Wednesday, February 27, 2013

New Web site:

Dear Friends:

Please visit my new Web site at for a complete description of my editorial, writing, translation, and social media services. Also check the "Literary Services" page for information on poetry manuscript review and submission services. (Oh, you know it's time to get published!)


Monday, February 25, 2013

Persian Version of "Rules of Reflection" for John Ashbery

I am thrilled that Iranian poet Rahi (Mohammad Mostaghimi) has translated my poem, "The Rules of Reflection" for John Ashbery into Persian!

               Rules of Reflection

                         for John Ashbery

When light is reflected by convex mirrors,
a virtual image is formed.

                                <  .  >

Some of you will have difficulty
understanding how
the image of an 
object can can be found from a single point.

Some other poems of mine  Rahi has translated into Persian include "Date," "Oscillation," "Dancing with the Devil," and "My First Hurricane."

Rahi, mamnoon!
 . با تشکر از شما

Sunday, February 24, 2013

MadHat / Pen & Anvil Reading at AWP

MadHat Presents Live and The Pen & Anvil Press are pleased to present:

Readings by Terese Svoboda, Ben Mazer,
Larissa Shmailo, Philip Nikolayev, Katia Kapovich, Sassan Tabatabai, Susan Lewis, Annie Pluto, Matthew Kelsey, Ellen Adair Glassie, and Thomas Simmons!

Featuring host Jonathan Penton reading works by Marc Vincenz and j/j hastain!

Join the merriment at the Facebook event page here:

Saturday, February 23, 2013

"I Stand on Holy Ground": Chant for My Lai, Exorcism, on Indiefeed Performance Poetry

The title track of my CD Exorcism, a found poem about the My Lai massacre, is up at Indiedeed Performance  Poetry:

You can buy the track or the CD or read reviews at at:

or on Spotify, Rhapsody, iTunes, or Amazon.

Album Notes
\"In a sea of mimics, this poet is an original voice.\" ---Doug Holder, Ibbetson Street Press

\"Shmailo reads with so much intensity, intonation, energy, in velvety and sensual voice, that to not hear this would be a missed experience....Shmailo is intense. She can shock, she can tickle, she can entrance. Shmailo poetizes devils with the same skill as she weaves words around God and Magdalene. Her poetry is as lushly sensual as it is cutting to the bone. This is about love and pain, birth and rebirth, fields of magnolias, and surviving the Warsaw ghetto... The slap of shock is appropriate. This is not merely strong performance, it is also strong in substance.\"---Zinta Aistars, The Smoking Poet

\"Larissa Shmailo does not think small. On Exorcism, she is trying to do nothing less than exorcise the demons of human evil...While this is the overarching theme of the Exorcism (and it is, for the most part, a powerful and effective theme), it is not all that is going on on this CD. There are a number of individually powerful poems here, such as “The Gospel According to Magdalene,” “Bloom,” and “Abortion Hallucination.” They all fit, some tightly, some loosely, into the larger theme, but also stand well on their own.
---G. Murray Thomas, Poetix

\"The whole CD digs...bringing forth fiery, unorthodox, visceral imagery of the Devil and Magdalena, lovers and torturers and survivors. [Shmailo] crafts breath, rhythm, and rhyme, with a relaxed and dancerly demeanor and natural authority. Highly recommended.\" ---Anne Elliott, Ass Backwords

\"Exorcism, Larissa Shmailo\'s second poetry CD, displays the remarkable range and electrifying vitality that have won her admirers worldwide. Following fast on the release of The No-Net World, Larissa Shmailo returns to her deepest poetic origins, and from there, reveals an ascendancy that will mystify and astound.
Begin your Exorcism. Take hold of the promise in “Vow.” It’s yours. It asks you to join the “people who fought and won” in “Warsaw Ghetto,” where you’ll find your singing strength. The witty and defiant “Dancing with the Devil” leads you to learn “How to Meet and Dance with Your Death.” This fiery and original narrative is fit only for real explorers. Heed the admonitions to avert unnecessary demons, see the sweaty face of your own Reaper, and know \"after that, you will never fear him again, nor seek him.\" The hauntingly seductive puissance in “He follows her . . .” yields to a caboodle of ghosts surveying a ghostly city in Shmailo’s sparkling translation of “Dante” by Anna Ahkmatova.
As illusions of death wane, you will feel the pleasure and pain of “My First Hurricane.” Then get “Personal” with longing for knowledge of the beloved. Power returns in the gorgeous “The Gospel According to Magdalene,” a manifesto of might, whose structural elements are slyly subverted by sampling. Get under the tongue-in-cheek “Skin,” a grunge hymn, and emerge somewhere on “Catawissa Road,” where a skewering Penelope grudgingly meshes with a mad Odysseus. Overcome distaste for arid wastes when “Ayah” asks why a surplus of sand covers everything bland.
The still center is “Bhakti,” Shmailo’s homage to tenth-century mystic poet Mahadevi-Akka, who worshiped the \"Lord White as Jasmine,\" a destroyer of illusions who offers salvation repeatedly, from world to world. The savage art song, “Bloom” invokes Colette, Sand, and James Joyce and the lives of working women throughout the ages.
You may be well schooled by the “Rules of Reflection,” yet there are perils ahead. This is, after all, an exorcism. A demonic maternal phantasmagoria scolds in “At the Top of My Lungs,” twisting its enigmatic wreath of fears and death. But hold your tears—and your breath—for “Abortion Hallucination,” a lyric hell of loss and blackest light. Survive its strife. Let “New Life 2” bring you back to life. Shmailo’s imaginative and noetic variation on a theme by Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky sifts for signification in catastrophe, inspired by escaping the great trapping fire of war. For more to scale, there’s “Mapping” and, with urbane wit, finding “a use for all that doesn’t fit.”
Engage interior doom and sacred terrain in “Exorcism,” a syncretic chant, part found-poem, part puzzle, part indictment, and part prayer for social justice. If you want, you can fly full circle to “Vow.” Play that first track again, and you have drawn a perfect circle—that hardest of artist’s tasks—accomplished by this poet of intense musical, imaginative, and thematic variety. Possess yourself. Repeat as needed. You stand on holy ground.\" - Eric Yost

Saturday, February 16, 2013


MadHat Presents (formerly the “Poetry, Prose, and Anything Goes” reading series of Mad Hatters’ Review) and Unlikely Stories: Episode IV (grandchild of Unlikely Stories and overbearing spouse of Unlikely Books) are teaming up to bring you a literary afternoon of weirdness, whimsy, and complete unpredictability!

New Yorkers Alexander Cigale, Dana Golin, Susan Lewis, Peter Marra and Larissa Shmailo will be there, bringing you visions and images from alien imaginations, global and interdimensional. Joel Lewis will be joining us from New Jersey, with a suitcase of thoughtful analyses and careful observations. Jonathan Penton will be on hand from Louisiana, drinking your oil spills and stealing your toothpaste. And Marc Vincenz will be joining us all the way from Zurich, with his searing and sophisticated cosmologies and romanticism.

Our writers will be accompanied by Leon Dewan of Dewanatron, inventor of the Swarmatron, the crazed electronic genius described at

The whole thing goes down at Sidewalk, 94 Avenue A, New York, AT 3:30 PM, where the beers are buy-one-get-one-free refill on Saturday afternoons! And after our read, stick around for a Boog City Literary event at 6pm!

You can learn more about the Unlikely series at and the MadHat family at And check out Unlikely Hatters: Part II at le poisson rouge, described at!

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