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New Poetry from Myanmar

I’m excited to relay that my friend Maung Day’s short prose poems have found a home at the magazine for Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s Transpacific Literary Project. “There are cities in his scabs: Prose poems” can be read in their mystery and mystification here.

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Domestic Travel Images

Pic: The Frozen Sog

From Boulder River, with Love.

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Book Reviews

New Review: Things That Go by Laura Eve Engel

My latest review is now in Rain Taxi! Laura Eve Engel’s Things That Go, where “the entirety of the world is moving, and our understanding along with it is moving too—often to our surprise and overwhelmingly beyond full comprehension.” Read more here.

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Domestic Travel Images

Pic: The Spikes Inside Us

From the BeltLine, Atlanta, with Love.

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GIF Images

GIF: Angry Soothing Foam

From Rialto Beach, with Love

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Images

Pic: The Over Flows

From The Cedar River (Renton, Washington) with Love.

Cedar River, Renton, Washington

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Others Poetry Past Events

New Recording: Sherwin Bitsui with Elee Kraljii Gardiner at Hugo House

On January 31, 2020, Sherwin Bitsui with Elee Kraljii Gardiner read at the Richard Hugo House and I had the pleasure of listening from the front row. Below are the tracks from this event, which included a conversation/Q&A after each poet read.

Part 1: Elee

Part 2: Sherwin

Part 3: Conversation

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Others Poetry Past Events

New Recording: A Scribe Called Quess?

From the January 17, 2020 event at Seattle Town Hall: A Scribe Called Quess?: Dismantling the Colonial Legacy.

Learn more about Quess at his website.

Nikkita Oliver performed poetry and interviewed Quess after the talk.

The recording (MP3) is 101 minutes:

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Book Reviews

New Book Review: Someone’s Utopia by Joe Hall

Someone's Utopia by Joe Hall

A new review of Joe Hall’s mesmerizingly brutal poetry collection Someone’s Utopia, is now up at North of Oxford.

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Domestic Travel Images

Pic: A Creek in the Hoh Rainforest

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Gaming Videos

Gaming Videos: A Playlist

I’ve decided to start putting all of the Gaming videos I make in a single playlist. It’s curious that as a result of my review project, I’ve found interest in and comfort with the “let’s play” method of going through the game. The terrible thing is that I’m terrible at it, and my microphone is awful, and, well, it’s just really rough. But why not contribute to the swamp of video content with my own, rough and weird recordings? You’ll find them in the playlist below. So far I have the original Call of Duty project description, the Call of Duty let’s play, and (uploading now) the Call of Duty: United Offensive let’s plays (parts 1 and 2).

In other news, I have yet to start Call of Duty 2. But it’s coming. I promise [myself].

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Gaming Videos

Call of Duty Project: Introduction Video

In 2020, I will be reviewing all Call of Duty games (for the PC), using a set of criteria that reflects my personal interests with gaming. I’ve described the project in this introductory video.

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Poetry Recording: The 2020 MLA Offsite Reading

The 2020 MLA Offsite Reading, which featured mostly poetry, occurred at Town Hall Seattle yesterday. There were many readers, and most of them read for 2 minutes or less. The event was broken into three parts, with three hosts. The recording, which I made happen with my new H6, is below. Audio is minimally edited, as usual, but at least complete. I have listed all of the poets along with the host. The event is added to my Recordings archive page as well.

Part 1 Recording

Host: Jeanne Heuving

Readers: Kazim Ali, Prageeta Sharma, Diana Arterian, Cameron Awkward-Rich, Woogee Bae, Quentin Baker, Amaranth Borsuk, Rebecca Brown, Amy Sara Carroll, Sarah Chavez, Ken Taylor, Richard Chiem, Kate Colby, Michael Cross, Zhang Er, C. R. Grimmer

Part 2 Recording

Host: Amaranth Borsuk

Readers: Stefania Heim, Rae Armantrout, Jeanne Heuving, Ted Hiebert, Ever Jones, Douglas Kearney, Larissa Lai, Donato Mancini, Natalie Martinez, Nadine Maestas, Sarah Mangold, Joe Milutis, Robert Mittenthal, Paul Nelson, Aldon Nielsen, Katelyn Opegard, Bob Perelman

Part 3 Recording

Host: Ted Hiebert

Readers: James Reed, Juan Carlos Reyes, Katie Schaag, Leonard Schwartz, Ada Smailbagovich, Danny Snelson, Ching-In Chen, Billie Swift, Monica de la Torre, Matthew Trease, Lesley Wheeler, Tyrone Williams, Deborah Woodard

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Biography

The Start of 2020 in Media

How to begin the year 2020 in my consumption patterns? With a footnote that says, this is how I begin:

Games

The Outer Worlds, Plague Tale: Innocence, Life is Strange 2, and Call of Duty (this last one is for a very special project that will hopefully send the new decade into a more critically-thinking space).

Music

Roxy Music, Taylor Swift, Swans, Stereolab, Sonic Youth, Ritchie Valens, Ricky Martin, Prince, Prefab Sprout, Jimi Hendrix, Jim O’Rourke, Jennifer Lopez, Floating Points, clipping., and DaVido.

Movies

The Witches (1990) and Destroyer (2018).

Books

The Water Dancer, and Dawn of the New Everything.

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My Favorite Albums from 2019

I listened to 215 albums in 2019. Incredible, really, now that I’ve been able to track the albums I listen to and find appropriate ways of listening to them. They weren’t all released in 2019, of course, but many were. Below you’ll find my favorite albums that came out last year. This is a new type of post for me, so feels a bit basic, but I have the data, so why not share it? Note: some of these may be re-releases. And note: they are listed in alphabetical order.

Silences by Adia Victoria

Malibu Ken by Aesop Rock

Sunshine 3 by Aleksi Perala

I’m Losing Myself by An Isolated Mind

ANDRES IV by Andres

All the Mirrors by Angel Olsen

Death Becomes Her by ANGEL-HO

thank u, next by Ariana Grande

Organism EP by Ariel Zetina​

Signal Bulletin by ASUNA & Jan Jelinek

Cows on Hourglass Pond by Avey Tare

Gold and Grey by Baroness

Dark: Cycle 1 (Original Music From The Netflix Series) by Ben Frost

Dark: Cycle 2 by Ben Frost

Odds Against Tomorrow by Bill Orcutt

LOVE AND AFFECTION FOR STUPID LITTLE BITCHES by Black Dresses

Destroyer by Black Mountain

Blacks’ Myths II by Blacks’ Myths

Animated Violence Mild by Blanck Mass

i,i by Bon Iver

Free Company by Boy Scouts

Let’s Try the After by Broken Social Scene

Scholars by Buke and Gase

Dive / Rain by Burial and Bug

The Act of Falling from the 8th Floor by Carl Gari & Abdullah Miniawy

Myths 004 by Cate Le Bon

Zandoli EP (Bandcamp by Charlotte Adigery

Stuffed & Ready by Cherry Glazerr

Immaculada High by Cherubs

Brace Up! by Chris Corsano and Bill Orcutt

Ancestral Recall by Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

Hectic Shakes EP by Christoph de Babalon

Gazing in the Dark by Copperhead

I Need a New War by Craig Finn

Pure Imagination No Country by Dave Harrington Group

Occulting Disk by Deathprod

Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? by Deerhunter

I Don’t Know How to Be Happy by Deli Girls

Deceiver by DIIV

PURGE by Dis Fig

Kinshasa One Two by DRC Music

Sweet Princess EP by Dry Cleaning

New Atlantis by Efdemin

Empire EP by Eli Keszler

Water Memory by Emily A Sprague

Scenery by Emily King

Musical Prophet – The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions by Eric Dolphy

Neighborhoods by Ernest Hood

Agora by Fennesz

MAGDALENE by FKA Twigs

Emily Alone by Florist

Hi This is Flume by Flume

Unsound Festival mix (YouTube) by Forest Swords

Close it Quietly by Frakie Cosmos

Haunted Items #1-4 by Frankie Cosmos

Failed Entertainment by FURY

A People’s History of Gauche by Gauche

The Envoy by Gavilan Rayna Russom

Phantom Rhythm by Gong Gong Gong III

After its own death / Walking in a spiral towards the house by Grouper

This is How You Smile by Helado Negro

A Fossil Begins to Bray by Hiro Kone

Modern Nature by How to Live

Venus in Leo by HTRK

Mdou Moctar by Ilana (The Creator)

Sulphur English by Inter Arma

Otoboke Beaver by Itekoma Hits

FLY or DIE II: bird dogs of paradise by Jaimie Branch

Tatizo Pesa by Jay Mitta

Tracing Back The Radiance by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma

On the Line by Jenny Lewis

Mise En Abyme by joni void

Mandatory Reality by Joshua Abrams and Nautral Information Society

La Onda de Juan Pablo by Juan Wauters

Tides: Music for Meditation and Yoga by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Lux Prima by Karen O

Origin EP by Kelly Moran

No Home Record by Kim Gordon

Solitude by King Midas Sound

Lifetie by Klein

The Bells by Kornél Kovács

Panorama by La Dispute

Ancestor Boy by Lafawndah

DJ Kicks by Laurel Halo

Loom Dream by Leif

River without Banks by Leo Svirsky

Thanks for the Dance by Leonard Cohen

October Song by Lighting Bug

Caligula by Lingua Ignota

Gray Area by Little Simz

lofeye by lojii

Antidoes 1 (Open Spotify) by Lucinda Chua

Many Any by Max D

Dolphine by Mega Bog

Fever by Megan Thee Stallion

Komachi by Meitei

Coastal Erosion (YouTube) by Merzbow & Vanity Productions

Tears of Joy by MIKE

Power Chords by Mike Krol

How to Live by Modern Nature

Lost Wisdom Pt 2 by Mount Eerie and Julie Doiron

Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire by Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire

Volume One: Dilemmas Of Identity (YouTube) by Nate Young

Colorado by Neil Young and Crazy Horse

Miss Universe by Nilufer Yanya

Radiant Dawn by Operators

basking in the glow by Oso Oso

Phoenix by Pedro the Lion

Nighttime Stories by Pelican

Tasmania by Pond

Morbid Stuff by POP

The Seducation of Kansas by Priests

Am I Who I Am by PTU

Self-Titled by Purple Mountains

Guns by Quelle Chris

Cages by Redbait

ATAXIA by Rian Treanor

Inferno by Robert Forster

Oli XL by Rogue Intruder, Soul Enhancer

Stars Have Eyes by Saint Abdullah

That’s Harakiri by Sd Laika

We Are Not Your Kind by Slipknot

Self-Titled by Sofia Kourtesis

When I Get Home by Solange

Mazy Fly by Spellling

Beware of the Dogs by Stella Donnelly

Athena by Sudan Archives

Life Metal by Sunn O)))

Illegal Moves by Sunwatchers

Leaving Meaning by Swans

Toothsayer by Tanya Tagaq

Dreams Are Not Enough by Telefon Tel Aviv

No Geography by The Chemical Brothers

The Devil You Know by The Coathangers

In League with Dragons by The Mountain Goats

No Holiday by The Muffs

Vessel (Revolver) by Theories

ANIMA by Thom Yorke

No Treasure but Hope by Tindersticks

II by TNGHT

Outer Peace by Toro y Moi

Deforming Lobes by Ty Segall

First Taste by Ty Segall

Signals Into Space by Ultramarine

Pacific Breeze by Various

Titanic Rising by Weyes Blood

Girl With Basket Of Fruit by Xiu Xiu

SECOND LANGUAGE by XXX

Mujeres by Y La Bamba

WAHALA by YATTA

Spirit Said Yes! by YATTA

ATO by Ziur