Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Two Paintings in Progress by Derek Fenner

Untitled (Self-Portrait Series), 2007 by Derek Fenner

Untitled (Spare Series), 2007 by Derek Fenner

Friday, November 23, 2007


Everyone who attends will receive a free copy of THE RIOT ACT.

Geoffrey Young’s THE RIOT ACT: book release and reading

Saturday December 1st, 2007
3:00 p.m.
National Park Visitor Center
246 Market Street
Lowell, MA 01852

sponsored in part through the Lowell Cultural Council

BOOTSTRAP PRESS is proud to announce the publication of THE RIOT ACT, a new book of poetry and prose by Geoffrey Young. Handsomely designed, and with a cover painting by Eric Fischl, THE RIOT ACT is divided into three sections. Lyric wit, sober narrative, impatient critique and generous insight flow through the course of this book’s 106 pages like a broken-field runner on a lop-sided playing field. Perfect bound, in an edition of 1000 copies, each copy is exactly the same as its neighbor in the box.

Comprised of “Why I Don’t Write Novels” (34 faux sonnets), “Conversion” (short prose), and “Up the Wazoo” (occasional poems), THE RIOT ACT continues this writer’s compelling engagement with language, history, and personal life in a range of forms, inviting each reader to take refuge in freshly conceived spaces, between the lines.

GEOFFREY YOUNG grew up in San Diego on flat streets under Queen palms. Before settling in Great Barrington, Massachusetts in 1982, he spent years in Santa Barbara (UCSB), Albuquerque (UNM), Paris (a Fulbright year followed by six months at La Galerie Sonnabend), and Berkeley (two sons born). He has taught at SF State University, UC Berkeley, Columbia, and Vassar.

His small press, The Figures (since 1975), has published more than 125 books of poetry, fiction, and art writing.

His own recent books of poetry include Admiral Fever (with drawings by Philip Knoll), Pockets of Wheat (drawings by James Siena), Cerulean Embankments (drawings by Carroll Dunham), Lights Out (drawings by James Siena), and Fickle Sonnets (drawings by Donald Baechler).

In 1992 Young opened a gallery in Great Barrington, where he continues to curate exhibitions of con­temporary art. In the spring he teaches a class in Art Criticism at the University at Albany.

Over the last thirteen years he has curated 40 shows for his contemporary art gallery, as well as written catalog essays for a dozen artists.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

11/17 - Buck Downs & Eileen Myles

reading starts at 6:00. come early for a drink at the bar if you want. readings occasionally start on time.

Eileen Myles

Saturday, October 20, 2007

10/27 - John Wieners A BOOK OF PROPHECIES celebration

reading starts at 6:00. come early for a drink at the bar if you want. readings occasionally start on time.

This is a Union Square Poetry Series celebration of A BOOK OF PROPHECIES, a notebook by John Wieners written in 1971. Michael Carr, editor of the manuscript, will kick off celebration with some introductory remarks. Local poet-regulars of the reading series will read the poems in the book straight through.

There will be extra copies of the book if you forget to bring your own.

Monday, October 8, 2007

10/13 - Amanda Cook & Jim Dunn

reading starts at 6:00. come early for a drink at the bar if you want. readings occasionally start on time.

Amanda Cook


Jim Dunn

battling for bragging rights of the North Shore. There will be the drinking of liquor and loquaciousness (which is also the art of poetry--the attempt to seduce others and then overthrow the multi-national imperialist structures of globalism.)
Word on the street is that there is a party after.

Painting by Ryan Gallagher: Ted Berrigan

Ted Berrigan, Red Shift and the Emperor Wu

USPS Fall 2007

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

9/29 Tom Morgan & Ed Barrett

reading starts at 6:00. come early for a drink at the bar if you want. readings occasionally start on time.

This is Ed Barrett the fisherman, not Ed Barrett the poet.
Ed Barrett the poet is the author of Kevin White.
I don't know if he, Ed Barrett the poet, is a fisherman.
Ed Barrett the poet is really fantastic. This is what
Ron says about Kevin. There is also a picture of Ed
Barrett the poet here who is standing next to Bill.

Tom Morgan is the author of:

ON/GOING : a collection of poems, sketches, and writings from a notebook between 2002-2005. During this time, Tom Morgan traveled extensively across the United States, back and forth across the U.S. / Mexican border, and abroad to Thailand and India. These writings embrace a tradition of sketch-writing in daily practice, riff of Buddhist koans, race across the universe with Beat babble flow embracing everything. Tom Morgan's poems move under the moon-which Kerouac has noticed is "a piece of tea -- (Under the empty blue sky, vertebrate zoology.)"-with the grace and rhythm of panacea separating. They carve into the sluice of eternity and bump through America's landscape, shuffle abroad, over mountains, rivers, and geological shifts; they whip through highways under strata; flora dots the page like punctuation, like litter, like human life under immensity, like the quick wit and smile of a girl you should marry-all things the mind could muddle or notice with clarity and care.