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  November 2005
volume 3 number 4
  home   (archived)
  center stage
Marie Lecrivain
Sarah Maclay: poet, teacher, and author of Whore
  editor at large
Marie Lecrivain
Fiction+Opinion=Fact: David Howard of Crackpot Press
Gene Justice
Rules of Engagement: What the Chinese Shuffle Teaches us about Poetry
Francisco Dominguez
Pat Patriot Riot?s Me & Pudd Part I
Francisco Dominguez
Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Vol. 3
Marie Lecrivain
Nessa O'Mahony's Trapping a Ghost
Laura A. Lionello
Periel Aschenbrand's the only bush i trust is my own
Aire Celeste Norell
Marv Wolfman's & Ted White's The Oz Encounter
Marie Lecrivain
Ex Machina Press: Silent Voices Volume 1
Marie Lecrivain
L.A. Writers Recommend...part II
Angel Uriel Perales
Ariel Robello's My Sweet Unconditional
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Marie Lecrivain November 2005


L.A. Writers Recommend...part II

E. Amato (poet)

poetry book: the gift - hafiz
poet featured at what reading: rives @ nuyorican poets cafe
theatre: electricidad
novel: tropic of cancer - henry miller
non-fiction book: secret life of the lonely doll - jean nathan
literary journal: word is bond
movies: motorcycle diaries (drama), team america (comedy), battle of algiers (classic), bukowski: born into this (doc), touch the sound (doc)
art exhibit : oteiza @ guggenheim ny
music cd: get behind me satan - the white stripes
venue: basement nation @ karma cafe
poetry show: steve connell 40 days/steve & kou 2man-one man

Roger Angle (writer, journalist)

novels: Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy, Moby Dick - Herman Melville, Ulysses - James Joyce, As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner, Lord Jim - Joseph Conrad
movies: The Godfather, The Seven Samurai, Blade Runner, One-Eyed Jacks, L.A. Confidential

Matthew Barraza (poet)

poetry book: Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame - Charles Bukowski
novel: The 9/11 Commission Report
literary journal: Vanity Fair
short story: A Clean, Well-Lighted Place - Ernest Hemingway
movie- The Devils Rejects (2005)
art exhibit- At Norwalk Metropolitan State Hospital in the Unit 408 Group Room the walls are adorned by psychiatric patients.
music cd- Figure 8 - Elliot Smith

Richard Beban (author of What the Heart Weighs)

poetry book: Refusing Heaven - Jack Gilbert
poet featured at what reading: June Melby at Beyond Baroque
novel: Whatever James W. Hall is up to.
literary journal: Carlye Archibeque's Independent Review Site
short story: Denis Johnson's stuff.
movie: Lost in Translation
art exhibit: The Dadaesque Cobalt Listserv
music cd: Springsteen's Devils & Dust

Julia Bemiss (poet)

poetry book: Songs For the Open Road: Poems of Travel and Adventure (Dover Thrift Editions)
poet featured at what reading: John Harris at the Church in Ocean Park ( Santa Monica, CA September 2005)
novel: 30 Days in Sydney: A Wildly Distorted Accout - Peter Carey (The Writer and the City series)
literary journal: lichen (Ontario, Canada)
short story/essay: Take the Canolli - Sarah Vowell (essay collection)
movie: Flirting - directed by John Duigan
art exhibits: Vanishing Worlds: Art and Ritual in Amazonia - The Cantor Arts Center, Palo Alto, CA; The Biographical Landscape: The Photography of Steven Shore, 1968-1993, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
music cd: The Mysterious Production of Eggs - Andrew Bird
literary blog: The Elegant Variation -
simply a cool-as-hell website:

Deborah Edler Brown (poet, teacher, journalist)

poetry book: Book of My Nights - Lee Young Li
novels: Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides, The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger, The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde
non-fiction: Father Joe - Tony Hendra, Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages - Mark Abley
movies: Sideways; You, Me and Everyone We Know
music cd: Brasileirinho - Maria Bethania

John Casey (poet)

poetry book: Elegy On Toy Piano - Dean Young
poet featured at what reading: Jeffrey McDaniel and Derrick Brown at The Ugly Mug (goodbye reading for both)
literary journal: Swink
movie: Batman Begins
art exhibit: Tim Hawkinson at LACMA
music cds: Picaresque - The Decemberists, Staring Into Space - Silicone Soul

Morgaine d'Abney (poet)

poetry book: Where The Sidewalk Ends - Shel Silverstein
novel: Jacob Have I Loved - Katherine Paterson
literary journal: American Poetry Review
short story: The Picture Of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
movie: Still Breathing
art exhibit: Miyelo by Viggo Mortenson
music cd: The Rose - Medieval Babes

John Feins (poet)

poetry book: These Mirrors Prove It - Holly Prado
poet featured at what reading: Phoebe MacAdams: HD / TS Eliot tribute at Beyond Baroque; John Sinclair: 'Fear and Loathing In Los Angeles: L.A. Writers Read Hunter Thompson' at Skylight Books
novel: All The King's Men - Robert Penn Warren
literary journals: Virginia Quarterly Review, Leaves of Grass 150th Anniversary issue
movies: Be Here To Love Me, Breakfast With Hunter, Rockin' At The Red Dog, Notre Musique, Battle of Algiers
art exhibit: Visual Music, LA MOCA
music cds: Walking In The Shadows of Life - The Neville Brothers, Bone Days - John Trudell, Without A Song - Sonny Rollins, Grapevine - I See Hawks In L.A, Duchess of Coolsville - Rickie Lee Jones, Rubber Factory - The Black Keys, I Like Your Eyes Liberty - Terry Riley & Michael McClure, Live at Grace Cathedral - Bola Sete, Fair & Square - John Prine Tijuana Moods - Charles Mingus, I Heard It On The X - Los Super 7, Drive By: Tales from the Funk Dimension 1970-1973 - Bo Diddley

Melissa Fischer (poet, novelist)

novel: Dancer From the Dance -Andrew Holleran. (Beautiful descriptions, great dialogue, believable characters. Insiderís view of gay life in New York in 1970ís. Narrative style that creates for the reader the feeling of being in the milieu depicted. Didnít want it to endÖbut thatís also the point of the novel).

Ursula T. Gibson (poetry editor, Poetic Voices)

poetry book: The Blossoms of the Night-Blooming Cereus - Ursula T. Gibson
poet featured at what reading: Joe Dino at Encino Barnes & Noble Last Saturday of the Month, sponsored by Ron Dvorkin
art exhibit: King Tutankhamen at LACMA
music cd: Eloquence CD of "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," J.S. Bach, played by Wilhelm Kempff, piano.

Jerry Hicks (poet, teacher)

literary journals: Lily, 3rd Muse

David Howard (editor of Crackpot Press)

poetry book: You Get So Alone At Times That it Makes Sense - Charles Bukowski
poet featured at what reading: Shihan the Poet at Parabrazilla.
novel: Paper Lion - George Plimpton.
literary journal: Wednesday Magazine - Locally published, local authors. (Please notice my overwhelming restraint in self-promoting
short story: "O Blueberry Pancake" - David Howard
movie: Wedding Crashers
art exhibit: Basquiat - MOCA
music cd: Do Whatcha Like - Digital Underground (I re-discovered it)

Elizabeth Iannaci (co-director, Valley Contemporary Poets; author of Passion Casualties)

poetry book: Horizon Note - Robin Behn
featured poet: Robert Wrigley/Terrence Hayes at Summer Poetry in Idyllwild
novel: The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
literary journal: Tin House
short story: "The Trail of Your Blood in the Snow" from Strange Pilgrims - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
movie: Constant Gardener (feature); March of the Penguins (documentary), Downfall (foreign film)
art exhibit: GALLERY 1 Ė TONY DE LOS REYES , The Last Archipelago. HUGE white and blue ships, islands, flowers. The paintings are made with an industrial oil alkyd that recalls eighteenth century Delft ceramics in both color and texture.
music cd: Juliette Greco Compilation

Scott Kaestner (poet)

poetry book: Sifting Through The Madness for the Word, The Line, The Way - Charles Bukowski
poet featured at what reading: FrancEyE at The Rapp Saloon
novel: The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
literary journal: Mastodon Dentist
movie: The Life Aquatic
art exhibit: Spirit Into Matter (photographs of Edmund Teske)
music cd: Hot Fuss - The Killers

Marie Lecrivain (writer, editor)

poetry book: Whore - Sarah Maclay
poet featured at what reading: Mariano Zaro at The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
non-fiction: Prague Pictures - Jon Banville
novel: Eleanor Rigby - Douglas Coupland
literary journals - AE Magazine, Calyx, RATTLE, Subtle Tea
short story: Life Among the Ashes - Craig Murray
movies: Oldboy (Korean), Kilometre Zero (Iraqi - not yet released), Garden State
art exhibit: the permanent collection at LACMA
music cds: Garden State - Various Artists, The Cosmic Game - Thievery Corporation

B.D. Love (author of Water at the Women's Edge)

poetry book: Ecstatic in the Poison - Andrew Hudgins
novel: Never Fade Away - Bill Hart
literary journals: Nimrod, MacGuffin
art exhibit: Yoko Ono at Barnsdall Art Park
music cds: All of My Friends - Goat, Devils and Dust - Bruce Springsteen, A Bigger Bang - The Rolling Stones

Terry McCarty (poet)

poetry book: The Collected Poems - Stanley Kunitz
poets featured at what reading: Jack McCarthy and Mani Suri at The Rapp Saloon
movies: The Constant Gardener, Broken Flowers, Hearts And Minds (Criterion DVD)
biographies: Truman Capote - (oral history edited by George Plimpton), Hey Ho Lets Go-The Story of the Ramones (updated edition) - Everett True
music cds: From a Basement on a Hill - Elliott Smith, Guero-Beck

Greggory Moore (writer, editor)

novel: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman - Laurence Stern
literary journal: poeticdiversity
short story: It's one of those Borges things that magically conflate fiction and essay (but you don't have a "prose or whatever" category -- and this SORT OF qualifies (I think Borges wouldn't want it any other way (and I have no reason to want to disappoint him (i.e., in the case that he is (and he may be -- I dunno))))), The Analytical Language of John Wilkens.
movies: Kill Bill, Vol. 1, Code Unknown
art exhibit: I have enjoyed a few things I've seen around where I live (viz., in the East Village Arts District of Long Beach); but the static visual arts generally don't make much of an impression on me.
music cds: Electr-O-Pura - Yo La Tengo, I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One - Yo La Tengo, The Fruit That Ate Itself - Modest Mouse

Christopher Mulrooney (author of notebook and sheaves)

poetry book: The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats
novel: The Ambassadors - Henry James
literary journal: Crate
short story: The Watcher - Italo Calvino
movie: Melinda and Melinda
art exhibit Rauschenberg (Griffin Gallery) music cd: Pull My Daisy - David Amram

Angel Uriel Perales (author of The Brown Recluse)

poetry book: The Soup of Something Missing - Rick Burskey
poet featured at what reading : Mariano Zaro at The Velocity Cafe & The Rapp Saloon
non-fiction: The Only Bush I Trust Is My Own - Periel Aschenbrand
literary journal: Cosmoetica (
short story: The Word Thief - Marie Lecrivain (not yet published)
movie: Hotel Rwanda
art exhibit: Luke Chueh at Copra Nason, Culver City, CA
music cd: Picaresque - The Decemberists

Brenda Petrakos (poet, performance artist)

poetry book: She Forgot to Put the Dressing on the Side and other LA Tragedies, 23 short films, shot in words - Teka Lark
poet featured at what reading: Stosh Machek at Brand Book Store & Expression Monday
novel: Whatever - Heather Woodbury
literary journal: poeticdiversity
short story:She is a Cutter - (written and performed by Manuel)
movie: You and Me and Everyone We Know
art exhibit: Roberto Palazo/Dudley Gallery Venice
music cd: Music For Geek Love - Emily Wells

Douglas Richardson (poet)

biography: Chronicles Vol. 1 - Bob Dylan
art exhibit: The Undiscovered Country - Hammer Museum
music cd: Get Behind Me Satan - The White Stripes

Ariel Robello (author of My Sweet Unconditional)

poetry book: My Sweet Unconditional - that's my first born how could i not claim it
poet featured at what reading: Peter J. Harris at a reading at R Spot in San Diego (on University I believe)
autobiography: Vivir para contarla - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
literary journal: Ploughshares
short story: "Santa Lucia & San Lazaro" from Barborous Nights - Federico Garcia Lorca
movie: The Beautiful Country
art exhibit: susie lundy, margaret alarcon, and dalila paola mendez, in a show entitled three women at IMIX books, a hidden treasure in Eagle Rock
music CD: Amar Sin Mentira's - Marc Anthony

Nancy Shiffrin (author of The Holy Letters and My Jewish Name)

poetry book: The Tenderness House - Dianna Henning

Sister Taxi Hopscotch (poet, essayist)

poetry books: Nostalgia for Death/Hieroglyphs of Desire - Xavier Villarrutia, Earth Elegy: New and Selected Poems - Margaret Gibson, Japanese Death Poems - Yoel Hoffman
poets featured at what reading: Marie Lecrivain, Brendan Constantine, and Rick Lupert at Beyond Baroque in Venice
novel: The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
movie: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
music cd: Polysics or Die! - Polysics, The Ditty Bops - Ditty Bops

Rev. Dave Wheeler (poet)

poetry book: The Roominghouse Madrigals - Charles Bukowski
featured poet at what reading: FrancEyE at The Rapp Saloon
short stories: The Subterranean - Jack Kerouac, anything by O. Henry
movie: Million Dollar Baby
art exhibit: King Tut at LACMA
music cd: Slither - Velvet Revolver, Out of Exile - Audioslave, American Idiot - Green Day

copyright 2005 Marie Lecrivain


Marie C Lecrivain

author's bio

    Marie C Lecrivain is the executive editor and publisher of poeticdiversity: the litzine of Los Angeles, a jewelry designer, and a writer in residence at her apartment.
    Her prose and poetry have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including: Edgar Allen Poetry Journal, The Los Angeles Review, Nonbinary Review, Gargoyle, Spillway, States of the Union, Orbis, A New Ulster, and others.
    Marie's newest poetry chapbook, Fourth Planet From the Sun, will be published in 2018 by Rum Razor Press. She's an associate fiction/essay editor for The Good Works Review, and the editor of several anthologies including Octavia's Brood: Words and Art inspired by O.E. Butler (© 2014 Sybaritic Press), and Rubicon: Words and Art Inspired by Oscar Wilde's "De Profundis" (© 2015 Sybaritic Press).
    Marie's avocations include photography; meditation; Libers CCXX and XV; marmosets; Christopher Eccleston, H.P. Lovecraft, and Sean Bean (depending on what day of the week it is); her co-owned cat Puff; expensive handbags; the number seven, and sensual tributes upon her neck from male artists-except male poets, who only write about it.

    "Writing is like having sex with a beautiful freak; adventurous and uncomfortable to the extreme." - m. lecrivain 2004

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