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Animated Landscape by Robert Gibbons Now Available!

 


Robert Gibbons (Salem, MA, 1946) is one of the great secrets of contemporary US poetry. Gibbons says that Animated Landscape is the collection he was destined to write. One hopes too that it’s the collection destined to reveal him to a wider circle of readers. It places him firmly in the tradition of modern US poetry, following Olson, Creeley and the Objectivists, and alongside some of the best contemporary Anglophone poets, like Jean Sprackland, and great poets writing today in Spanish, like Cristian Aliaga and Sergio Raimondi. —Ben Bollig, Professor of Spanish American Literature, Oxford University


Robert Gibbons’s new collection of poems lays bare the vast expanse of human history as a widening landscape of the most august imagination. Gibbons, a born maximalist, carries Charles Olson’s excavations into the present tense, but does so in his own measure of music, personal and specific, yet universal and inclusive. Animated Landscape never forgets history is not a then, but always now, always all around us. —Richard Deming, Director of Creative Writing, Yale University


The Animated Landscape that is Robert Gibbons' concern in these dazzling poems stretches from the Pleistocene to the present, from prehistoric images of human and animal presence to the work of contemporary painters, poets, and jazz musicians. If there is a poet in America possessed of a broader vision, I have not encountered him or her. Gibbons' stereoscopic vision, which he has kept faith with across eighteen books, is nothing less than the quest for a metaphysics, centered on the experience of time, by which we might be restored to wholeness. He wants to acknowledge the "uncoiling scroll of brutal force, horned/ weapon, testeronic origin of energy, not syntax" as he writes of the prehistoric painting of a bull at Altimira. He is not content with mere emblems or images of the life-force; he wants to understand the ways that both the erotic and destructive issue in the present, in our own historical moment, in our lives. —Richard Hoffman, former Chairman of PEN New England


Animated Landscape is a revelation. Like Marsden Hartley with his painted mountains or John Marin with his written seas, Robert Gibbons, through the mastery of his own medium, reminds us that writing and painting (and sculpture and architecture and music) move in the same way, are part of the same topography, share the same substance, are the same thing. His passages carry us along many paths and lines of thought to the essential places where stone is stone, water is water, and art is art. All the while Gibbons kindly suggests, to borrow a favorite phrase from the polymath Guy Davenport, that the "geography of the imagination" is boundless. -Charles Brock, Associate Curator for American and British Paintings, National Gallery of Art


In Robert Gibbons' new collection Animated Landscape there is much that brings the pleasure of familiarity to one who knows his previous work: the obsession with art in all its forms from cave paintings to abstract expressionism; the love of the flow and beat of music from Bach to Coltrane; the erudition that springs from his knowing literature, especially poetry, and the heritage of critical thinking that has travelled intertwined with literature for centuries. —Bent Sørensen, Associate Professor of English, Aalborg University, Denmark

Robert Gibbons is the author of nine books of poetry, numerous chapbooks, and a unique study of the affinities in approaches to art in language by Charles Olson and that of Clyfford Still in paint: Olson/Still: Crossroad. In 2006 he was awarded a John Anson Kittredge Fund grant to travel and read his work at the Poetry & Politics Conference at the University of Stirling, Scotland. There, he met Ben Bollig, now at Oxford, who recorded the meeting online writing that, “he is the most passionate advocate of poetry I have met.” National Book Award Finalist, William Heyen, calls Gibbons “one of the great writers of our time.” In 2013, after publishing his Trilogy of prose poems, This Time, Traveling Companion, and To Know Others, Various & Free, the poet was invited to give the Creative Keynote address, titled Kerouac & the Ecstatic Act of Writing, at the 2nd annual European Beat Studies Conference held at Aalborg University, Denmark. For the past 12 years he’s lived and worked in Portland, Maine. Former chairman of PEN New England, Richard Hoffman, wrote, “Gibbons is in the process of sacralizing Portland, lodging it in the imagination of readers, as Williams did for Paterson, Cafavy for Alexandria, Joyce for Dublin.”

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· Paperback: 146 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-257-0

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The Metaphysician’s Daughter by Richard K. Ostrander Now Available!

  In The Metaphysician’s Daughter, Richard K. Ostrander’s poems combine a recollection of an uncomfortable past with a large dose of Americana, strip malls and dry wit. His speakers yearn for freedom as they navigate their wounds and losses, synthesizing Southern culture with TV and technology (“They say radio waves never die, just ripple / Out into space, their signal growing inaudible / As this flight of leaves 

in currents of air”) that tantalizes, yet also isolates. After reading this collection, you’ll hear and nod to the music of the ordinary and transcendental.

—Alice Osborn, author of Heroes without Capes

"These poems are intriguing , packed with surprising situations, encounters and characters. The poet often captures moments that hit the jackpot such as with "Beauty of the Beast." This is poetry that not only needs to be read more than once, but read out loud and then discussed and pondered."


—Sara Claytor, author of Waiting on Unknown Roads

"They say radio waves never die, just ripple / Out into space, their signal growing inaudible / As this flight of leaves in currents of air" writes Richard K. Ostrander in his marvelous new collection, The Metaphysician's Daughter. The ear and eye at play and work in this work stun. If you love Niedecker (and who doesn't?) and Bunting and Williams (both Jonathan and William Carlos), this book will grab and gladden you. Ostrander's multi-layered, punchy poems declare and declaim our various conditions in a voice infused with energy, subtle sorrow, and wry wit.

—Aaron Anstett, author of Moreover


Richard K. Ostrander is the author of The Epic of Hell Freeze, from BlazeVOX Books. He has been published numerous times in print and on line. He currently resides within the Carolinas. Richard is active within his community, volunteering from time to time in the local school systems to lecture its students on poetry and literature.


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· Paperback: 58 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-258-7

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The Rapture of Eddy Daemon by Daniel Y. Harris Now Available!

 


Finally: a posthuman translation of Shakespeare. I'm glad Daniel Y. Harris beat Watson at it. There are still large chunks of human in his kind lineation."

—Andrei Codrescu, author of Bibliodeath: My Archives (with Life in Footnotes), (Antibookclub, 2012)

In The Rapture of Eddy Daemon, Daniel Y. Harris has composed a wild poetic drama through realms of eros and spirituality. His writing is simultaneously playful and profound, transmuting ancient symbols and concepts into a contemporary wisdom, heretofore unknown in poetry.

—Daniel C. Matt, author of the first nine volumes of the annotated translation, The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, and of The Essential Kabbalah, and God and the Big Bang

Daniel Y. Harris has a perfect ear. Pass it on. “It’s the last season of day one.” Crisp consonants frame smart vowels betwixt parentheses that host deliciously true songs. Whole verse thrums from peak to sprawl. He crafts high-frequency fluidity. Each sonnet is agleam with future friction, “revers(ing) this law of creation.” The litmus state, “Unborn in choiring wings,” reminds us that “The topos is in the billions.” Each fleck of this multiplicative joy ride earns a resounding “YES”!

—Sheila E. Murphy, author of more than 30 books of poetry, including Letters to Unfinished J., winner of the Gertrude Stein Award by Green Integer Press, and Continuations (with Douglas Barbour), co-founded the Scottsdale Center for the Arts Poetry Series.

Though last words are rarely included in blurbs, Jack Spicer’s “My vocabulary did this to me” is apt praise for Daniel Y. Harris’ linguistic tour de force, The Rapture of Eddy Daemon, which is a procedural and meta-linguistic commentary on Shakespeare’s sonnets and so much more—from Faustian saga of human creation to an ode to the mechanical and posthuman methods of gaining access once again to the imagination. The circle/cycle is unbroken and broken simultaneously—and that is the joy of this big, ambitious, and brilliant riff on what “revision,” at its most exuberant boundary can mean. Read th is forever and then start again.

—Maxine Chernoff, author of Here (Counterpath) and To Be Read in the Dark (Omnidawn), is Chair of the San Francisco State University Creative Writing Department.

The fourteen-line sonnet form is the setting for this epic homage to the Bard. Harris’ bold achievement is nothing less than a sustained ecstatic idiom—a combinatoria, encyclopaedic in range, via which this daemon, this genius, this attendant spirit he calls Daemon eddies uninhibitedly.

—Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino, author of The Valise and Editor of E·ratio

To be Human or… Posthuman? That is the question Daniel Y. Harris asks in The Rapture of Eddy Daemon, his new techno-savvy collection; an alluring post-avant garde ‘frieze of parabola and rosaries... eccentricities and personae’. Outraged critics may balk at the esthétique du mal infusing this neon-lit sonnet-homage to the Bard, but disregard their slings and arrows – just fasten your seatbelt for this white-knuckle ride through a multifaceted New Inscape of poetic phantasmagorical visuality.

—AC Evans is the author of Fractured Moods (Atlantean Publishing, 2012), From Outside (Argotist e-books, 2012) and Vespula Vanishes and Other Poems (Inclement Publishing, 2007)

The originality of Daniel Y. Harris’ writings is a multilayered surprisal, one of joyful momentum and challenging nuances that alters the reader’s understanding of language. In essence, one of the gifts of The Rapture of Eddy Daemon is its ability to advocate for poetic language, but too, for language in a general contextual awareness. This superb collection will create neoteric discernment for the reader ready to delve beyond what is currently being written. Harris has created, through Daemon’s interaction, something very new and deliberate, —something truthful into the paradigm of what creates rapture and its subsequent experiences.  

—Felino A. Soriano, author of sparse anatomies of single antecedents, is the Founder/Publisher of Counterexample Poetics and Of/with: journal of immanent renditions.


Daniel Y. Harris is the author of The Underworld of Lesser Degrees (NYQ Books, 2015), Esophagus Writ (with Rupert M. Loydell, The Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2014), Hyperlinks of Anxiety (Cervena Barva Press, 2013), The New Arcana (with John Amen, New York Quarterly Books, 2012) and Paul Celan and the Messiah’s Broken Levered Tongue (with Adam Shechter, Cervena Barva Press, 2010; picked by The Jewish Forward as one of the 5 most important Jewish poetry books of 2010).

His poetry, experimental writing, art, and essays have been published in BlazeVOX, The Café Irreal, Denver Quarterly, E·ratio, European Judaism, Exquisite Corpse, Levure littéraire, Milk Magazine, Moria, The New York Quarterly, Notre Dame Review, The Other Voices International Project, Otoliths, In Posse Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Poetry Magazine, Poetry Salzburg Review, Stride, Tarpaulin Sky and Ygdrasil, A Journal of the Poetic Arts. He holds an M.Div from The University of Chicago and is the Editor-in-Chief of X-Peri. http://x-peri.blogspot.com/


Book Information:

· Paperback: 176 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-254-9

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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New Cover: Museum Hours by Michael Kelleher

 

Here is the cover image for Michael Kelleher's forthcoming book, Museum Hours! 

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The Writers’ Circle and Other Stories by Michael Gessner Now Available!

In this stunning collection Michael Gessner pays full attention to the marginal and the marginalized –– whether unwashed, rejected, condemned, or simply unusual –– and brilliantly inhabits them, evoking their passions, their yearnings, and also the rare strands of hope that sustain and illuminate.

—Grace Dane Mazur
Author of HINGES: Meditations on the Portals of the Imagination

The Writers’ Circle and Other Stories by Michael Gessner is a celebration of life’s texture of existence. Through profound empathy, each story has radiance, a voice that is alive, a language in bloom, which enunciates a ferocious intelligence, which is both strange and familiar in a way that is entirely compassionate, examining, and inspiring. Gessner’s post-noir writing is adroit, sophisticated, and at times astounding.

—Geoffrey Gatza, author of Apollo

Michael Gessner has authored 10 books, and has had work featured in American Literary Review, The French Literary Review, The Journal of The American Medical Association, North American Review, Oxford Magazine, Rue des Beaux-Arts (Paris,) The Yale Journal of Humanities in Medicine, and others. His prose has been called “Structurally ingenious,” (Jonathan Galassi, Farrar, Straus & Giroux,) and “A great talent,” (Ray Powers, Scott & Field.) A list of other publications, reviews, and readings may be found at: www.michaelgessner.com. He lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife and their dog “Irish.”


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· Paperback: 196 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-238-9

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