Poetry Pamphlets 1-4

Overview

The first four collections in our revitalized Poetry Pamphlet series, established to highlight original work from writers around the world as well as forgotten treasures lost in the cracks of literary history.Included are: Two American Scenes: Our Village & A Journey on the Colorado River, by Lydia Davis and Eliot Weinberger; Sorting Facts, or Nineteen Ways of Looking at Chris Marker, by Susan Howe; The Helens of Troy, New York, by Bernadette Mayer; and Pneumatic Antiphonal,...

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Overview

The first four collections in our revitalized Poetry Pamphlet series, established to highlight original work from writers around the world as well as forgotten treasures lost in the cracks of literary history.Included are: Two American Scenes: Our Village & A Journey on the Colorado River, by Lydia Davis and Eliot Weinberger; Sorting Facts, or Nineteen Ways of Looking at Chris Marker, by Susan Howe; The Helens of Troy, New York, by Bernadette Mayer; and Pneumatic Antiphonal, by Sylvia Legris.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
New Directions, vanguard of experimental writing since its inception in 1936, is returning to an old form with a series of chapbooks (also published in this single volume) reminiscent of its 1940s series “Poet of the Month” and “Poets of the Year.” This set of four independent works begins with Two American Scenes, a two-part pamphlet that includes Davis’s Our Village and Weinberger’s A Journey on the Colorado River. Both take found texts from the 19th century and appropriate them into long, essayistic poems in the voices of rural Americans and explorers. Next comes Mayer’s The Helens of Troy, NY, a profile in verse of “all the women named Helen” in Troy, NY: “if you don’t marry me/ I’ll jump off the green island bridge/ he was 17, she was 15/ she had the best legs in troy.” Howe’s Sorting Facts is a long essay in 19 parts centered on the cinema of Chris Marker: “I am an American poet writing in the English language...I work in the poetic documentary form, but didn’t realize it until I tried to find a way to write an essay about two films by Chris Marker.” Finally, there is Legris’s Pneumatic Antiphonal, a verse-exploration of the biology of birds and birdsong, in all its “Rapid hovering exhalations.” Leave it to New Directions to bring the experimental chapbook to the mainstream of poetry publication. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811220637
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/10/2013
  • Pages: 190
  • Sales rank: 1,446,260
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lydia Davis is currently a finalist for the 2013 Man Booker International Prize.

Eliot Weinberger (b. NYC, 1949), is an essayist and translator. He won PEN’s first Gregory Kolovakos Award for promoting Hispanic literature in the US, and he is America’s first literary writer to receive Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle. He lives in New York City.

Acclaimed poet Susan Howe, winner of the last Bollingen Prize, is the author of the seminal work, My Emily Dickinson.

Called “a consummate poet” by Robert Creeley, Bernadette Mayer was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1945. A most prolific poet, her first book was published at the age of twenty-three. Many texts later she continues to write progressive poetry from her home in East Nassau, New
York. For many years Mayer lived and worked on the Lower East Side of
Manhattan where she was the Director of St. Mark’s Poetry Project from
1980-1984. Bernadette Mayer has received grants and awards from PEN
American Center, The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art, the
NEA, The Academy of American Poets, and The American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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