Friday, November 28, 2008

November 2008 Front Page

this issue

accepted poetry and short prose submissions for this issue
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John Yamrus reviews 'Blind Whiskey & The Straight Razor Blues' by Todd Moore
... page 4

new and upcoming releases

Notes of a Digital Ghost

by Don Schaeffer
Winnipeg, Canada

So I am a digital ghost. I have converted. A percentage of me has retreated completely from the world of physical things and invested in a dark world of words and shared souls. ... see October 2008 page 3

"Where the contemporary poet is concerned, Don Schaeffer is probably one the most complete packages available to the canadian poetry community, offering a unique blend of the artist and the poet, dabbling in texture-rich dimsensions that are compact and easy to read while not lacking in emotion or accessibility. His poster work, a combination of visuals and text is as exceptional, eliciting a warm connection with the human element through the use of color and distortion. Don's work is derived from real experience, earmarked by it's simplistic delivery, revered for it's precision and consistent voice. These characteristics have not been compromised in the production of 'Notes of a Digital Ghost'."--Bernard Alain

Scheduled for release with Publish America.

New and Selected Poems

by John Yamrus
United States

A 23 year retrospective look at the poetry of John Yamrus who has been writing since 1970.

“Two major qualities prevail in his recent work: economy and punch. No word is unnecessary or out of place; the timing is impeccable; and, most difficult of all, the endings hit just the right balance of summation, revelation, and surprise.” Gerald Locklin

“Yamrus gambles with an all or nothing gesture to make the poem and the language his own. It dances right at the edge where all great poetry dances.” Todd Moore

ISBN: 978-1-929878-00-0
Pages: 138 US
Price: $15 + $3 S&H (US & CAN) = $18 (from Lummox Press)
WORLD Price: $15 + $10 = $25
(from Lummox Press)
Publishing Date: November 2008

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in the spotlight

Ira Lightman

Ira Lightman wanted to be a vicar. He is a poet who makes Public Art, mainly in the North East of England, where he lives. His pieces include The Spennymoor Letters (photo on right), ten 2-metre high poems made to look like the letters S, P, E, N, N, Y etc, the Gatesheads (photo on right) and the Blythscopes, coloured text in head and binocular shapes, Glade (a river of text) and the Family Tree Forest. He appears regularly on Radio 3’s The Verb, writing Pi mnenomics, Miltonic verse while blindfolded, and a poem entirely out of words containing a double l, as a collaboration with Peter Finch. He likes to make formal innovations for special occasions.

selected poem

The moon chirps

The moon chirps
over a cottage I borrow
high as the heating
the tenant never began,
the times she used heat
were wood in boxed glass.
Fly off.

Always there, in windscreen dark;
to see it, I peered, chin on steer;
excitement in the man as I iron
to clothe one day warm limb in
county coincidence at reception -
the woman's been where my shirts last hung,
carries, sorry, a mere swoop of a mouse.

by Ira Lightman

current release


by Ira Lightman

       Deutcetera is about voices taking each other for granted, saying “etc etc” and not listening, nevertheless turning out to duet. It contains double- and multi-columned poems, where each column can be read in its own right (or left), and also read across the columns. Most of the poems (and translations) were written separately from each other, but happen to fi t together. The poems play separately in diff erent rhythms and moods yet sound with and against each other. Ira is recording many of them as duet-videos for his YouTube channel.
       The themes of the collection range from celebration of marriage and fatherhood, to the contrasts in Protestant and Roman Catholic thinking. The book ends on an extended sequence written half in the voice of a six-year-old boy, and half as a set of statements about what’s infl uencing the language and ideas of the overall book.

“. . . both compelled eyes and ears (and mind) and sent me back to 70s’ Ashbery and even a dip into Beowulf (Howell Chickering’s) because of that uniform divide and bridge of a caesura—thanks, man.” —Fred D’Aguiar

“King of the Tyneside experimental language scene . . . a restless spirit, who likes to play with defi nitions of what writing and performance can be . . . we love people who like to experiment, and by extension then, we love Ira Lightman.” —Ian Mcmillan

Paperback: 84 pages
Publisher: Shearsman Books (26 Nov 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1848610114
ISBN-13: 978-1848610118
Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.5 cm

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by Don Schaeffer
Winniped Manitoba

If perception is a blank slate then it must have height and width. If it is solid, it must have depth. If it persists, then it must be extended in time. These appear to be basic principles of sensation. The blank space of perception must have extension. Height, width, depth and time are the extensive dimensions. These dimensions stretch the fabric of perception so that senses can work. Lack of consciousness may be partly describable as a lack of extension, a lack of sensory ... more on page 2

public art

Spennymoor Letters

by Ira Lightman


by Ira Lightman

A double-column excerpt from Duetcetera

LOVE in a cold
climate o all
blue if a warm
January 5 next
morn as a dawn
icerink I walk
cool in a slow
measure I will
step as I know
symbols o love
take on a peak
passion I salt
SNAPPED a town
shut of a late
evening I find
best on a week
emptied o work
will to a calm
seizure o good
take be a film
Chaplin I know
copy as I film
century a warp
cuts on a weft.
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