Stein's birthday month and a STEIN special on Wordsalad today

This week’s Wordsalad will celebrate Stein’s birthday month with vintage recordings of her reading and recent work by some Language writers!!! click here

wordsalad records programs on http://wsum.net

and here's wordsalads archive link....there

This is the programs program...

bruce andrews. SE; q q q. ear inn NYC 1977. pennsound

charles bernstein. claire in the building. postmodern culture. pennsound

charles bernstein. soul under. from sugar, alcohol. pennsound

gertrude stein. a valentine to sherwood anderson; a portrait of matisse; madame recamier; a portrait of picasso. gertrude stein reads. harper collins/caedmon
(also available at here at Pen Sound)

lisa gill. caput nili part 4. caput nili. lisagill.org

lyn hejinian. two cities. st marks NYC 1981. pennsound

ron silliman. albany. kelly writers house 2004. pennsound

arnold schoenberg. three piano pieces op 11. verklarte nacht. Teldec
philip glass. part 1. music in 12 parts. Nonesuch
steve reich. movement II. three movements for orch. Elektra


Call for feminist experimental writers from Juliana Spahr and Jennifer Aston following on from the big/little number debate issue

I'm speekken to You! yes you..

I contacted Spahr and Aston last year when I read their article and the associated responses on the 'Numbers debate' of Women Writers widely circulated on the web...(see links below).

The articles and following debate drew attention to how many women are missing/silent/silenced from current issues in innovative or experimental literature particularly around the publishing and distribution let alone acknowledgement of their work.

Moved by this infuriating situation... I offered to take on the collecting or co-ordinating of info from as many people who were interested in writing out their experience from this neck of the woods, whats that? Australia, the pacific...all thats down under...But it doesn't matter where you are from, if your reading this then your ok to WRITE.

So tell it like it is for you and your experience of being a woman writer or a feminist writer, a poet, experimental, innovative avant-garde language based text, multimedia person...you can forward it onto me and I'll publish responses back to you all and then forward it onto Spahr and Aston.

Here are the articles...

Juliana Spahr and Stephanie Young, "Foulipo"

Jennifer Ashton, "Our Bodies, Our Poems"

Chicago Review documents:

Juliana Spahr and Stephanie Young, "Numbers Trouble"

Jennifer Ashton, "the Numbers Trouble with 'Numbers Trouble'"

Joshua Kotin and Robert P. Baird, "Poetry Magazines & Women Poets"


The following is their call asking for info and feedback

Dear Poet or Friend of Poets,

In the last year, we have co-written a paper that deals with representation of women in the US experimental poetry scene.

One of the things our paper does is end up being a catalogue of what’s missing; a catalogue of some of the limits of a mostly white, mainstream US feminism in experimental poetry scenes. We see a myopic lack of attention to women’s issues outside of the US and a lack of collective action. We need more feminisms.

We end this paper asking people to write to us with suggestions about how to overcome this. Our intention is to try and compile a bunch of these suggestions for publication in order to start a conversation.

Would you be interested in being a part of this conversation?

Our plan right now is to start this conversation outside of the US.

There are several ways you could help us.

Put together statements about feminisms in your community.

Ask friends.

What it is like to be a woman poet in _____. What should U.S. poets know about the living and working conditions of ____ women poets? What can be done? Is there anything to be done together?

But you could put together and write whatever you thought was most appropriate.

We’d also like to know if there is anything you think we should say to US poets. At some point we will probably do a similar process-solicit responses from our friends and place ads to reach those we do not yet know-inside the US and any feedback you can share would be helpful.

The deadline on this is somewhat flexible but not infinite. Our goal is to get this material into book form sometime in 2009. We would like to start getting responses sometime between now and spring of 2008.

Hope to hear from you.


Juliana Spahr and Stephanie Young


Some other things...

Several of you have pointed out that certain terms may or may not be useful in the communities you're gathering responses from; terms like "experimental" or "avant-garde" or "innovative" or "feminist." And several have asked about gathering responses from men as well as women.
Editors have also been curious if this call is for poets only.

We can say right away that we're just as interested in hearing from men as we are from women, from prose writers as we are from poets. And we've encouraged everyone to ask questions in the vocabulary you think will be most meaningful (or provocative or generative) in your areas. Also feel free to change the questions or language of our call.

Our hope is to leave the frame of this project wide enough for every co-editor to ask the questions they find most engaging.

We'd also be curious to hear more about how that list of terms (experimental, feminist, etc.) might function differently in different places. And we don't have any answers around this; we used certain terms in our paper to address particular communities inside the U.S. While we know those words will mean differently in different communities, we don't always know how.

You can forward responses to me at majenamafe@primusonline.com.au


the tooo much

The post below is a fantastic collection of unpublishable text put together by ubu, on the idea or where the writer was thought of as toooo much for publishing or the writer wrote towards the tooo much for publishing. When writing texts on sound and on sounded text this always comes up, that lovely wall to write against...I don't mean publishing houses.. I mean whats possible...and the beautiful impossible.

image: Hi Ya Wathaa! by me

and then I go back to being too much -it happens when I go ubu

& Publishing The Unpublishable
Edited by Danny Snelson, Brian Kim Stefans & Kenneth Goldsmith

quote from ubu "What constitutes an unpublishable work? It could be many things: too long, too experimental, too dull; too exciting; it could be a work of juvenilia or a style you've long since discarded; it could be a work that falls far outside the range of what you're best known for; it could be a guilty pleasure or it could simply be that the world judges it to be awful, but you think is quite good. We've all got a folder full of things that would otherwise never see the light of day.

Invited authors were invited to ponder to that question. The works found here are their responses, ranging from an 1018-page manuscript (unpublishable due to its length) to a volume of romantic high school poems written by a now-respected innovative poet. You get the idea.

The web is a perfect place to test the limits of unpublishability. With no printing, design or distribution costs, we are free to explore that which would never have been feasible, economically and aesthetically. While this exercise began as an exploration and provocation, the resultant texts are unusually rich; what we once considered to be our trash may, after all, turn out to be our greatest treasure.

The series will conclude when the 100th manuscript is published".

Bruce Andrews Divestiture - A (1994)

Bruce Andrews WhDiP, a sequence from White Dialect Poetry 445pp (PDF, 825k)*

Bruce Andrews Libretto from White Dialect Poetry 166pp (PDF, 476k)*

Mary Jo Bang By M 4pp (PDF, 8.2mb)*

Steve Benson The Ball // 30 Times in 2 Days (2005)

Caroline Bergvall Eclat

Charles Bernstein Three Poems 8pp (PDF, 230k)*

Maurice Blanchot The Last Man (1957)

Christian Bök The Xenotext Experiment 11pp (PDF, 220k)*

Mairéad Byrne SOS Poetry (2007)

Barbara Cole Situation Comedies: Foxy Moron

Jon Cotner & Andy Fitch from Conversations Over Stolen Food 66pp (PDF, 364k)*

Claude Closky Laying Down 15pp (PDF, 24k)*

Claude Closky Couché sur le ventre 15pp (PDF, 24k)*

Jean Day Linear C & The I and the You

Kevin Davies Pause Button

Brian J. Davis Voice Over 23pp (PDF, 212k)

Tim Davis Sweet Little Racist Landscape Suite 7pp (PDF, 12.4mb)*

Stephen DIrle Onan The Illierate 1080pp (PDF, 3.8mb)*

Jamba Dunn American Dust 124pp (PDF, 588k)*

Craig Dworkin Smokes

Craig Dworkin Maps 8pp (PDF, 156k)*

Deanna Ferguson Rough Bush and Other Poems

Deanna Ferguson The Relative Minor

Robert Fitterman This Window Makes Me Feel

Robert Fitterman Hi My Name Is: A Libretto 21pp (PDF, 120k)*

Richard Foreman Now That Communism is Dead My Life Feels Empty

Madeline Gins What the President Will Say and Do!!

Kenneth Goldsmith All The Numbers From Numbers 22pp (PDF, 177k)*

Jessica Grim Vexed

Dick Higgins Horizons (1984)

Toadex Hobgrammathon Name, A Novel

Tom Johnson The Voice of New Music (1972-1982) 294pp (PDF, 7.8mb)*

Robert Kelly Cruise of the Pnyx

Madelyn Kent São Paolo

George Kuchar The Kiss of Frankenstein 27pp (PDF, 296k)*

Aaron Kunin The Mauberley Series

Alan Licht Spring Without Alan Licht 20pp (PDF, 220k)*

Ira Lightman Trancelated (from Coinsides)

Tan Lin BIB. 269pp (PDF, 956k)*

Peter Manson Adjunct: An Undigest

Peter Manson English in Mallarmé 88pp (PDF, 684k)*

Nicholas Moore Spleen: Thirty-one versions of Baudelaire's Je suis comme le roi...

Gustave Morin Spaghetti Dreadful (trailer for A Penny Dreadful)

Simon Morris An Intolerable Piece of Writing: Pedagogy as Performed Absence 90pp (PDF, 396k)*

Bernard Nöel The Outrage Against Words (1978)

Eiríkur Örn Nordahl Hemd stafakarlanna, 1.hluti 2pp (PDF, 11.6mb)*

Doug Nufer Rumor 21pp (PDF, 244k)*

Larry Price Circadium

Stephen Ratcliffe Human / Nature 1003pp (PDF, 1.1mb)*

Stephen Ratcliffe Cloud / Ridge 479pp (PDF, 656k)*

Kimberly J. Rosenfield The Unsurpassed Joy 53pp (PDF, 272k)*

Raphael Rubinstein Through a Blue Field 10pp (PDF, 188k)*

Severo Sarduy Big Bang (1973)

Michael Scharf Vérité

Michael Scharf Selected Criticism, Jeffery Jullich 252pp (PDF, 2.3mb)*

Lytle Shaw Low-Level Bureaucratic Structures / Principles of the Emeryville Shellmound

Ara Shirinyan Speech Genres 1-2 294pp (PDF, 7.8mb)*

Jeremy Sigler Math 34pp (PDF, 3mb)*

Ron Silliman The Chinese Notebook

Ron Sillman 2197

Ron Sillman Sunset Debris

Claude Simon Properties of Several Geometric or Non-Geometric Figures (1971)

Juliana Spahr Response

Brian Kim Stefans Alpha Betty's Chronicles

Brian Kim Stefans Gulf

Brian Kim Stefans Booty, Egg On 160pp (PDF, 14.8mb)*

Mónica de la Torre Overkill: First English Poems (1993-1995) 16pp (PDF, 188k)*

Rosemarie Waldrop Shorter American Memory (1988)

Hannah Weiner Little Books / Indians

Mac Wellman The Lesser Magoo

Darren Wershler-Henry The Tapeworm Foundry

Robert Wilson A Letter For Queen Victoria: An Opera (1974)

Monique Wittig Les Guérillères (1969) Removed by request of the copyright holder.

(* connotes that title is part of Publishing The Unpublishable Series)

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