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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 !"
nths client satyr By Peter Ganick
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One stanza from "nths client satyr" will arouse your curiosity: glean porcelain dna column nascent du- rable infinity largesse plotted random selenium gaffer ply sift hemp shellac but-... More > tress caveat sine qua nodular foible ren-< Less
FIAT LUX By Ivan Argüelles
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Fiat Lux is Ivan Argüelles’ Odyssey through all human history and literature, as well as through the kaleidoscope of his own life memories.... Portions of Fiat Lux soar as high as any... More > American poetry since Pound's Pisan Cantos.- Fred Bauman. Fiat Lux is most of all about language, the great gibberishes out of which creation and languages come, and the Law of Time...- Sharon Doubiago. One can read in Fiat Lux an epic poem as it might be dreamed; or perhaps the dream of a culture in which the epic consciousness has been repressed, yet endlessly renews just beneath the skin of thought, in endless metamorphosis, pursuing mortal pleasure....In this world where Chronos is playful, Freud has shacked up in Pythia, one reads our culture's fevered dreams as oracles and symptoms. These prophetic anxieties are a babel of stories, of voices, of worlds, they are the fragments of languages, scattered like shattered beer bottles or amphorae along the highway. - Olchar E. Lindsann.< Less
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