Monday, April 21, 2008

Blurbs & Blabs + Day 8 sidenote

BLAKE BUTLER ON MIKE YOUNG: "Mike Young's poetic teetaw caused a cosmic enjambment in my scrote, which once infected, defined a nation, and that nation was neon purple & made of email, and I left that nation with Mike Young's mother's mother, and Mike Young's mother's mother was the dude who scripted most of Legend of Zelda II."

MIKE YOUNG ON BLAKE BUTLER: "Blake Butler's synthesis of Lynchian hyperbole and didactic Wu-Tang skank tropes (in the Lacanian mode) causes readers to question anew our semiotic Dairy Queen panopticon. What Roland Barthes called "the grain of the voice" and Jeff Gordon called "I could've won if the other cars had just gotten out of my way" is embodied in Butler's spry, wedgie-tight narratives of American betrayal and disillusioned shopping cart races. Coming strong as dinosaur's breath from the Fugitive poet tradition, think of Butler as a modern day John Crowe Ransom with buck teeth, a penchant for "iced coffee" (in the Derridian sense of the phrase, more than a surface-level thirstiness and rather a concertedly diachronic poop-under-the-bridge aporia), and a finger up yo dirty brain nigguh."

FENCE nominated me for Best New Poets. They are allowed 2 nominations. That made me glow. Beyond an honor coming from such folks. TY, editors. Hot fuck action maximum. Titty licker.

Crunchy sumppump dicktease googoo.

Today is very good if filled with humming if a little rough around the edges if making me shake.

Still working on NOVEL for today. Results to post. (Late night update: There are now 33113 words. Figuring I will be done now around 40k.)

Did you know these things about LOST HIGHWAY:

- The Mystery Man never blinks during the entire film.
- In a recent interview, director Lynch confessed that Lost Highway and Twin Peaks take place in the same world.
- According to Lynch, the first scene in the film is based upon an incident which occurred in his own life. He says that early one morning, his intercom buzzed, and when he answered it a voice he didn't recognize said, "Dick Laurant is dead." However, by the time he got to the front of the house to look out the window, there was no-one outside.



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12 comments:

Jeremy James Thompson said...

Congratulations on the nomination.
It seems deserved. FENCE was one of the first poetry journals I ever purchased. I didn't know a thing about it. I liked the cover.

death-hustler said...

that's excellent, i think FENCE is getting their shit together again.

Josh Maday said...

congrats on the nomination, blake. awesome.

i'm excited to read the new stuff. you're a machine, man.

KEN BAUMANN said...

yes, good job.

BLAKE BUTLER said...

thanks dudes.

ps: if you haven't heard about the radiohead-esque fence subscription deal you should check out the site: pay what you can!

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The Man Who Couldn't Blog said...

Blake Butler is an enormous poetry badass.

Brian said...

deserved. that piece in FENCE is was awesome. mike young is talented in an "I read him often!" way

Matt Bell said...

Congratulations, Blake-- That's great news!

Ryan said...

good work on fence

BLAKE BUTLER said...

thank you sirs.