Sunday, May 5, 2019

Three Pieces by John M. Bennett

crop yields
     megalithic cloud
      - Olchar E. Lindsann

clod shaped the ea rth un
last at ,was yr corner isolation
isolettric heaving in the lang
uid seas no more cities dr
own the b eaches deep in
where my templed headache's
crown deversed a burning
ladder beneath yr waves
the dream of an empty house
is a tree bursting with
leaves the leaves
dream a car turning on a
coastal road it was the
shattered coffee cup on a
kitchen floor you are a field
of smoking tractors oil palms
lean darkly in your distance

John M. Bennett has published over 400 books and chapbooks of poetry and other materials. He has published, exhibited and performed his word art worldwide in thousands of publications and venues.  He was editor and publisher of LOST AND FOUND TIMES (1975-2005), and is Founding Curator of the Avant Writing Collection at The Ohio State University Libraries.  Richard Kostelanetz has called him “the seminal American poet of my generation”.  His work, publications, and papers are collected in several major institutions, including Washington University (St. Louis), SUNY Buffalo, The Ohio State University, The Museum of Modern Art, and other major libraries.  His PhD (UCLA 1970) is in Latin American Literature.  His latest books are Select Poems, Poetry Hotel Press/Luna Bisonte Prods, 2016; The World of Burning, Luna Bisonte Prods, 2017; Poemas visuales, con movimientos con ruidos con combinaciones (with Osvaldo Cibils), Deep White Sound, 2017; The Sweating Lake, Luna Bisonte Prods, 2017; Olas Cursis, Luna Bisonte Prods, 2018, Sesos Extremos, Luna Bisonte Prods, 2018; and Dropped in the Dark Box, Luna Bisonte Prods, 2019.  He is co-editor, with Geoffrey D. Smith, of two works by William S. Burroughs: Everything Lost: The Latin American Notebook of William S. Burroughs; and William S. Burroughs' “The Revised Boy Scout Manual”: An Electronic Revolution; both published by The Ohio State University Press.

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