Poetry. Jim Leftwich's I REMEMBER PETROLEUM, is a single long poem of 391 cantos or a series of 391 poems, both structures are valid, that can be read or experienced as a vast mirror in which you will see yourself and the world which is your matrix. When you read it again or look again into its pages, you and the world you see will be different. This is not "confessional" poetry, nor cultural critique, nor political posturing, but something quite different: it is an authentic immersion into a self through the medium of written language. And because it is so complete and fearless in that immersion, in its unflinching consciousness and unconsciousness, a self, or all selves, are revealed. This is why you will see your own unique beings and worlds in this book. His skill with written language is such that there seems to be no barrier, no hesitation, between his intention or experience and his writing of it. It is remarkable that this entire book was written in less than three weeks. His is an authentic and powerful human voice speaking thinking mumbling explaining stumbling being blindingly clear.
Jim Leftwich is a poet and commentator on poetry, whose many books—including I REMEMBER PETROLEUM, TRES TRESSS TRISSS TRIEESSS TRIL TRILSSSS, and RACSCIBLE & KEMPT—develop a wide variety of innovative techniques and approaches; as an experimental poet, he is unparalleled. He edited and published the journal JUXTA, and lives in Roanoke, Virginia, where he is one of the founding organizers of the annual Marginal Arts Fest.Author City: ROANOKE, VA USA