40 • John M. Bennett


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Who reads this stuff? Do you have any stories about any surprising or unexpected responses to your work?

It is read/seen by some humans, not many. The most gratifying stories have to do with people "hating" something I've done, but then turning around, "getting" it, and liking it a lot. And then sometimes changing their own work to incorporate something they've learned from my work. It is also great when people see something in my work that I was unaware of.

Xerolage 40 - John M. BennettName 10 words that describe your visual poetry practice.

tactile, metaphysical, visceral, mindless, mindful, totemic, polyphonic, blank, instantaneous, timeless


from Reading John M. Bennett: How to Read and Think About the Poetry of John M. Bennett by Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino

John M. Bennett seems to break fresh ground with each new volume. His approach to the technical matters at hand is as practical and unbiased, and playful, as is his search for a personal yet communal diction. He makes poetry of the very obstacles and impediments that would otherwise clog his way. And as a writer of applied poetry, he demonstrates without exception that poetic procedure is itself a way of life, that there exists a universe of "new strategies" just waiting to be discovered. I declare we must identify John M. Bennett as being one of the most active and present forces happening today.
—Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino


John M. Bennett has published over 300 books and chapbooks of poetry and other materials. Among the most recent are rOlling COMBers (Potes & Poets Press), MAILER LEAVES HAM (Pantograph Press), LOOSE WATCH (Invisible Press), CHAC PROSTIBULARIO (with Ivan Arguelles; Pavement Saw Press), HISTORIETAS ALFABETICAS (Luna Bisonte Prods), PUBLIC CUBE (Luna Bisonte Prods), THE PEEL (Anabasis Press), GLUE (xPress(ed)), LAP GUN CUT (with F. A. Nettelbeck; Luna Bisonte Prods), INSTRUCTION BOOK (Luna Bisonte Prods), la M al (Blue Lion Books), CANTAR DEL HUFF (Luna Bisonte Prods), SOUND DIRT (with Jim Leftwich; Luna Bisonte Prods), BACKWORDS (Blue Lion Books), NOS (Redfox Press), D RAIN B LOOM (with Scott Helmes; xPress(ed)), CHANGDENTS (Offerta Speciale), and L ENTES (Blue Lion Books). He has published, exhibited and performed his word art worldwide in thousands of publications and venues. He was editor and publisher of LOST AND FOUND TIMES (1975-2005), and is Curator of the Avant Writing Collection at The Ohio State University Libraries. Richard Kostelanetz has called him "the seminal American poet of my generation". His work, publications, and papers are collected in several major institutions, including Washington University (St. Louis), SUNY Buffalo, The Ohio State University, The Museum of Modern Art, and other major libraries. His PhD (UCLA 1970) is in Latin American Literature.

Ars Poetica: "Be Blank"




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