field recordings of mind in morning

field recordings of mind in morning

field recordings   of mind   in morning (BlazeVOX, 2021) is a collaboration between Hank Lazer and Holland Hopson featuring a book and a fifteen-track recording of poetry and music. Watch this space for video tracks from the collection. Listen to field recordings   of mind   in morning at Bandcamp   Tracks include:…

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Opposing Poetries: Volume Two—Readings

Opposing Poetries: Volume Two—Readings

(Northwestern University Press, 1996)   Opposing Poetries presents a selection of Hank Lazer’s writing on a range of issues in contemporary American poetry. Through a series of recurring cultural, material, and institutional perspectives, Lazer investigates the assumptions and habits that govern conflicting conceptions of contemporary American poetry, while refining, reconsidering, and…

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Opposing Poetries: Volume One—Issues and Institutions

Opposing Poetries: Volume One—Issues and Institutions

(Northwestern University Press, 1996)   Opposing Poetries presents a selection of Hank Lazer’s writing on a range of issues in contemporary American poetry. Through a series of recurring cultural, material, and institutional perspectives, Lazer investigates the assumptions and habits that govern conflicting conceptions of contemporary American poetry, while refining, reconsidering, and…

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Lyric & Spirit: Selected Essays, 1996-2008

Lyric & Spirit: Selected Essays, 1996-2008

(Omnidawn, 2008)   This selected—the first compilation of essays by Hank Lazer following his ground-breaking and much revered two-volume Opposing Poetries—offers twelve years of incisive writing at the intersection of two of the more contentiously debated topics in current letters. Drawing on poetic traditions as seemingly disparate as Language writing…

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Inter(ir)ruptions

Inter(ir)ruptions

(Generator Press, 1992)   Charles Bernstein on Inter(ir)ruptions: “To be is to be interrupted” (interpreted) might be the motto of Hank Lazer’s novel series of poetic investigations titled Inter(ir)ruptions. Everyday life is hysterical, or hysterically ruptured with excruciating, often hilarious, detail or detritus or do you know another way to…

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Negation

Negation

(Ink-A! Press, 1994)   Bound signatures sewn into cloth boards, printed label on spine, cassette laid in integral traycase. Nicely printed on hand-dyed paper, with several illustrations and fold-outs, and cassette of the author reading.

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Simple Harmonic Motions

Simple Harmonic Motions

(INK-A! Press, 2001)   Simple harmonic motions was made by Inge Bruggeman of INK-A! Press in 2001. It is based on poems written by Hank Lazer that are a part of his larger body of work, Days. The book was printed in an edition of 50 copies on Kitikata paper….

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Deathwatch for My Father

Deathwatch for my Father

(Chax Press, 2003)   A handsewn chapbook with letterpress cover, Deathwatch for My Father is a long poem, meditation, and memorial from the poet to his dying father in which Lazer attempts to use the thing he knows, language, in order to reconcile the thing he can’t know, death: “my mind…

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Indivisible

(UA Book Arts & Taller Experimental de Gráfica, 2011)   Each poem is handwritten in Spanish and English; the shapes assumed by the text vary in some cases between the two language versions. Includes two folded leaves forming a double-page fold-out at center. In unattached paper wrapper. “Indivisible is a…

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By Diamond Head

By Diamond Head

Tinfish Press, 2016   Hank Lazer has been traveling to O’ahu for over 30 years to visit his mother; during his stays on the island, he has kept to his writing and Buddhist practice. These four deceptively simple poems, moving down the page in narrow threads, respond to his mother’s loss…

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