Poetry. Visual Poetry. A selection from over 40 years of Bennett's work, introduced by Ivan Argüelles: "Where to begin writing about this baffling and certainly most 'avant-garde' of all poets living and working in the USA today? Bennett's reputation is international, and his interest in Mesoamerican culture has drawn him frequently to that part of the world where he is a recognized figure. His experimentations over the years have encompassed multiple techniques, including visual poetry, and his own 'polyglottery,' moving in and out of English, Spanish, Portuguese, French or some Mesoamerican language. What may seem aleatory is in fact more intentional and grounded than is first apparent. Bennett has roots in traditional literatures, those of Siglo de Oro Spain and of Elizabethan England, but he is capable of transducing those literatures, metamorphosing them by way of the avant-garde movements of the 20th century, into something utterly innovative and New, such as few contemporary artists have done."
John M. Bennett has published over 400 books and chapbooks of poetry and other materials. Bennett has published a large body of work with Luna Bistone Prods, including LEG MIST (2019), DROPPED IN THE DARK BOX (2019), SESOS EXTREMOES (2018), OLAS CURSIS (2018), THE SWEATING LAKE (2017), THE WORLD OF BURNING (2017), ORPHIC CANTONS with Ivan Arguelles (2016), SELECT POEMS (2015), THE INEXPLICACIONES OF THE DREAMS OF BIBIANA PADILLA MALTOS (2015), THE FLUKE ILLUMINATOR (2015), IA M AL (2015), VERTICAL SLEEP (2015), MIRRORS MASCARAS (2014), OLVIDOS (2013), THE STICKY SUIT WHIRS: LOS PREOLVIDADOS (2013), BLOCK (2012), LIBER X (2012), CARAARAC & TITULO INVISIBLE (2012), DRILLING FOR SUIT MYSTERY with Matthew T Stolte (2012), THE GNAT'S WINDOW (2012), and CORRESPONDENCE: 1979-1983 with Davi Det Hompson (2011). He was editor and publisher of Lost and Found Times (1975- 2005), and is Founding Curator of the Avant Writing Collection at The Ohio State University Libraries. His work, publications, and papers are collected in several major institutions, including Washington University, SUNY Buffalo, Ohio State University, The Museum of Modern Art, and other major libraries. He is co-editor, with Geoffrey D. Smith, of two works by William S. Burroughs: Everything Lost: The Latin American Notebook of William S. Burroughs and The Revised Boy Scout Manual: An Electronic Revolution, both published by The Ohio State University Press. His PhD from UCLA (1970) is in Latin American Literature. Author City: COLUMBUS, OH USA