Saturday, May 26, 2018

MANIFESTO OF THE HUMANITIES OPPOSITION WORLD LEAGUE

MANIFESTO OF THE HUMANITIES OPPOSITION WORLD LEAGUE

On Authoritarianism

I am the daughter of a family persecuted by Stalin and interred in concentration camps by Hitler. But most Americans know nothing of these things and do not heed the warning signs of authoritarianism all around them. First, it lies and erodes freedom, and then - quite suddenly - starts to arrest the opposition: intellectuals, minorities, disabled people, the press. Just by way of saying, fight now while you can.

Monday, May 14, 2018

TRIBUTE TO JOHN ASHBERY AND COLETTE INEZ

READING, COMPILATION and RECEPTION for WHITE RABBIT'S SPECIAL ISSUE dedicated to JOHN ASHBERY and COLETTE INEZ
edited by Dorothy Friedman August.
Sunday May 20 2:30 - 5 pm 

Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery

Readers and contributors include: Anne Waldman, John Godfrey, Stephen Paul Miller, David Lehman, Vincent Katz, Mark Statman, Charles Bernstein, Ann Lauterbach, Ron Kolm, Bruce Andrews, Sharon Mesmer, Tom Savage, Barbara Henning, Michael Malinowitz, Max Blagg, Colette Inez, Gary Azon, Shalom Neuman, George Wallace, Jill Hoffman, Don Yorty Larissa Shmailo, Jerome Sala, Neddi Heller, Anthony Haden-Guest, Anton Yakovlev, Carol Wierzbicki, Amy Barone and others. 

$5 Contribution

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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Will be presenting at the 50th ASEEES Conference

I am thrilled that our panel "Contemporary Russian Poetry in Search of a Global Poetics" has been accepted for the 50th ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies) Conference this December. I will be speaking on the experimental poetry of Alexander Skidan. My co-panelists are Eugene Ostashevsky, Evgeny Pavlov, Olga Sokolova, and Vladimir Feshchenko. So honored!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Poems for Earth Day


Degree
Look up, the water is rising again; the ocher ocean
is warmer today. The sea mists rise, form grey clouds
named Harvey and Irma and Jose and they reign,

mad royalty, over earth. Hush: The brown waters
rush into tributaries, to rivers, to the troubled chopped 
sea, where carbons heat the surface of salt; one degree,

and it rises hotter, wetter, wilder, whipping waves
of wind, winding toward us, a Kitty, Leo, Marie; a child,
looking at the sea, will die today, Noah, alee.

Plate Histrionics
  
He throws a gold-lamé wedding-set saucer
at me, and spits, “There is no
 global warm-ing.”

Today, Irma evacuates Sarasota as b-
rother Harvey peers and jeers, Ozymandiu-
s-like, Houston and Florida, look upon me.

A-s th-ese li-nes are bro-ken, so the dream-
s of cities, and those hamlets and towns a-
way where we settled to breathe, hear our-
selves think.

Cat 5, there is no stronger. An
evil fidget spinner, Irma swirls out of a wet
hell, and I holler CLIMATE CHANGE.

It is the
imitation
Wedgewood gravy boat, h-
e throws that next, jjjjjjjust before she

A Sonnet Affected by Climate Change

The Earth is mud and shale gas, molten magma, metamorphic—
Oh Sis, Oh Bro—and igneous, blast changing in its last tic,
with a heady burst of ozone, all zones, a corpse that ends in water.
Without us, climate will survive, change fast, outlast—Oh Daughter:
The equatorial world endures, we fall, all bone, all copses sick. 

Paleoclimatology predicts our fate.
Put the conundrum on another generation’s plate?
No, it’s now: in Africa, desertification scorches,
torches farmland. (HUNGER!!!!)
And the people learn of a Great Satan, a nation
that throws away food. Do you see
that they will fight because they must?
Whom will they trust? What is terror after you’ve
watched your child die in the land’s rust?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

An Attack on Justice?

As of today, Mitch McConnell will not permit legislation protecting the Mueller investigation to go forward. House Republicans are demanding former FBI Director James Comey's unredacted memos from Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein (evidence in a live investigation); Rosenstein's refusal may be cause for Trump firing him and installing someone who will fire or limit Mueller. In New York, the temporary Attorney General is recused from the Michael Cohen case and his term is up May 3; Trump may install someone who will impede the Cohen trial. The groundwork is being laid for a multilateral attack on justice; contact your legislators before the fix comes in.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Poetry Productive: Write to Publish


Poetry Productive: Writing to Publish 
Eight sessions:
Tuesdays 5:30 – 7:30 pm 
June 5, 12, 19, 26
July 10, 17, 24, 31
No class Independence holiday week.
$400.00
212-712-9865
Class Description: Our focus in this workshop will be on writing to publish in journals, for chapbooks, or toward full-length manuscripts. Instructor Larissa Shmailo will share formal and experimental poetic techniques to add to your repertoire and help edit your poems. We will write in-class to evocative prompts and maintain a supportive atmosphere to encourage creative risk. Each class will include a discussion of where to publish your poems/books. 

Location: Safe and comfortable home environment in accessible elevator and doorman building, near numerous bus and train lines.

Instructor: Larissa Shmailo is an award-winning poet, novelist, editor, translator, and critic. Her poetry collections are Medusa’s Country,#specialcharacters, In Paran, the chapbook A Cure for Suicide, and the e-book Fib Sequence; her latest novel is Patient Women. Shmailo’s work has appeared in Plume, the Brooklyn Rail, Fulcrum, the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, the Journal of Poetics Research, Drunken Boat, Barrow Street, and the anthologies Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters, Words for the Wedding, Contemporary Russian Poetry, Resist Much/Obey Little: Poems for the Inaugural, Verde que te quiero verde: Poems after Garcia Lorca, and many others. Shmailo is the original English-language translator of the world's first performance piece, Victory over the Sun by Alexei Kruchenych. Shmailo also edited the anthology Twenty-first Century Russian Poetry and has been a translator on the Russian Bible for the American Bible Society. Please see more about Shmailo at her website at www.larissashmailo.com and Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larissa_Shmailo.

Call 212-712-9865 to register or for more information.

 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

NYPL Reading - Shmailo and Kostos 3/24

"Larissa Shmailo, in Medusa's Country, and Dean Kostos, in Pierced by Night-Colored Threads, engage in the dance of Eros and Thanatos. Jung and his archetypes populate the terrain of metaphor, loss, and regret. These brave poems risk articulating what society tends to silence. However, as Pluto is the ruler of the underworld, his name also means "The Rich One." Hence, there is richness to be found in exploring the dark and painful recesses of the unconscious."

NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY MARCH 24 2-4 PM FREE

https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2018/03/24/poetry-reading-dean-kostos-and-larissa-schmailo 
3/24 NYPL EVENT


 

Monday, February 26, 2018

THREE ECOPOEMS IN ECO-POETRY

I am honored to have a page at Eco-Poetry.org with three of my ecopoems: "Degree," "Plate Histrionics," and "A Sonnet Affected by Climate Change." Thanks to visionary editor Daniela Gioseffi!

SHMAILO ECOPOEMS

Friday, February 16, 2018

THE CULT OF TRUMP

The attachment of Trump supporters to a venal, self-serving, obnoxious man is not unprecedented. Trump supporters display the same psychodynamics as the cult followers of Jim Jones or David Koresh. They systematically reject any information that conflicts with their delusion of a powerful father figure who loves and protects them, even at the expense of their health and welfare. These people will support Trump even if, as he has said, he shoots someone in broad daylight, or even shoots them.

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