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04/14/2021

Thanks Steve Luttrell! We miss you Michael! Coming in Issue #18.

A Flea
( for Michael McClure )

When your book arrived,
I feasted on
your last words.
With an undiminished
appetite for
Meat- Spirit memories
and Black- Velvet dreams.

I seemed to hear your voice
coming through
( in beast - language ).
Braying from beyond
and as they say
in song - lyric ,
“ Ain’t That A Kick In The Head”.

Gary Lenhart. An original from the old St. Mark's crew. Miss you, old friend. Hard Press postcard, circa 1983.
04/09/2021

Gary Lenhart. An original from the old St. Mark's crew. Miss you, old friend. Hard Press postcard, circa 1983.

Gary Lenhart. An original from the old St. Mark's crew. Miss you, old friend. Hard Press postcard, circa 1983.

My dream mag.
04/01/2021

My dream mag.

Submit your work today for Crazyhorse's 100th issue! Currently accepting poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction at Submittable. Learn more at crazyhorse.submittable.com

"Blue Star, (Saguasohuh)" — Marina Adams (current issue of Live!)available at EXHIBITION a gallery. Keeps getting better...
03/21/2021

"Blue Star, (Saguasohuh)" — Marina Adams (current issue of Live!)available at EXHIBITION a gallery. Keeps getting better!

SPRiNG GLeaNeRs— Quincy Troupe, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, and artist Alexandra Dementieva! Please join us for this Local K...
03/13/2021

SPRiNG GLeaNeRs— Quincy Troupe, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, and artist Alexandra Dementieva! Please join us for this Local Knowledge Reading and Art series event at 2pm Sunday, March 14:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89728974392

03/10/2021
Radical Poetry Reading with Ben Keating

Reading at 1pm! Wed. 3.10.21
My “political poetry" from Blue Lyre. ”I’m stickin’ with the Union.” With Max Blagg, Sparrow, Ilka Scobie, David Mills, and Editor Phong Bui! Thanks sculptor/ writer Ben Keating.

#251 | Ben Keating curates the 28th Radical Poetry Reading featuring political poetry read by Helixx C. Armageddon, Sparrow, Max Blagg, Billy Martin, David Mills, Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, Ilka Scobie, and Phong H. Bui.

03/04/2021

Cathy Diamond to show "Overpopulation" at Jason McCoy!

03/04/2021

Golden Showers Love Painting by Angela Dufrense at Yossi Milo

03/02/2021
Backroom Broadsides

Jeff reading here tonight 8pm

A monthly spoken word series curated by James Ruggia and sponsored by the Riverview Neighborhood Association and Fox & Crow.

02/22/2021

DAVID SHAPIRO SALUTES KENNETH KOCH

Cloud

Silence The Messenger
Hands off him!
hands off the cloud-man like Boris Pasternak
whom they say even Stalin was scared of
hands off!
hands off the teacher like Tolstoi my teacher
You have a lot of explaining to do
Leave him for two or three lives
But they say No, no
this one has already had
two lives

Saba for KK
I used to have a wonderful teacher
he changed the marks of blind students
he had an extreme taste for good taste
I see him on your lack of a balcony
He wanted the balcony for you, too
I see him on his motorcycle meme
And playing pingpong he always won
And we wanted him to win
And he told the students they could win too
And just thinking of him makes me lean
into a doorway and say, Goodbye Kenneth
You were in good shape for a cloud in pants

David Shapiro

Celebrate our new print issue! Special guests Andrei Codrescu, Cindy Hochman, Olena Jennings, and David Mills with art b...
02/17/2021
Interactive presentation: A Downtown State of Mind

Celebrate our new print issue! Special guests Andrei Codrescu, Cindy Hochman, Olena Jennings, and David Mills with art by Helen Oji. March 6 at 2pm. Be sure to PRE-REGISTER!

Please join us for a fun, interesting, and interactive presentation from a vibrant community of word singers and image-makers.

02/15/2021

Sevda Akyuz

little boy

--I--

fortune-teller:
your future has been revealed to you
my child
in your dreams

too bad
I don’t remember them, ain’t it

nobody has truly understood
your soul yet
mon petite

I already know that
the question is
will they ever do
ma cherie
I see you’ve never had
peace of mind
you should take it easy you know

I do

--II—

she told our futures
five unalike women
one by one
in a back room
where the baby sleeps
fortunately
he was out at the time
but I wonder
if all those ominous things said
lingered in the room with her
cigarette smoke
to give the little boy
nightmares later

02/03/2021

A Portrait/ Tribute by John Casquarelli for Issue 18

All Poets Welcome
For Lewis Warsh

He calls me into his office, gives me
a copy of The Origin of the World and
Our Friends Will Pass Among You Silently.

I stare at his bookshelves, half-listening.
He smiles and I recognize it’s possible to
dream without sleeping. This must be how
a tiger feels when it becomes aware of its stripes.

On paper, growls are fragments, each stanza
a grain of dust in an hourglass. His gray sweater
includes threads of second generation
St. Mark’s Poetry Project Wednesday readings.

“Take my long poem workshop and read
the archived letters of New York School poets
at Fales Library. I’ll grant you access.”

The pen hums. Outside, Washington Square radiates
with skateboards and dancing lights at dusk.
One day, I’ll give these moments names, place them
in a Mason jar, and they will be inseparable.

© 2021 John Casquarelli

Lori's imaginary, wishful cover.
01/29/2021

Lori's imaginary, wishful cover.

01/21/2021

Six poems by the Prince of Suave Trans-ZenDance, Vincent Katz! From 2015 for Issue #18!

A NEW YEAR

4:15 lights in park not yet on streets
January warm chilling women men walk
curving path through center zone Alphaville
city someday will rest my head
square reachable bell's hazy hours
gaunt facades changed hardly decades
massive trunks neon aglined squirrels sport
lightness shade sky descending HOTEL
half moon half building over gilt top leers
man limps lawn squirrel silhouette
down branch above building back
meet third almost to Metropolitan
circle clock face now fourth and fifth
bench snap foreign photographs

4:25 street lights still not on park lights
significant walk jacketless limbs
flannel circle January park colder
night infiltrates appear lights
thought shifts squirrel husk to pavement
figures astride Appellate Divison marble
J. B. Lord Architect C. T. Wills Builder
A. D. MCM allegory 1998 new year
mosaic warmth wood massive
hokey murals hint deviant sadistic
arrows whips prostrate nudes
garbage truck melody keeps warm
penetrates sanctioned rejuvenated
back across square where left off

PLACITAS

spaces are deceptive
those cows look so small
there’s a tree out there
“that stump must be
a thousand years old!”

clump of trees coming up
pendant road, RR track
more mesas in the distance
I’ll miss this space
Springer 1 mile

I’m liking these trees a lot
Wow, that was Springer
Eagle Nest, Red River, Angel Fire
two new greens, one light, one dark
didn’t make Placitas this time

WITNESS

A long look down the side
Nothing accumulates, sputters
A delinquent treason symbolizing
Foregone witness, forest murmur

That walk transformed winter
Or winter transforms looks
Aside from fashion, cut of pant
Another pharmacy out of order

Order and progress fight to prove
One song on radio can still speak
Neon begins the day as ways
Struck into probable armor

SHAMEEKA

Shameeka brought me my latte
I don’t mind being here
a patch of sun on a patch of grass
the little good dog and the coffee
walking shadows my patch of sun
is moving together

CORNER

A gathering
Park amid buildings
A friendly walk
Monumental
Figures each
A common shape
Architectural
White sky
Rain-heavy

BAY

a slightly boring man is talking
run up hills to jungle paths
sea in the distance the thought
trees in distinction seen from
the water, out in the calm bay

There are snakes. And there are ladders. Traitors ... and patriots. Everything seems political now. Joel Mesler at David...
01/13/2021

There are snakes. And there are ladders. Traitors ... and patriots. Everything seems political now. Joel Mesler at David Koransky Gallery in Los Angeles, the artist's hometown.

Helen Oji's (who's in the current issue) entry in Postcards from the Edge to benefit Visual Aids. Sale today!
01/10/2021

Helen Oji's (who's in the current issue) entry in Postcards from the Edge to benefit Visual Aids. Sale today!

Tis the season! Support Indy Publishing.
12/21/2020
Big City Lit

Tis the season! Support Indy Publishing.

Please donate- no sum is too large or small. And if you can't donate, please share.

Joel Dailey—an Iconoclast Supreme!
11/12/2020

Joel Dailey—an Iconoclast Supreme!

"The lilies that were affirming themselvesbreak from their beginnings..." From Carlos Manuel Rivera's lyric response to ...
11/10/2020
LiveMag17! | Carlos Manuel Rivera

"The lilies
that were
affirming themselves

break from their
beginnings..."

From Carlos Manuel Rivera's lyric response to a polity facing bankruptcy: "Ego conquiro." Issue 17.

Poetry by Carlos Manuel Rivera in LiVE MAG! Issue No.17

Well, don't that beat all! Congrats, Greg and all the devotees and practitioners of the New York School Third Generation...
11/10/2020

Well, don't that beat all! Congrats, Greg and all the devotees and practitioners of the New York School Third Generation!

Collaborations has won First Place in the Poetry Category of the 2020 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Congratulations to the fabulous award-winning collaborators. #WDWINNER
https://bit.ly/3lgjQ8K

Amazingly prescient masked glyph hanger by the ever-cool Carl Hazlewood in Issue 17! Thanks June Kelly and Gallery. Laun...
11/05/2020
LiveMag17! | Carl Hazlewood

Amazingly prescient masked glyph hanger by the ever-cool Carl Hazlewood in Issue 17! Thanks June Kelly and Gallery.
Launch schedule for Dec 3. Details to come (tk).

Art by Carl Hazlewood in LiVE MAG! Issue No.17

Deep, sound, and soulful. These vignettes in verse capture the victories and vicissitudes of a life embedded in its root...
11/05/2020

Deep, sound, and soulful. These vignettes in verse capture the victories and vicissitudes of a life embedded in its roots and waving its branches gloriously. Full of defiance, pride and sorrow, Maria Lisella has found her voice while searching through the voices of others. (NYQ Books from 2014)

11/04/2020
Karen's Book Row

Looking for a book? Support the Underground! Get your book from Karen Lillis.

Karen's Book Row features Feminist Fiction, LGBT Lit, and Counterculture Reads. Find Karen's Book Row on Etsy, Bookshop, and EBay.

Think—positively. Congrats to editor magnifique Collin Schuster.
11/03/2020

Think—positively. Congrats to editor magnifique Collin Schuster.

Farewell, Giant!
10/26/2020
Diane DiPrima

Farewell, Giant!

DIANE di Prima 1934— Like Michael McClure, Diane di Prima read her poetry onstage during the evening of _The Last Waltz_(The Band’s farewell performance at W...

Message received. Daniel Rosenbaum updates his piece that's in the current issue.
10/21/2020

Message received. Daniel Rosenbaum updates his piece that's in the current issue.

Every day is Earth Day.
10/20/2020

Every day is Earth Day.

10/12/2020
Poetry Electric: NYC NOW | La MaMa

Live Mag! co-editor Ilka Scobie hosts Tuesday! With Helixx Armageddon, Ben Keatig, Arden Wohl, Mary Reily, and Kyle Dacayun from the Poetry Project.

Poetry Electric: NYC NOW Posted on October 2, 2020 by LaAdmin October 13 RSVP & Receive a Reminder Tuesday at 7PM (EDT) Free on Tuesday, October 13th Curated by William Electric Black Here in the western world’s greatest city, six diverse poets examine New York City now. In these challenging times...

Simon Schucat's disturbing and provocative poem is totally apropos of our time. Upcoming in Issue 17.SOCIAL DISTANCINGTh...
09/23/2020

Simon Schucat's disturbing and provocative poem is totally apropos of our time. Upcoming in Issue 17.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

There is nothing more American than making choices for others.

Human weakness is the greatest business opportunity there ever was.



To state the obvious, an epidemic had to arrive from somewhere.


A world populated by selfish and ignorant people out for their own gain rather than acting for the common good.



The butchery of animals was likely to produce fetid air.


He was arrested, punished and sent to the secret prison.


The family was instinctively suspicious of me.



Once the plague had taken hold, the influence of the health and disease of the citizenry on the body of the state was used as a justification to take measures against the poorer members of society.


He was evidently a disruptive character.


We live with the greatest fear.

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Back in October 2019, I posted a call for submissions. Nothing could have prepared me for the abundance of great poets. Over the subsequent months, I became humbled by their literary prowess. Today, with pride, I present to you Lyrics of Mature Hearts, a book that celebrates older adults during a time when our generations are succumbing to a ravaging illness.
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Thank you LiVE MAG! http://livemag.org/issue_14/lori-ortiz/ My painting, seen in this issue, found a collector and a good home!
"How easy it is to make friends in Spain." Orwell proves his chops in this diary style account of the Spanish Civil War. Newly relevant as we face fresh Facism.
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