by Andrew Joron
ISBN 978-0-9981695-0-7 $14.95
Flood Editions will be publishing the Australian poet Robert Adamson’s new book, Net Needle, in early 2015. As Michael Palmer observes, “Eye and ear, none better.” In the meanwhile, listen to a wonderful radio broadcast with Adamson reading poems and talking of music, nature, the Hawkesbury River, Robert Duncan, and much else, here (push “download audio”).
Elizabeth Arnold, Life
Flood Editions ISBN 978-0-9838893-8-0 $15.95
Forthcoming June 16, 2014
On Effacement: “Elemental and unsparing, quiet and startling, Arnold’s supple syntax is a source of gravity and vertigo. It is an acute expression of a mind’s awareness of the tragedy of effacement: in burning through it, we gain a keener sense of our predicament.” John Palattella, The Nation
On Civilization: “The power of this work flows not from subject matter alone, but from the formal friction of the lines themselves. Like the modernist poet George Oppen, Arnold works in a ductile free-verse measure. Her tone is free ranging. She employs the vocabulary of science at one moment and translates Greek lyrics at the next; she takes on the idiom of family shouting matches in some poems and of philosophical inquiry in others. But the poems never sag into diffuseness. Arnold’s phrases are condensed, stark. Each word seems to sear itself into the page, like molten platinum. In a book that renders personal and political instability with unrelenting fierceness, there’s genuine pleasure in such consummate artfulness.” Peter Campion, Tikkun
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.”
In Opon, Peter O’Leary writes on the editing of Ronald Johnson’s ARK, forthcoming from Flood Editions in November.
Ronald Johnson, ARK
ISBN 978-0-9838893-6-6 $17.95
forthcoming on November 1
A new edition of Ronald Johnson’s masterpiece.
A new edition of Ronald Johnson’s masterpiece
forthcoming in Fall of 2013
“ARK is a metaphysical poem that could only have been written in our time, of which it displays a new vision. It is a late harvest of seeds sown by Blake, L. Frank Baum, the Bible, and Zukofsky, all in a new architecture, a wholly new voice, and even a new chemistry of words and images. It is for those who can see visions, and for those who know how to look well and be taught that they can see them.” Guy Davenport