Big Hammer No. 5 | Iniquity Press

William Carlos Williams wrote of Alfred Kreymborg: “Crude symbolism is to associate emotions with natural phenomena such as anger with lightning, flowers with love it goes further and associates certain textures with. Such work is empty. It is typical of almost all that is done by the writers who fill the pages every month of such a paper as. Everything that I have done in the past – except those parts which may be called excellent – by chance, have that quality about them. It is typified by use of the word “like” or that “evocation” of the “image” which served us for a time. Its abuse is apparent. The insignificant “image” ma be “evoked” never so ably and still mean nothing. With all his faults Alfred Kreymborg never did this. That is why his work – escaping a common fault – still has value and will tomorrow have more (Spring and All).” Continue reading

The Long Way Home | The Best Of the Little Red Book Series | 1998 – 2008 | E-Book

This sturdy series of little ‘books’ has been compared to the Pocket Poets series begun in the early 60s by City Lights Publishing and continues to delight audiences with the powerful imagery of the writers selected. As Laurel Speer (Beatlick News) wrote: “You can carry a Little Red Book in your coat pocket along with a passport. The passport will take you out of the country. The book will transport you out into the galaxy.” Continue reading

A. D. Winans | The Other Side of Broadway | Gazelle Books

A. D. Winans has been around the blocks of San Francisco streets for over a generation as a witness to the changes that mark a society of consumerism gone amok with wars and the many desolations resulting from the contradictions, hypocrisies and downright injustices of a society living at the height of both compassion and decadence. There is a celebration in these poems of the figures of San Francisco streets, the ‘characters’ that have been sacrificed to the system and yet have resisted final destructions. And at the centre of all the highs and lows of Winans’ discordant narrative and, at times lyric moments composed of biting images of his wanderings, geographically or physically, are his genuine praise-songs to the fellow street-poets who have helped to shape his own gritty style. 71 poems selected by the author, at the age of 70. His poems are heartfelt expressions of a wise observer, powerfully honest and uncompromised by literary fashion. Continue reading

Inside the Outside | An Anthology of Avant-Garde American Poets | Gazelle Books

This volume brings together 13 major poets of the American small press scene, each representing an important branch of the avant-garde as it has developed over the past forty years. Each of the poets is presented in a large selection, in most cases chosen by the poets themselves. They range in age from 41 to 81, their poetics range from visual/conceptual poetry to surrealism, from personal/observation poetry to cut-up & collage poetry. Powerful, touching, innovative & humorous, these poems illuminate the underground poetry scene to give the reader a view of the real new American poetry. Kirby Congdon, Hugh Fox, Stanley Nelson, Harry Smith, Richard Kostelanetz, A.D. Winans, Lyn Lifshin, Eric Greinke, Lynne Savitt, Doug Holder, John Keene, Mark Sonnenfeld & Richard Morris Continue reading