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Parts and Other Parts

This collection of poems, interwoven with Stein’s distinctive photographs, comprises three separate texts written between 1973 and 1975, “A Book of Confusions,” “Parts,” and “Point Sphynx.”
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Charles Stein

This collection of poems, interwoven with Stein’s distinctive photographs, comprises three separate texts written between 1973 and 1975, “A Book of Confusions,” “Parts,” and “Point Sphynx.”


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Porphyry On The Cave of the Nymphs

Robert D. Lamberton

A unique survival of ancient hermeneutical literature, this essay reveals the allegorical implications of Chapter 13 in the Odyssey. The Neo-Platonist Porphyry gives us invaluable insight into the way Homer was read in antiquity…

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Robert D. Lamberton

A unique survival of ancient hermeneutical literature, this essay reveals the allegorical implications of Chapter 13 in the Odyssey. The Neo-Platonist Porphyry gives us invaluable insight into the way Homer was read in antiquity. This is the first publication of a new annotated translation from the Greek by Robert Lamberton, a poet, classics scholar, film critic, naturalist, and translator of both ancient and contemporary literature.

Robert Duncan writes, “Robert Lamberton’s study and translation has at last brought us this volume… long needs to stand beside the work of the Platonist Thomas Taylor. He has cast light from a new hermeneutics, the heritage of sciences of the soul since Taylor’s time, a work that will open the Way again.”


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Ranger CXXII and CXXVIII

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Theodore Enslin

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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.



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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Self-Embodying Mind, The

Jason W. Brown

Jason W. Brown’s highly original approach to unfolding mental content through qualitatively different stages—the theory of microgenesis – developed out of direct clinical observation of patients’ symptoms in relation to focal injuries to the brain…

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Jason W. Brown

Jason W. Brown’s highly original approach to unfolding mental content through qualitatively different stages—the theory of microgenesis – developed out of direct clinical observation of patients’ symptoms in relation to focal injuries to the brain. Microgenesis – the “rapidly flickering recapitulation of an individual’s entire past as the content in which each moment of the now is experienced” (Deane Juhan) – is a process theory, as distinct from the localization and cognitivist psychologies that have dominated psychology and neurology for so many years.

Brown’s unique approach began with disorders of language, followed by problems of action and perception; these in turn led to a general theory of the mind and questions on the nature of self and world, the creative aspects of thought and perception, and the nature of time. The theory connects to Whitehead’s process metaphysics and even to some aspects of Buddhist thought. This book is a contribution to the philosophy of mind from the perspective of microgenetic theory.

“Readers who immerse themselves in [Jason w. Brown’s Time, Will, and Mental Process] will be transformed, never to think the same way again about the mind.” – The American Journal of Psychiatry


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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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Robert Kelly

“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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Sketches for a Life of Wassily

Lydia Davis has created in Sketches for a Life of Wassily a moving portrait of the doomed dreamer.

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Lydia Davis has created in Sketches for a Life of Wassily a moving portrait of the doomed dreamer. This is a small chapbook printing this single story. Davis is a 2003 MacArthur Fellow, as well as one of the mainstay writers of McSweeney’s, perhaps the defining organ of the literary avant garde in this country at present. This is the issue in wrappers, with brown endpapers.


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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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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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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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Tristia

Osip Mandelstam

Tristia is the book that firmly established Mandelstam as a major Russian poet…

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Osip Mandelstam

Tristia is the book that firmly established Mandelstam as a major Russian poet. This first complete and bilingual edition reproduces the original Petrograd text of 1922. Tristia, his second book, marks the beginning of the poet’s maturity and the culmination of his involvement with the innovative group, the Acmeists. As translator Bruce McClelland writes in the Preface: “The poems of Tristia comprise the acme of Acmeism, which in turn became a literary philosophy whose concerns resonate with many issues in contemporary poetic discourse.” For while Mandelstam lived comfortably with “the strictness of self-imposed forms,” at the same time he certainly did not simply “adjust” to reality. Rather he invested poetry with such a high degree of substantiality that for him (and for us) it was capable of penetrating reality—breaking the glass of illusion in a way that all the theosophical incantations of the Symbolists never could. Because the Acmeists (like the American Imagists) broke with exhausted conventions and vague mysticism, Mandelstam is sometimes mistaken for a chilly realist. On the contrary, like several generations of American poets he sought to rescue the visionary in the actual, through a poetics of immediacy and the renewal of language itself. McClelland’s translations aim to show us a way into this less appreciated dimension of Mandelstam and the urge for a new poetics.



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Vienna Group, The

Following World War II, writers and poets in Austria sought to distance themselves from the German influence and to rescue their language from the continuing abuses by the Austrian establishment…

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Following World War II, writers and poets in Austria sought to distance themselves from the German influence and to rescue their language from the continuing abuses by the Austrian establishment. The established order, which had embraced collaboration with the Nazis, remained provincial and hostile to any experimentation. The Vienna Group (Friederike Mayr6cker, Friedrich Achleitner, Konrad Bayer, Ernst Jandl, H.C. Artmann and Gerhard Rahm), a group of friends, mining other earlier outside movements -Expressionism, Dadaism, and Surrealism -sought to make art which threatened the established order. In this, they succeeded. The stance adopted from the beginning is best summarized by the introduction to the group’s initial manifesto by H.C. Artmann – “There is only one inalienable principle, namely that anyone can be a poet without ever having written or uttered a single word.” It was a poetic logic which allowed for the use of dialect poems in much the same way as sound poems; visual poems; alternatives to sentences; lists and everyday information; continuing experimentation In not only form but in the nature of content. What better way to recover one’s language than to charge it, to make it resonate, to enhance it and finally cause It to evolve. This first English anthology, The Vienna Group, edited and translated by Rosmarie Waldrop and Harriet Watts, contains a generous selection from each of the above poets, showing not only the variety but the intrinsic humor and sense of play which has made this movement’s contributions all the more accessible. Their work anticipated not only the present concerns with the nature of language and syntax, it also provided the roots for the more widely revered work of fellow Austrians, Thomas Bernhard and Peter Handke. It is an essential and highly recommended addition to all collections.


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Violence & Defiance

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Herbert Lust

An unusual novel form is created by the use of an actual crisis inside and around the author’s life as subplot to the fiction. The time span in the fiction is meshed to a contiguous time span of autobiographical time by a voice situated in the curious ethics of “gut time.” A powerful conceptual framework grounded in dark, personal despair, the startling first novel forgoes a new language. Lust bends syntax to follow the emotions that range from the simple to the impenetrable. In this process, pronouns, prepositions, and adverbs are altered – as illustrated by the absence of the suffixial adverb and the preposition “of” in the narrative prose. Despite its innovations Violence and Defiance, through its electrifying story, can be read like a conventional novel.


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