Sunday, May 25, 2008

New Books from Otoliths—Allegrezza, Cunningham, Grumman

To complete this quarter’s round of books from Otoliths......

The direct URLs are given below. The full list of what is becoming a significant catalog can be found at The Otoliths Storefront.

Collective Instant
William Allegrezza
108 pages
Cover design by Sheila E. Murphy
ISBN: 978-0-9805096-0-1
Otoliths 2008
$12.50 + p&h
William Allegrezza’s Collective Instant brings together two chapbooks and a series of new works, including "Tracings from the Front," an extended piece exploring the language of conflict stripped and fragmented from its context. The poems in Collective Instant aim towards meanings, hope for meaning, while showing the inevitable absences between understanding and world, between the wild and ordered.

80 Beetles
Mark Cunningham
88 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9804541-8-5
Otoliths 2008
$10.00 + p&h
“We waved at each other because we were driving the same model and color car. Mark Cunningham said, hey, could you write something on my Beetles. There are 80 of them. So I tried to write something on one but it kept opening its little pincers, its tiny wings. This led to a certain amount of self-examination, from which I emerged stronger, more self-assured. I was then able to more closely examine the varying structure, the very specific ideational atmospherics, & dare I say the aroma philosophique, of each of these beetles. What I discovered is that these beetles are in fact poems. Unusually good ones; & now I dream of an alternate life.” —Rod Smith

April to the Power of the Quantity Pythagoras Times Now
Bob Grumman
72 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9804541-6-1
Otoliths 2008
$24.95 + p&h
"Collected in Bob Grumman's book April to the Power of the Quantity Pythagoras Times Now are almost two decades' worth of mathemaku, a personal genre of his that combines elements of visual poetry, mathematics, and haiku. Always the poet of the topical constraint, Grumman writes mathemaku that restrict themselves to a narrow range of subjects (spring, poetry, language, light) so he can divert all his effort into creating remarkable engines of poetic imagination where language, color, images, and mathematics conjoin to form stunning ineluctable gestalts. Drawing from his early pre-long-division mathemaku and his more recent forays into color and ever-increasing formal complexity, this book brings together a hearty sampling of the best of Grumman's mathemaku, including such masterworks as "Mathemaku for Ezra Pound" and "Seaside Mathemaku." A lifetime in the making, this book is not to be missed." —Geof Huth

In addition, the print editions of Otoliths eight and nine are now also available.

Issue eight, part one contains work from Geof Huth, Felino Soriano, Richard Kostelanetz, Louie Crew, Vernon Frazer, Audacia Dangereyes, David-Baptiste Chirot, Jeff Harrison, James Sanders, Thomas Fink & Maya Fink, Paul Siegell, Cecelia Chapman, Caleb Puckett, Sandy McIntosh, Elisa Gabbert & Kathleen Rooney, Gustave Morin, Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino, Bill Drennan, Jill Chan, Paul Hardacre, Bobbi Lurie, J. D. Nelson, Joshua A Ware, Kristine Ong Muslim, John M. Bennett, Martin Edmond, Philip Byron Oakes, Thomas Fink, harry k stammer, Nicholas Manning & Michele Leggott.

Issue eight, part two contains work from Reed Altemus, Pradip Datta, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen & Spencer Selby, Laurie Price, Guy Beining, Andrew Topel, Sheila E. Murphy & John M. Bennett, Luigino Solamito & John M. Bennett, John M. Bennett, Eric Burke, Alexander Jorgensen, Spencer Selby, Patrick Gulke, Christopher Major, Cecelia Chapman, Andrew Riley Clark, Márton Koppány, & John Lowther.

Issue nine, part one contains work by Rochelle Ratner, Mark Cunningham, Suzanne Grazyna, Daniel Morris, Andrew Lundwall, Joel Chace, Bill Drennan, Christopher Major, Derek Owens, Steve Timm, Scott MacLeod, Simon Perchik, Philip Byron Oakes, Elizabeth Kate Switaj, Jeff Harrison, Geof Huth, Stu Hatton, Duane Locke, Eileen R. Tabios, Douglas Barbour & Sheila E. Murphy, Michael Farrell, Bobbi Lurie, William Doreski, Esa Mäkijärvi, Paul Siegell, Glenn R. Frantz, Adam Strauss, John M. Bennett, Thomas Lowe Taylor, Marcia Arrieta, Julian Jason Haladyn, Adam Fieled, William Allegrezza, Ernesto Priego, Raymond Farr, Mary Kasimor, Louise Landes Levi, Thomas Fink & Kirsten Kaschock.

Issue nine, part two contains work by David-Baptiste Chirot, Angela Genusa, Ed Schenk, Reed Altemus, Robert Gauldie, Joe Balaz, Scott MacLeod & John M. Bennett, Diana Magallón & Jeff Crouch, Irving Weiss, John M. Bennett, Randy Thurman, John M. Bennett & Luigino Solamito, John M. Bennett & Sheila E. Murphy, John M. Bennett & Sheila E. Murphy & Luigino Solamito, Daniel f Bradley, Andrew Topel & Jim Leftwich & John M. Bennett, Mary Ellen Derwis, harry k stammer, Martin Edmond, Jeff Crouch & Matina L. Stamatakis, & Toni Simon.


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