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OXBOW CUTOFF series  

MATTHEW KLANE is co-editor/founder of Flim Forum Press. He is the author of B____ Meditations (Stockport Flats, 2008) and My (Fence eBooks, forthcoming 2014). Currently, he lives and writes in Albany, NY, where he co-curates the Yes! Reading Series and teaches at The Sage Colleges. SEE

http://matthewklane.blogspot.com

 

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ISBN 978-0-9840285-7-3

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Che|Matthew Klane

An icon is not an iceberg. Unless … the calving glacier is Che—Matthew Klane’s Che. Sonic totem poles whittle away at the revolutionary’s fervor. Murals as brash as graffiti travel continents, ushering us amid lepers and snipers. This book is a bedside jungle. “What makes a man?” asks Klane as he trips on being Che. Guevara’s course turns history, torques typography. Be the vehicle./ Be the cogs in the wheel./ Be the tarmac, turning curved,/ through the narrow pass of my nerves./ C, h, e. This collection is a grand addition to the collective collaboration that is Che. Fire and ice. Che, “Codex Zodiac Billboards.” Che, “Codex Xolotl (Soul Conductor).” Che, “The People’s Theater.” I wanted to live/ in the ether,/ to storm/ sense’s sentineled/ gates—/ to meet destiny,/ grandeur/  and wretchedness,/ and stand in the winner’s/ etcetera.

 

DEBORAH POE is the author of the poetry collections the last will be stone, too (2013), Elements (2010), and Our Parenthetical Ontology (2008), as well as a novella in verse, Hélène (2012). In addition, Deborah is co-editor of Between Worlds: An Anthology of Fiction and Criticism (2012) and In/Filtration, a collection of Hudson Valley innovative poetry (2013). Deborah can be found at http://www.deborahpoe.com/

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ISBN 978-0-9840285-6-6

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the last will be stone, too| Deborah Poe

Deborah Poe initiates the last will be stone, too with a cento-a Paul Celan death mix-to "let the grey animal in" and proceeds to sonorously enmesh art and death throughout this dazzling collection. Using art as diverse as Molissa Fenley's choreography and a fourteenth-century wall painting in China's Shanxi Province, Poe opens the page to people, place, animal, and ghost to "enact.a vision of human consciousness contemplating its own end" (Suzanne Paola). As in her collection Elements, Poe's poems push beyond the materiality that triggers them, connecting art with histories, philosophies, and the crises of our time. This series of poems invites readers to "walk into unknown center | to witness what silence can do." Yet by the collection's end, in pulling at the connective threads at the heart of the unknown, it is life that comes spilling out in transformative flight.

An oxbow lake cutoff is a small curved lake lying on the flood plain of a river that is the remnant of a former meander. Stockport Flats’ Oxbow Cutoff features subsequent books by Meander Scar writers. This showcase encourages our experimentalists to push the current Meander Scar into new curves. Poets can cross genres, create hybrids, alter book structures or collaborate and translate.