(a) lullaby without any music by Jennifer Bartlett
(a) lullaby without any music
“These etched words take flight into the everyday of husbands and birds, crystalline reflection and self-possessed repose. Bartlett's poems sparkle with unadorned being and sardonic becoming. Till we become ourselves in their reflection, refigured as beauty.”—Charles Bernstein
“The crosshatch of love, place and domesticity. A woman wearing, then shedding, the identities of body, mother, wife, daughter, bird and lover. Jennifer Bartlett's (A) LULLABY WITHOUT ANY MUSIC proves, once again, that she is the nightingale in the city, and we are all richer for it.”—Maryrose Larkin
& CALLING IT HOME by Lisa Cooper
& CALLING IT HOME
“& CALLING IT HOME seems to me a kind of complex & various daybook, written from the center of being, a constantly shifting brilliance that suffers itself with an exquisite sense of music & measure. How numinous the yearning nature of the self is, how wise & helpless & brave. This is a deeply felt & painfully accurate journey; I read it at one sitting & was transformed by it”–Jon Anderson. Cooper begins by invoking Jack Spicer and Gertrude Stein before making her way into the nerve-center of language: “These walls/ Alone are my peers, calling instead of/ Old or rough fixes, old keyholes,/ Old emotion. An absolute void, dreaming/ Like a fresh thorn./ There is not even a north or south.”
1000 Folds by Joe Ross
“The poems in Joe Ross’ 1000 FOLDS implicate ‘Vision and what vision means//without light.’ This book enFOLDS opposites, embraces oppositions. It is full of empty spaces. Here, as in life, we look ‘through a tree//where the tree is//missing.’ Gentle and haunting, these poems encompass what is left out.”—Rae Armantrout
“Joe Ross takes on and bends all the biggies, life, time, being, the world, and of course, loving, in every stanza. His exciting new long poem, 1000 FOLDS, performs a cascading effect, as the lines open up a lyric narrative arc, creating a tour de force of form, voice, and mind.”—Peter Gizzi
“What if between the crashing waves of sound (history’s set-ups) we found a small peace? If the crashing waves were turned round to the music of the poem, and the silence between sounds made a place for us to live, among history’s present remains? If there are poems so enabled, they are these.”—Eleni Sikelianos
3 of 10 by Hank Lazer
PubDate: 6/1996 3 of 10 Hank Lazer ISBN: 9780925904188 Price: $14.00 Genre: Poetry Pages: 158 "This will be an exquisite book (not a corpse). Everything about it will delight the eye and please the hand.... Writing sentences of interest comes about at considerable cost. Writers tend to lie about this. … Read More
A ‘ s a t t v by Peter Ganick
“< 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.
A BOOK OF CONCEALMENTS by Jerome Rothenberg
A BOOK OF CONCEALMENTS
“A BOOK OF CONCEALMENTS is a followup to an earlier hundred-poem work, A BOOK OF WITNESS, with some notable changes in strategy and composition. In A BOOK OF WITNESS I was concentrating on the rescue of the first-person voice as our principal instrument of witness.By contrast the twenty-five poems in this first installment of A BOOK OF CONCEALMENTS suppress the witnessing “I” but draw from my accumulated works by collaging as italicized inserts small fragments of poems already written & published”-Jerome Rotherberg from Author's Not. Handstitched chapbook.
A Day of Glass, by Steven Salmoni
A Day of Glass, by Steven Salmoni
Poetry/Literature. ISBN 978-1-946104-22-9
One pleasure afforded by Steven Salmoni’s wondrous A Day of Glass is the quiet judiciousness with which it traces the poet’s necessarily imperfect efforts to delineate and place. But this critical attentiveness turns out to harbor something more intimate and tender: through our tracings we let the world trace itself within us, a reciprocity in which we don’t so much make claims as let ourselves be claimed: “On the other hand, the sea is not the other hand”; “To begin to drift / to remember the form you lose when, as drift, / the sea is unthinkable. If the wave is everywhere, the wave / is everywhere.” — Tenney Nathanson
Glass is a transparent substance made in part of sand. It can be used, with sand, to measure time, in a sand-glass. Windows and greenhouses are made of it. A glass can be used to reflect the self, like a mirror. Glass can be container and ornament. You can drink from a glass. You can see better by wearing glass(es). Watery surfaces often resemble glass. Glass is surface through which the eye sees depth. It is at once a wall and a portal, a form that reveals its own incapacities. Philip Glass is a composer who deals in repetitions that open to reveal the beauty of differences. Steven Salmoni’s A Day of Glass puts all these meanings into play. An illuminating meditation on art as reflection, and as constant movement. — Susan Schultz
A Mere Rica, by Linh Dinh
Poetry/Literature, including an interview with Linh Dinh. ISBN 9781946104045. 234 pages.
Getting back to the theme of writing from the outside, I published this in the American Poetry Review in 2004, “I’ve come to realize that I much prefer to live on the periphery of the English language, so that I can steer clear of the tyranny of its suffocating center. In this sense, I am a quintessential American. A Unapoet, I like to homestead just beyond the long reach of Washington […] Hearing the rapid syllables of a foreign language, a bigot is infuriated because he’s reduced to the status of an infant. Poets, on the other hand, should welcome all opportunities to become disoriented. To not know what’s happening forces one to become more attentive and to fill in the blanks. Hence, poetry.” (Linh Dinh, from the Interview with Tahseen Alkhateeb)
Linh Dinh is the author of five previous books of poems, plus two collections of short stories, a novel and a non-fiction account of the economic, social an political unraveling of the USA, Postcards from the End of America (Seven Stories Press 2017). His political essays are regularly published at Unz Review and other webzines.
A Message Back and Other Furors by Leonard Schwartz
A Message Back and Other Furors
“Between what's perceived and how one adds meaning spells a moment of infinite duration, an admixture of sense and thinking, of mirror-clear images and impressionistic language. A MESSAGE BACK reads like an infinity sign, an unending process of journey and return, specific identity and underlying oneness, the poetry of open thinking in a time of war. With provocative borrowings and stinging insights, Leonard Schwartz transcribes an unforgettable conversation”—Thalia Field.
A Reading 8-10 by Beverly Dahlen
A Reading 8-10
Beverly Dahlen is a native of Portland, Oregon, Beverly Dahlen has lived in San Francisco for many years. Her first book, Out of the Third, was published by Momo's Press in 1974. Two chapbooks, A Letter at Easter (Effie's Press, 1976) and The Egyptian Poems (Hipparchia Press, 1983) were followed by the publication of the first volume of A Reading in 1985 (A Reading 1-7, Momo's Press). Since then, three more volumes of A Reading have appeared. Chax Press published A Reading 8-10 (1992); Potes and Poets Press: A Reading 11-17 (1989); Instance Press: A Reading 18-20 (2006). Chax Press also published the chapbook A-reading Spicer & Eighteen Sonnets in 2004. Ms. Dahlen has also published work in numerous periodicals and anthologies. A forthcoming issue of Crayon will publish poetry and her essay on beauty.
A Reading Spicer and 18 Sonnets by Beverly Dahlen
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A Reading Spicer and 18 Sonnets
“A warning is soothing/ a part of the landscape of sound/ in the inner ear/ this book nests in yr pocket hand/ vests interest in the larger structure/ the complex merger/ global markets.” So begins this new section of “A Reading,” the legendary long poem by Beverly Dahlen.
Accidental Species by Kass Fleisher
“In Kass Fleisher’s wild and wonderful universe, ‘the traffic was horrible and lots of people were late with their periods,’ or again, the poet busies herself trying to ‘express debt on a sly chart meant to show asset retribution.’ If there is a ‘question of the day’ for her young couples, who ‘naturally’ refuse to share their food, it’s ‘who ate the oreos? who drank the tab?’ The reader, turning the brilliant and hilarious pages of ACCIDENTAL SPECIES, hardly has time to come up for air before s/he is taken on yet another verbal space shuttle, engaged in language games at once preposterous and yet deadly in their accuracy. If you want to know what it’s like to navigate the shoals of intellectual-life-on-a-shoestring, as it plays out today across mediated America, ACCIDENTAL SPECIES is the book you cannot afford to miss.”–Marjorie Perloff