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 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