Chicago, Milwaukee, and You

Delehant + Stebelton

Please join us as we welcome Sally Delehant’s A Real Time of It, Chuck Stebelton’s The Platformist, and Whit Griffin’s The Sixth Great Extinction (Skysill Press), into your lives. We’ve got two readings coming up, one in Chicago and one a mere two days later in Milwaukee:

Chicago: Friday, July 27, 2012, 7:00p
The (New) Corpse Space
1511 N. Milwaukee 2nd Floor
Whereat Whit Griffin, Sally Delehant, Chuck Stebelton, and Peter O’Leary will read from their past and recent work and perhaps that of others. You will love this.

Milwaukee: Sunday, July 29, 2012, 2:00p
Woodland Pattern Book Center
720 East Locust Street
Wherefrom Whit Griffin, Sally Delehant, and Chuck Stebelton will revisit, extend, and amplify the poetic victories of the prior Friday night, with one key distinction: they’ll be in Milwaukee, not Chicago, this time.

Thanks again.



We’ve got a delightful mix for you this update: poems from Michael Autrey, Dan Beachy-Quick, Joel Bettridge, Paul Ebenkamp, Norman Finkelstein, Roberto Harrison, Michael Heller, David James Miller, Rico Moore, Peter O’Leary, John Phillips, Pam Rehm, Broc Rossell, Mark Scroggins, Mary Austin Speaker, John Tipton, and Tyrone Williams. We’ve got prose-poems by Gabriel and Marcel Piqueray translated by Robert Archambeau and Jean-Luc Garneau as well as an essay on William Blake by Peter O’Leary. The picks this round are courtesy of Steven Manuel. Just click on a contributor’s name and get right down to it.

As you might already know, Sally Delehant’s book is due back from the printer in early July and we should have Chuck Stebelton’s book in-hand by the end of that month. Though we’re most excited for these titles as they’ll bear our imprint, several contributors have had work published (relatively) recently:

Dan Beachy-Quick, Wonderful Investigations
Brooklyn Copeland, Siphon Harbor
Michael Heller, This Constellation Is A Name: Collected Poems 1965-2010 + Speaking The Estranged: Essays on the Work of George Oppen + Uncertain Poetries: Essays on Poets, Poetry and Poetics
Joseph Massey, At the Point
Amanda Nadelberg, Bright Brave Phenomena
John Phillips, What Shape Sound (scroll down a bit)
Kate Schapira, The Bounty: Four Addresses + How We Saved the City
Mark Scroggins, Red Arcadia (his Torture Garden: Naked City Pastorelles can be purchased directly from us or via SPD)
Shannon Tharp, The Cost of Walking
Jamie Townsend, The Dome
Tyrone Williams, Howell + Adventures of Pi

So there you go.

Shouticization: B≥; Cody; EL/JP!; JCNY/HA; PBNY + N.; Toni B.; DO’D.s; Magpies; z./S./J.; Princes; Neo-Modernists; NJNY; D./D.T.B.; Lone Star LaChimas; EMS + DLB CA; (v); Moribidnia (Shoriber?); Midwestern Alliance; McK (Franklin); & you.


The New Shape of Things

As you can see, I’ve undertaken a site revision here at the CultSoc. I concluded that the sidebar was distracting from the contributions and thus quarantined it to the colophon page, where you’ll find the same array of search options (including plain-old “search”) without mucking up our contributors’ texts and images.

Sally Delehant, A Real Time of It

In any event, I’ve got a tremendous update cooking and hope to have it all posted in the next couple of weeks. I’m also pleased to announce that we’ll have Sally Delehant’s first book of poems, A Real Time of It, in hand by the second week of July. I’ll let you know when we start taking pre-orders.

Thanks again.



2011 was an exciting year at the CultSoc. Not only was it our 10th anniversary but it also brought forth another recording, books by Chris Glomski and Mark Scroggins, and some terrific material here at the website.

This year holds the promise of continuing greatness. Our publication calendar includes books by Sally Delehant, Chuck Stebelton, Shannon Tharp, and Peter O’Leary; to say nothing of the work that I’ll be receiving and posting in the months to come.

So dig in: poems from Topher Hemann, Eric Hoffman, Mary-Catherine Jones, Joseph Massey, Peter O’Leary, Paige Taggart, Brian Teare, Shannon Tharp; prose from Michael Autrey, Eric Hoffman, and Peter O’Leary. Picks come courtesy of yours truly.

Shouistness: (version); EL/JP!; JCNY; PBNY; Cody; O’D.s; Princes; Magpies; z./S./J.; Neo-Modernists; NJNY; D./D.T.B.; LaChima; EMS; & you.


New Recording from BELLS≥

Matt LeMay & Chris Ernst setting up the LAMÉ session.

In July, 2011, Matt LeMay and BELLS≥ braved unusually hot, unventilated, and cramped conditions to record live performances of five songs, the fate of which recording was not yet clear. All participants were happy with the outcome, though, and following mastering by Carl Saff, this download-only EP was the result. Caspar Newbolt’s photographs were used for the artwork.

Click here for download/purchase links.


Today the CultSoc Turned 10

From 2001-2004 or so, the CultSoc’s home page featured a different image or quote every update. The figures — I have always referred to them as The Guys — were cribbed from a dictionary of hieroglyphs. They are the glyphs, as far as I can remember, for exalted. I stopped using them altogether in 2004.

Thanks again to everyone involved: allies, contributors, family, friends, internationals, players, regionals, supporters, and teams.


Pre-Order The Nineteenth Century and Other Poems

The Nineteenth Century and Other Poems by Chris Glomski

I’m very pleased to announce that Chris Glomski’s forthcoming book of poems can be pre-ordered via the publications page. We expect to start shipping on 9/13/11.

If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a line.

Thanks again.


10th Anniversary Event

The Cultural Society 10th Anniversary

The wheels are officially in motion for the 10th Anniversary Event. It’s a two-parter on October 8th, 2011 with readings and a reception at Poets House in the afternoon and live musical performances at Bruar Falls at night. The Poets House portion of our celebration will be free; there will be a $10. admission to Bruar Falls.

The readings will feature Brooklyn Copeland, Jon Curley, Sally Delehant, Norman Finkelstein, Chris Glomski, Michael Heller, Eric Hoffman, Philip Jenks, Peter O’Leary, Mark Scroggins, Chuck Stebelton, and Shannon Tharp.

The rock show will feature sets from David Grubbs, Drew O’Doherty, J. Robbins, and BELLS≥ (Robbins and BELLS≥ will both be joined by Gordon Withers on cello).

There’s more news to come but I thought I’d start getting the word out.

Thanks again.


The Cultural Society Turns Ten

The Cultural Society will be ten years old this September and I can say without a doubt that I never thought it would last this long. The original guiding policy has sustained the CultSoc ((As it has come to be known, pronounced, “cult-sōsh”)), since the start: I post what I like. In the course of time I have had the opportunity to publish some printed and/or bound work as well, always adhering to a similar, if not the same criterion. I think it has more often than not served me, my contributors, and our audience well.

Though I actively publish poetry and perform and release recorded music, I’m not in the competitive publishing or music business. This distinction is worth noting not only because it is a matter of preference but because it might explain some of the decisions I’ve made in the course of the last ten years.

The CultSoc has developed along two sometimes incompatible lines: what I would like to see at the website ((Allowing for such material’s appearance in my inbox and the limitations of available technology, whether broadly or those at my immediate disposal.)) and what I would like to see and hear in the tactile world. ((In either case, my anticipated profits equal that of the other.)) What has mattered to me is something like posterity but without the grandiose or sentimental baggage of that term. My assumption has been simple: having the CultSoc allows me to stay in touch with old friends, make new ones, present work that otherwise might not find it’s way to an audience; at bottom is the fact that if I like it, someone else might, too.

So here we are, ten years later, still enthusiastic about new work from familiar people and unfamiliar work from new people. Trends have brought a wide variety of contributions: interviews, picks, photographs, paintings, videos, music, and live performances. The majority of the CultSoc’s activity has, however, boiled down to mostly one thing and that one thing is poetry.

I think this has occurred for several reasons, some related to technological developments and their accompanying activity ((e.g. the blog boom through the last decade provided a steady flow of reviews, links, reflections, quotes; the growing ease and comfort with which we spend time online)), and some unique to poetry ((Text-based, this site has always loaded quickly over any internet connection; poets are usually solid self-promoters; the medium and its constituents are, by and large, a chatty group)).

I’m not sure there’s a whole lot to add to these thoughts except that I remain grateful to my contributors, without whom there would be far less beauty and understanding in the world. I am also grateful to the readers of this website and to those who listen to and read our recordings and publications. Your support assures us that we’re not simply casting our work into the void. And though I’m not sure being limited to such casting would keep us from carrying on with our work, it is no small comfort to know that we need not worry about it.