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YAY LEE ANN BROWN! Judith E. Wilson Fellow / September @ TORN PAGE September 06 2017

Say Farewell to Lee Ann Brown, prior to her year in the UK for the Judith E. Wilson Poetry Fellowship at Cambridge University!


Sunday September 10th begins

Shakespearian Motley College Poetry Workshop with Filip Marinovich:

To be or not to be actualized by the myriad Bard of Arden strategies for resisting and transforming tyrrany into Joy of Resistance and Change. 

  1. Will meet Sundays 3-6pm (we will meet Sept 17 then skip a week to reconvene Oct 1 and so on)

  2. Invite all your friends to any of these sessions!

  3. These first three sessions are free, then it's a hundred dollars per person for the whole semester, which you won't find anywhere else in New York City. Highly recommended! Jewel of a gathering!

  4. For workshop info, please email Filip Marinovich <filipwithanf@yahoo.comwith any questions, or persona statements, and to let him know if you can make it!

Book Party David Yaffe's Prodigal Daughter,

Friday, September 15th, 7pm-9pm @ TORNPAGE:
a biography of Joni Mitchell out from FSG this Fall

Opening Reception of Berndette Mayer's "Memory"
Friday, September 15th,
6pm-8pm @ CANADA:
Showing at Canada Gallery Sept 8 - Oct 8
333 Broome Street, NY NY 10002


Fence Launch!
Saturday September 16th
 6pm-9pm @TORNPAGE:

A party for a brand new issue of Fence, plus celebrating three Fence Books authors

Steven Alvarez

Martin Corless-Smith

Harmony Holiday


Psychedelic Eclipse Poetry
Sunday, September 24th @ ALCHEMISTS KITCHEN:

at Alchemist's Kitchen
w/ Lee Ann Brown, Tony Torn, Katy Bohinc,
Hillary Keel, Bob Holman, Brown Jackson Meazle, Vito Ricci & More!

Also, look out for more Poetry at the Chateau, dates forthcoming...



-----435 w.22nd Street btw 9 and 10 avenues-----
"Luminous heritage nerve center of Soul Theater
Geraldine Page Rip Torn Home Vibes Whoa!
Which feels more Twin Peaksy than ever these days!

A very conducive writing room roundtable with good bounce off the reverb walls."

(Filip Marinovich)

Poetry at the Chateau @TornPage (upcoming readings) March 02 2017

First, do not miss


@ The Poetry Project

Wednesday, March 8th, 8 PM

This spring TornPage, the poetry performance parlor / home of Tender Buttons Press, is the new host for the reading series Poetry at the Chateau curated by Ben Fama, Josef Kaplan, Monica McClure, Shiv Kotecha, and some other fine folks.



Thursday, March 9th, 6:30 PM: George Angel (Medellin, Columbia) + Steve Orth (SF) + Chialun Chang (NYC)

Thursday, April 6, 6:30 PM: Rindon Johnson (NYC) + Randon Rosenbohm (NYC)

Sunday, April 30, 6:30 PM: Alli Warren (SF) + Marc Matchak (NYC)

Thursday, May 4, 6:30 PM: Madeleine Maillet (Montreal) + John Goldbach (Montreal)

 & More Soon!


TornPage (Named for the home of Rip Torn and Geraldine Page)

435 West 22nd Street, NY NY 10011 // RING THE BELL AND COME UPSTAIRS






Utopia by Bernadette Mayer (United Artists Books, 1984). This is Bernadette’s little red book. It is 130 pages + 17 page index. In addition to the index there are 21 sections including a preface, introduction, epilogue, “Utopia Address Book,” and selected bibliography. All the front and back matter, and the footnotes throughout, give the book this faux-scholarly/faux-encyclopedic feel. As Bernadette says, “One of the things about Utopia that I really wanted to do was to make it be sort of tongue-in-cheek like a textbook with a table of contents and a preface and an introduction and also, thanks to a friend of mine, a great index.” On the back cover there are 14 blurbs all written by Bernadette, like this one from Plotinus, “As for the sublime, little one, eat lobsters in your time,” and this one from Gertrude Stein, “Darling Bernadette this shit couldnt be better I’m proud of you.” My favorite is the one attributed to Ted Berrigan: “Utopia’s a terrific book, though I hate it intensely.”

I can’t describe how good this book is. The conceit is basically that Bernadette’s friend Grace Murphy, who the book is dedicated to, comes back from the future and describes a future utopia to her. The rest of the book is generated out of this conceit, like there is a section that describes all kinds of social arrangements and a section on utopian prisons, but nothing necessarily connects back or pretends to have formal or narrative fidelity to this beginning. Each section is formally different, mostly in prose, and with a lot of epigraphs, which gives it this feeling of constantly beginning. Because utopias are collaborative there is writing from a bunch of other people like Joe Brainard (about cockroaches), Rosemary Mayer (about utopian chairs), and Hannah Weiner (an incredible poem that takes on our cultural imaginary of government and peace in Native American cultures). There are also things by Anne Waldman, Charles Bernstein, Lewis Warsh, and others. Many of Bernadette’s friends also appear as characters in the book, like in the Gulliver’s Travels-like section there’s “Capt. John Padgett, a Tulsa man, commander, bound for Sure” and “the oldest sailor on board, Dutch Berrigan.The book fluctuates between the fantastic and the realistic as it maps out its utopia, a place/space that the book itself, with its permeable authorial borders and abundance of presence, comes to embody. There’s really not any other book like it, but it’s kind of like a cross between Edmund Berrigan’s Can It! and Stephanie Young’s Ursula or University, or imagine adapting Lisa Roberton’s Nilling into an absurdist action movie in the late 70s. At one point there is this frenzied dialogue between a couple dozen characters where Plato walks in and talks about "wielding my cunt like the state.”

I finished Utopia on the beach yesterday and was laughing a lot. Midwinter Day is funny sometimes, and Bernadette’s work is always funny in general, but this book is hilarious. Nada Gordon has a great series of essays online about a bunch of Bernadette’s books that she wrote as her thesis in 1986, and she has one on Utopia addressing the book’s humor: “The work’s playfulness in fact enhances its liberatory gesture; it proposes that a world of benevolent pleasure replace the existing one of exploitative power structures.” Really, there is so much pleasure in this book. I was in such a warm buzzy space reading it, especially after watching a seagull stand on top of another seagull. But there were military jets flying back and forth over the coast from Eglin Air Force Base, one of the largest bombing and training ranges in the United States. The jets were the same color as the pelicans. I think Bernadette wrote Utopia planning to publish it in 1984 as a nod to Orwell, who is listed in the bibliography. As noted above, Ted Berrigan appears in a few ways in the book, and when he is mentioned it’s clear Bernadette is writing about him while he’s still alive. I don’t know, but Ted’s poem “In Your Fucking Utopias,” written (I think) in the early 80s, could have come out of a conversation around Bernadette’s book. There was some serious fighting in 1982 over the United Artists reissue of The Sonnets, and though that’s not something important to the book itself, Utopia, as a utopia, is a complicated embodiment of how tenuous and difficult love and friendship can be. But it’s also an embodiment of how we have to insist on and love through that difficulty.

At one point Bernadette misspells falafel. You can listen to her talk about the book and read from the index (the extensive “love” entries, of course) in this 1989 lecture at Naropa (HERE).

-Nick Sturm, St. George Island, May 6th, 2014



The Twelfth House: Art and the Unconscious September 25 2016

Katy Bohinc, NYC, 2016

This paper is forthcoming (December 2016) in a leading Western Occult publication, The Fenris Wolf, which is available for purchase here.  First presented as a talk at the "Psychoanalysis, Art and the Occult" conference in London, March 2016.

I had last night, personally, a new moon in the 12th house; the timing of this talk is coincidentally apt. 

Forgive me, as I begin with a disclaimer and a thank you.  First, thank you to Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamson.  Their project of connecting Western Psychoanalysis with Non-Colonial psychological practices - otherwise termed “occult” in Western Enlightenment brandished English - is to me of paramount relevance.  Since my earliest studies as a poet I have sought to uncover unifying threads in human culture in order to understand human history with less bias and more permission; to understand with more truth.  Poetry, a non-commercial and in this way non-regulated art (for better and worse), was one entrance.  The other was astrology.  Western astrology (discussed herein) is of course specific in cultural detail but the originating principles – math, measurement and scientific precision – are shared across astrological systems.  The vast majority of early civilizations studied the literally sparkling unknown of the night, and with little more than the eye, a ruler and writing utensil, developed majorly complex measurement schemas; a feat which tells me all humans have the propensity and capacity to measure their worlds systemically.  Let it be noted, that while certainly in the eye of the beholder I’ll argue staunchly that the similarities in cross-civilization astrological symbolisms overwhelmingly outweigh the differences.  Astrology has fundamentally taught me how similar ancient civilizations are in a "universal grammar" kind of way.

In this spirit I will say further that when I talk about astrology I have little patience for the ones who say “but if this one thing isn’t true doesn’t this disprove the whole?” Or really, this is what they mean but it is phrased something like “but my sister is a scorpio and she isn’t vindictive!?!?” My response to this is very seriously “call Becky with the good hair.”


Beyonce.  “Sorry”

(from the 2016 visual album, Lemonade)

Herein's expose of astrology is not in any way meant as a proof to indoctrinate you. I am not here to show that astrology is scientifically valid, whatever you may think scientific means.  I see astrology much more poetically: as providing a window of vision for a possibility of reality.  I see it as a historical study of the foundations of ancient civilizations and cross-cultural similarities. And, to the logical positivists out there, there does exist the incompleteness theorem & yet we have not completely rejected mathematics.  So if finding one or many logical loopholes is your project, I dare say you are missing the big picture for a penny or your ego.

Godel’s 1st Theorem of Incompleteness, which mathematically proves that the larger the mathematical system, the greater the certainty it will contain mathematically unverifiable statements.


My own interest in astrology began a few years out of undergrad.  I was – swear to god – thinking back to my undergrad math courses which frequently covered early Greek mathemes – and wondering “why were they so interested in, of all things, Triangles?”  Imagine the Greek landscape: a very busy metropolis, with some large-scale structures but not too many yet at 3 B.C., bustling trade and markets in dirt and stone streets, fancy silks on overcrowded wheelbarrow carts, more or less stinky fruits, some Plato and Aristotle sitting around.  What geometric shape would be most useful to this society?  Probably wheels for carting and transporting things.  Maybe squares for building large structures.  But triangles?!  How, operationally, the triangular shape would become such a multi-century obsession of study as to give rise to Trigonometry – which I assure you was not something that fell out of the sky – it took some serious earthly effort – until I realized: It completely came out of the sky.


A Brief List of Important Trigonometric Formulae, or “Triangle Obsessive Disorder”


What I’ll term “Triangle Obsessive Disorder,” arose from an obsession with the starscape, those fantastical night time creatures which made patterns and, if planets, caused dramatic speculation with their traveling.  Recall that originally there was no linguistic difference between astronomy and astrology.  Further, the astronomy/astrology term also frequently indicated what we differentiate today as “Mathematics.”  A great example being the incredible Hypatia, an Alexandrian woman who by studying the stars developed several complex geometric formulae which would not be proven accurate until centuries after her death.  (Only freak egoists like Aristotle and Plato branded mathematics with a unique linguistic term, denying math’s affiliation with astrology and confusing historians.  One of these jerks also banished poetry.) Today of course we cull out linguistically “math” from “astrology,” because astrology layers symbolism on top of math. In this sense, astrology was the original “Tao of Physics,” putting human meaning to mathematic structure. 

The Unit Circle, the formative structure of trigonometry and western mathematics juxtaposed against the western zodiac.  One can see how measuring the stars developed into a system to measure angles.


So we have established that study of the stars developed trigonometry.  But what was the rhyme or reason to the great symbol of astrology, the Zodiac?  How did this grand and infamous zodiac come to be?  It was not whipped up willy nilly by early proponents of LSD, dreaming stories about star creatures. Although astrological symbolism is frequently interchanged with the term “mythology,” it also developed quite differently from the faith-based mythologies of other major religions, like say, the one around the Christ dude.

The Western Zodiac was not born by faith of miracles, but of the world’s largest dataset – world’s largest until Google and the NSA.  For three millennia the largest data crunch in the world was the zodiac.  For 600 years every single day, day in, day out, the Sumerians wrote down the position of all the planets and the constellations at least 5 times a day.  It was these tablets of data which bore the data patterns that generated the zodiac. 


The new NSA center in Utah holds a Yottabyte of data. 600 years of Sumerian astrological data was probably around 20 Gigabytes which fits on a thumbdrive.

Interestingly enough, every day since the big data boom decisions are made based on empirical analysis. Today it matters what the data says; The “why” it is true is irrelevant. Google constantly revamps its hiring practices because the data says “being friends outside the office increases team performance.” The methodology for generating the zodiac was the same as the practices leveraged by Google and contemporary data science.  Astrology can be deemed true based on whether it works, especially in the absence of a greater “why”. As for the “why,” if the moon can give me my period and make the tide come in, I see no reason why the planets’ gravitational pulls aren’t affecting my chi except that chi is not studied by Western science.  This is all to say, because the “why” has not yet been discovered, it doesn't render a thing false; in the absence of a Newtonian “why”, I’m most concerned with whether it “works.”

Big data technologies are providing the “what” is true faster than science can provide the “why” it is true.

If one is not willing to consider astrology within the science category, well that is fine and dandy, you are not the first! A mid-point would be to consider it a thought system much more scientifically-based than the faith-based miracles of Christ (not that I am disinterested in faith-based miracles - o the contrary! But that is a separate essay).

What differentiates astrology (ancient and modern) from being a simple mathematical system is its propensity to be used as a divination tool, which allows people to grant it an almost deistic power. (Trust me, it's addictive.)  Hence, in ancient times astrology directly competed with authority, particularly mono-diety Christianity. Astrology was thus banished.  Like most banishments, it was genuinely ideological and directly related to power.

In an interesting sidenote, even after Christian rulers completely outlawed astrology, for centuries throughout the Dark Ages the vast majority of Western medical advice still held elements of it. For example: if you have a stomachache take ruddy metallic medicine on Tuesday because the gut is related to Taurus and indicates a lack of redness in the liver.  I find it pretty astonishing that astrologically-related medical advice lasted so late in the game.  But then again, “Modern Western Medicine” is so preeminent we don’t consider how recent a development it is. 

Anyway, I’m not advocating the use of astrology to treat cancer.  I mean to elucidate how deeply ingrained astrology was in Western culture.  More examples – The Three Wise Kings who found Jesus under three stars?  The Three Wise Kings named Magi?  “Magi” is the Egyptian term for Astrologer.  And the three stars?  Even fundamentalist Christians today use the rare conjunction of the three stars (believed to be Jupiter, Venus and Mars) in order to date the birth of Christ.  

To make a long story short, astrology was super potent in the ancient West.  However, (largely Christian) authorities were not as keen.  So, Astrology was outlawed, exiled and practitioners burned alive time after time  – the first expulsion of astrologers from Rome being in 139 B.C.  Throughout the advancement of Christianity, added to the mix was “Witches” and “Shamans”.  Also “Spells,” which were deemed “the Devil’s Art” and subsumed into private corners of the Catholic Church where they became the worst grimoires ever written - by popes.  (A grimoire is a book of magic spells.) Again, the power of the occult never faded; it was outlawed and subsumed by the Church. When I look at it this way, it seems like the yin of Christ’s love, spawned the outright yang totalitarianism of Christian Rule.

A Grimoire is a book of magic spells.  This grimoire, intended to be used by a priest, was written by Pope Honorius III in 1760.  It arguably contains some of the most perverse spells ever recorded in human history, partially for their inaccuracy.  Papal and Church grimoires were published as late as the 18th century.


Which, and I swear to god this is all relevant because, it dovetails into understanding the rejection of the modern astrological experiments of Michel Gauquelin.

In 1955 French statistician and astrologer, Michel Gauquelin published the book “Les Influences des Astres” which was the first modern study of astrology presented formally and publicly to intellectual journals and committees and so on.  It used the modern form of mathematical inquiry, statistics (itself a field of mathematics about 100 years old). 

Michele Gauquelin (1928-1991), French statistician and astrologer who performed the first modern tests on astrology.

Gauquelin ran a whole bunch of statistical tests on a fairly small dataset – around 2,000 sample size. He was analyzing natal charts.  Natal charts are the bedrock of astrology.

A natal chart is comprised of the position of the planets at the moment of an individual’s birth. The theory is that the position of the planets, and the angles these planets make to one another comprise a sophisticated set of meaning which determines a propensity towards a certain personality.  This personality is not set in stone; it is not one’s fate.  It is the energy that we each have a tendency towards but is in no way finite.

Gauquelin studied natal chart data from all possible variables to see if any planetary patterns indicated professional success.  In other words, he looked to see if any natal chart data statistically correlated with real world outcomes. The results were clear, counter-intuitive and, unsurprisingly, contested. Controversy went on for decades – the official complaint was the math was faulty.  However, from a political view, it is not shocking that “Enlightened France” (home of the Pope Grimoire) officially rejected Gauqulin’s results, official body after official body, despite repeated evidence to the contrary.  In my opinion the controversy around statistical methodology is moot because the sample size should have been much larger. Today this is possible.  What should be done is additional studies leveraging “big data” – and I do mean big, like millions of natal charts.  The Astro.com database is a place to start.

Gauquelin’s findings were not at all intuitive. The answer was nothing to do with a planet and nothing to do with the zodiac.  It was to do with a house.

The houses are one of the least well known parts of astrology in contemporary culture.  Today, we all know sun signs.  Sun sign horoscopes - essentially the cheapest, most reductive form of astrology - entered into popular consciousness in the 1800’s as a way for newspapers to make money.  True astrology is based on a much more comprehensive analysis which considers all the planets, not just the sun.  Again, the thing being analyzed is called “the natal chart.”

The houses in astrology are based on the precise minute of one’s birth. There are twelve houses, each with a different meaning: The first house of personality; the second of money and values; the third of communications; the fourth of home and family; the fifth of romance, creativity, children and risks; the sixth of work and health; the seventh of deep relationships; the eighth of inheritances and taboo; the ninth of study and travel; the tenth of professional standing; the eleventh of dreams and friendship; and the 12th house of the unconscious.

One version of a natal chart house system.  The twelfth house is 9 to 10 o'clock.

Gauquelin’s findings were surprising on many levels.  One would assume planets in the 10th house of public standing would correlate to professional success.  However, Gauquelin found that the 12th house of the unconscious was the leading indicator.  Sublimely weird, because in ancient astrology, the 12th house was associated with prisons, mental hospitals, monasteries, orphanages, places of solitude and general underworldliness.

Depiction of the 12th house from an ancient astrological wheel: sitting in the stocks.


In contemporary astrology, the 12th house, the last house, is the house of Persephone’s underworld.  It is the house of Carl Jung’s Red Book.  It is the house of contemporary poetry.  It is the house of our dreams, secrets and fantasies.  It is still the house of our solitude, our truly individual adventures, or our solitary mental adventures which render us truly unique individuals.  The 12th house is the house of prophesy. It is the house of the unstructured zeitgeist.  It is the space we go when truly alone.  It is the house of the soul.

And, the twelfth house was the only aspect of the natal chart Gauquelin found to have any bearing on a person’s IRL professional success.  So at first, while seeming highly unlikely that this lonely, damned house would make us great, on second thought, that the section of the chart which ultimately stands for true individualism would reckon us notable figures, makes a damned lot of sense to me.  I think of it like this: it is each of us who makes the choices to become notable figures, but with 12th house planet(s), one is also original so they differentiate from the rest of the famous fucks out there.  In short, being famous isn’t enough.  One must produce something of value via connection to the unconscious and truly independent thought.  (And, one must have put themselves in a public position, whether this be a community role or blog or presidential position for this originality to become noted.)

Gauquelin’s key experiments released in the 1955 book “The Influence of the Stars” and termed “The Mars Effect.”  Gauquelin’s results were repeatedly rejected by French intellectual society.


Gauquelin’s findings were incredibly specific to the planet and the exact vocation (see above). However, in my personal investigations of the 12th house, I find it useful to broaden the search to any planet in the 12th house and particularly, multiple planets in the 12th.  Let’s look at some examples, beginning with my favorite example of the 12th house archetype: David Bowie. 

Bowie was the best example of the 12th house.  He had “David Bowie” versus “David Jones” denoting a deep understanding of public versus private selves.  He could cull from the zeitgeist a public desire even before the public knew they wanted it.  He was an utter individual, weird and unpredictable, distinctly alien.  He was a phoenix, constantly re-inventing.  He was remarkably honest.  And he had soul.

David Bowie natal chart. Sun and Mars conjunct in the 12th house.  Mercury on the cusp of the 11th house (planets on the cusp of houses typically interpreted as part of the next house.)


Another deeply archetypal example is Gertrude Stein.  Stein infamously began her intellectual career studying under philosopher William James.  But the first paper she published was on psychology (titled “Normal Motor Automatism.”) It theorized that an action can be completed by a second “unconscious” personality.  Or, in other words, that the unconscious can act.  Stein then flunked out of medical school where she studied neuroscience (the unconscious) before becoming “The Genius” she was known as in Paris.  Little surprise this “poet of the unconscious” has not one but four planets in the twelfth house.

Gertrude Stein natal chart. Sun, Mercury, Venus and Saturn conjunct in the 12th house. 



No wonder she wrote like this!

Outside those typically associated with the avant garde, there are some 12th house celebrities.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Natal Charts.  Kim (left) has the genius conjunction and Kanye (right) the conjunction of extreme luck. Both are cusp placements, which per Michelle Gauquelin were the most potent of 12th house positions.


I really do believe Kim is a genius.  Her selfie book is proof.  I believe her when she says her body is a work of art. Kanye? Who else could make such a jerk of himself time and again without failing except the truly lucky.

Striking is a very small list of notable figures with planets in the 12th house:

Note a few things beyond the unsurprising Nina Simone with a 12th house moon.  Of course that woman had soul.  Beyond that however, consider that nearly every single major contemporary politician – Obama, Hillary, George W, Trump, Biden, Cameron, Thatcher – all have 12th house placements.  Frightening even.

Finally, I note with irony that Freud and Marx, arguably the two most influential Western intellectuals of contemporary thought both tally zero 12th house planets.  Our fates are not entirely created by 12th house planets.  Then again, maybe I’m correct when I also say Freud and Marx are the two most overrated Western intellectuals of contemporary thought.  I suspect their function is primarily as "summarizer" rather than creator.  But crucially, the 12th house is not one to one with historical relevance; more simply, indicator of the weird memorable ones on the public stage.

Some other folks on this list I'll call out as simply not surprising: Madonna, Nick Drake, Kant, MLK, Ginsberg, Johnny Cash, Miles Davis, Janis Joplin, & Joe Biden.  All these folks are true originals - nobody else in the world quite like them.  Someone else I just looked up - Erykah Badu - jupiter & neptune in the 12th.  No surprise.  You start to be able to guess them.

Another example of someone I loathe as a wife-murderer, but dear friends in the audience adore so I’ll let them know: your muse William S. Burroughs was a 12th house psycho:


William S. Burroughs' (Wife Killer's) Natal Chart.  Five planets in the 12th house: Mercury, Sun, Venus, Uranus and Jupiter.


Planets in the 12th house clearly do not correlate to moral performance.

Just to keep the tension going, a genuinely shocking find: the contemporary king of the unconscious world, Carl Jung, is absent of planetary influence in the 12th.  This one would genuinely debunk me except to acknowledge Jung’s childhood in a house filled with mysticism, astrology and meditative studies inclines me to believe he knew the 12th house not by planetary default but by learned awareness. In short he spent his life overcompensating, trying to experience what he knew others could experience but did not come naturally to him.  That or Carl Jung’s recorded birthtime is wrong. 

Nonetheless, I cannot help but continue my party trick with my favorite example of a major 12th house presence. The one I led with, back at the beginning of this long paper.  No surprise.  Beyonce is still the queen:

Beyonce Knowles’ natal chart.  Saturn, mercury and Jupiter conjunct in the 12th house.  (Venus and Pluto on the ascendant, which signifies she is an intensely powerful and adorable persona.)


I leave you with a poem which is perhaps the best elucidation of what is the 12th house.  It is by American poet Alice Notley called “I went down there”.  Alice has said for years she only writes the voices which speak to her, from her dreams and her unconscious. I imagine Ms. Notley has a very 12th house chart, but perhaps she is another example like Carl Jung: someone who can live in the 12th house because it is not their natal chart tendency.  They can go there without being completely undone by it, because they do not risk being overtaken.

 (A Canadian poet I love, Lisa Robertson, could also fittingly end this talk, or any Tender Buttons author.  Lisa Robertson has four planets in the 12th, similar to Gertrude Stein.  All Tender Buttons authors have at least one planet in the 12th. I myself carry a 12th house moon.)

What we poets write when we write about chaos, when we verbalize the fantastical or impossible, when we examine the connectivity of all things, when we expose our singular strangeness: these are all machinations of the 12th house.  It is comforting to know the unconscious has been one twelfth of the world view since antiquity.

In a sense, the 12th house is universal suffering. It is the place where by seeing beyond ourselves we become ourselves.  By seeing the whole, we find our singular reference. The 12th house is the Koan. The zeitgeist via solitude; the individual via the collective.  It is the house of intuition, the avant garde and the mystic. The process of the twelfth house is perhaps the fundamental basis for art.

As for astrology as science, we have the technology available today to examine this beautiful and fundamental knowledge of our civilization. It should be studied further.

Until then, astrology is a fabulous party trick, the 12th house an awesome metaphor, and both a portal into incredible insight.  In a way, it doesn’t matter if astrology is “true”, it matters that it works as a vehicle to truth.



Katy Bohinc is a poet, publisher, data scientist, astrologer, activist and booberry. You can buy her book here.

Watch "Poetry on Top" - Katy Bohinc and Alain Badiou go head to head April 29 2016

Dear Tender Buttons Fans,

Dear Alain came alive last winter with a full-bodied performance between poet Katy Bohinc & philosopher Alain Badiou.  The video below captures Bohinc reading directly to Badiou from her poems, and Badiou's full 40 minute response (structural analysis) of Dear Alain.  The full circle.  Enjoy! With love, TBP



Page Poetry Parlor Spring Season February 01 2016

Page Poetry Parlor 2016 Feb - June schedule:

(All readings open to public.  435 West 22nd Street.  Donations accepted at the door.)


Sunday, February 7th, 3pm
Katherine Koch & Mark Statman

Sunday, Feb 21st, 3pm
Brenda Coultas & Elizabeth Willis

Sunday, Feb 28th, 3pm
Divine Appointment w/ Greta Jane Peterson, Chris Tanner & Sabrina Chap
(Song & Poetry Cabaret)


Tuesday, March 29th, 7:30 PM
Cliff Fyman & Filip Marinovich

Sunday, April 17th, 3 PM
Lisa Samuels & Maria Garcia Teutsch

Sunday, June 12th, 3 PM
Bill Lavender & Christopher Shipman


a Tuesday Workshop 7:30 - 9:30 PM


w/ Filip Marinovich

We will perform close readings of poets and do in-class writing through the sun signs of Aquarius, Pisces, and Aries:  Gertrude Stein, Langston Hughes, Jack Spicer, Jack Kerouac, Anais Nin, Lou Reed, Frank O'Hara, Tennessee Williams & Bob Kaufman.

Emphasis will be on swinging spontaneous writing as an axe to crack through the winter ice and get at the bubbling springs underneath where we have never gone before.
  Come transcribe the dreams of hibernating bears as they dictate from their caves.

February 2 - April 19.  100 dollars for 12 sessions.  Please email la@tenderbuttons.net to register.  Drop-ins welcome: $10 per class.

A Weekend of Poetry & Philosophy: Bohinc, Badiou, Webster & Wilson November 13 2015



Tender Buttons Press Presents:





Contemporary poetry meets contemporary philosophy, live. Bohinc & Badiou perform and discuss Dear Alain, après le livre.


7:30 – 9:30. Doors at 7 PM

Tickets $15; Open Seating is Limited

Click Here for Eventbrite Ticket Purchase

Hosted by Verso Books

20 Jay St Brooklyn, NY 11201


Co-Sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities



Wendy’s Subway Presents:





Performances & discussion of Bohinc’s “psycho-sexual thriller” Dear Alain, Webster’s The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis (Karnarc Books, 2011), which addresses Badiou’s theory of love and asks how it may be conceived from the psychoanalyst’s discourse; and Wilson’s “Fifteen Theses,” on her artist’s book created from Badiou’s Being and Event  to investigate the rhythms of reading, pleasure in distraction, and the book as a "cover." 


Badiou will attend performatively, as an audience member.


7:30 – 9:30. Doors at 7 PM

Open seating Wendy’s Subway

722 Metropolitan Avenue, 2nd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11221


Tender Buttons Press Digital Editions (Pay-Whatever-You-Want!) July 27 2015

are here!


To celebrate an amazing 25th anniversary
---  Bernadette wins a Guggenheim ! ----
--- Tender Buttons Press win a CLMP Firecracker Award for Sonnets !! ---
--- 2016 Tender Buttons Omnibus will have release party at LACMA !!! ---
 --- Founding Editrix Lee Ann Brown has a new book out in French & English! !!! ---
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Thanks ALL



Pay-Whatever-You-Want.  Make a donation or take 'em free~! Promise you'll love them and spread them to others who will love them.  Go.  Download!  Love!  Now!


Katy Bohinc & Lee Ann Brown

Tender Readings: Alette in Oakland & Lisa Robertson's Cinema of the Present September 16 2014

Join us at the Page Poetry Parlor for a simulcast viewing of
Alette in Oakland:
A three day symposium on the works of Alice Notley
Friday October 24th, 10 PM - 1 AM EST
Saturday October 25th, 1 PM - 1 AM EST
Sunday October 26th, 1 PM - 5 PM EST
A weekend concluded by a book launch:
Lisa Robertson's Cinema of the Present
Sunday, October 26th
6 PM
(all at 435 West 22nd Street, NY, NY)

Presenting 25 years of Tender Buttons Press | Oct. 17th, St. Mark's Church July 07 2014

O C T O B E R 17th
@ St. Mark’s Church  
131 E. 10th Street, New York
Reception at 7.  Readings at 8.



B E R N A D E T T E   M A Y E R

K A T Y  B O H I N C

A N N E  W A L D M A N

L A Y N I E  B R O W N E

D O D I E  B E L L A M Y

I N D I A  R A D F A R

J E N N I F E R  M O X L E Y


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&   M I C H E L L E R O L L M A N


 & V I D E O   A P P E A R A N C E S   B Y 



 H A R R Y E T T E  M U L L E N

& H A N N A H W E I N E R






Details Soon:
BOUNDLESS PRACTICE: 25 Years of Tender Buttons Press
AWP * Minneapolis, MN * April 2015
Panel w/ Bernadette Mayer, Lee Ann Brown, Julie Patton & Katy Bohinc
& Tender Buttons Offsite Reading w/ Black Radish Books & Station Hill Press