Monday, February 23, 2009

A Propaedeutic for the Logoclastics Poet.

A reading list.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Sonnet No. 124
The Phoenix and Turtle — Shakespeare
To His Coy Mistress
Eyes and Tears — Andrew Marvell
Sea Poppies — H. D.
The Red Wheelbarrow — William Carlos Williams
Mana Aboda — T. E. Hulme
“All in green went my love riding”
“anyone lived in a pretty how town”
“all ignorance toboggans into know” — Cummings
Broad Street Drag ’87 — Alan Halsey

Language. A shift in consciousness. Indirect communication. To recover the poetic and to renew its purpose. Indeed — to restore the "poet's eye"!

We find poetry in language, and sometimes in unexpected places. This discovery is for me the thrill, the frisson of being a poet. My influences, my affinities, I have found in trobar clus, in cubism, in minimalism, in imagism, and in grammaticism (my term, for the interior form of logoclasody), the mediaeval grammarians, the entire articulatory movement (the expressibility, the emerging-in-language) that is logoclasody.

At last Ken Russell's Dante's Inferno is available on region 1 DVD. Oliver Reed is Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Judith Paris is Elizabeth Siddal.

Bocca baciata non perde ventura, anzi rinnuova come fa la luna.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

OCHO #21 published by CASA MENENDEZ is now available.

With poets Laynie Browne, Abigail Child, Joe Elliot, Laura Elrick, Elizabeth Fodaski, Joanna Fuhrman, Anthony Hawley, Drew Gardner, Jessica Grim, Michael Lally, Douglas Messerli, Bill Marsh, Christina Strong and Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino

Nick Piombino (Editor) Toni Simon (Cover artist)

This edition of OCHO is dedicated to the memory of Emma Bee Bernstein.

I'd like to direct you, dear reader, to this article by Douglas Messerli at his Green Integer Blog.

There are no words.
(I imagined you crying and it made me cry.)