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“I Had a Man”
By Dorothea Lasky

Today when I was walking
I had a man tell me as he passed
That I was a white bitch (he was white)
And to not look at him
Or he was going to ‘fuck me in my little butthole’
I wandered away
Who is to say
I think I am a white bitch
My butt is big
But I believe my butthole is little
This violence that we put on women
I don’t think it’s crazy
Someone I know said
‘Oh, that man was crazy’
I don’t think he was crazy
Maybe he could tell I had a look in my eye
That wasn’t crazy anymore
Maybe he could feel the wild cool blood in me
And it frightened him
And he lashed out in fear
Maybe he knew I was the same as him
But had been born with this kind face and eyes
Doughlike appurtenances
What about the day I left
What happened then
Still I’m glad he said that to me
Still I’m glad he was so cruel to me
What bitter eye knew I had a voice
To say what men have done to me
What unkind wind has blown thru my brain
To make me speak for the wretched
To speak wretchedly about the ugly
To make my own face ugly and simple
To contort this simple smile into a haunting song


Dorothea Lasky’s poetry reminds me that there is everything and nothing scary about being a girl, being complicated, being vast and containing multitudes. Her new book, Thunderbird, came out on Tuesday from Wave Books and this poem and other beauty poems are in it.

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It’s nice to see this making the rounds again!

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Geoffrey Nutter reads his poem “Portraits of Our Fathers” for Better Magazine.

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We’ve announced our official line up for AWP in Seattle. We hope to see you there!

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The Daily Candy hypothesizes that Hannah of the show “Girls” would read Museum of Accidents by Rachel Zucker. 

Between her current address and lunching with editors, Hannah says no to flipping through Oprah’s book list. David Foster Wallace, Teju Cole, and Rachel Zucker give our heroine solid talking points for literary hobnobbing.
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Don’t worry folks, this tour hasn’t derailed! Far from it. Our moving domicile has found some temporary respite here in America’s heartland, where I’ll be sniffing out the midwest’s best shelves & bookslingers before continuing east in the spring. From the Wave Nest*, we’re embarking on #wavepoetrytour2014 !! (*all who enter must pay heed to the shrine)

Don’t worry folks, this tour hasn’t derailed! Far from it. Our moving domicile has found some temporary respite here in America’s heartland, where I’ll be sniffing out the midwest’s best shelves & bookslingers before continuing east in the spring. From the Wave Nest*, we’re embarking on #wavepoetrytour2014 !! (*all who enter must pay heed to the shrine)

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believermag:

Poets’ Bookshelves. An ongoing series of posts documenting some of the books collected by our favorite poets. This week: Dorothea Lasky, most recently the author of Thunderbird (Wave Books, 2012).

See the rest of the series.

Here are my shelves for believermag's series on Poets' bookshelves! Thank you, believermag!

Dorothea Lasky’s stunning bookshelves and tschotskes!

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Wave Poetry Tour 2013: The Southwest - Pt. 2 + Texas

My pursuit of the endless summer can apparently only last so long. Arizona kept me warm at night, but eastward eventually means upward. Santa Fe was calling—despite the oncoming cold of the holiday season. Plus it was worth seeing my breath to also see the inside of the legendary Collected Works bookstore. The raging fire and hearth is only one of the cozy comforts you’ll find among those loaded shelves. I spoke with Dorothea Massey—part-owner and polymath who had her hands full with an event on top of the holiday madness. I was just glad to warm my hands among such handsome pages.

I may have gained a little grit out here, but I’ve spent too much time in the sun to dig on snow. That said, Texas sure sounded nice after digging through all my winter wear. Marfa, TX has had too much ballyhoo to ignore it this time around, and I’ll consider it my good fortune that I decided to drop through for a while. What you hear mostly about is Donald Judd / Chinati / Ballroom Marfa / etc. etc. etc. But I’m here to tell you the first thing you want to know about this tiny spot on the map is Marfa Book Co. Upon entry, I knew it would be hard to leave. Tim Johnson, the inimitable owner for almost a decade, is good good people: he was just as hyped as I was to talk Wave titles new and old, and wouldn’t let me leave without a little token for the road (shown below). He’s helped build an incredible culture surrounding the arts—working with the various foundations in the area to bring in readers and artists, but also creating something all his own that feels genuinely excited about different levels of art & publishing and interested in community building. He’s a true character, invaluable to the goings-on in a place like no other in Texas (or the nation). Oh yeah ..and his bookstore is BREATHTAKING.

The cross-country book mecca, and quest for the highest concentration of great bookstores in Texas, naturally leads one to Austin. I had my hands full here for a while, and it could have gone on even longer. The most obvious beginning point was at BookPeople, where the holiday hullabaloo left me a little dizzy. They’ve got a great, huge staff that’s always abuzz and ready to help when you’re looking (in my case) a little dazed. 

I needed to downsize a little, so drove over to what used to be Wave partner bookstore, Domy, on E. Cesar Chavez—now the impressive Farewell Books. A couple Domy employees insisted that the dream not die with the store’s closing last year, and opened a new, diverse space in its place. Farewell is part bookstore, part vintage shop, part curio cabinet, part gallery. Considering the space, they pack a well-curated collection of wares with a lot of devotion to craft of all kinds. Travis Kent and Mikaylah Bowman were both happy to talk Wave, talk shop on the new space and all that goes with being a new collective on the scene of an “up-and-coming” (though more here-and-now these days) arts city.

The last on my Austin list was a new store I’d gotten wind of over the preceding weeks. Malvern Books seemed too good to be true: all small press, tons of poetry, tons of translation, Wave titles on every shelf. I had met up with Alejandro de Acosta, co-translator of Micrograms, to try to peek at the original Microgramas text at the Benson Latin American Collection and to give Malvern a good going over. We happened upon owner Joe Bratcher (or “Dr. Joe”), who formerly ran the Austin-based publisher HOST and who gave us a big Texas grin when he realized whose behalf we were there on. You’ll want to keep an eye on this place, because they’re just getting started and with a collection like theirs they could gain legendary status before you know it.

And now that we’ve all sung “Auld Lang Syne” a few times over, I’ll have to make some hashtag adjustments as I begin to plow through the second leg of our journey into Wave’s Poetry Tour 2014. This tour heading into the future folks! Come fly with me!!

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aprilfestseattle:

"…birds were splashing / around in their baths, lake-colored amulets were / slipping behind armoires, gentle perfumes from adjoining / fields were accidentally pressed into concrete slabs. / All told, the fanciful was making a fantastic showing"—from “The Survey” in jubilat (read the rest! The ending is great!). Three more to sample in Undertow Magazine and a video of Joshua reading “Karate Chop of Love.” And his next could be written—for you!
Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of nine books, including The Inside of an Apple, Take It, Shake, Your Time Has Come, and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He is an editor at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including Micrograms, by Jorge Carrera Andrade, 5 Meters of Poems (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010) by Carlos Oquendo de Amat and Poker (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008) by Tomaž Šalamun, which was a finalist for the PEN America Poetry in Translation Award. He is also the recipient of numerous other awards, including a NYFA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Seattle and New York.

If you donate for a ‘Reverse Fan Mail' to APRIL, we'll send your name to one of our favorite small press authors who will write a short, original work using your name as inspiration and you'll get a good-looking hard copy to show off.  There are illustrated versions, too!
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aprilfestseattle:

"…birds were splashing / around in their baths, lake-colored amulets were / slipping behind armoires, gentle perfumes from adjoining / fields were accidentally pressed into concrete slabs. / All told, the fanciful was making a fantastic showing"—from “The Survey” in jubilat (read the rest! The ending is great!). Three more to sample in Undertow Magazine and a video of Joshua reading “Karate Chop of Love.” And his next could be written—for you!

Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of nine books, including The Inside of an Apple, Take It, Shake, Your Time Has Come, and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He is an editor at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including Micrograms, by Jorge Carrera Andrade, 5 Meters of Poems (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010) by Carlos Oquendo de Amat and Poker (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008) by Tomaž Šalamun, which was a finalist for the PEN America Poetry in Translation Award. He is also the recipient of numerous other awards, including a NYFA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Seattle and New York.

If you donate for a ‘Reverse Fan Mail' to APRIL, we'll send your name to one of our favorite small press authors who will write a short, original work using your name as inspiration and you'll get a good-looking hard copy to show off.  There are illustrated versions, too!

More about our festival and our other thank you gifts at aprilfestival.com.

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A display among the ridiculous stacks at Malvern Books. CAConrad’s A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon and Eileen Myles’ Snowflake / different streets, at each end of the shelf. Appropriately wedged between them is some early Matthew Zapruder and near & dear friend of Wave, Brandon Shimoda. #wavepoetrytour2013 #malvernbooks #newlyminted

A display among the ridiculous stacks at Malvern Books. CAConrad’s A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon and Eileen Myles’ Snowflake / different streets, at each end of the shelf. Appropriately wedged between them is some early Matthew Zapruder and near & dear friend of Wave, Brandon Shimoda. #wavepoetrytour2013 #malvernbooks #newlyminted