Monday, January 16, 2017

new from above/ground press: THIRTY-THREE, by Geoffrey Young

Geoffrey Young


The quotidian intoxication of my style
Favors gesture over statement
Mixed diction over simplicity, shifting tone over
Monochrome.  Dream bits, bare fact, and touches

Of the bizarre enliven my style as it opens
To whimsy’s breeze and fury’s despair,
Landing the first blow.  Delicate as skin
When touched, it remains still as a cactus garden

In the sun.  Daring banality with banality
My style closes the space between “scrupulously
Intelligent” and “incandescently alert” by boiling
The daily grind.  Quick to separate “replete with

Artifice” from “hopelessly fake,” it is ardent
On behalf of words that prepare tradition for the grave.

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
January 2017
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Before settling in Great Barrington, Massachusetts in 1982, Geoffrey Young spent student years in Santa Barbara (UCSB), and Albuquerque (UNM), then lived for two years in Paris (a Fulbright year followed by a six-month stint working for La Galerie Sonnabend). From 1975-1982 he lived in Berkeley (two sons born). His small press, The Figures (1975-2005), founded in Berkeley, published more than 135 books of poetry, art writing, and fiction.

He has directed the Geoffrey Young Gallery for the last 24 years, as well as written catalog essays for a dozen artists.

His own recent books include Click Here to Forget, Isolate Flecks, 2016; All the Anarchy I Want, Lonely Woman, 2013; Dumbstruck, Yawning Abyss, 2013, with paintings by Daniel Heidkamp; and Get On Your Pony & Ride, Non-Fiction, 2012, with paintings by Chie Fueki.

To order, send cheques (add $1 for postage; outside Canada, add $2) to: rob mclennan, 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9 or paypal at

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