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≥
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
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.
10th Anniversary Event
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.
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.
In which our editor manages to stick to a semi-annual schedule.
This update features work from some new and some prior contributors: Michael Autrey, Sally Delehant, Joel Felix, and Joseph Massey. The picks are mine. Feel free to dive right in.
In other news here’s a review of Peter O’Leary’s Luminous Epinoia and a recording of O’Leary (laryngitically) reading from his work.
Cultural Society recording artists, BELLS≥, are playing a show in DC this weekend to benefit FIGHT SMA, a cause close to our hearts. If you or anyone you know is in or near the Nation’s Capitol this Friday, please join us.
Further, we’re looking forward to Chris Glomski’s forthcoming The Nineteenth Century, which will be available from this society this summer.
Further still, we’re laying plans for a Cultural Society 10th Anniversary Event, the location and particulars of which are yet to be determined but we’re shooting for October.
Shout, shout: (version); JCNJ; EL/JP!; Wiselephant West; PBNY; O’D.s; Cody; Magpies; Princes; Bandmates; z./S./J.; Neo-Modernists; NJNY; GDCo.; D./D.T.B.; & you.
This update features poems from Topher Hemann, Dan Rosenberg, Jamie Townsend, & John Tipton. Picks come courtesy of Drew Kunz.
As mentioned previously, we’ve got new books/chapbooks from Peter O’Leary, Douglas Piccinnini, & myself. You can order them directly from the CultSoc, so please have a look. Just click up top on publications.
In relevant news: Norman Finkelstein’s Inside the Ghost Factory is now available from Marsh Hawk Press.
Shoutation: locals & interstates; PBNY (Mazel Tov?); LaChima; JCNJ; Syl; Westerly Conovers; Cody; O’D.s; Bandmates; Princes: ems; EL/JP!; z./S./J.; NJNY; (version); Neo-Modernists; Magpies; Luna (much loved, 1994-2010); & you.
New Publications Are Here!
Members of our society will be no stranger to the work of the inimitable Peter O’Leary. We’re proud to publish his latest, most ambitious, farthest-reaching, and personal collection of poems to date. It’s called Luminous Epinoia and you can order it by clicking here.
Also available are a poem by Douglas Piccinnini called SOFT, and a collection of several poems by Zach Barocas called Looking Up.
In the event that you need something to listen to while you read (and who doesn’t, at least part of the time?), please check out There are Crashes, the first recording by BELLS≥, an instrumental group from Brooklyn, NY.
Thanks again for your continued support and interest.