Brian Foley

We Are Dead Unless We Do Something – a conversation between Brandon Shimoda and Matthew Henriksen

Matt Henriksen is the author of Ordinary Sun. Brandon Shimoda is the author of The Girl Without Arms. Both books are available now from Black Ocean. Both authors are currently on tour.

Adam Robinson recently had some good things to say about Matt Henriksen’s book, finding its poetic attempts at translating the incommunicable both frustrating, yet filled with meaning. As Johannes Goransson wrote at Montevidayo, “The ‘difficulty’ of Henrikson’s poetry is not about access but the experience it aims to put the reader/writer through.” So I invited Matt & Brandon to interview each other, to further collide those ideas of frustration and experience, and the poetry that comes out of it. What takes place amounts to late night cross-country trek talk, hallucinatory and winding, filled with shunned understanding and been-through truth. Enjoy.


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May 17th, 2011 / 3:23 pm

Fools Gold

The best collection of poetry I’ve read this year to date is Becoming Weather by Chris Martin. Its confident, bold,  excavating and it all feels natural. This Friday in NYC is the release party for that book. There’ll be original music from Oneida & I Feel Tractor, an original film from Stephanie Gray, and a sermon on becoming weather by Evangelist J.B. Best (Anticon’s Pedestrian). Its a serious event. Happening  8:00 P.M. at Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn.

See the Facebook invite for detailed info.

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March 29th, 2011 / 10:39 pm


Califone is a band to get bent with – a stethoscope to the picked over cloud country, a mason jar of one eyed mermaids drink from. Good beauty, if you can get it.

For a time now, poet Joshua Marie Wilkinson and Solan Jensen have been making a long anticipated film about the ramshackle blues crew. They’ve just now come back from the darkroom with their own 68 minute dream, Made A Machine By Describing A Landscape. Shot between 2004 and 2008, the film follows the acclaimed indie-rock icons on the road and in the studio with “an exploratory, intimate, and at times experimental take on both creative process and performance.”

Out now from Indiepix Films.

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March 23rd, 2011 / 2:55 pm

Benefit for Dean this week in NYC

via Coldfront

Matthea Harvey, Edward Hirsch, Mary Karr, Matthew Rohrer, Gerald Stern, Dara Wier and others will read at a benefit for the eminent poet and teacher Dean Young in Manhattan this Thursday night. Young is facing a heart transplant, and all donations will be used to help with his expenses. Admission to the event is free. To read about Dean and make an online donation, please visit

Address: Grand Gallery, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY

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January 17th, 2011 / 1:58 pm

Forthcoming Nature

Danger poets Lily Ladewig and Anne Holmes have a chapbook forthcoming from Blue Hour Press called I Am A Natural Wonder. In anticipation, they’ve started a webpage inviting other poets to write their own natural wonders. So far there’s been poems by Julia Cohen & Jennifer Denrow, Jared White, Hattie & Leigh Stein, & David Bartone. Forthcoming poems from Nate Pritts, Elissa Gabbert, Mike Young & bunch more are on the way.

Meanwhile you can catch Lily & Anne this Friday at SUPERMACHINE reading series in NYC. Details here.

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December 1st, 2010 / 10:32 pm

Get Tethered

Black Ocean & Octopus are offering some vicious subscriptions deals to float your boat, and theirs.

from Black Ocean

The 2011 Subscription – $40 (ships 2/2011)

Includes one copy of every title we will release in 2011 plus a free book.
Almost a 20% savings! And as always, free shipping!

Destroyer of Man by Dominic Owen Mallary

Ordinary Sun by Matthew Henriksen

The Girl Without Arms by Brandon Shimoda

Handsome Vol. 3


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November 24th, 2010 / 1:26 pm


(young Matt Pike of Sleep/High on Fire)

What novels actively feature metalheads and/or metal culture in their narratives? Period is the only one  that comes to my mind.

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June 22nd, 2010 / 3:40 pm


Emily Kendal Frey’s THE NEW PLANET is now available from Mindmade Books. Some of these poems recently leapt into Real Poetik


I feel sorry for people who fall in love with other people.
We wait on the boat’s deck to see a whale.
What we see are waves.
Dead-hearted tomatoes bobbing up and down.
Ocean of hearts.


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June 13th, 2010 / 9:10 am

via thethe

I once heard a scholar use the term “project” as he introduced another poet at a reading. He went on and on: “Her project echoes Dickinson’s project [blah blah blah].” The comparison seemed fine, but I wasn’t really sure the poet in question really had a “project” per se. Nowadays, poetry critics and scholars often refer to an entire body of work by one poet as a “project,” but I don’t think poems work that way. I think poems come from the earth and work through the mind from the ground up. I think poems are living things that grow from the earth into the brain


2 from Octopus Books

When I showed you about the best chapbooks I bought in Denver I wanted to show you HOW, but couldn’t.

Now I can.

How by Emily Pettit
Edition of 200

26 pages
$8 (includes shipping)


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May 17th, 2010 / 11:24 am