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National Poetry Month Continues : with Justin Chin

Back When I Knew Who I Was 

i was content to spend my afternoons
wondering what co-dependent meant
not realizing that those lazy
humid daylight hours was better  
spent figuring out the physics
of dependency and codeine dreams

back when i knew who i was
i was much better than i ever thought i was
i could conjugate fuck like nobody’s business
       fuck me, fuck you, fuck it, fuck him, fuck her
       fuck them, fuck yourself, holy fuck, goddamnfuckit

i could shovel dead pets off the driveway
     that my aunt ran over on her way to choir practice
     and not shed a single tear
i could choke down every family fight about money,
every caning that would come for no reason after those fights,
every time we were forced to go to my rich relatives for dinner and we’d
find ourselves in the kitchen cooking and doing the dishes.

i believed i knew the meaning of alcohol
i believed i knew how to get out of every scrap
i believed i wasn’t gonna make 25
i believed in 18 molecules of carbon
21 molecules of hydrogen
3 oxygen and one fab nitrogen
all in a sweet mixture enough to make me
feel like jennifer beals in flashdance
twirling my ass
in front of the snotty audition,
praying for a stinking place in 
the dance-a-thon of actuality

back when my balls were the size of brazil
and my ego was the size of the antarctica
and my courage was the size of phlegm
i learned to trust few people
learned to want little
and to need even less
i learned to say “FUCK IT”

with such ease and venom
the most cynical rattlesnake
would have its underbelly turn emerald
in two seconds flat.

you could wake to find yourself in some sweet danger,
in some piss-flavored version of addiction
designed to make up for lost time,
lost ideals, lost lovers, lost causes, lost saviours
but -shit- these days,
all i find is myself back when i was
back in the conga line of perpetual desire
the territory of an incessant need
i crave my one habit of a good man
and i want to secede from
the grip of addiction philosophy,
from the colony of “i should’ve known better”

fuck that 12-step thing, i say,
i like to keep my options open
and i like having the option
to get absolutely fucked up
when i feel like it,
and not feel like i fucked up, dammit.

do things change that much?
can some stupid sign from the almighty
whip you right around?
maybe i should be looking for visions of jesus
in billboards of spaghetti sauce,
visions of buddha in men’s semen,
maybe i’ll be a much better person
if i knew who i was when i knew who i was
but who the fuck do i think i am?
i can’t even piss straight into the bowl,
can’t even tell my lover that i want to cook him
breakfast for the rest of my life,
can’t even cross against the light,
     (ooh, walk to the light, walk to the light….)
can’t pay my bills on time nor balance my checkbook
can’t dance, can’t mosh,
can’t get fucked up like i used to, not that i want to anyway
can’t take it like a man, whatever that means.

all i can is kiss who i was
back when i knew who i was
goodbye, one great big tongue smooch
and wish him a good journey
as he walks to the light
and falls off the edge of the earth
and into a peaceful hell.

i’ll meet up with him later.

Justin Chin, from Bite Hard
     Manic D Press, 1997

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And Up Next, In Honor of National Poetry Month : Sparrow 13 Laughingwand

from the anthology Signs of Life [ Manic D Press : 1994 ]
as well as Hell Soup [ Manic D : 1996 ], Sparrow’s collected works, self-described as “ranging from Hillbilly childhood to savage sissy.”

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San Francisco Performances : June 2012

Porchlight Storytelling Series San Francisco with Beth Lisick

Monday, June 18  2012
Porch Light Storytelling Series

“For the past decade, Porchlight has been San Francisco’s  premier storytelling series. Each month, co-founders Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte invite six people from different backgrounds to tell ten-minute true stories without using notes or memorization. Past storytellers include some of the area’s most entertaining school bus drivers, mushroom hunters, politicians, socialites, sex workers, musicians, authors, systems analysts, and social workers.”

Monday, June 18
I Do: The Wedding Show

A special day to be remembered forever. What could possibly go wrong?

Featuring

writer/performer Eugene Ashton-Gonzalez

poetry reviewer Barbara Berman

writer/stylist Clint Catalyst

crossing guard/lawyer Denise Hoffner

music writer Paul Myers

pastry chef Aimee Page

Verdi Club
2424 Mariposa St., San Francisco CA
Show at 8:00pm/doors at 7:00pm
$15 general
$7.50 Friends of Library members

http://www.facebook.com/porchlightsf

http://www.facebook.com/events/414839951890151

 

☆ ★ ☆ — also — ☆ ★ ☆

Wednesday, June 20  2012
Faggot Dinosaur Anthology Reading/Release Party

 

“Please join Writers Among Artists founder and editor Ali Liebegott in this visual and literary collaboration of dinosaurs knitting, fucking, and listening to Barbara Streisand! Queerness of the Paleolithic Age abounds at Faggot Dinosaur — a reading, and journal release celebration. With Artists: Resa Alboher, Jen Benka & Carol Mirakove, Denise Bilbao, Cooper Bombardier, Lisa Brown, Clint Catalyst, Justin Chin, Lucy Corin, Carmella Fleming, Leora Fridman, Nicole J. Georges, Hilary Goldberg, Nicki Greene, Michael Henry Hayden, Diane Hoffman, Sade Huron, Elyssa Joy Kilman, Andrea Lawlor, jojo Lazar, Janice Lee, Ricky Lee, Cayenne Link, Amy Macabre, Mary Meriam, Na¹amen, Sawako Nakayasu, Kirk Read, Steven Reigns, Joshua Robinson, Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, Roxanne, Sam Sax, Cedar Sigo, Michelle Tea, Masha Tupitsyn, Vlad Viski, Ed Wolf and Yasmin San Francisco!”

Wednesday, June 20 2012

Alley Cat Books
3036 24th St, San Francisco, CA
7 p.m.
$5

http://www.facebook.com/events/181551501972861/

Brown Paper Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/246336

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For Kathy, Upon Reading The Village Voice [ February 23, 1976 ]

Performance. The performative.
I need more performance art in my life.

Reading this clipping sped my pulse, made me feel
both as if I were a spectator and a participant in the event.
[ Each is the other, ultimately. ]

A nod to your ghost, Kathy Acker…

I never told you that several lifetimes ago, back when I lived
in a dry county in Nowheresville, Arkansas —
so eager to claw out of that place
the tips of my fingers ached

I stole a San Francisco telephone book from the local library
[ planning, as it were, my ’ great escape ’ ] and
was so stunned to see your name / number listed, I
had to call and confirm you were you.

Sorry I hung up, but not-so-sorry
Caller I.D. didn’t exist yet in that
ancient history

What…I don’t know what else
I could or would’ve said

My favorite writers, artists :
I guess I view them the way most people do “rock stars.”

Even the term ‘rock and roll’ induces eye-rolling on this end, but
I’d stomp my feet and raise a lighter
for an encore

of your life, for
your life cut short —

This world is a cancer : it eats everything
precious, everything
every thing

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Hey Bay Area! Tomorrow Night. Whatever Your Other Plans Might Be . . .

Well, clearly they’re exactly that : plans other than
me, in the role of ‘ D.J. ‘

& you, hangin’ at

where there’s no hassle re: a cover, lover. . .

[ Unless you arrive after 11 p , at which time a fee of two dollars is requested.
As in, like : two dollars . ]

Just make it happen,  O.K.?

O . K .

Ah!  & Not only/but also :
I’ll be serving the WORLD PREMIERE

of a special release from  I†† !

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Cottonmouth Kisses Review — The Bellingham Herald

July 23, 2000

with mad gratitude to Ara Taylor

Cottonmouth Kisses, Clint Catalyst

Either click image to enlarge,
or

http://picturepush.com/public/4729559

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Review of Cottonmouth Kisses : Traffic

A publication of Small Press Traffic, “Helping Writers Break The Rules Since 1974.”

Spring/Summer 2001

Cottonmouth Kisses,Clint Catalyst,Kevin Killian,Traffic

More info on the legendary Kevin Killian awaits!

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Review of Pills, Thrills, Chills and Heartache — Morbid Outlook

June 2004


Special Thanks to Andrew Fenner &
Mistress McCutchan

[ Source: Morbid Outlook ]

 

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August 2009 Clint Catalyst Readings/Performances

August 8, 2009 (San Francisco, CA)

Clint Catalyst adds a few words of his own to a stellar line-up of authors at Charlie Andrews’ “Writers With Drinks,”the Bay Area’s highly-acclaimed ‘Spoken Word Variety Show’

08/08/09
Other magazine presents Writers With Drinks
(with featured wordsmiths Dorothy Allison, Adam Savage, Clint Catalyst, Mary Miller, Steven Barnes and special guest host Beth Lisick)
The Make-Out Room
3225 22nd Street
San Francisco, CA
7 p.m.
Writers With Drinks Website
*This Event Is 21 & Over
$3-$5 sliding scale (all proceeds benefit non-profits)

Reader/Performer Bios:

Dorothy Allison is the author of the National Book Award finalist and Ferro Grumley prize-winning Bastard Out Of Carolina, the Lilian Smith prize-winning Cavedweller, and the short story collection Trash, plus the forthcoming She Who. She was an award winning editor for Quest, Conditions, and Outlook, early feminist and Lesbian & Gay journals. Her story “Compassion” was selected for both Best American Short Stories 2003 and Best New Stories from the South 2003. She’s been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Emory University and a writer in residence at Macondo in San Antonio, TX, and Columbia College in Chicago.

Adam Savage is a special effects expert who hosts the show Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel. He’s also worked on Star Wars Episodes I and II, Space Cowboys, Galaxy Quest, Terminator 3, the Matrix sequels, and A.I. among others. I’ve done R&D for toy companies, acted in commercials and films, and done props and sets for Coca-Cola, Dow Corning, Hershey’s, Lexus, and a host of New York and San Francisco theater companies.

Steven Barnes’s novels include the Aubry Knight series, the Insh’Allah series, plus Shadow Valley, Great Sky Woman, Charisma, Iron Shadows, Blood Brothers and the Kundalini Equation. With Larry Niven, he’s written the Dream Park Series, The Descent of Anansi, Achilles’ Choice and Saturn’s Choice. With Tananarive Due and Blair Underwood, he writes the Tennyson Hardwick novels. He also wrote the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novelization Far Beyond The Stars, and the Star Wars novel The Cestus Deception, plus two Assassin’s Creed novels. He’s written for The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Stargate: SG-1 and Andromeda, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Cable, Ace and Endeavor awards.

Clint Catalyst is the author of Cottonmouth Kisses. He’s served as contributing editor with Swindle Quarterly and Surface, a managing editor of Permission magazine, and editor-at-large of three literary journals: Praxis, Psychodaisies, The Aeonian. With Michelle Tea, he co-edited the anthology Pills, Thrills, Chills and Heartache. He’s won the Isaac Andrew Campbell Memorial Prize for Poetry and the Congress/Bundestag Scholarship, the literary journal CFF deemed Catalyst both “Renaissance Man of the Year” and “Author With Most Anticipated New Release.”

Mary Miller is the author of Big World and the chapbook Less Shiny. Her work’s appeared in Storyglossia and elsewhere.

About Writers With Drinks:
Writers With Drinks has won “Best Literary Night” from the SF Bay Guardian readers’ poll five years in a row and was named “Best Literary Drinking” by the SF Weekly. The spoken word “variety show” mixes genres to raise money for local worthy causes. The award-winning show includes poetry, stand-up comedy, science fiction, fantasy, romance, mystery, literary fiction, erotica, memoir, zines and blogs in a freewheeling format. The event has been going since April 2001.

About Beth Lisick:

Beth Lisick has published poems, essays, a short fiction collection, and also wrote a weekly nightlife column for SF Gate for eight years. Her stage and screen collaborations with writer/performer Tara Jepsen have yielded some uncomfortable moments, the most recent being a short film called Diving for Pearls which played the international film festival circuit. She also co-organizes the Porchlight Storytelling Series, a monthly show for amateur storytellers in San Francisco. Her book Everybody Into the Pool, was a New York Times bestseller and made Entertainment Weekly’s list of Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2005. Her latest book about her adventures in the self-help biz is called Helping Me Help Myself: One Skeptic, 10 Self-Help Gurus, and a Year on the Brink of the Comfort Zone.

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Thanks!

August 14, 2009 (San Francisco, CA)

Clint Catalyst performs a multi-media spoken word performance at Homo-A-Go-Go!

08/14/09
SOMArts
934 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA
415-552-1770
7:40 SHARP! (Immediately Following Hunx and His Junx)
Homo-A-Go-Go Website
“Homo For A Day” Pass: $10 for Those Under 21; $20 for 21+
All Ages
(Please Refer To Website for Full Benefits of the Day Pass! Truly: The Talent + ‘Perks’ = FTW…)

Info listed at Homo-A-Go-Go Site, Click Through To “Readings/Performances”

Hope to see y’all there– I performed at H.A.G.G. three years ago in Olympia and had a wickedawesome time!

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Clint Catalyst on TV : Ancient History [ CBS Morning Show, Discovery Channel, VH1, Entertainment Tonight, et al ]

The CBS Morning Show

Friday, August 2, 2002
8 a.m.

Featured Guest : Author, club host, Weight Watchers success story. [ Yes, seriously. ]

Watch the Video


HBO : Sex Bytes

Episode 2.1
Appeared as myself, modeling for Dark Garden Corsetry and custom latex meisters So Hip It Hurts


Discovery Channel : Beyond Bizarre

Episode 7
Available to order from Direct Video


VH1 : Sound Affects

Feature / Interview

Series premise : The profound affect of music in the lives of certain individuals. My choice, as a guest? “Smalltown Boy” by Bronski Beat. I have quite an extended anecdote regarding this track — after all, I grew up on a gravel road in [ what was then ] rural Arkansas.


Da ALI G Show

Episode #4, “Art/Media”
I’m in this for something like a nanosecond. Seriously. Blink and you will miss me.


Femme TV

Featured interview
July 98 episode

Performed “Flouncing About” and accidentally caught show hostess Machiko Saito’s dress on fire with my cigarette! (no lie — and precisely why editors left the footage in).


Strange Universe

Interview regarding my duties hosting “Roderick’s Chamber,” modeling for Charles Gatewood, Gothy Goth Goth stuff.


Entertainment Tonight

A feature on Rob Schneider from SNL and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, which includes a visit to a nightclub where I was a designated host for the evening. There’s a scene in which Schneider happens upon me sitting with his mother, as she “casually” flips through a album full of his childhood photos. The location + my appearance at the time = wherein the humor lies…


The First Cut

Episode about Ye Olde ‘G’ Word, in which I’m interviewed at Roderick’s. Maing, do I ever wish I still had a VHS copy of this one; nothing about the show is listed on IMDB whatsoever.

Jared Gold Reveals Halloween Costume to Clint Catalyst Pt 1

There’s some unfortunate ‘angles’ of me in this one (umm, yeah HI: Fatty McFatterson much?), but I’m determined to get the F over myself and showcase the details of Jared’s inimitable genius.

*THIS IS THE LONGER OF THE TWO VIDEO CLIPS, BUT SHOULD BE DROOL-WORTHY FOR FASHION FIENDS WHO APPRECIATE ATTENTION TO INTRICATE DETAIL.*

What I requested? (Translation = “what [the customer] ordered?”)

Bloodthirsty barber, circa ’99…
1899, that is.

Not “Sweeny Todd” specific, as

a) I can’t sing,

b) Look like a dungheap compared to Johnny Depp (since most folks associate the Sweenster with J.D. due to the most recent ‘take’ on Mr. Todd),

and

c) Wouldn’t want to be confined to a barber shop.

I mean, REALLY.

I’m uber-fagatronic in this footage– but hey, just another trait I’ve gotta ‘own,’ maing.

Besides, what’s key here is the CLOTHING…and accoutrements. // DIG IT
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“Reader of the Week” for Clint Catalyst’s Cottonmouth Kisses

“sorry it took so long clint! But here it is =)”

– jakkblood

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Michelle Tea Q & A with Clint Catalyst and Jim Van Buskirk

LIT GEEK ALERT!

An excerpt from the ‘Radar Reading Series’ dialogue/spoken word performance on May 20, 2008 in San Francisco at ‘The Center.’

Miss Tea paired me up with Jim Van Buskirk– and I’m stoked at how the evening went.

(Clip of the new material I read to follow sooon, among other things… I’m just *now* teaching myself how to edit via “trial and error” on QuickTime. Yet another baby step in my technological strides, luddite that I am!

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