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Insert Blanc Press General Projects Launch Fall 2014

Insert Blanc Press General Projects Launch Fall 2014

Commonwealth & Council
3006 W 7th St #220 Los Angeles CA 90005 
213 703 9077
Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:30pm

 

Insert Blanc Press would like to graciously invite you to our General Projects Launch for Fall 2014 to celebrate new books, print and film projects from Insert Blanc Press including:

Here Versus Elsewhere by Allison Carter
poetry, paperback, 80 pages

For God by Todd Collins
hardbound, prose, 90 pages

Dispersal Order (Dazzler) by Jason Kunke
22” x 14” Inkjet Print print edition of 30

Fright Catalog (the movie)
by Joseph Mosconi & Insert Blanc Press 10 minutes

 

Please join us to celebrate Insert Blanc Press General Projects Launch Fall 2014 with readings from Allison Carter and Todd Collins, an artwork by Jason Kunke and the World Premiere screening of Fright Catalog (the movie). Reception to begin at 8pm; readings, performances and screenings to begin at 9pm.

 

We will all be going to a reading at the Poetic Research Bureau beforehand, and you are highly encouraged to join us there in Chinatown at 6:30pm for readings by Jennifer Tamayo, Mark Johnson & Gregory Betts and then we can all caravan from Chinatown to Koreatown for Insert Blanc Press General Projects Launch Fall 2014!!!

 

 

“Allison Carter’s narratives are virtuostic in craft and scope. Her quiet, simple lines betray a pressure and seem to boil at times. There is universal truth: ‘And then the zeitgeist we/became strictly inseparable/or so I thought.’ There is also great humor and precision, ‘But babies come from many places/and they are easy to grab at/through the rattling branches.’ Her poetry is an all-around pleasure to read, and it stays with me, like a consoling friend.”—Noelle Kocot

 

"Todd Collins is a stone-original among wannabes, with a sacred-profane vision fractured like a stained-glass window or vandalized mirror. This is brilliant neo-noir fiction searching for a shadow that’s worthy of it."—Steve Erickson (author of These Dreams of You and Zeroville, Europa Editions)

 

Dispersal Order (Dazzler) by Jason Kunke is a photograph of a mimeograph stencil. The stencil is of an image taken from a riot control manual, and is photographed lit only with a quasi-legal, 100mW, 532nm, green laser. Lasers like these are used by law enforcement for non-lethal crowd control and order management, disorienting or temporarily blinding unruly mobs. Here, the laser is used as an artistic medium, illuminating and documenting an order to disperse.

 

"Fright Catalog by Joseph Mosconi is realism, and we’re fucked. ... The funny (and I mean Beckett “funny”) thing about Fright Catalog is that most of it is everyday circumstance in the key of the histrionic: “Wonder that on/my rotten cabin/ponders a baptism/in the warm piss/of slaughtered children.” Welcome to our state of permanent war. What’s actually scary about most metal is that it’s a bunch of pissed off white guys with bloodlust. And that, truly, should scare the shit out of anyone."—Kim Calder, The Volta

Written by Mathew Timmons — November 16, 2014

Fright Catalog (the movie)

Fright Catalog

(the movie)

Joseph Mosconi

produced by Insert Blanc Press

 

Happy Halloween!

 

 

 

World premiere in Los Angeles at Commonwealth & Council on Saturday, November 22, 2014.

Actors (in order of appearance)
Michael Anthony Ibarra
Jay Erker
Ouida Angelica Biddle
Joseph Mosconi
Kim Calder

Produced by Insert Blanc Press

Directed by Mathew Timmons

Script: Fright Catalog by Joseph Mosconi

Camera: Ben Rodkin and Kimo Proudfoot

Editor: Diego J. Garza

Set Design: Janne Larsen in collaboration with Mathew Timmons

Make-Up: Gisella Pons

Production Assistant: Chris Niemi

Technical Assistant: Geoff Gosset

Written by Mathew Timmons — October 29, 2014

Parrot 23 Complex Textual Legitimacy Proclamation by Mathew Timmons

 

The Parrot series is drawing to a close with...

Parrot 23 Complex Textual Legitimacy Proclamation by Mathew Timmons  

Your last chance to Subscribe to Parrot is drawing to a close as well!!

 

Parrot 23 Complex Textual Legitimacy Proclamation
by Mathew Timmons
Saddle-Stitched chapbook
2 Color cover, Black & White interior
Matte finish, Opaque cream, 70# text (104 gsm)
Dimensions: 6.125" x 9.375" x 0.125", 20 Pages
ISSN: 2169-3811-23

 

This issue is currently available for Pre-Sale at a discounted price. Copies should begin shipping in November 2014.

 

Normal photographs are made by using the ordinary light reflected from objects to burn patterns into photosensitive chemicals on a piece of film, and then enlarging and reversing that negative image, burning it into a piece of photosensitive paper, and chemically ‘fixing’ it. It is an explicit, or explicate representation; with differing degrees of accuracy, you can match up one square inch of the picture with a corresponding area of the object depicted, in a one-to-one isomorphism.

Large sensational photographs made their first appearance, with the topics of sex, violence, accidents and scandal as their major themes.

More beautiful than fabulous pictures.

You shall not make any images of me.

Written by Mathew Timmons — October 26, 2014

Dispersal Order (Dazzler) by Jason Kunke

Dispersal Order (Dazzler)

by Jason Kunke

22” x 14”

One print in an edition of thirty

 

This edition is currently available for Pre-Order at a discounted price. Prints should begin shipping in November 2014.

 

Dispersal Order (Dazzler) is a step back through a chain of disseminations. It is an image of a well-used mimeograph stencil, back-lit by a quasi-legal, 100mW, 532nm, green laser. Lasers like these are used by law enforcement for non-lethal crowd control and order management, disorienting or temporarily blinding unruly mobs. Here, the laser is used as an artistic medium, illuminating and documenting an order to disperse.

During the Columbia University protests of 1968, the dissemination of information amongst the striking students was crucial. One student recalled that "there was a big sign on the wall ... five students and a mimeograph machine can do more harm to a university than an army."

Over forty years later this may seem idealistic, but the call and response relationship between authority and dissent has continued, and the methods of information dispersal have co-evolved in a synthetic dialogue along with that relationship. Social media on the internet has replaced the mimeograph, but how has the relationship changed?       

In 2009 Jason Kunke began a series of handmade mimeograph prints, each recreating part of a photograph from Riot Control: Material and Techniques (Rex Applegate, 1981). The original image was of two officers holding a sign—the sign read, "THIS IS AN UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLY DISPERSE AT ONCE"—demonstrating a legal dispersal order. The police must give dispersal orders to a crowd before the police are allowed to use force. Dispersal orders represent a bifurcation point, the deciding moment before the clash of authority and resistance. The mimeograph prints Kunke made were life-size, 80” by 27”, presented as artifacts on a variety of substrates, inserting some authority into an art framework, and hopefully problematizing the political efficacy of art.

Those initial prints went through a number of transformations as they were dispersed into the art milieu. One print found its way into a non-profit’s fundraising auction, but the size of the print made it difficult for them to document. The image they created in their attempt to document the piece was incredible as a collage in itself, and Kunke reclaimed the documentation image as a series of unique color photocopy transfers on paper. One of these transfers was evocative enough that Kunke photocopied it as an unlimited edition. Some of these copies were then crumpled, re-photocopied, and printed as enlarged (48” by 33”) photographic black and white prints. These prints were additionally crumpled and used in various sculptures.

After all of these iterations, Dispersal Order (Dazzler) brings Kunke back to the initial mimeograph stencil, a re-assertion of authority by appropriating the tools of authority for aesthetic means. 

Written by Mathew Timmons — October 17, 2014

Parrot 22 Erotic in Czech Republic by Ara Shirinyan

 

The Parrot series is drawing to a close with...

Parrot 22 Erotic in Czech Republic by Ara Shirinyan and ...

Parrot 23 Complex Textual Legitimacy Proclamation by Mathew Timmons  

Your last chance to Subscribe to Parrot is drawing to a close as well!!

 

PARROT 22 Erotic in Czech Republic
by Ara Shirinyan
Saddle-Stitched chapbook
2 Color cover, Black & White interior
Matte finish, Opaque cream, 70# text (104 gsm)
Dimensions: 6.125" x 9.375" x 0.125", 16 Pages
ISSN: 2169-3811-22

 

This issue is currently available for Pre-Sale at a discounted price. Copies should begin shipping late October 2014.

 

My name is Magda
and I live in Praga.
rate is 250 Euro
I can come to your hotel
and keep you company.
If you are interested
I look for a
generous person.
for a night. I do massage
and other things you ask me 

*

Looking for a Guy
who can take me Home
- 23 (prague)

Im fresh single and just
looking for a spontaneous guy 

I love to
hear from you !
<3

Written by Mathew Timmons — October 05, 2014

Open Press

Open Press 2014

October 11th & 12th each day from 12-3 & 4-7pm
RSVP for addresses LALiterature@gmail.com

 

Open Press is a medium to extend the work of the writer, editor, and curator, to instigate new channels of reciprocity among those interested and engaged in what might constitute the literary at any given time. Over the course of two days, Open Press 2014 will feature roundtables, readings, panels, performances, a moveable book fair, and more in four “at home” locations across the Los Angeles area.

The idea of Open Press is to host a series of events (roundtables, readings, panels, performances, a moveable book fair, and more) on-site at each of our homes or headquarters. The co-curators (eohippus labs, Insert Blanc Press, Les Figues Press and the Poetic Research Bureau) have invited one or more literary projects they admire to participate in these panels, readings, etc.

We wish to transform our homes (or headquarters) into temporary public sites where literary practices can be discussed and engaged.  In other words, Open Press will be a kind of literary moveable feast, in which we travel to four different sites over the course of two days in Los Angeles, CA.

http://openpressevent.blogspot.com/

 

hosts: Les Figues Press, The Poetic Research Bureau, eohippus labs & Insert Blanc Press

guest presses and projects: Counterpath Press, Ricochet Editions, Writ Large Press, The Song Cave, ypolita press, Entropy, Copilot Press, Anomalous Press, Gauss PDF and Phoneme Media

people: Tim Roberts, Diana Arterian, Chiwan Choi, Teresa Carmody, Andrea Quaid, Andrew Maxwell, Joseph Mosconi, Ara Shirinyan, Todd Colby, Jane Gregory, Graham Foust, Amanda Ackerman, Carrie Hunter, Janice Lee, Stephanie Sauer, Erica Mena, Harold Abramowitz, Mathew Timmons, J. Gordon Faylor, David Shook, Andrew Choate, Jay Erker, William Moor, Feliz Lucia Molina, Emily Hunt & Jen Lagendrost

 

Les Figues, Counterpath, Ricochet & Writ Large Press
Saturday, October 11 from 12 - 3 p.m.
Tim Roberts, Diana Arterian, Chiwan Choi, Teresa Carmody & Andrea Quaid

Les Figues Press will be joined by Counterpath Press (Tim Roberts), Ricochet Editions (Diana Arterian), and Writ Large Press (Chiwan Choi) in a roundtable discussion to ask: What does it mean to make books and curate literary experiences as an artist-run press? Together we will talk about philosophies, practices and materials; or, How can a book be a screen, wall or room of constellating bodies collecting pages into a spiral-bound whole?

Les Figues Press is a nonprofit literary organization and publisher. Based in Los Angeles, our mission is to create aesthetic conversations between readers, writers, and artists by publishing 5-7 books a year and curating and hosting literary events. We favor projects that push the boundaries of genre, form, and general acceptability and are aware of themselves as a textual body within a history and culture marked by constructs of gender, race, class, and sexuality. We embrace a feminist criticality and editorial vision.
www.lesfigues.com

Counterpath is a nonprofit publisher, gallery and event space, and bookstore. The press was founded in 2006 and has published nearly 50 titles to date. The gallery and event space—opened in late 2010 in downtown Denver, Colorado—has hosted over 100 exhibitions and events. The bookstore carries titles from small and independent presses. We are interested in linguistic and visual interventions in contemporary global culture and strive to encompass new conceptions of what compelling work can mean.
www.counterpathpress.org

Ricochet Editions, founded in 2012, is an imprint of Gold Line Press. Our mission is to publish innovative, trans-genre, and/or genre-less works that have a hard time finding homes in journals, competitions, and with other publishers. We publish 2 to 3 titles a year, ranging from small chapbooks to full-length books. We read submissions and bandy words about the manuscript(s) we hope to bring to print, fully devoted to engaging in an extended author-editor dialogue and working with authors on their manuscripts.
http://dornsife.usc.edu/goldlinepress/ricochet-editions/

Writ Large Press is a downtown LA based small press. Founded in 2007 to publish overlooked Los Angeles writers, WLP continues to experiment with the idea of publishing and explore the role of the book in society with DTLAB, a pop-up bookstore and performance space project, PUBLISH!, a continuing underground publishing project, and Grand Park Downtown BookFest, a festival for LA writers and publishers.
http://writlargepress.com/

 

The Poetic Research Bureau & Song Cave
Saturday, October 11 from 4 - 7 p.m.
Todd Colby, Jane Gregory & Graham Foust 

The Poetic Research Bureau hosts The Song Cave, which began as a chapbook press with a very personal editorial sensibility (largely the work of two people, Ben Estes and Alan Felsenthal), and has recently begun publishing perfect-bound books of poetry, translations and essays in handsome editions with a formidable house style. The PRB finds The Song Cave a sympathetic enterprise due to its sustained commitment to small format literature like pamphlets/chapbooks, and for making its archive freely accessible in digital form as online PDFs. The three readers at this eventTodd Colby, Jane Gregory and Graham Foustare recently published by The Song Cave.

In the editors’ own words, “The Song Cave is dedicated to recovering a lost sensibility and creating a new one by publishing books of poetry, translations, art criticism, and making art prints and other related materials.”
www.the-song-cave.com

The Poetic Research Bureau is a valise fiction and portable literary service in Northeast Los Angeles. As an out-of-pocket California milk-crate boosterist enterprise, it serves as the irregular literary umbrella for projects such as Ara Shirinyan’s house of concept & constraint, Make Now Press; occasional poetry journal The Germ (‘97-’05), edited by Andrew Maxwell and Macgregor Card; and art-lit mag Area Sneaks, edited by Rita Gonzalez and Joseph Mosconi.

As a research bloc, the PRB attempts to cultivate composition, publication and distribution strategies that enlarge the public domain. It favors appropriations, impersonations, ‘compost’ poetries, belated conversations, unprintable jokes and doodles, ‘unoriginal’ literature, historical thefts and pastiche. The publication emphasis is on ephemeral works, short-run magazines and folios, short-lived reprints and excerpts in print-on-demand formats, and the occasional literary fetish objects of stupidly incomparable price and value.

The Bureau also hosts a reading series at 951 Chung King Rd in Chinatown, and invites writers whose work lacks the ‘commercial tendency’ while harboring the bright, high-minded intentions that often lead to broad panic, righteous perversions, improbable arguments, and the ill-served cul-de-sacs of genius. The series is programmed by the aforementioned Messrs Maxwell, Mosconi and Shirinyan. If you’re sympatico, passing through town, or need a megaphone, 50 seats and a big blank space, give us a write.

 

eohippus labs, ypolita, Entropy, Copilot & Anomalous Press
Sunday, October 12 from 12 - 3 p.m. 
Amanda Ackerman, Carrie Hunter, Janice Lee,
Stephanie Sauer, Erica Mena & Harold Abramowitz

eohippus labs will be joined by ypolita press, Entropy, Copilot Press, and Anomalous Press for a panel: We are starting from the premise that our bodies’ sensory capacities have been compromised. For example, our ability to smell or taste has been weakened or coerced. Visual culture is primary at the expense of other sensory engagements. Bodies are continuously manipulated in their many forms of labor. Therefore, we introduce our panel discussion with a set of questions around a central question/concern: How do various literary practices—reading, writing, editing—navigate a body whose sensory capacity has been compromised?

eohippus labs is a Los Angeles based micro literary project co-edited by Harold Abramowitz and Amanda Ackerman that publishes innovative writing in a variety of forms.
www.eohippuslabs.com

ypolita press is a lowercased chapbook press, started in 2006 and edited by Carrie Hunter, which has a growing library of nearly 20 chapbooks. Though not exclusively female, ypolita press is a feminist press which seeks to publish that which runs towards the experimental, the lyrical, the anti-lyrical, sometimes the avant-garde, sometimes conceptual, sometimes purely emotive, sometimes straightforward.
ypolitapress.blogspot.com

Entropy is a new website, co-edited by Janice Lee, featuring literary and related non-literary content that seeks to engage with the literary community, that becomes its own community, and creates a space for literary and non-literary ideas. Entropy covers diverse topics such as experimental literature, video games, graphic novels, science fiction, film, art, translation, the poetics of spaces, small press practices, and more.

www.entropymag.org

Copilot Press is publishing as an arts practice co-directed by book artist Stephanie Sauer. Each book is a collaboration between author, content and designer, resulting in one-of-a-kind structures built to pour out onto your palms as you handle, read, interact. Continuing in various traditions of independent publishing, we produce largely hand-bound works that speak in dialogue with rooted and transitory voices across the globe, and play with distribution methods that vary according to each piece.
www.copilotpress.com

Anomalous has its sights set on publishing literary text, advancing audio forms and creation, and supporting all sorts of alternative realities of the near future. The online publication is available in both visual and audio forms on various platforms. In March of 2013, Anomalous launched its first round of print chapbooks.
www.anomalouspress.org

 

Insert Blanc Press, Gauss PDF & Phoneme Media
Sunday, October 12 from 4 - 7 p.m.
Andrew Choate, Jay Erker, William Moor, J. Gordon Faylor,
Feliz Lucia Molina, David Shook, Emily Hunt & Jen Lagendrost

Insert Blanc Press presents a performance across multiple media and languages with J. Gordon Faylor of Gauss PDF and David Shook of Phoneme Media. Sharing a vision of the arts as inextricably linked; Insert Blanc, Gauss PDF and Phoneme Media foster creative practices that tend to cross language barriers and drift across lines of digital and print media as well as across mediums from film to printmaking, and writing to painting, photography and etc. These three presses have brought together a diverse collection of artists and writers over the years and for Open Press will present the work of Andrew Choate, Jay Erker, William Moor, Feliz Lucia Molina, Emily Hunt and Jen Lagendrost. The performance at Insert Blanc HQ will include writers, translators, and visual artists that often come to their work through attempts to swim in the gooey center while lingering at the edge of various margins.

Insert Blanc Press produces innovative art & literature in Los Angeles, CA. Founded in October 2005, Insert Blanc Press produces over twelve individual projects a year across various media. Publishing large format hardbound artist monographs, photography and print editions, hardbound and perfectbound books of contemporary literature, handmade chapbooks, magazines, ebooks, audiobooks, digital albums, and video projects. Insert Blanc Press also recently started The People, a podcast featuring the voices and ideas of The People that make up the cultural landscape of Los Angeles, the west coast, and beyond. Insert Blanc endeavors to create dynamic conversations among the artistic disciplines and to support emerging artists and writers in the interest of contemporary arts and letters.
http://insertblancpress.net

Founded in 2010, Gauss PDF is a publisher of digital and print works. Its releases include ZIP files, PDFs, Word documents, mp3s, JPEGs, print-on-demand books, and videos, among other media. Transdisciplinary in spirit, Gauss PDF aims to foster cross-genre feedback through an open and expanding network of artists and non-artists from around the world.
http://www.gauss-pdf.com

Phoneme Media is a publishing and film production house committed to discovering international writers, translators and artists, and connecting them to new audiences around the world through translation.
http://phonemebooks.com/

Written by Mathew Timmons — September 28, 2014

Handsome Fish Offices by Ara Shirinyan Now Back in Print!

Handsome Fish Offices

by Ara Shirinyan

Paperback, 68 pages

Dimensions: 5.25" x 7.25" x 0.25"

ISBN: 0-9814623-0-8

$14.00

 

Now Back In Print!

 

"While office supply products and tropical fish might at first thought seem to have nothing to do with one another, once side by side they reveal the interconnections between global acquisitions, multinational capital, and environmental destruction"—Juliana Spahr.

"Of cut-up writing, in which different textual sources are spliced together, often jarringly, William Burroughs once said, “The results will look a lot like you.” Handsome Fish Offices, Ara Shirinyan’s book of profoundly 21st century cut-ups, takes up this insight with hilarity and irreverence, showing readers how the world looks like them, and they look like the world. No matter whose language he’s playing with, the startling juxtapositions of words in these poems reveal the contemporary global condition of being incorporated and measured, invariably down to the smallest detail. “This laterally flattened species is ideal / For catalogs, direct mail, promotions, etc,” he writes, and you’ll know what he means, because your species, too—and right now—is one of the many getting flattened."—Mark Wallace

 

EXCERPT
Office & Habitat Under Erasure
protect and file all African Cichlids
in framing sleeve

breeding habits provide space for mouths
in hole-punched frames
allowing transparencies of
Malawian eye eaters

boulders add extra glowing frames that block presentations
providing rigidity

some employees prefer leafy plant snacks and depend upon
water, taking African stress and increasing productivity

dumped employees leave depths
they have seen sites and examined storms
found fish filled with stress relief

the great lakes of excellent hobbyist barriers
fall rapid with applications
use isolation basins and rolls of blue

dents and holds with river systems character in rare reds

female inserts folder and moves mouth
in photo filing dividers
gravel is slot punched
made of postconsumer fibers fish oppose

a color in one hanger rod with built-in
letter-sized lakes

it’s a trophy spring lake made of species imported on adhesive labels

wall holders are fully displaying signage of a very clear acrylic color
for adult attaining valuable counterspace

contents incubate the scores laid in manila
a minimum buccal area often called

made of moisture resistant pressed text
forced gusts of mouth divide filing
and care for egg material not appropriate for punching

Written by Mathew Timmons — September 20, 2014

Friday Night! Insert Blanc Press General Projects Presents

Insert Blanc Press General Projects Presents

 

Kim Calder

David Hadbawnik

Morani Kornberg-Weiss

Michael Smoler

 

Friday, September 19th at 730pm

2806 ½ Lincoln Park Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90031

(image collages by Michael Smoler)

 

Inert Blanc Press General Projects invites you to a reading with a diverse group of writers both from Los Angeles and from afar. Michael Smoler, author of Parrot 16 Pieces of Water and Kim Calder from The People episodes 15 & 10, produced by Insert Blanc Press, will be joined by Morani Kornberg-Weiss who grew up in So-Cal and currently lives in Los Angeles after being far afield, and David Hadbawnik who is in Los Angeles to study at the Huntington Library and who runs the very interesting projects Habenicht Press and the journal kadar koli.

 

We hope you’ll join us at 7:30 pm on Friday September 19th in Lincoln Heights to meet the readers. Insert Blanc will have books for sale and some of the readers will have books for sale as well. The readings will begin after 8pm. Insert Blanc Press will provide some drinks and light snacks and highly encourages you to bring whatever you might like to drink and snack on and possibly to share with others.

 

 

Kim Calder lives in Los Angeles, where she studies contemporary literature and critical theory at the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her work has most recently appeared in Unsaid Literary Journal, Jacket2, and The Volta.

 

David Hadbawnik is a poet living in Buffalo, NY. Part one of his translation of the Aeneid was published in 2013 (Little Red Leaves); part two is forthcoming in 2014. In 2012, he edited Thomas Meyer’s Beowulf (Punctum Books), and in 2011 he edited (with Sean Reynolds) selections from Jack Spicer’s Beowulf for CUNY’s Lost and Found Document Series. Other publications include Field Work (BlazeVOX, 2011), Translations From Creeley (Sardines, 2008), Ovid in Exile (Interbirth, 2007), and SF Spleen (Skanky Possum, 2006). He is the editor and publisher of Habenicht Press and the journal kadar koli, and a co-editor of eth press.

 

Morani Kornberg-Weiss is an Israeli/American poet and translator who currently lives in Los Angeles. She is completing her Ph.D. in literature at SUNY Buffalo's Poetics Program. Both her scholarly and creative endeavors focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She recently published her debut poetry collection, Dear Darwish, a series of letters and poems addressed to the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. 

 

Michael Smoler is 41 years old. He has been a poet for the last 18 years: living in Los Angeles the past 9 years. He is what can be termed a "Naropa poet"—and is currently an associate director at Blum & Poe. His most recent publication is Parrot 16 Pieces of Water, published in 2013 by Insert Blanc Press through the Parrot series.

Written by Mathew Timmons — September 14, 2014

Notes on Post-Conceptual Poetry by Felix Bernstein PreSale

Notes on Post-Conceptual Poetry

by Felix Bernstein

with a Preface by Trisha Low

and "What’s Not to Like: A Concluding Conversation with Vanessa Place" 

Paperback, approx. 80 pages

Dimensions 5.5" x 8.5" x 0.25"

$13.00 Cover Price, $11.00 PreSale

 

Insert Blanc Press is pleased to announce the PreSale of Notes on Post-Conceptual Poetry by Felix Bernstein with a Preface by Trisha Low and "What’s Not to Like: A Concluding Conversation with Vanessa Place" 

 

Notes on Post-Conceptual Poetry by Felix Bernstein is an aggravated survey of contemporary poetry, art, and criticism; compounded by compulsive archaeological digging in to the relics and ruins of Language poetry, Conceptual poetry, and Felix's own familiar familial corpus. 

 

"It seems unfair that Felix Bernstein should both be born into the position of heir to a famous poetry surname and be something of a genius—should such a slim boy be burdened with both? It’s enough to make one flap one’s humid veil like a frog-duenna. Yet this book is one of sheer pace and fitful pleasures, post-conceptualism’s ‘death of the work’ a reinvention of zero, as intrepid Felix nimbly parries with the spectre of Kenny Goldsmith, with various twentieth-century proper nouns, with family/literary history, and, always, with himself, a tail-chasing enterprise which traces another zero which is also an infinitesimal stage. If his subject, post-conceptualism, somehow keeps slipping over the horizon in this hectic romance, so much the better for the continuation of the chase. Moreover, the chat with Vanessa Place, in which the beguiling twin spectres of FaceBook and Evil are fearlessly pursued by our pale metaphysicians, pilots a show I want to bingewatch forever in my grave. Viva Felix, and I look forward to decades more of this mad business."
—Joyelle McSweeney 
(author Percussion Grenade from Fence and Salamandine: 8 Gothics from Tarpaulin Sky Press)

 

"Notes on Post-conceptual Poetry is a list of ninety-three (93) notes, plus intro and endnotes, in which Bernstein attempts the most explicit and energetic deconstruction of prevailing avant-garde social minutiae I’ve yet encountered. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever read a text more intelligibly self-aware. Drawing on thinkers from Deleuze to Lacan to Love to Ngai to Badiou to Barthes to Perloff, and combining a Zizekian X-ray vision with the biting “you can’t scare me” of youth, Notes constitutes Bernstein’s irruption into / refusal of the institutional avant-garde."Monroe Lawrence, The Capilano Review  

 

"Yet another loser of the coveted Wonder Book Prize, Felix Bernstein’s Notes on Post-Conceptual Poetry counter-canonically induces its subjects by way of negative generational reconnaissance and horrifically attritional complicity. It’s tough: sheaving a set of contemporaneous cultural productions, this work of maddened criticism plays privilege up the transplatformal compound it flexes to obscure a punctum. Insert Blanc Press didn’t get these Notes first, after all—Facebook and The Volta did, as may others still. An insistent skepticism resonates intra-argumentatively, doubtlessly and hopelessly cauterized by the conceptual lineage it serves to chip away at, leakage inevitable—and in “longing (for an end to work),” against and by the predecessors that shaped it. This version of Notes on Post-Conceptual Poetry also did not receive the assistance of an NEA Art Works Grant; nevertheless, it successfully arranges its excesses along an advanced political-philosophical horizon while exhaustively antagonizing the assessments those arrangements produce. Frantic, tactical, and resistant to endogenic rumor, it stages a few of the troubling and provocational concerns that presently riddle Bernstein’s network of writers and artists, young and old alike—their nascence approaching a discontinuity of precedential adjudications to trend and fault."
—J. Gordon Faylor, GaussPDF

 

"This book pretty much gets the now. Like with a slam dunk. And it knows it is slam dunking too. But even tho he's that total know-it-all boy in high school you gotta love him cuz he's also totally twisty and dark too. As in somber. Like a jewish intellectual Edward from twilight. I think we all dig boys with good breeding who are a little smart and crazy and blood thirsty. So why not try him out? It'll be a fun ride, if nothing else.Hilary Duff (author of Elixer, Simon & Schuster)

 

Felix Bernstein debuted on YouTube with his real and satirical "Coming Out Video" in 2008 and went on to play characters from Amy Winehouse to Lamb Chop to Leopold (peter) Brant. His critical and uncritical writings have been published, or are forthcoming, in The Brooklyn Rail, Htmlgiant, The Volta, GaussPDF, Imperial Matters, Coldfront, Boston Review, The Believer, and Bomb. With Gabe Rubin he fronts the band Tender Cousins. The ambiguous duo directed and starred in Red Krayola’s opera Victorine at the 2012 Whitney Biennial and directed the films Unchained Melody and Boyland. Their next film Sweetly about Nazi-ish punk kids killing JAPS and Hipsters in Manhattan is in pre-production. You can experience all of the above, but slower, at www.felixbernstein.com.

 

Image © Lawrence Schwartzwald, no reuse without permission

 

Written by Mathew Timmons — September 11, 2014

For God by Todd Collins PreSale

For  God

by Todd Collins

Hardbound, 90 pages

Dimensions 5.75” x 8.75” x 0.375”

ISBN: 978-0-9911092-4-1

$13.00 Cover Price $11.00 PreSale

 

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Murder, robbery, revenge, love and telecommunications. Non-finite bodies and endless subjection. Surrender to the narration. For God is a text you can actually read and apprehend as pure pleasure. Bathe in an elusive omniscience and enjoy sentences that shoot out like ribbons of pus, offering the reader mutilation and even more beauty. 

 

"Todd Collins is a stone-original among wannabes, with a sacred-profane vision fractured like a stained-glass window or vandalized mirror. This is brilliant neo-noir fiction searching for a shadow that’s worthy of it." 
—Steve Erickson (author of These Dreams of You and Zeroville, Europa Editions)

 

"The Spirit of Liberty is coming like a battering ram. The Collective Democratic Party (CDP) wants to eradicate Capitalism. Carry wants to kill America, first a beautiful woman with a tiny wiener, then a tall man who likes smoking weed and taking pictures of himself with his balls hanging out. The narrator, who may be called Garry and whose gender is uncertain, is looking for love in all the wrong places. There are lots of kidnappings, robots who turn themselves off in order to avoid existence, and everyone wants money. But lovers play little touching games and say things to hurt each other. Greek Tragedy meets Looney tunes in a romance novel made For God. A must-read for anyone interested in the new fiction."
—Christine Wertheim (author of mUtter-bAbel, Counterpath Press)

 

Todd Collins was born in Rhinebeck, New York. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Written by Mathew Timmons — September 07, 2014