Sunday, February 7, 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

"William Gaddis, the author perhaps most concerned with the entropic decay of older systems and organizational principles in fiction, famously taught a class at Bard College in 1979 on "The Literature of Failure." The books on his syllabus, which included texts ranging from Joan Didion's Play It as It Lays to Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People, gestured toward an ethic of personal failure or insufficiency—a sense of one's faulty position within the baroque machinery of American productivity. ..."

-- The Literature of Obsolescence by Casey Michael Henry at Bookform

3 poems @ gobbet

Thanks to Gary J Shipley and RC Miller. Click here.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Recommended Reading: Far Away by Gregory Lawless

(Red Mountain Press, 2015)

Lawless's second collection is grave, offering a serious consideration of a mytho-poetic landscape and the uncaring forces that have shaped it.

The poems themselves tend toward spare, elegiac description, giving the book the flavor of postindustrial eclogue. Our speaker moves through a denuded landscape of ramshackle buildings and fields, caught between the memory of what these places used to be and the reality of what remains before him.

These poems are free of bombast and full of careful observations that chronicle the kind of down on its luck, slowly abandoned town and city that dots the American Midwest and Rustbelt. Evidence of the lives lived there survives in ruins and slowly mounting desperation.

This collection is adult and brave. Far Away is a sober necessity, an antidote to the flippant surrealism and reflexive self-satisfaction that currently pervades much of contemporary poetry.