Brian Kim Stefans
Since the beginning
Works in Los Angeles, California United States of America

Brian Kim Stefans teaches digital literature and twentith century poetry at UCLA. He is the author of the books of poems What is Said the Poet Concerning Flowers (2006) and Kluge: A Meditation (2007), along with Before Starting Over: Essays and Interviews (2008) and Fashionable Noise: On Digital Poetics (2003), among other works. His digital works are collected at
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Denis Roche "Bootleg" is live



interview / writing workshop

Hi again,

There's an interview with me and a new sequence, "The 'Nineties' Tried Your
Game," on the Iowa Review web:

Also, am teaching my first poetry writing workshop at the Poetry Project:

"Jai-Alai for Autocrats"

SATURDAYS AT 12 PM: 10 Sessions Begin October 18th.
Stefans writes, "This workshop will focus on the relationship between poems
inspired by a sense of play - the way we appreciate words when they're
randomly, surprisingly conjoined - and work, which might be loosely
described as poems that are subtly crafted, resistant to easy meanings, even
'traditional.' We'll look at elements of prosody that extend beyond meter as
it is generally understood - whether that be the counting of accents or the
line by breath - into the use of literary masks, deviant syntaxes, Oulipian
practices, writing in dialect (invented or not), and experiments with
computers." Stefans' books include Free Space Comix and Fashionable Noise:
On Digital Poetics.

The workshop fee is $300. This includes a one year Individual membership, as
well as tuition for any and all workshops at the Poetry Project for the fall
and spring. Reservations are required due to limited class space, and
payment must be received in advance. Please send payment and reservations

The Poetry Project
St. Mark's Church
131 E. 10th St.
New York, NY 10003

For more information, please call (212) 674-0910, or email:

All workshops will be held in the Parish Hall at St. Mark's Church on the
corner of 10th St. and 2nd Ave.

What's Jai-alai???



Denis Roche bootleg

Dear ...

I'm working on a "bootleg" file of poems by the French poet Denis Roche.
Depending on time and whatever allies I muster, this could turn into a book
idea. The material I have of his so far is:

3 poems in Locus Solus translated by John Ashbery
a sequence in the Paul Auster 20th Century American poetry translated by
Harry Matthews
selections in Veronica Forrest-Thomson's Collected Poems
selections in one of Serge Gavronsky's books on poetry in France (title
eludes me at the moment)
more work translated by Gavronsky for the Tyuonyi "Violence of the White
Page" issue

For you Googlers, there's a children's book illustrator named Denis Roche
who is not the same person.

*Our* Denis Roche was an editor of Tel Quel, a translator of The ABC of
Reading and I think the Cantos in to French, and is now (primarily?) a
photographer. I did find the following list of translations:

From the papers of Eric Mottram:
"French poets: Mottram manuscript essay headed 'Under the influence of
Rimbaud' [1973-1978]; Mottram manuscript notes on mid-20th century French
poets [1973-1978]; a section of photocopies of modern French poets' work,
including Marcelin Pleynet, Denis Roche, Anne-Marie Albiach, Jean Daive

From The Paris Review # 42: Winter-Spring 1968:
Eros Possessed: A Play

From New Observations (a journal I never heard of before):
54. Ecriture - The French Mind -
Serge Gavronsky
January/February 1988
Julia Kristeva, Anne-Marie Albiach, Ludovic Janvier, Marcelin Pleynet,
Emmanuel Hocquard, Leslie Kaplan, Jacques Roubaud, Denis Roche, Martine
Aballea, Denis Levaillant.

And a book published by Pennsylvania State University Press called that has
a half chapter dedicated to his writing, published in 1999:
Poeticized Language
The Foundations of Contemporary French Poetry
Steven Winspur

I could probably get this last one in my library. The Paris Review issue is
available cheap on

Anyone know where the Mottram is available outside of his papers collected
at King's College? Or what New Observations is all about? Also, come
across any translations of Denis Roche? Interested in making some?



A R R A S: new media poetry and poetics

Hinka cumfae cashore canfeh, Ahl hityi oar hied 'caw taughtie!

"Do you think just because I come from Carronshore I cannot fight? I shall
hit you over the head with a cold potatoe.


Tim Davis at Brent Sikkema Gallery

[Forwarding an invite from my friend the great Timsky -- I had to shrink the
included pic as it was a little big -- anyway, come to the opening and the
after party!]


Please come to the opening of my show on Saturday, Sept 6 at
Brent Sikkema Gallery
530 West 22nd Street
from 6-8 PM

A glorious debauch will follow at
The Blarney Stone Pub
410 8th Ave (between W 30th St and W 31st St)
Corned Beef and Brisket will be served, with alacrity


Tim Davis


What is Said to the Poet Concerning Flowers (a new blog) & Fashionable Noise promo blitz

Announcing my most recent spate of silliness:

What is Said to the Poet Concerning Flowers

a new blog that is just a bunch of poems and photos that are supposed to
eventually have to do with each other -- you laugh!

also, Free Space Comix: The Blog has a new design and lots of new materials
on it --


reviews: Little Review: Robert Lowell, Collected Poems
digressions: Haroldo de Campos 1929-2003
links: The Monkey Shakespeare Simulator
reviews: Little Review: Please Pay Attention Please: Bruce Nauman's Words
reviews: Little Review: Ezra Pound, Poems and Translations
reviews: Little Review: Jeff Derksen, Transnational Muscle Cars
poems: Sonnet: On Literary Criticism
skids: Skid 29
links: Eigenradio / Dublab
chatter: Requests for Porno / Silliman on the English
poems: The Window Ordered To Be Made
chatter: HP rips off The Dreamlife of Letters
reviews: Little Review: Michael Magee, MS
links: Acronym Blog
open letters: Email to the New York Review of Books re: Comics for Grown-Ups
exchanges: Exchange with Darren Wershler-Henry on Circulars: final version
links: The dullest blog in the world
links: Combo: new issue and website

Lastly -- Fashionable Noise is now available from Small Press Distribution
(,, and

It was recently reviews in Publisher's Weekly -- starred review -- and I
also received this great blurb from Adelaide Morris:


Less a programmatic critical volume than an improvisatory, searching look at
a still-nascent form, Stefans's ruminations, exhortations, gags ("Th plug
may be puld any day on cultur; th poem must be prepared") and excitations
comprise a print take that is closest to the online world's free-wheeling
sense of formal inquiry, semi-disposable experimentation and ardently
utopian possibility. The eight longish pieces here are mostly concerned with
screen-based poetry, but are utterly different from one another. A
real-time, online interview with poet Darren Wershler-Henry (The Tapeworm
Foundry) kicks things off, covering everything from the Toronto Concrete
poetry scene to Situationism, Prynne, Eno, Hakim Bey, the launch party for
Cabinet magazine and Frampton Comes Alive. "Reflections on Cyberpoetry"
offers a tight series of straight-faced pronouncements ("`Mauberley is a
cyberpoem; The Cantos, not.") and insights into algorithmic composition;
"Stops and Rebels" unwinds into a dense, rewarding essay that manages to
proceed via footnotes without invoking banal postmodernist tropes; "Proverbs
of Hell" riffs Blake-wardly ("Condemn not Flash because it is `slick' "),
while "A Poem of Attitudes," a long, beautiful abecedarian work composed
with the aid of splicing programs, comes on like Bruce Nauman emptying out
his neon tool box: "Not a curse. Not all the songs,/ no gimmick. Not be. Not
in my poem./ Not like a room. Not mix the beans." Stefans's two major
cyberworks, "The Naif and the Bluebells" and "The Dreamlife of Letters," are
easily locatable online, as is his multi-author political blog, Circulars.
With more ideas per page than most poets put into entire books, Stefans
(Free Space Comix) provides a provisional, wickedly smart and goofily joyous
lay of a land that is still being discovered--and created from scratch.
(June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

GREAT BLURB FROM ADALAIDE MORRIS, editor of Sound States: Innovative Poetics
and Acoustical Technologies

In Fashionable Noise: On Digital Poetics, Brian Kim Stefans does for digital
poetry what Lev Manovich's Language of New Media does for contemporary media
art. Starting from dynamics peculiar to the computer poem-its algorithms,
source files, and flows of digitized information-Stefans imagines the
computer poem from the bottom up. Instead of aligning it with or against
conventional verse or avant-garde texts, he situates it in the larger field
of digital art and new media. The book's major essay-construction-"Stops
and Rebels: a critique of hypertext"-is an annotated computer poem that
provides not only a canny mix of poetic and critical source files but a
lexicon of critical terms, a history of digital experiments, and a series of
brilliant meditations and riffs on new media creations. The result is
essential reading for anyone interested in new media art and poetics. -- Dee

More here from the Atelos site:

My new play -- for those of you who care -- is called "Kinski in Kanada" --
sick -- premieres Nov. 6th at the Bowery Poetry Club.

And I'll be teaching a poetry workshop at the Poetry Project starting
October called (tentatively) "Jai-Alai for Autocrats." Sign up!

Bah-b-b-bah-bah-bah -- that's all folks!

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A R R A S: new media poetry and poetics

Hinka cumfae cashore canfeh, Ahl hityi oar hied 'caw taughtie!

"Do you think just because I come from Carronshore I cannot fight? I shall
hit you over the head with a cold potatoe.