December 10, 2011

Acts of Desertion - Neil Addison's 'Apocapulco'


The last we heard, comrade Neil Addison was rumored to be running guns in Abyssinia. From time to time, nonetheless, fugitive communiqués surface, messages in bottles wash ashore. One of these, the volume Apocapulco, published last year by Salted Earth, or Salted Wound . . . OK I can't remember the exact name of the publisher . . . anyway that book is now publicly available on the internet, viz.:


What you'll find in its pages is the only kind of poetry that matters anymore, poetry without faith in Poetry. Each entry is an act of diremption, repudiation, refusal, including the refusal of Seriousness, the refusal of the Grand Gesture that even words like diremption, repudiation, refusal imply. It is only by such desertions that we remain at our posts.

4 comments:

Steven Augustine said...

Had we the bloated budget and time to spare I'd suggest a heart-of-darkness-style trip to meet Neil in his rainforest... to get him to sign copies

Edmond Caldwell said...

Now there's an image: a book signing surrounded by heads on stakes!

Steven Augustine said...

I've heard that Neil sometimes mutters "O'Hara... O'Hara... " while dusting the heads before company

Nicolette Wong said...

Some of these are really quite good! Ruthless.