Thursday, December 13, 2007
Yesterday, I went to Pegasus Downtown, which has the best selection of new poetry in America. . . maybe even the world! I traded a few novels for a few chapbooks. I think that that is a very good trade. I like reading them and trading them.
Keeping a book on your shelf is akin to keeping the mounted heads of bucks or bass on your wall. I do not like trophies. Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
Every time I finish a book, I can't wait to get rid of it. To give to a friend, to trade for another. A few reference books is all I keep. And some chapbooks. Chapbooks have an aura that other books don't have. They are not mass produced in Canada, and they are almost never the fruits of corporate effort.
Today I am going to all the prose fiction readings in San Francisco. The first one is at the Lab at seven. The last one is at Adobe at nine. I can't remember when and where the one in the middle is. The Mission is going prose fiction mad.
Sunday is New Yipes, and Rachel Zolf will be reading. Robert Grenier will be reading, too.
That starts at seven at 416 25th St. on the corner of Broadway, at everyone's favorite gallery, 21 Grand.