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The House of Grand Farewells By Bob Heman
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At the end of "The House of Grand Farewells", Bob Heman explains the methodology he used in creating these marvelous prose poems. The random discovery of words that 'caught his imagination'... More > in a particular book allowed Bob to embrace the Bretonian surrealist vision of 'Objective Chance.' Words (or objects) that we happen upon embody our hidden desires and our connection to the Universal Unconscious. That being said, "The House of Grand Farewells" is not about literary history; it is the chance, in each prose poem, to take a delightful trip to a place we have never seen before. - Lawrence R. Smith, editor of "Calibanonline"< 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
ARTHUR DIES First Chronicle Vol.3 By Olchar Lindsann
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This is an epic poem of that eldritch troubling time, issuing from a vast swarming archaeology as it might have been. Discover a land in which history, legend, death, language, and the world itself... More > are otherwise than even if we think it, where magic infuses, confuses the words that describe it, as if - where discontinuity even infects the grammar of another, a bleary consciousness of another, reality – drift-read upon the current scene of bloodshed, deceit, and the insistent gnarled hope and striven mourning for a better world: ARTHUR symbolized the dream to come, where meaning flows as music overpast; a dank vanished temporal slaughter swale (that of Albion, womb of Blake) where the spells of words became cemented never – where rhythmic abstraction and storytelling tangle in mutabilitous dance: shamanic trance-speech, a fantasy uttered from within: for such is Arthur's dream – Jack A. Withers Smote< Less
Underscore By Sheila E. Murphy & K.S. Ernst
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This is a long-form collaborative visual poem which includes a dialogue between at least 2 voices and one or more crows, on themes of consciousness, time, place, and friendship. As the authors say... More > in their introduction: "The combination psyche of KSEM [Ernst & Murphy] arrows our way in varying geometric / geo-mantric modes that we prepare to depict upon a score what we decidedly hear, alongside emblematic crows that sound themselves and show themselves across the work. They are our center as they anchor narrative and feeling, spanning multisensory tree-staged colorific definitions."< Less
les échiquiers effrontés By Mark Young
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"Duchamp's Nude came eddying down the staircase carrying a chessboard & some sort of dictionary. 'Your move,' she said. I started with 'angular.' She won in less than ten moves. Kept on... More > winning. Even when I painted the board red she beat me. It wasn't until I started opening with Smurfs or the sigils of YouTube & Facebook, things she'd never seen before, that I began to be competitive. I finally won when I brought Nelson Mandela forward. That's when Daddy stepped in. I never won again. 'A readymade Mark,' he called me," Mark Young - Conceptual and surrealist visual poetry constructed on chessboard grids by the Australia-based poet and editor of the international journal, Otoliths.< Less
Transcendent Topologies: Structuralism and Visual Writing By Tom Hibbard
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Is Structuralism a useful tool for engaging with the new visual poetry? Thomas Hibbard thinks so and this book is the fascinating and thoughtful result. As Jim Leftwich says in his Afterword,... More > thinking about visual poetry is as good a way as any of understanding the world we live in: “Tom Hibbard's book, TRANSCENDENT TOPOLOGIES: STRUCTURALISM AND VISUAL WRITING, is as political as you are. It has no other choice. Read it and take notes (handwritten notes, like James Comey and his associates). Track down the books he writes about. Teach yourself how to do what the authors of those books do . Write essays about their work, about your work, about Tom Hibbard's work, about James Comey's work, Michael Cohen's work. Visual writing is trying to teach us one thing, over and over, in a thousand different ways: we live in a shifting constellation; we must read it and write it that way.”< 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
Tres tresss trisss trieesss tril trilssss: Transmutations of César Vallejo By Jim Leftwich
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Jim Leftwich’s transmutations (not translations) of the poetry of César Vallejo are nothing short of brilliant. They feel more Vallejo in English than any previous translations ever... More > have. Vallejo is certainly, bar none, among the greatest poets of the 20th century. Human, more than immediately human, tortured, both baroque and surreal, and lyrical beyond compare, his poetry defies translation, so difficult does it appear at times. This is especially the case with his early work Trilce (Tres tresss trisss treesss tril trilssss, Leftwich's title has it). Claimed by the surrealists as a master in that genre, Vallejo is that and more than that, opaque as Góngora or bittersweetly acerbic as Lorca, the complexity of his language and imagery find few parallels. Leftwich has created a Vallejo more Vallejo than Vallejo at times. These transmutations have all the speed, energy and enigmatic beauty of the originals on which they are based. - Ivan Argüelles< Less
LAGARTO DE MI CORAZÓN By Ivan Argüelles
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y poseemos nomás la mente vacía del horizonte sílabas pneumáticas! bailadoras go-go! no me digas nada más porque me faltan orejas esto aquí es blanco y eso... More > otro es blanco y puesto en cima del volcán Popocatepetl el blanco es aún más blanco que blanco respiración de diez mil elefantes! El gran vato norteamericano Argüelles aquí nos escribe en una de sus dos lenguas maternas, el español, y es una revelación. - John M. Bennett< 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