Saturday, February 11, 2006

SHOTGUN REVIEWS: ZINES ZINES ZINES





THE POKER, issue 7. Poems by George Stanley, Stan Mir, Cameron K. Gearen, Scott Bentley, Tom Orange, Elena Rivera, Ben Lerner, Marcella Durand, Alice Notley, Elizabeth Marie Young, Ange Mlinko, Kit Robinson, Chris Pusateri and Mark Lamoureaux. Prose by Joseph Torra & an interview with Anselm Berrigan. If your not familiar with or not receiving the Poker, you ought to be. The mag is indeed one of the most exciting, most engaging zines available. Edited by Daniel Bouchard "Half with loathing, half with a strange love." $10.00 for each issue. P.O. Box 390408 Cambridge, MA 02139.

P-QUEUE. Edited by Sarah Campbell, the journal comes out of Buffalo annually. The inaugural 2004 issue contains work by Logan Esdale, Meredith Quartermain, W.B. Keckler, Eliza Newman-Saul, Pattie McCarthy, Sasha Steensen, James Tierney, Noah Eli Gordon, Jim Higdon, Tim Shaner, Jane Sprague, Andrew Joron, Barbara Cole, Kyle Schlesinger & Gordon Hadfield. Issue 2 (2005) contains work by Matthew Goulish, Rob McLennan, Eula Biss, Judith Goldman, Rosa Alcala, Michael Cross, Gregg Biglieri, Stephen Ratcliffe & Andrea Strudensky. In a brief editorial note in Issue 2 Campbell states, "P-Queue's editorial interest falls on the line and the line's divides. It has sought out prose that approaches poetry's line as its driving interest (as its subject, sound, rhythm, or reason) and poems that build themselves in prose." Each issue, with letterpress wraps on wonderfully textured stock, is gorgeous--& the writing contained within comparably innovative & compelling. $8.00 a pop. c/o Sarah Campbell, 306 Clemens Hall, English Department, SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260.

CHICAGO REVIEW, 51:3. Work by C.D. Wright, Devin Johnston, Alan Bernheimer, Joel Felix, Arkadii Dragomoshchenko (translated by Genya Turovskaya), Peter Larkin, Peter O'Leary, Geraldine Monk, Ray DiPalma, Merrill Gilfillan, Gavin Selerie, Medbh McGuckian. Particularly drawn to the work of Johnston & Gilfillan contained in the issue. CR, as always, a powerhouse.

Monday, February 06, 2006

KOSHKIN & ROGERS HOT WHISKEY PRESS

The work Michael Koshkin and Jennifer Rogers have done with their imprint Hot Whiskey is nothing short of sensational. Both the single-author publications & the magazine are things of beauty, each carefully crafted, most of them hand-sewn.

The fall/winter 2005 issue of the zine has a hand-screened two-color cover, the texture of the ink thick, the feel perfectly homespun. Contributors to the issue include Jena Osman, Tim Armentrout, Elizabeth Robinson, Christopher Ryan, Linh Dinh, John Sakkis, Jessica Hullman, Farid Matuk, Robert Roley, Julia Hastain, Dale Smith, Leah Hansen, Anselm Parlatore, Tyler Doherty, Jared Hayes, Joseph S. Cooper, Hoa Nguyen, Lisa Jarnot, Andrew K. Peterson.

Single-author pubs include slim volumes by Anselm Parlatore, Joseph Massey & two collaborative efforts--Stinkbug Barbiturates by Koshkin & Rogers… & Structural Blue In Circuits the Blood Can Be Used: Insuring the Wicker Man Shadow Created Delusion by Cooper & Hayes.

The collaborative work between Cooper & Hayes is particularly interesting. A book which is all things body & surgery, all things anatomy & text, flesh & language. The work contains both visual images & text, found images & found text coiled round one another throughout, forming engaging & complex relationships. The book is all things somatic &, paradoxically, all things surgical & artificial. The book is all things hybrid &, in its hybridity, it confounds the logic of the binary which would pit body against mechanization, nature against technology.

According to the authors, "This text has been transplanted and cut up from the essays of Homi K. Bhabha, William S. Burroughs, Samuel R. Delany and Pierre Joris." Thus we have hybridity, contagion, peculiar juxtapositions & linguistic/conceptual vivisection. A welcome edition to any collection of medical texts.