Leaping Poetry is an important reprint of a combination anthology/writerly commentary, first published by Bly in his journal The Seventies, in 1972. Bly’s basic premise, outlined in his essays and backed up by the poems he has collected, is that there exists in all great art a leap that bridges conscious and unconscious thought.
Artist Zak Smith entered the literary scene when in late 2006 he completed an illustration for every page of Pynchon’s Gravity Rainbow, displayed at the Whitney and published in book form by Tin House. A longtime reader and writer, Smith’s third book—and his first to contain prose—was released in late July. We Did Porn is a true account of his entrance to the world of alternative porn, as Zak Sabbath.
Righetti portrays the wane of a nation-sized personality cult located between Kazakhstan and Iran, in the country of Turkmenistan. Saparmurat Niyazov, who died in 2006, was the nation’s President for Life. An orphan who survived to rise through the ranks of the communist party, Niyazov eventually became leader of the nation that declared its independence in late 1991, as the unity of the Soviets began to splinter.
A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge is Josh Neufeld’s first book-length graphic narrative. It contains five interconnected pieces of non-fiction from five disconnected groups of New Orleanians (some many generations deep) who lived through Hurricane Katrina.
If healthy social change on any level requires both informed understandings of problems and realistic strategies to form solutions, what tools can be used to illuminate social ills and offer feasible resolutions? How about maps?