Thursday, January 25, 2007
What's Provocatively New:
Check out this spectacular issue of
Big Bridge #12,
with its many facets, including the in-depth
"In Remembrance of Ed Dorn", a special section devoted to Dorn's life and work, and edited by Dale Smith, with whom I had the privilege of visiting and speaking at length about many things poetic and otherwise recently when I was back in the US (at Austin, TX) for a visit. Also had the great privilege of visiting with Dale's wife, poet Hoa Nguyen, and was fortunate to sit in on a poetry workshop she was conducting, where we read some Alice Notley and let it take us to newly fascinating poetic places in mind and deed. Had the privilege, as well, of visiting with other Austin poetry and art folk, Philip Trussell and Sharon Roos, as well as many others--hi, Y'all, and thank you so much for a wonderful visit!
Over this morning's tea and reading BB-12, I'm especially captivated by what Alice Notley observes in "Where'd You Get It?" her essay about his life and work. Notley has such a unique rhetoric of observing and reminiscing within a profound poetic sense of delicate intimacy--an immediacy in and about her subject, in this case, knowing Dorn as person and as (in the) poetry. One of many points to think on and return to, I like how she writes of Dorn's work that "single stony words often become characters . . . ." Compelling.
I've a few days off coming up here this next week and, with much happy anticipation today, will be spending a luxurious amount of time reading many things, but particularly this Big Bridge issue 12, in its many thoughtful, provocative voices and ideas.
Special thanks to Jordan Stempleman for sending the BB-12 announcement.