June 24, 2014

Call for Submissions: Physical Culture, on Feminism & Fitness

From the editors of the next DELIRIOUS HEM feature, a call for submissions: 

This is an open call for submissions for an online and print anthology about women and fitness/exercise co-edited by me (Elizabeth Hall) and the lovely Amanda Montei. The online portion of the project will appear at Delirious Hem late this summer followed by a print anthology with a tentative 2015 release.

The goal of the anthology is to chart a modern physical culture from a broad range of perspectives. We are especially interested in exploring the intersections between feminism and fitness. We feel the topic is ripe for interpretation and re-interpretation. In that sense, we are not only interested in texts that explore our current physical culture, but ones that also reformulate and re-conceive it.

We are as interested in pieces about yoga and dance as we are urban bike culture and guerrilla street fitness, or any way a woman might choose or refuse to “work,” live in, or care for, her body. We hope to see texts that tease us, poke and prod, and interrogate the very meaning of “fitness” and/or complicate accepted narratives and norms of exercise and female empowerment. We welcome all forms—poems, short stories, nonfiction, scholarly texts, works of historiography, collaborations, interviews, whatever.

Send up to 5 poems or up to 5,000 words and a short bio to delirioushem1 [at] gmail [d0t] com by July 25th, 2014. 

June 22, 2014

414 ('Twas like a Maelstrom, with a notch)


'Twas like a Maelstrom, with a notch,
That nearer, every Day,
Kept narrowing its boiling Wheel
Until the Agony

Toyed coolly with the final inch
Of your delirious Hem—
And you dropt, lost,
When something broke—
And let you from a Dream—

As if a Goblin with a Gauge—
Kept measuring the Hours—
Until you felt your Second
Weigh, helpless, in his Paws—

And not a Sinew—stirred—could help,
And sense was setting numb—
When God—remembered—and the Fiend
Let go, then, Overcome—

As if your Sentence stood—pronounced—
And you were frozen led
From Dungeon's luxury of Doubt
To Gibbets, and the Dead—

And when the Film had stitched your eyes
A Creature gasped "Reprieve"!
Which Anguish was the utterest—then—
To perish, or to live? 


Emily Dickinson

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December 27, 2013

DAY 26 * KAREN WEISER * ANNE WALDMAN


KAREN WEISER has several books and chapbooks, most recently To Light Out, Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010. Her next book is forthcoming from the same press in 2015. She is an Assistant Professor of English at New Jersey City University. Karen reads her poem, Secret Bound.





Karen Weiser reads from Gossamurmur by ANNE WALDMAN. Waldman is an American poet. Since the 1960s, Waldman has been an active member of the Outrider experimental poetry community as a writer, performer, collaborator, professor, editor, scholar, and cultural/political activist. She has also been connected to the Beat poets. (from Wiki)

December 25, 2013

DAY 25: Marisa Crawford and Seth Landman

Marisa Crawford reads her own poem. She is the author of the poetry collection The Haunted House (Switchback, 2010) and the chapbook 8th Grade Hippie Chic (Immaculate Disciples, 2013). Find her work online at marisacrawford.net.





Maris Crawford reads Seth Landman. Landman lives in Massachusetts, and is a member of the Agnes Fox Press collective. His book, Sign You Were Mistaken, was published by Factory Hollow Press in 2013. 




DAY 24: W.G. Sebald and Erin Virgil

W.G. Sebald was a German writer and academic and the author of three books of poetry: For Years Now with Tess Jaray (2001), After Nature (1988), and Unrecounted (2004)  Erin Virgil reads W.G. Sebald's poem "Timetable." 








Erin Virgil reads her poem, HermitageErin Virgil is a poet and essayist living in northern Colorado.  She has an MFA from Naropa University and her work has been published by Wolverine Farm, Fast Forward, Colorado Life Magazine, Indigo Ink.  She has books forthcoming from Monkey Puzzle Press and from Dancing Girl Press.  She keeps up a literary sort of blog at emvlovely.wordpress.com.


December 24, 2013

DAY 23 * Wisawla Szymborska * Arielle Guy *


Arielle Guy reads Wisława Szymborska.
Szymborska was a Polish poet, essayist, translator and recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Prowent, which has since become part of Kórnik, she later resided in Kraków until the end of her life. 















ARIELLE GUY reads her own poem here. She really wants to have a dog. She would have two huskies named Mulder and Scully. Her work has never been published on other planets and she holds out hope. Her work has appeared on earth in Eleven Eleven, EOAGH, 6x6, kadar koli, CARVE, delirious hem and other magazines. Her first full-length collection, Three Geogaophies: A Milkmaid’s Grimoire, was published by Dusie Press in 2011, as well as a chapbook, Gothenburg, from ypolita press, and other Dusie chapbooks. She has a book forthcoming from Lark Books, Dreamographers of the Eastern Seaboard, part-memoir, part-essay, about mindfulness, writing, heritage, and being at peace. She lives in Brooklyn for the time being, maybe forever. 

December 22, 2013

Day 22 * ALICE NOTLEY * KRYSTAL LANGUELL *


LANGUELL reads part 2 of  As Good as Rocks. Notley is the author of over twenty five books of poetry, including 165 Meeting House Lane (1971), Phoebe Light (1973), Incidentals in the Day World (1973), For Frank O’Hara’s Birthday (1976), Alice Ordered Me to Be Made: Poems 1975 (1976),Dr. Williams’ Heiresses (1980), How Spring Comes (1981), which received the San Francisco Poetry Award, Waltzing Matilda (1981), Margaret & Dusty (1985), From a Work in Progress (1988), Homer’s Art (1990), To Say You (1993), Selected Poems of Alice Notley (1993), The Descent of Alette (1996), among many others. Mysteries of Small Houses (1998) won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and her collectionDisobedience (2001) was awarded the Griffin International Poetry Prize. Notley’s recent work includes From the Beginning (2004), Alma, or the Dead Women (2006),  Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems 1970-2005), which received the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, In the Pines (2007), Culture of One (2011), and Songs and Stories of the Ghouls (2011).



KRYSTAL LANGUELL reads her own poem, Tonight This Is Our Last Song. Languell is founder of the feminist literary magazine Bone Bouquet, she serves as a collaborative board member for Belladonna* Series as well as editor-in-chief at Noemi Press. She teaches composition at York College in Queens and the Borough of Manhattan Community College. She lives in Brooklyn, where she also co-curates the HOT TEXTS Reading Series.

December 21, 2013

DAY 21 * HILDA MORLEY * JOSHUA WARE *


Joshua Ware reads HILDA MORLEY'S Winter Solstice. Morley (September 19, 1916–March 23, 1998) was an American poet.Morley told Contemporary Authors: "I have been writing poems since I was nine years old and was adept at the sonnet form in my thirteenth and fourteenth years, having used rhyming quatrains before that. In my later teens and through my twenties I used both rhymed and freer forms, influenced by H. D. and D. H. Lawrence. By my mid-thirties I was committed to a line derived from William Carlos Williams, making the rhythm of the poem out of the elements of ordinary speech. The need to write poetry came out of the urgent pressure toward placing and forming my experience, giving a voice to what I felt. The capacity to look and to imagine freed me from confusion. They were my windows, connecting me to the world and the poems were a way of giving back what had been given me—the gifts and offerings the visible, tangible, audible world gave me. I was the channel which rendered back what was offered, a means or an instrument by which they could reach others, other senses and responses. More recently, I began to think of the poems as recordings of lessons I had learned, roadmarks which could be of help to others. Perhaps there is some moral intent behind this way of thinking. In any case there is still and always the need to be released from the burden of the experience, a notion shared by the prophets of the Old Testament who were driven to speak of what they knew and by the troubadour poets impelled to sing their joys, their angers, their despairs, their longings."
JOSHUA WARE reads his own poem, "Rough Spring Sonnet 20". Ware is the author of Homage to Homage to Homage to Creeley and several chapbooks. His writing has appeared in journals such as American Letters & CommentaryColorado ReviewConduitGulf CoastNew American Writing, and Salt Hill. He lives in Cleveland, where he teaches at Case Western Reserve University and writes for the literary website Vouched Books. 
Joshua Ware is from the moon.

December 20, 2013

DAY 20: Charles Baudelaire * Sandra Simonds *


Sandra Simonds reads CHARLES BAUDELAIRE (April 9, 1821 – August 31, 1867) was a French poet who also produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe. His most famous work, Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil), expresses the changing nature of beauty in modern, industrializing Paris during the 19th century. Baudelaire's highly original style of prose-poetry influenced a whole generation of poets including Paul VerlaineArthur Rimbaud and Stéphane Mallarmé among many others. He is credited with coining the term "modernity" (modernité) to designate the fleeting, ephemeral experience of life in an urban metropolis, and the responsibility art has to capture that experience. (Wiki)




Simonds’ reads  'Transliteration of Baudelaire's 'Destruction'. Her poems have been published in many  journals such as Poetry,  American Poetry ReviewThe Believer, the Colorado Review, Fence, the Columbia Poetry ReviewBarrow StreetVolt, the New Orleans Review and Lana Turner. Her Creative Nonfiction has been published in Post Road and other literary journals.
She lives  in Tallahassee, Florida and is Assistant Professor of English at Thomas University in beautiful, rural Southern Georgia.

Day 19 * JOHN KEATS * SUSANA GARDNER *

JOHN KEATS (31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821) was an English Romantic poet. He was one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite his work only having been in publication for four years before his death. Hear Susana Gardner read Keats' Ode to a Nightingale here.  
(from  Wiki)


SUSANA GARDNER (1973-  ) is an American poet, recently repatriated. She curates this yearly nondenominational audio advent poetics calendar. She reads a reworked ditty here.

December 18, 2013

DAY 18 *JESSICA SMITH * JANE HIRSHFIELD *

JESSICA SMITH'S second book is forthcoming from Chax Press. She works as a poet-librarian and dreams of the ocean in land-locked Birmingham, Alabama, where the trains sound like whales.Jessica reads her poem  "Saskia, Rembrandt (1636)" (unpublished, ekphrastic based on this.


Jessica reads JANE HIRSHFIELD's poem which is known by two titles, one of which is "For the Lichens" (published in 2011 by The Atlantic) and one of which is in the Ecopoetry Anthology as "For the Lobaria, Usnea, Witches' Hair, Map Lichen, Beard Lichen, Ground Lichen, Shield Lichen." 

December 17, 2013

DAY 17 * TED HUGHES * RAUAN KLASSNIK *

RAUAN KLASSNIK reads a poem by TED HUGHES and a poem of his own as well.

RAUAN KLASSNIK'S writing this bio in burning mist (it's Seattle, yeah) & Can't see much. Blah, blah. Kundera, Apollinaire. Etc. Etc. He reads in the bath a lot. He is lazy and beautiful, blah, blah. Mwah! xoxoxoxo




December 16, 2013

DAY 16 * KIRSTEN KASCHOCK * PATRICK LAWLER *

KIRSTEN KASCHOCK reads her poem. She has cold fingers. She is currently visit-professing at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY--which is north of many places. Her chapbook WindowBoxing is available from Bloof Books. Her ms. The Dottery is forthcoming from University of Pittsburgh Press. She likes to consider herself lucky.

kirsten kaschock reads PATRICK LAWLER has published five collections of poetry: A Drowning Man is Never Tall Enough (University of Georgia Press, 1990), reading a burning book (Basfal Books, 1994), Feeding the Fear of the Earth, the winner of the Many Mountains Moving poetry book competition (2006), Trade World Center (Ravenna Press, 2012) and Underground (Notes toward an Autobiography)--also from MMM press. He won the 2010 Ronald Sukenick/ABR Prize for Innovative Fiction for Rescuers of Skydivers Search Among the Clouds (2012).

December 15, 2013

DAY 15: KEVIN VARRONE * TANYA OLSON *

KEVIN VARRONE READS TANYA OLSON'
My Love Is Green, America, from her book Boyishly (YesYes Books, 2013). 








KEVIN VARRONE is the author of three small children (2006, 2009, 2011), to whom he offers love advice daily, in a small town just outside Philadelphia. In his spare time he models balloon animals and does taxidermy. Kevin reads,
Love Advice for Children.

December 14, 2013

DAY 14 * ELISA GABBERT * MICHELE BATTISTE *



MICHELE BATTISTE reads ELISA GABBERT. She is the author of four chapbooks and two poetry collections: Ink for an Odd Cartography (2009) and Uprising (2014, forthcoming), both from Black Lawrence Press.  She lives in Boulder, CO where she raises money for organizations undoing corporate evil. 










ELISA GABBERT  reads MICHELE BATTISTE. She is the author of The French Exit (Birds, LLC) and The Self Unstable, recently released from Black Ocean Press. She lives in Denver, tweets at @egabbert, and blogs at The French Exit.

December 13, 2013

DECEMBER 13 * JENN McCREARY * ADRIENNE RICH *


JENN McCREARY READS ADRIENNE RICH'S, The Burning of Paper Instead of Children.

(May 16, 1929 – March 27, 2012) was an American poet, essayist and feminist. She was called "one of the most widely read and influential poets of the second half of the 20th century", and was credited with bringing "the oppression of women and lesbians to the forefront of poetic discourse." (from Wiki)
JENN McCREARY is a Philadelphia poet & the author of several books & chapbooks, most recently &now my feet are maps (Dusie Press), brand spanking new & now available! She lives in fashionable East Passyunk with her twin sons, their pet snake, a bitey cat, & Chris McCreary, with whom she co-edits ixnay press.


December 12, 2013

DAY 12* LAURA RIDING * ELIZABETH TREADWELL *

ELIZABETH TREADWELL READS
LAURA RIDING


RIDING'S (1901-1991) works include The Close Chaplet (1926), Progress of Stories (1935), The Lives of Wives (1939), and The Word “Woman” (1993).




























ELIZABETH TREADWELL'S (1967-  ) works include Eve Doe (1997),
Chantry 
(2004), Birds &Fancies (2007), and Virginia or the mud-flap girl (2012). 
TREADWELL READS her own poem, Sophiakin.

December 11, 2013

DAY 11 * METTA SAMA * KHADIJAH QUEEN *

METTA SAMA READS KHADIJAH QUEEN
KHADIJAH QUEEN is the author of Conduit (Black Goat/Akashic 2008), and Black Peculiar (Noemi Press 2011). Her digital chapbook, I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men and What I Had On, was just released from Sibling Rivalry Press. She has a day job and a teenager, so therefore cherishes the holiness of naps and can't take herself too seriously.khadijahqueen.com














METTA SAMA read her own work here. She is the author of Nocturne Trio (YesYes Bøøks 2012) and South of Here (New Issues Press 2005 (published under Lydia Melvin)). Her poems, fiction, creative non-fiction, & book reviews have been published or forthcoming in Blackbird, bluestem, Drunken Boat, The Drunken Boat, Esque, hercricle, Jubilat, Kweli, The Owls, Pebble Lake Review, Pyrta, Reverie, Sententia, Vinyl, among others.

December 10, 2013

DAY 10 * STACY DORIS * SARAH ROSENTHAL *

SARAH ROSENTHAL READS fledge from STACY DORIS AND FROM HER OWN WORK


In 1962, STACY DORIS was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She received her AB in literature and society from Brown University and an MFA in English and creative writing from the University of Iowa. Her books include Knot (University of Georgia Press, 2006), Cheerleader's Guide to the World: Council Book (Roof Books, 2006), Conference (Potes & Poets, 2001), Une Année à New York avec Chester (P.O.L., 2000), Paramour (Krupskaya, 2000), La vie de Chester Steven Wiener ecrite par sa femme (P.O.L., 1998), Kildare (Segue Foundation, 1994). About Doris's work, the poet Jackson Mac Low has said, "Doris's treatment of her themes and forms is radically different from poem to poem and most contemporary practice." She taught at several colleges and universities including the University of Iowa and Hunter College. Doris passed away in 2012.
 (from Poets.org)

SARAH ROSENTHAL is the author of Manhatten (Spuyten Duyvil, 2009) and the chapbooks The Animal (Dusie, 2011), How I Wrote This Story (Margin to Margin, 2001), sitings (a+bend, 2000), and not-chicago (Melodeon, 1998). Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals including Sidebrow, Zen Monster, textsound, dusie, and Fence, and is anthologized in Building is a Process / Light is an Element: essays and excursions for Myung Mi Kim (P-Queue, 2008), Bay Poetics (Faux, 2006), The Other Side of the Postcard (City Lights, 2005) hinge (Crack, 2002), and Kindergarde: Avant-garde Poems, Plays, and Stories for Children (Black Radish, forthcoming). Her essays and interviews have appeared in journals such as Jacket, Denver Quarterly, Rain Taxi, Otoliths, and New American Writing. She serves on the California Book Awards poetry jury and manages programs for the Developmental Studies Center.

December 9, 2013

DAY 9 * ANNA AKHMATOVA * TARA REBELE *

ANNA AKHMATOVA (1889-1966) is considered one of Russia's greatest twentieth century poets. This poem is from her first book, Evening, published in 1912. 

TARA REBELE'S book, And I'm Not Jenny, was published by Slope Editions and her poems
have appeared in Poetry International,
Handsome, Shearsman,Volt, and How2, among
other places. She has performed her live works in cities nationwide and has exhibited her new media works in international festivals, galleries, and universities. She is Director of the low-residency MFA Creative Writing Program at New England College. Rebele reads her poem, Our Remnants.


Akhmatova/Rebele COMBO

December 8, 2013

DAY 8 * SEAN BONNEY * JAYNE CORTEZ *

SEAN BONNEY READS JAYNE CORTEZ

 JAYNE CORTEZ was an African-American poet, activist, small press publisher and spoken-word performance artist whose voice is celebrated for its political, surrealistic and dynamic innovations in lyricism and visceral sound. 
SEAN BONNEY READS HIS POEM (after SAPPHO) SEAN BONNEY lives in London, UK, and would prefer not to. His books include "Happiness" and "The Commons". "Letters Against Enchantment" will be published next year. He is currently conducting experiments in alchemy and insurrection."


December 7, 2013

DAY 7 * PAUL MAZIAR * VALERY LARBAUD *

PAUL MAZIAR READS VALERY LARBAUD. VALERY LARBAUD was born in Vichy, Allier, the only child of a pharmacist. His father died when he was 8, and he was brought up by his mother and aunt. His father had been owner of the Vichy Saint-Yorre mineral water springs, and the family fortune assured him an easy life. He travelled Europe in style. On luxury liners and the Orient Express he carried off the dandy role, with spa visits to nurse fragile health.
Poèmes par un riche amateur, published in 1908, received Octave Mirbeau's vote for Prix Goncourt. Three years later, his novel Fermina Márquez, inspired by his days as a boarder at Sainte-Barbe-des-Champs at Fontenay-aux-Roses, had some Prix Goncourt votes in 1911.

He spoke six languages including EnglishItalian and Spanish. In France he helped translate and popularise Samuel Taylor ColeridgeWalt WhitmanSamuel Butler, and James Joyce, whose Ulysses was translated by Auguste Morel (1924-1929) under Larbaud's supervision. (from Wiki)

Paul Maziar's reads his poem here. first book was one of experimental prose, juxtaposed with the typographic, photographic designs of visual artist Maust. His first book of poems, Last Light of Day, was printed by Portland’s Publication Studio, and his brand new chapbook of poems, Little Advantages, will be released by Couch Press this winter. Paul co-curates a monthly reading series called The Switch, and his reveries and drawings can be found at andsotobegin.tumblr.com.