Monday, January 12, 2015

I'm the Poet of the Week at Brooklyn Poets

This week, Brooklyn Poets features my poem, "Post-Nine/Eleven," and an interview that I'll excerpt a bit of here:

How long have you lived in Brooklyn? What neighborhood do you live in? 
I’ve lived in Brooklyn for five and a half years, the longest I’ve lived anywhere in my adult life. I first moved to an apartment in Prospect Heights across from the Brooklyn Museum and lived there for two years before moving into a third-floor brownstone in Bed-Stuy that my friends were moving out of. It felt impossible to find and put the money down for the first apartment, but the second move was the easiest I’ve ever done, which feels very New York to me—everything’s easier once you’re inside, but trying to move in and out of city limits takes its toll (like, an actual, expensive highway toll). 
What do you like most about it? 
Both of my Brooklyn apartments have had amazing views: the first one was on the top floor of a building at the top of the hill by the Brooklyn Museum, the proverbial heights of Prospect, and I could see north for miles. The view outside my window now is seasonal. I can always see the Freedom Tower: I’ve watched as they’ve completed it—an odd everyday experience in your bedroom, the personal and political in just the way that interests me, and something that’s worked its way into Empire Wasted. In the summertime when the foliage is heavy, I can’t see midtown, but this time of year I can see the Empire State Building and the Chrysler building (my favorite), too. It gives you a weird sense of false omniscience to be high up with NYC views. Michel de Certeau talks about this in his essay “Walking in the City,” where he’s up in the twin towers—so here we are, “Post-Nine/Eleven” again. (But the LA vista is all about balconies.) In my chapbook Merrily, Merrily (Lame House Press, 2013), I call this view “skybox / god’s chair.” 
Share with us a defining Brooklyn experience, good, bad or in between. 
Within the first three years of moving to Brooklyn, I experienced a tornado, an earthquake and a hurricane. I was living high up in Prospect Heights during the 2010 hurricane that touched down in neighboring Park Slope, and when I saw the greenish sky and felt the pressure in my head, I shut all the windows, put my cat, Contessa, in a backpack, and headed down to the building’s laundry room. There was no one else there. But later it did turn out to be a tornado, so I didn’t feel so crazy. I did feel pretty Midwestern, though.

I'm also Instagramming my week, which you can follow via @bexklaver or by searching for #brooklynpoets.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"Open Season" on Verse Daily

My poem "Open Season," from my manuscript Empire Wasted, was the featured poem on Verse Daily today! Thanks to Rachel Finkelstein for originally publishing it in CutBank.


Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Video and a Podcast

In April, my poems were featured on Chelsea Kurnick's online reading series The Side Dish (which takes place live via Google Hangouts, and is then archived on YouTube) and on Dan Coffey's podcast Papers from the Border.

The work comes from my NaPoWriMo video project "Live on the Internet: A Diary" and from my new manuscript, Empire Wasted.

You can see/hear the episodes below.

The Side Dish #29:





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Papers for the Border episode #18, "When Nothing in the Form of Everything Is at Stake":

     Full track list.

     Listen to episode.

Friday, December 6, 2013

NONSTOP POP is now available as a free ebook!

You can view it as a free PDF here, or check out more options on the Bloof site.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

"Fall Parties" on Poem-A-Day

My poem "Fall Parties" is the poem of the day at the Academy of American Poets!

You can read it here, and sign up to get the poems in your inbox every morning on the Poets.org homepage.


Sunday, October 27, 2013

More Lyrics (for Lou Reed)

At the Bloof at Berl's poetry reading on Wednesday night, I started my set with the poem, "More Lyrics for My Favorite Band," the first poem in my Bloof chapbook, Nonstop Pop, and also a poem that ends with the "doo-da-doo"s of Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side": 


MORE LYRICS FOR MY FAVORITE BAND 

I was clapping for your dance / I was dancing for your clap

I was skooching around in my anger / fainting into a nap

and the girls on the train with their Warhol tote bags
and the girls on the train with their space! gusts
and the girls on the train empire-wasted
and the girls on the train shitfaced-ed!

I was scowling for your benefit / I was benefiting from your scowl

I was facepainting by number / hardsetting my jowl

and the girls on the train go

doo-da-doo / doo-doo da-doo 

doo-da-doo / doo-doo da-doo. . . .


When I read this poem, I usually say that my favorite band is Destroyer, which is true, but also somewhat misleading, since in lots of ways this is a poem as much for Lou Reed as it is for Dan Bejar (for Reed references, see "Warhol tote bags," things girls do, how girls go). And when I read-sing the "doo-da-doo"s at the end, what I'm thinking about is how there are these certain songwriters that poets get to claim, too -- some of them have published books of poems (Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith), but some of them are simply recognized by poets as poets. Lou Reed was one of these songwriters, and that sing-speak thing he does in "Walk on the Wild Side" trickled on down to Bejar's Destroyer, David Berman's Silver Jews, and many more (what obvious examples am I forgetting?). It's also, of course, connected to the recombination of music, poetry, and performance that Laurie Anderson perfected.

Somewhere between speech and song: isn't that the lyric? A long tradition dressed down for rock and roll. If I could sing for shit, that's the kind of artist I'd be.



Monday, September 16, 2013

Amanda Montei reviews Nonstop Pop at HTMLGIANT

In her review "Girl is Totes Sketch," Amanda Montei reads Nonstop Pop in conversation with Lara Glenum, Kate Durbin, Lauren Berlant, Andy Warhol, and more, and teaches me a lot about pop & girlhood:

"In an endless purposeful regression towards their inner fucked up girly girl, Klaver and Glenum explore not only in the language of pop but also in the relationship between the paranoid nature of pop and the always already dead and doubted girl."



"...a troubled attachment to a more adolescent, indeed girlish, relation with capitalist commodity..."




Sunday, August 11, 2013

Merrily, Merrily Now Available + Teeny Trailer

My chapbook Merrily, Merrily is available at the Lame House Press site for $7 including shipping. It comes in four exotic colors! And it's big and hand sewn and beautiful and thank you, Gina Myers.



You can watch my 18-second trailer for it below:

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Things I learned from Miranda July's "An email that gives advice. We Think Alone, Week 2"

1. People who need advice usually have names that start with "K."

2. Most people who give advice admit (or boast?) that "probably this was not the advice you wanted to hear."

3. Kirsten Dunst does not give advice.



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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Nonstop Pop Now Available at Bloof!



Nonstop Pop 
Becca Klaver
April 2013
ORDER
Chapbook, Limited edition
5.5 x 5.5, 36 pages
Full color 80 lb. cover
Natural white interior
Hand sewn
$7.00









Nonstop Pop is the third chapbook in the 2012-2013 series from Bloof Books. Each chapbook in the series will be released in a limited edition of one hundred numbered copies, followed by a digital release.

Klaver samples movie dialogue, invents new lyrics for her favorite band, recalls a blog post by Eileen Myles, rewrites the dictionary a few times, plays Slip 'N Slide with America, cheekily appropriates testimonials for a popular self-help book, and expresses a few feelings by way of their equivalent b®and names for maximal market penetration in these 22 pop-influenced poems. 

Visit the Bloof website to order and for more information.