Monthly Archives: February 2009

Orange Alert Now Selling “The Complete Genealogy”

That’s right, I’ve been relieved of the messy business of commerce.

If you’d like to buy my chapbook, go here, and not only will you support me, you’ll support Jason Behrends and his stellar one-man blog/press/reading series/store/interview/smorgasbord of a site.

Almost as exciting: A couple of months ago, I took the comma out of “Gather Round, Children.” Take it as a sign of my growing contentment with ambiguity. Feel free not to change your blog links, or better yet, punctuate your links however you like. (Example: Gather O Children)

More exciting: I bought Jed Berry’s book at his reading tonight.

New Remix: Show Me Forgiveness

Here it is, my first new remix in awhile:

Gabe Durham – Show Me Forgiveness

For now, it’s listen-only. I’ll make it downloadable when I’m done tweaking.


It’s made of:

Bjork – Show Me Forgiveness
Andrew Bird – Lull (Daytrotter version)
Andrew Bird – The Barn Tapes
LCD Soundsystem – Get Innocuous!
Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
MIA – Paper Planes

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Live Lit Tonight

Amherst Books
8:00 pm

Christopher Robert Cheney
Luke Bloomfield
Gabe Durham
Katie Hoffman
R B Glaser

Come get some!

suck to the maimed and the crazed

So I read this Cormac McCarthy book, Child of God, this weekend. One minute, our outcast loner murderer necrophiliac hero is trying to cross a river. Then this happens:

“He could not swim, but how would you drown him? His wrath seemed to buoy him up.  Some halt in the way of things seems to work here. See him. You could say he’s sustained by his fellow man, like you. Has peopled the shore with them calling to him. A race that gives suck to the maimed and the crazed, that wants their wrong blood in their history and will have it” (156).

People love McCarthy and people are right.


25 Things



1.    In my presence, dogs tend to smile and pant and have fur.

2.    My blue arm-blood channels oxygen to my hands.

3.    Admittedly, at the age of nine, I transitioned from the child I had been to the child I was to become.

4.    I appreciate my favorite movie for many reasons, but particularly one reason.

5.    Exercise is ultimately unavoidable.

6.    To me, superficiality has always been the quality or state of being at, on, or near the surface.

7.    One of my favorite memories is unreliable.

8.    The first person I ever kissed was lipped and capable of suction.

9.    My current weight is undeniably measurable.

10.    I have a certain affinity.

11.    I had a dream once while my eyes fluttered rapidly.

12.    If I ever met Scarlet Johansson, my liver would produce the biochemicals necessary for digestion.

13.    Death looms.

14.    If you really want to see me angry, spend as much time in my presence as I allow and watch the emotion’s relative probability soar.

15.    Attempts at avoiding new experiences prove unsuccessful.

16.    My favorite holiday is annual.

17.    I kind of think that people who spend a lot of their time on the internet tend to find its content necessary, entertaining, or informative.

18.    A father was a longshoreman.

19.    A mother was of noble stock.

20.    Television often addresses me directly via pronoun.

21.    As condiments go, I’ve found ketchup to be consumed or rejected based on personal preference and appetite.

22.    My biggest flaw is subjective.

23.    Robert Frost was once quoted, not to me, and out of earshot.

24.    While typing this, I have not been running at full speed.

25.    My middle name is surrounded.