= )thanx Gary,a great piece!& " pondtuation "fantastic!recently, i gotta buncha back copies of Open Letter as i've never had the fortune to read any of the issues & now my opinion is that it's the best poetics print journal in N. America,in one issue, i found a true gem from bp Nichol which i hadn't seen :plopblob...genius!pndfrg otothank you Gary, for your enthusiasm & energy, i'm often amazed w/ the high-caliber of your work, of the thought processes that may lead you to where you land,lightningstrikes leaping.cheers!.troy.
Thanks, Troy. Most kind.I'm resisting the pull back into the pond...derek beaulieu and I did a whole book of frog pond translations, in part inspired by bp, but also Dom Sylvester Houédard, Steve McCaffery and of course the original Basho.Yeah. Open Letter is amazing. Though I really find the recent issues excellent, I do like the less specialist academic thrust of the earlier issues, the mixing of creative work and analysis. It's a fantastic journal. Do you know bpnichol.ca?Best,Gary
did the collabs w/ derek beaulieu ever become a chapbook?i've been wanting to getta copy of McCaffery's Basho Variations (but it's quite expensive now) and lo & behold, upon just now looking it up to verify the proper title so i wouldn't look like a complete idiot, i discover'd googbooks has some of it online:The Basho Variationsaces!yes, bpN.ca is a tremendous resource, i'm still shamefully uninitiated w/ much of his grand work & first saw some of his comics on that site, litereally my brain was blown away by the sophistication of his comic-work, is there anything he couldn't do?Canada is fortunate to have such a vital forefather & since he is so well-known in Canada, this possibly contributes why Canada has such a great vispo scene.i humbly suggest that Geof Huth may be usa's bpNichol, in the sense of influence & turning people on --even tho Emmett Williams contributed greatly to usa's scene, he's sadly not a household name as he should be.( Dick Higgins was British, something i didn't know, i had thought he was a Yank b/c the Something Else Press was based in NYC )lightningstrikes!
a happy typoleads to pwoemrd:" litereally "= )
Hey Troy,derek and my frogments from the frag pool ended up as a vertebrate (as opposed to invertebrate) book -- see The Mercury Press (http://www.themercurypress.ca). I have to order some new ones for myself and I'll send you one when I get them.-G
oh wow!the book looks great!frogments from the frag pool. . .
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