Friday, August 29, 2008

Dusty always has it made.
Lucas Rivera also has it made.
Brent and Tetra have it made.

Thursday, August 28, 2008


Juliology by Nicolas Pesquès and translated by Cole Swensen (Counterpath Press)
Bray by Paul Gibbons (Elixir Press)
Cities of Flesh and the Dead by Diann Blakely (Elixir Press)
The Magic of Light by Len Solo (Archer Books)
Circular Stairs, Distress in the Mirror by Peter Klappert and illustrated by Michael Hafftka (Six Gallery Press)
Three Years from Upstate by Jonathan Regier (Six Gallery Press)
The River's Daughter: Poems by Terry Hermsen (Bottom Dog Press)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

"So, did we do counting last week?!?"
Congratulations to SPD Executive Director Jeffrey Lependorf on winning rave reviews for his Tim Gunn's Podcast (a reality chamber opera).

It's dressmaking, but not nice dressmaking!

Chris Chen in the comfy shade of Café SPD (BYOC).

Friday, August 22, 2008

Thanks and farewell to marvelous SPD volunteer Rose Booker!
Books Just In!
Bow by Penelope Austin (Slope Editions)
Immediate Empire by Raymond L. Bianchi with illustrations by Waltraud Haas (i.e. Press)
West Virginia by Che Elias and illustrated by Michael Hafftka (Six Gallery Press)
Blood of the Quill: Selected Poetry from Kosova by Azem Shkreli in a bilingual English-Albanian edition edited and translated by Robert Elsie and Janice Mathie-Heck (Green Integer)
Facing High Water by John Brandi (White Pine Press)
The Question of Rapture by Claire Keyes (Mayapple Press)
A visit yesterday from traveling poet Geof Huth. Geof will be reading next Friday, August 29 at 8PM with Lara Durback and Truong Tran at the Canessa Reading Series in San Francisco. His most recent work, texistence, is a collaboration with mIEKAL aND from Xerox Sutra Editions. And Geof's book Out of Character (Paper Kite Press) is available from SPD.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

THIS JUST IN! Howard Junker retiring!

ZYZZYVA to live on!
Books Just In!
Good Friday: The Death of Irish Republicanism by Anthony McIntyre (Ausubo Press)
A Chagall and a Tree Leaf by Shuntaro Tanikawa, translated from the Japanese by William I. Elliott and Kazuo Kawamura (Katydid Books)
Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire by David Mura (Coffee House Press)
American Fugue by Alexis Stamatis (Etruscan Press)
Airs & Voices by Paula Bonnell (BkMk Press)
Mourning Sickness: Stories and Poems about Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss edited by Missy Martin & Jesse Loren (Omni Arts)
The Sacrificial Circumcision of the Bronx by Arthur Nersesian (Akashic Books)
The Swing Voter of Staten Island by Arthur Nersesian (Akashic Books)
Rhinoceros by Kevin Ducey (Copper Canyon Press)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Suzanne Stein
Suzanne Stein in a rare moment of freedom from SFMOMA with Michael Scharf's For Kid Rock/Total Freedom.

Friday, August 15, 2008


That's John's head in the background and mine reflected in the silver.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Good bye and a giant thank you to Chris Benner who came to us from Head Royce School in Oakland twice (!) — last spring and this summer — and is soon going off to his first year at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Yay!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Books Just In! (So new they may not have a description or cover scan.)
SIGNS/ & SIGNALS: The Daybooks of Robert Crosson edited by Guy Bennett and Paul Vangelisti (Otis Books / Seismicity Editions)
Toward Total Poetry by Adriano Spatola (Otis Books / Seismicity Editions)
Kyotologic by Anne Gorrick (Shearsman Books)
Signs along the Road by Henry Grimes (Buddy's Knife Jazz Editions)
One Class: Selected Poems 1965-2008 by Norman MacAfee (Harbor Mountain Press)
Rubber Side Down: The Biker Poet Anthology edited by José "JoeGo" Gouveia (Archer Books)
Behind the Mask: The Story of the People Who Risk Everything to Save Animals written, directed, and produced by Shannon Keith (Uncaged Films / PM Press) [DVD]
Dispatches 01 by Big Noise Tactical Media (Big Noise Films / PM Press) [DVD]
Dispatches 02 by Big Noise Tactical Media (Big Noise Films / PM Press) [DVD]
Dispatches 03 by Big Noise Tactical Media (Big Noise Films / PM Press) [DVD]
Move into the Light:Postscript to a Turbulent 2007 by The Turbulence Collective (PM Press)
Ascent from Cleveland: Wild Heart Steel Phoenix by Russell Salamon (Freedonia Press)
Marc Lecard stopped by today with Tiny Little Troubles, his new book from St. Martin's Press. Marc used to be an SPD publisher & poet back in the day (Chance Additions). Another SPD success story!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Aujourd'hui une visite de Norma Cole.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Mahmoud Darwish 1941-2008

SPD is sad to learn of this weekend's passing of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.

His works translated into English include The Butterfly's Burden (carried by SPD; Copper Canyon Press), Why Did You Leave the Horse Alone? (Archipelago Books), and Memory for Forgetfulness: August, Beirut, 1982 and Unfortunately, It Was Paradise: Selected Poems (University of California Press).

Friday, August 8, 2008

Hello to Mina Natalia Benham Cunningham with her favorite book!

Good-bye and thank you to Jordan Standridge, star SPD volunteer!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Books Just In! (So new they may not have a description or cover scan.)
Vancouver: A Poem by George Stanley (New Star Books)
Blood Dazzler by Patricia Smith (Coffee House Press)
Who Owns Music? by William Parker (Buddy's Knife Jazz Editions)
from Hyperglossia by Stacy Szymaszek (Hot Whiskey Press)
Reality Check by Dennis O'Driscoll (Copper Canyon Press)
The Long Trial of Nolan Dugatti by Stephen Graham Jones (Chiasmus Press)
La LLorona on the Longfellow Bridge: Poetry y otras movidas by Alicia Gaspar de Alba (Arte Público Press)
Happy Birthday Jesús by Ronald L. Ruiz (Arte Público Press)
Stardust by Bruce Serafin (New Star Books)
Flying in Water by Barbara Tomash (Spuyten Duyvil)
The Acts of the Compassionates: The Millennial Testament, Book One by Luke Moonwalker (Bayeux Arts)
The Cosmopolitan by Donna Stonecipher (Coffee House Press>
Jealous Witness by Andrei Codrescu (Coffee House Press)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Monday, August 4, 2008

Books Just In! (So new they may not have a description or cover scan.)
Collected Poems by Veronica Forrest-Thomson (Shearsman Books)
Undersleep by Julie Doxsee (Octopus Books)
The Age of Briggs & Stratton by Peter Culley (New Star Books)
How Shall I Live My Life? On Liberating the Earth from Civilization by Derrick Jensen (PM Press)
Sing for Your Supper: A DIY Guide to Playing Music, Writing Songs, and Booking Your Own Gigs by David Rovics (PM Press)

Friday, August 1, 2008

Books Just In! (So new they may not have a description or cover scan.)
Blind Witness: Three American Operas by Charles Bernstein (Factory School)
Parabola by Lily Hoang (Chiasmus Press)
Between/Entre by Wai-Lim Yip (New Native Press)
Drawn from Life by Jonathan Strong (Quale Press)
Souls of Wind by John Olson (Quale Press)
Incretion by Brian Strang (Spuyten Duyvil)