Johann Sebastian DOOM: A Brief Note on Hip Hop

Hip hop can deal with emotions sort of but it’s not a strength. Nas’s song about dancing with his dead mother made me cry but that is neither here nor there. Moms make me cry in general. Whatever. It’s an exception. Hip hop is style and virtuosity. Bach’s counterpoint produces linearity by complicating the relations […]

Poetics Ditty, Quickly: Part 2

If poetry is not defined, if there are no sayable parameters for what poetry is or can be or does, then poetry can appear anywhere.

Poetics Ditty: Part 1

(thanks, Josh Keiter) “Philosophy and the Poetic Imagination” is a good post about the difference between expressive and communicative language. It sums up the day’s dominant theory of the place, not just of poetry, but, one might argue, of human understanding in general: “Poetry evokes a special kind of thinking — where we interpret ordinary […]


FROM THE FUTURE. FUTURE MACHINE. PEOPLE PARADE – Full Film from FUTURE MACHINE on Vimeo. 2012 OFFICIAL SELECTION – Slamdance, La Di Da Film Festival, Flyover Film Festival, Independent Film Festival of Boston. After the star of a long-running variety show passes away, his son is obligated to reunite a weathered cast of television performers […]

A Portrait of the Young Man as an Infant

I do not scream (on demand) unless I am dropped. Do not drop me; you’d never; I am never dropped. The sad mess is I waddle. I’m not, except the hot smell, but, no, never dropped. I lift the pasta, slap it on my head! My teeth! none. My smile then! Woosh!: I rocket my […]

A Poetic Production of Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love: August 10, 11, 12

A very cool production of Sam’s Shepard’s Fool for Love will feature Circus Book’s Tom Bair as one of several poets performing before the play. Performances at the Zoo Theatre, a part of Triskelion Arts 118 N. 11th Street, Brooklyn (Between Berry and Wythe) Off the L train Bedford Avenue stop AUGUST 10, 11, 12 […]

The Sanctity of Birth

After years of anticipation for some, just nine months for others, birth is the single most important event of every human being’s life. Regardless of how much this event has been denigrated to a medical procedure, it is a special day – every single year, most of us observe the occasion and are aware that […]

Melville the Television

Melville the Television

Lucky for us, popular culture does not need to be affirmed or denied. It’s happening, and you and I, as members of the populace, are in it. This is not to say that there are not all sorts of ways to bargain with our position, en masse or otherwise. But this is to say that […]

I Can’t Find New York

by Tom Bair I can’t find New York. I’ve looked everywhere. It’s okay though. I’m not too worried. I lose things all the time, and so . . . so I’ve picked up many methods of recovery along the way. Retracing my steps, cleaning, doing something else, pacing furiously, crying, etc. Or I’ll check the […]