i just read i am rainbow by michael hessel-mial (i spelled your name wrong on twitter and for that and absolutely nothing else i am sorry), a poetry series located at//on//in pangur ban party. i think, after hearing michael read in a coffee shop in baltimore this past tuesday as part of steve roggenbuck and poncho peligroso's irl poetry tour, my heart (or something?) has fallen in love with his poetry. the first two in the series, 'this poem is pissed at other poems' and 'phone sex' are obvious favorites, but even his cheeky short poems in the series like 'emily dickinson poem' seem really wonderful. i really appreciated getting to see michael read his handwritten 'sexy poems' from a marble composition notebook during the tour. i like to imagine this comparative lit phD candidate scribbling everything furiously like this and shouting it aloud whether or not an audience is present as witness.
tangentially (hehe), i am wondering why i have not yet read every single series available to my eyes and my brain at pangur ban party. i've been 'aware' and 'appreciative' of pangur ban party and dj berndt since i started gettin in2 dat lit scene via let people poems. i've read my friend shaun gannon's short fiction there and 'i'm finna start all conversations like this from now until forever' by sasha fletcher and dan bailey and various bits and pieces of other things by other folks there. this is not enough. getting started on reading everything immediately.