baseball, poetry, and kim chi

Friday, April 28, 2006

Sat and i got nothing to do

Watching baseball. eating pineapple and cheese pizza. reading: Lark in the Morning the verses of the Troubadours. here is a sample from Vertran de Born trans by Robert Kehew:

Envious liars, who have lately

Stirred up trouble with my lady,

I suggest you leave me straightly.

Beautiful spring day in Seoul

Typo #8

Typo 8 is out. Can you Dig it?

forgot to mention that i got 2 in there. Dig em. plenty of other good folks to dig too. been digging. halfway to china.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

A review for your thoughts

If you have interest in reviewing Whole Milk or World Jelly, give Scott a shout.

Mailed off my Octopus submission today. There is something Herculean about taking on eight books at once.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

The Sifl And Olly Show

do you miss the talking socks also? pleased to see them again

Friday, April 21, 2006

Pirooz reviews Whole Milk

I am a better poet than Jim Goar

Thursday, April 20, 2006

sometimes a hierarchy can be deserved. on the internet, too many voices sound the same. Would like it if the order went: 1. do something, 2. then talk. seems there is plenty of talking in place of the doing something. person of the done nothings argue with a person of the done something and I have to look around to figure out who has the idea.


plenty of the good stuff at Shampoo 27. lots of people with names that start with J. for example: Jim Kober & Kyle Kaufman

Four scoops of Folgers and a full pot of water.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

I have decided to stop eating the crust on my pizza. It was just something I did bc I felt like I should.

I f y ou w ere h ere i w ouldnt b e d oing t his

What does being lonely have to do with blogging? In other words, if you were in a room with yr friends would you still be blogging?


What would you like me to accomplish today? Remember, it is raining.

when it rains

the yellow dust goes away.

Dear Mr. Pizza

from you I can order my pizza in American.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

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I fear my blog more than I fear yours. I can make an ass out of myself much better than you can make an ass out of me.

Monday, April 17, 2006

note to self

Ok to bring fantasy baseball to blog, to poetry, but not ok to bring poetry to fantasy baseball.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

a lovely view of hell

Too much stuff to document from the night out on Friday. Just this one thing. We walk down the stairs and I never felt so normal looking in my life. These were not people. It was like we walked into a model convention. maybe we did. They were just all. I was so out of place it was funny. Seoul never ceases to surprise.

I got a good drink on

Today I might have a two day hangover. Went out Friday night. didn’t get in until Saturday at 2p or so. the real drinking began in the early morning. Whisky and coffee at maybe 5a and it just kept going. On the bright side I did meet Marcus. Great guy. On the bad side, I was sick Saturday night. Like to believe it was food poisoning, but more likely it was the Whiskey and beer and 17 hrs of drinking one after the next that finally caught up. Felt like the puppet in Team America.

Whole Milk is in. Read it for like an hour today. It only takes a few minutes to read so there was a lot of reading over and over again. I really feel like that was a lucky book. that it fell together, that I fell into working with Scott, that I was a pitcher who hit a homerun. not sure it will ever happen again.

All day I've been thinking of what to write in my friend’s book. She is coming over and I have no idea. Don’t know how to do this. much easier to write a poem than to write a few words that wont make you look like an ass for caring to much or to look like an ass for not caring enough. Hard to be full of magic all the time. much easier to be full of shit.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Small Town 8

from Logan Ryan Smith:

"The whole thing is fun, just like its colors. There's some visual poetries from Armand F. Capanna II and Jessica Smith, as well as some lyric type poetries from Eric Unger, Jennifer Rogers, and Michael Slosek, the flash-fiction Dating Tips from Gangland Massacre of the Heart by Parker Zane Allen, some experimental fiction/poetry working out of the horror genre from Katie Webb, Steve Orth's action-adventure poems, CA Conrad's bizarre Frank poems, as well as some textual and syntactically interesting work from Barrett Gordon and Kyle Kaufman."


Please tell me the color of endpapers you get. I love all three. want to know what you are holding

My friends

I just got my copies of Whole Milk. They look better than I could have imagined. Josh’s drawings came out so well. I feel like weeping. why am I so emotional? Thank you Scott. Really, thank you. Feels like you saved my life.


it feels real good

The first book I gave away:

Thank you for the place I live.

yr faithful tenant


Thursday, April 13, 2006

how i spent my youth

Tony Tost did it first. but i want to link to it too. RBI baseball. game 6. Sox v Mets. bottom of 10. go and watch it as it should be seen.

Dear Sir

Jess Mynes, your poetry is stealing my woman. Do you feel good about yrself? This is the rub. New Tiny comes in the mail. “Check this out.” She reads my poems. Sees exactly what they are doing, then says “What about that guy who we listened to read the other day.” “Jess Mynes?” “Yes” so we read Jess’s work. Now there is talk of feeling and emotion, in my work there was talk of words. Then we look at the bio, Jess is a librarian. I think it sounds pretty cool. She thinks it sounds dull. This makes me happy.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Let my Whole Milk go!

Good postage news:

My Tiny arrived

Bad postage news:

6:27 a and we still have clearance delay.

the green bus goes from the temple to shin chon

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Where in the world

On April 11, 2006 at 10:29 AM, my copies of whole milk departed Anchorage, AK.

Where will they land next? Any guesses?

eating alone.

If you eat Samgyupsal in Seoul, most places will make you order for at least two. I couldn't eat it all.


I’ve seen yellow dust in all places including Marcus’s poems

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I think in clichés

Beautiful spring night and I get all sad thinking of friends not there

Monday, April 10, 2006

Talk Turkey

I dare you to say that Josh's cover for Whole Milk is not super great. Go ahead, I dare you.

I think Fantasy baseball is the problem

Can you have a second favorite team? Why am I warming up to the Mets? Is it bc of the yankees? No doubt I am a Giants fan, but there seems to be some excitement in Shea. Shea takes me back to The Sick. I think I loved the G-men more when they had to play in that wind tunnel and I could buy a pretzel from a woman who danced while grilling the garlic. Never been to PAC Bell (?).

Sunday, April 09, 2006

life outside the USA

I was asked today about the difficulties of living overseas. At this point it is really no big deal. A few years ago it was more difficult. When I was 23 I went to China. Went to the Hunan province and taught at Central South University of Technology. They hired me right out of school and I’d never taught anything in my life. I lived on the edge of Changsha, a city of a few million, but backwaters in China. I was thrown into a huge class and told to teach. This lasted for about seven months. I’m not really sure how much of the experience (and there were some really good times too) was due to my immaturity and how much was due to the administration just being assholes and taking advantage of someone who didn’t know better, but it turned me off ever teaching in the interior of China again. Maybe Shanghai, who knows, not even sure if I can get a job in China again. Not sure if my holiday speech on civil disobedience was just seen by the local authority, or if it was seen by the higher ups. Anyway, a few days after the speech, and a day or so before I was planning on jumping ship, I was kicked out. Not really sure by whom.

Thailand was easy. Bangkok is full of foreigners. Easy to travel. Safe place to live. never heard of any violence to foreigners. Strange and lovely country though. I was never sure who I was dating. Economics played a large part. “How do you know your father loves you?” I asked a few of my classes, “because he gives me things.” was the response of the majority. nothing about time or gentleness. Rich man good man. Strange shit. good fun. Will go back when I am rich (ha ha).

Korea has been the easiest of all. The church is strong here. Really feels similar to the US (except for the language). I’m really not surprised much. I know the rules. maybe I am just older and been at this for awhile, but it is a piece of cake. I have a great job. My co-workers are good people who are trying. I’ve been here for two years and have received only one dirty look from a student, and that was from an old lady who thought I was giving more attention to a young (23yrs) girl in class. I wasn’t. Maybe I was. anyway, the students work so hard. they come to class at 7a. They are ready to work. want to talk. ready to laugh. One student told me he enjoys class bc he can say things in English he can’t say in korean. Doesn’t have to go through the formalities, can just say what he thinks. the old and young have conversations in English that they could not have in Korean.

*By the way, I wrote a book about my time in China. it was my first real attempt at writing. It is 80,000 words long. full of new writer mistakes, but I look forward to reading it again when I get back to the states. It is living under my bed in NC right now.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Whole Milk is ready and waiting for you

from Effing Press: WHOLE MILK by Jim Goar

3.75 x 5.75
40 pages
covers and interior illustrations by Josh Rios
w/ handmade Korean endpapers

a few of the things some people have said about the book (As found on Scott’s blog):

"I don't know what the words in it mean but the book fits in my back pocket and I look hotter and thinner when it is there."

-- girl on street

"Jim Goar writes some good English for a Korean."

-- guy at bus stop

"When I get high with you in the near future this little book of Jim Goar's is what I'll want to reach for"


"Any book with two poems that begin with the line 'a tree sprouted from my penis' is destined to break new ground. "

-- publisher's mom

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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Thai Premier Quits His Post, Ending Turmoil

Good to see him gone. Still, who is next?


Hrs my friends. Keep yr eye on effing.

Caveh Zahedi

First learned about this film maker from Pirooz’s blog. here is an article from the San Francisco Chronicle

Monday, April 03, 2006


With Whole Milk in hand, will I be more attractive to the ladies?

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looking toward shin chon

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something quick

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Going for a walk on campus. will report if anything is in bloom

Sunday, April 02, 2006

The Tiny

I am holding my breath. Please mr. mailman, bring me my Tiny