In love with Daniil Kharms

daniil kharms

daniil kharms

Maybe this just continues my tradition of falling for emotionally unavailable totally checked-out men, but in the case of Kharms, who cares.

Daniil Kharms (1905-1942) is a writer of short fiction, a poet, a diarist, a playwright– all of those things but none of them. As his translator, Matvei Yankelevich, says in the intro to Today I Wrote Nothing, “…in many of his best works, Kharms tests the waters of oblivion and then dives into negation, perhaps knowing that nothingness and infinity are one and the same.”

George Saunders wrote in a review of Kharms’ work a few years back (paraphrasing here) that in the process of trying to pound a nail, Kharms vaporizes his own hammer. Unknown

I love how his pieces feel strange but not, never, artificial. I never see the “writerly” or workshop-y move. It’s as if he’s too honest to actually be a writer.

Here’s one of his short pieces.

Blue Notebook #10

There was a redheaded man who had no eyes or ears. He didn’t have hair either, so he was called a redhead arbitrarily.
He couldn’t talk because he had no mouth. He didn’t have a nose either.
He didn’t even have arms or legs. He had no stomach, he had no back, no spine, and he didn’t have any insides at all. There was nothing! So, we don’t even know who we’re talking about.
We’d better not talk about him any more.

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Hot off the press!

H_NGM_N, a magazine of poetry & poetics has a brand-new issue out and for many reasons, it’s close to our Frequency hearts.

First, Frequencier Andy Axel has part of his awesome “Futuroscope” series in it:
http://www.h-ngm-n.com/h_ngm_n-15-content/andy-axel.html

Second, H_NGM_N’s founder & editor Nate Pritts, who is also a fabulous poet, has agreed to teach a one-day workshop on publishing for us.
**Should you publish your work? Where should you publish your work? How do poets the world over deal with rejection?** These are issues Nate will cover in the class!  WRITING CLASS RI
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A publicly complex reading!

Dear friends! Join us for a reading presented by the publicly complex!

poetry reading

Monday, March 4, 6 pm at ADA Books (717 Westminster St)

Reading that night:

Robert Fernandez
Joshua Edwards
Lynn Xu

Robert Fernandez is the author of We Are Pharaoh (2011) and Pink Reef (2013), both published by Canarium Books. He was selected as a New American Poet by the Poetry Society of America, and is the recipient of a Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Poetry and a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Joshua Edwards is the director and co-editor of Canarium Books. Campeche is out with Noemi Press, and his poems and translations have appeared in Chicago Review, Colorado Review, CROWD, Slate, and Skanky Possum.

Lynn Xu is the co-editor of Canarium Books. Be on the look out for her fist book Debts & Lessons, from Omnidawn in spring 2013.

See you there!

Monday morning

Here’s a list of links!

Check out a human book through the Human Library of Rhode Island.

The Night Writer by Jonathan Baumbach is one post in a series on anxiety, stress, writing, and sleep.

Take Five: an exercise in documenting art, culture, life by Mary-Kim Arnold.

Why I Edit: A Love Story” by Patty Paine, an editor of diode.

If you’re looking to follow the blog of a writer with seemingly limitless energy for encouraging other writers, check out Matt Bell’s blog.

And when you’re feeling like writing and winter combine to make you the loneliest person in the world, read about the loneliest job in the world.

Four Amazing Mini-Libraries That Will Inspire You to Read.

Move Around,” an essay by Casey Plett.

Calling All Writers and Artists!

2014 RISCA grant applications are now open!

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Rhode Island artists who have created a substantial body of work that they are prepared to present in a professional manner are encouraged to apply for a RISCA Fellowship award.

The April 1 deadline is for artists working in the disciplines of: Crafts, Fiction, Photography, Play/Screenwriting,  Film & Video, Poetry, Three Dimensional Art

Find out more information here

Why not give it a shot!  Frequency believes in you.

 

 

A Publicly Complex Reading!

BRR it’s cold!

snowman

Why not gather at ADA Books for the year’s first Publicly Complex reading and warm up with some poetry!

Saturday, February 9th, at 6 pm
717 Westminster St., Providence

Reading that night:
Michael Tod Edgerton  author of Vitreous Hide( Lavender Ink), check out more of his projects here!
&
Rachel Levitksy author of The Story of My Accident is Ours, Under The Sun (Futurepoem, 2003) and NEIGHBOR ( Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009)

Come and  listen to excellent work

See you there!