An MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Notre Dame. Vegetarian, liberal, animal lover, reader, traveler, poet. . I live with my boyfriend and our cats
in Ann Arbor, MI.
The Golden Legend by Hannah Weiner
your stone loaves (8)
that float past
LOG II by NAP Magazine
LOG II has its epic finale. Like many forests it stands tall ready to serve generations for years to come. Paper is saved thanks to the PDF.
Carolyn DeCarlo knows about hard avocadoes. Fortunately it is easy to soften up an avocado. Humans and avocadoes are the same. With the passage of time comes the easing up, the lowering of defenses and the willingness to accept others. Death in the backyard shows that the suburbs require larger backyards to hide their own mortality. Trees grow up soaking up delicious nutrients. When they eventually die off they return to earth. Cremation is a way of bringing dust to dust.
Jaime Zuckerman advises people to catch storms. Riders on the storm reduce the cost of commutes. Hail stings like a bee. Nature enjoys reasserting itself. Bees too work hard to sacrifice themselves on the behalf of delicious honeycomb. A bee can be a best friend. The world is a quieter place without the bees.
Abigail Zimmer knows how long lake water is good for: an entire century. Lakes are full of potential buckets. Moments of a lake are tranquil pristine things.
Liz Axelrod stalks her prey. Heat takes care of plenty of creatures. Without lifting a finger heat does a good job of taking out its many enemies. On the shore are elements of a wasteful society: garbage, used condoms, and oil slicks.
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Cassandra De Alba dreams of a world where Tyra Banks is the last person on Earth. The apocalypse is going to leave the beautiful people. Fate enjoys staring at a pretty face. Tyra Banks enjoys dismissing nature because she cannot handle the awesome power of animals. Around the world Tyra Banks tries to use disappointment to get her way around nature. Unfortunately nature does not listen or care about Tyra Banks.
Suzi F. Garcia ends with watching television. The end of nature is celebrated on TV all of the time. Everyone can get to nature in their own special way. With the help of technology people can enjoy the splendor of nature without ever going anywhere. Civilization is big into the idea of doing something to go nowhere. Hiking up a skirt is nature. What kind of nature depends on the individual? Everyone dreams of the immortal jellyfish without memory, brain, or death.
Poor NAP has to end. Dreams are temporary. The right dreams go on for eternity. Nature nurtures the right dreams that can outlast a person’s lifetime. LOG shows off what can happen to a big tree after they are cut down to size. LOG II is the celebration from the stump.
What’s Action doing in 2014? We have a list of books that is gonna blow the doors off this sh*t. The wor(l)d’s gonna appear as it is—infinite. So brace yourself.
1) RAIN OF THE FUTURE by Valerie Mejer (a contemporary Mexican surrealist) w/ a prologue by Zurita; edited by CD Wright), various translators including Forrest Gander and Alexandra Zelman-Doring;
2) WETLANDS, a debut volume by bruxa Lucas de Lima; a gorgeous/gory elegy involving trans-species empathy/embodiment;
3) SORROWTOOTHPASTE MIRRORCREAM, by Kim Hyesoon trans. Don Mee Choi, a brilliant explosive 23rd century candy-colored codex for living-while-dead from the master, Kim Hyesoon;
4) ONLY JESUS COULD ICEFISH IN SUMMER by Abraham Smith, a work of major beauty, birdsung hangovers and accelerant-doused exhilaration songs;
5) In the fall, WILD GRASS ON THE RIVERBANK by Hiromi Ito trans Jeffrey Angles, This is a heartbreaking dream narrative about Japanese migrant kids living in the California desert, who are also dead and also wild plants growing on a riverbank in Japan. A really unique and distinctive take on migrancy which has relevance for people interested in immigration, California studies, and eco-abjection, as well as for hybrid prose/poetry forms.
6) For those of you who have been following the Action Books SALVO SERIES (i.e., The Parapornographic Manifesto), the new forthcoming installment will include a compilation of essays by Aase Berg.