i’m officially in love with 1913 Press.
recently finished reading their two full-length collections:
Sightings: Selected Works 2000-2005, by Shin Yu Pai
Seismosis with text by John Keene and drawings by Christopher Stackhouse
Sightings contains four very different sections (2 were previously published, one as a chap and one as an artist’s book). the other two sections could be their own chapbooks as well (thus it seems smart to call this ‘selected works’. since i am new to her work, Sightings provides a nice intro to her range. the most interesting aspect of her work to me is its fearless visuality. you’ll have to read the book to see what i mean by ‘fearless’.
has anyone read her full-length book, Equivalence?
Seismosis is an incredible collaboration because the drawings and poetry dialogue with each other throughout and both are of equal intensity. i’ve never read Keene’s work before, so i was really excited after the very first poem because his work is amazing. it’s experimental, lyrical, intelligent, abstract, imagistic, rhythmic. there’s lyric poems, prose poems, visual poems. and not only is there an intro by Ed Roberson, but there’s an afterword by Geoffrey Jacques. anyone interested in the so-called ‘ethnic-avant’ must read the afterword (and the book, of course).
check out this short clip of Keene and Stackhouse reading (via Rabbit Light Movies)