Reviews - November 2011

'another personal narrative burns to a heap of citations'

A review of 'Bharat jiva'

In the contemporary mythology that is rendered, critiqued, created and reflected in language. In the shape-shifting sand-sifting stance that is gerunds, malleable and didactic pronouns, economic prose-code syntactic snakeskin shed and swallowed whole adjectival smackdown. In foraging late-human detritus vocabularies is kari edwards and nowhere in the sentences and fragments and planets of bank deposit syllabics is everywhere. What we have is words and words fail

Notes on a phenomenological poetics

A review of Kevin Varrone's g-point almanacs

Kevin Varrone has written a series of works entitled g-point almanac.  An early installment was g-point almanac (9.22–10.19), available as a Duration Press e-book.  Others include the 2007 g-point almanac: id est (9.22–12.21) published by Instance Press and 2010 g-point almanac: passyunk lost issued by Ugly Duckling Presse.  The almanacs echo, record, build an encounter with language that is based first in an encounter with a shifting world, quite real in its slippery emotional geography.

To get you out walking

A review of 'Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto'

I have been going for walks since 1994 when I first moved to Montreal, long perambulatory explorations of back alleys, train yards, industrial wastelands and whatever neighborhood I found myself living in.

A talk review of 'Ten Walks/Two Talks'

CUNY Graduate Center
Thursday April 12, 2010
4:06 pm

Louis Bury: Do you want to eat a little?

Corey Frost: No, we can eat while we talk. Even though it’s not stolen, I think it’s appropriate. I’ve been thinking about how much we’re imitating their process … Like that quote you sent me — which was from where?

Bury: Oh, the Dave Hickey quote? Do you know of Dave Hickey?

Frost: No.

A literary walking uphill

A review of 'Not Blessed'


So Delilah cuts Samson’s hair and the Philistines gouge out his eyes. Captive, his hair grows back, his strength returns, he is summoned to the temple to provide amusement, and then the business with the pillars. How, specifically, does Samson, eyeless in Gaza, make his way to his appointment? 

Parallel translations of Judges 16:26 in whole or in part:

“Samson told the young man” (GOD’S WORD ® Translation, 1995)