I’m in Los Angeles, been here a week. Sondra and I are prepping for our tour: playing music, juicing green juice, practicing yoga every day at Namaste Highland Park, walking in the hazy heat. Last night I jogged up an entire mountain in the moonlight. Sunday we played a full moon supermoon meteor shower show at HM157 with Alana Amram and Featherbeard where - I’m not kidding - a shooting star shot straight into the full moon during Alana’s set and the whole crowd howled. (Those pics up there are some group photos taken by the wonderful Ryan Fuller of Fort King.) (The photo of me and Sondra is courtesy of the awesome Matthew Clark.) Feels like I could live forever here.

Namaste

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Sondra Sun-Odeon and Jasmine Dreame Wagner USA tour this August. Shows confirmed at hm157, Space Oddities Chicago, and more.8/10 Los Angeles CA - hm1578/14 Phoenix AZ - Terra Java Coffee House & Bake Shop8/15 Albuquerque NM - Tortuga Gallery8/16 Santa Fe NM - 1441 Santa Cruz Drive8/18 Amarillo TX - need a show - help?**8/19 Norman OK - Nice Tuesdays8/20 St. Joseph MO - First Ward House8/21 Des Moines IA - Vaudeville Mews8/23 Chicago IL - Space Oddities Chicago8/24 Columbus OH - Double Happiness8/25 Cleveland OH - Guide To Kulchur8/26 Harrisburg PA - Little Amps9/4 NYC - Muchmore’sRSVP on Facebook

forarborsforsatellites:

Sondra Sun-Odeon and Jasmine Dreame Wagner USA tour this August. Shows confirmed at hm157, Space Oddities Chicago, and more.

8/10 Los Angeles CA - hm157
8/14 Phoenix AZ - Terra Java Coffee House & Bake Shop
8/15 Albuquerque NM - Tortuga Gallery
8/16 Santa Fe NM - 1441 Santa Cruz Drive
8/18 Amarillo TX - need a show - help?**
8/19 Norman OK - Nice Tuesdays
8/20 St. Joseph MO - First Ward House
8/21 Des Moines IA - Vaudeville Mews
8/23 Chicago IL - Space Oddities Chicago
8/24 Columbus OH - Double Happiness
8/25 Cleveland OH - Guide To Kulchur
8/26 Harrisburg PA - Little Amps
9/4 NYC - Muchmore’s

RSVP on Facebook

End of June. Played a bunch of shows with Charlie. Ate well, traveled well, even in traffic. (1. Twilight selfie, 2. lower Manhattan looking unreal, 3. Bang on a Can Marathon, 4. Charlie Rauh and Cornelius Eady at Scholes Street Studio, 5. me and Charlie driving, 6. traffic, 7. Charlie performing at Quinn’s, 8. Far Rockaway, 9. my favorite meal when I was five.)

It’s hot. I’m sweaty. This is what it looks like: July in concrete-encased humidity. (Here’s some cool things:)1. Wednesday night, I’m playing a show at The Rock Shop in Gowanus, Brooklyn (that’s Wednesday, July 9th) with SEEMING (my friend Alex’s synthpop duo) and Julian Tulip’s Licorice. (Alex is also the author of the 33 1/3 book on They Might Be Giants and Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music - did I mention he’s a brilliant critic as well as pianist and writer of pop songs?) It should be a gothy good time.2. On Friday, Charlie Rauh will be laying down some guitar tracks for the record I’ve been working on for like, forever. THE BEAST. I know, forever. It’s getting finished, though. Done. Soon and sooner. I promise.3. On Saturday, I’ll be reading at Poets House for Donald Vincent’s Mr. Hip Presents reading series. We got written up in Time Out New York! I’ll be sharing some poems alongside a good pack of readers including Ishion Hutchinson, Lisa Marie Basile, Leah Umansky, Marjorie Thousand, Ol’ Joe Brooklyn, and Teo Babini. 6 PM. Manhattan. West Side. Water. Ice cream.4. Finally - I’m going on tour! With my lady Sondra Sun-Odeon. To many places, including yours? More details soon. xo

It’s hot. I’m sweaty. This is what it looks like: July in concrete-encased humidity. (Here’s some cool things:)

1. Wednesday night, I’m playing a show at The Rock Shop in Gowanus, Brooklyn (that’s Wednesday, July 9th) with SEEMING (my friend Alex’s synthpop duo) and Julian Tulip’s Licorice. (Alex is also the author of the 33 1/3 book on They Might Be Giants and Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music - did I mention he’s a brilliant critic as well as pianist and writer of pop songs?) It should be a gothy good time.

2. On Friday, Charlie Rauh will be laying down some guitar tracks for the record I’ve been working on for like, forever. THE BEAST. I know, forever. It’s getting finished, though. Done. Soon and sooner. I promise.

3. On Saturday, I’ll be reading at Poets House for Donald Vincent’s Mr. Hip Presents reading series. We got written up in Time Out New York! I’ll be sharing some poems alongside a good pack of readers including Ishion Hutchinson, Lisa Marie Basile, Leah Umansky, Marjorie Thousand, Ol’ Joe Brooklyn, and Teo Babini. 6 PM. Manhattan. West Side. Water. Ice cream.

4. Finally - I’m going on tour! With my lady Sondra Sun-Odeon. To many places, including yours? More details soon. xo

Playing this show with a dear friend from a past life on Wednesday in Brooklyn. Haven’t written about it clearly yet, or properly digested it, comprehended it, meditated on it, but suffice to say that the first time I ever heard my voice in a microphone I was making music happen with one of the beautiful folks in SEEMING. We were kids (literally.) (We were maybe 10?) I hope someday he passes on a copy of that sound. Until then, Wednesday:+ SEEMING++ Jasmine Dreame Wagner+++ Julian Tulip’s Licorice@ The Rock Shop@@ 249 4th Avenue@@@ Brooklyn, NY 11215@@@@ 8 PM | $8 | 18+ (I think)

Playing this show with a dear friend from a past life on Wednesday in Brooklyn. Haven’t written about it clearly yet, or properly digested it, comprehended it, meditated on it, but suffice to say that the first time I ever heard my voice in a microphone I was making music happen with one of the beautiful folks in SEEMING. We were kids (literally.) (We were maybe 10?) I hope someday he passes on a copy of that sound. Until then, Wednesday:

+ SEEMING
++ Jasmine Dreame Wagner
+++ Julian Tulip’s Licorice

@ The Rock Shop
@@ 249 4th Avenue
@@@ Brooklyn, NY 11215
@@@@ 8 PM | $8 | 18+ (I think)

Me writing in bed / #thoughts

My book of poems, Rings, is coming out later this year with Kelsey Street Press. Here’s what the cover looks like - Jeff Clark designed it! Some advance words of praise:Jasmine Dreame Wagner’s Rings spirals through the alphabet with both velocity and precision. To read this poetry is to feel your pulse quicken, for Wagner demonstrates form as energy and imagination. It’s not that Wagner deploys her impressive gifts to make a world that coddles or eases the reader. The centrifugal force of her perception is fierce and compels us to acknowledge an innermost lacunae. Still, this is a work of strange jubilation. Wagner renews ruin and memory so that they become responsive. The poet asks, “And what drives/us to make love//or anything, really?” Her response: “We know the mystery//of memory is not concealed/in the higher animal (it is concealed/ in the route) … .” Welcome to the animate labyrinth.—Elizabeth RobinsonGutsy and acute great-grandchild of Williams and Niedecker, Jasmine Dreame Wagner does not light out for the territory—she lights it from within. Her book is assertive in its naming, resolute in its wandering: a true map of our 21st century. The alphabet runs through it, stitching locations, urban and pastoral, ancient and contemporary, to their history. Rings may leave you breathless with its radical inclusiveness—there’s not a stone left unturned, a landscape left unexplored, a human left unloved. Like the truest and clearest of bells, Rings rings.—Kathleen Ossip“Consider who is standing outside their continuity,” challenges Jasmine Dreame Wagner in this book of disruptive characters—Rings riddles the system of the master code, transforming abecedarian inevitability into a field of expansive affinities. Sound and letter are both impetus and anchor, leaping and precariously alighting amid a landscape of stopless profusion and industrial spoil. Her secular litany cracks with the ecstatic, with echo and elegy, with breakage and frame. In its intricate circlings, Rings is a record of revolutions, a sounding of our stranger selves: “we are/host and hostess to an evolving alphabet. We are witness//to our voice in the playback.”—Karen VolkmanHere’s the pre-order page / also, if you are a reviewer or an editor and you’d like a review copy, let me know:http://www.kelseyst.com/publications/rings.htm

My book of poems, Rings, is coming out later this year with Kelsey Street Press. Here’s what the cover looks like - Jeff Clark designed it!

Some advance words of praise:

Jasmine Dreame Wagner’s Rings spirals through the alphabet with both velocity and precision. To read this poetry is to feel your pulse quicken, for Wagner demonstrates form as energy and imagination. It’s not that Wagner deploys her impressive gifts to make a world that coddles or eases the reader. The centrifugal force of her perception is fierce and compels us to acknowledge an innermost lacunae. Still, this is a work of strange jubilation. Wagner renews ruin and memory so that they become responsive. The poet asks, “And what drives/us to make love//or anything, really?” Her response: “We know the mystery//of memory is not concealed/in the higher animal (it is concealed/ in the route) … .” Welcome to the animate labyrinth.
—Elizabeth Robinson

Gutsy and acute great-grandchild of Williams and Niedecker, Jasmine Dreame Wagner does not light out for the territory—she lights it from within. Her book is assertive in its naming, resolute in its wandering: a true map of our 21st century. The alphabet runs through it, stitching locations, urban and pastoral, ancient and contemporary, to their history. Rings may leave you breathless with its radical inclusiveness—there’s not a stone left unturned, a landscape left unexplored, a human left unloved. Like the truest and clearest of bells, Rings rings.
—Kathleen Ossip

“Consider who is standing outside their continuity,” challenges Jasmine Dreame Wagner in this book of disruptive characters—Rings riddles the system of the master code, transforming abecedarian inevitability into a field of expansive affinities. Sound and letter are both impetus and anchor, leaping and precariously alighting amid a landscape of stopless profusion and industrial spoil. Her secular litany cracks with the ecstatic, with echo and elegy, with breakage and frame. In its intricate circlings, Rings is a record of revolutions, a sounding of our stranger selves: “we are/host and hostess to an evolving alphabet. We are witness//to our voice in the playback.”
—Karen Volkman

Here’s the pre-order page / also, if you are a reviewer or an editor and you’d like a review copy, let me know:
http://www.kelseyst.com/publications/rings.htm