As chance would have it, I received yesterday in the mail contributor copies of two note-worthy anthologies: THE &NOW AWARDS 2: The Best Innovative Writing, ed. Davis Schneiderman (&NOW Books, 2013) and THE DARK WOULD: Anthology of Language Art, ed. Philip Davenport (Apple Pie Editions [UK], 2013). Both were cramped, incredibly, like two contortionists, into my tiny New York apartment mailbox. Luckily the covers weren’t terribly bent.
THE DARK WOULD, the white book on the left, is a gorgeously printed and designed art book. The cover is graced by Márton Koppány’s “The Secret,” an elegantly minimalist concrete poem. This is a description of the anthology from the Apple Pie Editions website:
World-leading text artists and poets are brought together for the first time in this groundbreaking international anthology. Over 100 contributors include Richard Long, Tacita Dean, Shirin Neshat, Tony Lopez, Fiona Banner, Ron Silliman, Erica Baum, Nja Mahdaoui, Simon Patterson, Richard Wentworth, Jenny Holzer, Sarah Sanders, Holly Pester, Nick Blinko, Caroline Bergvall, Tsang Kin Wah, Lawrence Weiner, Rosmarie Waldrop and many more. The book is a gathering of people who use language as their primary material of making, be they artist or poet. It is in two volumes, one paper (300 pages) and the other virtual (1000 plus pages) - contributors have submitted work that meditates on dis/embodiment and the human trace. The anthology is edited by visual poet Philip Davenport, who curated the first posthumous gallery exhibitions of Ian Hamilton Finlay and Bob Cobbing and has helped to curate the UK Text Festival.
The anthology contains a doublespread of pages that come from my most recent book, Cutting Time with a Knife (Black Square Editions, 2012).
I like how the big letters above can be read across the gutter as the word “NO.” (In Cutting Time with a Knife, “Carbon” faces “Nitrogen” and “Oxygen” faces “Flourine.”)
THE &NOW AWARDS 2 is a double-sided book with two halves that, as Davis Schneiderman says in his introduction, “mirror each other, except when they do not.” Contributors include David Shields, Craig Dworkin, Joe Atkins, Alexandra Chasin, Jack Collom, Katie Degentesh, Roxane Gay, Jennifer Karmin, Amira Hanafi, Kathleen Rooney & Elisa Gabbert, Amelia Gray, Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, Marcella Durand, Arno Bertina, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Laird Hunt, Evelyn Reilly, Michael Leong, .UNFO, Matt Bell, Bhanu Kapil, Julie Carr, Shome Dasgupta, Jennifer Martenson, Nick Montfort, Don Mee Choi, Sam Cha, Ken Taylor, K. Silem Mohammad, Ben Doller, LaTasha Nevada Diggs, Janice Lee, A.J. Patrick Liszkiewicz, Jose Perez Beduya, Dimitri Anastasopoulos & Christina Milletti, Gretchen Henderson, Alissa Nutting, Kate Durbin, Raúl Zurita, Urayoán Noel, Sandra Doller, Brian Evenson, Andrew Bergstrom, Parneshia Jones, Andy Devine, Kim Hyesoon, Eleni Sikelianos, Antoine Volodine, Lutz Bassmann, Manuela Draeger, Monica Mody, Garrett Ashley, Johannes Göransson, Daniel Levin Becker, Black Took Collective, Kate Bernheimer, Rachel Gontijo Araujo, Lance Phillips, Jesse Ball, Sarah Tourjee, Marc Saaporta, Annam Manthiram, Sawako Nakaysu, J.A. Tyler, J.R. Carpenter, Shane Allison, Amber Sparks, Joyelle McSweeney, John Madera, Nico Vassilakis, Elizabeth Gentry, and Amina Memory Cain & Anna Joy Springer.
This is an image of the front cover, which features an unruly morass of asemic writing:
The book has the first few pages of THE PHILOSOPHY OF DECOMPOSITION / RE-COMPOSITION AS EXPLANATION:A POE AND STEIN MASH-UP (Delete Press, 2011), a long poem that was published as a (now out of print) limited edition chapbook; the long poem will form the basis of my next full-length collection.
THE DARK WOULD is currently available from The Knives Forks and Spoons Press.
THE &NOW AWARDS 2: The Best Innovative Writing will be released on May 25.
Thanks to Davis and Philip for the tremendous editorial work.