Thursday, December 06, 2007

The Silver Wonder Press written about on Pitchfork website

I'm a bit slow to post news here but here's some pretty exciting stuff. The good folks over at Pitchfork did a really nice little article about Lee Ranaldo's "Hello From the American Desert" that we recently published. Here in the link to the article:

We were also mentioned on the radio in Ontario recently when Lee did an interview in Guelph, and he also recently did a interview with Broken Pencil magazine about spam poetry that mentions the silver wonder-I'll post links to this stuff when it appears online....

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Hello From The American Desert by Lee Ranaldo

It's been in the works since 1999 and has finally seen the light of day! I am so freakin happy to announce the publication of Lee Ranaldo's 'Hello From The American Desert'

This beautiful little chapbook features about 40 pages of poetry written between 2004-2007 which enlist spam received over the internet as a springboard for poetry.

The cover art and illustrations are from Curt Kirkwood of Meat Puppets and there is an introduction written by Todd Colby.

These are limited to an edition of 1000. There is also a lettered edition (a-z) of 26 copies signed by both Lee & Curt that will soon be available.

They are available now for purchase online at:

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

new website up and running

zach hench put up a pretty beautiful website for me at:


go check it out!!! All the cds and most of the chapbooks are available for sale online!!!

cruel november

folks I've spent most of this month very sick and have been unable to post here as much as i wanted to. some exciting things did go down and i managed to drag myself out of bed to do them...

november 9th the end of the world band joined p. michael grego & travis from ONO and played a set at plastic crimewave's four million tongues festival at the av-aerie.also on the bill:alela diane, heather leigh murray, outpost, alisdair roberts, and charlambides. someone told p. michael that we sounded like a riot!

november 20th the chicago guitar ensemble played at elastic. this time around it was:
alex wing
jesse thomas
cliff ingram
brian klein
c.ezra lange
don ramon
bill mackay

brian labycz was gonna conduct this one but his gear wouldn't function so it ended up being a free for all!

labycz played in the opening set with his group-travelers and conquerors=labycz/zarzutzki/davis. aaron zarzutzki did some pretty incredible shit with a couple of cymbals and a no output turntable!

no new gigs scheduled for a bit. taking a little break to work on my meat puppets biography...

Friday, October 26, 2007

An Electric Prayer For Derek Bailey


Tonight I get to make another one of my dreams become reality. When Derek Bailey passed away on X-mas day in 2005, I conceived a tribute to him called An Electric Prayer for Derek Bailey. It took almost 2 years to finally realize but tonight this show is happening.

I will be conducting a large improvisational ensemble that consists primarily of electric guitars, through written instructions and object cues, and have put together quite a talented group.

I hope to see ya tonight!

Friday October 26th
8 pm
South Union Arts
1352 South Union Avenue
Chicago Il

the group:

e gtars:
jesse thomas
bill mackay
dave bernabo
p. michael grego
brian labycz
neil jendon
travers gauntt
don ramon

c.ezra lange
alex wing

jim ford
dean giavaras

charles rumback
ben billington

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Lawrence Welsh Article in Tejano Tribune

Here is a link to a great article by Leslie Council......She talks with Lawrence Welsh about his new chapbook-Walking Backwards To Santa Fe.......

love & death & teeth in the blood reviewed in Zen Baby #18

Another review of Todd Moore's bad mutha of a chapbook appears in the new issue of Zen Baby. You can get a copy for $2 from editor Christopher Robin at:

Zen Baby
PO Box 1611
Santa Cruz, CA 95061-1611

Monday, October 15, 2007

My review of Carducci's- Enter Naomi up at Smoke Signals Mag

This is my first published review so the excitement bubbles over here. Find out my thoughts about Joe Carducci's- Enter Naomi at:

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Todd Moore's Chapbook reviewed at Outsider Writers

Todd Moore's Love & Death & Teeth In The Blood was recently reviewed by Victor Schwartman on Outsider Writers. You can find it in the review section at:

Copies are still Available for $9 from
Pitchfork Poetry Press
P.O. Box 146399
Chicago Il 60614
Checks or M.O.'s payable to C.A. Gibson....

Monday, October 08, 2007

Abe Gibson/ Rotten Milk Duo Tonight!!!

i've got this going on at myopic bookstore tonight. it's supposed to be a duo with rotten milk but according to his recent myspace bulletin he's in missouri so if not i'll be bringing some solo e gtar action perhaps with a flying cymbal or two....

myopic bookstore- upstairs
1564 north milwaukee avenue
chicago illinois
7:30 pm
free show!!!

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Lawrence Welsh reviewed in Saint Vitus

This is reprinted from


The bio note at the back of Lawrence Welsh's WALKING BACKWARDS TO SANTA FE informs the reader that he has already published five collections of poetry. Those readers who are currently familiar with Welsh's work know that his poetic base is the desert southwest and that he has already begun to mine much of the region from Los Angeles where he was born to El Paso where he is presently living and teaching.

Armed with those bare bone facts, one might assume that Lawrence Welsh is a poet strongly drawn to local color and the romantic Old West, but a close reading of his work only proves this assumption wrong. WALKING BACKWARDS TO SANTA FE is anything but a work of local color. And, while some of the poems tap into the rich tradition of the Old West, the thrust of these poems is toward something darker, something deeper.

The best poems in this collection ping pong between the personal and the hardscrabble life of mountain and desert. The elegy which opens the book, On The 15th Anniversary Of My Father's Death, is a homage to Welsh's origins, a kind of one off Kunitzian salute to a dead father. This is what you do as a good luck gesture so as not to disturb the old gods. This is what you do before entering the primal world of poetry and power.

This poem is a good introduction to what Lawrence Welsh is up to these days. The voice is clipped, elliptical, sometimes hermetic. The poem itself is a tip of the hat to Charles Olson obviously because of the open field way that the lines are displayed. And, of course, that influence extends through Olson to Robert Duncan. In fact, later on in the collection, in a poem entitled Elegy For John Wieners, Welsh refers to Olson and Duncan as well. This poem suggests the basic tension of the entire collection of the literary East with its lingering sense of High Modernism and Post Modernism and the ghost town deserterdness and near death darkness of the Old West.

an old timer says
keep your eyes open
study the shadows
el paso is all shadows...

from-The Elbo Room/Guadalupe

Welsh employs a clipped short line where the narrator is often felt to be hooded, almost invisible, and even when visible somehow withheld. The touch here is also of New York School and maybe just a hint of Language Poetry.

Welsh's voice and style also seem to be caught in that same tension of literary East versus the open hearted West. In the East the poet reveals nothing. He relies on allusion, he relies on aesthetic stance. In the West, the poet relies on the metaphor of the story itself and usually leaves out all the literary allusion. You can see the comparison very clearly in the poetry of Kell Robertson. Robertson tells stories laconically, elegiacally. Welsh suggests stories stoically and at an aesthetic distance.

Can such a tension survive as a recognizable style in a poet who live in El Paso, bordertown, gunfighter town, exile town, narco corrido town? It's a teasingly interesting question to consider. My take is he can, if he continues to maintain that tricky tension in both subject and style. However, my instincts somehow tell me that Welsh is a poet is search of a much larger subject. Maybe something all encompassing, a novel, a long poem, a sequence of shorter poems that somewhere in the future become a long poem, a metaphor is a long poem that somehow fuses Black Mountain, the Los Angeles of Raymond Chandler, Ross MacDonald, and Charles Bukowski; Hart Crane first lost in the desert and then lost at sea, and the El Paso of Cormac McCarthy, Mariano Azuela, and John Welsey Hardin. These are all speculations, but poetry is haunted by all the best speculations. I Somehow have the feeling that Lawrence Welsh is searching for the secret metaphor that will define where he lives, where he writes, and where he dreams. A long poem that will define El Paso the same way that MAXIMUS defines Gloucester. And America. The grid for the poem and the myth for the dreams await him.

WALKING BACKWARDS TO SANTA FE is published by Pitchfork Poetry Press- and sells for six dollars

Friday, October 05, 2007

I Got Shows! Sunday & Monday!!

Friends and Neighbors,

I've got 2 shows this weekend. I've been hiding out in the apartment and haven't been doing a lot of hanging out with friends so I hope to see you at my shows. Both are free...

The first one is a doozy. Along with 124 other acts, The End of the World Band will be performing as part of the 2007 John Cage Musicircus at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Sunday October 7th Noon to Four p.m.
Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street

we play at 2:15 pm on the first floor
at the Randolph Cafe East alcove 1e

Then on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. I'll be playing a duo with Rotten Milk at Myopic Books. This show is free and BYOB

Monday October 8th 7:30 p.m.
Myopic Bookstore
1564 North Milwaukee Avenue

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Daniel Carter in Chicago this weekend

it is my pleasure to let you know about 2 shows this weekend featuring NYC's Daniel Carter, in addition to being the James Joyce of the free jazz world he is also quite a musician. He belongs to the groups Test and Other Dimensions In Music. He has been performing for the last 30 years with folks like Alan Silva, Sun Ra Cecil Taylor, Sam Rivers, Thurston Moore, Yo La Tengo, Antipop Consortium, and this weekend he'll collaborate with some of Chicago's young musicians.

Friday September 28th
Elastic Sound and Vision Gallery
2830 North Milwaukee Avenue
$10 suggested donation- byob

Daniel Carter with The End of The World Band
Daniel Carter- reeds, horns
Abraham Gibson- Drums
Jesse Thomas- E Gtar

Giallorenzo/ Stein/ Daisy Trio
Paul Giallorenzo-Piano
Jason Stein- Bass Clarinet
Tim Daisy- Drums

Mayjabeen- violin
Brian Klein- Electronics

Saturday September 29th
The Empty Bottle
1053 North Western Avenue
Wire Magazine's- Adventures in Modern Music Festival

Daniel Carter- Reeds, Horns
Ben Vida- Gtar
Mike Reed- Drums

Headlining this evening will be photographers of their own poop- Deerhunter

for Daniel info:

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

daniel carter chapbook review from smoke signals mag

Daniel Carter's WORK IN PROCESS #1 is a sliver of a chapbook, 4 81/2 x 11 sheets stapled and folded, with text from pages 5 to 16. But it could easily take as long to read as a novel, dense as it is linguistically. In 12-point font with inchy margins, there are about a dozen sentences, several running more than a page in length.

If you can call them sentences. They're more like DNA, strings of ideas that have a logic made of associations. These associations paint the inner life of author Daniel Carter, a musician living and performing today in New York City and around the world.

Daniel Carter (b.1945) has a good Wikipedia article at last glance. He is also a philosopher and a very strange sort of activist. He is very active seeking out and working with young musicians and artists and creating connections between them.

Carter started his musical career singing doo-wop in parking lots and schoolyards. His middle-class background has left him with a tolerant attitude; his African-American heritage expresses itself through a Cornel West-esque eloquence spiced with popular colloquialisms; and his graduate studies and prodigious lifelong reading habit have put him into a world of the mind that he, himself constructed from elements found among the texts he has read.

Reading Daniel's work should be a collaborative process. I have created collages from snippets of his work. It can be used as a script for theatrical or video productions; processed as source code for constructions. I think DNA sequencers should sequence some of it out and see what happens.

Despite his laid-back attitude about self promotion, Carter's work is fairly widely published. The work in process chapbook is part of an ongoing series by Abe Gibson's Pitch/The Silver Wonder Press (also publishers of some good stuff by Matt Sheahan, Doug Draime, and Gibson himself) that will eventually result in a sort of urban jazz Finnegan's Wake.

You should read this book at random, paging through and letting your eyes land where they may. Then your eyes skid along like skaters on ice when they hit something like:

eternity stood trembling, her stability thoroughly undermined by a creeping terror
that now burst beyond fashion into permanent policy and into the cold business
of everything shattering.

It's prophet-type stuff, so it's especially going to resonate with readers who enjoyed the Nag Hammadi Library and Old Testament books like Isaiah and Ezekiel. It will also appeal to fans of James Joyce, and maybe to some people who wouldn't mind a slightly more accessible version of Joyce; it's still musical, weird, and fun but Carter stays primarily within the English language.

Review by C.B. Coble

this is available for $3.00

the silver wonder global h.q.
po box 146399
chicago, il 60614
checks payable to c.a. gibson

Saturday, September 08, 2007

guitarkestra III

today i had the pleasure of taking part in the sonic maelstrom that is the plastic crimewave vision celestial guitarkestra orchestrated by steve krakow. we were the group that opened up the hideout block party at noon.
it felt great to be out in the sun being a part of this pulsing, klanging mass of guitars (and basses, and a violin, and a great freakin drummer). although we were about 60 shy of the hoped for 100 it is always a joy to be a part of (or even near) a beautiful large sound like this....
another highlight of the day was finally seeing mucca pazza who were even better than i expected, a rare occasion indeed! as the kids say-"these guys are the shit!"
and speaking of shit-art brut who played a bit later were shit, pure fact half way through their set i went and took a shit. bryan ferry's body double just wasn't cutting it for me folks-but that's what exits are for...

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

review of dalachinsky/connors cd

from downtown music gallery newsletter:


featuring the voice and poetry of steve dalachinsky and the electric guitar of loren connors.this was recorded live at the knitting factory in 2000 and took quite a long time to finally get released. after a flurry of activity, with some fifty+ discs of mostly solos and duos, loren connors has been laying low for the past few years, playing the area set and recording infrequently. the great local poet, scenester, cantankerous character and good friend to all of us other downtown freaks, steve dalachinsky has grown more busy in the past few years, doing more readings than ever, going to paris a few times a year and having more discs out than he used to. this duo has played here at DMG on a couple of occasions through the years and i savor each set.

thin air captures an entire 63 minute set from the new knit when friends of ours still played there regularly. steve's poetry is honest and apt as he describes his and ours lives here in the ever changing downtown scene. loren's spooky guitar is often sparse and a great match for steve's words. i like the way steve repeats certain phrases so that it gives us some time to let the observations sink in. loren also works his special magic by selecting notes often one at times and bending those strings to add some pain/punctuation to the stream of observations that steve slowly dishes out. it's funny how steve's brooklyn accent and the tone of loren's lonely/haunting guitar remind me so much of this scene i've been a part of for so many hour may seem like a long time to loan yourself to this disc, but i find it to be like listening to a short story about my life, our lives here on the lower east side-BLG
cd $14 (limited edition of 300 numbered

downtown music gallery
342 bowery
nyc 10012-2408

or you can order it direct from us for $8+ postage...

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

new chapbooks from todd moore and lawrence welsh

hey folks they have been a long time in the works, and i'm happy to announce the arrival of 2 new chapbooks from a couple of america's finest poets.

the first:
love & death & teeth in the blood
by todd moore

todd moore has had more than a hundred books and chapbooks published since 1976. his work has appeared in more than a thousand zines since 1970. his style is unmistakably minimal and noir. he is best known for his long poem DILLINGER, based on the life and times of the legendary depression era bank robber john dillinger. hypnotic when read, cinematic in scope, DILLINGER has been compared to tom mcgrath's letters to an imaginary friend, john steinbeck's the grapes of wrath, and cormac mccarthy's blood meridian. he is one of the major voices of the outlaw poet generation.
love & death & teeth in the blood is his largest poetry collection since DILLINGER.

the second:
walking backwards to santa fe
by lawrence welsh

lawrence welsh was born and raised in south central los angeles but has called el paso texas home since 1994.he is the former lead singer of seminal l.a punk band- the alcoholics.
he is the author of five collections of poetry, including believing in bonfires which i also published by hey sorry folks-it's all sold out. this is his best collection yet.

you can acquire these goodies by contacting me at

or the silver wonder global h.q./ pitchfork press
po box 146399
chicago il 60614
checks and m.o.'s payable to c.a.gibson

Thursday, July 26, 2007

the silver wonder recording company is open for biz

as mentioned in my previous post. this tuesday july 31st i'll be having a label showcase/ record release party at elastic arts in logan square. we will be celebrating the release of 3 recordings....

swr01 robert o'neal- shadowboxing
spoken word/ musical collaboration from robert o'neal and friends. like jello biafra fronting the magic band. edition of 100

swr02 steve dalachinsky/ loren connors- thin air
recorded live in nyc in 2000 here we find one of new york's hardest working poets performing a set with guitar shaman loren connors and magic ensues...edition of 300

swr03 abe gibson/paul giallorenzo/ brian dibblee- live at 3030
a live set from 2005 from three young chicago improvisers...edition of 100

all these are handmade cdr releases and are available for $8

for more info contact:

the silver wonder recording company
po box 146399
chicago, Il 60614

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

mari akita in chicago

my friend mari akita will be in chicago and performing with the end of the world band:

july 30th
myopic bookstore
1564 north milwaukee avenue
7:30 pm
free show!!!

abe gibson- percussion, electronics
jesse thomas- gtar, electronics
mari akita- movement

she will also join the end of the world band the next night at:
elastic arts
2830 north milwaukee ave
$7 suggested donation
this is a cd release showcase party for my cdr label- the silver wonder recording company

also playing:
gibson/giallorenzo/labycz trio
fred lonberg-holm/eric leonardson duo

Thursday, July 19, 2007

उप्कोमिंग shows

july 30th- myopic bookstore
w/jesse thomas & mari akita (austin)

july 31st- elastic
the silver wonder recording company presents:
gibson/giallorenzo/labycz trio
fred lonberg-holm/ eric leonardson duo
the end of the world band with mari akita

august 16th- south union arts
the end of the world band
cookies and dirt

august 19th- fireside bowl
the end of the world band
dbld (pittsburgh,pa)
cookies and dirt

september 8th- hideout block party
i will be performing as a member of plastic crimewave's vision celestial guitarkestra (100 gtars!!!)

oct 26th- south union arts
abraham gibson conducts!!!-
an electric prayer for derek bailey

nov 18th- myopic bookstore-
the silver wonder press presents:
readings by abraham gibson and larry sawyer
reading from my new chapbook-
'move over and give them some room'

all these events take place in chicago, ill...

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Thursday, June 21, 2007

the bull's tongue

i thought that arthur mag was kaput so imagine my surprise when i was forwarded a link to a review written by mr. thurston moore in the bull's tongue review column that he does with byron coley. they say some really nice things about unicorn mountain #2 (i'm the fiction editor folks-send me something good!) and he also mentions - work in process - a chapbook by daniel carter that i published last year.

it's here at:

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Robert O'neal's A Cosmic Clown's Science Fiction Religion Now Available

We're really churning them out now folks! I'm happy to announce the latest release from the silver wonder press- Robert O'neal's A Cosmic Clown's Science Fiction religion. This is O'neal's third chapbook and the second one of his I've published. It also features a cover photo by John Atwood and is available for only $2!!!!!

At the end of july O'neal's cd- Shadowboxing will also be available from the silver wonder recording company.......

He was recently featured in the online magazine gnome, with several new cosmic clown poems there. check it out at:

the silver wonder global h.q.
p.o. box 146399
chicago, il 60614
(checks and m.o.'s payable to c.a.gibson)

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Tonight!!! Southside!!!

Some sick love from my group the end of the world band tonight!!!

We are playing a show at south union arts along with bill mackay's darts & arrows and one other act...

You can catch all the psychedelisized shronk action at this location:

south union arts
1352 south union avenue
chicago , il

show starts at 8 pm
cover is $5-10 (donation)

silver wonder chapbooks from robert o'neal & guy r. beining out now!!!

Even more chapbooks out this month from the silver wonder press. I'm happy to announce the release of two new ones.

The first is A Cosmic Clown's Science Fiction Religion from Robert O'neal. This is his third chapbook and he takes no prisoners-uttering the words "fuck high fructose corn syrup" (yes he went there) Be the first on yr block to get a copy with a cover photo by John Atwood...

The second is Outside the End by Guy R. Beining. This book is a beautiful mixture of Guy's poetry and art.

They are available thru yrs truly at:

The Silver Wonder Press
PO Box 146399
Chicago, IL 60614

O'neal= $2
Beining= $4
(checks and m.o.'s payable to c.a.gibson)

next week- Lawrence Welsh's Walking Backward to Santa Fe (pitchfork press)!!!!!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

the end of the world band on myspace

jesse and i have joined the cyber society of jerks, also known as myspace. now you can see and hear us online!!!! one click and you'll have proof that we are indeed yr friends.

add us!

Thursday, May 31, 2007

New Gerald Locklin Chapbook Available Now...

the avalanche of releases from the silver wonder/pitchfork press starts today with the release of P-019 Gerald Locklin's - The San Antonio, Savannah, & Daytona Beach Poems. It's the second chapbook I've released by Locklin, our first was -The Ultimate Pessimist & Other Poems. These are his "down south" poems...

You can get your copy now for seven bucks!!!
(Checks and M.O.'s payable to C.A. Gibson)

The Silver Wonder/Pitchfork Poetry Press
P.O. Box 146399
Chicago, Il 60614

stay tuned in the next 8 weeks for books from robert o'neal, guy r. beining, todd moore, lawrence welsh, & lee ranaldo. and cds from robert o'neal, steve dalachinsky/loren connors, and the gibson/giallorenzo/dibblee trio

Monday, May 28, 2007

plastic crimewave vision celestial guitarkestra at hyde park art center

i have joined up with plastic crimewave's vision celestial guitarkestra, a gtar group considerably larger than the jabberwhorl gtar ensemble. we will be performing as part of juan angel chavez's speaker project at the hyde park arts center this saturday june 2nd.
last time around the group was 70+gtars, this time i've heard young kids will be part of the ensemble. i've also heard we'll be playing in a giant speaker....

all the details are at:

hyde park arts center
5020 s. cornell
saturday june 2nd- 3pm

Monday, May 14, 2007

zygote in my coffee #87

zygote in my coffee #87 hit the internet yesterday with my poem
-you don't believe me-
included in this issue so why don't you type:

and check it out friends.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

the end of the world band and other stuff

it's been a busy month and i haven't really had time to post on here as much as i'd like to.some notable things...

on april 17th i played in fred lonberg-holm's lightbox orchestra at elastic. the group was:me, brian labycz, vadim sprikut, aaron zarzutski, todd carter, michael colligan (on dry ice!), rob drinkwater, eric leonardson, & frank rosaly. this was my second show with the LBO and i had a blast.

some poems appear on the website strange road at they are oldies but goodies from my iowa city days

i've got a new band where i am playing the drums and singing. we are called the end of the world band

the lineup:
jesse thomas: guitar
and for this show we'll be joined by
spencer heck on bass

we are playing our first show tomorrow night wednesday april 25th at the mutiny
2428 north western ave (at fullerton)
chicago il
i think it's a free show
starts at 10 pm
also playing:
the swinging richards
and spencer heck solo

the following day my daughter dolma echo gibson will be turning one. if the weather's good she gets to visit the zoo....

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

a poem in blind man's rainbow

a poem from my ukrainian village days- 'walking the dog'- appears in the new issue of blind man's rainbow (the winter 2007 issue aka volume XII, issue 1)

you can get yerself a copy for $4.00 from the editor at:
blind man's rainbow
p.o. box 1190
troy, MT 59935

their home online is at:

Saturday, March 03, 2007

50 miles of elbow room

i meant to post this earlier but it slipped through the swiss cheese holes in my head.

adam lore has made daniel carter's- work in process volume one available through his website. so if you haven't bought a copy yet, you can get one, as well as a shit ton of carter records at

Thursday, February 22, 2007

poems in two places

received a few things in my mailbox today.
one is issue #89 of free verse featuring a haiku of mine
available for $5 at:
free verse/marsh river editions
M233 Marsh road
Marshfield WI 54449

the second is issue #17 of zen baby featuring my poem: i have been away
available for $2 at:
zen baby
po box 1611
santa cruz ca 95061-1611


it's been a totally shitty month and to be honest with everyone i'll be glad to see it go...i've been dealing with migraine headaches for most of the month-so i've spent alot of time in bed, then last weekend i fell down a flight of stairs- so i'm pretty jacked up lurching around like frankenstein's monster.i'm tired of the pain and ready to get on with my life already...

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Can - Paper House (Beat Club 1971)

new issue of zygote in my coffee!!!

went to check the PO box today and found zygote in my coffee #2 with my poem 'the silver wonder' (metal version) in its groovey pages.

if you'd like to order a copy for yourself-a mere $7.50 or just wanna check out the e-zine go to:

for the hardcore...

atonal boners show tonight has been postponed til feb 8th-hope you can hold yr load til then...