humself, shamself, hymnself, shameself—. / lameself, lambself, numbself, unself—. / sing anger, goddess, of—. many devices—.
Writing art history from the inside out.
Two poets reflect on colonialism, iconoclastic writers, and the political dimensions of translating literature under authoritarianism.
The solitude of the voice.
Pathos, swallows, Hölderlin: a sense of the everyday and its interruptions guide the Austrian writer’s “tender prose.”
…gossiping, type-setting, weaner, weaner of the child—heir to her / own epos—her trip round the table. Tomorrow a letter, or a few / letters to make it like an anatomy lesson even, will rip right down / this table
Yep, here I am to tell y’all about YEAH—YEAH being YEAH the magazine, that turpentine “tonic in type for young and old,” mimeographed between 1961 and 1965 by Fugs founder, poet, and anarcho-sociologist of the Lower East Side Tuli Kupferberg.
The hymn for the time is bone on bone. / One man’s anthem slaughters another. / I know you’ve seen it all before— / a boy born wrong is opened up by the law
The poet on prison writing, collective art-making, Bay-area resistance, and being read in a thousand years.
Filled with hairspray and dog-smoke / and cigarette meat / at the meeting in the big town-hall / of the small provincial town of / sleep
Re-imagining antiquity and complicating gender binaries for the modern reader.
When you don’t have the words / what will you use to speak (to truth)? Whiteness is structured like a language
Vast plates shifted littler ones / with constant sounds and heat terrible / Then there was a cleft and so a river
when you say / erase / do you mean / stop existing?
A new series from UDP presents poets on vinyl.
In the letter never sent, / the one constructed / entirely from photographs, / Polaroids of moments, or / elements I have been / attempting to suppress.
Experimental black poetry and visual art.
“The book can draw in different audiences without catering to them. There’s a kind of rigorous hospitality, an aperture for dialogue.”
It was a long period of peace, prosperity, refined sensibilities and national self-confidence. And crumpets.