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A Guide to Poetics Journal:
Writing in the Expanded Field,
Ed. Lyn Hejinian and Barrett Watten
Wesleyan University Press, 2013

A Guide to Poetics Journal, the print component of a hybrid publication project that will be completed with its digital half, Poetics Journal Digital Archive, in early 2014, is now available from Wesleyan University Press. The press has provided a link that you may use to receive a 30% discount: use promotion code W301 at the following site: here. For more information on this venture, see the publicity flyer linked here.

Table of Contents

Lyn Hejinian and Barrett Watten

           Part I: Numbers 1–4

Steve Benson
Close Readings: Leavings and Cleavings

Charles Bernstein
Writing and Method

Beverly Dahlen
Forbidden Knowledge

Alan Davies

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An advance copy of A Guide to Poetics Journal: Writing in the Expanded Field, 1982-98 has just arrived. Orders may be placed now but will be fulfilled later (check here for updates on delivery). The entire project will not be “launched” until Fall 2013, when the companion Poetics Journal Digital Archive–which reprints nearly all of the 124 articles, 1600 published pages of the original journal in searchable, digital form–will be available. UPNE’s site for the anthology is here; a table of contents for the Guide may be found here. Click on either cover for a larger version.

A listing of titles acquired in my recent tour of Bay Area book sellers.

Literary and Cultural Theory

Brill, Dorothée. Shock and the Senseless in Dada and Fluxus. Hanover, N.H.: Dartmouth University Press, 2010.

Löwy, Michael. Morning Star: Surrealism, Marxism, Anarchism, Situationism, Utopia. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009.

Maza, Sarah. Violette Nozière: A Story of Murder in 1930s Paris. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011.

Rensmann, Lars, and Samir Gandesha, eds. Arendt & Adorno: Philosophical and Political Investigations. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2012. 


Alexander, Will. Compression & Purity. San Francisco: City Lights, 2011.

Brathwaite, Kamau. Trench Town Rock. Providence, R.I.: Lost Roads, 1994.

Brown, Brandon. Flowering Mall. New York: Roof Books, 2012. Signed by the author.

Cooper, Wayne. ed. The Passion of Claude McKay: Selected Prose and Poetry, 1912-1948. New York: Schocken, 1973.

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wielki terror edAn annotated bibliography from travels to Lodz and Warsaw, April 2013, with apologies for the lack of Polish characters and diacritics.

Modern History

Czerwinska-Rydel, Anna. W poszukiwaniu swiatla: Opowiesc a Marii Sklodowskiej-Curie. Warsaw: Akademia rozwuju wyubrazni BUKA. CD. Radio play on the life of Marie Curie, read by Anna Dymna.

Frankowski, Artur. Typespotting: Warszawa. Warsaw: Bec Zmiana, 2010. A guide to Warsaw through street signage and ad typography.

Kisny, Tomasz. Wielki Terror, 1937-1938 [The Great Terror, 1937-1938]. Warsaw: Narodowe centrum kultury, 2013. Photodocumentary of victims of Stalinist purges and terror trials, with contemporary images of remembrance. [See image.]

Kusinski, Jacek, Ryszard Bonislawski, and Maciej Janik. Ksiega fabryk Lodz. Lodz: Wydawnictwo Jacek Kusinski, 2009. Catalogue of industrial buildings in Lodz, then and now.

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[for Sarah Ruddy]

In lieu of a list of resolutions for the New Year, a bibliography of books acquired at the recent MLA in Boston and on a side trip to Gloucester may point toward some of its promises.


Isherwood, Christopher. Goodbye to Berlin. New York: New Directions, 2012. New ed. in single volume.

Walser, Robert. The Assistant. Trans. Susan Bernofsky. New York: New Directions, 2007.

———. Microscripts. Trans. Susan Bernofsky. New York: New Directions/Christine Burgin, 2012.


Beckett, Samuel. Waiting for Godot/En attendant Godot: A Bilingual Edition. 1952/1953. New York: Grove Press, n.d.

Perec, Georges. La Boutique obscure: 124 Dreams. Trans. Daniel Levin Becker. Brooklyn: Melville House, 2012. Advance copy.


Chang, Iris. The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotton Holocaust of World War II. 1997; New York: Basic Books, 2012.

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[in memory of Ron Allen]

Returning to Detroit from Germany, I continued my frenzy for discovery in an afternoon session at John K. King Books, a monument to the material text located off a ramp of the Lodge Freeway, just beyond downtown Detroit. I think of John K. King as a kind of mine, much like one I visited in Germany, where one laboriously seeks an ore-bearing vein from the base substrate (of pulp fiction, back issues, technical manuals, legal handbooks, and so on). On the day I visited, the poetry vein was productive, as will be evident from the finds below.

Numerous personal associations surround these discoveries. Josephine Miles was the only woman faculty in the English Department at Berkeley in the 60s and wrote for my admission to the Iowa Writers Workshop. She pioneered the use of quantitative methods (word counting) in the study of poetry; the two volumes are the major results of her work. Christopher Caudwell is a now forgotten Marxist anti-modernist critic whose work I read, likely in this edition, in the 70s. Philip Whalen’s On Bear’s Head has always been a mystery as an object; how could such a mass of jottings find their way through a New York publisher? A similar mystery attends Clark Coolidge’s 1970 Space, from Harper & Row. Ronald Gross’s Pop Poems ought to be on any canonical list of conceptual writing, as it antedates that movement by forty years. Gross would take banal ad copy and other socially inflected messages and versify them, anticipating the work of Rob Fitterman and his “rubber duck” catalogue poem. … More