Oct 7, 7 PM / First Thursday / An Econ Salon / poetry & the recession

Jules Boykoff, Allison Cobb, & Kaia Sand will read poetry. Cynthia Nelson will perform her “Money Song”& brand-new “Sand Dollars/Paper Dollars”

This Econ Salon will take place at 412 NW Couch Street in Old Town (the entrance is between 4th & 5th), in The Happy Valley Project Studio, # 414

Other studios in the building will also be open for First Thursday.

Jules Boykoff is the author of Hegemonic Love Potion (Factory School, 2009) and Once Upon a Neoliberal Rocket Badge (Edge Books, 2006). His political writing includes Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry & Public Space (co-authored with Kaia Sand) (Palm Press, 2008), Beyond Bullets: The Suppression of Dissent in the United States (AK Press, 2007), and The Suppression of Dissent: How the State and Mass Media Squelch USAmerican Social Movements (Routledge, 2006). His writing has appeared recently in The Nation, The Guardian, and Wheelhouse Magazine. He teaches politics and writing at Pacific University and lives in Portland, Oregon.

Allison Cobb is the author of the poetry collection Born2 (Chax Press) about growing up in Los Alamos, New Mexico, (birthplace of the atomic bombs) and the just-published Green-Wood, a work of poetic nonfiction (Factory School). She lived for many years in Brooklyn, New York, where she worked for an environmental organization. She now lives in Portland, where she is working on an investigation of plastic.

Cynthia Nelson has toured widely with her bands Ruby Falls, Retsin, and The Naysayer. Living in New York City off and on for fourteen years had her wrangling with its poetry scene and publishing three collections with the then-fledgling Soft Skull Press, most recently The Kentucky Rules, which chronicles time spent living in Louisville. Her final opus to New York, Libertina Serenade, is due out next year. She recently completed her MFA in Poetry at Bard College, and a collection of her work there is called Space in a Barely Moment.

Kaia Sand’s book, Remember to Wave (Tinfish Press) investigates political geography in Portland, Oregon, which takes the form of a poetry walk. She is also the author of a poetry collection, interval (Edge Books 2004), and co-author with Jules Boykoff of Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry and Public Space (Palm Press 2008). Sand has created several chapbooks through the Dusie Kollektiv, which also published her wee book, lotto. Her poems comprise the text of two books in Jim Dine’s Hot Dreams series (Steidl Editions 2008). She is currently working on the Happy Valley Project, a multi-media poetry project investigating foreclosures and the uneven distribution of shelter.

October 9th, Minor American Poetry Reading

Minor American Presents
Poetry Readings By

Allison Cobb
Dianne Timblin

Saturday, October 9, 8pm
Free, Open to the Public, BYOB

Women’s Studies Parlors,
1st Floor, “East Duke” Building,
East Campus, Duke University.

Campus Map is here.

This Event is co-sponsored by
the English Department’s Graduate Reading Group in Contemporary Poetry and
the Nicholas School of the Environment.

Allison Cobb is the author of Born2 (Chax Press, 2004) about her hometown of Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Green-Wood (Factory School, 2010) about a famous nineteenth-century cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. Her work combines history, personal narrative, and poetry to address issues of landscape, politics, and ecology. She was a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow and worked for many years for the Environmental Defense Fund in New York City. She now works for an energy conservation nonprofit in Portland, OR.

Dianne Timblin lives, writes, and edits here in Durham. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Talisman, Rivendell, minor/american, Fanzine, and Foursquare. Recently, she contributed to Kate Schapira’s collaborative book project TOWN, published by Factory School in its Heretical Texts series. Dianne is currently researching and writing about historical wildland fires in the American West. She works as an editor at Duke University Press.

Reviews of Born2

To read Born Two is to be in love with One-foot, all treacherous pretty wickedness percolated up through a massacre or two and now artesian with animals. I am proud to say I love One-foot, love not taken for a New Mexican movie in the parlance of Allison Cobb borne of “a book / and in that book / another,” and love true too for Stick and Ellen Alvida Bolin. Born Two is lovely twisted homage to Gertrude but also “Co-operation of Body” and the erotic “down blood creep in me.” Have you read anything so vascular and disarming since when? Listen up: “Nipplery pants come crowing.”
Heather Fuller, author of Dovecote

Born Two casts the shadows of Gertrude Stein and Hannah Weiner across the history of the Southwest where the avant-garde abducts a nuclear family into a nuclear era. Allison Cobb has forged a brilliant multi-genre lyrical saga — here is a tender page-turner with a slash and burn bite.
Lisa Jarnot, author of Ring of Fire and Some Other Kind of Mission

What happens to a poet born in Los Alamos? Is she born two-headed? two-hearted? two-tongued? Allison Cobb’s Born Two brings monsters out of memory and an unexpected sweetness out of the firestorms of language. Hers is the mind of poetry, driven by history and lured by love, caught in the act of the need to know. She is thinking thinking thinking through these pages, going through all the rooms and cellars, turning the lights on and turning them off, shaking the cages and slamming the doors. Like a child after family secrets, Cobb turns up more truths than the ones she seems to be seeking. Childlike, too, are her characters: One-foot, Rose, Fox and Polar Bear, the “little box book” or b b, whose adventures carry them nearer and nearer the beautiful, erotic, and tragic world of knowledge. Child of history, burning in language: born two.
Susan Tichy, author of A Smell of Burning Starts the Day

For this new century, a new poetry of minus signs. Like many of her generation, Allison Cobb’s curious about the wheres, whens and whys of our predicament. Through compression, subtraction, amputation and dispersal, she manages to scrape a hole across the ice on the windshield. “My life in me kept one hook,” she writes, in a passage that borrows Dickinson’s pier glass to stare steadily into the feral eye of the bomb. With the precision of Edward Dorn’s magnificent Gunslinger, Born Two peels away the myths of the American West to reveal the twitchy nerve beneath.
Kevin Killian, author of Argento Series


Green-Wood cover

Allison Cobb wanders Brooklyn’s famous nineteenth-century Green-Wood Cemetery and discovers that its 500 acres–hills and ponds, trees and graves–mirror the American landscape: a place marked by death, but still pulsing with life. The book is a testament to what survives and an elegy for what is lost, the long dead, the landscape itself, but especially those who died in the Twin Towers and in the United States’ ongoing wars.

Factory School
ISBN: 9781600010675
2010, 166 pages


Born2 Cover

from Born2:
Novel of the little box book
They ride the train through blackened turf. Melinda bitches with gusto. Nick finds it excites him. He leans toward the rise of flesh inside her shirt and she pushes him back. She loves him but knows it isn’t modern, so she punishes, punishes the rotten spot. Pigeons circle the park.
Little box vanish
we’re proud
of her care-
ful careful

Chax Press
ISBN 0-925904-39-2
2004, poetry, 99 pages