12 / WAY - the audio edition
Kenning Editions presents: JESSE SELDESS "Who Opens"
Kenning Editions is proud to announce the first in a series of trade paperbacks of new poetry, WHO OPENS by Jesse Seldess.
"These seven poems fit together with a perfect weave, three sets of twins (in each set, you might read the first as the sounding of themes, the second as a rhetorical raga exploring them) followed by a coda, as sweet as it is final. It is impossible not to read these poems aloud &, sounded, they are magnificent. Jesse Seldess has written a wonderful book." --Ron Silliman
Jesse Seldess is a Chicago poet and literary activist currently residing in Berlin. His small press journal of poetry and new music, Antennae, is internationally recognized as presenting the best in cutting edge work from emerging and established artists / authors. WHO OPENS is his first full-length collection.
66 pp. / perfectbound / $12.95
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Grimsey Records teamed up with the small press literary magazine Kenning to release Kenning 12 / WAY - the audio edition. This double-CD brings together 3 generations of poets and musicians for a hi-fi vaudeville scenario like you've never heard. Edited by Patrick F. Durgin (Bomb Pops, Ninian Hawick) and Christopher Funkhouser (Purkinge [remember Lalapalooza circa '94?]), the impulse here is to bring together authors and artists of various aesthetics for a glimpse at what's been happening with the spoken word and the unutterable alike.
Disc one features new recordings of / by Charles Bernstein, Sawako Nakayasu, Lauren Gudath & Jay Schwartz, Will Alexander, Anne-Marie Albiach, Murat Nemet-Nejat, Kristen Gallagher, Rodrigo Toscano, Bobbie West, Bruce Andrews, Eileen Myles, Amiri Baraka, Groundzero Telesonic Outfit International, Purkinge, and Nathaniel Mackey. Disc one also features an archival recording Allen Ginsberg performing his classic "HUM BOM" circa 1994. The Grimsey connection comes with John Crozier contributing three instrumental tracks under various pseudonyms: Akemi, Seacreature, and Colossus & Guardian. New York avant-garde legends Gerry Hemingway, Andrew Levy, and Hannah Weiner also figure prominently on the first disc. Not to mention a stunning track from Kill Rock Stars' own Edwin Torres.
Disc two features a new studio recording of Leslie Scalapino reading the entirety of her book WAY, a long serial poem by the same name.
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