Monthly Archives: January 2014

Monthly Archives: January 2014

Letter to the Editor — Mitch Corber responds to Lehman Weichselbaum’s review of Corber’s Weather’s Feather

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Letter to the Editor —   Mitch Corber responds to Lehman Weichselbaum’s review of Corber’s Weather’s Feather     Up front, your reviewer, Lehman Weichselbaum, notes the difficulty to “interpret” the language in most of my poems, that a new reader would be mostly baffled by my assault of word clusters. In his review, though, he does prep the reader to not dismiss my work for its seeming obscurity, urging the reader to yes, get the surface music, but also …

Four Poems by Hal Sirowitz

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Four Poems   by Hal Sirowitz   JFK   The day President John F. Kennedy was shot, I was at Junior High School, sitting behind the girl I had a crush on. We heard the tapping of the loudspeaker, a signal that there was going to be an announcement. Then, the principal informed us the President was being taken to the emergency room in a hospital in Dallas. A few minutes later, the principal returned to tell us that Kennedy was pronounced dead, …

Hal Sirowitz: The People’s Poet — essay by Ron Kolm

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Hal Sirowitz:   The People’s Poet   by Ron Kolm   I met Hal in 1980 when he was emceeing the poetry readings at St. Clement’s Church on 46th Street in Hell’s Kitchen. Hal did a terrific job in mixing the knowns and the unknowns, and then making the unknowns feel like they could end up in the pantheon of New York City poets. At the conclusion of each event Sirowitz would read some of his own work. The first …

Weather’s Feather by Mitch Corber — review by Lehman Weichselbaum

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Weather’s Feather   by Mitch Corber   review by Lehman Weichselbaum   Weather’s Feather by Mitch Corber Fly By Night Press, 2014 ISBN-13: 978-0963740540 14.9 X 22.6 cm, 108 pps, $15 Mitch Corber is an overgrown boy, and language is his toy. In Corber’s hands, language isn’t about what it says, but how it says it—and how it sounds. His structuralist focus has clear affinities with other poets at play in modernist fields—New York Schoolers, language poets, Armand Schwerner of …

Bernard Meisler — in conversation with Mark McCawley

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Bernard Meisler   in conversation with   Mark McCawley   It was in the mid-1990s — nearly two decades before being introduced to Sensitive Skin publisher and editor-in-chief, Bernard Meisler — that I first encountered Sensitive Skin’s unique and eclectic brand of underground art and writing. Discursive, post-realist, transgressive writing. A who’s who of Blank Generation writers. Definitive “Downtown” writers. Writers and artists witnessing the commodification of late twentieth century literature, and the gentrification/Disneyfication of New York. It’s a distinct …