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NEW POEMS By Peter Ganick
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Peter Ganick's New Poems is a major development in his extensive work. His unique, complex meditative style is condensed into short, brilliant, resonant, and enigmatic poems. Jonathan Penton says,... More > “...every moment is alive with multiple meanings...” These poems thus reveal the swarm of worlds or memories that lies within our consciousness. As Sheila E. Murphy says, this book reveals “...a weltanschauung of precision, power, and humor that give back to us first things...”< Less
ORPHIC CANTOS By Ivan Argüelles
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Ivan Argüelles does not mine the general American vein of didactic or “therapeutic” poetry that is supposed to be of use in some way. What he creates is an expansive... More > romantic/surrealist summoning of multiple, swarming worlds and histories. He is thus one of the most authentic poets working in English today, and one of the most beautiful in his use of language. His voice is unique, but each of his books has its own timbre, point of view; its own movement and thematic centers. In Orphic Cantos, those centers revolve around the paradoxes of language and consciousness, which are understood to be at the very marrow of the human. The nature of his engagement over the past 40 years has been far more than a desire to write “poetry”; rather, poetry is the embodiment of a complex psychic need, the air he needs to be in the life form and time he occupies. When you read Argüelles' work, you are immersed in the basic human experience. His work is a great treasure. Includes an Introduction by John M. Bennett< 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
THE INEXPLICACIONES and BIBI'S DREAMS By John M Bennett, Bibiana Padilla Maltos
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Poet John M. Bennett interprets, deinterprets, inexplains, and generally expands upon the dreams of Fluxus artist Bibiana Padilla Maltos. The poems are surreal, resonant, and full of unexpected... More > connections, like dreams themselves, and, in fact, like poetry itself. Bibiana's original dreams are included in a special section. Some of the Dreams, as well as some of the Inexplicaciones, are in Spanish. If you want to know what your dreams “mean”, this is a good place to start figuring them out! Includes some reinexplicaciones of Bennett's poems by Ivan Argüelles.< Less
The Fluke Illuminator By John M Bennett
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Michael Peters and John M. Bennett created these Illuminations between 2001 and 2015. They could be called Visual Poems or Visual Stories or Art or Totemic Screens, or something else entirely. To... More > create them, something like five “starts”—a few letters or an image or a rubber stamp or some combination thereof—were sent out in the mail (the first nine were done together at an artist's residency), and when these were added to by the receiving collaborator, the same five “Fluke Illuminations” were sent back to the original sender along with five new Fluke “starts.” Materials in this overlapping process include alphabetic stamps, graphite pencils, colored pencils, rubber stamps, typewriters, handwriting, newspaper and magazine images, black ink, magic markers, and both acrylic paint and white exterior house paint. The result is a stunningly beautiful body of work that will repay many revisitings.< Less
COMO VENÍA DICIENDO By Javier Alejandro Robledo
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Javier Robledo will never be a poète maudit; that, for sure, is far too easy to do. What is clear is that he has more than just one kind of poetic practice: a metaphysical poetry, prose... More > poetry, visual poetry, object poetry, performative poetry... In short, he is a being engaged in implanting a lightning bolt in the hidden cavity of a sphinx, in order to illuminate the astonishing bottom of the abyss. Robledo nunca será un poeta maldito, ya sabemos que eso es fácil. En todo caso podemos afirmar que tiene más de dos poéticas: una poesía metafísica, una poesía en prosa, poesía visual, poesía objetual, poesía performática...en fin, un personaje empeñado en plantar un rayo en el hueco oculto de una esfinge, para que alumbre sorpresivamente el fondo del abismo. -Juan Ángel Italiano< Less
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
ARTHUR DIES Chronicle One Vol. 1 By Olchar E. Lindsann
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ARTHUR DIES is well-suited as a performance text (via a three hour stint), and performance poetry is definitely Olchar Lindsann's area of expertise. He studied performance, writing and critical... More > theory at Dartington College of Arts in England. The long-term project ARTHUR DIES approaches Epic Poetry through the experience of the avant-garde tradition--Lettristic, Otherstream, Symbolist & Post-Structuralist in inspiration. Of this text, Olchar says that it "relates to the impossibility of permanent utopia that is at the root of the Arthurian mythos, and at the heart of any attempt to compose an Epic at our particular historical and cultural moment. How do we respond to the problematic associations with monarchism, nationalism, patriarchy, patriotism, organised religion, etc.? How do we reconcile the element of epic & lyric inspiration in Speech with the subversive, annihilating nature of Writing?"< Less
DUO POEMATA: Ilion - A Transcription & Altertumswissenschaft By Ivan Argüelles
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Jack Foley wrote of the two poems in this book: "Their vast reach and their vast reading include the Classics and the realm of Pound’s Cantos, where the dead and the living mingle. James... More > Joyce’s “nighttown” is here as well, and we feel the constant presence of the author’s identical twin, José (1939-2011). These poems are not for the faint of feeling or the faint of intellect, but they are for those who value poetry, literature, the world." He illustrates his point with these four lines from Ivan's book: "women skilled in weaving and ornamentation you shall have/ to accompany you to the other earth and to hold in your hand/ a distaff and by your side a harp to sing the lonely nights/ in the labyrinth of sleep…"< Less
VERTICAL SLEEP By John M Bennett
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Poetry: "...walking the/spiral map of your/fumbled face ,and/incomplete ,sha/king in re verse .oh/nightly coagulation/.foaming in your fists/or spoken ,splashed/across the roofs !"