fugitivesofspeech:

I am the seal you are dying
to breach, but you let me live—
I am the seal and I am alive—
I am the seal and holy
Puffy Combs, I am 
just so goddamn
happy to be here. 

-Mark Cugini, “No Time for Fake Ones,” ripping it up at Pete’s last night

fugitivesofspeech:

I am the seal you are dying

to breach, but you let me live—

I am the seal and I am alive—

I am the seal and holy

Puffy Combs, I am 

just so goddamn

happy to be here. 

-Mark Cugini, “No Time for Fake Ones,” ripping it up at Pete’s last night

Last weekend we had a rad time at the NYC/CUNY Chapbook Festival, then drove to Buffalo for the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair. We got up at 4am on Monday morning so we could join forces with Brian Mihok and David McNamara of sunnyoutside press to do a crazy thing like put together a chapbook in two hours, from initial submissions at the door to a printed book. Brian made a great video that condenses the two hours. See how much everyone is smiling? Many thanks to all the participants, and to Brian and David for inviting us to be part of the event.

tracydimond:

Feels like DIY AWP these weekend: gonna jump in the car with Amanda and Mark to go to the NYC/CUNY CHAPBOOK FESTIVAL for the Book Fair on Thursday, then say bye to Mark and jump in a larger car with Brian and Amanda to go to the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair Saturday and…

See you soon!

Events for the THE NYC/CUNY CHAPBOOK FESTIVAL start today. Browse the website for a full list of events. We will be at the fair on Saturday!

"I don’t see much of a difference between poetry and hip-hop–they share so many of the same literary devices, formal structures, and emotional sentiments (for real, is there any difference between “Howl” and Kendrick’s verse in “Control?”). But hip-hop has a much larger cultural carbon footprint nowadays, and I think that has something to do with accessibility. Hip-hop speaks to a set of ideological state apparatuses that is familiar to a general audience–all of us, regardless of class and culture and privilege, have to create social constructs for ourselves that grant us a licence to the ideology of Starting From The Bottom. Now, I recognize that a lot of poetry is trying to do the same thing. But is there anything accessible about “experimental” poetry? If my dad read it, would he understand? I’m not sure. And that was my objective–to write a book that anyone could read and relate to. I feel like part of the reason I love hip-hop is because anyone can be a participant–whether they’re dancing on singing along or Tumblring or Tweeting challenges to Wale. Everyone’s invited. Everyone’s invited to my book, too. Take it to prom. Take it to the dentist. Take it to the corner bodega and buy it a 40."

Mark Cugini interviewed by Timmy Reed in What Weekly

More: http://whatweekly.com/2014/03/25/mark-cugini-talks-about-his-new-collection-of-poems-im-just-happy-to-be-here/

Books books books and pizza.

Keep the pictures coming, they are lovely!

We are so moved by the excitement over Mark’s book! We love seeing the pictures. So many hands were a part of making this a reality.

These are a few of our favorites from Facebook.

Keep posting and reading his beautiful words! You’re all “beautiful little corn muffins.”

Get your copy before they are gone here: http://www.inkpressproductions.com/#!product/prd1/1725879715/i’m-just-happy-to-be-here%2C-pre-order