Poetry. Art. "Self, identity, desire, relation to language, relation to place." Thus begins the prefatory prose section to GEOGRAPHY OF PARTS, thus does Travis Ortiz declare his geography, his parts. Confronting the task of establishing a field of desire. One could not anticipate the results, especially when the focus would be turned to such a sprawling landscape as Southern California—and even San Diego, the city and county. Thus does Travis Ortiz map his focus, his boundless boundaries. Typeset and designed by the author, this book-length poem has an exquisite sense of space and breath, strikingly precise visual images spliced into and onto the text, a true commitment to the breadth of experience / but / in / parts.
Travis Ortiz is a writer, visual artist, and DJ living in San Francisco, California. He is the author of VARIOUSLY, NOT THEN (Tuumba Press, 2012) and GEOGRAPHY OF PARTS (Melodeon Poetry Systems, 2008), and his work has been published in BAY POETICS, CHAIN, Salt, WOOD, Mirage #4/Period[ical], and Poetics Journal. Travis's new ambient CD compilation with the Ambisonic collective, Chillout, includes his collaboration with Databass (Sean Abreu) featuring text from VARIOUSLY, NOT THEN. Travis founded the press ghos-ti-, which highlights the visual aspects of poetry. He is also the co- director (with Lyn Hejinian) of Atelos, a literary project commissioning and publishing cross-genre work by poets. Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA