Wednesday, May 23, 2018

iPad and fleas

Has anybody else noticed that when a flea jumps onto the glass face of an iPad the flea has a hard time jumping off?

That it is then pretty easy to crush the flea with a fingernail?

At first I thought it was just when the iPad was on, but the unpowered iPad seems to be a good flea trap too.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Ten poems found in the UC Berkeley library database

Back when I was a student at the University of California at Berkeley I crafted a series of poems using lists of titles I generated from searches of the library database. In the last year I got them out again, worked over some, and sent many back out into the literary world. 

This winter/spring two ezines posted poems from the series. 

Zombie Logic put these five up in March:

“The Dance”
“Could That Really Be Me?”
“Above the human landscape”
“Under a mantle of blue”
“We are all so interdependent that every action by each one of us affects in some way or other the welfare and destiny of the rest”

And Disappointed Housewife offered these in April:

“Love is”
“We were free”
“To you”
“They were number one”
“Important Questions”

Can I say, I love the names of these zines? 

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Eleven poems

Eleven poems posted at three ezines in January. Ten of the poems are from a series I informally call “The Moe Poems” as I titled the poems after lines snipped from the poems of H. D. Moe, a longtime Bay Area poet whose poems fascinate and exasperate me. The poems themselves were written without reference to Moe’s work. I only thought his lines would interact fruitfully with mine after I’d already written mine. I wrote these poems in 2016, the initial versions at least. Revisions were somewhat influenced by H. D. Moe, mostly in that I used his inventiveness as goad to push myself further. The other poem is from another series, a batch of poems I built from titles I found in the database of the UC Berkeley library back when I as a student employee there in 1992 - 93. 

Five from the Moe Poems appear in Mannequin Haus, issue 10.2 (see under Glenn Ingersoll):

“mistaken for its own virginity”
“feel velvet before it becomes felt”
“heapbig approximate paradox gypsy of the rain”
“your light bulb in the egg-beat of a telephone crocodile”
“a waterfall that thinks it’s machine”

Five more from the Moe Poems appear in The Opiate. Each gets its own link, its own page, and its own image. The images were all chosen by editor Genna Rivieccio. She didn’t preview the images for me so I got to be surprised. Friends have said they think she chose well.

“needled into wanting”
“where cliffs are books, their titles deep in the mountains”
“fucked hollow by green banana dollars”
”we’re always new, impossibly repeating”
”life expands up to its panda bear”

And finally there’s the UC Berkeley library found poem which appears in the January issue of Neologism Poetry Journal:

“I Saw You from Afar”

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

brass bell haiku includes haiku by Glenn Ingersoll

Brass Bell Haiku is a haiku ezine formatted like a blog. Editor Zee Zahava publishes a new issue every month or so. Zahava announces a theme then chooses from what is sent her. She never publishes more than one haiku per poet. I think she may publish one haiku by every poet who offers work; if so, she has a pretty high calibre of contributor. 

I got my first haiku in brass bell in 2015’s November issue on the theme “Morning”:

I wash my morning bowl over last night's dishes


The theme for the May 2016 issue was “Small Things” and included this one of mine:

the huge black bee
comes back in the window
I didn't close


The September 2016 issue was “Kitchen” and included this one by me:

sweeping broken bowl into cracked dustpan


Each of the above haiku were written after Zahava’s call for poems. I did also send along poems written at other times, but she only was going to include one, and the one she chose was one that happened to be fresh. The theme for the October 2016 issue, on the other hand, was all about  freshness. The theme: “September 22, 2016,” that is, the haiku had to have been written on that date. Here Zehava picked:

back from vacation
a voicemail message
what's my password

I have a haiku in the next issue, which will be posting on December 1st, I believe. The theme is “Homeplace.” I will give her first dibs on exposing the ‘ku to the world. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Futures Trading 4.2 contains two poems by Glenn Ingersoll

The literary ezine Futures Trading 4.2 includes two of my poems, “The Idea” and “Because a man stood up for human rights!”

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Ivanka Trump for Supreme Court

Respectfully submitted to President-elect Donald J. Trump:

9 reasons for nominating to the Supreme Court Ivanka Trump!

1) Because Ivanka is a woman. You just beat a woman in the election so women are feeling a little tetchy. If you nominate a woman to the Supreme Court you will get a lot of credit. Women will love you. She is post-feminist, that is, nobody will use the word feminist around her but everyone will clearly see that she is a strong, independent woman, which will show up the feminists. Women will love you
2) Because you trust Ivanka. You don’t want to pick some old dude from a list pushed in your face by people who claim to know better. You want somebody who will treat your concerns seriously in the context of the present, not somebody who has some inflexible ideology to push. Who knows what business you will have before the Supreme Court? Best to get someone there you have no doubts about.

3) Because Ivanka is smart. Ivanka graduated cum laude from the Wharton School. She will be able to talk to the old farts on the Supreme Court and talk back to lawyers who think they can put something past her.

4) Because Ivanka is post-partisan. Like Obama, but blonde and more right. She has thrown fundraisers for both Republican and Democratic candidates. Ivanka is friends with Chelsea, as everyone knows. Ivanka will garner support from both sides of this divided nation. 

5) Because Ivanka is beautiful. You will be looking right down at the Supreme Court justices when you give your state of the union address and you know how ugly they are. Imagine what a relief it will be to see that bright face, even with its natural wattage dimmed slightly to emphasize the importance of the occasion. 

6) Because Ivanka is young. You need to cement your legacy. If you choose some old dude he will croak in just a few decades. Ivanka, being female and young, will outlast any other Supreme Court pick. You want somebody on the court who can watch out for your interests far into the future. Besides, it can’t hurt to elevate a member of the Millennials, the largest generation since the Baby Boom. Young people will love you for it. 

7) Because this pick is transformative. Your supporters want you to drain the swamp. They want you to shake things up. When George W. tried to nominate that old lady in his pocket, Harriet Miers, the Senate Republicans wouldn’t even give her a hearing. But you ran against that sort of high-and-mighty think-they-know-better stuff. Just remind Mitch McConnell that you won the election and you have a mandate and didn’t he notice that the Republicans actually lost seats in the Senate so he needs to back a winner. This is a real winner. Ivanka is not beholden to old Washington and ivy league elites; she’s not up to her waist in the Washington mire. Ivanka is clean. Very clean and shiny. 

8) Because Ivanka is Jewish. There are enough Catholics on the Supreme Court already. 

9) Because you know it’s a great idea. You pride yourself on finding the best people. There could be no one better than Ivanka Trump for the Supreme Court. 

Friday, January 01, 2016

Published Poems 2015

poem: a haiku
whole poem: “sun on one ear / tuning the / ukulele”
written: TBD
publication: tiny words, issue 15.1, 14 April 2015
editors: Kathe Palka & Peter Newton
some other contributors: Billy Collins, Michael Dylan Welch, Dave Read, Don Wentworth

poem: five haiku
poem one first line: “at Rose & Spruce / the STOP sign”
poem two first line: “with a knife / you could dig another heart”
poem three first line: “raven croak / touch of class”
poem four first line: “bush daisies / lemons”
poem five first line: “sun behind his head”
written: TBD
publication: Berkeley Times, vol.5 no.19, Aug 13, 2015
PO Box 559
Berkeley CA 94701
editor: R. Todd Kerr
some other contributors: Alan Bern, Mary C. McCarthy, Julia Vinograd, Sharon Coleman

poem: a one-line morning haiku 
whole poem: “I wash my morning bowl over last night's dishes”
written: 2015
publication: Brass Bell: a haiku journal, 01 November 2015
editor: Zee Zahava
some other contributors: Alan Bern, Alan Catlin, Dave Read, Ana Drobot

poem: a haiku
first line: “a little bitter”
written: 2015
publication: Hedgerow: a journal of small poems, no. 55, Nov 13, 2015
editor: Caroline Skanne
some other contributors: Anna Cates, Christine L. Villa, Ken Sawitri, Sabine Miller

[This post will be continuously updated until I have organized my archives and the list is complete. I will be creating a separate blog post for each year. Contact information for publications is for historical purposes only.]

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Published Poems 2013

poems: selections from Fact chapbook
“Fact: an introduction to the poem poems of Glenn Ingersoll”
essay and interview by Jim Murdoch, includes a few poems from Fact
The Truth About Lies, 31 March 2013
Glasgow, UK

[This post will be continuously updated until I have organized my archives and the list is complete. I will be creating a separate blog post for each year. Contact information for publications is for historical purposes only.]

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Published Poems 2006

poem: “I climbed out of the window of my soul”
first line: “and sat on the ledge which ran around the building,”
written: TBD
publication: Beeswax Magazine: a quarterly journal of literature and art, no. 2, Spring/Summer 2006
5548 Fremont St
Oakland CA 94608
editors: Laureen Shifley & John Peck
some other contributors: Ari Samksy, Peach Friedman, Chris Onstad, Livia Ching

[This post will be continuously updated until I have organized my archives and the list is complete. I will be creating a separate blog post for each year. Contact information for publications is for historical purposes only.]

Monday, December 07, 2015

Published Poems 2003

poem one: “Sink”
first line: “The house is sinking quietly into the muck.”
written: TBD
poem two: “Small House”
first line: “in the small house”
written: TBD
poem three: “Dogs will not return”
first line: Does it matter whether John is walking”
written: TBD
publication: Snow Monkey: an eclectic journal, vol. 5 issue 6, 2003
Ravenna Press
PO Box 127
Edmonds WAS 98020
editors: Kathryn Rantala & Christiel Cottrell
some other contributors: Alan Catlin, B. Z. Niditch, Kevin Sweeney, Apryl Fox

[This post will be continuously updated until I have organized my archives and the list is complete. I will be creating a separate blog post for each year. Contact information for publications is for historical purposes only.]

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Published Poems 2001

poem: [five poems from Fact series]
poem one first line: “This poem is easy to understand”
poem two first line: “This poem is the / only poem that I”
poem three first line: “The poem thinks it / might like to be”
poem four entire poem: “The poem is exactly this long”
poem five first line: “This poem is starting out / just before I am to lie down”
written: TBD
publication: Fish Drum, v. 16, 2001
PO Box 966 
Murray Hill Station
New York NY 10156
editor: Suzi Winson
some other contributors: Michael Rothenberg, Ellen Zweig, Simon Perchik, Joanna Sondheim

poem one: “Certainty: found in the UC Berkeley library database”
first line: “On certain abnormal conditions of the septum pellucidum”
written: TBD
poem two: “We Will Never Surrender: found in the UC Berkeley library database”
first line: “We will be heard”
publication: Chase Park, vol. 1 no. 2, 2001
20 Mule Press
PO Box 9136
Oakland CA 94613
editors: David Harrison Horton
some other contributors: John M. Bennett, Stephanie Young, Spencer Selby, Ryan G. Van Cleave

poem: “Living”
first line: “The fire was burning last night while I was reading about the dead.”
written: TBD
publication: Manzanita Quarterly, Winter 2000-01
PO Box 1234
Ashland OR 97520
editor: Mariah Hegarty
some other contributors: Kit Kennedy, Melanie Green, Marcy Greene, Amy Schutzer

poem: “Ways Out of the Great Maze of the Celestial Mouth (after Jack Martin)”
first line: “It is immaterial as the wind entered into evidence.”
written: TBD
publication: Gumball Poetry, Winter 2001
online [defunct, much remains in the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine]
poems were also physically distributed via gumball machines
editor: Laura Moulton
some other contributors: Jeff Meyers, Mary Fisher, Yvonne Hardenbrook, Jeffrey Winke

poem one: “Out of the Wound of the Heart”
first line: “Out of the motherfucking brown wound of the heart”
written: TBD
poem two: “Miloshbery”
first line: “Say to something, ‘Have at it!’ Then gather up your things and flee the room.”
written: TBD
poem three: “The Breathing Device”
first line: “Under the sea the mechanical lung and a bathing cutie”
written: TBD
publication: Loop, v. 1 iss. 2, Winter 2001
Press 62
2224 Dwight Way Ste A
Berkeley CA 94704
editor: Yuo-Fong Benedicte  Chang
some other contributors: Johanna Mangahas, Julia Vinograd, Larisa Hale, Kenneth Masaki Tanemura

poem: “Didn’t Hear a Thing”
first line: “Stop listening. You’ve done that.”
[includes reading in Real Audio, a format I no longer seem to be able to access]
written: TBD
publication: The Cortland Review, issue 15, Feb 2001
editor: Ginger Murchison; poetry editors: Amy MacLennan, Anna Catone, Jennifer Wallace, Christian Gullett [2015 masthead]
some other contributors: Coleman Barks, Ernie Hilbert, Judy Loest, Karen White

poem: “Stones”
first line: “the tongue that held my name”
written: TBD
publication: Comet, vol.2 no.1, Spring 2001
editors: Kathleen Munnelly & Maw Shein Win
some other contributors: Justin Chin, Jonathan Hayes, Aviva Rosenthal, Daphne Gottlieb

poem: “Boundary (for Gary Blankenship)”
first line: “I sliced my thumb”
written: 2001
publication: Writers Hood, March 2001 
online [defunct, traces remain in the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine]
editor: Jeff Mason; poetry editor: Gary Blankenship
some other contributors: Taylor Graham, Duane Locke, Bobbie Gogain, Thelma Mariano

poem: “What I Must Do Today:”
first line: “Wait for you.”
written: TBD
publication: Shampoo, issue 5, April 2001
online [offline as I write, but may be back; link takes you to the Internet Archive]
editors: Del Ray Cross
some other contributors: Dale Jensen, Jim Behrle, Sam Witt, Angela Ball

poem: “Poems from Our March: after Mang Ke’s ‘Poems in October’”
first line: “Crops / The picture of three men cut down to two.”
written: TBD
publication: Fourteen Hills, vol. 7 no. 2, Spring/Summer 2001
Creative Writing Dept
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco CA 94132
editor: Noel Kalenian; poetry editor: Dan Mummert
some other contributors: Joshua Corey, Lucille Lang Day, Maureen Hurley, Kathleen Ossip

poem one: “nomarch” 
first line: “oleanders kinda uncle someone man”
written: TBD
poem two: “rallentando”
first line: “yes cindery undo chivalry kiss”
written: TBD
publication: gestalten, issue 5, July 2001
PO Box 6305
Santa Barbara CA 93160
editors: Paul Silvia & Adam Powell
some other contributors: Guy R. Beining, Jonathan Hayes, Spencer Selby, Andrew Topel 

poem one: “Back”
first line: “The house sits on a little hill in the middle”
written: TBD
poem two: “Small House”
first line: “in the small house”
publication: 3rd Muse: poetry journal, issue 3, Oct 2001
PO Box 476
Carnegie 3163
Melbourne VIC
[first appeared on the 3rd Muse website]
editor: Mark Melton
some other contributors: Lola Haskins, Josh Garden, JB Mulligan, Thomas Wooten

[This post will be continuously updated until I have organized my archives and the list is complete. I will be creating a separate blog post for each year. Contact information for publications is for historical purposes only.]

Friday, December 04, 2015

Published Poems 2000

poem: “Poem I Have Long Wanted to Write”
first line: “I am watching two men kiss”
written: TBD
publication: Prairie Schooner, v. 74 no. 2, Summer 2000
201 Andrews Hall
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 68588
editor: Hilda Raz
some other contributors: D. A. Powell, Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, Pattiann Rogers, Rick Barot

poem one: “The Chill Palace”
first line: “I want to take Sedna’s hand,”
written: TBD
poem two: “And And Again”
first line: “I dreamed about a shoe.”
written: TBD
poem three: “Praise”
first line: “Praise and euphoria same the beat”
written: TBD
poem four: “Where: a cento”
first line: “Where the blue begins”
written: TBD
poem five: “Dial Tone’s Sweet Hum”
first line: “In Heaven the telephone is ringing,”
written: TBD
poem six: “The Hours Began to Climb Across the Sky”
first line: “The hours began to climb”
written: TBD
[Also an interview]
publication: Hogtown Creek Review, Fall 2000
Hogtown Press
2601 SW 8th Dr
Gainesville FL 32601
editors: Michael Martin & Elisa Maranzana
some other contributors: Dave Benson, Simon Perchik, Justin Chin, Jack Martin

[This post will be continuously updated until I have organized my archives and the list is complete. I will be creating a separate blog post for each year. Contact information for publications is for historical purposes only.]