Poetry. Tysh's two-part take on presence and absence is rooted in jazz and painting, French and Mandarin, memory and longing, in a recto-verso approach to structure. Its first bareboned section, "A Thousand Words," is 100 pages, ten words per page, set in columns that give a nod to classical stanza form. Part Two, "and Others," a coda of sparse lyrics, fills out the tone of what is barely implied in Part One. In a mixture of vernacular and stark poetics, he produces a book-length series that experimental novelist Lynn Crawford calls, "Lush. Rhythmic. Disturbing. Gorgeous."
George Tysh, in 1964, was a founding member of the Detroit Artists Workshop, and from 1980 to 1991 he coordinated LINES: New Writing at The Detroit Institute of Arts. He has received fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and The Kresge Foundation, and an Arts Achievement Award from Wayne State University. His most recent books include THE SLIP (2015) and A THOUSAND WORDS AND OTHERS (2020), both from BlazeVOX.