THE EDGE READING SERIES
at BRIDGE STREET BOOKS presents
Sunday, June 14th, at 7 PM
Please join us for a reading to celebrate his latest book, Portrait and Dream: New & Selected Poems.
Bill Berkson was born in New York in 1939. A poet, critic, teacher, and sometime curator, he moved to Northern California in 1970 and during the next decade edited a series of little magazines and books under the Big Sky imprint. From 1984 to 2008 he was a professor of Liberal Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute. He is a corresponding editor for Art in America and has contributed reviews and essays to such other journals as Aperture, Artforum, Works on Paper and Modern Painters. His recent books of poetry include Gloria (in a deluxe limited edition with etchings by Alex Katz), Our Friends Will Pass Among You Silently, and Goods and Services. Other books include a collection of his criticism, The Sweet Singer of Modernism & Other Art Writings: 1985-2003; Sudden Address: Selected lectures 1981-2006; an epistolary collaboration with Bernadette Mayer entitled What’s Your Idea of a Good Time?: Interviews & Letters 1977-1985. His Portrait and Dream: New & Selected Poems appeared form Coffee House Press in April 2009. Berkson was the 2006 Distinguished Mellon Fellow at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and received the 2008 Goldie for Literature from the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He now lives in New York and San Francisco.
Please join us Tues 12/2 @ 7 PM for
A Reading & Book Party
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
|"Sycamore kicks mainstream literature in the teeth."|
—San Francisco Bay Guardian
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore's exhilarating new novel is about struggling to find hope in the ruins of everyday San Francisco—battling roaches, Bikram Yoga, chronically bad sex, NPR, internet cruising, tweakers, the cops, $100 bills, chronic pain, the gay vote, vegan restaurants, and incest, with the help of air-raid sirens, herbal medicine, late-night epiphanies, sea lions, and sleeping pills. So Many Ways to Sleep Badly unveils a gender-bending queer world where nothing flows smoothly, except for those sudden moments when everything becomes lighter or brighter or easier to imagine.
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is the gender-bending author of the highly praised novel, Pulling Taffy, and the editor of four groundbreaking nonfiction anthologies, including Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity and That's Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation. Sycamore writes regularly for a variety of publications, including Bitch, Utne Reader, AlterNet, Make/Shift, the San Francisco Bay Guardian and Maximumrocknroll, and lives in San Francisco.
Jennifer Natalya Fink is the spawn of a yeast geneticist and modern dancer. Her family's roots are in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she is distantly related to the "Brazilian Picasso," Lasar Segall, and in the Pale of Settlement, where she is intimately related to failed opera singers, successful socialists, and Gracie Allen. She was born in 1966 in Washington, DC, where she is currently Assistant Professor of English at Georgetown University, but her childhood was spent in Ithaca, New York. Her father is a yeast geneticist, which involved much home brewing of beer and recombining of DNA. Her mother, a transplanted Julliard-trained dancer,, taught special ed. in a high school with cows in the front yard, and went on to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard, and write books about successful dyslexics. Her sister is a feminist Orthodox Jewish lawyer. Paradox runs in the family.
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ABRAHAM LINCOLN #3, ed Mohammad and Boyer, 67 pgs, $5. Luoma, Collum, Hejinian, Apps, Allison, Bellamy, Norodahl, Genusa, Quarles, Koeneke, Bryant, Knox, Davis, Baumann, & McCrary.
GOD'S LIVESTOCK POLICY, Stan Apps, Les Figues Press, 80 pgs, $15. ""The largest mega-church of mom agreeing."
STATE OF THE UNION: 50 POLITICAL POEMS, ed Beckman & Zapruder, Wave Books, 112 pgs, $14. Ashbery, A Berrigan, Caples, Clifton, Coleman, Conrad, P Gizzi, Hillman, Knox, Lederer, Lin, Myles, Ping, Rohrer, &&&.
BILL, Bill Berkson & Colter Jacobsen, Gallery 16 Editions, cloth, unpaginated, $25. "Blood! No doubt about it!"
LANDSCAPES OF DISSENT, Jules Boykoff & Kaia Sand, Palm Press, 128 pgs, $15. "YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN LIBERATED"
GLAD STONE CHILDREN, Edmund Berrigan, Farfalla Press/ McMillan & Parrish, 84 pgs, $16. "This is no ordinary/ a-sexual reproductive/ history of the sponge."
THE YALE ANTHOLOGY OF TWENTIETH-CENTURY FRENCH POETRY, ed May Ann Caws, Yale, 646 pgs, $30. New in paper.
80 BEETLES, Mark Cunningham, Otoliths, 88 pgs, $10. "That his colleagues at the news thought his death was news is indeed an important piece of news."
THE GOLDEN AGE OF PARAPHERNALIA, Kevin Davies, Edge, 146 pgs, $15. "I'm not convinced these candidates exist / let alone deserve Secret Service protection"
SPOOKY AS IT IS W/OUT MEANING TO, Croniamantal (music) Buck Downs (words), CDR, edition of 50 w/ small booklet, $8.
A SICK PLANET, Guy Debord, trans Nicholson-Smith, Seagull, 94 pgs, $16.95. New translations of two texts: "The Decline and Fall of the 'Spectacular' Commodity-Economy," and "The Explosion Point of Ideology in China." The title essay, dating from 1971, is previously unpublished. "When the pitiful masters of a society whose wretched destiny is now discernible . . ."
AREA, Marcella Durand, Belladonna, 90 pgs, $15. "They document it from space."
THE ROUTE, Patrick Durgin & Jen Hofer, Atelos, 198 pgs, $13.50. "I am poor and momentary and resent your guilt"
THE CONSEQUENCE OF INNOVATION; 21ST CENTURY POETICS, ed Craig Dworkin, Roof, 304 pgs, $29.95. Essays by Evans, Bernstein, Rasula, Cole, Biglieri, Ngai, Goldsmith, Stefans, Mohammad, Sullivan, Gottlieb, Sherry, Bergvall, Gilbert, Clune, & Perloff.
PARSE, Craig Dworkin, Atelos, 300 pgs, $13.50. "_Plural Interjection_ semicolon"
THE BIRTH OF BIOPLOITICS, Lectures at the Collège France 1978-1979, Michel Foucault, Palgrave, cloth 346 pgs, $28.95. "In actual fact, the state must be blind to economic processes."
THE LETTERS OF ALLEN GINSBERG, Allen Ginsberg, ed Bill Morgan, Da Capo Press, cloth 470 pgs, $30. "I expect to know this week."
THE OUTERNATIONALE, Peter Gizzi, Wesleyan, 111 pgs, $13.95. New in paper. "Too much spectacle conquers the I."
CITY OF CORNERS, John Godfrey, Wave, 96 pgs, $14. "But it's still only a breast"
3, Ted Greenwald, Cuneiform, 168 pgs, $15. "You're the other / It's personal / You know / You're the other"
CHAOS, TERRITORY, ART: DELEUZE AND THE FRAMING OF THE EARTH, Elizabeth Grosz, Columbia, cloth118 pgs, $22.50. "Framing is how chaos becomes territory."
ABSOLUTELY EDEN, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, United Artists, 90 pgs, $14. "Oh yes, the Romancer means it."
MOTH LIGHT, Mitch Highfill, Abraham Lincoln, 20 pgs, $5. "It was unknown. I love unknowns."
NIGHT SCENES, Lisa Jarnot, Flood, 70 pgs, $13.95. "This is the best way to do things."
WAKE UP: A LIFE OF THE BUDDHA, Jack Kerouac, intro Robert A F Thurman, cloth 146 pgs, $24.95. "But there was no other way; his relationship with the world had to be snapped."
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY, Tao Lin, 104 pgs, Melville House, $14.95. "The hamster lived in Manhattan."
POETRY AS RE-READING: AMERICAN AVANT-GARDE POETRY AND THE POETICS OF COUNTERMETHOD, Ming-Qian Ma, Northwestern, 300 pgs, $32.95. Authors examined include Zukofsky, Oppen, Rakosi, Cage, S Howe, Hejinian, Andrews, and Bernstein.
VERB SAP, Magus Magnus, Narrow House, 72 pgs, $12. "pop-pop-pop"
AETHEL, Donato Mancini, New Star, unpaginated, $21. "Can Poetry Be Matter?"
CHARLES OLSON AT THE HARBOR, Ralph Maud, Talon, 224 pgs, $19.95. "And that's all we get from Clark about this special occasion."
GOODBYE MR SOCIALISM, Antonio Negri in conversation with Raf Valvola Scelsi, Seven Stories, 256 pgs, $15.95. "All of this is extremely dangerous."
RADICAL VERNACULAR: LORINE NIEDECKER AND THE POETICS OF PLACE, ed Elizabeth Willis, Iowa, cloth 310 pgs. $39.95. Dafvidson, Pinard, Sikelianos, Skinner, Penberthy, Robertson, Pritchett, Armantrout, Robinson, Jennison, DuPlessis, Weinberger, Breslin, Waldman, Middleton, & Quartermain.
GRAVE OF LIGHT: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS, Alice Notley, Wesleyan, 366 pgs, $22.95. New in paper. "I think most / Electrical appliances can be repaired via nipple"
/NOR 2 (New Ohio Review), ed Catherine Taylor, 200 pgs, $12. Abel, Beckman, Watten, Nichols, Moriarty, Moxley, Smith, Florian, Foust, Risset, Darling, Bumstead, Cooperman, Halpern, &&&.
ACTIVE BOUNDARIES:SELECTED ESSAYS AND TALKS, Michael Palmer, New Directions, 294 pgs, $19.95. "I'm no longer so sure that this is very different from poetry."
ZONG!, M. Nourbese Philip as told to the author by Setaey Adamu Boateng, Wesleyan, cloth, 212 pgs, $22.95. "the order in destroy"
LA MEDUSA, Vanessa Place, FC2, 488 pgs, $22. "_Cha-ching!_"
HAUNTED HOUSE, Pierre Reverdy, trans John Ashbery, Brooklyn Rail/Black Square, 72 pgs, $15. Reverdy prose from 1928. "From the weight of the sadness that periodically invades our limbs and the world, we can measure all the advantage there would be for us to make public appearances and evolve in an even larger arena. But this is the hard kernal, the resistant part of universal thought--no doubt the tastiest in the Universe."
THE ALPHABET, Ron Silliman, U Alabama, 1062 pgs, $39.95. "Mindshare."
50 YEARS OF RECUPERATION OF THE SITUATIONIST INTERNATIONAL, McKenzie Wark, cloth 78 pgs, 30 color illustations, $24.95. Very Excellent short study focusing not only on Debord but on many often overlooked members of the SI including Constant, Bernstein, Jorn, and Gallizio. "The modern poets led them there."
FLOWERS OF EVIL, Charles Baudelaire, trans Keith Waldrop, 196 pgs, $16.95.
INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT CREELEY MAY 1998, interview by Brent Cunningham, Hooke Press, 28 pgs, $10.
NIGHT WRAPS THE SKY: WRITINGS BY AND ABOUT MAYAKOVSKY, ed Michael Almereyda, FSG, cloth 272 pgs, $27.
DEED, Rod Smith, U Iowa, 88 pgs, $16.
GERTRUDE STEIN: SELECTIONS, Gertrude Stein, ed Joan Retallack, U Cal Press, 352 pgs, $19.95.
THE BOOK OF MARTYRDOM + ARTIFICE: FIRST JOURNALS AND POEMS 1937-1952, Allen Ginsberg, ed Juanita Lieberman-Plimpton & Bill Morgan, Da Capo, 524 pgs, $17.50.
IT'S GO IN HORIZONTAL: SELECTED POEMS, 1974-2006, Leslie Scalapino, 248 pgs, U CAL, $16.95.
GIRLY MAN, Charles Bernstein, U Chicago, 186 pgs, $15.
BREATHALYZER, K. Silem Mohammad, Edge, 80 pgs, $14.
PPL IN A DEPOT, Gary Sullivan, Roof, 104 pgs, $13.95.
NEW EURPOEAN POETS, ed Miller and Prufer, Graywolf, 402 pgs, $18.
JESS: TO AND FROM THE PRINTED PAGE, Independent Curators Intl, 112 pgs, $29.95.
OURS, Cole Swensen, U Cal, 101 pgs, $16.95. "A garden is a tide."
THING OF BEAUTY: NEW AND SELECTED WORKS, Jackson Mac Low, ed Anne Tardos, U Cal, cloth 460 pgs, $34.95.
THE COLLECTED POEMS OF PHILIP WHALEN, ed Michael Rothenberg, Wesleyan, cloth 872 pgs, $49.95.
THE MISSING OCCASION OF SAYING YES, Benjamin Friedlander, Subpress, 196 pgs, $16.
ABOUT NOW: COLLECTED POEMS, Joanne Kyger, Natl Poetry Foundation, 798 pgs, $34.95.
CONTEMPORARY POETICS, ed Louis Armand, Northwestern, 395 pgs, $29.95.
FELONIES OF ILLUSION, Mark Wallace, Edge, 138 pgs, $15.
NINETEEN LINES: A DRAWING CENTER ANTHOLOGY, ed Lytle Shaw, DrawingCenter/Roof, 336 pgs, $24.95.
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THE FIRST HEXAGONAL KAPLAN HARRIS & KEVIN THURSTON ARE MOVING POETRY THING, aka
6 POETS AT BRIDGE STREET, aka
THE FREAKS COME OUT AT NIGHT. COME, FREAKS, COME.
WHEN?---->SUNDAY JULY 20th, 7 PM
& probably DOUG LANG too
Dawn Michelle Baude is the author of several volumes of poetry, including The
Flying House (Parlor Press, 2008) and Through a Membrane / Clouds (Gong, 2006).
She is guest editor of the 2008 edition of the international arts magazine, Van
Gogh's Ear (soon to be released). Formally on staff at the American University
of Paris, she returned to the US last fall to become artist-in-residence at The
Storm King School. She is currently completing a travel memoir in DC.
Mark Cunningham lives outside Charlottesville, VA. Otoliths has just brought
out his first book _80 Beetles_, which is just what it sounds like, 80 poems
based beetles. Tarpaulin Sky Press will be bringing out a book titled _Body
Language_, which will consist of two separate collections, one titled _Body_ (on
parts of the body) and one titled _Primer_ (on numbers and letters.
Twochapbooks, _nightlightnight_ (on hours of the day) and _Georgic, with
Eclogues for Interrogators_ are also on the way.
Ryan Dobran lives in Brooklyn, NY where he edits LIFECOACH, a magazine of
poetry, criticism and--in its 3rd formation, to be published in
September--performance and video art. His chapbook, YOUR GUILT IS A MIRACLE, is
forthcoming from Bad Press.
Justin Katko is a poet and publisher. He edits the small press Critical
Documents -- http://plantarchy.us -- which specializes in contemporary poetry
from the UK and the US. His current project is an opera titled The Death of
Pringle, and he is in the electronic writing MFA at Brown University.
By the time you see Kevin Thurston he will be unemployed and barely living in
Washington, DC and barely living in the United States (beyond the barely living
of the people of the United States). Kevin has had work appear in, or published
by, Flim Forum Press (US), the Lost and Found Times (US), Furniture_Press (US),
fHole (Canada), the New Chief Tongue (Canada), Produce Press (Canada) and yt
communications (UK). He co-founded the Buffalo Small Press Fair (with
Christopher Fritton) and curated for Just Buffalo's Small Press Poetry Series.
Steven Zultanski is the author of the chapbooks Homoem (Radical Readout, 2005),
USA = NAZI (Nocturnal Editions, 2008) and Steve's Poem (Lettermachine,
forthcoming). He edits President's Choice magazine, a Lil' Norton publication.
His poetry has appeared in Antennae, FO(A)RM, The Physical Poets, Shiny, and
all right, then:
BYOB (Bring Your Own Brain)
Jo Nesbø visits Washington D.C. to read from “The Redbreast” at Bridge Street Books. Following the reading there will be a discussion and book signing. The event is co-sponsored by the Norwegian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
When: Wednesday April 30, 6:00pm
Where: Bridge Street Books, 2814 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
Info: Call (202) 965-5200. Space is limited, so please RSVP by Friday, April 25, to firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 944 8925.
Bridge Street Books is located 5 blocks from Foggy Bottom Metro, next to Four Seasons in Georgetown at the end of M street open Monday - Saturday: 10:30am - 9pm Sunday: 12pm - 8pm (202) 965-5200
Please join us for a book party for poet Karren LaLonde Alenier's The Steiny Road to Operadom: The Making of American Operas. Through the lens of Gertrude Stein & Virgil Thomson, comes stories of creating opera in American from such artists as Placido Domingo, Mark Adamo, and Libby Larsen.
Tuesday, January 8th, 7-9 PM
2814 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
ph 202 965 5200
Bridge Street is located in Georgetown next to the Four Seasons Hotel, 5 blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro, blue & orange lines.
Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, and Cecil Taylor revolutionized music from the end of the twentieth century into the twenty-first, expanding on jazz traditions with distinctly new concepts of composition, improvisation, instrumentation, and performance. They remain figures of controversy due to their border-crossing processes. Miles, Ornette, Cecil is the first book to connect these three icons of the avant-garde, examining why they are lionized by some critics and reviled by others, while influencing musicians across such divides as genre, geography, and racial and ethnic backgrounds. Mandel offers fresh insights into their careers from interviews with all three artists and many of their significant collaborators, as well as a thorough overview of earlier interpretations of their work.
I Am a Beautiful Monster provides the texts of all of Picabia's significant publications, his books Fifty-two Mirrors, Poems and Drawings of the Daughter Born without a Mother, Purring Poetry, Unique Eunuch, Yes No, Chi-lo-sa, Thoughts without Language, and others, all presented complete, many of them accompanied by their original illustrations.
7 x 9, 560 pp., 20 illus.
from I AM A BEAUTIFUL MONSTER:
IN ORDER TO LOVE
SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO
HAVE SEEN IT OR HEARD IT
FOR A LONG TIME YOU BUNCH OF IDIOTS
I saw me
cracked like a gong
"Francis Picabia's raucous early Dada poems dare the unprecedented and traffic in the sheer possibilities of abstract shimmering gesture. His late aphorisms are startling bolts of congealed thought. Marc Lowenthal has done the history of radical modernist poetry a great service by bringing these works of exquisitely offbeat taste and intoxicating élan into English. His translations of the turbulent work of this 'freeloading angel' show uncanny skill and welcome verve."
--Charles Bernstein, Donald T. Regan Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania