Ronald Johnson, ARK
ISBN 978-0-9838893-6-6 $17.95
A new edition of Johnson’s masterpiece.
Red Mavis by Merrill Gilfillan
Forthcoming from Flood Editions in January 2014
ISBN 978-0-9838893-7-3 $14.95
The red mavis, better known as the brown thrasher, sings a tireless improvised song, “varied . . . usually pleasing,” lambent with “the gladness of the open air.” In this volume, Merrill Gilfillan draws on casual rhymes and lost commonplaces, composing his poems en plein air. He ranges from the Carolina woods to the California coastline, and from “salted haikus” to prose meditations. Everywhere, his writing is marked by deftness, exuberance, and appetite: “Always hungry—Toujours / la faim as it reads on / the family crest.”
Neil Arditi offers an excellent review of Jay Wright’s Disorientations: Groundings in the latest issue of Chicago Review: “Readers of Jay Wright’s poetry know him as a relentlessly allusive and idiosyncratic mythmaker who is always playing more games than one. Wright’s study of West African cosmology and ritual practice fully emerged in his second book, Soothsayers and Omens (1976). But from the start his poetry laid claim to multiple identities and traditions, and has continued to do so with a sort of exponential simultaneity. One never knows where a new volume is likely to take him, or us.” Read the full review here.