Monday, November 1, 2010

Heather Momyer responds to Mark Lamoureux's Spectre

Hecate Leaves Muddy Footprints at the Crossroads:
Heather Momyer Responds to Mark Lamoureux’s Spectre

I am not a model reader. My name is flowers, and these flowers’ eyes anticipate something like living, like water and dirt and carving a face into bone and page; touch the mermaid made of dried fish, you sorcerer of the ambivalent, you; you called her Jenny before she swam into someone else’s waters. Did I tell you that I have a brand-new swimming pool?
But Deleuze says all the models went away anyway.
When the angels came, I remembered the hazel-brown eyes of my first love in high-school summers.
Worthy competitor of Scrabble and trivia.
Yesterday was Halloween. I closed the book after two weeks of reading and writing marginal commentary that may or may not have been directly related to the poems. I drew a picture of a man in a hot-air balloon with shadow looming long in clouds. I longed for the Chuck Taylors my mother threw away long ago. Word, word, word, says the scribe, but I know better than that. I know the lyrical incantations that lead to prayer and curse, spellings of hope in the power of the Word: I’m told it can raise the dead. Non Omnis Moriar: not everything dies—dear zombie golem, your robotic body is indeed a ghostly home.
            I once read an article by D.L. Alvarez, “Nostalgic,” that claims that a woman whose brother died in a car crash could still hear his screams years later. It was not a neurological condition. Tiny ear bones vibrated as they would for all other sound waves, a soft rippling of the horrific. You are right—the ghosts murmur, or sometimes they cry, into those giant spaces that are you or me, firings of circuitous wiring, the switch flipped by the invisible or the imagined, but, most importantly, just as goddamn real as all else.
What is the total of our resistance? Add the reciprocals of all points of tension. Divide one by this number. Does the abacus compute?

Today is All Saints Day—listen carefully and feel for the ache of your eardrum to a song that someone once knew.  Don’t bother trying to name that tune. You probably never heard it before, or maybe you, of all people, have or came across it in this mapping out of words and toys, baubles, gnomes, phenomena and lore, but it doesn’t matter because any hymn or pop song, any chorus for another round of booze will do.
The cartographer is 63 dead men who know something about space and direction. The astrolabe is not enough. I will read this book again.
I am looking at fish captive in Chicago—the sea dragons glimmer like jewels, and I point to the pregnant belly of the male. Beside me, Poseidon, that motherfucker of all buccaneers, holds court on a forearm. The spectre is a spectrum of space between, the liminal, the parlor to the mythic, or just the life of the automaton who thinks he is a real boy. It is the realm of the carnivalesque long after the Tilt-A-Whirl has closed down. I trace trident with lip and lashes, cover chest with palm and hair. I wonder when he will change the tide.

On the All Soul’s Day that is everyday as the haunted remember rippled visages, uncork the Madeira and it drinks as new. On this day, I will step into the River Acheron, or any other river of the dead. An Irishman will read my tea leaves, and the trinkets and detritus of the universe will float by. A vested figure will stand somewhere on the shore and observe and point and name. Will it add up to anything more than the totem piling of sounds and images? The words don’t matter, he will say. The river doesn’t matter, he will say, but the nixie will still know the way to the water gods. The details don’t matter, he will say, yet, still, he will stand. Still, he will point. Still, he will name. Still. Jenny Haniver; Spectre of the Brocken; the Windmills of Mallorca; honey mushroom  / tree killer, Armillaria Ostoyae. Name the place; name the moment; articulate as much as possible—in other words, map the space and x your spot. I am here.
The current is quick and I will I will not drown. Water will pour into our lungs, but still we live, until we are gone, and there is nothing to name our dying once done. 

Friday, October 8, 2010

Rhonda dean Robison responds to Mark Lamoureux's Spectre

Jenny Haniver / Jenny Hanniver: After Mark Lamoureux's Spectre
“for a heart sick from polarities”

Jenny Hanivers are grotesque mermaid sculptures scissored & lacquered from skate and ray—the art of ancient sailors. These demonic masterpieces serve as the impetus for Mark Lamoureux's intelligent & clever collection of poems: ekphrastic fiends cut from film & Other. Lamoureux's implicit sailor, the banshee in a band of revenants, leads the reader through a gallery of Jenny Hanivers. I imagine our host (the ghost that appears in most every poem) as the spectre of Wallace Stevens' “sailor” (remember him, “drunk and asleep in his boots,” the only one wrangling “tigers in red weather?"). A requiem for Imagination on both accounts. He and his consorts, the spectres of dead poets, guide us through winding lines and hallways of collective and individual associations.

“Bring these baubles to my beloved:” Requiem For A Dream—These are “Hard Times At the Carnival,”and this offering, a song of mourning for the sad state of the arts. A Clockwork Orange— “a white orange full/ of black wine” in the “clockwork ark” (deconstructing dichotomies to swim the grey scale of language, the space of poetic language, where time, ideology, society disintegrate); Un Chien Andalou— “our hero's buried in the sand” (the poet, the artist, the “hero,” stifled in the “scrabblebush” of Other).

Jenny Haniver / Jenny Haniver. Self-reflexive. A book of poems about the art of poetry, the art of film, the art of birth/death, the art of language, the subversive parts that awaken us to the whole of Self and Other—the dark parts—unconscious realms of disengagement/engagement—the underside of language—the poet's infernal wonderland.

“Foam rubber skeletons:” Spectre is haunted with “The Return” of great poets. Lamoureux's style is reminiscent of Mina Loy—“sister of the sun” (I think of her as a “sister-poet.” Dare I say Lamoureux is cut from the same “ray?"). I, with “the sibyl's / scapula” and “a fried egg with an eye in the middle,” find myself at A Coney Island of the Mind, spun about in this Tilt-A-Whirl with Stevens in his “many-colored coat;” Elizabeth Bishop carting her fish; Walt Whitman chomping his “blade of grass.” Wheeeeeeee . . .

Thank you

“dark Mage,” “Prince of Ghosts” “crystal tower,”
“Black sun,” “Hunter's moon," “Stars clatter”

for a fun read at the seaside carnival's hall of mirrors of words of sleeping worlds

“Go back to page 1.”


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Preview of forthcoming titles

A little taste of books forthcoming from Black Radish Books:  Tax-Dollar Super Sonnet by Nicole Mauro -- you can see a preview here in her chap from Dusie Kollektiv 3;  Herso,- an Heirship in Waves by Dusie founder Susana Gardner; and Arakaki Permutations by James Maughn, poetry editor of Ping Pong.