Sunday, January 20, 2008


SO HAPPY to see POEMERGENCY ROOM by Paul Siegell is finally OUT! The OTOLITHS webpage has sample poems, including an amazing calligram!


The political world absorded into the everyday world where these poems notice how often we live with what we no longer can see. Blood stains every other line in every American day here.

The New World Fodder. Maybe. UH! Something like:

the decision-maker switches every time direction does—
the useful beauty of anyone initiating a new acrobatic,

no matter how ephemeral.

in the sight of which, overwhelming the well, feeling
lately like I’ve been typing into a typewriter without paper,

never wanted a light to stay red so bad before in all my life.
(from the poem "America stop honking I know what I'm doing")

So many fantastic poems in this book, let me share another excerpt that I Love:

Chime in
a band you love on stage in your city
Chime in
the sounds of "117 South 17th Street"

Stained-glass spray-paint break-dance hand-drums:

Chime in
like notes from a poembedded journalist
graffiti on the Walt Whitman Bridge
like Liberty Bell crack
with congrats fantastic
and America's amnesia of the American bomb

--Rip the pages, rip, rip the pages from your notebook!

Chime in
like a Poemexican mowing the lawn of the National
Constitution Center
(from the poem "A Good-Surprise Experience Awaits")

Looking forward to hearing Paul read from the book in Philadelphia in a few months with Kevin Varrone and Chris Martin! More later on that!

P.S. also recently out from OTOLITHS is the latest in Tom Beckett's interview series "E-X-C-H-A-N-G-E-V-A-L-U-E-S" Includes interviews with the following: Mark Young, Michael Heller, Bob Grumman, Shanna Compton, Sandy McIntosh, Jim McCrary, Gary Sullivan, A.L. Nielsen, Michael Farrell, CAConrad, Anny Ballardini, Denise Duhamel, Nick Carbó, Jack Kimball, Geoffrey Young & Jordan Stempleman.

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