Poetry. This lovely addition to Chax Press' line of chapbooks features Portland poet David Abel's elegiac sequence on love and grief. Written in New York following the 1988 death of Robert Duncan but published in 2006, Abel's poem takes as its point of departure a line from Christopher Marlowe, who writes: "Black is the beauty of the brightest day." From this ambiguous, mournful line, Abel fashions a beautifully spare set of poems that encompass and intertwine concerns both philosophical and quotidian, displaying both sadness and acceptance in the face of death.
David Abel is an editor and teacher in Portland, Oregon, and the proprietor of Passages Bookshop and The Text Garage. He is the publisher (with Sam Lohmann) of the Airfoil chapbook series, and edits and produces the free broadsie series Envelope. A founding member of the Spare Room reading series and the collaboration collective 13 Hats, he is also a Research Fellow of the Center for Art + Environment of the Nevada Museum of Art. His recent publications include FLOAT (Chax Press, 2012), Tether (Bare Bone Books, 2011), and BLACK VALENTINE (Chax Press, 2006).Author City: PORTLAND, OR USA