YOURMONEYISOURS

Brandon Jordan Brown. Poetry. 2014 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow.
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LISA OLSTEIN

Ready Regret

She used the stadium. I would have
chosen the bridge. We’re not even

Division One. Our tailgate crowds
are mostly enthusiastic about beer.

Sunlight in the trees. Sunlight
in the trees. I thought these

feelings would be blonder,
quieter, like that virus

that doesn’t kill you but kills in you
what tells you to wake up.

All the good and bad souls who
size me up judge a different woman

than the one you used to know:
two-room apartment with a view of cold

as imagined by lack of snow,
nut and honey cookies from the baker

for three weeks only to entice the spring
and later year-round because we can’t wait

for anything anymore so we forget what
the sweetness was supposed to mean.

When Animals Attack

When Animals Attack

Untitled (Blue, Green, & Brown): oil on canvas: Mark Rothko: 1952

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The TV said the planes have hit the buildings.

& I said Yes because you asked me to stay.

Maybe we pray on our knees because the lord

only listens when we’re this close

to the devil.There is so much I want to tell you.

How my greatest accolade was to walk

across the Brooklyn Bridge & not think

of flight. How we live like water: touching

a new tongue with no telling

what we’ve been through. They say the is sky is blue

but I know it’s black seen through too much air.

You will always remember what you were doing

when it hurts the most. There is so much

I want to tell you—but I only earned

one life. & I took nothing. Nothing. Like a pair of teeth

at the end. The TV kept saying The planes…

The planes…& I stood waiting in the room

made from broken mocking birds. Their wings throbbing

into four blurred walls. Only you were there.

You were the window.

OCEAN VUONG IS WHAT KILLS YOU AND BRINGS YOU BACK TO LIFE

"A Boat" by Richard Brautigan.

This poem is everything.

Feel the Magic. #tbt

Feel the Magic. #tbt

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PEN USA’s Emerging Voices

I’m on the UCLA Writers’ Extension Program site talking about the benefits of the Emerging Voices Fellowship. 

Ch-ch-check it out

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lovelyarc:

BRING A MIX TAPE TO MY READINGS
I’m ready to depart tomorrow morning for my 6 week poetry tour road trip. I bought a 1989 Chevy conversion van for the trip, and I’m going to try to go the entire trip using only the listening technology of that year, 1989, since the van only comes equipped with a cassette deck. (I’m bringing tape recorders and doing things with them at my readings too.)
So, I have an idea: if you come to one of these readings, BRING ME A MIX TAPE. I’ll listen to it (with a handful of other poets along the way) as I depart your town, and I’ll tweet about the mixes as I listen under the hashtag #mixtapetour. I’ll review the tapes by town, in order to determine which towns make the most and least impressive mixes. I’m looking at you first, Seattle. 
You bring me a mix tape, and I’ll bring, for sale, a copy of The Book of Joshua, a copy of Wong May’s Picasso’s Tears, and some prints of some of my portraits. Please bring all of your cash, because this van drinks a lot of gas.
PS. The mix tape drawn above was part of my good friend Kate Bingaman-Burt’s mix tape drawing project, “Other People’s Mixtapes" 

August 14! Zachary Schomburg in Los Angeles!

lovelyarc:

BRING A MIX TAPE TO MY READINGS

I’m ready to depart tomorrow morning for my 6 week poetry tour road trip. I bought a 1989 Chevy conversion van for the trip, and I’m going to try to go the entire trip using only the listening technology of that year, 1989, since the van only comes equipped with a cassette deck. (I’m bringing tape recorders and doing things with them at my readings too.)

So, I have an idea: if you come to one of these readings, BRING ME A MIX TAPE. I’ll listen to it (with a handful of other poets along the way) as I depart your town, and I’ll tweet about the mixes as I listen under the hashtag #mixtapetour. I’ll review the tapes by town, in order to determine which towns make the most and least impressive mixes. I’m looking at you first, Seattle

You bring me a mix tape, and I’ll bring, for sale, a copy of The Book of Joshua, a copy of Wong May’s Picasso’s Tears, and some prints of some of my portraits. Please bring all of your cash, because this van drinks a lot of gas.

PS. The mix tape drawn above was part of my good friend Kate Bingaman-Burt’s mix tape drawing project, “Other People’s Mixtapes

August 14! Zachary Schomburg in Los Angeles!

Doesn’t it just…

Doesn’t it just…