Commentaries - May 2013

George Quasha: From 'Speaking Animate' (preverbs) with a note on the poetics of preverbs

G. Quasha: Axial Drawing – Dakini Series 2012
G. Quasha: Axial Drawing – Dakini Series 2012

1                                              words under pressure bleed original sense


The trouble with paradise is you never want to be away from home.

I make what calls me out.
All gone before you know it.

Snelson on Eclipse, Clay on Granary, Freeman on Drucker, ed Kyle Schlesinger, new ABR

American Book Review
Volume 34, Number 3
March/April 2012
a feature on bringing out-of-print materials back into view, including essays by Penn's own Danny Snelson on Craig Dworkin's Eclipse -- now on-line at Here is a pdf of Snelson's full article.">

Lydia Davis

The poet's novel

In “Composition as Explanation” Gertrude Stein writes: “The only thing that is different from one time to another is what is seen and what is seen depends upon how everybody is doing everything.” [1].

Lydia Davis is a writer who is a great influence and inspiration to “everyone,” when everyone includes readers of experimental fiction as well as a myriad of poets “doing everything.”

Aaron McCollough: 'Four Preliminary Notes' & 'A Stray Note' from 'Underlight'

[Reprinted from Underlight, published 2012 by Ugly Duckling Presse]


     In Contact with the Ground (Personal Sun) 


I needed to match our feelings, mine and the other living things.


May I tell you how this became deadly without polluting you.


I reached out for the dog that lay on the downed wire that led to

     the lightning.


I put the wrong things in my body till my skin extended to harder

     surfaces. Canals.


Practiced the sacrifice. Bought a gun.