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06:06am 31/05/2007
  For various reasons, this will no longer be my journal. I've been thinking about doing this for a while, and I finally got the motivation to actually go ahead and just do it.

My new journal is kalypso_speaks.  Feel free to friend it, don't be surprised if it friends you.
American Doll Posse   
09:45am 15/05/2007
mood: impressed
I just got my copy of Tori Amos' newest album, American Doll Posse in the mail yesterday from Amazon (along with Mihnea's other birthday present, which is now almost a month late because I am the best girlfriend ever) and oh my god -- she completely redeems herself from The Beekeeper within the first three songs (Yo George, Big Wheel, and Bouncing Off Clouds).

The album is highly conceptual (think multiple personality Tori. Clyde is my favorite.) and has more of a rock feel to it than any of her previous albums. This is the direction I was hoping Tori's evolution as a singer/songwriter would take as opposed to the slow slide towards light rock that I feared was occurring as Scarlet's Walk and The Beekeeper came out one after the other.

The album does have a leftist political bent - Yo George addresses George W. Bush, Dark Side of the Sun is an anti-war song, and Posse Bonus at one point addresses Laura Bush, just to name the obvious ones. However, in my opinion it is good to have fiesty Tori back after a brief absence. Also, I agree with the vast majority of what she has to say.

If you didn't like The Beekeeper (and a lot of people didn't from what I can tell -- myself included for the most part. Parasol was good and Hoochie Woman was amusing. That about covered it), American Doll Posse might make you forget it ever happened.
Words, words, words   
11:33am 11/05/2007
mood: contemplative
I can't seem to stick with a book as of late. I think it's because I have so many awesome ones to read. I am currently in the middle of all of the following:

Cunt, second edition by Inga Muscio
The Beauty Myth
Candide by Voltaire
Dada East: The Romanians of Cabaret Voltaire
The Collected Poems by Anne Sexton

I think I am going to finish Candide first, because it is short and therefor doable. Also, it is quite quotable and terribly funny in a dark, twisted kind of way.

Last night I told my mother I've been studying Buddhist philosophy. The expected eyebrow raise did not occur. I am pleased and relieved.

Work is work. I may become an auditor. I question what this would do to my writing.

I also question what it would do to my soul.
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Happy Birthday   
07:56pm 16/04/2007
mood: amused
Happy Birthday Tristan Tzara!
Tempest 2   
02:12pm 09/04/2007
mood: artistic
The Typewriter Girls Present:
an evening of comedic and poetic miscellany that Lord Byron himself would be proud to host

Join the Typewriter Girls on Friday, April 13th at 7:30pm at ModernFormations Art Gallery in Garfield (4919 Penn Ave.) for an evening of poetry and comedy from seven lovely ladies and one lovely non-lady.

There will also be wine, various cheeses, a dance party, and of course, fancy hats.

You wouldn't want to miss an evening of fancy hats, would you?

Frightened? Confused? Slightly turned on? E-mail the Typewriter Girls at:

typewritergirls @ yahoo.com


visit our myspace page

Hope to see you there!
Oh, Tony Hoagland.   
02:44pm 02/04/2007
  "I think we need to set up a fund where certain poets are given a grant to not write."

- Tony Hoagland
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Tempest: Part II   
11:22pm 19/03/2007
mood: energetic
The Typewriter Girls are in the middle of planning our second show. Here's the run-down so far:

- Friday, April 13th, 8pm (doors open at 7:30)
- ModernFormations art gallery.
- Many fabulous lady poets, including (but not limited to) myself, Crystal, Angela, Janette, and Molly. (though I suppose those names mean sadly little to anyone who doesn't know my friends)
- As always, there will be an exquisite corpse-writing session prior to the show, with a special presentation of the exquisite corpse before the end.
- I will be running a game of poets
- Comedy sketches about everyone's favorite topics: Porn, dictators, and foreigners.
- Dance party until 1am
- There are rumors of booze

You know you want to be there!
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Just wanted to say...   
08:30pm 28/02/2007
mood: cheerful
...Happy Birthday, katshakespeare!!!
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This is why I love Michael -- or rather, one of the many reasons   
10:24am 23/02/2007
mood: amused
"There is something very unsatisfactory about viewing one’s published poem. It is totally anti-climactic … almost post-coital (cigarettes lit – 'Oh ... sure, yeah ... and was it good for you too?') The real crazy passion is the first draft and the explosion of yowling ecstasy of course is when it seems just there, just right. Publication? 'Have you seen my socks, baby?' "
- Michael Dennison
08:41am 24/12/2006
mood: super-amused
Poems about ham rock
12:17am 29/11/2006
mood: geeked
Blair sent me a copy of Gothic in the mail for Christmas.

I love him.
Time to pimp the journal   
07:12am 14/11/2006
mood: artistic
Hello, friend.

Caketrain here. We're not usually so compelled, we thought a quick and
dirty mass mail might be in order, as we've just completed production on our fourth issue, and we wanted to tell you. If it helps alleviate the sore lack of a personalized greeting, please know that your name was chosen for inclusion in this mailing by humans--not robots, not even cyborgs, but real, flesh-and-blood-and-bandaids PEOPLE. Surely you get this excited now and again. Bear with us, please, and listen:

* Forthcoming January 2006; now accepting preorders at

* New work from John Domini, Melissa Ginsburg, Allison Titus, Brian
Evenson, Margaret Bashaar, Twilight Greenaway, Porter Fox, Liam Callanan,
Michael Rerick, Liberty Kohn, Pedro Ponce, Viola Lee, Marie Potoczny, J.D.
Schraffenberger, Joe Bonomo, Douglas S. Jones, Ian Harris, Jason
Fraley, Sarah Goldstein, William Walsh, Claire Donato, Kuzhali Manickavel,
Robert Lopez, Bernard Quetchenbach, Matt Bell, Rachel Dacus, Stephen Frech, Julia Idlis, Peter Golub, Jennifer Chapis, Kristi Maxwell, Cynthia Atkins, and Matthew Derby

* Cover art by Han Hoogerbrugge

* more info, online store at www.caketrain.org
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Geek Out   
12:17pm 21/10/2006
mood: accomplished
My copy of The Susquehanna Review came in the mail today! Hooray for finally holding my work in print!
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10:02pm 08/10/2006
!* The Typewriter Girls *!
& AND &
≥TBA Records≤

∞>] TEMPEST [<∞
Beneath the BumRush

A witty and stylish collaboration
of comedic and poetic miscellany
For the Benefit of Book ‘Em - Pittburgh's books to prisoners campaign
(dance party included)
With special guests from The Hodgepodge Society!

8:00 P.M. Monday, October 9
ModernFormations Art Gallery
4919 Penn Ave. in Garfield

(Admission Cost includes a copy of Beneath the BumRush — A Literary Anthology of Voices Demanding to be Heard)
Shameless Self-Promotion   
11:40pm 20/09/2006
mood: excited
Oh holy crap - http://www.caketrain.org/04.html

I literally squeaked with joy when I saw my name on there. I mean, I knew that I was being published by them and everything, but still -- there's something different about actually seeing my name on their website.
Zombie Walk!!   
04:12pm 20/09/2006
mood: zombie'd
Oh man, I am so going to this:

Pittburgh's First Zombie Walk

And you should, too.

I ask you; who doesn't like a good undead shuffle through the streets? No one in their right mind.
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04:26pm 12/09/2006
  "I have never has a way with women but the hills of Iowa make me wish that I could, and I've never found a way to say I love you, but if the chance came by, oh, I would. But way back where I come from we never mean to bother, we don't like to make our passions other people's concerns, and we walk in the world of safe people and at night we walk into our houses and burn. How I long to fall just a little bit, to dance out of the lights and stray from the light, but I fear that to fall in love with you is to fall from a great and gruesome height. . . Tonight I went running through the screen doors of discretion for I woke up from a nightmare that I could not stand to see: You were wandering out on the hills of Iowa and you were not thinking of me." - Dar Williams, Iowa  
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11:35pm 21/08/2006
  Now in the name of all the Gods at once, what is one to say to a young lady . . . who earns her own bread, and very naturally hates the employ, and slings out-of-the-way quotations at your head? That one falls in love with her goes without saying; but that is not enough." - Rudyard Kipling on the Type-Writer Girls  
Indeed, are cardboard boxes not the very symbol of love?   
07:55am 18/05/2005
mood: amused
No, they really ARE love. For real.
Cardboard Boxes are Love.

meirelle made this.
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