Long neglected poet Stephen Jonas created a complex web of self-mythologized identities to escape any form of categorization …
The citizen investigator as poet.
I first encountered Sesshu Foster through his cotranslation of Juan Felipe Herrera’s masterpiece Akrilica and an anthology he coedited, Invocation L.A.: Urban Multicultural Poetry. It was 1990: I’d just returned from six years of intense political and cultural involvement outside the US. The Gulf War was right on the horizon, and in the hyper-stratified world of US poetry, where class and cosmos had taken backseats to an almost purely theoretical politics and poetics, I was in search of allies and kindred spirits. With Foster’s work, I felt I’d struck pay dirt.
Paying homage to poet Charles Olson’s “special view” of the Yucatán.
Featuring selections by Justin Taylor, Shelly Oria, Mary Walling Blackburn, Kevin Killian, Barry Schwabsky, John Freeman, and more.
Doing justice to Jack Kerouac in Todd Tietchen’s The Unknown Kerouac.
“I’m a nontraditionalist being a traditionalist creating nontraditional art, which means that I’m just making art.”
Hovering far below any conceivable radar, Fred Dewey’s The School of Public Life ought to be the cause of more than some disturbance.
Dedicated to poet, journalist, and activist Brad Will, a friend killed while filming a street battle in Mexico in 2006, Brenda Coultas’s The Tatters summons powers too seldom called upon these days.
At the height of the war in Vietnam, Robert Duncan, and Denise Levertov articulated the best of radically different political practices.
Ammaiel Alcalay describes Benjamin Hollander’s new book, Rituals of Truce and the Other Israeli as a book laden with philosophical and cultural references that lace the story together.