This interview focuses on Nathan Hoks’s book, The Narrow Circle.
Elaine Bleakney: What a pleasure getting into Cabin Fever/Fossil Record. You’ve said elsewhere that the form of these poems take their inspiration from the painting of Eugene Leroy. Would you tell me about how your attraction to Leroy’s work relates to this choice?
Dan Brady: I was first attracted to the physical depth of Leroy’s paintings. If you look closely at most paintings, you can see individual brushstrokes, but with Leroy you don’t even have to try, the paint rises from the canvas toward the viewer. There is a tactile element to them. I imagine if you ran your fingers over the canvas, it’d feel something like running your fingers over a keyboard — similar depths and ridges. Underneath all that paint, somewhere, is a figure, a representation of a clear subject. That obscuring of the figure through depth was interesting to me. Almost like the subject was drowned in the very media which gave it life.
The People with Insert Blanc Editor and Publisher Mathew Timmons and Insert Blanc Artist Ben White, features the voices and ideas of The People that make up the cultural landscape of Los Angeles, the west coast, and beyond on KCHUNG 1630AM every 3rd Sunday at 3pm and podcast on iTunes as The People Radio. The People is me, The People is you, The People is we, and You Can Too! … like a Broken Record magically repaired.
In American Songbook (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013), Michael Ruby’s fifth full-length collection, Ruby responds to recordings of 75 American vocalists, each an homage of sorts. Many musical traditions inform the poems, including blues, jazz, gospel, country, folk, bluegrass, electric blues, R&B, rock, disco and hip hop. This interview took place both in person and by email.
Elisabeth Workman and Sandra Simonds
In this Skype reading and conversation, Elisabeth Workman (on the left) reads from “Little Western” and “Landscape With Porn Stars” from Ultramegaprairieland and Sandra Simons (on the right) reads “I’m Miss World, Somebody Kill Me” and “Camp Vagina Lake” from The Sonnets. Sandra’s questions to Elisabeth: What is your relationship to Flarf? What is the relationship of the work to the sentimental, the political, the avant garde, etc. Elisabeth’s questions to Sandar: What was your attraction to the sonnet as a form? Could you talk about the paradox of the sonnet, influences, etc? & then: #Bloof, #feminism, #motherhood, #nihilism, #John Ashbery, #Bernadette Mayer, #Walter Benjamin, #narrative, #humor, #time, #the porosity of the domestic, #vertigo, #vulnerability, #estrangement, #twin worlds, #dance