Pure Reasons : Essays/Critiques/Philadelphia

This pdf, “Pure Reasons,” continues to explore the Philadelphia Renaissance, the Philly Free School, and Aughts Philly :




Adam Fieled                      afieled@yahoo.com

CALL FOR PAPERS – 2014 MMLA Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS – 2014 MMLA Conference:

The Midwest Modern Language Associate invites proposals for the 2014 conference, which will take place in Detroit, MI, November 13-16, 2014. Although papers are accepted on any topic, we welcome participants to consider this year’s theme, “The Lives of Cities,” as a rich field of inquiry. Proposals may be [ … ]

new from above/ground press: THE STREAM and other poems, by Dennis Tourbin

THE STREAM and other poems

Dennis Tourbin


We fish in a stream

near Millbrook,

for brown trout.

The stream ambles through

a beautiful countryside,

twisting and turning,

creating pools and holes

and wonderful homes

for fish…

And every year

the stream changes.

A tree falls in a forest;

it makes a great sound,

it splashes in the water

of the stream,

it alters the current,

changes the way

the water flows,

the way a fish,

a [ … ]

Robert Zend and Marcel Marceau

Part 10 of my series on the life and work of Robert Zend is now online.

Highlights: a photo of Zend playing chess with Marceau on a chess set of Zend’s own design, and Zend’s butterfly-shaped concrete poem with a dead-end swastika . . .



Special Commemorative Section on Edward Said (1935-2003) – now available at Project MUSE

Special Commemorative Section on Edward Said (1935-2003)

University of Toronto Quarterly – Volume 83, Number 1, Winter 2014


This issue contains:

Editor’s Introduction to the Special Commemorative Section on Edward Said (1935-2003)
Victor Li

Legacies: Intention and Method
Gauri Viswanathan

In Memory of Edward Said – The Bulletproof Intellectual
Ella Shohat

Edward Said on Music: Always Comparative, Always Contrapuntal
Linda [ … ]

Call for submissions


 Vallum: Contemporary Poetry is currently accepting submissions for its upcoming themed issue 11:2 “Speed.”

 We often wonder what the world would be like if it wasn’t in such a rush. Speed is the defining aspect of the contemporary world. Time slips by at an unprecedented rate. How (why) is the world [ … ]

Wayward as Shelley : More Aughts Philadelphia

This pdf, “Wayward as Shelley : More Aughts Philadelphia,” continues my investigation of the Philadelphia Renaissance, Aughts Philly, and the Philly Free School:



Adam Fieled                             afieled@yahoo.com 


PoemTalk on Bunting’s Whitman

Today PennSound, the Kelly Writers House, and the Poetry Foundation are releasing episode 74 of the PoemTalk series – a 30-minute discussion of Basil Bunting’s 1977 performance of Walt Whitman’s “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking” with Amy King, Tom Pickard, and Julia Bloch.


new from above/ground press: Estelle Meaning Star, by Sarah Rosenthal

Estelle Meaning Star
Sarah Rosenthal

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
February 2014
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Produced, in part, as a handout for the 2014 AWP Conference and Bookfair, Washington State Convention Center & Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle WA, February 26 – March 1, 2014. Thanks much to Susana Gardner for her (ongoing) [ … ]

mixing legibles

for over a year on my blog, Jellybean Weirdo w/ Electric Snake Fang

I have been working loosely with an ‘unconstrained’ constraint, namely writing to film stills.

This includes working with paratactical and paratextual elements, and it includes as well, a poetics of mediality,

or blogpoiesis as an example of  ’in mediality res’ as exemplified by Paul DeNicola’s [ … ]

“Lenticular Encryption” by Prosthetic Knowledge at the Widget Art Gallery

This is another project I think will be of particular interest to those of you working in digital literature. The current exhibit, has text encoded in the GIF, and I think it could be interesting to explore the possibilities of GIF encoding for VisPo. –Francesco

“Lenticular Encryption” by Prosthetic Knowledge at the Widget Art [ … ]

AWP Bookfair Signing – Larissa Shmailo’s #specialcharacters

Dear Friends:

I will be signing my new poetry collection #specialcharacters at AWP Seattle this Thursday, February 27 between 1:30 and 2:30 pm. Please stop by Unlikely Books table K21 and say hello.

Kind regards,

Larissa Shmailo

Scribes Media
253 West 72nd Street #715
New York, NY 10023

Scribes on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scribes-Media/150459945054273

Actually, I should have written Oab . . . –Borges to Zend

I appreciate all the kind words from people who are enjoying my series on

Robert Zend! Here’s the next installment:

Robert Zend and Jorge Luis Borges: friendship and collaboration (Part 9)


Now I know why you came here

from the other end of the world.

Actually, I should have written Oāb . . .

— Borges to Zend




Breakout: Voices from Inside, A Reading for PEN American Center’s Prison Writing Program

Thursday, February 27, 2014, 7:00pm

Cooper Union: Frederick P. Rose Auditorium 41 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003

With Jackson Taylor, Randall Horton, Ayana Mathis, Deborah Clearman, Susan Rosenberg, Gregory de la Haba, Karen Good Marable, Timothy Small, Eric Boyd, Yasmine Lancaster.

Join PEN Members and special guests for a reading of award-winning prose and poetry from the [ … ]


Ahsahta Press announces publication of ELISE COWEN: POEMS AND FRAGMENTS, edited and with an introduction by Tony Trigilio. Designed for both general readers and scholars, this book brings together for the first time all of the poems and fragments in Elise Cowen’s surviving notebook, recovering the work of a postwar female poet whose reputation had been [ … ]

“If I were a gallery curator, Robert Zend would pose a problem.” – Glenn Gould

I hope you’re enjoying my series on this great and cosmic Canadian original. This is the last post on Zend’s *Canadian* affinities:

Zend, Part 8: The Three Roberts (Sward, Priest, and Zend), Norman McLaren, and Glenn Gould


Don’t miss Sward’s lovely tribute to The Three Knights of a Roberthood, and Gould’s hilarious salute to Zend’s resistance [ … ]