Various Authors : On Contemporaries 2

ON: CONTEMPORARY PRACTICE is a poetics journal. The second issue includes essays by Rosa Alcala, Stan Apps, Cara Benson, David Brazil, Laynie Brown, CA Conrad & Brenda Iijima, Corina Copp, Michael Cross, Robert Dewhurst, Thom Donovan, Patrick James Dunagan, Joel Felix, Robert Kocik, Chris Martin, C.J. Martin, Laura Moriarty, Rich Owens, Evelyn Reilly, Michelle Taransky, Dan Thomas-Glass, Robin Tremblay-McGaw, Brian Whitener, and Tyrone Williams. (2012)

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Bill Berkson and George Schneeman : Ted Berrigan

Ted Berrigan is a classic collaboration between Bill Berkson and George Schneeman, and a homage to the poet and painter’s mutual friend produced as a unique book in real-time at George’s studio on St. Mark’s Place on March 5, 2006. Continuing in the tradition of New York School collaboration, Schneeman and Berkson’s Ted Berrigan is a high-quality reproduction comprised of eight spreads where image and text fuse, bleed off the page and cross the gutter. It also includes an afterword by Berkson and a note from the publisher. Handsewn, the dimensions are true to the original. Edition limited to 500 copies. (2009)

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Mimeo Mimeo #3

Mimeo Mimeo is a forum for critical and cultural perspectives on artists’ books, typography and the mimeograph revolution. In this issue, Daniel Scott Snelson discusses the relationship between structuralism and the poetries of the mimeo era by presenting a detailed analysis of Form (a Cambridge-UK magazine published in 1966) and Alcheringa (a journal published by Boston University in 1975), two exemplary gatherings that illuminate the historical, material and social circumstances under which theory informed art (and vice versa) in the early works of some of today’s most celebrated experimental writers. Also includes a special insert, The Infernal Method, written, designed and printed by Aaron Cohick (NewLights Press).

Out-of-print. (2009)

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Mimeo Mimeo #2

Mimeo Mimeo is a forum for critical and cultural perspectives on the Mimeograph Revolution, Artists’ Books and Fine Press Printing. Edited by Jed Birmingham and Kyle Schlesinger, this periodical features essays, interviews, images, correspondence, artifacts, manifestos, poems, and reflections on the graphic and material conditions of contemporary poetry and language arts.

Contributors to this issue of Mimeo Mimeo include Emily McVarish on her artist’s book Flicker (Granary Books, 2005), James Maynard on poet robert Duncan’s early work as typesetter and literary editor, derek beaulieu on TISH and TISHbooks, and an extensive interview with acclaimed poet and printer Alan Loney.

Cover by Emily McVarish. (2008)

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Ted Greenwald : 3

Ted Greenwald’s 3 takes the mind in at least three different directions simultaneously, in hardboiled, richly detailed, well-made poems whose giddy wordplay, pantoum-like interweavings, and nimble jumpcuts create a sort of 21st-century Poet in New York. An inspired challenge and a delight.

— Ron Padgett

Though his poetry always bares the honest song of a fragmented accumulation, the float of our existence, here Ted reveals an exposition of tender, romantic suchness amidst rhythmic refrains classically structured and filled with sunlight and place, the vulnerable underbelly of his Arcadian being is unveiled.

— Nathanial Dorsky

Just read the fucking book.

— Tom Raworth

Paperback. 164 pages.

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Mimeo Mimeo #1

Mimeo Mimeo is a forum for critical and cultural perspectives on the Mimeograph Revolution, Artists’ Books and the Literary Fine Press. Editied by Jed Birmingham and Kyle Schlesinger, this periodical features essays, interviews, images, correspondence, artifacts, manifestos, poems, and reflections on the graphic and material conditions of contemporary poetry and language arts.

Contributors to the first issue of Mimeo Mimeo include Christopher Harter on the mimeo revolution, an interview with Alastair Johnston, poems by Stephen Vincent, and Jed Birmingham on Jeff Nuttal’s My Own Dog.

Cover by Alastair Johnston. (2008)

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Various Authors : On Contemporaries 1

ON: CONTEMPORARY PRACTICE is a poetics journal. The first issue includes essays by Taylor Brady, Brandon Brown, Jason Christie, CA Conrad & Brenda Iijima, Michael Cross, Thom Donovan, Eli Drabman, Alan Gilbert, Rob Halpern, Jen Hofer & Sawako Nakayasu, Andrew Levy, Edric Mesmer, Tenny Nathanson, Richard Owens, Tim Peterson, Andrew Rippeon, Kyle Schlesinger, Jonathan Skinner, Dale Smith, Alli Warren & Suzanne Stein, and Katie Yates. (2008)

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Ted Greenwald and Hal Saulson : Two Wrongs

In Ted Greenwald’s poetry, tradition is never more than an extension of innovation, history never more than an engaggement with the present, and commonplace never more than a glimpse at something extraordinary. Building on New York’s remarkable history of painter and poet collaborations, this is striking art and text project features nearly thirty painting and poems by two seasoned artist.

The dimensions of the images are true to the original works of art. The fonts (Palatino and Michelangelo) were designed by Hermann Zapf. In the paperback edition, sparkling metallic covers were printed letterpress and the images and text were printed offset.

Hardcover copies were bound by hand and signed by the painter and poet. Printed on pure cotton rag paper in full color by Booksmart Studios.

Cloth Delux edition limited to 20. (2007)

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Bill Berkson : Sudden Address

In this stunning collection of lectures spanning twenty-five years, poet and critic Bill Berkson addresses subjects as various as Walt Whitman, Frank O’Hara, Philip Guston, Dante, and the Sublime. Ron Padgett writes: “Bill Berkson’s writing is witty, musical, daily, and deep, underpinned by a bracing integrity and shot through with gorgeous abstraction and other brilliant hookups between eye, ear, mind, and heart.”

Paperback. 90 pages.

ISBN: 9780982792605

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Ulf Stolterfoht : Lingos VI (translation by Rosemarie Waldrop)

Fachsprachen = lingos, but there’s no jargon here: the fach is the poet’s own discipline, the toll is language, and Stolterfoht bends it, twists it and shapes it anew, piling words on top of each other in a veritable torrent of phonemes, the sounds hammering home.

— Tony Frazier

Ulf Stolterfoht is clearly at the edge of the edge of innovative poetry in Germany today, and Lingos VI is the poet’s first book translated into English. Stolterfoht’s witty precision and philosophical punch are what linger in the mind’s inner ear while his terse and demanding lyrics reconfigure the limits of our language – the limits of our world.

The text was typeset in Quadraat and printed in offset in two colors on Mohawk Ultrawhite Eggshell. The Fabriano wrappers were printed on a flatbed cylinder proof press from photopolymer plates produced by Boxcar Press. (2007)

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