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Toad Suck Review reviews Of Tire & Anonymity by Che Elias

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , on December 1, 2015 by 6GPress

A straightforward review that makes sense of the work in question:

I gumshoed the room
Che Elias built recently
Of Tire & Anonymity

In the center, like a shower drain,
stood a stone and mortar well
A damp bucket hung from a frayed rope
Ghosts moaned from below

Light began to rain through the ceiling
The floor beneath me was a parade
of chalk outlines
One looked like me then, but not like me now

The ghosts below began to scream
Light poured, and water flowed
under the door to prism it
The chalk bodies washed away,
save a few prism-aimed,

laser-pointed ghost wombs

The water was soon pouring
When the flood breached the lip of the well
Ghost wombs gave birth to bones, and

The room became a whirlpool
I clung to the well’s wooden posts
Skeletons swam passed, diving
toward the screams

that wouldn’t drown

When the bones dissolved into the darkness,
the screaming ended
I imagined boney-breaststrokers
swimming into wailing apparitions
Then lying back down in a parade of graves

The water finally receded, and I shook like a dog
I left the room and found
my yellow crime scene tape
I even slapped
an “Enter at Your Own Peril” sign on the door

for my colleagues

-JJ McNiece

The New Yinzer & Poems for Jerry

Posted in Events, Interviews, Recent Publications, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2015 by 6GPress

The New Yinzer is back with a new issue, featuring contributions by Six Gallery scribblers Jason Baldinger, Angele Ellis, John Grochalski, Chuck Kinder, Scott Silsbe, & Don Wentworth. Check it all out here.

Also, a new anthological tribute to Gerald Stern, edited by Caliban Books’ John Schulman, just dropped.

Stern will be in town NEXT TUESDAY as part of the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Series. Shit is FREE but you are supposed to register.

“Imagination Motel: Fiction writer Chuck kinder goes rogue with poetry” by Leslie Anne Mcilroy

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , on April 1, 2015 by 6GPress

“Imagination Motel: Pomes With Many Bags of Buttered Popcorn and Big Pepsis” is a large book, a dense book, a prose writer’s poetry. It is also a movie, a black-and-white Western, a campy Tarzan, Invasion of the …. It is music and the visceral landscape of neon, soundtracks, blue screens, radio waves and Frida Kahlo — cheap motels, weed, bars, sex, guns, cars. It is the small-den glow of the TV — projection.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Odds & Ends, Winter 2015

Posted in Interviews, Recent Publications, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2015 by 6GPress

So far, 2015 has brought some very nice articles about/by Six Gallery scribblers:

A Film About Billy reviewed & Dan McCloskey interviewed by Rachel Mennies for PANK Magazine.

Jonathan Moody interviewed by Melody Nixon for The Common.

Elwin Cotman writes about (sometimes inadvertently) writing about Pittsburgh for Grist.

Ally Malinenko has been doing a lot of excellent blogging lately; this post also links to three recently-published poems.

These folks are all working on fantastic-sounding new projects, by the way. If you’re not familiar with them, check out their previous work!

The Lower Forty-Eight CP review & Menesini performance video

Posted in Events, Reviews with tags , , , , , , on October 16, 2014 by 6GPress

The Lower Forty-Eight was reviewed in this week’s City Paper! & here’s a fun video of John Menesini performing at last month’s Karl Hendricks benefit.

Tikkun reviews To Die Next to You

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , on April 29, 2014 by 6GPress

Emily Warn says some nice things about the Kamenetz-Hafftka collab To Die Next To You in the latest Tikkun.

Kamenetz and Hafftka’s collaboration feels markedly different to me than other poetry-visual art projects, perhaps, in part, because Hafftka’s work is a direct response to Kamenetz’s poems, a way of working that is anathema to many poets and painters who team up but only want their art to relate obliquely. Kamenetz’s poems and Hafftka’s drawings, on the other hand, play off one another, not as sequential, competing riffs in jazz do, but as cello chords, reverberating and diminishing into settled or unsettling silence.

Read the whole thing here.

Poet Hound reviews Ally Malinenko’s The Wanting Bone

Posted in Reviews with tags , , on March 5, 2014 by 6GPress

Poet Hound dug The Wanting Bone! Check out the review & three of Ally’s poems here.

The Rumpus reviews Hard Times Blues

Posted in Reviews with tags , , on February 12, 2014 by 6GPress

Starbursts of talent! Devastating satire! Hang on, clichéd bloodbath? That bloodbath was expertly drawn!

Read all about it.

10/24 To Die Next to You in NYC & SWOM#6 @ Biddle’s Escape

Posted in Events, New Releases, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2013 by 6GPress

TONIGHT at 8PM at Columbia University 501 Schermerhorn,

  Join Rodger Kamenetz and Michael Hafftka to celebrate the publication of To Die Next To You, a book of poems and drawings from Six Gallery Press. Readings, music, slides and a dialogue between poet and artist are all part of the mix.

Here are some nice things Liel Leibovitz said about the book in Tablet Magazine.

ALSO TONIGHT at 7PM at Biddle’s Escape in Pittsburgh:

9/7 Kevin Finn @ Dobra Tea

Posted in Events, Reviews with tags , , , , , on August 24, 2013 by 6GPress

A bit late with this, but here’s what Jack Rabid at The Big Takeover had to say about Kevin Finn‘s last album 2012.

Kevin played a great set on August 3 at The Rock Room with strange sound-generator Burnout Warcry. On the first Saturday in September, Kevin will play a solo set at this new (to me, they’ve been open since March) place in Squirrel Hill, Dobrá Tea. Choose from “over 100 teas & drinks from around the world” & steep yourself in Kevin’s meditative music.