by Joel Allegretti


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Platypus by Joel Allegretti

Joel Allegretti’s Platypus presents the reader with, among other treats, a cento meant to be in the voice of Victor Frankenstein, a ghazal composed of the generic names of psychotropic drugs, and a tribute to the thirty-three villains from the 1960s Batman TV series. Featuring poems, short stories, Fluxus-inspired instruction pieces, and even text art, Platypus is a hybrid work named after the ultimate hybrid animal.

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ISBN-13: 9781630450342
Publisher: NYQ Books
Publication date: 07/10/2017
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Joel Allegretti is the author of five previous poetry collections and a novella, Our Dolphin (Thrice Publishing, 2016). His second book of poetry, Father Silicon (The Poet's Press, 2006), was selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006.

He is the editor of Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books, 2015), the first anthology of poetry about the mass medium.

Allegretti has published his poems in The New York Quarterly, Barrow Street, Smartish Pace, PANK, and many other national journals, as well as in journals published in Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and India.

His short stories have appeared in The MacGuffin, The Adroit Journal, and Thrice Fiction, among other literary journals. His performance texts and theater pieces have been staged at La MaMa, Medicine Show Theater, the Cornelia Street Café, and SideWalk Café, all in New York. He was co-editor of "Dear Yoko: A Tribute to Yoko Ono," a special digital issue of Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature, a journal of performance texts and writings about performance.

He is represented in more than two-dozen anthologies. Allegretti wrote the texts for three song cycles by Frank Ezra Levy, whose work is released on Naxos American Classics. He is a member of the Academy of American Poets and ASCAP.

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