memo from the office, Friday, 9.27 pm, Chicago

Has she ever been to Chicago?

If not, have her see Kent about the school. He might really like her.

Also talk to Stephen about the next big one.

Have a look at Scarriet — those guys really know the traffic.

Get Brady on the phone for me.

How bout this one?  (Get her some shoes that fit, Cathy.)

Amber 200

Paris’s still waiting to hear (you’re on that one, Don).

Yeah, I said give her Brady’s fucking list,  it’ll make her!

So CLICK RIGHT HERE but be sure to shred your copy or I’m dead!



  1. rperlman1951 said,

    October 3, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    These lists indicate a willful misunderstanding of the Harriet Celebrity Blogger editorial process. For example, Amber has no guidelines for mentioning Bin Ramke, Jeffrey Levine, nor Joan Houlihan. Amber is obviously the perfect person to discuss American poetry and poetics, but she may need my assistance to tell her what to do and think. I have some time later this week, as the Colrain Manuscript Conference comes to an end. (Jeffrey Levine says he loves my manuscript! Indeed, everyone who’s anyone at Tupelo does, so it might just be the moment for rperlman1951 to make a donation to his press.)

  2. bluehole said,

    October 4, 2009 at 12:18 am

    Thank you for that, rperlman. I encourage you to send at least $295 now! An anonymous donor has set up a $30,000 matching grant at Tupalot. Amblyn promises to match it dollar for dollar if — and only if — we all send $30,000 more. In total, that will be $90,000 for Tupalot (except that the $30k “mystery match” donor isn’t real, nor is the commitment from Amblyn). But saying it’s true is ok, right?

  3. thomasbrady said,

    October 4, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Say, maybe we can put this Amblyn in the New Chicago School. How ’bout it, Mr. Johnson? Come on, I’m sure she’ll do just swell. What’s she gotta do? Write an essay or somethin’? Let’s put our heads together. It’s our future we’re talkin’ about here… Let’s talk about it in Pizzeria Uno. I’ll meet ya downtown… Get Burt on the phone… We’ll make this dame the next Jorie Graham…Write what you know…show don’t tell…find your voice…why it’ll be a piece of cake…Mr. T.S Eliot will play the piana…tell Levine and Houlihan we start rehearsin’ tomorra night…bring a contract, will ya?

  4. thomasbrady said,

    October 4, 2009 at 2:41 am

    Amber–a little advice. Don’t be intimidated by Eileen Myles. She’s really nice. She’s a rule-breaker, and she’s afraid of no one. And she’s brilliant. She has a lot of lesbianity. She’s definitely a force to be reckoned with. Just say hi, at first. Be yourself.

    You probably noticed she broke a rule that you shouldn’t break. Not yet. You’re not ready. You’re no Eileen Myles. Nobody is.

    Did you see this?

    On her latest post on Harriet, Myles attacked a poet on my UNTOUCHABLE LIST–Pinsky. I think Myles might be messing with me, I’m not sure. Maybe you have your own unqiue opinion re: Pinsky, and if you do, it might be a good time right now to give it, on Eileen’s thread. As a guest writer, you can comment on others’ threads too, you know. This might be a good way to join the fray. Get the blood flowing. Get your feet wet. Pinsky’s big. He studied with Yvor Winters at Stanford. Big friend of Jorie’s. Yea, that big. Be careful…

    You’re a young poet; you don’t just go knocking Pinsky, but it might be good for you now to react to what Myles said about PInsky. Pinsky’s untouchable (to you) and you might just want to assert that to Eileen. Let her know that you know that she knows what I know what you know and that you know enough that you know what you need to say. No need to google. No need to think about this too much. Just say, ‘Hey, Eileen, liked your post, liked your honesty about Pinsky, that was pretty cool, but I like Pinsky, I think he’s a good poet.” Something like that. Something simple. Maybe throw in a personal anecdote, if you’ve got one. Give her a little something–just to let her know you’ve got something to offer, too.

    Harriet’s dead. Give it some life. But watch yourself. Don’t have too much fun. This is po-biz. They’ll eat you alive if you’re not careful. Eileen, though, is cool, because she really does say anything she wants, and you might learn something from her; she might help you stretch your wings. She’s good; she can talk her way into anything and out of anything. She’s really smart, but she’s really vulnerable, too. She has that Socratic, ‘negative capability’ thing going on. Give it a try. Comment on her post; I think this might be the right time…