Flying Home finally flew home to Paris with NY poet Steve Dalachinsky for a long evening of poetry, music, prose and heckling (especially from Steve). Kicking off the ceremonies was PLU Slam host Winona Linn with her It’s not hard to love you. Check out the next slam competition on December 16th. Doreen Stock, a virgin from San Francisco with her own book, In place of me, read Paradise now and the title poem from her collection. René played Everclear, DC Miller, virgin from DC, told us about Despair, Elizabeth, yet another virgin, brought her Martin travel guitar and sweetly sang These days, passing the little stringed baby to Chelsea who sang her Gallows and gave me a CD! Rebecca is back and brought Animals & Her Mom. Yuko from Japan read from her Studies and then Steve Dalachinsky did this:
Included: Rachel and her friend Katy Perry, Simon and Clouds, Ryan‘s Stand-up routine (check out PLU Comedy with Sarah Donnelly on January 7th, 2016) Shannon Cain, as the new Chair of PLU, Eduardo‘s naked poems, Chris‘ now BuzzFeed article on Phrarrell Williams, then a jam session with James, Birdy & the Bowtie and the ex-Fun King, Peter.
Join us as we celebrate the official Paris launch of Steve Dalachinsky’s Flying Home, published by Paris Lit Up Press! Flying Home is an extraordinary artistic collaboration that features 55 original works of art by Sig Bang Schmidt with verses by world-renowned poet, Steve Dalachinsky. Digitalizing and colorizing authentic World War I archival photographs, Sig Bang Schmidt’s images present surreal vistas of warfare revived with intensely saturated colors that bring the Great War out of the into the grim grayscale of textbook history. Steve Dalachinsky’s unique, vibrant words, create fragmented narratives of the lives and deaths of the men lost to the dark hole of war.
Steve Dalachinsky was born in 1946 in Brooklyn, New York right after the last big war and has managed to survive lots of little wars. His work has appeared extensively in journals on & off line including; Big Bridge, Milk, Tribes, Unlikely Stories, Ratapallax, Evergreen Review, Long Shot, Alpha Beat Soup, Upstairs at Duroc,, Xtant, Blue Beat Jacket, The Brooklyn Review. He is included in such anthologies as Beat Indeed, The Haiku Moment, Up is Up But So is Down: NYU Downtown Literary Anthology, the Unbearables anthologies: Help Yourself, The Worse Book I Ever Read and The Big Book of Sex (of which he is a co-editor) and the esteemed Outlaw Bible of American Poetry.
He has written liner notes for the CDs of many artists including Anthony Braxton, Charles Gayle, James “Blood” Ulmer, Rashied Ali, Roy Campbell, Evan Parker, Matthew Shipp and Roscoe Mitchell. His 1999 CD, Incomplete Direction (Knitting Factory Records), a collection of his poetry read in collaboration with various musicians, has garnered much praise. His chapbooks include Musicology (Editions Pioche, Paris 2005), Trial and Error in Paris (Loudmouth Collective 2003), Lautreamont’s Laments (Furniture Press 2005), In Glorious Black and White (Ugly Duckling Presse 2005), Dream Book (Avantcular Press 2005), Christ Amongst the Fishes – a book of collages (Oilcan Press 2009), Insomnia Poems (Propaganda Press 2009), Invasion of the Animal People (Propaganda Press 2010), The Mantis: collected poems for Cecil Taylor 1966-2009 (Iniquity Press 2011/12), Trust fund Babies (Unlikely Stories Press 2012) The Veiled Doorway & St. Lucie (Unarmed Press 20012), Long Play E.P. (Corrupt Press, 2012) and From the Belly of Civilization – a book of color collages (Tonerworks Press 2013). His book The Final Nite (complete notes from a Charles Gayle Notebook, Ugly Duckling Presse 2006) won the 2007 Josephine Miles PEN National Book Award.
His most recent books are Logos and Language, a collaboration with pianist Matthew Shipp(Rogueart Press 2007), Reaching into the Unknown, a collaborative project with French photographer Jacques Bisceglia, RogueArt 2009) and ASuperintendent’s Eyes (Unbearables/Autonomedia Books 2013). His latest CDs are Phenomena of Interference, a collaboration with pianist Matthew Shipp (Hopscotch Records 2005), Merci Por Le Visite with Didier Lassere and Sebastian Capezza (Amor Fati – Bordeaux 2007), Massive Liquidity, with the alternative rock duo, The Snobs (Bambalam Records – Bordeaux 2012) , The Bill Has Been Paid with the extraordinary bassist Joelle Leandre (Dark Tree Records – Paris 2013) and TheFallout of Dreams with David Liebman and guest Richie Beirach (Rogueart – Paris 2013). He has read throughout the N.Y. area, the U.S., Japan and Europe, including France and Germany. He has participated in the Poetry Biennial Festival of Val de Marne, the Sons d’Hiver Festival of Paris and the Grim Festival in Marseilles. He is a contributing writer to the Brooklyn Rail. He has recently been nominated for a PEN Oakland Lifetime Achievement Award though he’s not sure why.