Saturday, December 12, 2009

ANDREW DEMCAK IN THE NEW ISSUE OF SCYTHE


I have 3 brand new poems in the premier issue of the literary journal, Scythe. Here's the link:


Tuesday, December 01, 2009

ANDREW DEMCAK FEATURED @ MIPOESIAS: THE FIRST 10 YEARS

Didi Menendez has posted an interview with me about my contributions to her magazine, MiPOesias, during the last 10 years.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

ANDREW DEMCAK IN THE NEW OUROBOROS REVIEW

I have a new poem in the current issue (no. 4) of Ouroboros Review. Read it for free at this link.

It's a great issue! Spread the word!




Sunday, November 08, 2009

POETS & ARTISTS (O&S, Sept. 2009): SELF PORTAIT ISSUE

Poets and Artists (O&S, Sept. 2009): Self Portrait Issue (Paperback.) I have three poems in this issue. Forgot to post this, I guess...

Friday, November 06, 2009

My 2ND PERSONALIZED REJECTION FROM THE NEW YORKER

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Dear Andrew Demcak,

We regret that we are unable to use the enclosed material, in spite of its evident merit. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to consider it.

Sincerely,

The Editors

Thursday, October 29, 2009

ZERO SUMMER NOMINATED FOR 2009 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD


BlazeVox [Books] NY has nominated my most recent book of poetry Zero Summer for a Lambda Literary Award. Here is the current list of nominated titles (as of 10/29/09)

GAY POETRY

  • McPoems, Billeh Nickerson, Arsenal Pulp Press
  • Zero Summer, Andrew Demcak, Blazevox Books
  • Equal to the Earth, Jee Leong Koh, Bench Press
  • Desolation of the Chimera, Luis Cernuda, White Pine Press
  • What the Right Hand Knows, Tom Healy, Four Way Books

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Saturday, October 03, 2009

ANDREW DEMCAK + SSION = CREDIT IN THE STRAIGHT WORLD

That's me when I was 20 in the background projection. I adore Cody and SSION. You should too.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

DOUBLE REVIEW OF MY BOOKS @ WILDE OATS E-ZINE

The marvelous Piet Bach at Wilde Oats e-zine has written a very insightful double review of both of my poetry books, Catching Tigers in Red Weather (2007) and Zero Summer (2009). Yay!

Monday, August 10, 2009

ANDREW DEMCAK @ "WHY DO I WRITE" SERIES


Google Web Alert for: "Andrew Demcak"
I Was Born Doing Reference Work In Sin Why Do I Write ~ Andrew Demcak

WHY DO I WRITE ~ Andrew Demcak As Joan Didion says: "In many ways writing is the act of saying I of imposing oneself upon other people of saying listen to me ..."

I am now part of Dustin Brookshire's series "Why Do I Write"

Thursday, August 06, 2009

HARVARD UNIVERSITY BUYS ZERO SUMMER

According to WorldCAT, Harvard University has collected a copy of my new book, Zero Summer. I think Harvard felt a little bit shown-up since Princeton bought a copy first.

Monday, July 06, 2009

MP3 OF ANDREW DEMCAK READING @ MOE'S BOOKS BERKELEY, CA 06/09/09



Moe's Books has added MP3 audio of my poetry reading with Garry Lambrev to their archives. If you missed the reading, it was a wonderful night of poetry, if I do say so myself (short, too.) This reading was part of my book tour promoting Zero Summer.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

WHAT DO AMAZON CUSTOMERS BUY FROM ANDREW DEMCAK

What Do Customers Ultimately Buy After Viewing This Item?

Zero Summer
56% buy
Zero Summer 5.0 out of 5 stars (3)
$16.00
Catching Tigers in Red Weather
44% buy the item featured on this page:
Catching Tigers in Red Weather 5.0 out of 5 stars (3)
$13.95

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

SUNY BUFFALO BUYS COPY OF ZERO SUMMER

According to WorldCat.org, SUNY at Buffalo has just bought a copy of Zero Summer. It's so nice that all the universities are making the right choice and buying my books. Ya know?



Tuesday, June 23, 2009

ANDREW DEMCAK SAYS BUY KAYA OAKES NEW BOOK

I met Kaya Oakes in grad school at St. Mary's College, Moraga, CA (as featured in The New Yorker as an outstanding MFA program, so there) in 1995. She is one of the smartest, drollest, most talented poet/writer that I am privileged to call my friend. Please buy her new book, Slanted and Enchanted, The Evolution of Indie Culture.

Monday, June 22, 2009

AMAZON CREATES AN AUTHOR PAGE FOR ANDREW DEMCAK



Amazon.com in their inimitable wisdom have created an "Author Page" for me and my work, perhaps because my sales ranking has risen on my books there. Check it out by clicking the link below.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

ZERO SUMMER'S AMAZON.COM SALES RANK SOARS



ZERO SUMMER BY ANDREW DEMCAK: Amazon.com Sales Rank: #601,427 in Books (Sunday June 21, 2009)

This might seem like a huge number, but Amazon's ranking system goes all the way down to #9,000,000. Zero Summer's sale ranking is right along side Randall Mann, D. A. Powell, and Brenda Hillman's new one.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PURCHASES ZERO SUMMER BY ANDREW DEMCAK

Princeton University has acquired a copy of Zero Summer (and it's already checked out.)  Yay!


Saturday, June 06, 2009

ANDREW DEMCAK READS @ MOE'S BOOKS BERKELEY, CA 06/09/09 7:30PM



Hi All,

If you are in the SF BAY AREA on TUESDAY JUNE 9, 2009 7:30p, why not pop by Moe's Books, Berkeley and hear Garry Lambrev and me read our poetry? I will be reading from my new book, Zero Summer (BlazeVOX [books] NY 2009) as well as some newer work. I'd love to see you there!

-Andrew

Readings and Events at Moe's

Moe's literary events began as a weekly poetry reading called Monday@Moe's. Over the years Moe's Books has become one of the premier Bay Area venues to hear novelists, poets, activists, and scholars read from their works. We archive our events in audio and video files that can be accessed from our webpage.

Unless otherwise mentioned, all events begin at 7:30pm.

Upcoming events:

Tuesday, June 9th, 7:30p: Andrew Demcak and Garrett Lambrev

Andrew Demcak is an award-winning poet whose poetry has been widely published and anthologized, and whose books have been featured at The Best American Poetry and Oranges & Sardines. His latest book, Zero Summer, was published by BlazeVOX [Books], NY, 2009. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Lambda Award, Thom Gunn Poetry Award, both theCalifornia and Northern California Book Awards, Best of the Web, and others. He has an M. F. A. in English/Creative Writing from St. Mary's College in Moraga, CA , where he studied with Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Michael Palmer, Carol Snow, Frank Bidart, Gary Snyder, Charles Wright, and Sharon Olds. Andrew is also a member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, where he studied with Galway Kinnell, Richard Howard, and Lucille Clifton. His poems, including Young Man With iPod (Poetry Midwest, #13), are taught at Ohio State University as part of both its English 110.02 class, "The Genius and the Madman," and in its "American Poetry Since 1945" class. At the age of 23, Andrew published his first chapbook, The Psalms (Big 23 Press), which was favorably reviewed by Dr. Clifton Snider in the Small Press Review (issue 226, vol. 23, no. 11.)

Garrett "Garry" Lambrev started writing poems as a rite of puberty and hasn't stopped yet. Following his graduation from Peoples Temple in 1976, he joined the Cloud House movement in SF, engendered by Kush, and began reading on the streets and in the parks of Berkeley with fellow poets Clif Ross and Bob Rivera as The Rosa Luxemburg-Dorothy Day Cultural Brigade, coming to rest each Friday afternoon in the mini plaza in front of Cody's. Though he's published only intermittently over the last few decades, mostly in small and ephemeral literary magazines, early last year Berkeley's Beatitude Press published his first book length work, Dogstar and Poems from Other Planets: 1964-1989. He is presently completing a second collection, Galaxies Inside the Heart: 1990-2009 from which he will also be reading.

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http://www.andrewdemcak.com
http://www.ad1968.blogspot.com

Thursday, June 04, 2009

ANDREW DEMCAK READS @ BOOKS INC SF

Here's the link to my reading at Books Inc. SF from April 21st, 2009.  It was a wonderful, well-attended reading.  Listen to the MP3 audio here:


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

ANDREW DEMCAK SUPPORTS MARRIAGE EQUALITY

White Knot 
Prop 8 supporters may have won the battle here in California.  
But, mark my words; they will not win the war!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

ANDREW DEMCAK NEW POEM @ LISTENLIGHT #19

I have a new poem "The Living" in the newest issue of ListenLight #19.  It's from my forthcoming book of poetry, A Single Hurt Color.  It's a beautiful issue.  Check it out at by clicking the link below.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

3 MORE UNIVERSITIES BOUGHT ZERO SUMMER BY ANDREW DEMCAK


According to OCLC's WorldCat, The University of Arizona, The University of Maryland, and Indiana University have all just recently purchased my book Zero Summer for their permanent collections.  This is great because it took over a year before the Ivy League Universities began buying Catching Tigers in Red Weather.  Zero Summer has only been out since Feb 2009.


BONUS ZERO SUMMER TRIVIA:

NEW BLURB ON AMAZON.COM FOR ZERO SUMMER:
 
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignite to a ColorMay 16, 2009
Demcak's language swoops the reader into a new world where otherwise bland objects & people become colorful. Sex is a common topic for Demcak whose chapter of the book "Between melting & freezing..." (from T.S. Eliot) warms the room to body temperature & puts the reader in limbo with his warm images. These poems are "ignited to a color" & reiterate the poet's reason for writing: mainly, keeping us on our toes about reality. Demcak blooms here in Zero Summer & his subject matter, from drug addiction to sex to natural occurrence (death, etc.) communicates itself through simple structures & origins & possesses an internal play on words. Demcak has weaved himself into the quilt of modern poetry with this release. 
5.0 out of 5 stars

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

ANDREW DEMCAK ONE OF 40 POETS ON TWITTER


FROM COLLIN KELLEY'S BLOG:

Last week, Mashable.com listed 100 writers who are active on Twitter. Guess who they totally left out? Yep, poets. Laurel Snyder, a fantastic poet, got a mention, but because of her writing for young adults and children. I know many of you aren't on Twitter, don't want to be on Twitter, don't understand the purpose of Twitter, etc. Basically, Twitter is micro-blogging 140 characters at a time. It works on the same basis as Facebook updates, but is faster and more convenient. You can post "tweets" from your computer, your mobile phone, etc. 

I've got more than 600 folks following my stream and more join every day. I didn't get it either when I joined last summer, but I do now. Twitter's strength, for me, is supplying quick and useful links and news I can use. If you'll remember, it was Twitter that broke the news that Amazon had de-ranked GLBT books and made it a hot news item. 

As a poet and soon-to-be-novelist, I've found Twitter to be helpful. So, because Mashable couldn't or wouldn't, here's a list of 40 poets who are active on Twitter. A few caveats for this list: I only included the poet if they've updated in the last couple of months. Use it or delete it is my motto. I'm sure I've missed some folks. Please note them in the comments and I will update the list.

Karen Head: @poetphd
Jackie Sheeler: @jsheeler
Laurel Snyder: @laurelsnyder
Didi Menendez: @mipoesias
Charles Jensen: @chasjens
Amena Brown: @amenabee
Montgomery Maxton: @montmaxton
Kate Evans: @kateevanswriter
Karen Wurl: @kittenofpower
Dustin Brookshire: @dbrookshire
Andrew Demcak: @andrewdemcak
Ron Silliman: @ronsilliman
Christopher Hennessy: @outsider_lines
Nancy Devine: @nancydevine
Robert Lee Brewer: @robertleebrewer
Matthew Hittinger: @mhittinger
Christine Swint: @yoginipoet
Oliver de la Paz: @Oliver_delaPaz
Zinta Aistars: @zintaaistars
Tara Betts: @tarabetts
Pris Campbell: @pris2000
Nic Sebastian: @verylikeawhale
Mary Biddinger: @marybid
Deborah Ager: @clickwisdom
Rosemary Nissen-Wade: @snakypoet
Emily Lloyd: @elloyd74
Jon Goode: @jongoode
Emily Benton: @emilyabenton
Cheryl Snell: @cherylsnell
Shann Palmer: @shannpalmer
Daniel Nester: @danielnester
JS van Buskirk: @JSvanBuskirk
Jilly Dybka: @jilly
Vanessa Daou: @vanessadaou
Anne Haines: @annehaines
Amy King: @amyhappens
Stacie Boschma: @stacieboschma
Christian Bok: @christianbok
Ivy Alvarez: @ivyalvarez
Collin Kelley: @collinkelley

Saturday, April 25, 2009

ANDREW DEMCAK PINK NARCISSUS & NARCISSUS RESISTS


FROM MATTHEW HITTINGER'S BLOG:

Narcissus Resists and Pink Narcissus

Around the time Narcissus Resists was released poet Andrew Demcak wrote his five-part poem sequence Pink Narcissus in response to the 1971 James Bidgood film (which I also reference in Narcissus Resists).  Andrew was kind enough to dedicate his poem to me in celebration of the release of Narcissus Resists (very sweet Andrew, thank you!).

You can read Andrew's mini e-chap HERE.  (Yes, that's me on the cover, a painting courtesy of the very talented Didi Menendez who published both our projects).

Friday, April 10, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

ANDREW DEMCAK @ BOOKS INC. 4/21/09

Yay!  Prime real estate in the front window of Books Inc. in the Castro!  Both of my books, Catching Tigers in Red Weather and Zero Summer.
Check out those Tigers!  It's sort of a Demcak altar.
Yes, I am really here.  It's a Facebook thing.
Buy new my book Zero Summer!
I can read with my eyes shut!

I am showing off my new collagen lips.
Peter's iPhone photos.  I like that soft-focus quality.

Thanks to everyone who came to see me read at Books Inc. in the Castro 04/21/09, and everyone who couldn't come but sent his/her best wishes.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

ZERO SUMMER OUTRANKS BIBLE ON AMAZON.COM


Things are looking up for LGBTQ authors on Amazon.com after the censorship scandal. Currently at Amazon.com my book of poetry, Zero Summer, has a higher sales ranking than this Russian Orthodox Bible.  Zero Summer's ranking is #1,652,942 compared to the hefty #4,202,120 sales raking of the Bible.


Friday, April 03, 2009

ANDREW DEMCAK'S FIRST REJECTION FROM THE NEW YORKER!


to: Andrew Demcak
date: Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 11:06 AM
subject: Re: Poetry Submission from Andrew Demcak
mailed-by: newyorker.com


We regret that we are unable to use the enclosed material. Intriguing, but not quite TNY.  Thank you for giving us the opportunity to consider it.  Best of luck placing it elsewhere.

The Editors

Thursday, April 02, 2009

MAJOR INFLUENCE ON ANDREW DEMCAK'S POETRY

Piet Mondrian (1872 - 1944)

Excerpts from Mondrian's essay Plastic Art & Pure Plastic Art, which first appeared in 1937 in the British journal Circle. 

 

"Although Art is fundamentally everywhere and always the same, nevertheless two main human inclinations, diametrically opposed to each other, appear in its many and varied expressions. One aims at the direct creation of universal beauty, the other at the esthetic expression on oneself, in other words, of that which one thins and experiences. The first aims at representing reality objectively, the second subjectively. Thus we see in every work of figurative art the desire, objectively to represent beauty, solely through form and color, in mutually balanced relations, and, at the same time, an attempt to express that which these forms, colors, and relations arouse in us. The latter attempt must of necessity result in an individual expression which veils the pure representation of beauty."

"The laws which in the culture of art have become more and more determinate are the great hidden laws of nature which art establishes in its own fashion. It is necessary to stress the facts that these laws are more or less hidden behind the superficial aspects of nature. Abstract art is therefore opposed to a natural representation of things. But it is not opposed to nature as is generally thought. It is opposed to the raw primitive animal nature of man, but is one with true human nature. It is opposed to the conventional laws created during the culture of the particular form but it is one with the laws of the culture of pure relationships.
      First and foremost there is the fundamental law of dynamic equilibrium which is opposed to the static equilibrium necessitated by the particular form.
      The important task then of all art is to destroy the static equilibrium by establishing a dynamic one. Non-figurative art demands an attempt of what is a consequence of this task, the destruction of particular form and the construction of a rhythm of mutual relations, of mutual forms or free lines. We must bear in mind, however, a distinction between these two forms of equilibrium in order to avoid confusion; for when we speak of equilibrium pure and simple we may be for, and at the same time against, a balance in the work of art."

"In order that art may be really abstract, in other words, that it should not represent relations with the natural aspect of things, the law of the denaturalization of matter is of fundamental importance. In painting, the primary color that is as pure as possible realizes this abstraction of natural color. But color is, in the present state of technique, also the best means for denaturalizing matter in the realm of abstract constructions in three dimensions; technical means are as a rule insufficient."

"According to our laws, it is a great mistake to believe that one is practicing non-figurative art by merely achieving neutral forms or free lines and determinate relations. For in composing these forms one runs the risk of a figurative creation, that is to say one or more particular forms.
      Non-figurative art is created by establishing a dynamic rhythm of determinate mutual relations which excludes the formation of any particular form. We note thus, that to destroy particular form is only to do more consistently what all art has done."

"In general, people have not realized that one can express our very essence through neutral constructive elements; that is to say, we can express the essence of art. The essence of art of course in not often sought. As a rule, individualist human nature is so predominant, that the expression of the essence of art through a rhythm of lines, colors, and relationships appears insufficient. Recently, even a great artist has declared that 'complete indifference to the subject leads to an incomplete form of art.'
      But everybody agrees that art is only a problem of plastics. What good then is a subject? It is to be understand that one would need a subject to expound something named 'Spiritual riches, human sentiments and thoughts.' Obviously, all this is individual and needs particular forms. But at the root of these sentiments and thoughts there is one thought and one sentiment: those do not easily define themselves and have no need of analogous forms in which to express themselves. It is here that neutral plastic means are demanded.
      For pure art then, the subject can never be an additional value, it is the line, the color, and their relations which must 'bring into play the whole sensual and intellectual register of the inner life...,' not the subject. Both in abstract art and in naturalistic art color expresses itself 'in accordance with the form by which it is determined,' and in all art it is the artists task to make forms and colors living and capable of arousing emotion. If he makes art into an 'algebraic equation' that is no argument against the art, it only proves that he is not an artist."

"It is therefore a mistake to suppose that a non-figurative work comes out of the unconscious, which is a collection of individual and pre-natal memories. We repeat that it comes from pure intuition, which is at the basis of the subjective-objective dualism.
      It is, however, wrong to think that the non-figurative artist finds impressions and emotions received from the outside useless, and regards it even as necessary to fight against them. On the contrary, all that the non-figurative artist receives from the outside is not only useful but indispensable, because it arouses in him the desire to creative that which he only vaguely feels and which he could never represent in a true manner without the contact with visible reality and with the life which surrounds him. 
...
That which distinguishes him from the figurative artist is the fact that in his creations he frees himself from individual sentiments and from particular impressions which he receives from outside, and that he breaks loose from the domination of the individual inclination within him.
      It is therefore equally wrong to think that the non-figurative artist creates through 'the pure intention of his mechanical process,' that he makes 'calculated abstractions,' and that he wishes to 'suppress sentiment not only in himself but also in the spectator.' It is a mistake to think that he retires completely into his system. That which is regarded as a system is nothing but constant obedience to the laws of pure plastics, to necessity, which art demands from him. It is thus clear that he has not become a mechanic, but that the progress of science, of technique, of machinery, of life as a whole, has only made him into a living machine, capable of realizing in a pure manner the essence of art. In this way, he is in his creation sufficiently neutral, that nothing of himself or outside of him can prevent him from establishing that which is universal. Certainly his art is art for art's sake ... for the sake of the art which is form and content at one and the same time." 

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Broadway Boogie Woogie, o/c, 1942-1943, 
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Image courtesy of Mark Harden's Artchive

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

ANDREW DEMCAK NOW A SEARCH OPTION ON GOOGLE

I did a Google search on my name today.  I was surprised that by the forth letter of my last name Google had found me in its drop-down window.  Andrew Demc... is all you need.

2 NEW REVIEWS FOR ANDREW DEMCAK @ AMAZON.COM


An "R. Fields" posted two new reviews of my books on Amazon.com:

About Catching Tigers in Red Weather:
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Form Follows FunctionMarch 30, 2009
This collection of poetry shows that Andrew Demcak is not afraid to tackle forms. Each poem in this collection is identical: 6 couplets, 10 syllable lines, and varying rhyme schemes. I see why this work has been compared so often to Berryman's "Dream Songs." The poems dance around with their language. I heard a radio interview with Demcak where he talked about his cut-up technique. It's very innovative. This is just about as powerful a collection as any poet's first book can be: full of heart and masterfully controlled technique.
 

About Zero Summer:

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, creative, poetry colllectionMarch 30, 2009
I bough this book at a friend's recommendation. It is superb! What a talent. I like Randall Mann's work, too, but sometimes his forms seem a little bit too clever and evasive. Andrew Demcak's poems have both formal control and heart. A great collection from an emerging American poet.