Posts Tagged ‘mairead byrne’

Live Giants 7 Re-do: Mairéad Byrne (with ARob and Stephanie)

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Mairead Giant Reading

The live reading will begin at 10 AM Eastern. To watch, please go to the full screen and chatroom broadcast here at uStream. Normally we embed that stuff but it’s like 9am right now so what the heck. Mairéad will take questions in the chatroom and in comments on this thread, so hang out and fire around.

Her latest book, The Best of (What’s Left of) Heaven is a 208-page collection released by Publishing Genius. Purchases made today get a reduced $10 price and free shipping.

Live Giants 7 Re-Do

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

This Saturday at 10am EASTERN we’re going to try a Re-Do of the Mairéad Byrne Live Giants Reading. Drink coffee. Present at the reading, all in the same Rhode Island house (so no speakerphone), will be Mairéad, Stephanie Barber (cover designer) and me (publisher). We’ll read from the book and discuss our roles as author, designer, publisher. RSVP on the Facebook event thing. And the new New Pages is out with a review of Mairéad’s book by Gina Myers.

Live Giants #7: Mairéad Byrne

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Well, Mairéad’s microphone went kaput, so you only sort of missed her reading. But the book is still available cheap till I decide we’ve made recompense.

Her latest book, The Best of (What’s Left of) Heaven is a 208-page opus just released by Publishing Genius. Purchases made between now and midnight tonight get a reduced $10 price and free shipping.

Reminder: Mairéad Byrne TONIGHT, 9pm EASTERN

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Tune in tonight for the seventh installment of Live Giants. The reader will be Mairéad Byrne.

Her latest book, The Best of (What’s Left of) Heaven is a 208-page opus just released by Publishing Genius. Purchases made between now and midnight tonight get a reduced $10 price and free shipping. It was reviewed yesterday at JMWW by Ashlie Kauffman.

Tonight, 9pm EASTERN, come here.

Live Giants #7: Mairéad Byrne

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

The seventh installment of Live Giants will feature Mairéad Byrne, a va-va-voom poet and professor and all-around great person. She will be the first in the series with an accent.

Her latest book, The Best of (What’s Left of) Heaven, was just released by Publishing Genius.

Her earlier book, Talk Poetry, had me in stitches, but when I saw her read from it in Chicago I was like, what, wait, these prose poems is kinda sad.

Tune in next Thursday, July 29, at 9pm to find out if it will be funny or sad or what-all. No cover.

The Whole Thing About Poetry

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

At the Juniper Festival a few weeks ago there was a panel about The Future of Poetry. The panelists were Evie Shockley, Cathy Park Hong, Heather Christle and Rebecca Wolfe. It was good, cutting edge, perhaps too polite but definitely the sort of thing that is supposed to happen at panels.

Rebecca Wolff said poetry doesn’t matter and it sucks that poets, who are smart and engaged people, are wasting their lives on something cloistered and anonymous (my words) when they should become civil servants, business people, people who can make a difference. Essentially, the world is missing the poet’s perspective in areas where they are needed.

I could be paraphrasing this in an unacceptable way, just so you know. But that was the gist. (more…)

Mother’s Day poem

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

DOWNTOWN CROSSING
by Mairéad Byrne

A cup of coffee can be a mother.
A cigarette can be a mother.
A blanket can be a mother.
A wool cap can be a mother.
A coat can be a mother.
A booth can be a mother.
A warm grating can be a mother.
You can be your own mother.

I found this poem in a really cool anthology called Not for Mothers Only: Contemporary Poems on Child-Getting and Child-Rearing (Fence Books, 2007)

Also, Mairéad Byrne’s collection The Best of (What’s Left of) Heaven (Publishing Genius, 2010) is available now.

The Best of (What’s Left of) Heaven

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Mairéad Byrne made a survey. I took it. Is it scientific research? Is it a poem? Is it a joke? Is it about couches? Or comfort or people? She wrote a poem in 2006 called “The Good News” that says, like, “The cross between a poem & a carrot is a poem./The cross between a poem & a forklift truck is a poem” — so I guess the survey is a poem. I like to think of it that way as much as I like to think of it as research or a joke. (more…)

“The sidewalks were wiped of people like a Powerpoint transition.”

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Mairéad Byrne has been in a bit of a blorgic frenzy over at Heaven. Get it while the getting is good. Seriously funny wowzas.