Talking Eyes by Jacque Vaught Brogan
Talking Eyes by Jacque Vaught Brogan

Ta(l)king Eyes by Jacque Vaught Brogan.

“Lively, innovative, and dancing with feminist passion, Jacque Vaught Brogan, ‘reporting from Notre Dame,’ has given us in TA(L)KING EYES a collection of perceptions for our mythic lady to celebrate. In this vividly experimental text, the eyes, ayes, & I’s have it!”—Sandra M. Gilbert

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TETH by Sheila E. Murphy
TETH by Sheila E. Murphy

PubDate: 1/1991

TETH

Sheila E. Murphy

ISBN: 9780925904058

Price: $9.00

Genre: Poetry

Pages: 94

TETH, Sheila Murphy's latest collection, sifts through daily experience to forge “new methods of occurring/ in the world.” In poems that enact Zukofskyan riots of attention, the consonantal fireworks of phrases like “borscht akimbo during vodka” interrogate the “ever perjuring” familiarity of our habitual and “mildly newspaperish lingo.” Coupling domestic reveries with searing political commentaries, Murphy insistently seeks “to meet the neck that segregates/ the mind from form.” “Sheila Murphy compels repetition, invites it, precisely because what she repeats is an action, the sitting down with the mind alive to all that's around… What her eye falls on, kites, clothespins, record jackets, gets in but not (so much) as diurnal notation, this because this-then, but as a religious trusting of the perceptual manifold to be an Event”–Gerald Burns, from the preface.

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THE ARCHITEXTURES by Nathaniel Tarn
THE ARCHITEXTURES by Nathaniel Tarn

PubDate: 1/2000

THE ARCHITEXTURES

Nathaniel Tarn

ISBN: 9780925904287

Price: $16.00

Genre: Poetry

Pages: 107

New and profoundly resonant prose poems from anthropologist, editor, critic and translator Nathaniel Tarn. What holds it together is Tarn's ecstatic vision, his continuing enthusiasm for the stuff of the world…Since the death of Kenneth Rexroth, he is, with Michael McClure, the major celebrant of heterosexual love in the language. His combination of ingenious metaphor and sexual exuberance has been rare in the language since the 17th century…And like Rexroth & MacDiarmid, his poetry encompasses Eastern philosophy, world myth, revolutionary politics, and precise descriptions of the natural world — Eliot Weinberger.

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The Bounty by Myung Mi Kim
The Bounty by Myung Mi Kim

PubDate: 6/2000

The Bounty

Myung Mi Kim

ISBN: 9780925904218

Price: $14.00

Genre: Poetry

Pages: 99

Asian American Studies. THE BOUNTY, by the Korean American Kim, has become an acknowledged classic of Asian American literature of the past decade. More than that, it is one of the best books of poetry of the 1990s, now in a new edition to bring it into the next millenium.

“The tesserae Myung Mi Kim so remarkably fashions here come gradually to form an articulate and coherent pattern, but a pattern in constant process of renewal and reorganization.”—Michael Palmer

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The Complete Light Poems by Jackson Mac Low
The Complete Light Poems by Jackson Mac Low
Jackson Mac Low
The Complete Light Poems 1 through 60
edited by Anne Tardos & Michael O'Driscoll
338 pages

Paperback Edition $25.95  ISBN 9780986264009

Deluxe Casebound Fanbinding Edition in Box $425  9780986264016 (limited to 40 copies)
Light Poems deluxe hardbound special offer: one copy $400.00, two copies $775.00. To order the deluxe edition please send a message to Chax via our contact page.

From the Preface by Anne Tardos:

Jackson Mac Low’s Complete Light Poems appear exactly ten years after the poet’s death. The first 22 Light Poems were published by Black Sparrow Press in 1968. In the ensuing 20 years, Jackson wrote 38 more Light Poems, ending with the “60th Light Poem: In Memoriam Robert Duncan, 8–9 October 1988.” The Light Poems, begun in 1962, are unique to Mac Low’s body of work in that they were written intermittently, over a period of 26 years.I have often wondered where self-referential writing ends and objective observation begins. Endearingly, Mac Low continually invites us into the time and place of his writing. We are, as it were, being let in from the cold: “Just me & the cats & and the plants I just took a shower it’s not quite 100 degrees here.”
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The Deluge by Linh Dinh, Editor & Translator
The Deluge by Linh Dinh, Editor & Translator

Edited and translated from the Vietnamese by Linh Dinh. “Carefully selected for their literary significance as well as their antagonism towards state power, cultural orthodoxy and conventional wisdom, the hundred and sixty Vietnamese-language poems annotated, contextualized and expertly translated into English in THE DELUGE provide a stunningly original (counter) history-in-fragments of Vietnamese society from the 1960’s up till today. While Linh Dinh is typically known for his extraordinary poetry, fiction and journalism, THE DELUGE showcases his remarkable talents as a translator, anthologist and cultural historian. I love everything about this book: the sneaky-smart selections, the illuminating yet ruthlessly efficient author-bios, the fascinating addendum and, of course, the absurdly brilliant translations.”—Peter Zinoman

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The Form of Our Uncertainty: A Tribute to Gil Ott by Kristen Gallagher, Editor
The Form of Our Uncertainty: A Tribute to Gil Ott by Kristen Gallagher, Editor

This book also features interviews and responses by: Ammiel Alcalay, Charles Alexander, Bruce Andrews, Anonymous, Julia Blumenreich, Craig Czury, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Norman Fischer, Kristen Gallagher, Eli Goldblatt, Karen Kelley, Kevin Killian, Hank Lazer, Andrew Levy, Chris McCreary, Toby Olson, Bob Perelman, Leslie Scalapino, Kerry Sherin, Ron Silliman, Heather Starr, Chris Stroffolino, and Mark Wallace.

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The Identification of Ghosts by Maryrose Larkin
The Identification of Ghosts by Maryrose Larkin

“Maryrose Larkin’s surprising and rangy poem is part exorcism, part tour of the ruthless canals of the body where memories like ghosts hover, retreat, get startled and go astray. Decay and loss are present, but as movement, animation. Even the process of revision is palpably felt, not as groping for excellence but as openness to re-vision. Where some poets simply evoke contingency, Maryrose enacts it, and with a powerful sense of compassion. The ghosts here lead not to an underworld or to what may come, but to ‘touch and hazard.’ The effect is both haunting and inviting. Go in and meet everything outside, anew.”—Standard Schaefer

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The Invention Tree by Jerome McGann and Susan Bee
The Invention Tree by Jerome McGann and Susan Bee

PubDate: 10/2012

The Invention Tree

Jerome McGann and Susan Bee

ISBN: 9780925904096

Price: $16.00

Genre: Poetry, Art

Pages: 24

Text by Jerome McGann with drawings by Susan Bee. “This delightful book plays with words and non-words, phonetics, and poetic conventions such as metrics, rhyme scheme, and figurative language to cleverly reflect on the much debated, long troublesome, ever wonderful process of artistic creation. Jerome McGann weaves a fantasyland complete with oceans and islands, lords and ladies, demons and creatures, and the familiar trope of the tree in the garden—here it is one of invention. The imaginative nature of the work, and its mastery of allegory liken it to the whimsical cousin of Spenser's Faerie Queene in miniature. Where Spenser discussed religious morality, McGann's work is a parable of the joys and trials of the creative process, and the dilemmas an artist will inevitably encounter on the journey to inspiration. Susan Bee's artwork provides a colorful compliment to McGann's poetry, the images joining in a medley of whimsy that reinforces his charmingly quirky style.”—Sarah Caitlin Ghusson

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The Last Clubhouse Eulogy by Jonathan Rothschild
The Last Clubhouse Eulogy by Jonathan Rothschild

Jonathan Rothschild is a Tucson attorney, and is currently Mayor of Tucson.

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The Letters of Carla, by Benjamin Hollander
The Letters of Carla, by Benjamin Hollander

The Letters of Carla, the letter b. A Mystery in Poetry
with a Foreword by The Future Guardian of the Letters
and an Afterword by Benjamin Hollander

Literary Nonfiction / Literary Criticism / Essay. ISBN 9781946104014. $19

A polemic, a dispute, an essai, a history of real persons in poetry, of agon and salient entanglement. An investigation, an epistle. A romp a ride, but open as conclusion. Across boundaries of time and place these ideas sing and let us serve an elusive poetic dream — Clara Bow perhaps. Like a Le Carre spymaster, this Carla, the letter b., is one of the ghosts whose imaginative skillful (means & motives one cannot grasp, and yet she leads us on.” Wallace Stevens and Charles Olson would be delighted. Kudos to the “forsworn author.” — Anne Waldman

Benjamin Hollander (1952-2016) lived for the past three decades in San Francisco, after moving there with his wife, Rosemary Manzo, in 1978. He taught English, Writing, and Critical Thinking, primarily at Chabot College, in Haward. He passed away on November 21, 2016. His many books include The Book of Who Are Was (Sun and Moon), Levinas and the Police Part 1 (Chax), Vigilance (Beyond Baroque), Rituals of Truce and the Other Israeli (Parrhesia), and In the House Un-American (Clockroot).

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The Light Before Dawn by Drum Hadley
The Light Before Dawn by Drum Hadley

“In The Voice of the Borderlands, we have stories remembered as poems, picaresque vignettes and campfire tales rendered in the original voices—as faithfully and fully as by fellow cowman Will James. In LIGHT BEFORE DAWN, we have the koans of mortality faced as quietly and introspectively as Emily Dickinson. Hers: ‘I heard a fly buzz when I died.’ The fly outlived the protagonist. But the poem, as information, is forever: Drum’s—’He knew who he was, And then he was gone.’ The poem is a declaration that he knew who he was—which is a rare feat for any sentient being—and the poem—as information, is at the deepest level, immortal. Nice trick for an old cowman, Drum.”—James Northrup

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