Read My Work At The Bleed and Far Out Further Out Out Of Sight

Hurray for publications!

Last month, a generous selection from FL@@RT, my Twitter poems (see sidebar), was published in a new journal of downtown writing (poetry mostly) out of New York City, Far Out Further Out Out Of Sight. I just put up the website for the journal last week, so you can read all of Issue 1 and every subsequent issue for free, as you please.

And Now just this evening I’ve been notified that five poems from LINES–which recently did not win the 2010 Diagram Chapbook Contest–have been published by The Bleed, a fantastic journal of visual and concrete poetry put up by Avantexte Press.

Hope you enjoy :)

Soon it will be eRoGK7’s turn to shine.


Read Three of my Poems at NOÖ Weekly

At long last, some of my poetry has appeared in a journal, and one of my favorites at that. Joe Hall chose three of my recent “concrete poems” (I’m not sure I’d call them that exactly, but it’s close enough in spirit) for publication in the newest update of NOÖ Journal‘s NOÖ Weekly series, alongside poems by A. Minetta Gould and Caren Scott. A nice collection of work all around. Some other excerpts from the series published at NOÖ Weekly are available on this blog a few posts down (see “Big Wrds and |\|07 \/\/0rD$: Excerpts“).


***“Three Concrete Poems” by Eric Goddard-Scovel at NOÖ Weekly***


In Joe’s short editor’s note, he writes that my work “was created following what Eric would call a positive impulse.” While I had to laugh a while at that–my idea of “positivity” is certainly unusual–I still must thank you, Joe, for perfectly expressing what it is I hope to do in writing, which is for all of my poetic expression to be born of a positive, beneficial spirit, no matter how twisted, obtuse, dense, stupid, irreverent, or obscene it may be. I think I have gotten lost sometimes, and maybe it is these visual works which more clearly display the positive impulse than others.

If any of you all reading this enjoyed the poems, or hated them, or whatever, I’d love to see your comments here or on the page at NOÖ Weekly.

Read My Review of David Lau’s Virgil and the Mountain Cat in the new Sycamore Review

In the upcoming Winter/Spring 2010 issue of the Sycamore Review, you will find my positive and highly political review of David Lau’s Virgil and the Mountain Cat, his first book published last spring in UC Press’s New California Poetry series. I’m a big fan of that series and now a fan of Lau’s, so I hope you will go out, get the journal and read it. Here’s an excerpt from the review:

Virgil and the Mountain Cat, for all the bleakness and hopelessness it ascribes to our collective present and future (or perhaps due to it), stands as the most authentic and original books of new verse I’ve read in the last year or two. I am grateful to Mr. Lau for his insistence on pointing at the darkness and asking us to not look away, to not go on working (and writing) as though everything was fine. […] Violently refusing any conventions that might result in comfortable, sedating, or lulling tones and sentiments, this book, described by Mark Levine on the back cover as “an unforgiving glimpse of the horizonless present,” can’t help but resonate with the “absent future” seen with such fatalist urgency by the striking students at the UCSC campus where Lau teaches. And in the end, it is this refusal that I am most grateful for.

The rest of the review is available in the issue. I hope you will buy it and check it out.

Scantily Clad Press


I first became aware of Scantily Clad Press in March when Chad directed me to Stan Apps’ chapbook Grover Fuel. I didn’t take much notice of the press, as the chapbook was up on Issuu and I wasn’t too curious at the time to look any further.

The chapbooks in their catalog, though, testify to a fairly radical/edgy editorial aesthetic, far more interesting than most of the poetry you can get in journals these days. If you’re looking for poets-with-names (in post-avant/flarf/whatever circles at least), you can read some new work by Nada Gordon or, if you haven’t yet, Stan Apps. But there’s plenty of work from poets you haven’t heard of for you to discover, too.

I’m sending them a manuscript today, so maybe there’ll be another unheard-of there to read soon.

Cross yer fingers.

THE SAME is at Gnoetry Daily

Carl Andre, Equivalent VIII (1966)

Carl Andre, Equivalent VIII (1966)

You can read my current poetic project, The Same, currently being published serially at Gnoetry Daily. I might be pulling five or six of them soon so I can send them out for publication in print journals, but for now they’re all available to read, even the ones I’m not going to include in the final edit.

The poems are all written using the Gnoetry 0.2 program. There is currently a pool of 19 source texts, of which I more or less arbitrarily select three for each poem. The source texts are mostly from the mid-19th century through the early 20th century, and focus on islands, continental philosophy, religion and scientific discovery. The form I have chosen is three eight-line stanzas in blank verse. As a further constraint, I have barred all personal and personal possessive pronouns to the best of my ability. The titles are taken from each poem’s first two words, which are “the ______.”

As each poem develops, stanza by stanza, several themes arise from the beginning object (“the ______”) and are explored semantically and/or aurally and brought into relationship with each other. Syntax is broken or twisted to suit the building of these relationships, with the hope to creating an impression or understanding that rises above – while dwelling within – the words and ideas.

Currently the project is being influenced by Jean Baudrillard’s The Transparency of Evil, whose themes and perceptions seem to be eerily in line with my own. What is meant by “the same” in this project is meant to be multiple, but I think it is something that is wrong, perhaps the “profound indifference” of contemporary consumer culture; and possibly a solution, already present, ubiquitous, secret. Are these poems definitions? The opposite? What is the opposite of a definition, and would the imposition of anti-definitions be a meaningful act? These are the questions I’m working through right now.

In any case, enjoy the poems!

My Chapbook Gets Some Press and Pingbacks

Eric Elshtain sent me a notice a few weeks ago about this little bit of press that Beard of Bees and my recent chapbook publication received during National Poetry Month at Publish Chicago. It’s nice to get some notice.

In a similar vein, I recently received a pingback on my publication announcement on imperfect offering, one of Katherine Parrish’s blogs on digital writings and teaching poetry. The post “digital matters” links to some poetry generating PERL scripts and to a whole bunch of Interactive Fiction (IF) sites, a realm that I had yet to be exposed to. As I keep finding more blogs, articles and books discussing/using digital forms or programs, I become more and more convinced that there is a movement of young writers, academics and writer-academics who are intensely interested in how digitally- or computationally-assisted methods (or whatever term you prefer) can be and are being used in the composition of various literatures.

Personally, I think its about time that more poets and fiction writers start to pick up some of the more accessible programming languages like Python or PERL and start creating their own software. I plan to learn Python and start modifying existing scripts/programs myself as the next stage in my own writing. (You can see the program I had my brother write for me over at my other blog). The possibilities are vast, not only “generated” poetry (a term I do not apply to my own poetry and computer collaborations), but for compositional processes that incorporate the forms, formats, languages, and syntax of new media and text-generating tools into the writer’s engagement with language, the imagination, and the world in all the wealth of their diversity and depth.

Of course we cannot avoid the demands of relevance and insight in our art, but these tools are like any other: they open new possibilities for the artist to engage with the art, and I have found from my own writing experiences that the use of certain programs and processes have opened up my work to a more intense engagement with the political, spiritual and historical realms than the postmodern lyric ever allowed for me. I hope it may have the same result for others.

Book Review Accepted

decnew_alphabetMy short review of Ron Silliman’s The Alphabet was recently accepted for inclusion in the next issue of Purdue’s literary journal, The Sycamore Review. It’s my second attempt at the book review, and I’m still trying to not be so positive all the time about the books I choose to review. But in this case, the praise was well deserved.

While writing the book review, I happened to read “What I See in the Silliman Project,” an essay from the mid-80’s by Stephen Rodefer reprinted in the most recent Chicago Review (54.3). It goes into much sharper detail and critique of the first three sections of The Alphabet. Much more incisive and comprehensive than I was able to get in 500-1000 words.

Getting Over

This is Eric looking happy in 2007. This is how he feels again.

This is Eric looking happy in 2007. This is how he feels again.

I cannot express to you just how relieved I am that my thesis is completed. The picture to the right might help a little. A load has been lifted, full closure is only a month away, and everything Purdue is winding down for me. I gave my 20 minute thesis reading Friday and surprised myself with how emotional it was, how emotional I was. I’ve been so weary, sick and downtrodden with illness, migraines and thesis stress for so long that I had forgotten how to enjoy myself and everyone and everything around me. It was truly cathartic and wonderful to read and feel that others were supportive, moved, and proud of what I have worked so hard for. I really hope that all of the other readers last week felt the same, and I wish the readers this week as beautiful an experience as I had.

My mind feels free again to get excited, to try new things and ideas. I feel the energy returning, and I want to dedicate it to developing good health for myself, moral strength to deal positively with those around me and with the worsening national and world crises, and the furtherment of poetry, my adopted art.

So here’s what’s brewing now for my new writings:

  • Chad Hardy and I are planning to work on a collaborative, 4-part, book length poem that is organized around the Buddhist taxonomy of the sufferings of human beings. (I’ll leave it just this vague for now until we are further along.) I have just started working on this project this weekend, and hopefully we will get most of it done this summer.
  • I just had the idea to create a blog that documents both the poetics of this collaborative project (methodology, process, theoretical grounding) and some of the poems themselves as they are being composed.
  • Speaking of blogging, I’ve made a stack of books and chapbooks to begin reading closely and reviewing on this blog. I’m not putting down a schedule because that never works. Let things come and go as they may!
  • Finally, I plan to post several times a week on the Gnoetry Daily site. I may even continue writing The Child’s Day poems with Gnoetry after I “tokenize” the source text.

And here’s what’s happening with my thesis projects. The thesis was entitled (and composed of) Five Chapbooks, and my intention is to get each of them out for separate publication this year (cross my fingers). The first one, a light heart, it’s black thoughts, has already been published. Thanks again, Eric Elshtain and Beard of Bees Press, and thanks to Ron Silliman for linking my chapbook last week on his blog, even if he typoed my name. I forgive it and remain beyond flattered.

So, after I’ve taken a little vacation from my thesis, I plan to:

  • Work on the last chapbook, It is by feeling is (aka The Child’s Day poems), until it has been pushed as far as it (and I) can go.
  • Work on the series “His & Hers” (read it in its current form on the blog I made for it) until it is a chapbook of its own, if this is possible.
  • Send out chapbooks to publishers and contests. Some possible avenues (Thank You Mary Leader): Sentence (Firewheel Editions) and Shearsman Press.
  • Send out individual poems and sections of poems for publication in journals (print and online). This will be new for me. I’m not looking forward to the rejection letters.

Still no idea of where Ekeama and I are moving to this July. Things are up in the air. It might be out of the states. I can’t wait to get out of Purdue and into the “real world,” freaky as that might get soon. Let us all work towards and wish for the best in every aspect of life.

Gnoetry Chapbook Accepted for Publication


I’m excited to announce that my chapbook, a light heart, its black thoughts, which is a year-long collaboration with the Gnoetry0.2 program, has been accepted for publication by Beard of Bees Press. It is a 17 page sonnet sequence which uses Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness as its sole source text. It will soon be available on the Beard of Bees website as a free pdf download.

This marks my first publication in any medium aside from self-publication on blogs, which I don’t think counts for much. The chapbook is the first of five that I am currently completing for my master’s thesis. A few of those used the mchain program (it is by feeling is and selections from more perfect worlds and other poems), and one is a long conceptual poem that catalogues a Google News search. That makes more than half of my thesis computer-mediated in some way, and highly intertextual overall.

Check out the Beard of Bees publications for my new chapbook. I’d love to see any of your comments or critiques of it, so feel free to comment on this or my other blog. I’ve written about Gnoetry a few times at my machine poetics blog, I don’t want to be judged a human!, and also documented a little of the process of using it and other computer programs and methods there. It will doubtless expand as my thesis defense nears.