Monday, May 7, 2012

New Books by Jared Hayes and Marci Nelligan

The Dead Love: Hands and More Hands Together by Jared Hayes

"I understand Jared Hayes is conducting here a deep spelunking into connected caverns of other texts. What I don't yet quite grasp is how he's articulated all the ropes, quickdraws, carabiners, hexes, cams, and sundry poetical devices to work in such syntactically spectacular ways. 'I root up (I have brought them) landinwards, hither (I will make them resound here.)' And that's just at the first drop, barely in, still fathoms to go.... Well, some people have the ambition and guts and others just watch. I could say 'tour de force' from my spectator chair, but that wouldn't really do. So I'll say, as a first handle on it, that THE DEAD LOVE joins the masterpieces of John Cage, Jackson Mac Low, Susan Howe, and Ronald Johnson as one of the most exhilarating 'citational' explorations ever made in American poetry."—Kent Johnson

 Jared Hayes lives in Portland, Oregon. He believes collectivity and community are important and so is a member of Dusie Kollectiv, Black Radish Books, and Livestock Editions. Jared's poems can be found. 


Infinite Variations by Marci Nelligan

 Composed from source text randomly selected from *On the Origin of the Species* and the Old Testament, INFINITE VARIATIONS seeks to puncture the political in exploring and re-imagining these seminal texts. Splicing cell structure with the numinous, it careens, stutters, and reinvents.

"Using phrasing and vocabulary from the Old Testament and Darwin's *On the Origin of the Species*as her raw material, Nelligan creates startlingly fresh structures, contemporary in their vigorous parataxis and suspension of normative logic, timeless in their explorations of origin and, ultimately, of being. But above all, there's a marvelous mix of delight and gravity in the way she wields these words, letting sound and association create bridges across epochs and disciplines. An extremely promising first book, at once intimate and immense, luminous and lively."—Cole Swensen

 "INFINITE VARIATIONS takes two loaded and locked works—*On the Origin of the Species* and the Old Testament—and uses them in allegiance to an exploration of desire. Each word is, thus, resonant, full of debate. It is a defense of evolution's role in love and about a love of evolution's variations. Throughout it is provocative in its simplicity, luminous in its word play."—Juliana Spahr

 Marci Nelligan's publications include chapbooks *Dispatch* (with Nicole Mauro), *Infinite Variations*, and *The Book of Knowledge*, all from Dusie Press. In addition, she was the co-editor of an interdisciplinary book on Jane Jacobs, INTERSECTION, from Chain Links Press. Her work has appeared in *Jacket*, DENVER QUARTERLY, *The New Orleans Review*, *How2*, and other journals. She was the 1999 recipient of Poets & Writers "Writers-on-Site" grant and has an MFA from Mills College in poetry. She teaches creative writing at Franklin & Marshall College and lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two daughters.

Black Radish Books are available through SPD, Amazon, etc.

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