Monday, October 24, 2005

all codes lead to roam

Wind to sea Sam Hamill read. And Yusef Komunyaka. Such seriousness of purpose in the work of both poets. Muchly in joyed. After Hamill grabbed some foods with Immy Wallenfels and Michael Burkard and Michael has a baking idea. Literary cookies. The Pablo Neruda cookie, for e.g., is orange with mint chocolate chip. Inside the cookie is a poem. Wallace Stevens is a blackberry(bird) pie cut into thirteen slices. One could, of course, make a blackbird pie, crowpie. Hmm. Yes or no? Gnaw.

Hey, the new Coconut 2 is out.

5 Comments:

Anonymous William Neumire said...

Ms. Staples: yes, the Hamill reading was full of serious purpose, though I think I enjoyed his talk more than his written work (at least his originals). It was good to see you there, match a name and a face. Did Komunyaka read in the Syracuse neighborhood?

11:07 AM  
Blogger Heidi Lynn Staples (formerly Heidi Peppermint) said...

William, What a great surprise and so wonderful to meet you! Truly true!

I particularly enjoyed Hamill's talk a lot as well. I found myself wanting, perhaps, more arrival and less departure--which, my pal Immy Wallenfels says(did ye get to meet her? I don't think so. next time!) in Buddhist practice means I'm not up to snuff or snarf. Argh. (she said it more gently)

Komunyaka did come to read. Did you know you can check out the Syracuse Poetry News at this blog?:

http://syracusepoetry.blogspot.com/

Tho' sometimes tho' rarely good things sneak up on me and get posted late. You can check the calendar ahead for the big-top coming-to-the-tower types at: http://www-hl.syr.edu/depts/english/cwp/readings-carver.htm

Terrance Hayes is coming to SU next week! If you go, please come over and say howdy!

7:16 AM  
Blogger william said...

I just recently found out about the Carver series (which I can't attend, unfortunately, due to night classes). I make it to the Y readings every so often, and I'm going to try to stop by the Graduate Reading Series at, I think, Jabberwocky cafe? though I've never been to that. I did not get the pleasure of meeting Immy Wallenfels; I'll be sure to say hi if I see either of you in the future. How was Komunyaka? I've always wanted to hear him read. I'm a fairly recent immigrant from the rochester area, so it's comforting to sleuth the new venues. Best

12:00 PM  
Blogger Heidi Lynn Staples (formerly Heidi Peppermint) said...

william, hope to see you 'round bouts town! went to the baron wormser workshop--was fantastiqueimus! saw your letter in poetry about bad reviews and mostly agree. tho' admittedly these bad reviews get spoken often enough, perhaps it's enlivening to the art for folks to argue on the page. the opportunity for conversation seems an important element of any success the negative reviewing has. anywho, thanks for the food for thunking! chrs, h

10:42 AM  
Anonymous William said...

Conversation. Yes. Thought the conversation needed a little more balancing the way of transcending personal nits and reading as a broader persona than, say, the bad coffee one had the day they wrote the review? I also think a lot is lost and glossed in the reviewing of eight or nine books in one sweeping review (though I understand spatial considerations). I wonder, though, at the results of such reviews on the books reviewed (especially in regard to potential readers). I do not pretend to know, statistically, any effects but I hope they do not lessen the chance that those books participate in "the" conversation. Lest it seems much effort to accomplish very little (when not reviewing a book speaks just as loudly, perhaps moreso- no publicity is bad publicity- and with less effort). Wish I could've afforded the Wormser workshop.
Best,
Bill

12:36 PM  

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