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Yeah not so sure I'm going to read out tonight. My back hurts, especially when I stand up, and I'm just not quite up for it. Not sure how to remedy this; partially I am unsure whether I could be shooed away by bored cops for selling poetry without a license. I know lots of buskers do what they do without being molested, but people also do their "garage" sales on the public sidewalks without interference. I was unlucky the one time I tried that, and I find encounters with cops to be somewhat, um, 'restimulating', as Nan would say. That is, I start going all flashback-like to authoritarian church stuff.

Hm. Maybe I should go back to open mics sometime very soon. No busking money, but I could take books to sell and nobody could tell me I had to move along. Well, some open mics are very strict about the five-minute policy, but they're usually nice about it at least.

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Aug. 22nd, 2010 09:45 am (UTC)
i think the open mic option sounds safer, if nothing else! and maybe you'd sell some books, for sure. hope your back feels better soon, erik.
Aug. 22nd, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Vicki. Sometimes it doesn't hurt at all but other times I barely have time to wash my bowl before I have to lean on the sink to relieve the pain. I'm pretty sure this is going to continue on and off for the rest of my life, but I am hoping it doesn't get worse, at least.
Aug. 24th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
this morning at la madeleine, i read the letter to patti smith while drinking decaf and was blown away by it. there was one two-line stanza that stopped me cold and made me reread it a few times. later on, i'll tell you which one, if you're interested, but i'm too lazy to go get the book from the car right now! *lazy daisy is lazy*
Aug. 24th, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
Oh yes I am interested! I do wonder what my writing looks like from outside. Very difficult to get an objective view on your own stuff. I suspect you know what I mean. :)

I don't blame you for being lazy. It's probably hot out there besides, isn't it? It's actually going to be hot here today. We decided to join the rest of the country. The fog has blown way back out to sea, so we're getting desert air. Hear me suffer!
Aug. 24th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
yes, i do know. when i send my poems to my pen pal in texas, and he writes back that mine are the strongest he's read lately, i feel so validated! after i've read one over too many times, it becomes almost gibberish to me.

it's gorgeous out there, actually, around 75 degrees and cloudy/overcast. i love it. i'm just lazy. :D

here's the section i meant:

"how to find words for how words found me in notes of mercurial affect run rampant out of buzzing cabinets."

wow, just wow.
Aug. 24th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah I read mine and every now and again I think yeah that's pretty good I guess and then it just fades back into a kind of variable monotone. I mean I've read these things to myself probably hundreds of times at this point. No objectivity possible here.

You like that line, eh? That's good to know. I was trying to describe what happens when you sing through your guitar amp. Um, with passion. :)
Aug. 24th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
really? huh. i had no idea what exactly it meant, but the language of it is thrilling.
Aug. 25th, 2010 11:35 am (UTC)
oh, i meant to tell you that, in that same poem, i admired the way the language accelerated and became more disjoint after the seconds and fifths and sevenths. very effective.

did you send her a book?
Aug. 25th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it! I compose mostly by instinct but when something isn't working I go back and redo it until it does. I just can't always explain what it is I am doing or why, but it's good to know that one turned out well.

If I knew where to send a book so that it would actually reach her, I would. But I haven't really looked into the possibility of finding out through some of my old music biz contacts. I have, like, one, but they might know someone who knows someone..
Aug. 22nd, 2010 09:59 am (UTC)
My back hurts, especially when I stand up

I have this problem too. ;)
Aug. 22nd, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
I bet you do! And honestly, I'd rather keep my aching back than have to give birth in order to get the young, bendy one back. But I guess everyone is different. :)
Aug. 22nd, 2010 10:34 am (UTC)
I have no idea why you can't get a FEATURE with an actual book. Particularly one published by L. Hygenian. For god's sake man, you are a star now, why the hell do you want to just do open mikes? You've done your time, now - with this book, is your time to shine and command some stagelight. Seriously.

I have connections with this man, David Highsmith who has a book and furniture store, "Books and Bookshelves'. In 1984, he had a press called e.g. and published my chapbook, "Animal Magnetism", and we were friends. In any event, he is doing reading events at his store, and I bet he would love to feature you reading from your book. Now, probably you want to wait till after your launch - that's the way it's usually done. I know I did not read from the memoir till after my launch -- but, you should schedule in advance. Also, i bet Kvetch would love to have you, although you'll have to pick the more audience friendly, I mean -- not poetry savvy audience stuff to read- but I bet you could do it. Any way, here's Highsmith's store -- I might be able to introduce you if you like!


On another night, I bet you could read out near the bank. I bet they won't bother someone just reading -- I would hope so.

Edited at 2010-08-22 10:37 am (UTC)
Aug. 22nd, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
Actually I've seen a number of published writers reading at Kvetch--not as features but as five-minute-men and women. I'll be doing feature gigs mostly in academia after the launch as well, but any others that I can pick up I'd be happy to. We should talk more about your friend.

Right now I just want to sell my copies of my book, and if a five-minute reading could sell a book or two, I'd be happy! I have a book, but nobody knows it yet. That would change if I just showed up and read from it.
Aug. 22nd, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
"'restimulating', as Nan would say. That is, I start going all flashback-like to authoritarian church stuff..."

I like the way you put this. Might I borrow the phraseology sometime for describing my own experiences? (Well, minus the Nan! ;-)
Aug. 22nd, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
Certainly! Words are contagious anyway.
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