Space heater. Writing gathers around the pigeons. This line leads to Uranus. Nun census. Silver fork upon a chippd blue plate. I saw sleeping bag, pillows in the Buick's back. The companionship of refrigerator's hum. This is beginning I again began not. Salt shaker tall as coffee's mug. Dented Opel's orange fender. Gray dawn.
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THE GRAND PIANO is an experiment in collective autobiography by ten writers identified with the rise of Language poetry in San Francisco--Rae Armantrout, Steve Benson, Carla Harryman, Lyn Hejinian, Tom Mandel, Ted Pearson, Bob Perelman, Kit Robinson, Ron Silliman, and Barrett Watten. The eleventh pianist, Alan Bernheimer, takes the lead in organizing documentation for the books. THE GRAND PIANO takes its name from a coffeehouse at 1607 Haight Street in San Francisco where from 1976 to 1979 several of writers programmed and coordinated--and all of them participated in a weekly reading and performance series. The project focuses on the 1970s when they first met and collaborated. Yet the volumes engage issues beyond that time, and the project adheres to no prescribed set of themes.
BARRETT WATTEN is Associate Professor of English at Wayne State University and the author of Total Syntax (1985), essays on avant-garde poetics. He was the editor of This (1971-82) and co-editor of Poetics Journal (1982-98). Recent collections of his literary work include Frame (1971-1990) (1997), Bad History (1998), and, forthcoming, Progress/Under Erasure.
It's true we need another Allen Ginsberg. Unfortunately, I don't see one on the horizon, unless Ron Silliman can get himself arrested.--Keith Tuma "Sulfur "
Of all the Language Poets, Silliman's express-line writing was and is the one that stuck to my ribs. It was so thingy, so specific, so formally radical, so hard-headed, yet witty, and now and then, in spite of itself, lyric. I liked his post-industrial music. I loved Ketjak and Tjanting and Paradise ... And the reach - the compulsion to pull everything in.--C.D. Wright "Jacket "
Silliman's writing is fun to read: Its pleasure lies in the gradual unfolding of intricate forms and in the mix of puns, declarations, sounds and sights from our daily environment, the range of references from philosophy to baseball.--Hank Lazer "The Nation "
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Descripción Figures, 1981. Estado de conservación: Good. 0935724060 0935724060 Good. (Binding: Soft Cover, Jacket: No Jacket) Faded, worn cover and spine. Nº de ref. de la librería 1085467
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Descripción Figures, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 1981. Trade Paperback. Estado de conservación: Good. Front cover has 1" tear at spine, corners bent, light sun fading. 213 pages, text/interior is clean and unmarked in any way. Nº de ref. de la librería 127214
Descripción Figures, 1981. Paperback. Estado de conservación: Used: Good. Nº de ref. de la librería SONG0935724060