A few recent things of interest! Firstly, poem “Law of Returning Lost Objects”, commissioned by the Contemporary Jewish Museum is now on Jerome Rothenberg’s esteemed Poems and Poetics blog, along with Jerry’s astute remarks. Also, there’s a recording of the live performance together with John Schott (guitar).
Nice set at Kehillah, where I teach along with Stu Brotman (of Veretski Pass, Canned Heat, Kaleidoscope, etc.) got recorded. See it here.
A feature/preview of the reading I did with David Meltzer, at Jweekly.
Some recent articles/reviews – on Bob Kaufman (Tablet), Frank Lima (Chicago Tribune), interview with David Antin & Jerry Rothenberg (Jacket2), Charles Bernstein (Tablet), Michael Wex (Chicago Tribune), Michael Alpert (Forward), and Harvey Shapiro (Jewish Review of Books).
Coming up! Performance with great Frank London at Sonoma State University on Sep 15th.
It’s been awhile since the last update! Woa. Lots happened. Firstly, I’m teaching at Kehillah HS in Palo Alto, which I love doing. I’m teaching creative writing, modern and post-modern lit, and Jewish studies. It’s a sweet gig.
Performance-wise, the most memorable recent gig was at Kelly’s Writers House at UPenn. The gig is up on my PennSound page, along with some other stuff, some more recent, and some older.
We’re moving West – and so, Monday June 23rd I’m playing my last gig on the East Coast. I’ll be gigging with inimitable Frank London, Greg Wall, Eyal Maoz and Uri Sharlin on the roof of the JCC of the UWS. All ticketing info is here: http://www.jccmanhattan.org/evening-classes?page=cat-content&progid=29727.
And of course, KlezKanada’s annual Jewish Poetry retreat is happening again this August in the Laurentians. We got a tremendous program planned. Check it out here: http://klezkanada.org/poetry-retreat/
A few things on the radar. Firstly, I’ve got a gig coming up with NY Klezmer Series, with very awesome crew: Frank London, Greg Wall, Eyal Maoz, and Uri Sharlin, on Tue Feb 25th at 7.30pm at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. All info.
Couple of videos from Hermeneutic Stomp CD release party:
I also wanted to share this article, which I wrote for Tablet magazine on Amiri Baraka’s passing. I’ve got to say that nothing I’ve ever written, or done, has gotten quite as much response.
Also a new-ish poem, “One Year Plan” in the Forward.
The biggest bit of news in my bag: my family has radically expanded to include a precious little person, our daughter Ora.
on my 34th birthday
stayed in the house all day
my son, sick, asleep – held him on the couch
tore myself from the book for a moment
to look at him
“should do THAT more often”
same virus that got him coursing through my system
my wife, asleep next to us, propping
her big pregnant belly on the pillows
-back to the book,
floated in and out of my body, as Ginsberg
had it, “a new kind of Jewish Yoga”
what went wrong with the garbage
disposal? our new sink full, stagnant, ill-smelling
like some domesticated overgrown pond
so we rested
when it ended and Lev went to his crib
I took out my new wrench, stuck it up the insinkerator
shaking stiffly then more vigorously, though still skeptical
I know nothing of objects that surround me
something gave way –
like a little self-imploding tornado the water swirled,
went down with all the gook, soap,
if not cleansing – maybe, emptying –
Massive news! “Hermeneutic Stomp,” my full-length album of poetry-and-music was released from the Blue Thread Records (Jewish Currents) on October 14th. The album features luminaries of avant-jazz-klez Frank London, Greg Wall, Uri Sharlin, and Eyal Maoz.
Combining music, poetry, and improvisation, Hermeneutic Stomp exemplifies Blue Thread’s goal of radical and profound engagement with Jewish heritage. Riffing on Talmudic forms and cadences, chasidic chants, and midrashic innuendos, the CD is also firmly rooted in the American avant-garde tradition.
George Robinson’s review for the Jewish Week here.
See Eyal Reuveni’s AllAboutJazz review here.
And, Matthue Roth’s Jewniverse review here.
To order a copy of the record, see: http://jewishcurrents.org/jake-marmers-hermeneutic-stomp-blue-thread-music-21182.
Check out Mishnah of Loneliness track along with notes on methodology on Jacket2.
And, 3 AM Nigun in the Moment Magazine.