Monday, March 16, 2009

Weekend in Buffalo

Small Press Poetry Fest
Friday, March 20

Sugar City
19 Wadsworth Street
Buffalo, NY

Just Buffalo's Small Press Poetry reading series will host a celebration of small press poetry activity in Buffalo and beyond in advance of the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair. The presses involved are Slack Buddha, House Press, Flim Forum, Lil' Norton, Punch Press, Blazevox, Broke Magazine, Little Scratch Pad, and Bookthug.

Reading for Flim Forum Press, in the 8:00-8:30 slot, will be: Adam Golaski, Jaye Bartell, Jessica Smith, Eric Gelsinger, and Tawrin Baker.

And then...

The 3rd Annual 2009
Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

Saturday, March 21

Karpeles Manuscript Museum
453 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY

The Buffalo Small Press Book Fair is a regional one day event that brings booksellers, authors, bookmakers, zinesters, small presses, artists, poets, and other cultural workers (and enthusiasts) together in a venue where they can share ideas, showcase their art, and peddle their wares.

Remember this event is FREE and open to the public!

And then...

Electric City Music
Saturday, March 21

248 Allen Street

Line Fatigue (chicago, il)
Eric Unger (chicago, il)
Mock Syringa
Giant Science
Oak Orchard Swamp

Monday, March 09, 2009

poetry project + other flim nudes

Adam Golaski reports: "After I caught a show by my new favorite band Verge End (pictured above; a shot of them playing the Costume Shop near Union Sq.), I headed down East 14th to St. Marks (pictured below).

"I first went into the church proper; turns out the reading was in the lamppost. Surprisingly, a spacious room. See previous (lamp)post for a list of the readers, which did include me. Below are some shots of everyone after the reading."

The very next night, Jennifer Karmin, Matthew Klane, and Adam Golaski read at Unnameable Books in Brooklyn. Six cantos of Jennifer's Aaaaaaaaaaalice were performed. Adam's wife Zetta and daughter Elizabeth were there, as were the poets Melissa Goodrum, Thom Donovan, and Jeff Paris. Jenna Lawrence, the famed Columbia University biology professor, also made an appearance. Everyone reports having a wonderful time.

Flim Forum Press editors Adam Golaski and Matthew Klane announced that their next book--following the highly wonderful The Alps by Brandon Shimoda--will be Aaaaaaaaaaalice. Publication details to come soon.

There are no photos from Unnameable, because there was no light. The total absence of light rendered our cameras (and our eyes) useless. As famously stated in the film Event Horizon, "Where we're going, we won't need eyes to see."

Flim Forum poet Katie Kemple has started a blog only Eric Gelsinger won't need to read Love Your Layoff. I actually quit my job so I could make better use of her wisdom.

Our next big post will be from Buffalo, where the Small Press Fair will celebrate its third year, and where Flim Forum Press will have a table. The night before the fair, some Flim poets will be reading, too: Adam Golaski, Jessica Smith, Eric Gelsinger, Jaye Bartell, and Tawrin Baker. I've heard that they all agreed to read good poems, except for Eric, who will only read awesome poems.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Project Photos

Here's a partial record of Flim's trip to the Poetry Project last Friday night. Many thanks to Nicole and Diana Wallace and Hamilton for the generous invite and many more to all the folks who came out!

Eric Gelsinger

Deborah Poe

John Cotter

Kate Schapira

Jessica Smith

Adam Golaski

The Alps on

Now, on, Jaye Bartell empties himself into the white squares which column through the heart of The Alps. Here is the introduction to his withholding:

The blank squares accompanying each poem in The Handmaidens and Bridesman section of The Alps struck me immediately, fascinated and moved me to respond. The squares display vivid possibility, actualized by the writing beneath them, poems that are far more than captions. Possibility, in fact, is the prevailing sentiment I’m left with; there is much to discover in The Alps, and the squares serve as a kind of field guide. They at once refuse to be empty, or to contain anything. The slightest suggestion of an image, –gold / lightning struck / water–, and the square floods. Turn the page, a new square is presented, empty, simple, but vulnerable to the foment of cognition, memory, grasp, and total loss.

Read the rest of Jaye's review here, In Which a Lack Should Speak Louder Than Words. Also, see Jaye make birds.