Poetry: Nick Moudry



I think love is not this flower.
You sing at night through our teeth.
Our mouths do not move. If I want
a pumpkin, I will have a pumpkin.

It is raining. You are not wet
because you are inside. Looking up
you notice there is no
ceiling, only poems about ceilings.

If I want a pumpkin, I will
have a mirror to reflect all pumpkins.
It is raining inside the poem.

The poet has no control over this.
The bamboo withers. The poet
has no control over that either.


Nick Moudry wrote this poem in the fall of 2002. He was in graduate school at the time and lived with the poet Eric Baus in an old house in Northampton, MA. Eric went to Whole Foods every day and bought lots of fresh produce, half of which would rot in a bowl on the kitchen table. Nick did much of his writing at the same kitchen table. He wrote several poems about rotting food that year. Now Nick lives in Philadelphia and works at Temple University. He is contractually obligated to state that he received a 2008 literature fellowship fromthe Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.





Come to Moe’s Bookstore in Berkeley tonight at 7:30 to celebrate the release of Aaron Shurin’s new book KING OF SHADOWS, just out from City Lights.

From the City Lights Book Page:

King of Shadows is a collection of twenty-one autobiographical essays chronicling the author’s gay life and life as a poet in San Francisco since the 1960s. In the title essay, Shurin describes his coming into poetry and gay identity via a high-school production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Other essays tell of his deep relationships with poets Denise Levertov and Robert Duncan, and the influence of the sexual politics of the ’70s. In “The Bars of Heaven and Hell,” we are given a personal history of venturing into gay bars in pre-Stonewall San Francisco. Written in a lyrical, literary, yet highly personal style, Shurin’s intelligent and insightful essays circle in and around issues of identity and sensibility, and how our interior and public lives are shaped by them.

From the Moe’s Events Page:

Aaron Shurin is the author of fifteen books and chapbooks, including the poetry collections Involuntary Lyrics (Omnidawn, 2005), The Paradise of Forms (Talisman House, 1999), a Publishers Weekly Best Book, and the prose collection, Unbound: A Book of AIDS (Sun & Moon, 1997). His work has appeared in over twenty national and international anthologies, most recently Nuova Poesia Americana Contemporana (Italy: Oscar Mondadori, 2006). Shurin’s honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Gerbode Foundation. He is Associate Professor and Director of the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.




The (New) Reading Series at 21 Grand
Sunday the 15th of June in the year Two
Thousand Eight

Brent Cunningham and Gina Myers

LIVE! // 6:30PM

21 Grand
416 25th
Oakland CA 94612

$3–$infinity sliding scale

currently lives in Saginaw, Michigan where she makes books for Lame House Press and co-edits the tiny with Gabriella Torres. Her new chapbook Behind the R is forthcoming from ypolita press later this year. Recent poems have appeared in Coconut and Cultural Society.

BRENT CUNNINGHAM is a writer, publisher and visual artist currently living in Oakland with his fiancée and new daughter. His first book of poetry, Bird & Forest, was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2005.  After receiving his MA in English from SUNY Buffalo in 1998, he began working for Small Press Distribution (SPD) in Berkeley, the nation’s only not-for-profit distributor of literary books.  He currently holds the position of Operations director.  A board member of Small Press Traffic since 2001, he was a founding curator of SPT’s “Poets Theater Jamboree,” an annual ritual of amateur experimental theater.  In 2005 he and Neil Alger founded Hooke Press, a chapbook press dedicated to publishing short runs of poetry, criticism, theory, writing and ephemera.   In 2008, he became the Assistant Program Coordinator for the Artifact Reading Series (artifactsf.org), which recently relocated from San Francisco to the Oakland Art Gallery in downtown Oakland.


Poetry: Gillian Conoley


Welcome to Omnidawn Blog’s first Poetry Feature! Rather than be a forum for only Omnidawn authors, we see this as an opportunity to highlight the work of other writers we admire too.

This week you will find
work featured by the poet Gillian Conoley.

In coming weeks you will find work by Karen Garthe, Brenda Iijima, Rob Schlegel, Ed Smallfield, Liz Waldner, and that’s just the start! We plan to feature new poetry by a different writer every week or two.

Feel free to comment.



my apologies for the long delay, but the Omnidawn Blog is back and we have some exciting things planned for this summer!!! hope you will visit often 🙂

first, congrats to the winners of the previous contest: clockworkquill for correct answers and gabe w-y for funny answers! please email me: cperez [at] omnidawn [dot] com to claim your prizes!!!


NEW LINK: check out POTLATCH POETRY. I’m already addicted.



1. LINGOS I-IX by Ulf Stolterfoht (trans. R. Waldrop) has received
the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.

2. Now ready: vol. 52 of “BURNING DECK POETRY BOOKS”

Heather C. Akerberg
Poetry, 64 pages, offset, smyth-sewn
ISBN13: 978-1-886224-89-6, original paperback $14
ISBN13: 978-1-886224-90-2, limited signed edition $20
Publication date: May 15, 2008

The poems of DWELLING investigate, musically and with “bended”
syntax, the issue of form—in body, home, and poem. They ask questions
like: What makes a space a home? Is it shape and architectural
elements, the experiences and interactions that transpire there, the
objects contained in, or the language ascribed to it? Can one
separate recollections from the physical spaces in which they
occurred? Is a “home” just a backdrop for events or is it another
body, inside which is found the tangible and intangible stuff of
self, a body to be read like a text?

Born and raised in the Midwest, Heather C. Akerberg resides in Omaha,
Neb. She has taught English Composition, Creative Writing and
Bookmaking, as well as Cognitive Skills. Heather is a freelance
writer and sustainable agriculture enthusiast. She has an M.F.A. in
Creative Writing from Brown University and a B.A from the Jack
Kerouac School at Naropa University. Her poetry has appeared in
Bombay Gin, Aufgabe, untitled and The Nebraska Review. Dwelling is
her first book.

Copies are available from:
Small Press Distribution, 1-800/869-7553 or www.spdbooks.org
In Europe: www.hpress.no


contest winners & part 2 of the HANK LAZER TOC CONTEST!!!


thanks for all those who played our week-long Hank Lazer TOC contest.

first, we are happy to announce that JOSEPH MASSEY guessed all three blanks correctly 1) The Lyric VALUABLES 2) Lyricism of the SWERVE and 3) John Taggart’s PASTORELLES, so he gets 3 Omnidawn books of his choice.

for the radical guesses, we are giving MATT a prize for his answer: “Nice work if you can get it: john taggart’s HIGH PAID, SECRET GOVERNMENT JOB.” Matt wins an Omnidawn book of his choice.

and finally, we chose DEREK‘s answer: “elephant” for the final winner. He also wins any Omnibook of his choice.

LOTS OF PRIZES. these crazy people at Omnidawn must really love its blog readers!!!

to claim your prize, please email me: cperez [at] omnidawn [dot] com


YES, i did mention a second contest. rules are the same. correct answers get books, funny answers get books. this will be up till the end of april. SO GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN!


PART TWO of the Table of Contents of Hank Lazer’s new Omnidawn book Lyric & Spirit: Selected Essays 1996-2008


Returns: Innovative Poetry and Questions of “Spirit” 209

Sacred Forgery and the Grounds of Poetic Archaeology:
Armand Schwerner’s The Tablets 265

The Art and Architecture of Holding Open:
The Radical ____1_____ of Architectural Body 281

Meeting in the Book: Reading Edmond Jabes through
Rosmarie Waldrop’s Lavish ____2____ 297

Poetry & Myth: The Scene of Writing, Thinking As Such 307

Force, Vector, Pressure: The Phenomena of that
Relationship (An Interview with Chris Mansel) 321

Reflections on The Wisdom Anthology
of North American Buddhist Poetry 329


Lyric & Spirit: Hank Lazer & a CONTEST!!!!

These pics of Hank Lazer are from the Poetry Flash Reading Series, featuring Hank and Mark Salerno, at the new Cody’s in Berkeley, which took place on April 5. Mark Salerno:


Hank has a new book out from Omnidawn titled Lyric & Spirit: Selected Essays 1996-2008


Hank Lazer is both a critic and a poet. His brand new book from Omnidawn Publishing, Lyric and Spirit: Selected Essays, shows new ways of writing spirituality and the lyric, drawing on Language poetry, Buddhist verse, the jazz of Monk and Coltrane, Heidegger, Derrida, and much more. Lazer is also the author of twelve books of poetry perhaps unique in their developmental track from the tradition of William Carlos Williams on into a Language-based tradition. His two most recent books of poetry are The New Spirit and Elegies & Vacations. With Charles Bernstein, Hank Lazer edits the Modern and Contemporary Poetics Series for the University of Alabama.

A little about the reading series, hosted by Richard Silberg (who I just met yesterday -a really cool guy):

“From 1982-2006, Poetry Flash curated one of the West Coast’s most exciting, inclusive, and longest running reading series at Cody’s Books on Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, a leading, historically significant, independent bookstore. (The series began in the late sixties/early seventies.) That store closed on July 10, 2006. However, the Poetry Flash reading series continues, alive and well. Over one-hundred writers—primarily poets—continue to be introduced each year by our host, Poetry Flash Associate Editor Richard Silberg in various locations listed below. Now, as in the past, our series is open to diverse poetics, while providing a forum for poetry’s best.” (quoted from the poetry flash reading series website)


I was going to post a copy of the Table of Contents of Hank’s new book to give you a sense of the essays, but instead i think i’ll have a little 2-part contest. first, i will post half of the table of contents and leave a few words omitted. to win the contest, you have to guess one of the missing words. the first to guess correctly wins. NOT ONLY THAT, we will give prizes to the FUNNIEST responses! so have fun! the prize: any OMNIDAWN book of your choosing!!!! the contest will be open for a week.


Introduction 21


The Lyric ___1___: Soundings, Questions, & Examples 29

“Vatic Scat”: Jazz and the Poetry of Robert Creeley
and Nathaniel Mackey 83

Lyricism of the ___2___: The Poetry of Rae Armantrout 95

The Early 1950s and the Laboratory of the Short Line 129

Nice Work If You Can Get It: John Taggart’s ___3___ 159

Q & A Poetics 171

Thinking/Singing and the Metaphysics of Sound 185