[superquote] "Today the arts exist in isolation, from which they can be rescued only through the conscious, cooperative effort of all craftsmen." - Walter Gropius, 1919, Bauhaus Manifesto and Program "All the interviewing of former students and faculty are but shallow reminders,
Becoming Aware of Genuine Being-Duty: Thoughts On Bernadette Mayer When I think about Bernadette Mayer I think about flowers, I think about fucking, I think about a good joke. I think about children. I think about words like propagate, roseate, generate,
In November 2011 H_NGM_N Books reissued In Baltic Circles, Paul Violi's first book of poems, originally published in 1973 by The Kulchur Foundation. This resulted out of funny circumstances: after seeing a review by Matt Hart of his last book, Overnight, in Coldfront Magazine, Violi sent Hart a photocopy of the original book with a handwritten note saying, "I like to think it's not all juvenilia!" In Baltic Circles is hardly that – even as an early book it encompasses so much of Violi's essence. What does that mean? For one, if there were ever code of ethics for the poetic form, you also could count on him to violate it in a poem – and he did so in such an elegant and charming way that you could never hold it against him. This is his edgy cleverness, accompanied by a romantic streak and a surreal awareness of the everyday... They are qualities that also radiated like the sun from his personality.