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every lines other: The Collected Poems of Lyx Ish aka Elizabeth Was Paperback – January 22, 2016
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Lyx Ish [aka Liz Was], West Lima, WI: Xexoxial Editions, 2016
“DO WORDS SMELL?
CAPITALS STAND UP”
This is writing which is aware of writing as a window into the world which is also a window into oneself. It is done in a voice that is very intimate and personal, and able to twist the conventions of language in remarkably expressive ways: Lyx Ish's poetry reveals a strong presence of a complex and deeply emotional person, and a person who can speak in many voices.
“the static is leaves from last nights shadow in tune outside the same book cover, this one.”
One of the themes running through this book is a desire for being as opposed to remembering, but in fact the voice in these poems is very much a constant and deep remembering and re-remembering. The tension between the two impulses is dynamic and gives the poems much of their strength. “I moan an overtone”: there is a poetics in this. Or an ars poetica:
“Continuous piece on tape. Cut with various textures (self
doing this: “Look I’m”). Look blankly at mountains. Stop,
move. (Multi-phonic held buzzing, radio static, shortwave
song.) Loving this woman again. The same one tone.”
These unique and wonderful poems, written in the 1980's and 1990's are a real treasure, and Xexoxial Editions has done us a major good turn by making them available. The volume includes an excellent and informative introduction by Maria Damon.
Dr. John M. Bennett