Frank Sherlock is the recipient of the 2009 CAC Sexiest Poem Award. He is the author of Over Here (Factory School) and a collaboration with Brett Evans entitled Ready-to-Eat Individual (Lavender Ink). Other publications include Daybook of Perversities & Main Events (Cy Gist Press), Wounds in an Imaginary Nature Show (Night Flag Books) andSpring Diet of Flowers at Night (Mooncalf Press). He is a co-founder of PACE (Poet Activist Community Extension) and a native Philadelphian.You can visit him online at FrankSherlock.blogspot.comor with his friends at PhillySound.blogspot.com
from PACE as Poetics:
PACE as poetics is a function of poet-activist community extension. It began thousands of years ago. It begins again and again as poets engage in guerrilla street actions, sharing with strangers in public space. These acts are “guerrilla” simply because these encounters have become unconventional methods of poetic exchange. Practitioners operate outside of the larger structures of universities, reading series, and publishing houses that function as museums of poetry. If it is to be seen as resistance today, the enemy is Mediated Life, the alienation assurance company that has flooded the culture with fraudulent policies that promise smiles through spending.
The poem's potential as a lo-fi economic production is what makes it an attractive form for generative community extension. While McKenzie Wark warns that “art finds itself recruited into the prototyping of fascinating consumables”, it's true that poetry is the least commodifiable of art forms. A certain American talk-poet believes this is so because poetry is like gay marriage... no one knows what it really is. That's fine. The culturally fatigued could use a little sorcery.
The old social order operates in secret locations and tyrannical states with almost no press (Press? What press?) since the days of '99. There are opportunities to communicate between Miami Models and Minneapolis Eights in creative ways, with human interactions that remain free of commercial interruption. There are poems, discussions, and drifts of random encounters that exist as a co-created experience.
Anselm Berrigan, Gina Myers, Bill Lavender, Carol Mirakove, Tonya Foster, Kaia Sand, Dave Brinks, Jules Boykoff, Brenda Iijima, Brett Evans.
Poem by Frank Sherlock
Spring Diet of Flowers at Night
One day I gave a monkey an orange, and what did he do
with it? He ate it. I was surprised, I expected him to play
with it, smell or squeeze it, thank me for it… I don’t know,
somehow I was disappointed…My monkey took the
orange, and in a moment of perfect intelligence, ate it..