November 30, 2006 7:22 AM To better live up with some of what I’m gonna have to say in the Arts Council of Finland’s seminar on “Writers’ Copyright” today, here’s the full content of my Ampauksia ympäripyörivästä raketista (Savukeidas 2004) as pdf. To buy the book online, click here.
November 30, 2006 6:40 AM Oops. Along with O’Hara, Zukofsky, Stein, and Apollinaire, the Google Poem Generator is honored to be one of the Month’s Featured Resources, selected by Raphael Rubinstein, at UbuWeb. (I understand the vanilla version of is giving people headaches now. Will try to attend to that soon; menawhile, use the patterns feature.
November 29, 2006 9:31 AM In what sounds like a reversal of Christian Bök’s budding Xenotext Experiment, Typosperma is the second experimental typo project in Oded Ezer’s “Biotypography” series. As a paraphrase on the biotechnology definition, “Biotypography” is a term that refers to any typographical application that uses biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives thereof, to create or modify typographical phenomena.
November 28, 2006 7:30 PM Unpublished endorsement: “In a body of work at once droll and immensely moving, Leevi Lehto ‘gets things right side upside down’ in the variety of poetic jumping beans put in play, as if to speak at all meant taking on a rack of billiard balls coagulated in space without a table in sight. Some of the inducements of Language poetry might suggest that the authors were not native speakers. Not true, but such opportunity is now disclosed-not as legacy, but as primal swerve. And, like a boomerang, it can carom mischievously back on itself, as in the occasional pastiche of imperfectly crafted idiomatic English (“The Finnish Communists in Eastern Karelia”). The delectations of the notes invite another round of gourmandizing for English readers, who will find themselves plunged serendipitously into the haunted precincts of things Finnish, a land as remote as Middle Earth yet, like Frodo’s habitat, strangely proximate to everything you think you know. Lake Onega and Other Poems is a captivating document of inter-lingual poetics mapping a future that will increasingly be where poetry happens.” – Jed Rasula
November 28, 2006 1:17 PM The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies is preparing a volume, in English, on the theme of its 2005 conference, “The Avant-Garde and Technology”. A Call for Papers is out and the deadline for abstracts is no sooner or later than January 15, 2007.
November 27, 2006 3:55 PM Some unlikely commemoration triggered by this revealing image…
November 25, 2006 8:20 AM konkretpoesi.se is a virtual exhibition of Swedish (visual and) concret poetry from both (nineteen) 60’s and (this) 00’s, produced by the important Danish poetry web site, afsnitP. The navigation and the presentations are in Danish, but the poetry very much translates itself…
November 23, 2006 17:15 PM I’ve started to work as the editor of the new Scandinavian Portal of the Electronic Poetry Center (EPC). It’s still in its early stages of development (I hope), but already worth of taking a look at (I think).
November 23, 2006 11:14 AM “In truth the key question is whether it is possible to expand civil solidarity trans-nationally, across Europe. At the same time, a common European identity will develop all the quicker, the better the dense fabric of national culture in the respective states can integrate citizens of other ethnic or religious origins.” Jürgen Habermas has wise things to say about the dangerous return to nationalisms in Europe, arguing that a more open and consistent immigration policy is the key to European unity. The original article in German here; for an abbreviated English version, click here. Via Pierre Joris.
November 20, 2006 12:11 PM I had the honor to be invited to contribute to International Exchange for Poetic Invention, a new group blog that seems to promise much in the way of – eh – for once – what its title says.
November 20, 2006 11:18 AM “I feel that as a content-provider of UBUWEB, I must keep five years ahead of the current state of bandwidth. Hence, we serve very large files of audio and video which have led some people to comment that we are catering to the digital elite. To which I respond, yes, we are for the moment, but within a year or two what now appears to be elite will be commonplace. We need to anticipate the future because it’s coming at us very very fast.” This is only one of the many important points Kenneth Goldsmith makes in this interview with him by Sarah Posman, for the Belgian literary magazine, Yang (July 2006). On another note, I enjoyed listening to Too Many People, 3 Legs, Ram On, Dear Boy, Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey, Smile Away, Heart Of The Country, Monkberry Moon Delight, Eat At Home, Long Haired Lady, and Back Seat Of My Car, all composed / recorded by Percy Thrillington aka Paul McCartney in 1977 and picked up from a recent entry in Kenneth’s Kenny G blog at WMFU.
November 14, 2006 5:17 PM “OEI:s nya nummer är helt enkelt en häxbrygd av intensiv poesi.” Jan Arnald in Swedish Aftonbladet today on suOmEI and Swinging With Neigbours, an antoholy+CD of Nordic poetry that came out recently.
November 14, 2006 2:00 PM Miia Toivio has info on today’s Kohina Club which seems pretty cool and interesting: bar Kuudes linja, Hämeentie 13, Helsinki (sisäänkäynti pihan puolelta: Kaikukatu 4), starting 7 PM.
November 13, 2006 5:35 PM Back in Helsinki, concentrating on last minute promoting of (and preparing for) my London reading the coming Thursday.
November 12, 2006 4:25 PM (in Copenhagen). A Reykjavik video update here.
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November 11, 2006 11:23 AM Iceland time Converting into a YouTube user myself, here’s a video snippet of Ólöf Valsdóttir with the Homebreakers, singing the Finnish tango classic, Liljankukka (by Toivo Kärki, lyrics by Kerttu Mustonen), in Reykjavik, Iceland, Nov. 10, 2006. (Apologies for the poor quality of the recording…)
November 10, 2006 5:30 PM local time in Reykjavik, Iceland, where I’m going to read tonight (Föstudagur) in Stúdentakjallaranum (“Students’ Cellar”), together with órdís Björnsdóttir, Ingólfur Gíslason, Jesse Ball, Leevi Lehto, Ófeigur Sigurðsson, Ingibjörg Magnadóttir. Gunnar Wærness, Homebreakers, Valur Brynjar Antonsson, Katie Degentesh, Kristín Eiríksdóttir, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Kenneth Goldsmith, Berglind Ágústsdóttir, Matti Pentikäinen,and Skakkamanage; tomorrow evening (Laugardagur), I will listen there to Bjarni Klemenz, Stórsveit Áræðis, Jane Thompson, Haukur Már Helgason, Óttar Martin Norðfjörð, Derek Beaulieu, Donna Mess, Kristín Svava Tómasdóttir, Jörgen Gassilewski, Þórunn Erlu Valdimarsdóttir, Anna Hallberg, Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl, Halldór Arnar Úlfarsson, Kabarettinn Músifölsk. Christian Bök, and Reykjavík! In the afternoon, there’ll be some panel discussions at Norræna húsið (“Nordic House”, an Alvar Aalto building where I’m staying while here).
November 9, 2006 8:40 PM “(…) a blind appropriation of meaning that puts in doubt the very measuring of, and reconciliation with something that by means of such likening unconditionally claims its indisputable place.” I’m at the Copenhagen airport, reading Arkadii Dragomoshchenko’s beautiful book, Chinese Sun. It’s so convincing… yes, if you could say about what, it wouldn’t be that convincing at all…
November 9, 2006 3:10 AM at Helsinki-Vantaa airport I see that YouTube user “fakesalt” has uploaded video portraits of, among others, Loss Glazier, George Lakoff, Régis Bonvicino – and of myself showing off my knowledge / ignorance on Finnish FOlk Poetry.
November 7, 2006 11:30 AM Valkoinen on valon varjo (White is the shadow of light), Marra Lampi & Kari Aronpuro in Galleria Katarina, Kalevankatu 16, Helsinki, Nov. 8 to 26. Friday, Nov. 10, 6 PM, Marra is to speak about light in art, Kari to read from from his poetry. And in Varsinais-Suomi (Finland “Proper”), the Poetry Week (Runoviikko) is in full swing.
November 2, 2006 1:08 PM “In the beginning of a new era / there will be bodies.” A music video for the memory of Anna Politkovskaya (1958-2006) (lyrics Terhi Kokkonen, comp. and arr. Kerkko Koskinen). The gentle, but poignant, irony here is that, as with much of the composer’s earlier work, widely known in Finland in performances by the popular Ultra Bra group, the style is strongly reminiscent of the leftist (often militantly pro-Soviet) “laululiike” (Song Movement) of the Finnish 1970’s…More info, together with a translation into English of the lyrics, here.
November 2, 2006 8:31 AM Well, Karri Kokko’s poem of today (well, it comes after the day of the first snow in Helsinki), sounds as if echoing Tikkanen’s one (see below) – again, in a quick translation: “Gives off a smell as if from a Spring’s flower / or from a sweet apple hanging in the topmost branch, / and there are not as much as two cherrie’s in my bag / capable of doing anything about it.”
November 2, 2006 8:13 AM Juhani Tikkanen notes Runouden puolustus, also dedicating a poem for Charles and I. You should note Tikkanen’s new collection, Laihakuu, of quite contemporary nature poems, like this one, in my quick translation: “In the evening a wind rises / making blueberry twigs / and the top of the tree / to nod. // A mosquito / disagrees / as if he’d / been consulted in the matter.”