oct. 2, 5:30 pm.

&On Saturday, Garden District Book Shop will feature Jesmyn Ward signing her novel SALVAGE THE BONES, a family saga set against the backdrop of an approaching hurricane on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Saturday, Oct. 1 at Garden District Book Shop.

& On Sunday the Maple Leaf Bar Poetry Series will post Poet Murray Shugars reads from his work followed by an open mic.

& Who knew two local museums sponsor book clubs? Well you do know. I missed touting the start the the Ogden Book Club’s current title, which began last Tuesday. If you still want to get in on “Approaching the Magic Hour: Memories of Walter Anderson” by Agnes Grinstead Anderson contact ebalkin@ogdenmuseum.org. And the New Orleans Museum of Art is preparing to start a new book club title he Hare with the Amber Eyes: a Family’s Century of Art and Loss by Edmund de Waal with a special program Thursday, Oct 6. at noon, with the club meetings starting up Wednesday Oct. 12. Contact Sheila Cork at NOMA (who seems to have started up all this museum book clubbing in town) at scork@noma.org.

& Next Thursday Octavia Books will host ex-pat Catharine Savage Brosman (currently resident in Houston; our condolences) professor emerita of French at Tulane University reading from and signing her eight collection of poems, UNDER THE PERGOLA. She is the author of numerous books of French literary history and criticism, two volumes of nonfiction prose, and seven collections of poetry, including most recently Range of Light and Breakwater. Thursday Oct. 6.at 6 p.m., Octavia Books.

Finally, several writing and manuscript contest and announcements.

& Trembling Pillow Press announces the Bob Kaufman Book Prize, with entries open from Sept
15-Nov 15. There is a 25.00 fee and manuscripts will be judged by Bernadette Mayer. The winning manuscript will be published in 2012 by the press. Online submissions are accepted at the press’ newly redesigned website at tremblingpillowpress.com

& 411 NOLA is sponsoring The Poetic Soul contest in concert with the spoken word event WRITE, NOLA! POETRY FESTIVAL. Judge will be Asia Rainey. The contest encourages young poets with the first guideline: The Poetic Soul Contest accepts entries form all writers aged 14 and up regardless of their location, their level of writing experience and whether or not they have published their work in the past. Poems previously published elsewhere are welcome. Poems must be written or performed in English. There is a $5 poem entry fee and winners will be published on 411 NOLA. There are also cash prizes for first and second place, and winners will also receive copy of Rainey’s book SOUL CHANT.

&Bayou Magazine, the biannual journal of the University of New Orleans creative writing program, announces the third annual James Knudsen Editor’s Prize for fiction and the new Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry. Both contests carry a $500 prize and publication in Bayou Magazine. Both have an entry reading fee that includes a years subscription to the journal. Submissions are open Oct. 1 – Dec. 31. Details are on the website.

I’ll leave these up until the contest closes because writers are such organized people, as evidenced by the fact I am sure I will be back her today or tomorrow going Ah Hell, I Forgot to Include.

See you at the Goldmine or somewhere else around town with all these excellent events. Stop by and say hello. I’m the old fart in a young man’s hat. And please send notices of your events to odd.words.nola@gmail.com.


1. Ray - September 29, 2011

I wish I lived in a city where I could go to a literary event where everybody wasn’t 20 years younger than me.

How much for the little book? Your poems. We want to buy your poems. You got my address?


2. Family Living - September 29, 2011

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3. - Biloxi-Gulfport & South Mississippi News - September 29, 2011

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