“Energetic and engaging work, ranging over ache and embrace, reality and dream in a rich, quicksilver language, Goldblatt’s SPEECH ACTS puts ‘Everything on my radio.'”—Rachel Blau DuPlessis
Reproductions from woodcut prints by Wendy Osterweil and drawings by Michael Moore.
In a sentence, the phrase “for instance” follows an assertion or argument, and precedes a series of examples. Eli Goldblatt gives us myriad examples unconnected to a thesis, except insofar as the thesis asserts what is. This is a world composed of bombings, wars, bad history, framed in a private space of family, garden and dream-work (which often takes us back to all the bad histories). In a larger sense, the book is an elegy—for his dear friend Gil Ott, and for a world where fascists lose. But “even in Barcelona, Franco won.” “War grows” in the poet’s mind, erupting in museums and in his son, who “emerges into the sunlight stabbing, punching, blasting his enemies.” Words are like tattoos; they scar. The poet craves “a language beyond all this talk, / words erupting beneath words that evict / or seduce, dominate or sell.” Goldblatt’s book offers a public and private MRI; we do not yet have the results, so we can only hope for the best. Our best consolation may be that we have this map of one poet’s decency and care.
— Susan M. Schultz
Reading Eli Goldblatt’s For Instance provides delights of a kind one can hope for, sometimes even expect, but never predict. In this copious and wide-ranging new collection, Goldblatt writes from within a closely attuned, deeply committed attention to that dance of limits & potentialities we call daily experience. Where there is a wall or other obstruction, his words seek a gap or to create the gap – space that leads through. Miraculously, it is precisely the light on the other side, the light he will find, that illuminates Goldblatt’s search. At the same time, a constituent gravity shapes the poems of this book; their articulations offer the possibility for – but they also demand – the close embrace of re-reading. Here is a book for time, one to return to and discover its moment renewed again and again.
— Tom Mandel
(Ado)ration by Diane Glancy.
But not trusting something/ not seen/ to be there when needed/ the Indian drew both legs both eyes/ so the brave would have them/ not leaving to chance/ what he could see/ how he could be assured (Ledger Book Drawing). (ADO)RATION is one of two new books of poetry by Diane Glancy from Chax Press. Diane Glancy has received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, a Minnesota Book Award and a National Book Award. She is Associate Professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, where she teaches Native American Literature and Creative Writing.
“< A ‘ S A T T V > documents at lightspeed the evolution of contemporary culture and language. Highly charged, impatient passages integrate social and political observation, lyricism, and linguistic invention. Ganick incorporates marketplace jargon, anagram, and parataxis, to orchestrate a complex and challenging work…. Everywhere present is Peter Ganick’s brilliant discipline and practice, inventing projects that require heuristic forms to accommodate the explosive virtuosity of their language.”—Sheila E. Murphy
“Thanks to Ganick we are worlds richer, worlds ahead, imminent to their launch.”—Jack Kimball
Poet and artist Ganick is the author of many works of highly personal and innovative poetry. He was the publisher of Potes & Poets Press for many years.