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MIRRORS MÁSCARAS By John M Bennett
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MIRRORS MÁSCARAS is the 3rd volume in John M. Bennett’s major series focused on particular topics that consists, so far, of LIBER X and OLVIDOS. It includes a series of typographic... More > poems in the form of masks, followed by textual poems in a wide variety of styles and forms, in English, Spanish, some French and other languages. Bennett’s inventiveness and energy, his visuality combined with highly literate, resonant, conceptual and aural beauty, make this unique work a force to change the language and to change the way language is used.< Less
YES IT IS By John M. Bennett, Sheila E. Murphy
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These two poets have done it all and now they are doing it together. The creatures of collaboration they amassed here are familiar somehow, yet they are stepping toward a future vispo archive. The... More > shift is blurred distinction, you see Sheila and you see John and you see them most pleasantly meld. They form a fecund third that lingers. These two master poets present us with an extraordinary thing - visual discourse. - Nico Vassilakis< Less
Alphabetap By Thomas M. Cassidy, Marilyn R. Rosenberg
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ALPHABETAP is a lively visual collaboration using intense graphics, colors, text, book design, and collage to create a unique and compelling artists' book that is playfully based on the alphabet. The... More > authors are masters in the fields of visual poetry and the book arts, and this collaboration is a treat for the eye and mind.< Less
THE BOOK OF SOLES (SOULS) By Marilyn R. Rosenberg, C. Mehrl Bennett
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C. Mehrl Bennett and Marilyn R. Rosenberg are masterful collaborators, poets, and inventors of colorful images and themes. “Dancing ants reading” – one of the delightful phrases... More > swarming in this vivid artist’s book, which has as its central theme the soles of our feet and all that such a topic implies about self, time, motion through life, and one’s place(s) in the universe. Extremely colorful and full of fascinating detail, it is a work which can be repeatedly enjoyed and reveals new secrets each time. Appealing as visual poetry, as graphic design, and as an artist’s book, this collaboration achieves the most fulfilling of any collaboration between 2 artists: it becomes as if it were the work of a third person, a new artist never before discovered. - John M. Bennett< Less
Las Cabezas Mayas Maya Heads By John M Bennett
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The faces, frames, words, and concepts in this book speak to and of the author's obsessions, history, and lunacy, but they have a resonance from a complex and rich cultural past that enriches them.... More > These visual poems are not Mayan at all, yet they could not have come into being without an experience of Maya culture. Human cultures are never exclusive or “pure”, but consist of dynamic mixings of many sources from many times and places. They are constantly in flux, and these pieces represent the incorporation of aspects of the ancient Maya world into the world we inhabit today. This is just one of the many ways in which the richness of the Maya universe is alive and well, and continuing to evolve. This is visual poetry with complex cultural and historical roots, and great contemporary resonance.< Less
OLVIDOS By John M Bennett
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Bennett has been the avant in avant-garde in the latter half of the 20th century with his Lost and Found Times, one of the great “small press poetry rags” of all time, and then through... More > his Luna Bisonte Prods press. OLVIDOS (“Memories”; though the word also and literally means “things forgotten”) is quite possibly his masterpiece. 339 pages of zany often inarticulate expositions of a kind of lunar madness that can only be the work of the descendent of such poets as Vicente Huidobro and Guillaume Apollinaire. There is most likely something for everyone here from minimalist visual techniques and zen-like koans to architectured poems such as “olvidos y fragmentos” with its enigmatic phrase “lock the boot”. But then the entire text is one immense sequence of enigmatic and puzzling dicta, summed up best in his own portmanteau word “hablacagada”. This is an important work and should place Bennett centrally on the map of great, innovative American poets. - Ivan Argüelles< Less
MOMENTS NOTICE By Nico Vassilakis
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Nico Vassilakis' Moments Notice has taken a huge leap forward in the evolution of concrete poetry, by utilizing the myriad possibilities of digital typographic manipulation. The result is work of... More > great beauty, color, design, concept, and a visuality that makes his ideas and poetics vivid and endlessly intriguing. Maria Damon says, “Moments notice us at a moment’s notice, lying in wait for us, in this space-time lingo-jaunt. When humans (hypothetically) fall into a black hole, the first thing their bodies undergo is ‘spagghettification.’ One could say when human language falls into Nico Vassilakis’ clutches, it undergoes a similar process. But instead of annihilation, there is plenitude." Ron Silliman asks, “Is it feasible for visual poetry to be positively erudite? In the words (or word) of one of the not-quite-texts here, Moments Notice presents the argument for YES.”< Less
THE COMPLETE WORKS from LOST & FOUND TIMES 1979-2005 Introduction by Jack A. Withers Smote - Compilation and Afterword by C. Mehrl Bennett By Blaster Al Ackerman
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Luna Bisonte Prods is proud to offer (alas, posthumously) this vast testament of humorous ramblings and scramblings by none other than one of the 14 Secret Masters of the World!, Blaster Al Ackerman,... More > as well as works he wrote under eighteen different pseudonyms. This anthology includes the complete works of Blaster Al from Lost & Found Times 6/7 through 54, 1979-2005. It includes every appearance of his inimitable column, Ack’s Wacks, and all of the Ack’s Hacks published in the magazine, in which he created poems and other works using as source material poems by John M. Bennett and many others. His processes for doing these works were lunatic, wonderful, and constantly varying and unpredictable. Many of these accounts are included as they are often as interesting and hair-brained as the results. The anthology also contains many drawings, paintings, poems, texts, and wide swaths of other material from an acknowledged master artist, mail artist, writer, and prankster; one of the great minds of our times.< Less
PLOWING DOWN THE CUT By Greg Evason
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From his home in Toronto, poet, artist, and experimental artist Greg Evason has for many years been producing an extraordinary amount and variety of work, ranging from the highly esoteric to the... More > surrealistic, to more accessible poems, stories, paintings, and drawings that reveal a person fully engaged in the journey to encounter and understand his, and our, existence. This new book takes the form of brief story-like texts or prose poems of intense thought and emotionality, couched in a surrealism expressed through what seems to be an everyday language. But, in fact, the language is one of great condensation and word play; not really “everyday” at all: “Loot of oven happy sneak of clean ashes. We are bloated cars swinging through a spark of crashed healthy sneezing. Boats are cloudy.” Evason has pulled off a unique and difficult feat, and Plowing Down the Cut will be a source of immense fascination and delight through many readings. The book includes a series of his crisply detailed and inventive drawings.< Less
THE STICKY SUIT WHIRS: Los Preolvidados By John M Bennett
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John M. Bennett, The Sticky Suit Whirs: Los Preolvidados. From a deep whispering closet comes a “whirring like a/s tick y su it”, like an immense door of sound, preforgotten sound which... More > thus forms the protean shape of memory itself. These poems are language as water in flux through all its forms: rain, lake, fog, river, ice, steam, storm, sea, and a cup sloshing on the table or still as glass. At 67 pages, this short book has an intensity of expression and a swarming variety of voices unlike any other writing you can find. “...I/saw the crown of tree I/ni remumembered where/the flaucet was”; “...ticking in your/,throat the;;;;;ra/in )counted with a hammer”.< Less