eaQ Oor by Andy Martrich
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In an age when computers write for other computers more prolifically than humans write for humans, eaQ Oor is a library tuning on a new set of rhymes. The handmade, the scribbled, the collaged, the photocopied, the keyboarded, the notated, the composed, the transposed, the transcribed, and the digital are an excavated vortex of historic and daily sequences mediated by a self, i.e. lacunae. Martrich presents an elusive autobiographical postcard of metadata alongside thickly painted and obscured image-alphabet-code, simultaneously and beautifully quotidian, inherited, catalogued, queried, found, and personal. The intercepted transmissions of eaQ Oor appear as language transformed through the fire of OCR, rendering layers of transliterated archives endlessly public yet only partially legible—haunted by secret combinations residing just below the interface presented on the screen in an information landscape saturated with data about data.
These bombed-out incursions scrapbook scrapped revolutions to great effect: Projectivism, Constructivism, Futurism, Punk Rock poster art - all converge on a perversly Benjaminian slideshow where "everything yet would not be by poem by any meaningful determination." It's like, after the Angel has blown past, we can finally get to work. Or, in the immortal words of the High Aldwin: "Ignore the bird. Follow the river."
At times minimal and at others, livid chaos, eaQ Oor does not mire in the babble of spectacle culture; each page zooms beyond the interpretive gesture. So this is visual performance that acts more than it reacts. So this is doing.
Andy Martrich is from Emmaus, Pennsylvania and resides in New York. He is the author of several chapbooks including prod and d wwhy dddd EElio (Xerolage 45). Poems have recently appeared in nap, venereal kittens, physical poets vol. 4, poemic strip anthology, and otoliths. He edits mid)rib (www.midribpoetry.com) with Gordon Faylor.
· Paperback: 64 pages
· Binding: Perfect-Bound
· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books]
· ISBN: 9781935402626