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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
i REmeMBER PETRolEUM By Jim Leftwich
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"These poems are okay just being themselves. The poems are not self-satisfied, but unavoidably as full of themselves as of the world, pick a world, any world-in-the-making composed of no last... More > words, worlds where being(‘s) content’s exactly the length of a song, or 391 songs. While Tom Taylor has it that 'the poem is no object dangling in space, a baked potato on a string' Leftwich’s poems may well be baked potatoes on strings, if that’s what the song’s about, if that’s the occasion, the baked potato moment, the song sculpts", "...each a fanned snapshot stack or fractal spill of 45s, choose a song, pick a word, Leftwich’s 'sitting on tHE bus with a dictIOnary aND you,' saying cheese as the moment snaps its selfie, while & because the world’s worlding within & without." - John Crouse< Less
CIEN SONETOS By Iván Argüelles
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With the words “I am become something more than myself” Iván Argüelles opens the third of these 100 sonnets. This describes his entire body of work, but in these poems we find... More > the poet pursuing that “something more” across dark ground, the shadowland of death. Suffering from the loss of his son and driven by that sorrow through what the mythic terrain renders of absence itself. He confronts this inversion, this loss of self, by eloquently revealing one layer after another of startling imagery that speaks to us on a level no common tongue can tell. The result is an intuitive map of both the poet’s subconscious and the collective memory of the species singing out of the ancient sources. Argüelles always enchants, but in these sonnets he ferries us across the river and allows us to see what must forever remain unseen. He makes darkness shine. - Jake Berry< Less
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