[The following conference report chronicles — “for the record” — the range of events at last year’s Outside-in/Inside-out festival of outside and subterranean poetry in Glasgow. The starting point, of course, was Barbaric Vast & Wild (Poems for the Millennium, volume 5, Black Widow Press, 2013), coedited by myself & John Bloomberg-Rissman — a small move toward what John and I were calling, unabashedly, an omnipoetics. (J.R.)]
MAGHREBIAN SURREALISM SURREALISM IN THE MAGHREB SURREALIST MAGHREB THE MAGHREBIAN SURREALISTS MAGHREBIAN SURREALITY THE SURREALIST REVOLUTION IN THE MAGHREB SURREALIST MAGHREB PRESS SERVICE SURREALISM IN THE SERVICE OF THE MAGHREB Etc.
— Given an audience of intelligent participants — Into a red chechia without a ponytail place nine ping-pong balls numbered from 1 to 9. — Shake the chechia for the one minute needed to create silence. — Draw a ball
[The word of David Meltzer’s death came to us the morning after & on the threshold of a new & dangerous year in which his friendship & kindly spirit will be greatly missed by the many of us who drew from & treasured his grace of mind & the life of poetry that surrounds it. In the immediate aftermath I thought to reprint the preface I was privileged to write for his selected poems (David’s Copy, Penguin Poets, 2005) & the short poem, composed by gematria, that follows.