THE SWEATING LAKE by John M. Bennett


John M. Bennett

233 pp.  $19

ISBN 978-1-938521-41-6

“Poetry”in many experimental or avant modes and voices, and in a mix of languages, sounds, and visualities. John M. Bennett practices a true yet new trans-linguistic art, which is at the same time deeply embedded in language and its history as the primary context of the many layers of human consciousness.  "This is not poetry." -  Jack A. Withers Smote


the and


osteo mentation ,griminal

inmintation’s sugary shirt

it’s where yr “shshoe” ‘s

debrides a coin a coff a

cabalgata de intonsos de

los sin piel los inde

dictos carrying the tongues

in bloody pockets )your

wheezing collar((


napkins ,and a swallowed dirt






by Chris Wells

Dos-a-dos visual poetry chapbook.

42 visual poems inspired loosely by Dante Gabriel Rossetti's "Silent Noon" from the House of Life sequence. These poems were over 13 years in the making.



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ARTHUR DIES, First Chronicle, Vol. 2 by Olchar E. Lindsann



As one proceeds through "ARTHUR DIES First Chronicle Vol.2" familiar characters, such as Merlin or Vivienne, are encountered beyond the reach of common language, in a world of divinations and sepulchers, in domains where chaotic punctuation  and syntactic disorder abound.  This is in fact an epic both in the traditional sense of the word, and in the approach of an anti-poetics perspective of what can be undone in that tradition. In its sweeping texts and and contexts it embodies not only the imagined or fictive culture of the twilight era alluded to, but those of our own post-modern and failed civilization with all its cultural and literary -isms that have arisen from an original "avant-garde".  Lindsann combines the mythical Avalon with Blake's Albion, pursuing these emblematic nomenclatures to their illogical fusion in an always enigmatic concatenation of events and personages flung about in a supreme and deft literary whirl. -Ivan Argüelles



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 By Jack Foley   

These are two lyrical passages from Olchar E. Lindsann’s massively experimental epic, Arthur Dies First Chronicle Vol. 2—a book available from Luna Bisonte Prods. Poet Ivan Argülles calls Lindsann’s poem a work “of sheer, mad genius, alternately enervating and exhilarating.” That the poem is “an epic” places it squarely in the Modernist tradition (vide Pound, Joyce, Olson, Zukofsky, Dorn); it also calls to mind Jake Berry’s equally daring magnum opus, Brambu Drezi
Lindsann gives us a wild ride through the English language (turning languish to language!), spelling (in the magical sense), misspelling (in the grammatical sense), reverting to Middle English and Anglo Saxon (Beowulf’s “Hwaet” shows up prominently), peppering the text with “foreign” words (“nous,” “venir,” “avec” and “pour” from French—cf. Chaucer), placing commas where commas shouldn’t be (“typos”), cutting letters off individual words (reminding us that “literature” is made up of “letters” and is not “words,” the products of our breaths and bodies), writing certain words backwards: “the” shows up frequently as “eht.” Pound’s dictum “Make It New” is definitely present in this work, though—following the great Modernist examples—Lindsann also Makes It Obscure, Difficult. At the same time, like the Modernist masters, the poem moves us into the deep past of our bookish histories. “The challenge to which the poem attempts to respond,” writes  Lindsann, “is related to the ‘absence of myth’ addressed by Bataille and the Surrealists: on the one hand the epic as a way to both think and reflect upon (including the sense to give back, act upon) the full expanse and scope of the culture; to counteract the temporal myopia that characterizes our age, our collective inability to view ourselves in a historical context…The same dynamic is manifest in microcosm within language itself: the Epic is corollary with narrative, superstructure, social normalization of language—a thing in which I have little trust, foreswore entirely in verse for a decade, and handle like a live grenade, but must be dealt with.”
As I browsed through the book, I came upon this lyrical and, I thought immediately, beautiful pair of poems. Amazingly, they are formal (the second poem is a villanelle!) in structure—they rhyme!—so they conjure up a history of verse the way the formal structures of prayers conjure up a history of belief. Further: they are love poems—perhaps the central form of Western verse: Is “My luve is like a red, red rose” so different from “Come near to me / o love o void”? Isn’t the word “ravish” enriched when you make it “raevanish”? What about the word “penintrant” and the history of writing—along with its sexual connotation? 
Come near to me
o love o void
thru gloam eht mirr,or searing
venir venir my visage peering
loveshorn flects yet yearns pour thee
amelt ’vec joyed
eht veil-torne
come graze this glass
o love o thrilled abyss
caress sheen moonlit panting
reflect reflexing vision granting
lust invert you throb to mass
et press to kiss
in flesh to thrust
come raevanish me
o love o vacuum
penintrant with nihil, surging
havoc av ec static merging
nerveteased thrust vacuity
shocked de verve
i lure you lure me Spell this song
nous cross to chant the chasm
our mirror casts ne nets nor wrong.
for loss I yearn pour depth you long
            thus breathe dear stilth phantasm
i lure you lure me spell this song.
like stars like stone your dream trace strong
            sans chaste ideoplasm
our mirror casts ne nets nor wrong.
enfused our rhythms naught the throng
            writhe fraught enthusiasm
i lure you lure me spell this song.
midst time less pulse our throes prolong
            lead imminence          its spasm
our mirror casts ne nets nor wrong.
my love my tremble your oblivion
            our twinned iconoclasm
i lure you lure me spell this song
our mirror casts ne nets nor wrong.
Love poems that cast us back to the early history of the language and which suggest a re-envisioning not only of the language but of the historical consciousness that language embodies. Lindsann: “There’s everything problematical about the epic form, which is in no way merely skin-deep: nationalism, xenophobia, militarism, chauvinism, paternalism, exceptionalism, essentialism, etc. etc—all of which find their most condensed expression in Fascism. It’s a matter of navigating and re-developing the epic impulse through a different set of ethical prerogatives.”
It should be obvious but perhaps I should make it explicit: this poem is relevant to the Age of Pmurt!







If you are new to surrealism, do not look for temporal narratives, grammatical English constructs, or linear development in "Fragments From A Gone World". Rather find a quiet chair alone, kick back, and let these images diffuse, expand, pulse, explode, rebound, rattle, resonate, sizzle, soar, and fizz in your resting consciousness... or receptive unconsciousness.  The result you will find is haunting, mystical, otherworldly, and... I have found... very vividly transporting.  No two of you will have a similar experience, but all will be charged with a desire to remember and speak of the journey inward. - Slade Schuster




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FROZEN HEATWAVE by steve dalachinsky & Yuko Otomo


by steve dalachinsky & Yuko Otomo


Collaborative poetry

Frozen Heatwaves rises from the page as a score of joyous originality. From first reading, I was drawn through the text in its entirety. Color, shape, and line build a fresh and potent linguistic surprise from artists I have long admired. Deftly composed and mutually responsive literature by these two masters reveals poetic collaboration at its finest.   -   Sheila E. Murphy

If we begin at the beginning we begin with chapter 35, in which the physiology of the central nervous system is illustrated by an image of a placard, with the word "America" typed on it, stuffed into a toilet bowl, and we think to ourselves "ok, so that's why it's called frozen heatwave." But we are easily misled and clearly mistaken. "If you see something / say worker" it says on page four and I say "workers, plural" -- one who wrote the non-italic lines, another who wrote the lines in italic, another two who edited and published the book, and a reader. There are five of us here, now six, since you have joined us. Thank yous all around. The first collage (page 11) repeats the phrase "the physiology of the central nervous system," adds a cut-away view of a Rubik's cube floating in interstellar slash neural space, where the inside meets the outside, the infinitely small meets the infinitely large, the rubber meets the road, and the cut fish climbs a graphic lattice to rejoin the cut worm, who over two hundred years ago had already forgiven the plow. A severed head meditates sleepily in the lower right-hand corner. The disembodied brain levitates beyond the first false frame. If you were in New York City between March 21 and July 23, 2017, you could have seen the Lygia Pape: A Multitude of Forms exhibit at The Met. Steve and Yuko were there. What is she saying? asks the poem. In the video at The Met website she doesn't say a word. "in the book of creation / an echo simply becomes / a spider-shaped balloon / to textualize the mystic narrative / of our birth." As a single balloon must stand for a lifetime of thinking about balloons, so each citizen expressed, in the attitude we chose, a complex of attitudes. Collage #2, page 25: the heads of Steve and Yuko floating in a neural roadmap. Now we are beginning to understand. The Frozen Heatwave is a training manual: How To Teach Your Brain To Fish. White wave-patterns on a black background. Wheat planted in a cylinder grows up into a kneeling brain. A muscle promptly and entirely pentagonists. The ghost of 'lectricity howls in the bones of our face. "You write what you want / I write what I want." Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction. April 15 - August 13, 2017. MOMA. Collage #3, page 41: A constellated spiderweb-map of the third eye. A brain is a folded serpent. Peripheral vision dripping letteral snakespittle: sa / ons / in. / of / [seasoning] / of / on, / [ironing] / ng / w, / ed [winged] / [wedding] / or- / al [oral]. "non-objective / doesn't mean / formless." "& then [page 47] waiting an hour / in order to arrive in AMERICA / to get into the golden toilet." Collage #4: physiology of central nervous system again. Quasi-calligraphic space-glyphs writing the visual cortex.   -    Jim Leftwich

Excerpt from postscript: This is a collection of free-wheeling improvisational linked poems written by steve dalachinsky & Yuko Otomo in a collaborative process. Non-Italic lines indicate dalachinsky’s writing and Italic lines indicate Otomo’s. The front cover collage and all four collages inside the book were done collaboratively between dalachinsky and Otomo. Together they visited art exhibits during the summer of 2017 and found inspiration for this book.



ISBN 9781938521379