Poetry. SPEAKING ANIMATE: PREVERBS is one of seven preverb complexes comprising the unpublished book Exchanging Intentions, itself one of seven books of preverbs, of which the first to be published was VERBAL PARADISE (Zasterle, 2011). A preverb is like a proverb, a one-line capture of wisdom, but at the raw stage before wisdom. Such an open intentional act of language invites configurative reading as a singular event of variable meaning. An instance of axial poetics, it puts language on its own stepped-up recognizance.
George Quasha is a poet, artist, musician and writer working in diverse mediums to explore certain principles (e.g., axiality, ecoproprioception). For his primary medium poiesis he has invented the genre preverbs as a medium of axial language and "linguality at zero point." Seven of the thirteen books of preverbs have been published to date. Poetry in Principle: Essays in Poetics (foreword by Edward Casey, 2019) contains recent writing on "the poetics of thinking." Zero Point Poiesis: George Quasha's Axial Art (2022) is a collection of writings on his poetry, art and thought by sixteen authors, edited by Burt Kimmelman, foreword by Jerome McGann. He has been awarded the T-Space 10th annual Poetry Award (2022). His ongoing video work was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship (2006), principally for art is/music is/poetry is (Speaking Portraits), for which he has recorded over a thousand artists, poets, and composers in eleven countries saying what art, music, or poetry is (art-is-international.org)-represented in the book art is (Speaking Portraits) (2016). His axial stones, drawings and video have been exhibited in various venues, including the Snite Museum of Art, the Manfred Baumgartner Gallery, White Box, the Samuel Dorsky Museum and biennials (Poland, Switzerland, New York). Axial Stones: An Art of Precarious Balance (foreword by Carter Ratcliff, 2006) explores the axial principle in his sculpture. Other writing on art includes An Art of Limina: Gary Hill's Works & Writings (with Charles Stein, foreword by Lynne Cooke, 2009). Poetry previous to preverbs include Somapoetics (1973), Giving the Lily Back Her Hands (1979), and Ainu Dreams (with Chie Hasegawa [Hammons], 1999). He lives in Barrytown, New York, collaborating with Susan Quasha on photography /preverbs (six series of their sixteen combined works available online), and together they publish Station Hill Press.