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 (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