What madness is this – Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi’s Fra Keeler

I just read Fra Keeler by Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi, a short novel I’m planning on teaching in my upper division Contemporary Forms class this fall, a lit class for creative writers that investigates notions of “the contemporary.” I’m still figuring out the thrust of the class, though I know we’ll be using Foucault’s Archaeology[…]

Recently Read and Recommended

A few books I’ve recently read and would recommend to other readers: From the Observatory by Julio Cortazar Motes by Craig Dworkin Unheard Music by Craig Dworkin (PDF) Core Samples from the World by Forest Gander Ambient Parking Lot by Pamela Lu The Goodbye Town by Timothy O’Keefe Looking Around by Witold Rybczynski Makeshift Metropolis[…]

AWP Reading, other readings…

I’ll be reading at AWP on Thursday, March 1 at 7:00 as part of the FC2 reading with Alexandra Chasin, Brian Kiteley, Michael Martone, Lance Olsen, Vanessa Place, David Porush, Matt Roberson, Yuriy Tarnawsky, Melanie Rae Thon, Steve Tomasula, and Lewis Warsh. Details here. I’m also putting together readings for Washington, DC and State College,[…]

Slow Man

“It is like a sea beating against his skull. Indeed, for all he knows he could already be lost overboard, tugged to and fro by the currents of the deep. The slap of water that will in time strip his bones of the last sliver of flesh. Pearls of his eyes; coral of his bones.”[…]

Summer Reading

“The wind roars up the avenue. Trees stoop and bend this way and that. Moonbeams splash and spill wildly in the rain. But the beam of the lamp falls straight from the window. The candle burns stiff and still. Wandering through the house, opening the windows, whispering not to wake us, the ghostly couple seek[…]

Summer Reading

“They were filled with rage. All they really knew were two darknesses, the darkness of their lives, which was now closing in on them, and the darkness of the movies, which had blinded them to that other darkness, and in which they now, vindictively, dreamed, at once more together than they were at any other[…]