Meritage Press is delighted to announce the release of PELICAN DREAMING: Poems 1959-2008 by
Mark Young, Selected and with an Introduction by Thomas Fink.
Mark Young was born in New Zealand, but has lived for more than half his
life in Australia. First published in 1959, his work has appeared in a large
number of both electronic & print journals, & he has been included in
many anthologies. His publications range from the first book on modern New
Zealand painting through more than a dozen collections of poetry & his
co-editorship with Jean Vengua of two anthologies of hay(na)ku to a speculative
novella, the allegrezza
ficcione.These days he spends most
of his time editing the e-zine Otoliths & nurturing the steadily-increasing
catalog of its print publishing arm.
To celebrate the release of PELICAN DREAMING, Meritage Press is
pleased to offer a special discounted release arrangement good through August
31, 2008.You may order the book for
$19.00 (a 21% discount from the book's $24 retail price) plus free
shipping/handling for orders throughout the United States.(For non-U.S. orders, please email us first
at MeritagePress@aol.com )Send
a check made out to "Meritage Press" to
Publisher, Meritage Press
256 North Fork Crystal Springs Rd.
St. Helena, CA 94574
About this project, Mark Young shares:
"My father died when he was 93, &, even then, his death was at least
partially due to complications from an amputated leg. Which means there are
longevity genes in my family. So it's somewhat ironic that the earliest poem in
this selection / collection, "Lizard", written when I was seventeen — 'When one
is seventeen, one isn't serious' wrote Rimbaud, in error, but he can be forgiven
for he was only fifteen when he wrote the line — stems from feelings of
mortality brought on by the teenage angst that beset me at the time.
"As the subtitle of this book indicates — Poems 1959-2008 — those
feelings were somewhat premature. But they're still around, since my vision of a
neat fifty years of poetry was taken over once again by similar feelings: I
wanted the book out there in order to make sure that I was around to see
"There is a rough chronological order to the book, based on the order of
the books from which the selections were made, but that is for convenience. I
have nearly always followed the maxim 'Let the poem shape itself.' So there are
streams & themes that overlap across collections, across times, in a variety
of concurrent styles. As Thomas Fink writes in his Introduction:
these days is hanging onto a notion of consistent stylistic evolution as
aesthetic merit, this volume will do its best to disorient them, as Young's
'many mansions' feature a variety of architectural modes. Could one predict the
flights of Betabet from the unified
narrative of 'Grafton Bridge,' much less 'Lizard'? 'George W.'s Language Primer'
and 'Maxims for Tom Beckett' are both very funny poems, but their humor is
achieved in extremely different ways. If someone didn't know who wrote either
'The Baggage Card' or 'The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even,' would
s/he necessarily assume that the same author was responsible for both? Mark
Young has the courage to be traditional, imagistically or narratively direct,
discrete, serial, surreal, 'experimental,' and 'difficult' in the same season,
year, or cluster of years. The reward is ours.'
"Tom's selection was done with total independence. All I did was give him
the poems, in a variety of formats — e-books, chapbooks, full collections, blog
postings, manuscripts — & let him have his way with me.Or, at least, my output. My gratitude for
& pleasure with what he has selected & written to in his Introduction is
immense. I have gained insights from his insightfulness. The reward is mine.
&, I hope, yours."
had the privilege of reading this book in manuscript. It is as fantastically and
variously beautiful a book of poetry as one can find. If you only read one
selected poems in the coming year, read Pelican
VISUAL POETRY IN THE AVANT WRITING COLLECTION, 142 pages, all color illustration, introductions by John M. Bennett, Marvin Sackner, and an especially detailed and insightful one by Bob Grumman. More than 80 contributors, chock full of beautiful work of all kinds.
Those of you who are in it have probably received your copies by now. Copies are for sale for a mere $30 (less than cost) (check made out to: "Rare Books & MSS Library - OSU")
John Bennett, Rare Books 6070 Ackerman Library 610 Ackerman Rd. The Ohio State University Columbus, OH 43202 USA
ATTENTION VISUAL POETS * submission window opens on: June 1st, 2008 - i am out of town a lot between now and then, so hold off if you can please * the few postings below and additional text on this page should give you ideas of what i like and want for this magazine. note; there is no magazine that i have found doing quite what i want to do, my hypothetical issue has much page-based stuff, but i really want something more... * SO, i must stress that i favor above all else visual poetry placed in the world somehow, work that shows the effort of the hand more than the computer screen, poem objects and found work. (the images of my stuff in the right column give some indication) * guidelines for what to send can be found to the right on this page under heading SENDING TO THIS MAG * PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD - especially to any lists you know... thank you, REPUGNO
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JPGs ONLY - 72 dpi - blog-width. 10 pieces to start. & tell me what you need me to know about names titles links4U etc. response time will be as quick as i can decide and i'll try to post a lot of work at once, maintaining some connection to the idea of a magazine 'issue'. frequency to be determined by unknowable forces.