This past Spring, I was invited by editors Greg Wolfe and Mary Kenagy-Mitchell to spend some time with Fort Worth-based painter Sedrick Huckaby, with the aim of producing an artist profile for the journal Image. This is one of the toughest assignments I’ve ever completed, but also among the most very rewarding. I’m happy to say the write-up itself appears in the latest issue of Image, the contents of which you can browse here.
A list of lists! I made some year-end picks for Dallas’ independent booksellers at both Deep Vellum Books and The Wild Detectives. And I made a few observations about the literary advocates most deserving of great recognition in 2016 for a feature at Entropy.
I’ve added a couple of new entries to my semi-regular interview series over at Entropy. First, a conversation with first-time novelist Marc Anthony Richardson, whose Year of the Rat was awarded the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize from FC2. And, to close out 2016, poet (and fellow Apostrophe Books author) Tony Trigilio and I talk about his latest collection, Inside the Walls of My Own House: The Complete Dark Shadows (of My Childhood) Book 2 (BlazeVOX).
Sanderia Faye and I will be reading from the Hurston/Wright Legacy ward-nominated Mourner’s Bench and Crepuscule W/ Nellie (respectively), as well as talking about writing the African-American experience, 4 PM, Saturday, October 29 2016 at The Last Word Bookstore in Fort Worth.
Other People’s Poetry (OPP) returns Sunday, November 13, at Deep Vellum Books (recently profiled by The Dallas Morning News). A new group of DFW poets will be presenting Sylvia Plath’s Ariel. Check out the complete line-up for this reading, and get more details about the series, by visiting the Other People’s Poetry (OPP) website, or liking OPP on Facebook.
A book trailer (of sorts) I created for The Habiliments (which you can watch here) will be featured in an upcoming exhibit at the Knockdown Center in Maspeth, NY. “Cold Open Transmit” is a collaboration between Poet Transmit and Blonde Art Books “to present an exhibition with a dynamic program consisting of theatrical trailers, self-produced commercials and live broadcast performances with a focus on art and poetry publications.” You can find out more about this show and the readings, performances and other events being mounted in conjunction with it by visiting the Knockdown Center’s website.
I also have some new work that will be included in Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam‘s Art & Words Collaborative Show. Opening night is Friday, October 1, at Art on the Boulevard in Forth Worth. I’ll be reading alongside some of the 11 other poets included in this show. More details on this event may be found here.
This October, Lisa Huffaker’s amazing White Rock Zine Machine project welcomes 12 new writers and artists. I am quite honored and excited to announce that I will be contributing a tiny book of new, color-inspired poetry this go-round. Come check out all the books (by Audrey Turner Bohnenblust, Jolee Davis, Kendra Greene, Fatima-Ayan Mallika Hirsi, Lisa Huffaker, Rebecca Landsdowne-Collins, Sebastián Páramo, Emily Riggert, Carlos Salas, Opalina Salas, and Brad Ford Smith) at the Zine Machine’s launch party, October 7 at Deep Vellum Books
Many thanks to D. A. Powell for these words regarding The Habiliments. “Artemidorus of Ephesus wrote that dreams are a movement of the soul, giving hints of good things or bad things to come. In The Habiliments, Joe Milazzo utilizes dream as a method of reentering the past to explain the present, capturing glances of ghosts in fleeting light: ‘I know it, tomorrow I will fall apart into corners and infinitesimals.’ These poems scale and shear the mountains of grief to release those captive spirits and let them live again.”
Many thanks to Joyelle McSweeney for these words regarding The Habiliments. “In one domestic/cosmic sequence, The Habiliments explores the contradictory potentials of lyric poetry—intimate and expansive, broken and fluid, novel as a virus and persistent as a dream. As dreams interrupt, intercut, undermine, and translate the dreaming speaker (does he speak or dream?), we begin to conclude that consciousness is a fabric strung between opposites, beauty an allergic response to irritants. The Habiliments reminds us that, for all our failings as a species, Poetry is our least obnoxious trait.”
I recently had the honor and pleasure of exchanging emails with fellow novelist Doug Rice, whose Here Lies Memory was published earlier this autumn by Black Scat Books. You can follow our conversation in the pages of Entropy.
This Fall, I will be serving alongside 21 other novelists, poets, essayists and literary citizens as a mentor for the AWP’s Writer to Writer program. You can read more about the Fall 2016 mentors and mentees, and learn what it takes to get involved, by visiting the program’s website.
A new poetry reading series I am curating—Other People’s Poetry (OPP)—launched Sunday, September 25, 4 PM, at Deep Vellum Books. Along with 22 other poets from Dallas-Fort Worth, we read through Rainer Marie Rilke’s New Poems: The Second Part (as translated by Edward Snow), in its entirety. You can see the complete line-up for this reading, and learn more about the ideas behind OPP, by checking out this recent story in the Dallas Observer. You can also view some photos and video from the event by liking OPP on Facebook. OPP’s next program will be happening November 13, and will feature 20 or so different poets reading their way through Sylvia Plath’s Ariel. More information coming soon.
I recently wrote an essay for Necessary Fiction‘s “Research Notes” feature on the data and influence mining that went into Crepuscule W/ Nellie. You can ogle all my divulged secrets here.
A new poem of mine, “Lenny von Dohlen,” was recently published in the pages of Landfill, a journal affiliated with Ursus Americanus Press. Thanks to Editors Eric Benick and Nick Rossi for helping this work to find its audience.
Crepuscule W/ Nellie has recently been featured in a couple of publications. 2paragraphs has published both a short excerpt from the novel, as well as micro-interview with its author (that is, me). And, at Largehearted Boy, you can now audition an annotated playlist I’ve created from the book.
Reality Beach recently asked me some questions about my work and work habits. My answers have now been published here.
Now available on Bandcamp: Pocket Drones. “July 1 – July 31 2016: one track conceived, composed, performed, recorded and mixed per day. My hope is that each piece here can be appreciated as a complete musical statement while also offering enough basic grit, wobble and sprawl that other musicians feel sufficiently inspired to sample, repurpose and remix what they hear.”
“City of _______: Dispatches from 16 Dallas Poets,” a portfolio of responses to the events of and surrounding July 7, 2016 here in Dallas, has been published in the pages of Entropy. Many thanks to the contributors: Christie Bingham / Dan Collins / Mark Crotty / Sean Enfield / Rosealynne Gbelawoe / Chris George / Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi / Amanda Huynh / Paul Koniecki / Paul Koniecki & Joe Milazzo / Leo Martin / Robin Myrick / Marcos Moses O’Sirin / Carlos Salas / Opalina Salas / Leah Tieger. Charlie Scudder of The Dallas Morning News spoke with both myself and several of these contributors about the work that went into creating this portfolio; you can read his reporting on our efforts here. Alex Macon of D Magazine has also written about this project; you can read his thoughts here.
Now available on Bandcamp: Ochre Umber. This “album” consists of 2 improvisations on the Akai Timbre Wolf, a somewhat infamous piece of closeout gear which marries a oddly powerful sequencer to 4 distinctly limited voices of drifting polyphony. These performances reflect my attempt to create something of interest within the constraints of this instrument’s raw capacities. Recorded live; no overdubs; some delay, reverb and EQ applied during the mastering process. Recorded Friday July 22 and Saturday July 23, 2016. Official high temperature in Dallas, TX both days: 100º F.
Boost House’s MACRO : An Anthology of Image Macros, which contains a few of my own verbo-visual experiments, is now available. You can purchase a copy directly from the Boost House website.
A new poem, “Monetary Velocity,” appears in the Summer 2016 issue of The Boiler. Thanks to Thanks to Sebastián Hasani Páramo, Leah Tieger and all the journal staff for the inclusion. Special thanks to Paul Koniecki, Dan Collins, Logen Cure, Gayle Reaves, Christopher Stephen Soden and Mark David Noble for providing essential inspiration for this poem.
Thanks to Adam Tedesco and Anna Kreienberg for including a few excerpts from my chapbook mss. @p_roblem_s in the latest GIF-tastic-and-then-some issue of Reality Beach.
The Chicago Review of Books was kind enough to publish my review of João Gilberto Noll’s Quiet Creature on the Corner (the first of this Brazilian author’s books to appear in English, thanks to Two Lines Press and translator Adam Morris). You can read my thoughts on Noll’s brutally efficient satire here.
I was fortunate enough to speak with Maged Zaher recently about his latest book, The Consequences of My Body (Nightboat Books). Brilliant poet, and brilliant—not to mention brilliantly lean—responses, now up at Entropy.
Some quick reflections on James Wright’s influence plus a new poem, posted in conjunction with Entropy‘s National Poetry Month celebration; read them here.
My contribution to Entropy‘s “crowd-sourced” epic poem, Birdwolf, can now be read online. You can find those stanzas here.
I recently participated in a round table on the present state of the “experimental novel” with fellow #RECURRENT writers Jason Snyder (Family Album) and Jordan Okumura (Gaijin). You can read the results of this conversation in the pages of Entropy.
At Angel City Review, John Venegas has shared a very kind and thoughtful review of Crepuscule W/ Nellie.
Now available: Imipolex Press Broadside #1. “Blessing in Disguise” / “Consentimiento Dentro Máscara,” a poem by José Abaroa. Translation by Lucian Giambasu. 11 X 17, screen printed on heavy stock by the artists at Rebel Riot Printing Studios in Dallas, TX. Limited to 15 copies. $15 postpaid within the US. If you are interested in reserving or purchasing a copy, please visit the Imipolex Press website.