April 23, 2006

Joshua Clover & Cynthia Kimball

Sunday, April 23rd
7:30 pm

New American Art Union
922 SE Ankeny Street

$5 suggested donation

Joshua Clover has written for the Village Voice for ten years, and the New York Times for one; in that time, has published one monograph on the film The Matrix, and two books of poetry: Madonna anno domini (LSU, 1997), and The Totality for Kids (UC Press, 2006). He teaches in the English Department at UC Davis. His favorite candies are Jujyfruits and Good'n'Plenty, and he loves Miranda Lambert and E-40.

Cynthia Kimball is a native of the Pacific Northwest, and the author of the author of Annotations for Eliza (Meow Press, 1997). She is hoping, after having spent one-sixth of her then-lifespan at SUNY-Buffalo, now to keep teaching at Portland Community College until the year 2021, at which point she will go back to school to study geology and nano-tech.

Maoist Towelette

That was an adventure that it was that
Trail of words followed back toward
The capital where what adventure that it was
Not raining again in the capital that we
Met at the station "under the clock"
And took the funicular up to July it was
That July that was after that
In a small and drastic hotel room
That June of extreme modern that it was that
Matinal and blessuring June from which that
It was hard to distinguish the great
Overturnings from a jacquerie of knick-knacks
That had just like that been that May
Student linguistic worker May delirium
Where find the source of what that
What mark to mark where the trail begins
What slogan what slinky vagabond what
Tru-pure rupture disaster cherie!

—Joshua Clover

from Transient Moorage

I. Watershed

"Think of all the water moving everywhere right now"
Dad said
at once I did begin

And with many fine devices I am going
toward the ocean a kind
of whiteness at the horizon

malachite forests unread
lines cross the sky there

Plotting along a palm’s
imprinted confluence
as the mind measures a
watery beat
that is not the pulse

"Think"now crossing now
everywhere right now

—Cynthia Kimball