#012 – Jim Behrle

I want to shock you in a wine & cheese kind of way. This twelfth episode of Phoned-In features a reading by poet Jim Behrle. Click through to listen to the podcast and to read a Q&A in which he and Luke Degnan discuss The Boston Poet Tea Party, satire, Snooki and being punched in the face.

Jim Behrle’s latest chapbook is SUCCUBUS BLUES (Editions Louis Wain).


#011 – Mairéad Byrne

Why am I here–in this house–in this world–which also holds a man screaming as other men saw at his neck with an inadequate knife? In episode 11 of Phoned-In, BOMB Magazine’s poetry reading by phone podcast, Mairéad Byrne reads from her book, The Best of (What’s Left of) Heaven. Click through for the reading and the Q&A.

Mairéad Byrne emigrated from Ireland to the United States in 1994, for poetry. Her books include The Best of (What’s Left of) Heaven (Publishing Genius 2010), Talk Poetry (Miami University Press 2007), SOS Poetry (/ubu Editions 2007), and Nelson & The Huruburu Bird (Wild Honey Press 2003). She lives in Providence and teaches at Rhode Island School of Design.

#010 – Ben Mirov

Who was chasing me through the brush? He’s staring at neon graffiti and doesn’t look away. He looks like a rich kid on acid. He turns into a duffle bag. The man I have sex with is me. I don’t dream about you. I find your feelings’ cloud. In episode 10 of Phoned In, BOMB Magazine’s poetry reading by phone podcast, Ben Mirov reads from his book Ghost Machine. Click through for a Q&A where he and Luke Degnan discuss boredom, depression, Lego poetry, and Haruki Maurakami’s novel The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.

Ben Mirov has writing in, or forthcoming from: Did I Shit Me (I & II), The Agriculture Reader, Lungfull!, Absent, Verse Daily, The Best American Poetry Blog, and We Are Champion. He is the author of Collected Ghost (H_NGM_N, 2009), I is to Vorticism (New Michigan Press, 2010) and Ghost Machine (Caketrain Press, 2010). He is general editor of pax americana. He is also poetry editor of LIT Magazine. He blogs at isaghost.blogspot.com.

BOMB Radio

Phoned-In is featured on BOMB Magazine’s new radio show on Newtown Radio. Go to their archive to hear episodes featuring readings and interviews with CAConrad, K. Silem Mohammad, Carl Simmons, R. Stevie Moore, Zachary Schomburg and more.

Carl Simmons

Musician Carl Simmons recorded the album Honeysuckle Tendrals 11 years ago, and it has just been released by Sacred Bones Records. From the Sacred Bones website: “Think Peter Grudzien reading mother goose, The Cheshire Cat conducting the Langley School Music Project, or Bob Dylan singing unknown lullabies with a head full of helium.”

Carl simmons – Kaspar Hauser by phonedin

Read the interview and hear some songs here.


Happy Bloomsday.

Regaining new stable equilibrium he rose uninjured though concussed by the impact, raised the latch of the area door by the exertion of force at its freely moving flange and by leverage of the first kind applied at its fulcrum, gained retarded access to the kitchen through the subadjacent scullery, ignited a lucifer match by friction, set free inflammable coal gas by turningon the ventcock, lit a high flame which, by regulating, he reduced to quiescent candescence and lit finally a portable candle.

#009 – Mark Leidner

You’re panicking / because you can’t remember the meaning / of nonchalant, but I’m massaging / your neck, whispering, / It’s what you are. This ninth episode of Phoned-In, our poetry-reading-by-phone podcast, features a reading by Mark Leidner. Click through to listen and read a short Q&A in which he and Luke Degnan discuss Twitter, robot voices, and pitchforking steaming piles of irony. Click through to listen to the podcast and watch one of Mark’s poetry-reading robot videos.

Mark Leidner lives and tweets in Western Massachusetts.