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Nominations To Begin For 2008 Poet Laureate of The Blogosphere
March 30, 2008


Nominations To Begin For 2008 Poet Laureate of The Blogosphere


Billy is pleased to announce that will again host the Poet Laureate Of The Blogosphere Election for the 4th year in a row with nominations beginning April 1, 2008. The Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere is the only laureateship chosen by readers.Previous winners are 2007 Amy King, 2006 Ron Silliman and 2005 Jilly Dybka.

The Politics of Ashok
March 29, 2008


Or rather, Ashok Karra’s thoughts on my political side. I am most grateful for his ongoing engagement and interest in my work.

Today, Ashok was moved by a recent poem that appears in Jacket, “Two if by Land, I Do”:

…As always, Amy King is well-aware of what I, as a student of Leo Strauss, would call the ancient/modern distinction. The fundamental difference between us and the medievals/Romans/Greeks is that we base politics on the fact men are not angels…


In the past, Ashok has explored “Everyone Has a Decision To Make“:

I want to meditate on the above poem in order to see the relation between speech and coming to a conclusion within one’s own thought. My own feeling is that this has broad implications for how we conceive of politics. If we cannot be sure of our own moral stances, how can we be so sure others are wrong?

Many, many thanks, Ashok for your thoughts on and with these poems!


“The true critic is he who bears within himself the dreams and ideas and feelings of myriad generations, and to whom no form of thought is alien, no emotional impulse obscure.” –Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)


One Response to “The Politics of Ashok”

  1. Jim K. Says:
    February 4th, 2008 at 8:00 pm, a Straussian (as in Leo, grandpop
    of the Neo-Cons), no less?!
    That’s a difference. But very
    thoughtfully analyzed…and the premises
    crisply laid out. Fascinating. And
    someone who follows the path back through
    the prisms to you… not like the reviewers
    who find mainly quirky lingo and mystery, eh?
    Another sees sense beneath shimmers..
    ..impressive. Some widely-studied codeword
    reader, maybe. To borrow a metaphor
    from Strauss, Ashok seems to work hard at
    seeing the shapes beyond the shadows!

    I’m a bit “open society”/Popper/Soros myself..
    ..heh..there’s a difference! But that makes Ashok
    all the more fascinating.

    I found you basically via phrase-tuning, Amy…
    ..I wonder if Ashok had some similar path.
    Or is it just the temptation of knowing there is
    something flashing at the bottom of your pools?

Women of the Web!
March 29, 2008


Interviews with Female Editors

Smorgasboard of Virtual Immortality
March 26, 2008

Though I would like to imagine my election last night to the post of Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere is due to my incredible blogging skills, I certainly must acknowledge that if one considers the other nominees (as well as many who weren’t on the list), it becomes clear that my election was, at least in part, a popularity contest, as Billy, the Blogging Poet and election founder himself notes in his congratulatory remarks here. There are blogs out there that provide so much more poetry-worthy information and enthusiasm that, well, just check out the blog roll to your right and find that I am far from alone or superior in my promotion of poetry and poetics. Obviously, the election of this position has not been widely spread, since just 872 people voted in total. That said, I vow to send word out and promote the next election, as well as think aloud about the possible responsibilities the title might hold in light of the incredible activities that have and continue to take place at the hands of the former laureates, Jilly Dybka and Ron Silliman.

But now that I have achieved virtual immortality, or mortal virtuality, my first act as laureate is to declare power, as we know it, bankrupt. I realize I am among the choir, but I find it important, especially now, to point a finger at the war the U.S. began, and maintains at extreme cost, on false pretenses and without the support of the countries seated at the United Nations’ table, since we are nearing a voting period. The “Policeman” of the world has ridden its course, and we have to start an articulate buzz about the demise of this kind of brute, money-motivated power – among ourselves — so that we can begin re-building our international diplomacy skills, and most vitality, engage the next generation of U.S. citizens in the process.

I listen to NPR some mornings and report war details, including death tolls, to my students now and then. Once in awhile, a handful will get flustered and demand to know why “we didn’t know these details before,” especially in relation to the genesis of the war. These outbursts are common enough that I think, If just a few more adults were talking to young adults about the specificities and the perils the war will provide for their futures, maybe these Millennials won’t be so easily media-duped once they truly become the voting majority.

An indicator of such change has appeared in the form of one Governor Spitzer, coincidentally, today. Generation Y (or the Millennials) are known for their socially-conscious interests, which bodes well for Spitzer’s proposed legislation in the last 24 hours, which includes civil marriage equality, election law reforms, and a fundamental right to privacy for women. Spitzer is following through with his campaign promises, “because it’s a statement of principle that I believe in, and I want to begin that dynamic.”

In one fell swoop, Spitzer has shown why the last guy lost his state seat (and receives my cheers in the process). He is doing what any good politician in this stage of the game should do: he has noticed this very large young generation of up and comings, along with their sympathetic parents who are persuaded by their “live and let live” attitudes, and has begun cultivating a socially-conscious history devoted to egalitarian principles that may one day win him a presidency. The old conservatives of stalwart religiosity will fall away if they carry on with their proclamations; this generation is not swayed by threats of hell, impositions on their beliefs, and demands that they behave according to a higher authority.

Related to the above news but on a personal note and in line with the smorgasbord title, I would now like to call attention to some hypocrisy related to myself, though I fear me and my colleagues here at NCC are not alone in the campaign against it. In a world where such conservative companies as Morgan Stanley, Wal Mart, American Express, Motorola, etc. provide domestic partnership benefits to their employees, how can I acknowledge that in the supposed bastion of liberalism, academia, I do not benefit from the same basic allowances provided to my married co-workers? Acknowledge and publicly protest I must, especially since I haven’t been as active as I’d like in the efforts so many on my campus are in engaged in, demanding civil rights for all – thanks especially to Elizabeth Wood for maintaining this blog about Nassau Community College’s battle for those rights!

Last but not least, I must adamantly thank Robin Reagler for nominating me, the other bloggers whose good company I enjoy, and those of you who voted for this poet. I hope to live up to the title, or at least, find a way to fill the shoes with each of you now and then!

p.s. Post on a poet coming soon …

15 Responses to “Smorgasboard of Virtual Immortality”

  1. kathryn l. pringle Says:
    April 30th, 2007 at 10:17 pm efinally. someone i voted for wins.
  2. Robert Says:
    April 30th, 2007 at 11:20 pm eCongrats, Amy.
  3. Timothy Caldwell Says:
    April 30th, 2007 at 11:26 pm eI second that…I cannot remember the last time I voted for something and I was with the winning ticket. Congratulations, Amy King Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere. (If ever there was a word that was not poetic, blogosphere is it.) You do realize that now that King is, uh, Queen (?), everybody will be gunning for you.

    It can be lonely way up there…look down on the rest of us with mercy and grace.

  4. Dustin Brookshire Says:
    May 1st, 2007 at 1:35 am eCONGRATS on the win!
  5. Kate Evans Says:
    May 1st, 2007 at 2:43 am eCongratulations on being popular!

    Because you won, I found you. So connections are to be made via your new title.

    I teach creative writing but also comp–and I just taught Riverbend’s book based on her blog ( in my comp class as a way to talk about the Iraq War. It completely opened many of their eyes about the reality that war = people being killed, and Iraqis = human beings who are suffering.

  6. evie Says:
    May 1st, 2007 at 2:50 am ewoooo-hooooo!!!!! congrats, p.l.b.!!! i’m happy to say i voted for you! i look forward to a great year of poetry (and stuff) on your blog. if you at least do more with your platform than gluck did with hers (not hard), i’ll be pleased… : )


  7. Sherry Says:
    May 1st, 2007 at 2:47 pm eCongratulations from me, too. Very nice inaugural speech. I’m with you.


  8. Alexander Dickow Says:
    May 1st, 2007 at 2:51 pm eTres bien, Amy, tres bien. Toutes mes felicitations…et bravo pour le commentaire politique….
    A bientot,
  9. Sherry Chandler » It’s May Day Says:
    May 1st, 2007 at 5:14 pm e[…] To commemorate that event, I give you words from the inaugural address of our new Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere: But now that I have achieved virtual immortality, or mortal virtuality, my first act as laureate is to declare power, as we know it, bankrupt. I realize I am among the choir, but I find it important, especially now, to point a finger at the war the U.S. began, and maintains at extreme cost, on false pretenses and without the support of the countries seated at the United Nations’ table, since we are nearing a voting period. The “Policeman” of the world has ridden its course, and we have to start an articulate buzz about the demise of this kind of brute, money-motivated power – among ourselves — so that we can begin re-building our international diplomacy skills, and most vitality, engage the next generation of U.S. citizens in the process. […]
  10. ashok Says:
    May 1st, 2007 at 9:29 pm eCongratulations, it was a hard-fought election, and I think all of us learned a lot about the other candidates and points of view and have come out for the better because of it.

    And yeah, it does feel good to vote for a winner )

  11. The Daily Haiku, and the New Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere « Says:
    May 2nd, 2007 at 5:24 pm e[…] Amy King has been elected the third Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere. I have to admit that I don’t care for sentences like this: “this generation is not swayed by threats of hell, impositions on their beliefs, and demands that they behave according to a higher authority” (lifted from its context in her acceptance or inaugural post, or whatever you want to call it, here) […]
  12. Collin Says:
    May 2nd, 2007 at 7:23 pm eGreat acceptance speech, Amy!
  13. Amy King Says:
    May 2nd, 2007 at 8:37 pm eThanks very kindly to each of you — I’m shooting for American Idol next, and I hope you’ll be there to back me on that one too. With my voice, I will certainly need such excellent support, so really, I am very greatful for each of your votes of confidence … I feel like a winner just for that alone!
  14. Lee H. Says:
    May 4th, 2007 at 4:39 am econgratulations, amy! well-deserved.
  15. Margaret Ruth Says:
    May 5th, 2007 at 4:02 pm eWell you know, as I was on the USS Trent, evacuating from the Port de Beyruth….I was speaking to a spry group of young men enlisted in the US Armed Forces.
    Brilliant group of kids you know…bright eyed and so eager to do something nice for the refugees. They were trying to console us and one of them said to me, “At least you are going to a place where there is no war.”

    And I said to him, “You (America) are at war in your heads!”

    When we landed in Newark (a place I never hope to return to) we were confronted with truly paranoid people, people who wanted to flee the US themselves (a ticketing agent), a baggage checker who said that they (as in “she”) “knew things we didn’t know” (about all the terrorist threats)….I was, so to speak, SCARED OUT OF MY WITS of America. And gosh, I’m an American!


    The war between the muslims is a legitimate war you know and as a muslim who knows pretty much the whole story behind it all….well….Allah knows all about the whole darn thing. Allah didn’t write this grand epic drama and portray himself as the loser. Good will prevail but the time between the onset of such things and the end of such things (wars) can be a real heartache to us ALL, regardless of our skin color, the side we have chosen or our actual participation in it. We call it a “fitna” in Islamese. And this is a great big one but it is true that Allah wanted to get the attention of everyone. And Allah has but it seems that it is time to settle the score and we don’t have a whole lot of control over it.

    My advice is to be kind. Just try to be as kind as you can. Give charity, as much as you are able and take care of your:

    1. Parents
    2. Your family
    3. The orphan
    4. The wayfarer
    (in that EXACT order)

    And say your prayers. Learn some if you don’t know any and Allah will take care of the bad guys. Allah is much better at that sort of thing than most of us are.

    Good luck to you and salaams.

March 26, 2008


PBS Gleanings today:

According to mitochondrial research, we are all descendants of one African woman. For those of you who weigh purity based on the one drop rule, you should understand that you too are black.

Apparently, the paternity thing is not an issue among scientists.


“Least Respected Dog” is the title of the dog that pulls the most weight but is the lowest in the pack for the Inuit people.

These amazing sled dogs can run the equivalent of five marathons a day.

The sled dogs can fall into freezing water and get out without problem – water that would kill a man in about three seconds.

They can also fend off polar bears, even fighting them when necessary.

–from “The Rise of the Dog” on PBS


I’m thinking a bit about the public space of virtuality today. Or the virtuality of public space. Today. Looking over Charles Bernstein’s “Electronic Pies in the Poetry Skies” January 2001 post to the Electronic Book Review, I thought I’d post a few statements, pulled from a larger list, for meditation value tonight:

* In some ways, the intimate space of email discussion can leave one feeling more vulnerable to animosity than in “live” settings, where the presence of others serves as a buffer.

* Freedom is never free.

* The Internet provides new opportunities for rumor, gossip, exploitation, and innuendo.

* In some of the new Internet environments, there is a fairly high tolerance for flaming, ad hominen attack, libel, and diatribe, as if resentment is a measure of honesty.

* The Web necessitates ever more editing, more intensive intervention, lest our alternative spaces be rendered vacuous, or desperate, by default launching people into the official flows of information.

* Yet righteous outrage is as likely to shut down exchange as provoke it.

* Web space is not so much disembodied as differently bodied. And those different bodies can be as scary as the demons that haunt our dreams for human freedom.

* While the proliferation of unmoderated spaces does of course allow for some of the otherwise unheard to speak, in the resultant din it may be impossible to hear them.

* We remain vulnerable to destabilization by agent provocateurs but also by provocative agencies within ourselves, our desire for purification through self-immolation.

* It’s not technology that will change the possibilities for dialogue but politics.

* If the discussion is always starting from scratch, the participants with greater experience may drop away.

* Public space requires protecting rights as much as allowing access.

* The contribution of small press publications is that they articulate specific, not general, aesthetic values; that they do not allow market forces to be the primary arbiter of value; and that they provide sharp contrasts with the otherwise available literature of the time.

* It may be as useful to participate in a conversation “over your head” as “at your level.”

–excerpts from Charles Bernstein’s “Electronic Pies in the Poetry Skies


Hey, did you get your daily dose of vote today? And did you see the beautiful company I’m in?!


11 Responses to “Evolutions”

  1. Robert Says:
    April 29th, 2007 at 4:40 pm eYou’ve pulled in to the lead. Must be that snazzy billboard.
  2. Amy King Says:
    April 29th, 2007 at 5:08 pm eHeh heh ~ thanks for the vote!
  3. Collin Kelley Says:
    April 29th, 2007 at 8:22 pm eI refuse to officially concede yet, but I offer congratulations. It was fun. )
  4. Amy King Says:
    April 30th, 2007 at 2:37 am eAnd congrats to you as well, Collin! You’re standing out strongly there too –

    It was fun getting to check out new people and their blogs~

  5. Collin Kelley Says:
    April 30th, 2007 at 3:22 am eAbsolutely. I’m linking you up on my blog.
  6. Helen Losse Says:
    April 30th, 2007 at 3:42 am eCongratulations Amy. It was the billboard to be sure.
  7. Julia Says:
    April 30th, 2007 at 5:18 am eWe have a winner. How do you plan to use your new title, Poet-Laureate-of-the-Blogosphere to change the world? I’m anticipating some sort of revolution. Or will you finally get around to feeding all those hungry kids in China my mom’s been telling me about? Don’t ever take that tiara off.
  8. Billy Blogging Poet Says:
    April 30th, 2007 at 12:07 pm eYou win, you win, you did it again
    A success is what I would call it
    Don’t let it be said, “Poetry is dead.”
    Your victory, surely must stall it.

    Congrats Amy, your victory was well earned and we shined a light on a few. I guess the billboard worked almost as well as mine


  9. Collin Says:
    April 30th, 2007 at 2:29 pm eOh, all right, I concede. lol Congrats Amy.
  10. Nick Bruno Says:
    April 30th, 2007 at 3:56 pm eBravissima! Well done.
  11. Jim K. Says:
    April 30th, 2007 at 4:57 pm eTada! ;-)

Remember That Time?
March 26, 2008

Hey Michael Lauran,

Remember the time all five of us went to Vieques, Puerto Rico, and Jen Demartino and I narrated every move you made as you made it? Remember how our narration took the form of nostalgic questions? Remember how we drove you crazy? Remember when we all went rafting and swimming in the Bioluminescent Bay and then ran away when the other tourists got pissed at our narration? Remember the time that parrot nearly took my hand off? Remember when the pilot flew us in his hoopty-like mini van with wings from San Juan over the rain forest, and he gave me the controls since I was sitting in the co-pilot seat? Remember when you all screamed in real terror? Remember when the locals told us later that he was a total drunk?

Remember the times we went swimming in such a clean & clear ocean and then how we went back to our hotel each night and got free drinks at the lovely outside bar? Remember the very cool kick-ass locals we vowed to stay in touch with? Remember when that local “lady” of the village cornered Jen on the dance floor and danced up and down the length of Jen’s body singing, “Trabajo,” over and over until Jen couldn’t look anymore panicked?

Remember the time Jen moved to L.A. and became some famous casting agent who shows us the town & goes dancing with us when we visit? Remember the time you were living in San Francisco, and I was missing you? Remember when you sent me & Jen a Regina Spektor video that reminded you of Jen’s and my antics? Remember the time I wrote you a blog post that barely touches on our history but denotes the love we share just enough? Remember when I signed a blog post to you, “Love, Amy”?


4 Responses to “Remember That Time”

  1. Jim K. Says:
    March 12th, 2007 at 2:06 pm eMichael likes eggs, toast? ;-) Why live one life.
  2. Jim K. Says:
    March 13th, 2007 at 2:35 am eRegina is awesome!!
  3. Amy King Says:
    March 13th, 2007 at 2:40 am eYeah! She’s fun~
  4. Jen Says:
    August 31st, 2007 at 5:17 am eremember the first time i saw your blog, august 3, 2007, and i got terribly nostialgic? remember when i didn’t know how to spell nostalgic? remember vieques? and how we got to name our own cocktails? and remember when we were farting in bed and waking everyone up? ok remember when i was farting? remember when i made a pass at you and rejected it and it wasn’t weird, i just kept farting?
    me too.
    damn that was one of the best trips ever. period.

March 25, 2008



Gina Myers has tagged me for my first meme ever. I’m delighted to share five things about myself that you probably don’t know:

1. When I first moved to New York about nine years ago, I was on a guest list for an “exclusive” private party called, “The Bitches Lounge.” I frequented the scene on a regular basis for maybe a year and got to see the rich and famous up close. I danced a few feet away from Donatella Versace’s nose; I insulted Bill Maher by drunkenly insisting that he was “that actor”; watched Queen Latifah cause a stir, among other notables, etc. I’ve also attended other swank events that I no longer seem to be invited to, including a party at George Plimpton’s upper East side apartment, where I told Marisa Berenson she was hot and that I loved her, as well as sparring with Anthony Haden-Guest in the kitchen, literally, until our host intervened to make sure I was okay. Incidentally, Mr. Plimpton had enormous, gentle hands.

2. For a period in my adolescence, I was a hardcore born-again Christian. We’re talking a lust for churches where people are “touched by the Spirit” and then speak in tongues while doing a little jig, sometimes falling and writhing a bit at the end. Most churches were not radical enough for me then.

3. I was once arrested for “Loitering in front of a known crack house with the intent to purchase and use crack cocaine.” Yes, that’s a real charge, and yes, I was strip searched.

4. When I worked in a high risk Labor and Delivery Unit, the nurses came to trust me with duties that did not necessarily fall within my job description. One of those was to transport the ‘expired’ babies on weekend shifts to the unmanned morgue, where I had to place them in the refrigerator. I think the nurses were glad to be rid of the task, after exhaustively and diligently caring for the mothers and their families. Pardon any morbidity, but I have held many dead people in my hands, no small thing.

5. Health item: I am terribly myopic and have a hearing deficiency. I do not wear my glasses regularly and refuse contacts. The inadequate sight and sound combination often comes back to me in the form of, “Why didn’t you say hi to me yesterday? I was waving and calling to you from across the street/cafe/bar!” Others have simply written me off for ‘ignoring’ them.

I also have a heart condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW) that I have consistently refused surgery for over the past few years. But that’s another story.

** Now, it’s my turn to tag five: Dan Coffey, Patry Francis, Nada Gordon, Tim Peterson, and Susana Gardener – Happy New Year, Everyone! **

10 Responses to “MEME”

  1. Dan Coffey Says:
    January 2nd, 2007 at 7:19 pm eoh man…. stuff you don’t know about me is stuff you don’t WANT to know about me….
  2. michelle Says:
    January 2nd, 2007 at 9:48 pm ewow.

    your dog is adorable

  3. patry Says:
    January 2nd, 2007 at 10:24 pm eOoh, this looks like fun–though I don’t think I could compete with your crackhouse story.

    Happy 2007 to you, Amy King!

  4. Jim Knowles Says:
    January 2nd, 2007 at 11:31 pm eFascinating anecdotes,
    and a fun picture:
    you’re nosing up to the camera, and the
    dog is looking aside. I think it’s jealous of
    the camera (and us), but a parallel interpretation
    is that the dog is the sophisticated critter.
    You’re looking right though the cam eye-to-eye, more
    than other pictures..a rather striking look. Would that
    I were Marisa, lol.

    Quite a mix of the fun and the frightful in the items..
    a bit like life, perhaps.

  5. Janet Says:
    January 3rd, 2007 at 12:13 am eDoggie looks cute, & so do you!

    Now I’m worried about your heart condition… but since you’re over 25, you’re pretty much in the clear, yes?

    Hoping so,

  6. Todd Colby Says:
    January 3rd, 2007 at 2:02 am eyou were great last night at the P Project.
  7. Amy King Says:
    January 3rd, 2007 at 6:06 pm eDan – It’s not just me: the world wants to know!

    michelle – Thank you! She turns a few heads now and then~

    patry – The Crack house arrest was a fiasco and a half. The cops were really teaching me a lesson for giving a black man a ride, ultimately. Pretty incredible stuff.

    Jim – That dog resists looking at the camera due to the flash, so I look like the dupe and she looks cool. She should be wearing a beret!

    Janet – No need to worry! It’s very sweet of you to though. They really don’t know much about it, if it worsens/progresses or stays the same, etc. I knew a guy who had the operation because he was fainting all the time and couldn’t drive. I”m not that bad. I only come close to fainting when I’m sick and overdo it. The glitch is that it’s electrical, and yet, it can be exacerbated by caffeine, meds that make your heart race, etc. Not so long ago, it required open heart surgery. From what I understand now, they go in and burn around, nearly blindly, trying to get the extra chamber. I tell my doctor when they perfect it more, I’ll consider it.

    Todd – Thanks a lot!

  8. Jim Knowles Says:
    January 3rd, 2007 at 9:23 pm eAha..I have trouble with flash too.
    Half the time I react too fast to the pre-flash for redeye,
    and my eylids are down for the shot.
  9. Dan C Says:
    January 7th, 2007 at 5:40 pm eOK, I’ve memed.
  10. Jim Knowles Says:
    January 20th, 2007 at 8:24 pm eHmm…a poem for that.

    Portrait With Dog

    Your piercing eyes press on with
    a measured show, two blue earths, two
    cameras with bicycle spokes.
    You make my computer look into me, from
    galaxies spun of your words.
    Your Anubis-cottonball snubs the canned lightening.
    A compact life suits that one:
    why look out when there is one big answer to it all?

    I hear a faint rush
    through my walls,
    as things change outside, as water cracks.
    Something gnaws my head.
    Is it change, or microbes?
    Or things I dare not think?
    All I can do is cap my head-lenses now,
    and ride the changes where they take me

    –Jim Knowles

Can This Blog Falter?
March 22, 2008


I suppose if you come with certain expectations, yes. But do you? I never really know why I come here. At least, overall. Blogs are very much public diaries — the rules don’t apply really. It’s a take-or-leave-it situation, no? Why visit? I mostly go to blogs to find out the happenings of other poets and artists. Sometimes I go for the news or political commentary, but mostly I go for blogs of a personal variety. I suppose I’m nosey.

So two notes for the day. I should be grading numerous essays. Instead, I haven’t been feeling so well as of late, so I watched the best film of the Batman series: “Batman Begins.” Get it if you’re home-bound or just looking for a decent adventure flick. It’s the smartest from the lot.

Toot toot (that’s my own horn) again because baby makes two (I think this change in number — instead of “Baby makes three” — is apropos of our current state of affairs): my poem, “Cynthia McKinney Cast the Lone Dissenting Vote,” was just nominated for a Pushcart Prize along with Matthew Zapruder’s “Automated Regret Machine” from the journal, Order and Decorum. I feel like I hit the lottery.

See this post for the first baby (or lottery hit). Th-tha-that’s all folks!