Charles Alexander : Pushing Water

“‘[T]hrough the tunnel pushing water’: the first appearance of this image in Charles Alexander’s serial poem arises as if in a dream, and that sense of dream persists throughout this long and complex work (‘the dream pushes up from under the water’). Yet, ‘pushing water’ also becomes a metaphor of body, of breath, of heartbeat, blood and brain, of consciousness itself, time and history, rendered in diverse poetic forms. Alexander embraces language and the bodies of work that comprise the touchstones of English poetry from the ‘word hoard’ of the Anglo-Saxons through Shakespeare and Greville, Dickinson, and Williams, Olson and Creeley. Without having done an actual word count, ‘love’ and ‘syllable’ (the beat or rhythm of the word) seem to me to be the most frequently used in this poem of love, language, and love of language.”

— Beverly Dahlen

(2011)

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Mimeo Mimeo #5

Mimeo Mimeo #5 includes a lost and found essay by Paul Blackburn on the mimeo revolution, Steve Clay on Robert Creeley’s copy of Presences, Michael Klausman on the art of poetry LPs, interviews with Lyn Hejinian and Larry Fagin, Stephanie Anderson on Alice Notley’s CHICAGO, Abel Debritto on Charles Bukowski’s rise to fame, and more. Cover art by Buzz Spector. (2011)

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Alastair Johnston : Hanging Quotes

Conducted over the course of four decades, Hanging Quotes is a landmark oral history project comprised of nineteen interviews with pioneer book artists, typographers, and poets. Alastair Johnston’s thoughtful questions evoke fascinating new stories and information from luminaries as diverse as Nicolas Barker and Robert Creeley. He discusses the transition from cast metal to digital type with the prime movers in the field: Matthew Carter, Sumner Stone, and Fred Smeijers; and he takes stock of the field of artists’ books in wide-ranging conversations with Sandra Kirshenbaum and Joan and Nathan Lyons, while his groundbreaking interviews with Dave Haselwood, Holbrook Teter, Bob Hawley, Walter Hamady, and Graham Mackintosh shed new light on the history of the book in the 20th century.

Paperback. 274 pages.

ISBN: 978-0982792667

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Charles Olson at Goddard College

In the spring of 1962, poet Charles Olson descended upon an experimental college in rural Vermont to read from The Maximus Poems and The Distances, and to lecture on Herman Melville. His captivating performance sparked lively debates with the audience on the nature of myth, history, etymology, narrative, knowledge, and sexuality. Charles Olson at Goddard College is an enthralling and indispensable annotated transcript that celebrates the intersection of Olson’s poetics and a hopeful moment in American education. Edited with an introduction by Kyle Schlesinger. Foreword by Basil King.

Paperback. 112 pages. Includes illustrations.

ISBN: 978-0982792650

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Bumpers

On average, 120,000 vehicles drive over the Brooklyn Bridge every day. What if each displayed a poem that could be read by the 4,000 pedestrians and 2,600 bicyclists that cross the bridge as well? Bumpers suggests that an alternative medium has the power to bring poetry to the streets. Bumpers is a collection of twelve genuine crack-‘n-peel bumper stickers designed and printed letterpress by Kyle Schlesinger with the assistance of Hannah King in two or three colors each. Contributors commissioned to compose poems specifically for this project are David Abel, Bill Berkson, Johanna Drucker, Craig Dworkin, Michael Gizzi, Michael Gottlieb, Ted Greenwald, Dorothea Lasky, Hoa Nguyen, Tom Raworth, Kit Robinson, and Carolee Schneemann.

Boxed edition.

ISBN: 9780982792698

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Mimeo Mimeo #4

Mimeo Mimeo #4 focuses on the poets, artists, printers, and publications of the British Poetry Revival, a particularly rich period of activity that ran roughly parallel to the New American Poetry of the post-WWII era. On both sides of the Atlantic, the dominant modes of poetics, publishing, and media were being thought anew. Featuring: wide-ranging interviews with Tom Raworth, David Meltzer, and Trevor Winkfield; insightful essays by Richard Price, Ken Edwards, and Alan Halsey; a selection of letters from Eric Mottram to Jeff Nuttall providing a British perspective on the Lower East Side Scene; and a long out-of-print statement by Asa Benveniste, poet and publisher of London’s legendary Trigram Press. (2011)

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Kyle Schlesinger : Commonplace

Commonplace was produced by Kyle Schlesinger during an artist’s residency at the Center for Book and Paper Art at Columbia College in the summer of 2011. The poem was conceived at the Collaboration and the Artist’s Book Conference in Caen and the images were produced in Chicago. Printed letterpress, the text is set in Bulmer and the images were printed in ten different colors. The accordion binding is by CJ Martin. Housed in silver wraps. There are 26 numbered and signed copies, of which 18 are for sale. (2011)

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Alan Loney : The Books to Come

Of Alan Loney’s long-anticipated collection of essays entitled The Books to Come, Johanna Drucker has written: “Few people have mused with such imagination on the topic of the book as Alan Loney does in this volume. His reflections distill a lifetime of practice and reading, of knowing books and living with and around them. His thoughts about libraries, writing, texts, the codex, printed books, the artist’s book, fine press traditions, and bibliography are at once philosophical and poetical. Though writing in the tradition of Mallarmé, Jabès and Blanchot, Loney’s sensibility is contemporary and original, informed by his practice as a printer and a profound engagement with books as expressive objects and objects of contemplation.” Foreword by Jenni Quilter. Paperback.

Paperback. 136 pages.

ISBN: 9780986004018

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Michael Cross : Haecceities

“In Haecceities, Michael Cross has made an interim language, his invention a relation between the words—as if this unknown relation or ‘noumenon’ is ‘a hide enthinned’ of futuristic Elizabethan single words each at once tactile, optical, aural simultaneously traces and events of reinterpreted future-present spurred in ‘the many hundred wing-lit hives'”

— Leslie Scalapino.

Paperback. 92 pages.

ISBN: 9780982792643

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Kit Robinson : Determination

Of Determination, Ted Greenwald wrote: “For anyone wonders what’s it doing out, don’t stick a head out the window, open, stick a nose into, Determination, is an end result where language’s weather swings ear in and ear out in Kit Robinson’s daily great expectations works’ beauty elegant in its math, and after, as ever.”

Paperback. 92 pages.

ISBN: 9780982792636

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