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Jacket2's January 2017 reading period

Jacket2 welcomes unsolicited queries during the month of January 2017. 

Jacket2 welcomes unsolicited queries during the month of January 2017. We are especially (though not exclusively) interested in queries of the following kinds:

— Reviews of recent poetics criticism, theory, and anthologies

— Reviews and articles devoted to poets and poetries outside the US

— Articles or essays on the ephemeral, the local, or the emergent; on poetic movements, topics, or groups, rather than single authors

— Articles and features that make use of archival and multimedia materials

David Antin: 11 games for eleanor (previously unpublished) with a republished “note on David Antin”

(“games for eleanor” was a set of 2 person games composed between 1965 and 1966 as a deck of 23 cards intended for reading in subsets of six to thirteen cards selected at random. D.A.)

 

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you come into a strange room

as always you are afraid

Clayton Eshleman

Four new poems from ‘Penetralia’

Note: All of these poems are from a new manuscript called Penetralia that will be published by Black Widow Press in the spring of 2017. In August of 2017, Wesleyan University Press will publish Eshleman’s cotranslation with A. James Arnold of The Complete Poetry of Aimé Césaire, a bilingual 950-page collection. 

A Half Hour with Basquiat

 

Skull trash staring through wall splash.

Face skillet with sunny-side-up red eyeballs.

Black heel sprouting splayed white fingers.

We have no Hades,    only fetus graffiti!

                  

Benjamin Hollander, 1952–2016

Benjamin Hollander, August 2016, at Piccolo Forno, North Beach, San Francisco. P
Benjamin Hollander, August 2016, at Piccolo Forno, North Beach, San Francisco. Photo by Norma Cole.

Benjamin Hollander passed away from brain cancer on November 21, 2016. Ben — Benjamin Barry Hollander, called Barry by his family — was born in Haifa, Israel, August 26, 1952. His mother and father were both refugees from Germany. He immigrated, with his parents and his brother Gad, the younger of two older brothers, to New York City (briefly to Brooklyn, then to Jamaica, Queens) in 1958. In 1978, with his wife, Rosemary Manzo, Ben moved to San Francisco, where he lived and raised his family — and where he passed away this month. Over the past three decades, after earning a master's degree at San Francisco State University, he taught English, writing, and critical thinking primarily at Chabot College, across the Bay from San Francisco, in Hayward, California. Among other courses one he revisited at several local schools focused on Holocaust literature, extending that term to include the war on Bosnian Muslims.

Editorial note: Joshua Schuster and Steve Dickison have shared the following remembrance of Benjamin Hollander, and we are grateful for the opportunity to publish it in Jacket2.

Ballads, portraits, and tenses

Amy Stidham

J2 editorial assistant Amy Stidham weighs in on three new review titles: As the Verb Tenses by Lynley Edmeades, Power Ballads by Garrett Caples, and Lunch Portraits by Debora Kuan. Of Edmeades’s As the Verb Tenses, she notes that “these poems are a contemplative pause, a breath in which Edmeades, at times anxiously, tries to sort out the past and construct a future.” And Caples’s Power Ballads ntroduces the reader “to a fat Marlon Brando, transforms temporarily into James Bond, simply because he’s feeling ‘Italian and musical,’ and writes a poetic biography for Richard O. Moore in the style of Bob Dylan.”

J2 editorial assistant Amy Stidham weighs in on three new poetry releases.



As the Verb Tenses
, Lynley Edmeades (Otago University Press, 2016)