Archive for February, 2012
Ask The Author: Nathan Tavares
Nathan Tavares’s “Interior Spaces” was in the December Issue. Nathan answers questions about dressing slutty, cheating lovers and hidden rooms. 1. How would you dress slutty as a guy? For me, it would be wearing anything other than my usual … Continue reading
Ask The Author: Marianne Colahan
“Disappear Behind Us” by Marianne Colahan was a great addition to our December Issue. 1. What would you hunt? If I had to hunt? If it was my job to be a huntress? Iâ€™d be terrible at it. Iâ€™d prefer … Continue reading
Ask The Author: Robb Todd
This great story, “All You Need is Love (and a Job (Or Maybe Not a Job)),” by Robb Todd was published in the December Issue. 1. What would be the most inappropriate costume you would wear on Halloween? There’s such … Continue reading
A Forsley Feuilleton: I Gave Up The Roadwork Of The Fight-Game For The Drinking Of The Lit-Game â€“ Act Two
Those poets, the young happy rich people dressed like old sad poor people, spoke the truth:Â after I moved from Phoenix to San Francisco and gave up the roadwork of the fight-game for the drinking of the lit-game, the only … Continue reading
Today Precedes a Great Tomorrow
1. AWP is upon us. The [PANK] crew descends from near and far, some of us tomorrow, some of us later this week. Here is a list of where we plan to be. Follow our live Twitter feed to see … Continue reading
AWP :: Gird Thy Loins
The conference itself sold out at 9,500 participants. The book fair exhibitor tables and booths sold out, as well, and while I don’t have the energy to count up the total (something like 500, I think), suffice it to say … Continue reading
A Patchwork of Rooms Furnished by Mistakes by J. Bradley (A Review by P. Jonas Bekker)
Deckflight Press $2.oo Fort Myers, August 2002 Â I should have fended off the emotard when he gnawed your hands, then spat your own fingerprints back. Â The pelt hangs in my chest. I try not to wear it. I try … Continue reading
the unfirm line – Frank Hinton
â€œYou are perfect and clean and floating. Everything was clean about us. Everything was perfect until you burned away.â€ Frank Hinton, â€œAll Of The People In These Pictures Are Dead Now.â€ I read once that burning was the best form … Continue reading
Ask The Author: Lisa Marie Basile
In December, we published Four Poems by Lisa Marie Basile from “Andalucia”. You can read the four poems here and buy the book here. 1. How does no one mean to carry their burdens to good places? The first time … Continue reading
UPDATE :: [PANK] Invasions :: Portland / Seattle
For those of you who expressed interest in this thing, my apologies for dropping off the map. AWP is upon us and, well, AWP is upon us… Anywho…We’re back in the saddle organizing readings for Portland, Oregon, on Friday, March … Continue reading
Ask The Author: Catherine Campbell
Catherine Campbell’s “Ways To Swim” was published in December. Now, Catherine takes the time to answer some questions. 1. What CD would you include in an insemination kit? Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” 2. Who would you carry a … Continue reading
Ask The Author: Gregory Wolos
In December there wasÂ “Dr. Moreau’s Pet Shop” by Gregory Wolos. 1. What songs would be on the first album of Dr. Moreauâ€™s Pet Shop Boys? â€œMy Sweet Mâ€™lingâ€; â€œKiko in the Dumpsâ€; â€œSvidridgaylovâ€™s Dreamâ€; â€œFay Wray Fayâ€; â€œLost Soul Growl.â€ … Continue reading
Goddamnit, Quick Fiction Closes?!!!
Today, this, from Quick Fiction editor and one of my favorite [PANK]Contributors, Jennifer Pieroni. “Long live the lit mag! But, alas, not Quick Fiction. After many wonderful years, weâ€™re ceasing publication. Thank you for supporting, reading and constantly challenging us … Continue reading
The Letter All Your Friends Have Written You by Caits Meissner and Tishon (A Review by Amye Archer)
Well&Often Press $15.95/76 pgs. In the preface to The Letter All Your Friends Have Written You, Caits Meissner and Tishon impart to us that they have only been friends for five years, but their poems speak to one another in … Continue reading
Ask The Author: Lisa Bellamy
These Two Poems by Lisa Bellamy were published in November. In regards to all kinds of things, Lisa answers our questions. 1. What puppet or Muppet would you assassinate? Why would they have it coming? Plenty of puppets have it … Continue reading
Lavinia Ludlow’s alt.punk: A Review by Sara Thomas
Lavinia Ludlow’s novel alt.punk(Casperian) concerns Hazel, a thirty year old Safeway manager with a cleanliness obsession, writing habit and layabout actor boyfriend. After the latterâ€™s stray pubes eventually get too much for her, she meets the somewhat unstable Otis, lead … Continue reading
Ask The Author: Justin Anderson
The great story, “So, They Are Not Wholly Defenseless”, by Justin Anderson was in the December Issue. Justin answers interesting questions with interesting answers. 1. What suit do you wear when you have dinner? Clubs. No, really, Iâ€™m from the … Continue reading
A Forsley Feuilleton: I Gave Up The Roadwork Of The Fight-Game For The Drinking Of The Lit-Game â€“ Act One
Jake â€˜The Raging Bullâ€™ LaMotta, Muhammad â€˜The Greatestâ€™ Ali, Johnny â€˜Mi Vida Locaâ€™ Tapia, Arturo â€˜Thunderâ€™ Gatti, Bernard â€˜The Executionerâ€™ Hopkins â€“ those were my childhood idols.Â I wanted to do what they did.Â I wanted to make a living … Continue reading
Good Morning, Monday
1.Hey, did you see us, along with some other great magazines, get a little nugget of love from the New York Times last week?! It was in this week’s Sunday print issue, too. Check it out. 2. We can hardly … Continue reading
Ask The Author: Matthew Mogavero
In November, this poem titled “Man Who Lost His Wife at the Knife-Throwing Show” by Matthew Mogavero. Matthew gives us some answeres here. 1. How could you lose your wife at a gun show? Girls don’t like guns. 2. What … Continue reading
(T)ravel/Un(T)ravel by Neil Shepard (A Review by Brian Fanelli)
Mid-List Press $13/85 pgs Neil Shepardâ€™s latest collection of poems, (T)ravel/Un(Travel), takes the reader across the landscape of time and place, through crowded marketplaces of China to sacred temples in Bali that are home to secret burial chambers of … Continue reading
Ask The Author: Jon Sealy
John Sealy’s “Then Come Home to Settle” was in the December Issue. Here, Jon answers questions about deal breaking movies amongst other topics. 1. Can you really tell college aged women based on the size of their beer guts? The … Continue reading
Ask The Author: Emma Torzs
“In Fairytales” by Emma Torzs was a part of the December Issue. Emma answers questions about secrets, poetry and fascination. 1. Do you ever shout at a protagonist in a fairy tale to not go in the castle/village/wolf’s mouth? Nah. … Continue reading
We Want Pulp
Pulp is story. Plot. Forward progression. Uncut and unabashed entertainment. For the Pulp Special Issue, tell me a story. Sex and high adventure, fun and guns, splatter and solemnity. Or any other category you can come up with. As long … Continue reading
Whitney and my mother are inexorably linked within my memory. They did not know each other. Or maybe they did in the way black women know each other quite well–a sort of underground communication through wormholes connecting history to history, … Continue reading
Ask The Author: Tim Suermondt
In December, there were these two poems by Tim Suermondt. Now, there is this interview where Tim answers questions about them. 1. Why wouldn’t Jesus pop and lock in lieu of doing the cha cha? I wouldn’t be surprised if … Continue reading
A Forsley Feuilleton: Buy the ticket, take the ride. . . and crack open a bottle of rum
The Rum Diary comes out on DVD tomorrow, and I havenâ€™t been this terrified since the Halloween night it opened in theaters. I took the 14 Muni Bus to its midnight-showing and a limbless hobo offered to tuck me into … Continue reading
Books We Can’t Quit – Safekeeping by Abigail Thomas
Anchor Books April, 2001 (hardcover originally published by Knopf, 2000) Chosen by: Amye Archer Maybe it’s the educator in me, but I have, throughout my reading lifetime, creating a series of benchmarks that a book must reach in order … Continue reading
the unfirm line – Miracle Legion
“Far away from home, but never far away from me.” All For the Best, Miracle Legion. I have always had a shaky sense of â€œhome.â€ I have lived in many places in my life, cementing to none. Never the real … Continue reading
The Rebel Wife by Taylor M. Polites (A Review by Tyler Grimm)
Simon & Schuster $15.99/304 pgs. The Rebel Wife, expertly written by Taylor M. Polites, is a genre-subverting novel, framed within the Southern Gothic tradition that is very much a meditation on the purposeless of death, which is immediately evident in … Continue reading
Ask The Author: Lisa Lim
In December, the wonderfulness that is “Mi Madre” by Lisa Lim. In February, the wonderfulness that is her interview with us.
Literary Los Angeles: Old Money, Oil Money, and The Big Sleep
For several months now I’ve been sitting with The Big Sleep, utterly absorbed in its stylish mischief but without any idea of what I might add to the conversation. It is a novel about which it is almost impossible to … Continue reading
PANK, NEW YORK TIMES, BFFS
We are pretty excited to have the magazine included in a feature of ten “literary heirs” in the Style Magazine of the New York TimesÂ this weekend. We’re pretty excited. This is also a good time for Matt and I to … Continue reading
Gallimaufry: Itâ€™s So Hard To Say Good-bye To Yesterday, Whatever That Means
Hello. As you may or may not know, this is my last post for my Gallimaufry column. Thatâ€™s right: itâ€™s time to say good-bye. And as you may or may not know, there are many ways to say good-bye.
Everything I Do, I Tell You, All the Time
Mary Miller’s Safety, is up at Tin House. At the Chattahoochee Review blog, Ethel Rohan talks about memoir, autobiography, and her collection Hard to Say Jen Bessemer has a new e-chapbook from White Knuckle Press. The February issue of decomP … Continue reading
The Latest in Cyberspace Fashion
A part of me wants to complain. Something about the land of the social misfits irritates me, but I keep my mouth shut–at times–because I consider it a personal problem, one easily fixed by my removal from the networks. I … Continue reading
Ask The Author: Neelanjana Banerjee
What a great story, that is, “The Golden Deer” by Neelanjana Banerjee. Full of power and lines, it is a must read from the December Issue.
All Her Father’s Guns by James Warner (A Review by Thomas Michael Duncan)
Numina Press $13.95/200 pgs. The United States of America is heavily divided, possibly more so now than anytime since the end of the civil war. Strict bipartisanism and our elected representativesâ€™ inabilities to cross party lines is one of the … Continue reading
A Forsley Feuilleton: I’m funny how? Funny like a clown? I amuse you? I make you laugh?
In the days following last weekâ€™s Forsley Feuilleton, I wanted to surf the internet naked, vulnerable both physically and emotionally, yelling like Emmett Ray at the end of Sweet and Lowdown: â€œI made a mistake! I made a mistake!â€ Last … Continue reading
Best Lesbian Erotica 2012, edited by Kathleen Warnock: A Review by Nikki Magennis
This book is overflowing with graphic sex. That might sound like a duh thing to say about a collection of erotica, but itâ€™s the thing that struck me most forcibly while I was reading it. Close-up, vigorous, vivid sex scenes, … Continue reading
[PANK] Updates: All Kinds of Excitement
In case you haven’t heard (in which case, where have you been?!), ourÂ lovechild was born last week, named [PANK] 6, and now available for sale.
I like language.Â Who doesn’t (1)?Â We’re all here because of language, in the metaphorical sense, of course, but in this case I mean us, here, at our devices, reading these words.
To Make Your Friday Even Better..
We want to know where you are and where you are reading your new [PANK] 6! Post a picture of yourself loving up [PANK]6 to our Facebook page, and you’ll be entered to win a free [PANK] T-shirt. Be sure … Continue reading
Gathered Here Together by Garrett Socol (A Review by David Atkinson)
Ampersand (&) Books $15.00/230 pgs. As my layman’s understanding of the human brain informs me, human attention is drawn to differences as opposed to similarities.Â We are surrounded by immense amounts of information during almost every moment of every day … Continue reading
Ask The Author: Eric Ellingsen
“The People Called Endless” by Eric Ellingsen was published in the November Issue. Eric answered questions for us about laziness, poets and benches.
Are You Happy?
Daniel Nester has a new essay up at The Poetry Foundation. The February issue of elimae features Lisa Marie Basile, Beth Brezenoff, Scott Garson, Margaret Bashaar,Â Matthew Burnside, Meg Pokrass, Joseph A.W. Quintela, Eric Burke, and Mel Bosworth.