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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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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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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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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Doublespace: Poems 1971–1989

Doublespace: Poems 1971–1989

(Segue Books, 1992)   “DOUBLESPACE is a noble attempt to bridge the chasm between Language poetry and the traditional anectdotal and meditative poetry of the ‘free form’ mode. Free form poetry communicates in diciplined, conversational speech, one of its important princples. Language poetry defies this principle and goes about its…

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3 of 10: H’s Journal, Negation and Displayspace

3 of 10: H's Journal, Negation and Displayspace

(Chax Press, 1996)   “This will be an exquisite book (not a corpse). Everything about it will delight the eye and please the hand…. Writing sentences of interest comes about at considerable cost. Writers tend to lie about this. ‘This book just wrote itself.’ Only it didn’t. Hank Lazer wrote…

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Elegies & Vacations

Elegies & Vacations

(Salt Publishing, 2004)   A book of intense emotional power, Elegies & Vacations marks Hank Lazer’s taking the resources of innovative poetry in new directions that are at once elegiac, skeptical, and spiritual. Eleven poems, no two alike, Elegies & Vacations is an ambitious attempt, in the words of Robert Duncan, “to recreate…

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The New Spirit

The New Spirit

(Singing Horse Press, 2005)   We are confronted in Hank Lazer’s The New Spirit by something like a book-length prayer: a crisis in search of a resolution through language — invocation & meditation — that allows itself & him to speak. If the surface of the work seems radical (& it…

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Poems Hidden in Plain View

Poems Hidden in Plain View

trans. by Emmanuel Moses (PURH: Presses universitaires de Rouen et du Havre, 2016) Two volumes   “Peacefulness. Peace. Tranquility. Care for the movement that carries every single thing. Lazer tells us just that. The prophet tells us just that. Peacefulness, peace, tranquility and care for the movement that carries every…

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