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Calendar, Night&Day Poppy Poems

Poppy Poems

The patron saint of Red Poppy Art House is Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, a "materialist, who never believed / in any promised heaven in the sky" but always believed in the profound power of poetry to raise social conscience.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Local Word-Gardening

Local Word-Gardening

Latino poetry is a category that spans multiple cultures, languages, and legacies -- from the pre-Columbian origin myths and political salvos of Pablo Neruda to the Afro-Caribbean rhythms and resistance odes of Nuyorican poets like Pedro Pietri. Oral tradition, legend,…
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Calendar, Performance Melting Poet

Melting Poet

THURS-SUN 10/13-16 My first foray into bilingual poetry was a volume of odes by Pablo Neruda; on one page was the piece in Spanish, followed by its English translation. Even as I found myself wondering how the translator worked out…
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Music, Reviewed Sam Prekop

Sam Prekop

Sam Prekop is one enigmatic motherfucker. With his work in Shrimpboat and in the Sea & Cake, as well as on this second solo record, it's nigh impossible to comprehend what he's going on about. Often Prekop appears to be…
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Music, Reviewed Snitches Get Stitches

Snitches Get Stitches

Snitches Get Stitches are definitely rotten, blistering, hardcore punks, and they prove it with their schoolyard-bully name, the appropriately sinister title of their album, song titles like "Skullsplitter," and decibel-shattering tributes to "sexy sellouts" on thrashers like "Koala Stars." But…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Bill Thrills

Bill Thrills

FRI-THURS 7/9-15 Fans of quirky cinema rediscovered Bill Murray years before Lost in Translation. As a tycoon who competes with an oddball prep school student for a teacher's affections in Rushmore, Murray supplied a layered performance that garnered sympathy for…
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Culture, Books Bridgework


The first book I acquired as an editor was an illustrated edition of Pablo Neruda's Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, with a translation by the renowned poet W.S. Merwin. It was an English-only version -- I decided,…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): Last week I dreamt that you and your Valentine were exploring material for your collaborative book, How to Make Love With Your Best Friend. Three mornings ago I dreamt the two of you were spending a…
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