The world according to flarf

On May 19, Emergent Forms: A 21st-Century Reading Series and West Wind Review will co-host a double event: the "West Wind Review" 2009 release party, celebrating the publication of this year's issue, and An Evening of Flarf.

Flarf poets Gary Sullivan, Nada Gordon, Mel Nichols, Rod Smith, K. Silem Mohammad, and special guests will read and perform. This event will be held at 7 p.m. at Bohemia Gallery, in its new location at 552 A St. Suggested donation is $10; students are admitted free.

Flarf is a type of experimental poetry where writers try to explore the concept of "inappropriateness." Poems are usually written by putting odd search terms into Google or some other search engine and distilling the results into a poem or story. K. Silem Mohammad is an SOU professor and a noted Flarf poet. He's organizing these events.

On Wednesday, May 20 at the same location and at the same time, Emergent Forms presents poets Rod Smith and Mel Nichols. Rod Smith is the author of "Deed," "Music or Honesty" and several other books. He edits "Edge Books" and the journal "Aerial/Edge." Mel Nichols' first book is "Catalytic Exteriorization Phenomenon" (Edge Books, 2009). She teaches at George Mason University. Suggested donation $10, students free.

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