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Rrêves (Ddreams) By John M. Bennett
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Rreves is a translation into French by Philippe Bille, of Ddreams by John M. Bennett, a classic minimalist poem sequence written in 1981 and published in English by Blue Lion Books, 2009
DROPPED IN THE DARK BOX By John M. Bennett
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Poetry makes things happen, makes us happy by making things happen. Concoct meanings as you wish, sort and sift them, discard them in the end and enjoy the machinery of the poem at work. Poems make... More > little things happen, but worlds are made of little things, lives are made of little things. A poem should mean and be and do, simultaneously and sequentially. Open this book to page 12 and read "found the fistula," which might be thought of as a kind of mini ars poetica...Read a poem once and you know that it exists. Read it twice and you might think you know some of what it means. Read it three times and you suspect it of nonexistence. The poem will not sit still for your inspection. While reading it the fourth time you suspect you have some sort of slithering, slippery, shape-shifting chimera before your eyes. It is made of signs and sings and sounds and sooouuunds, slimy shifting symbols and sticky surfaces...Poetry makes us happy by making things happen. - Jim Leftwich< Less
THE WORLD OF BURNING By John M. Bennett
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John M. Bennett's poetry encapsulates the chaos characterizing our experience of and in this world, giving it a form and presence in words, phonemes, languages, and metaphor so compact and... More > multi-meaningful, so ambiguous, that his poems glitter in their condensed expressive emotionality. The result is a universe that is gritty, carnal, and at the same time metaphysical and sublime, resonating in multiple worlds, cultures, times, and consciousnesses. Bennett does not “write poetry”, but uses poetry as a means of understanding and creating what cannot be understood and what cannot exist, but does very much exist in these pages. In the over 50 years of his writing, he has published more than 400 books and chapbooks, each quite different, yet distinctly Bennett, and has developed a startling variety of innovative techniques and approaches. His Select Poems appeared in 2016.< Less
SELECT POEMS By John M. Bennett
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A selection from over 40 years of Bennett's work, introduced by Ivan Argüelles. “Where to begin writing about this baffling and certainly most “avant-garde” of all poets living... More > and working in the USA today? Bennett’s reputation is international, and his interest in Mesoamerican culture has drawn him frequently to that part of the world where he is a recognized figure. His experimentations over the years have encompassed multiple techniques, including visual poetry, and his own “polyglottery,” moving in and out of English, Spanish, Portuguese, French or some Mesoamerican language. What may seem aleatory is in fact more intentional and grounded than is first apparent. Bennett has roots in traditional literatures, those of 'Siglo de Oro' Spain and of Elizabethan England, but he is capable of transducing those literatures, metamorphosing them by way of the avant-garde movements of the 20th century, into something utterly innovative and New, such as few contemporary artists have done.”< Less
SESOS EXTREMOS By John M. Bennett
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If there's one thing I've learned from reading John M. Bennett's poetry for 20+ years, it's that things can change in an instant. At first you think some of the pieces you've been reading are... More > hardcore concrete poetry, poetry of the physicality of words, of expression, the mechanicality or instrumentality of thought. But then you happen to watch a performance by John and you've got the book in your hand, and suddenly you realize that a certain percentage of the poems, or even of any given poem, might suddenly become a very succinct notation for an agile, well oiled vocal performance where some strange fog is playing the 'john-horn' or its fog suit avatar. There are collaborations, works inspired by travel and friendships, poems in Spanish and French, and engagement with the entireties of many avant-garde traditions and anti-traditions. John M. Bennett is a national treasure. -Lanny Quarles< Less
THE SWEATING LAKE By John M. Bennett
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“Poetry” in many experimental or avant modes and voices, and in a mix of languages, sounds, and visualities. John M. Bennett practices a true yet new trans-linguistic art, which is at... More > the same time deeply embedded in language and its history as the primary context of the many layers of human consciousness: THE AND/ osteo mentation ,griminal/ inmintation’s sugary shirt/ it’s where yr “shshoe” ‘s/ debrides a coin a coff a/ cabalgata de intonsos de/ los sin piel los inde/ dictos carrying the tongues/ in bloody pockets )your/ wheezing collar((/ napkins ,and a swallowed dirt "This is not poetry."- Jack A. Withers Smote< Less
Rrêves (Ddreams) By John M. Bennett
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Rreves is a translation into French by Philippe Bille, of Ddreams by John M. Bennett, a classic minimalist poem sequence written in 1981 and published in English by Blue Lion Books, 2009
la M al By John M. Bennett
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From the opening poem, “...mumbling in the/attic “roof” out there, mud beyond my head...”, this revised and definitive 2nd edition of John M. Bennett's classic “la M... More > al” confirms its position as one of the poet's best works. Bennett has created a unique language to express the depth and complexity (or the complexity has created the language), of thought and emotion, or emotional thought that are the core of human experience: ...“drain” a laundry think .but think re diction think a congeries of faucets faucets like yr “running-sore” a window to a moon .“a moon all” right a tab le o yr “lips were draped... The language swarms, swells and ebbs, shatters and recoheres, turns and returns, in patterns that resonate with all the currents, hidden and visible, of the self or selves that inhabit us. An essential book that fully realizes the possibilities of language to contain and know what is.< Less
Olas Cursis By John M. Bennett
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Written mostly in English, with some poems in Spanish, or mixtures of the two languages, Bennett's new book, with its multiple voices and forms, including some visual works, continues to challenge or... More > befuddle the tired, cliché-ridden world of North American poetry with poems like this: skin skin soon the shore turd cries re meantless imbrication of the sh adow water where your feet was gone ? impaction ,cloud ,funnel vision of the blut was left its shroud of flies its stony maggots where the beak onnce spspurt ,congoja conjugada con el horizonTe na nada es y nádame el pellejo vacío ,aire ...sous l’horrible peau que flotte... - José-María de Heredia< Less
VOCLALO By John M. Bennett & Jon Cone
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Poetry in Spanish by/Poesía en español por John M. Bennett; With Transductions by/Con transducciones por Jon Cone.

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