Fun Party

Looking forward to this reading Saturday May 24:

Join us for our first reading at grayDUCK on Saturday, May 24, doors at 7:30pm, reading at 8:00pm! Featuring the poetry of Justin Petropoulos, Sarah Campbell and Dale Smith. The poets will have books for sale. The event is BYOB. We’ll have some sort of after party somewhere.

Justin Petropoulos is the author of two collections of poetry, Eminent Domain (Marsh Hawk Press 2011), selected by Anne Waldman for the 2010 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize and <legend> </legend> (Jaded Ibis Press 2013), a collaborative work with multimedia artist, Carla Gannis. His poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Crab Creek Review, Gulf Coast, Mandorla, Portland Review, and Spinning Jenny. He received an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Justin is a contributing editor of digital/interactive and collaborative literature for Entropy magazine. He is currently the site director of an after school program for at-risk, elementary age children and is an adjunct faculty member at New Jersey City University, where he teaches composition and creative writing. You can follow him on twitter @redactioneer.

Sarah Campbell’s recent books include We Used to Be Generals (2014) and Everything We Could Ask For (2010). Her literary criticism has appeared inJacket 2, Arizona Quarterly, and The Golden Handcuffs Review. Radio pieces have aired on WNYC and as podcasts for the Poetry Foundation. She lives in New York.

Dale Smith has resided at various times in Texas, Yemen, Oregon, California, and Ontario. On the faculty of the Department of English at Ryerson University, Toronto, he has published essays, reviews, and criticism, including, most recently, Poets Beyond the Barricade: Rhetoric, Citizenship, and Dissent after 1960, and is the author of poetry texts that include American Rambler, Black Stone, and Susquehanna. His provocative arguments on the concept of Slow Poetry have been discussed in The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, and at other locations of literary and cultural debate.


John Cage Rules

I found these via Patrick Riedy, some rules of teaching popularized by John Cage. Wish I’d seen them earlier this semester.


RULE ONE: Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for a while.

RULE TWO: General duties of a student: Pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.

RULE THREE: General duties of a teacher: Pull everything out of your students.

RULE FOUR: Consider everything an experiment.

RULE FIVE: Be self-disciplined: this means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

RULE SIX: Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make.

RULE SEVEN: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.

RULE EIGHT: Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.

RULE NINE: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.

RULE TEN: We’re breaking all the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities.

HINTS: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything. It might come in handy later.