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Extense, Part 2 by DB Guest Blogger David James Miller

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See you at AWP?

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Folks are probably totally sick of hearing about AWP already (and it’s only just beginning)! That said, if you happen to be in or around Seattle this weekend, come say hello at one of the following events:

Leslie Scalapino Tribute Panel
Alicia Cohen, Michael Cross, Judith Goldman, Carla Harryman and Maryrose Larkin
Thursday, Feb. 27, 3-4 pm
Washington State Convention Center
Room 606

Compline/Cuneiform/Further Other Book Works/Textile Series reading
Charles Alexander, Sarah Campbell, Michael Cross, Julia Drescher, Paul Klinger, CJ Martin, and Eleni Stecopoulos
(following a pretty stellar translation lineup from 4-5: see poster above)
Thursday, Feb. 27, 5-6 pm
Seattle Hilton, “Makani Room”
1301 6th Ave.

Compline/Cuneiform/Further Other Book Works/Textile Series at the Book Fair
You can find us at tables K-19 and K-20. PS: I’m giving away a ton of stuff!

If you happen to be in Seattle for AWP this year, maybe we’ll have a chance to see each other? This is my first (and probably last!) time attending, so I’m trying to get a lifetime of AWP activities into a single weekend (which is the M.O., I guess!):
• I’m giving a talk on the work of Leslie Scalapino for a tribute panel including contributions from Alicia Cohen, Carla Harryman, Judith Goldman, and Maryrose Larkin, probably on Leslie’s use of the image and her interest in hand-drawn African movie posters. The event takes place on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 3-4 pm in Room 606 of the Washington State Convention Center.
• Compline will “table” at the book fair with some of our favorite presses: Kyle Schlesinger’s Cuneiform, Julia Drescher and C.J. Martin’s Further Other Book Works, and Dawn Pendergast’s LRL Textile Series. We’re located at K19 + K20 if you’re wandering around. I’ll probably give away goodies for folks who stop by and show some love, along with (maybe)some new postcards for your refrigerator!
• Finally, I’m participating in a pretty great off-site reading (one of, like, a million!) sponsored by our friends at Small Press Distribution. Anna Moschovakis, Alan Bernheimer, John Sakkis, Jen Hofer, Ji Yoon Lee and Brent Cunningham will share recent translations during the first hour, and a roster of readers from Compline, Cuneiform, FOBW, and the Textile Series will hold it down during the second. Scheduled readers include Charles Alexander, Sarah Campbell, myself, Julia Drescher, Paul Klinger, C.J. Martin, and Eleni Stecopoulos. The event takes place on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 4-6 pm in the “Makani Room” at the Seattle Hilton (1301 6th Ave.). I know there’s tons to do (like 4 distinct off-site readings every hour) and the icky promotional machinery / smarminess of the conference makes me a bit nauseous, but this one should be super low-key: friends reading poems to friends. We hope you’ll stop by and be our friend!

If you happen to be in Seattle for AWP this year, maybe we’ll have a chance to see each other? This is my first (and probably last!) time attending, so I’m trying to get a lifetime of AWP activities into a single weekend (which is the M.O., I guess!):

• I’m giving a talk on the work of Leslie Scalapino for a tribute panel including contributions from Alicia Cohen, Carla Harryman, Judith Goldman, and Maryrose Larkin, probably on Leslie’s use of the image and her interest in hand-drawn African movie posters. The event takes place on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 3-4 pm in Room 606 of the Washington State Convention Center.

• Compline will “table” at the book fair with some of our favorite presses: Kyle Schlesinger’s Cuneiform, Julia Drescher and C.J. Martin’s Further Other Book Works, and Dawn Pendergast’s LRL Textile Series. We’re located at K19 + K20 if you’re wandering around. I’ll probably give away goodies for folks who stop by and show some love, along with (maybe)some new postcards for your refrigerator!

• Finally, I’m participating in a pretty great off-site reading (one of, like, a million!) sponsored by our friends at Small Press Distribution. Anna Moschovakis, Alan Bernheimer, John Sakkis, Jen Hofer, Ji Yoon Lee and Brent Cunningham will share recent translations during the first hour, and a roster of readers from Compline, Cuneiform, FOBW, and the Textile Series will hold it down during the second. Scheduled readers include Charles Alexander, Sarah Campbell, myself, Julia Drescher, Paul Klinger, C.J. Martin, and Eleni Stecopoulos. The event takes place on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 4-6 pm in the “Makani Room” at the Seattle Hilton (1301 6th Ave.). I know there’s tons to do (like 4 distinct off-site readings every hour) and the icky promotional machinery / smarminess of the conference makes me a bit nauseous, but this one should be super low-key: friends reading poems to friends. We hope you’ll stop by and be our friend!

Taylor Brady, Erica Lewis, and Anne Lesley Selcer @ Hearts Desire!

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This is as good a time as any to officially announce Compline’s next long-player: Taylor Brady’s In the Red. I’m pretty giddy about this release, especially given that Taylor is one of my favorite living poets and this work in particular is INCREDIBLE. Taylor promises to preview material from the book at the next Hearts Desire reading, where he’ll share the stage with fellow Bay Area superstars Erica Lewis and Anne Lesley Selcer. If you’re local, join us this Saturday, 2/1 @ 2141 Broadway around 8pm.

And if you’re like me and you can barely contain your excitement for this volume, you might check out Taylor’s recent Trafficker book, "For I Know Not What I Did Last Summer," which contains earlier drafts from the book.

We’re shooting for a late spring release, so keep yr. eyes peeled…

Supple Science Launch Events

“UBIQUITOUS DIVIDEND”
SUPPLE SCIENCE BOOK LAUNCH 
Small Press Traffic
Artist Television Access
992 Valencia Street, SF
Sun. 11/17 5pm

Spoken, choral and choreoprosodic selections from the ongoing libretto “Re-English,” an investigative musical that treats our current ecological and inequity crises as consequents of the sonic and connotative qualities of english, calling upon forms and phenomena as diverse as neuroendocrinology, cosmogony, naad, triple bottom line accounting, optativity, dead languages, energy cauldrons, and even poetry to re-tune our tongues, imbuing them with unheard of inherences, moods, admixtures and admonishments.

PROSODIC BODY WORKSHOP 
Long Leg Series
New Arts Building Consortium 
1 Grove Street, SF
Workshops: Fri. 11/22 6:30-9:30 pm
Sat./Sun. 11/23-24 10-3 pm
Public Showing: Sun. 11/24 7:30pm

In this workshop we will practice the Prosodic Body, opening broader interoceptive, energetic connections. We will work with correspondences between phonemes and the neuroendocrine and somatosensory systems, sync our heart rates with danced poetic meter, involve cellular respiration in vocalization, perform phoneme puncture, embody cosmogony and become the direct experience of biophysics. We will integrate “choreoprosodia,” movement and language, fulfilling each other’s expression.

"PRODUCING POVERTY WON’T BE A CRIME UNTIL POETS MAKE IT ILLEGAL (AND THE INTERRELATED MATTER OF THE UNFORMED FIELD OF PROSODY)" 
The Bay Area Public School2141 Broadway, Oakland
Mon. 11/25 7pm

We’ll discuss two concerns particularly: 1) law as creative writing along with shared productivity as poetry medium: This is a call to begin writing the book on banking, corporate and finance law for poets. 2) the missing artscience of prosody: a lab or anechoic darkroom for carrying out qualitative and quantitative testing of the effects of tone, beat, frequency, silence, darkness, color and other prosodic phenomena on various bioprocesses.