Paper Bark Press
American Poet, Devin Johnson poet, poetry editor
and publisher shares with Robert Adamson the influence and friendship
of the great American poet elders Robert Duncan and Robert Creeley.
It is with great pleasure that Paper Bark Press/Fine Art Publishing
welcomes Devin Johnston to The
Sydney Writers Festival 2002 where his new collection
of poems Telepathy will be released in
On Telepathy, Forrest Gander wrote: "Reading this remarkable
book, we take a journey that alters our perception and so remaps our
lives." Based in St Louis, Devin Johnston is co-editor of poetry
publisher, Flood Editions, and is a former poetry editor of the Chicago
Robert Adamson writes of his connection with
American poetry: 'I have been actively promoting American poetry in
Australia now for morethan three decades. When people ask me why I refer
them to a line Leonard Cohen wrote about the USA- 'It's the cradle of
the best and the worse.' We hear so much about the horror such a powerful
country can engender: it's precisely because terrible things come from
America, that its poets there have to be so good. It was Bob Dylan not
Banjo Patterson who inspired me to write poetry about living inAustralia.
Robert Creeley told me my accent was like
music so I stoppedtrying to write like Bob Dylan and began to score
the sound of our speech in my poetry..
Robert Adamson met Allen Ginsberg when they were on the same reading
at the Adelaide Festival's Writer's Week in 1972. Since then he has
been publishing and actively promoting American poets in Australia.
Adamson was instrumental in organising tours by both Robert Duncan and
Robert Creeley to Australia in the 1970s. Through his publishing ventures
he has published poets as varied as W.S.Merwin, Denise Levertov, Robert
Creeley, Philip Levine, Galway Kinnell, Robert Duncan, Michael Palmer,
Michael McClure, James Tate, Susan Howe, Norma Cole and Susan M.Schultz.
Adamson's poetry has also been published widely in the USA in American
literary magazines including The Southern Review, The Chicago
Review , Sulfur, Antipodes, Credences, The Atlanta Review, The Kenyon
Review and Poetry Chicago.
Martin Harrison's latest book, Summer,
contains a number of poems with
American settings, not least three Letters from America mainly concerned
with the environment and with the state of contemporary art and literature.
Right from the start, Martin Harrison's poetry has had a link with what
the Americans were doing whether in response to the New York
school in the limited editions of his poetry which appeared in the UK
in the early 70s or whether it is to with what some reviewers point
to as the subtle influence of American modernists like Wallace Stevens
on his work.
Poems from Geraldine McKenzie highly anticipitated
first collection of poems, Duty, have beem as widely published
in USA, as they have been in Australian. This is quite unusual for an
Australian poet. Geraldine Mackenzie poems has been published cutting
edge literary journals such as Catalyst 2, Hambone USA , LX9 USA,
Poetry New York, and Samizdat USA.
As Charles Berstein says " Hear Ye! Hear
Ye! Geraldine McKenzie is entering the hall of language mirrors. Duty
calls and Then some."
Paper Bark Press is delighted to announce
the Australian release of Telepathy by Devin Johnson at the Sydney
Writer's Festival 2002 and to celebrate their other recent poetry publications,
Summer by Martin Harrison, Duty by Geraldine McKenzie and
Mulberry Leaves by Robert Adamson.
Paper Bark Press's new website will be launched soon. Until then, please
direct all enquiries to Juno Jemes at: JunoGemes.firstname.lastname@example.org
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