THE PHILOSOPHY OF DECOMPOSITION / RE-COMPOSITION AS EXPLANATION: A POE AND STEIN MASH-UP (Delete Press, 2011)

I’m extremely happy to announce the release of my new chapbook, THE PHILOSOPHY OF DECOMPOSITION / RE-COMPOSITION AS EXPLANATION, which is a 40-page long poem that remixes and combines Poe’s “The Philosophy of Composition” and Stein’s “Composition as Explanation.” The folks at Delete Press did an amazing job with the text–from the typesetting to the fabrication of the book object. I can’t thank them enough for their thoughtful approach to my poem.

The cover of THE PHILOSOPHY… is made from Xylene ink transfers, and the interleaf is singed & scarred with homemade gunpowder burns.

“Between the marble and the plumage is a capable difference, a Never-ending interval, within which is a long book — about a thousand pages — that is beginning again and again. It is an enormous poem quoting itself, a non-reasoning creature capable of speech.  The fluttering of its pages made a monotone of sound, a sound so prolonged that it seemed like one long vacillating thought.”

~ by Michael Leong on October 16, 2011.

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