Brian Foley


If there was one poet I wish I could write like it, it might be Emily Toder.  Her poems are empathetic, generous and open with an emotional intelligence that run laps around the world we are becoming in. She doesn’t demand or consume, she considers.  Just look.

Today her first book, SCIENCE, has been released from the newly rebooted Coconut Books.

Read the first poem in the book that originally appeared in Sixth Finch. Then if you feel like I do, buy it here.

I think this may be my favorite book of the year. It could be yours too.

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October 24th, 2012 / 3:06 pm

Live-Tweet The Shining, Pants the Moon

nullDeep in the throat of the internet, a movement is rising. This movement has a cruel ass need to lay down a laugh track over bloody human tragedy. They’ve already taken their fight to space. Now, on October 28th, they prepare to plague down on Sidewinder, CO via Twitter. Read their intentions!

A few months ago hundreds of funny, smart tweeters got together all over the USA to LIVE TWEET 2001: A Space Odyssey. It was LIFE AFFIRMING and fun and hilarious and it’s time to do it again!

On Sunday, October 28th, at 7pm MST join Elisa Gabbert (@egabbert) and Sommer Browning (@vagtalk) in Live Tweeting THE SHINING!!

We’ll start the film precisely at 7pm Mountain time (that’s 9pm for you Easterners, 6pm for West Coast & 8pm for Middlekins…I don’t know why I said Middlekins or why I’m teaching you about how time zones work.)

This is going to be the most fun you’ve had since you stopped going to church.

Hashtag: #redrum

Laugh at other peoples pain and join the movement of Sommer Browning and Elisa Gabbert here. And don’t forget to look for the bullshit. The moon is a liar.

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October 15th, 2012 / 4:40 pm

Now Showing: Goat in the Snow


Some people are unreasonably unselfish, and Emily Pettit is one of them. An editor for Notnostrums and Factory Hollow Press, she is also the new publisher of jubilat, which, under her thumb, just released a bad motherfucker of an issue (see: Julia Cohen, Michelle Taransky, James Tate, Rachel Glaser, Dara Wier, lots!). Her devotion to art is exemplary and climbs no ladder, but aims at making our anxious little world a bigger, bettered one.  It should come then as no surprise then that her poems, too, are of the giving kind; and her new book Goat in the Snow, now available for pre-order from BIRDS LLC, gives and gives and gets it right. Im not one to blurb (ed note: bullshit), but when a wise old man once again feels the change coming in his bones and scrys the truth, you listen:

Her kindness is always ahead of us, anticipating the problems we will or won’t run into, and we always end up in a different, precise place than the one we started out from, as she reassuringly tells us: “You know/ you know you know. It’s all uncertainty/ and your neck. You walk slowly/ in a calm voice.” Goat In The Snow is multicolored, ever-changing, a delight to try to clasp. –



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December 8th, 2011 / 7:47 pm


 The fifth edition of Portland, OR’s  POOR CLAUDIA has come to.
“Clean-cut, slim, and summery, if No. 5 were a cigarette she’d be a Gauloises, if she were a drink she’d be a tart negroni. Saddle-stitched chapbook on laid and linen paper. Get your copy while supplies last. “


Jae Choi
Julia Cohen
Jennifer Denrow
Brian Foley
Graham Foust
Noah Eli Gordon
Dorothea Lasky
Anthony McCann
Sawako Nakayasu
Christie Ann Reynolds
Mathias Svalina


Subscriptions for this years POOR CLAUDIA output are cheap too. $30 gets you everything they publish – chapbooks, nonbooks, broadsides and two issues of journal. Plus free shipping. Yes. So! For example, if you’d subscribed for this past year you would’ve received


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August 15th, 2011 / 2:57 pm

Oil Changes to Garlic

Jono Tosch is a poet and artist who blogs at Oil Changes, a rolling document that knocks you over the head with its absurdist, agricultural, and poetic thought. Jono bangs a drum similar to what I imagine Thoreau would kick and scream like today were he to be wormholed from the past and into our era. And like Thoreau, Jono is a self reliant, rare to ask a hand for help unless it was of a total necessity.

But now, Jono is asking for help, help to fund a month of “agricultural research”  on the famed garlic farm of Stanley Crawford, author of Log of the S.S. Unguentine. By helping him make his way from Massachusetts to New Mexico, Jono promises to trade ” top-notch road and farm content if you pony up some gas $$$.”


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August 2nd, 2011 / 5:28 pm


Art is crime because it departs from municipal, state, national, and moral codes, introduces puncture, rupture, lawlessness, collapse. Sometimes Art-as-crime reveals the criminality in the current hygenic system or makes visible a kind of filth that is under threat of extermination. But is the reverse true– is crime Art? If I’m being honest, I ‘d have to admit that some crimes are also Art. I think Fascism had/has a big art component– the brutal State was made like a brutal artwork. This is a sad and flummoxing fact and this is why people so often come back to Fascism when they’re trying to grapple (or not grapple) with Art as maximalism.

Maybe it’s just more accurate to say that Art and Crime are both limit experiences– sometimes they double with each other, sometimes they split from each other, sometimes they feed off of each other, sometimes they destroy each other, sometimes each causes the collapse of the other.

Joyelle McSweeney at Montevidayo

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July 20th, 2011 / 1:33 pm

I’ll Drown My Book

I irrationally don’t like Kickstarter. Mostly because I have no money to contribute. I would like, however, to introduce to you the first project I’ve ever donated to.


I’ll Drown My Book will be the first collection of conceptual writing by women.

Conceptual writing is emerging as a vital 21st century literary movement and Les Figues Press wants to represent the contributions of women in this defining moment. By supporting this project, you will ensure that women claim their literary space. Edited by Caroline Bergvall, Laynie Browne, Teresa Carmody and Vanessa Place, the book includes work by 64 women from 10 countries. Contributors respond to the question: What is conceptual writing? I’ll Drown My Book offers feminist perspectives within this literary phenomenon.


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July 19th, 2011 / 5:24 pm

Noo Duende Edition

I like NOO Weekly when Goodie Mike Young let’s others take over curating for a week. This week it’s Ben Kopel.

Ben says, “consider this the Duende Edition: “Extra! Extra! Bleed all about it!”

See this week shake in the shapes of  Graham Foust,  Gordon MassmanChelsea HogueLaTasha N Nevada Diggs, Bianca Stone, & Matt Suss.


Do Yo Know Matt Suss?                         O shit.

You should.


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July 18th, 2011 / 1:41 pm


I’m pleased to announce that the new issue (#6) of Saltgrass is available, starring these lovely contributors:

Cynthia Arrieu-King, Anselm Berrigan, Justin Carrol, Tina Brown Celona, J’Lyn Chapman, Cathy Linh Che, Sandra Doller, Brian Foley, John Gallaher, Anne Cecelia Holmes, Lily Ladewig, Heather Monley, GC Waldrep


So you can order a print copy on our website:
Only $5!

Please help us support our contributors and spread the word.

We will have an open reading month this June. We hope you submit.


Julia Cohen & Brian Foley
Editors, Saltgrass

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May 26th, 2011 / 1:55 pm


Tarapaulin Sky has come alive again with a fistful of new release including Issue #17 of their journal & Johannes Goransson’s Entrance to a Colonial Pageant in which We All begin to intricate.

But I want to talk about FABLES, a new book by author & artist Sarah Goldstein. From TP website:

Sarah Goldstein


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May 19th, 2011 / 4:42 pm