Tuesday, October 30, 2012

M McLuhan Mouths by Barry Alpert


Maelstrom created by our own ingenuity /

my self to an old steamer trunk.
Consequences of distraction—
laws could be worked
highly sequential
and precise.
Narcissus completely numb.

of the world will bear inspection
unprepared. The advertisers manipulated
to understand.
Human affair
school is a carefully bureaucratized . . .


means that every private operator

means.  No Elizabethan had any such resources.
Acquire this specialist skill.
All sorts of strong and off-beat moments of their existence—
industrial nineteenth century in their rear view mirror the renaissance
another function they retrieve
coverage to get
evasion or destruction.

Barry Alpert was born in Philadelphia and now lives about a 45 minute drive from both downtown Washington DC & downtown Baltimore Maryland.  He was recently invited to revisit/remix his still-controversial talk “Post Modern Oral Poetry”: John Cage, Buckminster Fuller, & David Antin” by a museum behind the White House aka the Corcoran Gallery of Art.  You can find many of his 2012 cine-poems and ekphrastic texts within Peter Ganick’s experiential-experimental-literature, Halvard Johnson’s On Barcelona, Poetryetc’s Snapshot Project, & Anny Ballardini’s Poets’ Corner.  He edited the legendary literary-critical magazine VORT, which received 3 grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.  After being published in Manchester England by Carcanet Press & in NYC by Persea Books, his book The Poet in the Imaginary Museum was reviewed prominently in the London Times Literary Supplement and the New York Times Book Review, as well as by Hugh Kenner.  “M McLuhan Mouths” was initially drafted in the dark while watching a documentary on that great Canadian figure.

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