Poetry. Jim Leftwich takes on the enigmatic, complex poetry of John M. Bennett in a series of explorations of Bennett's books. Leftwich, a poet, is an authority on Bennett's ways of writing. His expositions include essay-like discussions, close readings of individual poems and lines, and glosses, hacks, and re-writings of Bennett's texts. The re-writings create new poems and are ways in which Leftwich inhabits and/or illuminates the originals. At each chapter's end, there is an email exchange between the two, discussing or clarifying aspects of the preceding exposition. The book is a fascinating journey toward the heart of a unique poet, whose work is generally impossible to approach using standard critical methodologies. This is a great opportunity to examine not only the mysteries of John M. Bennett's poetry under the sharp magnification of the mind of Jim Leftwich, but a way to engage with Leftwich's remarkable work as a poet and thinker about poetry.
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