Monday, December 21, 2009


A new poem by Simon Armitage for Tony Blair

"They all looked daft but the horse-dog
looked daftest of all. The cute red bridle and swishing tail,
the saddle and stirrups, the groomed mane.
The hair round its feet had been shaved and fluffed into hooves [...]"

Saturday, November 07, 2009

ROCKPILE performs at Busboys & Poets

ROCKPILE performs at Busboys & Poets, Washington DC from ROCKPILE on Vimeo.

Raw footage of the ROCKPILE performance, comprised of poets David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg in Washington, DC with the New Columbia Orchestra Quintet. The Quintet includes vocalist Nicki Gonzalez, flautist Joseph Cunliffe, guitarist Richard Miller, bassist Don West, and Burnett Thompson at the piano.

The rolling Rockpile poetry and music tour puts on a great show in Washington DC.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Very interesting re Ted Hughes poetry

Wild swim: Lumb Falls | Travel | "Wild swim: Ted Hughes countryIn the third of a five-part series, Kate Rew swims West Yorkshire's sparkling Lumb Falls at the heart of poet Ted Hughes' childhood landscape."

I think anyone interested in Ted Hughes's poetry will find this short film a marvellous gem or rather a treasure of great interest and value.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Rockpile with The Rabbles

David Meltzer reads at Shelldance Orchid Nursery, 8-29-09 from ROCKPILE on Vimeo.

David Meltzer reads at the Shelldance Orchid Nursery First Annual Poetry, Music, and Art Festival in Pacifica on Saturday, August 29, 2009. Music by the Rabbles. Video by mxxx palmer

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Aleksandar Hemon reads Stairway to Heaven

Books |

"Aleksandar Hemon reads Stairway to Heaven, the first story in his new collection, Love and Obstacles. A bookish Sarajevan sixteen-year-old is transplanted into the rich heat of Kinshasa, and begins an exhilarating friendship with a glamorous American"

"Recorded specially for the Guardian in the US, listen out for another story next week."

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Guardian summer short fiction special

"Summer is here, so soak up stories from our favourite authors - and tell us who you'd like to see here next year"

New short stories by Dave Eggers, A. M. Holmes, David Mitchell, William Boyd and Julie Myerson. Also read the winner and runners up in the Guardian summer fiction short story competition.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Moloch - Summer '09

"It is in times like these that language becomes at once threatened and vital. And so we continue to read, talk and write."

Press F11 and keep pressing Next - you'll see a beautiful magazine with some good reading. However, I wonder if "The Last of the Nazis has Died" couldn't be improved by changing the entire text of the poem to something like "Good."

Monday, July 20, 2009

Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes, Dies all accounts McCourt himself was in no way transformed by his success. Though that doesn't mean he didn't enjoy it immensely. "I wrote a book about growing up miserable, and the next thing I know I'm here," he said. "It's absurd, isn't it? It's extraordinary." (Time Magazine)

I think Angela's Ashes is a marvellous book, good enough to stand on the same shelf as Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee. (Debateable?)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Feeding baby poems

"In the tradition of mother-writers making poems about baby feeding - writers like Eavan Boland and Sylvia Plath - I've written a poem about feeding my new baby." (Women Rule Writer)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

JG Ballard's last story is online

Three years have passed since the collapse of the Tower of Pisa, but only now can I accept the crucial role that I played in the destruction of this unique landmark.

The modern world collides with the Renaissance in The Dying Fall by JG Ballard. (Guardian)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

"When I was a poet"

David Meltzer reading in Petaluma, CA from ROCKPILE on Vimeo.

David Meltzer reading his poetry in Petaluma, CA on 28 March 2009. The two other poets reading that night, from whom video is also to be uploaded: Michael Rothenberg, Michael McClure.

Video by mxxx palmer