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Artifice in the Calm Damages by Andrew Levy

$ 20.00

Chapbook / Letterpress Covers with original cover painting by Cynthia Miller

Poetry / ISBN 9781946104076 / 32 pages / $20

 

Andrew Levy remains convinced that poets have to think dangerously and let themselves be kidnapped by contemporary hyper-complexities: they must embrace and forsake our present humanist and nationalist world for a wider horizon at once ecological, local, and global. Levy’s philosophical style strikes a balance between the innovative academicism of a scholarly poet and a certain sense of anti-academicism (witness his ongoing interest in the ideas of Bill Reading and George Lewis). Disturbing, musical, poetic, anarchic, and punctuated by improvisational bursts of syncopated incompleteness, Artifice in the Calm Damages is tempered by a Bohmian aesthetic powerfully evocative of the lost and desperate side streets and tweets of American life. Imagine Dorn’s Slinger, dead and missing, walking the highways and low-ways in search of Mar-a-Lago only to find no one on the premises but Ramon Hernandez. The humor is dry, dark, and, landing on the wrong note, conveys a heartfelt rage. Levy’s book is a remarkable study in verse and prose of the depravity and diseased charisma infecting “America First.” It’s a keeper.

Artifice in the Calm Damages has been produced as a hybrid book arts edition. The text of the book is printed via digital technology, while the cover, on yellow Samuel French paper with French flaps extending the width of the book, has been printed letterpress on a Vandercook 215T Press and hand painted by the visual artist Cynthia Miller, so that each copy of the book is a unique copy.

 

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from the book:

Penetralium

 

At some point, Browne said, the suspect then pulled out a barbecue-style lighter,
used it to ignite a rag in a bottle and then waited for a few seconds before using the flames
to set her afire, causing smoke to fill the elevator.

 

The man backed out as she fell to the floor of the elevator, Browne said, and seemed
to pause before tossing the bottle inside the elevator and onto her.

 

Is it normal to grab a boy’s genitals?

 

Andrew—
Early this morning, the last of our troops left Iraq.

 

As we honor and reflect on the sacrifices that millions of men and women made for this war,
I wanted to make sure you heard the news.

 

Bringing this war to a responsible end was a cause that sparked many Americans to get involved
in the political process for the first time. Today's outcome is a reminder that we all have a stake
in our country's future, and a say in the direction we choose.

 

Sandusky: I don’t know.
Thank you.
Barack

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Weight 1 lbs