Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. This 3rd volume of Jim Leftwich's unique and ground-breaking examination of the explosion of marginal literatures can also be seen, like the first 2, as an example of that literature. It has an enormous variety of approaches to language-based arts that are ignored by the academies, the publishers, and the cliques that make up the dominant worlds of letters today. This exciting art, of which Leftwich is also a practitioner, is what will shape the literary world of the future, and his documentation of it is, and will be, of immense value. He takes on this extraordinary material in extensive real and imagined conversations, exhaustive discussions and contextualizations, detailed analyses, bibliographic documentation, and other approaches difficult to categorize, because the categories for it do not yet exist. These 3 essential books open a portal to a world of major literary creation, a world that is, for the moment, largely invisible.
Jim Leftwich (b. 1956-) is the author of BURSTING PRESENTS (Luna Bisonte Prods, 2020), BE/OND SEH FLINGES (Lunda Bisonte Prods, 2020), CONTAINERS PROJECTING MULTITUDES: EXPOSITIONS ON THE POETRY OF JOHN M. BENNETT (Luna Bisonte Prods, 2019), I REMEMBER PETROLEUM (Luna Bisonte Prods, 2019), and others. An innovative and dynamic poet from Charlottesville, Virginia, Jim Leftwich founded and edited the influential avant-garde literary journals Juxta and Juxta Electronic, with co-editor Ken Harris, in 1994. During the 1990's, he was intensely active as a correspondent, theorist, and critical writer in the area of avant-garde poetry and writing, and was an influential figure in the development of ideas and consciousness for the new literary culture he was involved with. He was also influential in the promotion and distribution of the work of many of his fellow poets and writers. He himself has produced a significant body of literary work, work which is textual, conceptual and/or visual. Among his earlier books and chapbooks are Dirt (1995), Khawatir (1995), Gnommonclature, a collaboration with Jeffrey Little (1996), Plasm, Plasm, Plasm (1997), Sepher Viscera, a collaboration with Jake Berry (1997), The Passion of Indifference (1997), Improvisations, Transformations (1998), Sample Example (1998), and Doubt (2000). His autobiography was published in 1996 in vol. 25 of Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series.Author City: ROANOKE, VA USA