Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Varieties of Asemous Experience -- Mosaic Canyon at Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley, Mojave Desert, California 02.06.2020





jim leftwich and john m. bennett 4 collaborative visual poems february 2020





Tuesday, February 11, 2020

jim leftwich, trashpo photos 02.11.2020









                                                 can trashpo be asemous? 02.11.2020

Monday, February 10, 2020

jim leftwich, 6 poems -- Beatty, Nevada 02.10.2020

Like fiNding A
pENGuin iN tHe
dEseRt

mirRoRoaringing
uNTiL UnLit
UNliT diMeNsiOnal
SMattErIng piNK
fLecKs fLOcKs oF
rOCks Of rhYOLite

02.10.2020





Wells haLfway tO Skidoo

rEdiscOveRing wiNd WiNd
witHOut AMbiGUiTy
hAs aS BaDwaTEr bEEn
fOReVer tO A mULe

02.10.2020





Amargosa View

FugiTiVe Bent
BEndiNG River
hOwLs rEjoice
uNdertgrOundd

02.10.2020





Vvisual Writingg

jelos Llanhguage
pUnctUatesiTSeLf
JangLeLanguaging
TeeThSqUaRegulfe

02.10.2020





writhes
thesign

hAve nO
  vERbs
 aNnaLk
   niSh
  nExUs
wiTHOut
iNdEfin
iTe bUt
aNe Min
miNiM m
IMimiUm

02.10.2020





190 a snake

cOnditIONal
tRYst Tea
gEm Us
HiGHway

02.10.2020

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

John Crouse & Jim Leftwich Acts 9295 - 9298

ACT NINE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED NINETY FIVE


endlessly finite identity: "infinity sliced universe"
device universe version: "infinity sliced universe"
theory juggles struck: "infinity sliced universe"
vocabulary affiliation uptick: "sliced universe identity"
backbone sheaf skull: "sliced universe identity"
clampdown kindness propels: "sliced universe identity"
overturn archipelago cucumber: "universal identity diced"
upheaval paddle encumber: "universal identity diced"
ringtone downtrodden slice: "universal identity diced"
norm deleterious kernel: "universal identity diced"
ratchet silo cannibal: "sliced silo identify"
quill cousins steamer: "infinity steaming dice."




ACT NINE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED NINETY SIX


usefulness crush breath: "breath broom animal"
justice boon stipend: "room animal breath"
criminal minimal billions: "animal breadth rood"
plaque policy refrigerator: "breadth road anima"
haven vice gimmick: "read inanimate bread"
weather unplugged photosynthesis: "photo syntax thesis"
poetry recourse catechizing: "catchy curse poetics"
reiteration journals shortcut: "cut daily iteration"
academy genre precipitated: "bead animate broad"
lifestyles offices handouts: "bode intimate brood"
hegemony cousins reindeer: "door raining signs"
peeking bacon scabbard: "bard coin beak."




ACT NINE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED NINETY SEVEN


keyboard blame status: "static blooms keyboard"
weightless overnight winning: "waning midnight lessons"
truancy money cataclysmic: "truncate honed catacomb"
fleabag criteria secrecy: "secretes cafeteria bagpipes"
microcosm miserable authority: "cosm serried thorns"
challenge assign stagnation: "static waning truncate"
consistent superior verification: "secretes cosm blooms"
draft prudence elite: "looms midnight honed"
weapons gamble belief: "cafeteria serried keyboards"
conclusions suicidal heritage: "lessons catacomb bagpipes"
camera patsy habit: "habitual pastry chimera"
execute pinwheel syllogism: "logical wheels exit."




ACT NINE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED NINETY EIGHT


reunion onion participle: "exit particle horizon"
property restricts jumbo: "wheels humble stripes"
trickster byte decrees: "logical credo bitten"
marijuana indeed banana: "banana screed iguana"
fake online interior: "exterior linear snake"
fussbudget iguana gerund: "gerbil banana curmudgeon"
sugar envoy unless: "sunny anchovy luggage"
pardon chronic abundantly: "arbitrary chromatic parsed"
apologist condom theory: "abundantly random anchors"
anchor referee instead: "exit humble bittern"
televised arbiters midnight: "banana linear curmudgeon"
flesh semiautomatic bible: "sunny chromatic anchors."

be/ond seh flinges by jim leftwich and steve dalachinsky

from luna bisonte prods
by jim leftwich and steve dalachinsky
With some sort of strange anxiety caused by the unknowable elements of the title of the book bugging my brain, I brave myself to go through the table of contents. Poems. OK. They are poems. A relief. Then, my mind gets messy again following the massive endless list of the poem titles. It starts with 1. plums; 2. plopperly slashed; 3. astral viaduct frogret... ends with 128. WOODY BLIN BLEEDING (another casualty of the real). Just to go through all the titles makes me dizzy & unstable. Am I uncomfortable in this “crazy-ness”? Yes, definitely. & “No” at the same time. How strangely fabulous it is to be able to have the oppositional feelings together as if embracing the long lost twin emotions you didn’t know you had! Poems presented here are all like amalgams of Plus/Minus; Black/White; Color(s)/Non-Color(s); Music/Anti-Music; Sanity/Insanity; Fun/Disgust & Joy/Resignation... all gelled into gems. Not just experimenting with the language for the experiments’ sake, but Jim & Steve are playing with the language as musicians play with notes & artists play with their métier & ideas. --Yuko Otomo

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

7 books by Jim Leftwich & 1 collaborative book by jim leftwich & steve dalachinsky from Luna Bisonte Prods

7 books by Jim Leftwich & 1 collaborative book by jim leftwich & steve dalachinsky from Luna Bisonte Prods


Jim Leftwich

Jim Leftwich’s transmutations (not translations) of the poetry of César Vallejo are nothing short of brilliant. They feel more Vallejo in English than any previous translations ever have . Vallejo is certainly, bar none, among the greatest poets of the 20th century. Human, more than immediately human, tortured, both baroque and surreal, and lyrical beyond compare, his poetry defies translation, so difficult does it appear at times. This is especially the case with his early work Trilce (Tres tresss trisss treesss tril trilssss, as Leftwich’s title has it). Claimed by the surrealists as a master in that genre, Vallejo is that and more than that, opaque as Góngora or bittersweetly acerbic as Lorca, the complexity of his language and imagery find few parallels (the poetry of Dino Campana’s Canti orfici leaps to mind). Leftwich has created a Vallejo more Vallejo than Vallejo at times, and certainly makes for far more interesting and challenging a read than, for example, the deliberately strained translations of Clayton Eshelman. Leftwich, a poet renowned in his own way for complexity and baffling linguistic virtuosity, has certainly found an equal, a compatriot, one might say, in Vallejo. These transmutations have all the speed, energy and enigmatic beauty of the originals on which they are based. The foreword by Retorico Unentesi is also something to be savored for its rich and layered interpretations. -Ivan Arguelles


Jim Leftwich
rascible & kempt Vols 1 - 3
This 3rd volume of Jim Leftwich's unique and ground-breaking examination of the explosion of marginal literatures can also be seen, like the first 2, as an example of that literature. It has an enormous variety of approaches to language-based arts that are ignored by the academies, the publishers, and the cliques that make up the dominant worlds of letters today. This exciting art, of which Leftwich is also a practitioner, is what will shape the literary world of the future, and his documentation of it is, and will be, of immense value. He takes on this extraordinary material in extensive real and imagined conversations, exhaustive discussions and contextualizations, detailed analyses, bibliographic documentation, and other approaches difficult to categorize, because the categories for it do not yet exist. These 3 essential books open a portal to a world of major literary creation, a world that is, for the moment, largely invisible. -John M. Bennett

rascible & kempt-vol.2 grapples with the new poetics in ways that are ideal for the subjects addressed. These essays, conversations, collaborative adventures, and reports from the inside explain and celebrate some of the most innovative writing and literary explorations on the scene today. As Olchar Lindsann puts it, “From reading to writing, thought to non-thought, vast macrohistorical analysis to sub-lettral investigations, epistemology to pragmatics, discourses: poetics, linguistics, hermeticism, economics, history, psychology, politics, metaphysics, and more.” Among the writers engaged with are Thomas L. Taylor, César Figueiredo, Steve Dalachinsky, John M. Bennett, Rea Nikonova, Amy Trussel, Lanny Quarles, Mike Basinski, Jake Berry, John High, Scott MacLeod, David Baptiste Chirot, and many others, including a posse of fascinating heteronymic writers. If you are puzzled by the mysteries of this new avant-garde, these volumes will go a long way to illuminate them.
VOLUME 1 (of 2) Rascible & Kempt bears geode-like secrets, exposing the living nerves of a geography where the beating heart of the avant guard glows lava red, while the book itself is a geology of Leftwich's life-long question to his own calling: How to keep all modes of writing “absolutely as OPEN as possible.” This book is as much a training manual as it is a mechanism to reignite the fires of poetry. -Michael Peters, author of Vaast Bin and other language artworks. 

About Rascible & Kempt: From reading to writing, thought to non-thought, vast macrohistorical analysis to sub-lettral investigations, epistemology to pragmatics, discourses: poetics, linguistics, hermeticism, economics, history, psychology, politics, metaphysics, and more. -Olchar E. Lindsann, author of ARTHUR DIES and other books, editor of mOnocle-Lash Anti-Press


Jim Leftwich takes on the enigmatic, complex poetry of John M. Bennett in a series of explorations of Bennett's books. Leftwich, a poet, is an authority on Bennett's ways of writing. His expositions include essay-like discussions, close readings of individual poems and lines, and glosses, hacks, and re-writings of Bennett's texts. The re-writings create new poems and are ways in which Leftwich inhabits and/or illuminates the originals. At each chapter's end, there is an email exchange between the two, discussing or clarifying aspects of the preceding exposition. The book is a fascinating journey toward the heart of a unique poet, whose work is generally impossible to approach using standard critical methodologies. This is a great opportunity to examine not only the mysteries of John M. Bennett's poetry under the sharp magnification of the mind of Jim Leftwich, but a way to engage with Leftwich's remarkable work as a poet and thinker about poetry.



Jim Leftwich's I REMEMBER PETROLEUM, is a single long poem of 391 cantos or a series of 391 poems, both structures are valid, that can be read or experienced as a vast mirror in which you will see yourself and the world which is your matrix. When you read it again or look again into its pages, you and the world you see will be different. This is not "confessional" poetry, nor cultural critique, nor political posturing, but something quite different: it is an authentic immersion into a self through the medium of written language. And because it is so complete and fearless in that immersion, in its unflinching consciousness and unconsciousness, a self, or all selves, are revealed. This is why you will see your own unique beings and worlds in this book. His skill with written language is such that there seems to be no barrier, no hesitation, between his intention or experience and his writing of it. It is remarkable that this entire book was written in less than three weeks. His is an authentic and powerful human voice speaking thinking mumbling explaining stumbling being blindingly clear.


Jim Leftwich

Jim Leftwich's Bursting Presents presents his virtuosity in full flight. It's many things — 388 short poems that flow & adhere to create a 388 stanza long poem; a journal of a month; at times a commentary on things read or observed in that period of time. It shares with what Jim describes as "expositions" — seemingly syllable by syllable readings of the poems of others — a desire to explore, to expose, the endoskeleton of the work. It plays with words, it plays on words. As an example, "vErbiaGe" transforms to "foLiaGe VeRbaTim" in the space between poems.

The word "bard", variously defined as a skilled poet-singer, a story teller, verse-maker, oral historian, & genealogist, springs to mind when I consider Jim's work. Add to that its spontaneity & lack of hesitation, the rapid transition from idea to idea, & we're delving into the improvisation of the masters, whether it be the staccato Monk or the ebullient Parker.

Bursting Presents enhances the breadth & depth of an already impressive poetic canon. I cannot praise it highly enough. --Mark Young, poet and editor of Otoliths


be/ond seh flinges
by jim leftwich and steve dalachinsky

With some sort of strange anxiety caused by the unknowable elements of the title of the book bugging my brain, I brave myself to go through the table of contents. Poems. OK. They are poems. A relief. Then, my mind gets messy again following the massive endless list of the poem titles. It starts with 1. plums; 2. plopperly slashed; 3. astral viaduct frogret... ends with 128. WOODY BLIN BLEEDING (another casualty of the real). Just to go through all the titles makes me dizzy & unstable. Am I uncomfortable in this “crazy-ness”? Yes, definitely. & “No” at the same time. How strangely fabulous it is to be able to have the oppositional feelings together as if embracing the long lost twin emotions you didn’t know you had! Poems presented here are all like amalgams of Plus/Minus; Black/White; Color(s)/Non-Color(s); Music/Anti-Music; Sanity/Insanity; Fun/Disgust & Joy/Resignation... all gelled into gems. Not just experimenting with the language for the experiments’ sake, but Jim & Steve are playing with the language as musicians play with notes & artists play with their métier & ideas. --Yuko Otomo

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

John Crouse and Jim Leftwich, ACTS 9287 - 9294

ACT NINE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED EIGHTY SEVEN


shindig vanity falcon: "joins sparrow orders"
inbox braise spectacular: "hurdles prismatic sizzle"
unguent stipend dervish: "charred week horde"
avocado luck willies: "sweeping kilt genre"
transistor scabbard wrecks: "raise arid coin"
bleach fondly confidence: "shin dog fox"
particle smothers emphasizes: "spin a schism"
whale breathtaking cynicism: "urgent credo cabbage"
tangerine remembers curdling: "slick pond leech"
bra between borders: "moth phase bale"
ingenue chariot transparent: "falcon circular fish"
weeps killjoy enjoined: "wilts fleck dents."




ACT NINE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED EIGHTY EIGHT


spendthrift a position: "spin urgent slick"
vouchsafe uncle money: "a credo pond"
inspiration coaxial gringo: "schism cribbage leach"
trustee nugget announce: "schism cabbage beech"
nuances skein aphorisms: "aphorisms handicap sponsors"
flare clapping handicap: "boots check encroachment"
screech inverse sponsors: "coax rugged skin"
mellifluous leather boos: "napping verse feathered"
rehab cordial cheek: "collage porous curves"
suffer nevertheless encroachment: "chair candid shampoo"
plopping gloomy spitfire: "arching peeled ego"
brains quarterly trident: "coin stable leery."




ACT NINE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED EIGHTY NINE


collagen wheelchair archipelago: "band snore dint"
porosity condor constabulary: "gland gem pyre"
nerves sham pontificate: "brackish fault crooks"
cough aura goat: "wicking breeze coin"
bamboozle rind poof: "bamboo mind spoof"
fat hair horses: "flat sun muzzle"
son deeds mustache: "ache musk seeds"
fuzzy gambler grumbler: "rambling fire dents"
chickadees confidence quarry: "celery quaking arid'
bookish salt looks: "lock swords smother"
landlord inland empire: "bet fish train."




ACT NINE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED NINETY


luck between bra: "cobra swords anole"
words dervish remonstrance: "barter storms tangent"
another transistor falcon: "camber rolls nickel"
border spellbound bitch: "batch botch notch"
stork bleach ingenue: "cobra batch ingenious"
tangerine release whale: "sail less collides"
cucumber bookmark calliope: "which clouds narrow"
dolls unguent chariot: "chair rots bean"
snorkel cancan confidentiality: "aridity spent coin"
twitch stiffening corpse: "humidity squint copse"
clod shank tambourine: "bourse brine bramble"
arrowhead synchronized poultice: "ice melt pour."




ACT NINE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED NINETY ONE


thug chemistry rancor: "bug oats taffy"
boats kingpin hitherto: "more as bring"
daffy cubic sally: "which in that"
jail pontoon declare: "issue of one"
coolant snuggle courage: "age our glee"
azures horn poverty: "vertical borne lures"
wires sage heed: "need wage fires"
panting cake deputy: "putty bake tinge"
crow faster hardest: "dust fishier cow"
cities tech lick: "numb yield monitor"
fraud detail idleness: "timber restless order"
passage domino regular: "theories inert essential."




ACT NINE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED NINETY TWO


timber equip worthless: "less forth quip"
restless worthy success: "nest forth wrest"
order sticky duty: "dull tack dermal"
essential alerts theory: "oily skink sial"
prejudice worthwhile backspace: "spice mile juice"
emphasis achieves perplexity: "lexical anchovy phase"
efforts quips threads: "triadic ripe effluent"
worthiness natures buddy: "bodies nurture winter"
history built selves: "self built stories"
imagine ought conception: "contraption knot marginal"
spark stirs defending: "depending stairs pork"
motorcade pulses theater: "anteater plus cadmium."




ACT NINE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED NINETY THREE


emanation flaw linger: "finger claw matriculation"
ditch vibrate artworks: "partial membrane pitch"
pulsed suffer envisioning: "ironing stuffy pulsar"
knuckle haphazard capacious: "capsaisin hazardous uncle"
feathery should cloying: "copying shrouded teeth"
obtains browbeaten bigger: "bags uneaten rain"
exuberance wrist originate: "gnostic risk exudes"
crowd peach marginally: "original beach crow"
session sudden minus: "menace sodden percussion"
temple household trumpet: "turnip handmade trampoline"
lyrics cramp outlast: "outliers crumpled derrick"
champion fat lube: "cubic fiat hampering."




ACT NINE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED NINETY FOUR


quartet pixies teapot: "potable epoxy quadrant"
sturdy shindig signature: "signifiers spindrift curdles"
socially hippie upon: "apron hippie locally"
launch daylight compared: "partisan lightbulb luncheon"
herald pickle congruent: "fluent pickerel emerald"
enlist ethic countless: "lesser thickness amiss"
organ spoon kneecap: "capsized spinning again"
bestseller barf lovely: "dovecote skiff beachcombers"
handbook blonde remix: "mixological bonding henbane"
cohesion occasion quarrel: "quonset moccasin anhedral"
groove cordially cramps: "catnip cordite rooftops"
emotive dagger jelly: "jetty swagger ablative."

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

jim leftwich, poems, 2019

words loan toward course

idEas oF eMPtiNEss cOnCeaL
BeLeaGUered VariaBLes, lEg
leGUMes ligHt FlufF fiLTer

11.26.2019





A synthesis of titles

alrEady,  sIx buSinESses mAy
bE rEinSTatEd / fOUNdatiOnal
  CruCibLe liNGering sLOgaNs 
fiVe tRadiTiOns caRe---FuLly
paSSiNg //// noNe Too cLone,
  aUtOmObilious / stAge-leFt

11.26.2019





postlunch poem

lUnCh LauNcH saRdiNes
peNiNsULa / epiSOde,
mEchaNiCaL paRAdOx
prOVides rENEwed
BeaUTies, subTHeMes,
gEOgLYphs, tWo-Headed
sNaKes SnAkEs
Eating Us fOr LuNcH

11.26.2019





metaphor as potential

iNteRiOr tHriVE quiVErs wRites
     qUiveRiNg RitEs wrITes
   haRbiNGerMane spECtACLe

11.26.2019





Large reflective century

  CliMbiNg LiGHt enHaNced
duRaBLe seLf, sElF-dURing
   dELetEd hat, wiTh oR
    witHOUt yoUr shOes

11.26.2019





Fluid Fragments

fLuFFy iNseCt
    HeaLiNg
optiONal OptiMisms
   liNGers leCTern
fLYing NaiLs

11.26.2019





Our daily realities

Acid rAin rEtURNiNg pULses
waSHing MaCHiNe echOing iNeVitaBle
uNderstaNding of HydRaULic
iNtiMacy

11.27.2019





Pancurrent backbone gestures

     dEpLoYed foCus fiGURes 
pUMice puRsUes stOrYTeLling
 aCCOunts recEiVing pRaXis,
iLLoCUtion, aNd asYMmetries

11.27.2019





oddmuchfirst

dIsManTLing
   ReHabiLiTated
suBtlty / UuiVeRses 
     dEstrOYed bY
  iRreal ToXiNs

11.27.2019





Persists psychic doubts

wHy My bYpROdUct,
wHiCh Is bELief, bELaTed,
CrEsts

11.27.2019





Collaboration with 
pianos & architecture

WhiLe QuaRtErLy
paRadOXical iMaGiNary
wHat / miCrObiAL
aLFalFa

11.27.2019





Masks of ore and ace

SLaG diSCouRse rEsHapEd
   oNe-Of-a-KiNd
SocIEtal biOaCCuMuLation
      HopScOtch
     spLOtch

11.27.2019





bound in the look

hiSSiNg GrOUp tYpOLOgies
WE cRust dEseRt hEap lOOMing
AnTeNNae oF nEw thOUGht 
         tHouGHt vERsUs
       LicHEn nOOdLes FrEe

11.27.2019





waLKing On bRink

cRoSS-brEEdiNg paRAdiGMatic
diVidEs LaRgE paTTErn reCOgNitiOn
    aMpLiFied SinK Of
pOLiTics foRMaLly fiSHing

11.28.2019





Proof of unreal peas

vErNaCuLar IncuBatiNg 
  Visionarbitrary
     BreEZes CoaSTaL
   bOaSts veHicULar
VibRatiOnal kiNEsis

11.28.2019





Spagyric reft

AtMOspHeRic
NeurOtOXins foRbidDen fEasTiNg
UneRroRed, UneAsed erAsUre aT
SeNsOry dEpRivAtIon

11.28.2019





Hatched chakra

memORy capitULates
tO cONCept, RuSTy
cRoSsEd pIEces
woRd MusEUm Of
Dog-EXpansION

11.28.2019





during constellation

duBious reWorKing
   of Air Earth Rot
VapOrized dUring
     fREe spOradic
    nORms AfTer
puZZLing itERations
   iN spARse rEtUrn

11.28.2019





Reading is how

 cOmmUNal miRaCLes
mUMbLe RebabYLoned
UnIFiCaTiOn / oNce
   upOn aN OnioN
   pEELing sCents

11.28.2019





Green beans, bowl

pOiNt oF irReviEw
   Bonanzaum
aZureview zipLock
      ScissOrs 
    & sCisSoRs

11.28.2019





Practice at which

pReviOusly iN
LyRical aTTeNtiOn, sEEds
disTraCt
exACTiTUde
Aimed maPping lOGic

11.29.2019





Postframework offering

rEgiOns of sUbJECTiviTy
 diFfeRenTtiaTe tHe sEa
  firemelt cRiSis FiXed
cLiMbing gLObAl, traCes

11.29.2019





residual femur silt

oUr CoRe fLames lUNgs
LigHt EpistEMOlOgies
HybRidiZed OxYgeNate 
mOMeNts / MomEnTs

11.29.2019





Laboratory with beans & teeth

PerMEates mOstLy eXpeRiMeNts
ReaSOn, aNceStOrs fLutTering
haNdFul / aGgraNdiZed, wHiLe
    aPpears to be sLeePing

11.29.2019

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