Friday, September 01, 2006
This new anthology from the http://www.presapress.com/ was reviewed very favorably in the Small Press Review:
"This anthology is the Naked Poetry of our half century, but stronger, without the academic attempt to provide trivial definition to artistic form. It represents the diversity, power and anguish of avant-garde American poetry from the 60's onward, selected by the past editors of Ghost Dance, The Smith, and Pilot Press.... This book is a prime source. Generations to come will use it to learn how writing was lived before the mundane media-centric days of virtual reality. Their work is visceral and drawn from the pain of living, fighting for dignity, rather than pontificating. And working alone, speaking most frequently to each other in the small press, they created much of the muscular, nonlinear immediacy that today's MFA writing programs try to program."--Jared Smith
Contributors; Stanley Nelson, Hugh Fox, Kirby Congdon, Richard Kostelanetz, Lyn Lifshin, Harry Smith, Eric Greinke, John Keene, Lynne Savitt, A.D. Winans, Doug Holder, Mark Sonnenfeld, and Richard Morris.
Jared Smith:Jared Smith is too old and too contrary to be a Yale Younger Poet. His fourth book of poetry, Walking The Perimeters Of The Plate Glass Window Factory (Birch Brook Press, NY, 2002 ) drew a front cover review from Small Press Review and is still available from Birch Brook Press, Amazon, Baker & Taylor, etc. Other books included Keeping The Outlaw Alive ( Erie Street Press , Chicago, 1988;) Dark Wing ( Charred Norton Publishing , New York, 1984;) and Song Of The Blood ( The Smith Press , New York, 1983.)
He has been published hundreds of times in a wide number of literary journals and magazines over the past 25 years, including in Juice during the 1970s, along with its predecessor The White Elephant . His poems and essays have also appeared in The New York Quarterly, Kenyon Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, The Smith, Greenfield Review, Vagabond, Bitterroot, Poet Lore, Telephone , U.T. Review , Small Press Review, Bitter Oleander , and others. His work has been adapted to modern dance at New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts , to stage in the Chicago area, and has been read on nationally syndicated National Public Radio programs. He is moderator of three national online literary forums starting up this spring and funded by The New York Quarterly at http://www.poetscraft.com/ . He is also Poetry Editor of Trail & Timberline , the official journal of The Colorado Mountain Club