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“Trade Mistakes” by Panic! At The Disco

I may never sleep tonight, as long as you’re still burning bright.
If I could trade mistakes for sheep, count me away before you sleep.
I’ll stay awake till I trade my mistakes or they fade away

You may be holding onto things that you haven’t dealt with fully. They’re going to keep pulling you behind if you don’t make dealing with them a priority.

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NoxOculus – Rhapsodomancy – A Hunger

Question: Should she continue to balance school & mental health? If so – how? If not – why?

A Hunger – Lucie Brock-Broido Pg. 26
Poem: Jessica, From the Well

“Bring me back

alive. It was so simple to come down.

I wake with my own hair wound

into my fist, in sleep I’ve torn my own

self – pretty, milky curls.

A spool of me.

In the matter of my toes, there has been damage done

but when I come back, they’ll pinken up, I’m sure.

In America: Hard Work & Prayer.

Resilience is bliss in the body,

the voodoo of immunity,

the will to come back,



I believe this stanza tells that you have been through pain, where you felt outside of yourself – felt a break with reality – with your own mind. This tells me you have an inner perseverance – something which is driving you forward – tine into that – it is the “How” – and so I gather especially from the last four lines, that the answer is Yes. Keep fighting. Keep forging forward.

Rhapsodomancy: A Reading Series in Los Angeles: Rhapsodomancy Announces Our 10th Anniversary Reading: 10 Writers Reading, 5 Minutes Each

Sunday, October 12, 2014 Doors open at 7:00pm

Reading begins at 7:30pm

The Good Luck Bar

1514 Hillhurst Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90027 

F.L.O.W. will be at this event! We will be checking out books, issuing library cards, and accepting returns. If you have books to donate, this would be an excellent time to stop by and catch a special event to boot.

Today’s rhapsodomancy horoscope:

Today is a day for nostalgia. Be gentle to yourself. Poke the old wounds gently or you will find yourself spiralling into depression. Remember the good times with as much vibrance as you can muster. Good things are on the horizon for you if you allow the past to be past, and carry only the sweet things with you into the future.

Have you ever fed a lover with just your hands?
Closed your eyes and trust it, just trust it?
Have you ever thrown a fistful of glitter in the air?
Have you ever looked fear in the face and said, “I just don’t care.”?

It’s only half past the point of no return
The tip of the iceberg, the sun before the burn
The thunder before the lightning and the breath before the phrase
Have you ever felt this way?

Have you ever hated yourself for staring at the phone?
Your whole life waiting on the ring to prove you’re not alone
Have you ever been touched so gently you had to cry?
Have you ever invited a stranger to come inside?

It’s only half past the point of oblivion
The hourglass on the table, the walk before the run
The breath before the kiss, and the fear before the flames
Have you ever felt this way?

La La La La La La La La

There you are,
Sitting in the garden,
Clutching my coffee,
Calling me sugar
You called me sugar

Have you ever wished for an endless night?
Lassoed the moon and the stars and pulled that rope tight?
Have you ever held your breath and asked yourself will it ever get better than tonight?

The first Rhapsodomancy of 2015 features short readings and conversation with Siel Ju and Jen Hofer, Sat. March 21st, 8pm-10pm in downtown Los Angeles. Click here for the fb invite

The event will feature short readings from both writers and conversation on connection/disconnection. 

Siel Ju: “Connection/disconnection: themes / ideas / plots within our writing and as the relationship between the author and reader. As writers we’re often having to tread this line between the need for self-expression for the sake of self-expression and the need to connect / reach others with our work. And perhaps this is true of our other relationships too — this tension between wanting to do our own thing regardless of what others think, and wanting to connect with and be accepted by others — which often comes up in writing.”

SIEL JU is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Might Club from Horse Less Press and Feelings Are Chemicals in Transit from Dancing Girl Press. Her poems and stories have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat, ZYZZYVA, LIT, and other places. More of her work can be found at sielju.com.

JEN HOFER is a Los Angeles-based poet, translator, social justice interpreter, teacher, knitter, book-maker, public letter-writer, urban cyclist, and co-founder of the language justice and language experimentation collaborative Antena and the SoCal language justice advocacy collective Antena Los Ángeles. She has published poems, translations, and essays with numerous small presses, including Action Books, Atelos, belladonna, Counterpath Press, Kenning Editions, Insert Press, Les Figues Press, Litmus Press, LRL Textile Editions, New Lights press, Palm Press, Subpress, Ugly Duckling Presse, and in various DIY/DIT incarnations. Her most recent translations are letters she and Dolores Dorantes wrote collaboratively, for Harriet: The Blog.

Rhapsodomancy: A Reading Series in Los Angeles

Rhapsodomancy brings four writers together at the Good Luck Bar for a lively Sunday night reading every even-numbered month since 2004.

Sun. Dec. 8. After Secret City at the Bootleg Theater at noon, you will have a few hours to collect yourself & come down to the Good Luck Bar, where we will wow you with Tara Ison, Sophie Sills, James Ducat, and Jennifer Genest. 

LA Weekly's 2013 Readers' Choice Contest

Vote for your favorite places for food, arts, sports, and shopping. And make sure to check back Oct. 4 to see the winners.

Rhapsodomancy, the 9 year old reading series I co-founded & curate, is a finalist for Best Reading Series in the LA Weekly’s 2013 Readers Choice Contest! You can vote by following the link and scrolling down to “Best Reading Series.” You may vote by logging in to facebook. Easy peasy. Please vote for us! www.rhapsodomancy.org 

Today’s rhapsodomancy horoscope:

The fight is not worth it today. You shouldn’t give up; you just shouldn’t fight, either. Just let things be today. Let the universe wash over you like water. Do nothing. Do not resist. Do not run. Just be. Any hard efforts today will have negative consequences on loved ones that will eventually erode those relationships. Also: beware of anyone named James. He will break your heart. Trust me on this one.

James, come on home
You’ve been gone too long baby
We can’t let our hero die alone
We miss you day and night
You left town to live by the rifle
You left us to fight
But it just ain’t right to take away the light
Remember Genie, from the casino
She’s still a-waiting in her big brass bed
The boys from your gang are knocking whiskey back
‘Till they get out of hand
And wish they were dead
They’re only lonely for the life they led
With their old friend
Ooh, James are you selling your soul to a cold gun?
Where lies your heart?
It’s not there in the buckskin baby
It’s not there in the gin that makes you laugh long and loud
You’re a coward James
Your running away from humanity
You’re running out on reality
It won’t be funny when they
Rat-a-tat-tat you down

Today’s rhapsodomancy horoscope:

Beware liars, thieves, and ghosts. Today is a day for caution. You may find yourself being self-destructive. Try to make conscious, well-considered decisions, not lazy choices. A day for naps and avoiding big choices. Someone may try to manipulate you.

I’m not calling you a liar,
Just don’t lie to me.
I’m not calling you a thief,
Just don’t steal from me,
I’m not calling you a ghost,
Just stop haunting me,
And i love you so much,
I’m gonna let you,
Kill me.

There’s a ghost in my lungs
And it sighs in my sleep,
Wraps itself around my tongue,
As it softly speaks
Then it walks, then it walks with my legs

To Fall,
To Fall,
To Fall, at your feet.
Oh but for the grace of god go on,
And when you kiss me, I’m happy enough to die.

I’m not calling you a liar,
Just don’t lie to me.
And i love you so much,
I’m gonna let you
I’m not calling you a thief,
Just don’t,
And i love you so much,
I’m gonna let you,
I’m not calling you a ghost,
Just don’t

There’s a ghost in my mouth
And it talks in my sleep,
Wraps itself around my tongue,
As it softly speaks
then it walks, then it walks
then it walks with my legs

To Fall,
To Fall,
To Fall,
To Fall,
To Fall,
To Fall, at your feet.
Oh but for the grace of god go on,
And when you kiss me, I’m happy enough

Summer's Eve (I swear this is not about douche)

Dennis Cooper (July). Barry Hannah (August). Jack Spicer (September). 

These are the 3 authors I’ll be reading this summer. I picked the names out of a hat that included a bunch of other writers I’m intrigued by, want to get enmeshed with in my head. 

For the first time in a long time–since grad school?–I wrote a summer contract to keep me productive and accountable for the months ahead. There’s a lot to do. Not too much. Enough. 

Writ Large Press is launching their latest title, Antidote by José Luís Peixoto, on Thursday, June 20 at The Last Bookstore (Los Angeles). Great way to spend the eve of solstice. I wish I could be there. 

Next Thursday night, June 27th, is the Poets & Writers 3rd Annual Connecting Cultures reading at Beyond Baroque. Five different reading series, including Rhapsodomancy, will participate. Wine & cheese at 7:30; reading at 8. Each writer will read 5 minutes, so it’s a good taste of what each reading series has to offer. 

I’ll be teaching a seminar called “The Care & Feeding of Your Literary Reading Series” at Antioch’s MFA Program this Friday, June 21st. Email me if you’d like details/wanna show up for moral support. Ashley Perez responded to my last post suggesting that if you’d like to talk with me one-on-one about how to start & run a reading series, I’d meet for a donation to Rhapsodomancy. We met for one hour and I’m hopeful Ashley gets her series going next year as we discussed. Thank you for the generous donation, Ashley! It will help pay writers coming to read at Rhapsodomancy from out of state this year. 

In today’s other Rhapsodomancy news, I added a bunch of Google alerts for writers who’ve read in the series over the years. My hope is that I will be able to post at least one piece of good news a day, minimum. Please follow Rhapsodomancy on Twitter if you don’t already: @rhapsodomancyla. And “like” on Facebook, too. Thanks.

Before I drop off into some kind of ennui about not hearing back from editors on this day, allegedly a big day according to Susan Miller of Astrology Zone!, let me just say I’m grateful I have time to write this. I wish I had more graphics and photos for you, but I don’t. I’ve been on a submission fast, which has meant something of a “serious writing” fast as of late. It’s been half-self-imposed, half-circumstantial, as June is a sucky month in our house with all the annual obligations June brings. Still: I have my contract for the summer, our daughter starts preschool 3 mornings a week in July, and THERE WILL BE TIME TO WRITE. And play. Happy last few days of spring. xo