Plural is an experiential immersion in the daily life of an artist, arts critic and poet who weaves and juxtaposes aesthetic ideas, personal circumstances, philosophical questions, and societal situations while aggressively experimenting with poetic form and content. Stackhouse’s interest in turning basic descriptions of everyday objects and mental images into caustic, claustrophobic, lyrical address is present in much of this collection. The prose poem “Short,” a compressed narrative that recalls a perfunctory day of activity that includes an egg and toast breakfast, pornography, beer, and walking a dog, reveals highly self-aware attention to the dramatic closeness of thought, physical action, language and visuality. Plural also comprises poems made from direct transcriptions of notes taken at lectures given by philosophers Alain Badiou and Arthur Danto, as well as text appropriations and references to musicians J.S. Bach, Bill Dixon, and John Cage. Plural offers radically individual attempts at human communication and communion.
Christopher Stackhouse is a writer, curator, and visual artist. He is the author of Slip (Corollary Press, 2005) and is the co-author of an image/text collaboration with writer and translator John Keene, Seismosis (1913 Press, 2006), which features Stackhouse’s drawings in philosophical discourse with Keene’s texts. Fellowships and awards include Cave Canem Writer Fellow (1997, 1999, 2003); Fellow in Poetry, New York Foundation for the Arts (2005); Pocantico Residency at the Marcel Breuer House, Rockefeller Brothers Fund For The Arts (2009). He is an advisory board member at Fence Magazine, a contributing editor at Bomb Magazine, and a contributing poetry editor at Vanitas Magazine.
November 15, 2012
$14.00; 5.5 x 8.5″