As Landscape by Mark Weiss
“I never set out to write a poem. I will jot things down in my notebook, sometimes ideational, sometimes not, sometimes picked up from the environment, or misheard, or from a dream, and occasionally a phrase will have a rhythmic urgency that compels me to jot something further, and then I'm lost in process and have no idea where I or the poem is going. This is a liminal state fraught with both joy and terror, and it is processual. The process may extend over a few or many lines and take a few moments or days and months. It lasts until one emerges at the other end, back into the everyday, arrival signaled by the loss of urgency”—from the author's Afterword.
Flow-Winged Crocodile & A Pair/Actions Are Erased/Appear by Leslie Scalapino
Flow–Winged Crocodile & A Pair/Actions Are Erased/Appear
“For myself and the cast, directing Leslie Scalapino's FLOW has been an extraordinary journey into language and the language in breath, the rhythms of effort to say as precisely as her savage delicacy of thought, her forcing us all to assume nothing in examining the fineness of our implication in each other”–Fiona Templeton.
Ghost Snow Falls Through the Void (Globalization) by Tenney Nathanson
Ghost Snow Falls Through the Void (Globalization)
“In GHOST SNOW FALLS THROUGH THE VOID (GLOBALIZATION), Tenney Nathanson by abandoning conventions of presentation to glimpse animate nature of being invents wonderful links (passages in a dated sequence) as incredibly funny morphs of actual life/ suffering/death instances. Nathanson's inserted accounts of daily life such as war on Iraq are his versions of Spicer's notion of the poet taking dictation from the radio. As we read we discover that the multitudes of faces and voices as if funny black holes that flow and morph into Walt Whitman, Cheney, or Orpheus as Tenney singing, like the quicksilver terminator in Terminator 2 flowing into then arising from linoleum, are a stream form of his Zen practice as merely unexpected occurrences”–Leslie Scalapino.
Reason and Other Women by Alice Notley
Reason and Other Women
“This is an immense book, one in which Notley takes language, as she has it, 'from hearsay to heresy' by the speed and awe of an unwavering attention to the seams, seems and semes of words and sentences. This is the work of an iconoclast, a semioclast, where semantics become seme-antics, and the byz-antics and -antiques from Christianity to Christine are molten down & recast into 21st Century mental shapes in the red-hot heart-red retort of a present day alchemist of mind. Alice Notley has the uncanny ability to go from the everyday mundane to the psycho-cosmic in one warp-speed stutter or typo-graphical stumble, at what Andre Breton called 'la vitesse grand V.' This is writing of the highest order.”—Pierre Joris
The Principle of Measure in Composition by Field: Projective Verse II by Charles Olson
The Principle of Measure in Composition by Field: Projective Verse II
Genre: Literary Nonfiction
Poetics. Literary Criticism. Editor Joshua Hoeynck has given the poetry world great service by uncovering two key essays from the Charles Olson Archive at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, that together form PROJECTIVE VERSE II, an important continuation of one of Olson's most important poetic works. Olson writes “that the conceptual, no matter how 'mental,' and as such the dipolar to perception, still a powerful discrimination is basic, it is this, the actualities have to be felt, while the pure potentials can be dismissed. This the great distinction between an actual entity (nothing is there except for feeling) and an eternal object (idea). A poem is made up of both.” This essay brings the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead into the central work of Olson's thinking about poetics.