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Among the Age of Innocence and the Age of expertise comes The Age of Huts. This publication brings jointly for the 1st time the entire poems in Ron Silliman's Age of Huts cycle, together with Ketjak, sundown particles, The chinese language pc, and 2197, in addition to key satellite tv for pc texts, Sitting Up, status, Taking Steps, and BART. every one poem bargains a noticeably diverse method towards utilizing language to discover the realm. one of many founding works of Language Poetry, The Age of Huts is ready every little thing, roughly actually, as each one sentence, even every one word, embarks by itself narrative, linking jointly to shape a wide polyphonic research of latest existence. From Ketjak, one of many first poems to hire "the new sentence," to 2197, a serial paintings that scrambles the vocabulary and grammar of its sentences, The Age of Huts questions every little thing we have now identified approximately poetry which will see the realm anew.

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The attractive little paintings now earlier than us was once initially revealed in France, in a way unknown, via P. O. L. , a well-known writer of avant garde poetry. the current variation, introduced out by means of a newcomer within the box, is in any occasion enormously neat and convenient--we presume that it skill to be not anything more.

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The fifty one poems are each one imprinted on the recto of a web page whose verso is still white, developing the influence of an en face translation--with this distinction, that the English displays a clean unique, an empty web page. Given Mr. Hocquard's intentions, the presentation is an apt one. His afterword, "Grammatical Unrest," describes concept of Tables as a "continuation" of the author's translation of Michael Palmer's Baudelaire sequence into French. because the English model of the current poem has been rendered by means of this self-same Mr. Palmer, we'd additionally infer that Palmer's idea of Tables is usually a continuance of Baudelaire Series--his personal continuation. despite the fact that that could be, the connection among translation and unique, among unique and its resource of concept, is especially a lot at factor. Accuracy isn't the aspect; that's, the publication itself, giving one textual content in basic terms, in a single language, doesn't invite the reader to gauge discrepancy, to make comparability. comparability, discrepancy, accuracy--what i might name tabular reading--are subject matters of the series, yet now not its element. To learn in a tabular model could suggest coming into the paintings, whereas Mr. Hocquard's goal--and maybe Mr. Palmer's also--is to maintain the reader at an admiring distance, with cognizance excited about the skin. (The version is painting--looking at work in a museum. ) let's imagine even more in this subject, yet area doesn't let. This, at least, is Mr. Hocquard's Theory.


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At domestic, I emptied individually the contents of the envelopes onto tables, and immersed myself within the contemplation (theory) of pebbles. For months I saw them and dedicated my observations to writing. I had turn into, in sum, the translator of pebbles.

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Such, of. The first person to stomp out, when Zukofsky debuted Reich’s Violin Phase in the west, was Mario Savio. Yoyo’s alibi, the way back. Old sentences heard new carry a different purpose. Weight in the line. Rhodochrosite, tourmaline. Motor city farewell. You wake in waves, each new day’s small tides of attention. The road, the rug, fading dawn moon. Analysanda and their analysantia. A field of corn, green, in a plain of dry grass. Such poems are like keystones in need of a monument. Learn the art of seizing control.

Across the empty states to Chicago if at all possible. Red shingle roof. The naval air base across the still bay water, behind which the hills rise, houses crowding the lower slopes, United States. Waiting for the phone to ring at the far end, for her to pick it up, I could hear voices, whole muted conversations. Jack rabbit’s fatal dive across the blacktop. I’m unable to find just the right straw hat. Slept by the roadside to wake in a vast flat space. Tuba booms. A slope filled with soldiers sifting through the large charred green debris, explosion of a helicopter.

You are not the most complicated of men eating an English muffin. What in the wall whistles. Exploration in closure. Prefers instruments of percussion, for discreteness. Fat dimpled thighs. Raw mushrooms. The waitress looms over the table, pot of coffee in hand. Write this down in a green notebook. The rectangular geometry of the tiles, the plane of floor held stories above the ground, which flows under the metal door into this cubicle of the john. Celery, salary. Auto-dactyl dream. Piano man. He gave the impression that very many cities rubbed him smooth.

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