Poetry

Raquel Rabinovich: The Dark is the Source of Light

George Quasha and Linda Weintraub

This artist-approved publication features the work of celebrated Argentinean-born artist Raquel Rabinovich and includes photographs of her rock sculpture, watercolors, urban installations, and works using pencil on specially selected papers. Exquisitely designed by Susan Quasha with essays by art critic and curator Linda Weintraub and poet/artist George Quasha, and a poem by Charles Stein selected by the artist…

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George Quasha and Linda Weintraub

This artist-approved publication features the work of celebrated Argentinean-born artist Raquel Rabinovich , and includes photographs of her rock sculpture, watercolors, urban installations, and works using pencil on specially selected papers. Exquisitely designed by Susan Quasha with essays by art critic and curator Linda Weintraub and poet/artist George Quasha, and a poem by Charles Stein selected by the artist.

The texts discuss the artist’s work from 1963, when she began her lifelong investigations into the nature of existence through an exploration of what she calls “the dark,” that which is “concealed beneath the surface of objects, of words, of thoughts, of the world.” In her work Rabinovich speaks a language where the fine line between inner and outer turns transparent.

“There are artists for whom the core gesture of the work is indistinguishable from the emergence of Being itself. They inform us that there is no question of “special effects” because nothing is special. Accordingly, everything seen with the truth of the eye of art is equal to Being. Perhaps this is the meaning of the famous Egyptian hieroglyph of the Eye, taking Ra to be simply the root of art: that which is made so truly that it is of the nature of Being. To contemplate the art of Raquel Rabinovich is to participate at this level of essential meanings.” – George Quasha, from his essay, “A Short Meditation on the Meditative Art of R.R.”


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Rhyme of the Aged Mariness, The

Lynn Lonidier, with a Preface by Jerome Rothernberg

This book gathers all the poems written by Lynn Lonidier (1937-1993) between her last book and her death. Lynn Lonidier was a streetwise, visionary poet whose idiom was a jazzy American English with San Francisco Mission-district Spanish thrown into the mix…

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Lynn Lonidier, with a Preface by Jerome Rothernberg

This book gathers all the poems written by Lynn Lonidier (1937-1993) between her last book and her death. Lynn Lonidier was a streetwise, visionary poet whose idiom was a jazzy American English with San Francisco Mission-district Spanish thrown into the mix. Unequivocally lesbian and feminist, consistently dedicated to the underprivileged, her work brims with anger and irony, energy and humor, yet is suffused with loving tenderness throughout.

“Lynn Lonidier remains for me, for us, one of that company of poets who has shaped an image-of-the-world we now can recognize as true & in ways we hadn’t known before she showed them to us.” – Jerome Rothenberg, in his Preface to this volume

“Lynn Lonidier’s last poems take the reader on a wild ride into a rich, multi-leveled world of wit, beauty, and breath-taking linguistic abundance. Her best are reminiscent of a Joyce gone lesbian and lyrical, yet at the same time the originality of her voice, (particularly her experiments in Spanglais), place her firmly in the uniquely bilingual, rapturously political landscape of fin de siecle San Francisco.” – Mary Mackey, author of The Earthsong Trilogy



Rift

Peter Cole

In its sharp ear for everyday speech and fascination with the realms that lie beneath the surface of ordinary reality, the lyric poetry of Peter Cole elegantly carries forward a powerful American tradition…

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Peter Cole

In its sharp ear for everyday speech and fascination with the realms that lie beneath the surface of ordinary reality, the lyric poetry of Peter Cole elegantly carries forward a powerful American tradition that merges the visionary with the immediacy of direct experience—a lineage carried from Emily Dickinson and W.C. Williams into the broad possibilities of the present. In the long poems and lyrics of this collection, a poignant vision emerges – of Jerusalem, the Bible, Jewish liturgical writing, and of the secular mystery hidden in the Hebrew tradition. Originally published in a special artist’s edition, the much acclaimed Rift presents an original voice of the highest intensity.



River Menace, The

The River Menace is a “neoanimist paraparanoiac exaggeration” from one of our most beloved poets…

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The River Menace is a “neoanimist paraparanoiac exaggeration” from one of our most beloved poets. Haunting photographs intercede with the poems in an innovative design.



Romantic Presences

Jeffrey C. Robinson

This book is a set of meditations in prose and poetry on a range of images and topics from the repertoire of early nineteenth-century English poetry and prose. Many of the images are familiar, stock properties of the Romantic tradition—e.g. the skylark, the nightingale, the sigh…

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Jeffrey C. Robinson

This book is a set of meditations in prose and poetry on a range of images and topics from the repertoire of early nineteenth-century English poetry and prose. Many of the images are familiar, stock properties of the Romantic tradition—e.g. the skylark, the nightingale, the sigh. Others are not precisely images but historical figures who have gained a mythic status – e.g. “Robert Burns,” “S. T. Coleridge.” And finally, there are images that have no place in the traditional repertoire because they come from women’s writing – e.g. “washing day.” Such “new” elements of Romanticism have been folded in with the old, unobtrusively, in order to create the impression that all implicitly were already there. This book is not intended to be a series of explications of poetry. Instead, images lift themselves out of their formal and functional settings, coming forward in their own right as “presences,” recovering their power for current readers.


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Scorpions, The

Robert Kelly

This classic hallucinatory thriller of the 1960s, newly available, is a book charged with sexual obsession and haunted by the sense that all narrative is itself obsessive and violent…

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Robert Kelly

This classic hallucinatory thriller of the 1960s, newly available, is a book charged with sexual obsession and haunted by the sense that all narrative is itself obsessive and violent. The Scorpions is Robert Kelly’s early novel about a psychiatrist who begins to believe one of his patient’s paranoid inventions and searches for hard evidence in a funny, crazy, sometimes dark, even spooky American world that cooperates with what he wants to find in it.


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Scribble Death

In what has been called a “post-modern Gothic experimental novel,” Franz Kamin interlaces dream-narrative with death-event vignettes and…

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In what has been called a “post-modern Gothic experimental novel,” Franz Kamin interlaces dream-narrative with death-event vignettes and revelations concerning the composition of the text. He links the scribbling of children, artists and dreamers with the hopes and terrors of obsession and delirium. Through all of this one may almost detect a somber chuckling from the authorial domain. In a Baudelairean sense, Kamin extends the comic to new ranges of the grotesque.


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Secret Garden, The

David Meltzer, Editor

The book is a re-issue of a long out of print collection of Jewish Kabbalistic writings from Hellenistic times through the seventeenth century. Since its publication in the ‘70s much scholarly and popular writing has whetted the appetite for authentic Kabbalistic texts, but few have been forthcoming…

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David Meltzer, Editor

The book is a re-issue of a long out of print collection of Jewish Kabbalistic writings from Hellenistic times through the seventeenth century. Since its publication in the ‘70s much scholarly and popular writing has whetted the appetite for authentic Kabbalistic texts, but few have been forthcoming. In addition to well-known works such as The Sephir Yetzirah, the anthology includes texts by Moses Cordovero, Isaac Luria, and Chaim Vital, Luria’s well-known disciple. David Meltzer’s anthology was gathered for and by important poets of the “San Francisco Renaissance:” Meltzer himself, Robert Duncan, Diane DiPrima, Jack Hirschman et al—for whom the Kabbalistic tradition has been an abiding inspiration. It is an important document of the period.


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Secret of the Black Chrysanthemum, The

Charles Stein

This text explores Charles Olson’s visionary poetics and the extensive use he made of the writings of Jung. Offering numerous readings of poems from the “Maximus” series, Stein provides a useful and clearly written introduction to the major themes, cosmological speculations, and poetic inventions of Olson’s work…

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Charles Stein

This text explores Charles Olson’s visionary poetics and the extensive use he made of the writings of Jung. Offering numerous readings of poems from the “Maximus” series, Stein provides a useful and clearly written introduction to the major themes, cosmological speculations, and poetic inventions of Olson’s work. Using the poet’s notes and marginalia, Stein reveals complex interrelationships of language, geography, and the human body, leading to The Maximus Poems as an archetypal vision of the self.


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Selected Poems: 1962-1986

Clark Coolidge
Edited by Clark Coolidge & Larry Fagin
Introduction by Bill Berkson

Clark Coolidge is a revered figure in the world of American and world experimental poetry, with much of such writing of the last 50 years seeming a footnote to or at best elaboration on his most radical reaches. Reading Coolidge’s work is to “come back, this time enclosed, trim in paper. Plain sky part of sewn perimeters. Gurries and wobblances. The handtorch shows the tune its rock to turn.” This Selected Poems will be how Coolidge’s revolutionary early works will be read for generations to come….

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Clark Coolidge

Edited by Clark Coolidge & Larry Fagin

Introduction by Bill Berkson

Clark Coolidge is a revered figure in the world of American and world experimental poetry, with much of such writing of the last 50 years seeming a footnote to or at best elaboration on his most radical reaches. Reading Coolidge’s work is to “come back, this time enclosed, trim in paper. Plain sky part of sewn perimeters. Gurries and wobblances. The handtorch shows the tune its rock to turn.” This Selected Poems will be how Coolidge’s revolutionary early works will be read for generations to come. Lyn Hejinian writes, “Reading through the still incredible work collected in this exemplary Selected Poems, I marvel all over again at the force of even the ‘smallest’ of Clark Coolidge’s poems. Coolidge’s sonic expertise has often been noted, and music—especially bebop and what has followed it—clearly has suggested to him ways to generate rhythmic clusters, to ride accelerations, to invent scales. No other poet ever has so exquisitely, and sometimes also turbulently, written sheer sonic wonder into poetry.” This volume includes an introduction by Bill Berkson, entitled “The Spools of Clark Coolidge,” recounting Coolidge’s coming up and influences as well as eloquently expressing the visionary nature of his poetic enterprise.


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Sentence

Robert Kelly

“Sentence is not a sentence but an investigation of what a sentence might be…”

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“Sentence is not a sentence but an investigation of what a sentence might be. Explorations along the way are always of pivotal situations – each word or phrase is encouraged to be itself, that is, to present the three faces all things possess: past, present and to come. The poem pretends to arrive at a text of itself, though God knows a whole life might not suffice to speak a single genuine sentence” – Author’s Statement.


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Shaking the Pumpkin

Jerome Rothenberg, Editor

One of the significant highlights of Shaking the Pumpkin: Traditional Poetry of the Indian North Americans is a dizzying array of translation methods. One of the editor’s main concerns when working on this anthology was not to use the “limiting” European definition of a poem, but rather to open up the definition to include the context surrounding the spoken word. To this end, Jerome Rothenberg attempts to translate all the elements involved with the poetic event or ritual—pictures, body movements, sounds—to create a more faithful, complete translation….

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Jerome Rothenberg, Editor

One of the significant highlights of Shaking the Pumpkin: Traditional Poetry of the Indian North Americans is a dizzying array of translation methods. One of the editor’s main concerns when working on this anthology was not to use the “limiting” European definition of a poem, but rather to open up the definition to include the context surrounding the spoken word. To this end, Jerome Rothenberg attempts to translate all the elements involved with the poetic event or ritual—pictures, body movements, sounds—to create a more faithful, complete translation. Rothenberg suggests in the introduction that the translations should work “by analogy to contemporary, limit-smashing experiments (as with concrete poetry, sound poetry, intermedia, happenings, etc.)” As a result, the stylistic range represented in Shaking the Pumpkin reflects the variety of poetic practices that existed among Native American cultures. (it is estimated that, before the exploration of North America by Europeans, over 500 distinct native languages were in use.) Rothenberg translated, or co-translated, a large portion of the material; however, other translators represented in the anthology include Anselm Hollo, W. S. Merwin, and Nathaniel Tarn. Along with a thoughtful introduction, Shaking the Pumpkin includes a breakdown of the works by region and tribe, and a large section of commentaries, which offer background information about each poem, placing the works within a cultural context. Rothenberg also uses the commentaries to discuss American Indian tribal poetry, philosophy, and history.


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Small Bird

Master of spiritually alert yet down-to-earth fiction (magical realism), Elizabeth Cunningham now unveils her unique species of poetry related to Rumi and Rilke.

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Master of spiritually alert yet down-to-earth fiction (magical realism) Elizabeth Cunningham now unveils her unique species of poetry related to Rumi and Rilke.



Sounds of the River Naranjana

Diane Wakoski writes, “The Tablets is a big poem, a startling conception….In scope and concept it is like Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Williams’ Paterson and Pound’s Cantos”…

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The Tablets is a big poem, a startling conception….In scope and concept it is like Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Williams’ Paterson and Pound’s Cantos. ” -Diane Wakoski

“Likely to force a reevaluation of the possibilities of visual poetry….An extraordinary book of poems…reveals a staggering complexity, wit and style.” -Art in America

“What moves me most is the love – the extent of and the authenticity of the love that moves these poems and involves Armand Schwerner in the profoundest meditations.” -Sherman Paul

Armand Schwerner

“Armand Schwerner’s work is, put plainly, astonishing. Every technical achievement is a figure of its spirit-work and every deepening of its vision, a unique poetic mastery. In American poetry, he seems without precedent or peer, a poet whose work is a luminous addition to the canon.” -Michael Heller


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Spiritual Necessity

This extensive collection presents poems from many of Samperi’s major works, some no longer available in any other form. These minute poems focus on daily, urban subjects, immaculately poised against the vastest of spiritual backgrounds: the visionary thought of Dante, Aquinas and Shankara…
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Frank Samperi

Edited by John Martone

This extensive collection presents poems from many of Samperi’s major works, some no longer available in any other form. These minute poems focus on daily, urban subjects, immaculately poised against the vastest of spiritual backgrounds: the visionary thought of Dante, Aquinas and Shankara. These are truly the poems of a soul on loan from eternity.

“Frank Samperi was legendary for the purity of his poetry…his poems are statements, clean as rock crystal, rhythmically minimal, intellectually ardent.” – Robert Kelly


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Squeezed Light: Collected Poems 1994-2005

Lissa Wolsak

With the publication of this volume, Lissa Wolsak — who seemingly emerged as a fully-formed poet in the mid-1990s after various other pursuits — emerges for the first time once again…

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Lissa Wolsak

With the publication of this volume, Lissa Wolsak — who seemingly emerged as a fully-formed poet in the mid-1990s after various other pursuits — emerges for the first time once again. Her work is neither easily classified, nor traceable to a particular school or lineage, but instead continually creates its own unimpeachably evanescent context, independent of thought outside the work itself. “The mirror would do well to reflect further,” demands one of Jean Cocteau’s Orphic “radio” voices. Wolsak’s poetry more than satisfies this strange demand, for the self-reflective moment in her work takes us far beyond fashionable literary recursion, finding again and again a genuinely mysterious interpenetration of awareness, language, and human care. Squeezed Light includes all of Wolsak’s previously published poetry to date, her poetic essay “An Heuristic Prolusion,” an interview with the author, and an Introduction by George Quasha with Charles Stein.


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Street Mete: Vertical Elegies 6

Sam Truitt

Street Mete’s multimedia montage is a performative work in language/photo art. Truitt creates a poetics of transcribed voice recordings and on-the-spot photos made in the streets and subways of New York between 1996 and 2004….

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Sam Truitt

Street Mete’s multimedia montage is a performative work in language/photo art. Truitt creates a poetics of transcribed voice recordings and on-the-spot photos made in the streets and subways of New York between 1996 and 2004. Infused journal entries give autobiographical edge to its sometimes harsh historical landscape that includes the fall of civilizations, yoking for example the Mayan ruins of Chichén-Itzá to our current walkways. At core is spontaneous composition on the hoof, the “sudden diction” arising from a language artist meeting the world with recorder in hand, speaking forward—”a bit of rubble wearing clothes walking past madison square garden with a pair of enormous inflated boxing gloves oldenbergian in the car line catching fire…”


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Studying Hunger Journals

Bernadette Mayer

In 1972 Bernadette Mayer began this project as an aid to psychological counseling, writing in parallel journals so that, as she wrote in one (in bed, on subways, at parties, etc.), her psychiatrist read the other…

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Bernadette Mayer

In 1972 Bernadette Mayer began this project as an aid to psychological counseling, writing in parallel journals so that, as she wrote in one (in bed, on subways, at parties, etc.), her psychiatrist read the other. Using colored pens to “color-code emotions,” she recorded dreams, events, memories, and reflections in a language at once free-ranging and precise—a work that creates its own poetics. She sought “a workable code, or shorthand, for the transcription of every event, every motion, every transition” of her own mind and to “perform this process of translation” on herself in the interest of evolving an innovative, inquiring language. Studying Hunger Journals registers this intention within a body of poetry John Ashbery has called “magnificent.”

Made public at last in its gorgeous various and unstinting entirety, Studying Hunger Journals reveals itself to be one of the great in fact epic works of a movement that could never be given a name. No label fit for such limitless activity, its terms being those of our restless language and its relentless go-betweens that move and may alter. Attend therefore and let them have their way, these words given without let and best received in kind.
—Clark Coolidge

We have been waiting a long time—decades, in fact—for the publication of Studying Hunger Journals, so this is an occasion to celebrate—that they have come into the world, into the light, and into our hands. Mayer’s experiment, her transcription of consciousness, is timeless and sexy. There is gentle genius in her heroic quest to be “an observer of self in process.”
—Brenda Coultas

Someone irritated me recently by saying “Our time lacks a poet’s poet. You know, a poet who gets you writing.” SHAME ON YOU I said. YOU ARE LIVING ON THE PLANET WHERE BERNADETTE MAYER LIVES AND WRITES! Are there bigger shoulders we stand on today? I don’t think so. Every time I’m in the same room as Bernadette I look around and think, “She is the best poet and smartest person
here!” My religion is Poetry and Bernadette Mayer is High Priestess!
—CAConrad


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Tabula Rasula

Jed Rasula

Donald Byrd says of this book: “Laughing Gnosticism is the most ancient of the secret traditions. Its earliest texts were discovered in a cave in the Caucasus in 1927…”

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Jed Rasula

Donald Byrd says of this book: “Laughing Gnosticism is the most ancient of the secret traditions. Its earliest texts were discovered in a cave in the Caucasus in 1927. I have reason to believe that Rasula’s Tabula is based on these ancient texts. The central tenet of Laughing Gnosticism is that Laughter is a divine language which humans continue to use, with more or less adequate syntax and diction, despite the ancient loss of its semantic. Its meditational practices are variously directed toward the recovery of the ancient code.” A first book by the editor of Wch Way magazine.


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The Courtyard of Continuous Returning

Mark Karlins

The Courtyard of Continuous Returning enters the world with sympathy and care. These poems are subtly-voiced meditations where what She dances is what the poet finds to say. She is the Wife, and the words belong…

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Mark Karlins

The Courtyard of Continuous Returning enters the world with sympathy and care. These poems are subtly-voiced meditations where what She dances is what the poet finds to say. She is the Wife, and the words belong entirely to the “service of continuous summoning.”



The Pronouns

Jackson Mac Low

The Pronouns is a highly accessible work for both reader and dancer by an influential performing poet and language artist.

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Jackson Mac Low

The Pronouns is a highly accessible work for both reader and dancer by an influential performing poet and language artist.


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The Syndicate of Water & Light

Marc Vincenz

In subtitling this book “A Divine Comedy,” the poet Marc Vincenz brushes up against Dante, and yet he does so “in the pulse of a breath, /waiting for the rain / to wash away the dream.” There is light here—not perhaps the roseate of the Florentine retinue—but one we can use right now: “All visions / gone, but this, a world, / a world / dancing ahead…”

Fall 2018

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Marc Vincenz

In subtitling this book “A Divine Comedy,” the poet Marc Vincenz brushes up against Dante, and yet he does so “in the pulse of a breath, /waiting for the rain / to wash away the dream.” There is light here—not perhaps the roseate of the Florentine retinue—but one we can use right now: “All visions / gone, but this, a world, / a world / dancing ahead.” Vincenz questions notions of humanity, the potency and power of language over time, implying perhaps that codes have driven us throughout history and that the emergence of the AI will yield the next stage in its evolution. After a long night of the soul, where formal religion yields to love and imagination, we emerge to a healing space that is both inner and outer, physical and spiritual. The Syndicate of Water & Light gives us a sense that we can grow in knowledge and that we can change—if not, perhaps, the world, then at least within ourselves.

Fall 2018


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The Weather in Normal

Carrie Etter

The fourth poetry collection by Carrie Etter focuses on her hometown of Normal, Illinois, in the American Midwest.  The Weather in Normal is not a set of straightforward memories but a slowly shifting entity, like a moving storm ….

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Carrie Etter

Carrie Etter’s fourth poetry collection focuses on her hometown of Normal, Illinois, in the American Midwest. The Weather in Normal is not a set of straightforward memories but a slowly shifting entity, like a moving storm. The book opens with ‘Night Ode’, a poem set on a single street at night, the protagonist walking and feeling the oppressive summer heat, the humming of cicadas and the various ages she has walked the same road: “sixteen, nineteen, twenty-four, thirty-seven…”. This introduces us to the main themes of memory and recollection, of mature reflections on youthful experiences, of multiple, shifting perspectives.

The first of the book’s three arcs explores the family’s relationship to the weather and place, from the father’s obsession with the weather, to the brutal effects of the winters on the family, resulting in broken bones, the recognition of poverty, and the father’s paralysis. Yet the relationship to place also includes its appreciation. Etter offers us a vivid impression of the American prairie with its cornfields extending to the horizon. She muses on the various meanings of ‘Prairie’ and understands a landscape can haunt the imagination the way the past haunts the present.

The second arc explores the effect of the loss of the family home in the long poem ‘Afterlife.’ The house is a place of memory and of dream, an upbringing in a house crowded with sisters and then with her sisters’ children: “once three sat atop/ the upright piano/ playing the keys/ with their feet”. What is it to return, in imagination, to the house in which her father died? Can one ultimately relinquish one’s childhood home to its new owners?

The book’s final arc concerns the effects of climate change in Illinois, in part through the long poem, ‘Scar’, chronicling these effects—the greater occurrence of extreme weather, the loss of species, etc.–as well as human responsibility for them. Just as The Weather in Normal begin with music in ‘Night Ode’, so it ends with ‘And Now for a Kind of Song,’ a eulogistic poem relishing the poet’s relationship to Illinois.

ADVANCE PRAISE

“Taking the temperature of memory, Etter’s deeply moving fourth collection maps family and personal history against the iconography of the seasons and the planetary slide into climate disaster. Etter’s richly inventive phrasing keeps this compelling range of concerns vividly opening up with immediacy, urgency, and sensitivity. Her connection of the global with the familial reminds us to “take it personally,” while implicitly arguing for the intimacy of our relations with the world at every level.”

Cole Swensen

Philip Gross: “One of the particular gifts of poetry is here in force: the power of a few words to create great spaces. The spaces of a prairie landscape round a small town or between present and past, between people in a family or between words on the page, these are not emptiness but tingling with resonance, with the poems’ fine attention. Touched and unsettled, we slip seamlessly between the intimate detail of loss and the vast perspective in which even the prairies are dwarfed by the scale of climate change.”

Philip Gross


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Themes & Variations

America’s foremost experimental composer, John Cage, performs a radical representation of the one hundred and ten key ideas that occur in his writing of the past four decades, building “mesostics” on the name of 15 of those who influenced him…

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John Cage

America’s foremost experimental composer, John Cage, performs a radical representation of the one hundred and ten key ideas that occur in his writing of the past four decades, building “mesostics” on the name of 15 of those who influenced him. The result is a startling recreation of his own intellectual and spiritual journey in a wholly new work with all the freshness and power of true poetic discovery. Themes & Variations stands beside Silence,A Year from Monday and M, and “belongs in all libraries which own his earlier writings …” – Library Journal


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