Black Bart Quarterly Review Of Books

—Notice To The Membership & Interested Parties—
The Society would direct your attention to the menu bar above. The ANNOTATED Contents has been updated to include all the posts of 2022. As well, the Conditions of Parole have been revised to reflect new guidelines for submissions to Parole. Note as well new menu categories have been added to facilitate a more direct access to posts by specific as well as general subject types.


by Pat Nolan

Ada Calhoun, Also A Poet, Frank O’Hara, My Father, and Me, Grove Press, 2022
Musa Mayer, Night Studio, A Memoir of Philip Guston by His Daughter, Knopf, 1988

Art is selfish, obsessive, self-centered, monstrous egotism. It exalts as well as devours the artist. For those in the artist’s orbit, family, close friends, the unpredictable mania of creation takes its toll as an often unconscious indifference to the emotional needs of others. It is a familiar story painfully depicted many times over by the partners and/or children of the artists. Not surprisingly it is usually a wife or a daughter who has suffered the neglect from these ogres and is obliged to come to terms with the absent presence by setting the record straight in memoirs. The dynamic of artist mother/son memoir is barely represented, and when it is, tends to be hagiographic.

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Ted Berrigan, Get The Money, The Collected Prose, Nick Sturm, Anselm Berrigan, Edmund Berrigan, Alice Notley, eds. City Lights, 2022
Ted is back. Ted is what has been missing from poetry. And it’s exactly what is needed right now (more than ever before). Get The Money, The Collected Prose presents another piece in the unfinished mosaic of Berrigan’s contribution to AmLit. As iconoclast king of the irony age, his impish irreverence (pookah like) and no nonsense built-in bullshit meter was a refreshing attitude, one that could be aspired to. . . .

Bill Bathurst, The Collected Bill Bathurst, edited by Bob Arnold, Longhouse, 2022
If there ever was an underground, Bill Bathurst belonged to it. Not of anarchist commie bomb throwers, but of poets, jazz, and drugs, and yet just as subversive. In the introduction to The Collected Bill Bathurst, master printer and poet Clifford Burke. . . .

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Gloria Frym, How Proust Ruined My Life, Blaze Vox, 2020
Published at the beginning of the pandemic and ensuing lockdowns, How Proust Ruined My Life missed out on the promotional opportunities that would have afforded the essays a wider appreciation. Although the great modernist cornerstones are the foundation of this collection of essays, Frym’s focus, in large part, is the American tree, a genealogy of misfits, mavericks, and outliers. . . .

Maureen Owen, Let the heart hold down the breakage, Or the care giver’s log, Hanging Loose, 2022
Maureen Owen needs no introduction. Author of numerous poetry collections, she was at one time co-director and program director at The Poetry Project in New York City as well as publisher of the poetry magazine Telephone and Telephone Books. . . .

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—New To The Society’s Shelves—

Mark Young, Your Order Is Now Equipped For Shipping, Sandy Press, 2022

Dan Coshnear, Separation Anxiety, Unsolicited Press, 2021

Kit Robinson, Quarantina, Lavender Ink, 2022

Kit Robinson & Ted Greenwald, Takeaways, c_L Books, 2013

Luci Friesen, Under The Southern Cross, private printing, ND

Sandy Berrigan, A Slice Of The Pie, private printing, 2022

The Freedom of New Beginnings. Poems of Witness & Vision from Sonoma County
Phyllis Meshulam editor, with Gail King, Gwen O’Gara, Terry Ehret, eds
(Poetry Crossing Press, 2022)

—Periodical Mentions—
The Poetry Project Newsletter 50th Anniversary Issue, The Recluse #20, Rain Taxi, Fall 22, Poetry Swoopcards from the Swamp Genius who brought us Fell Swoop

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Clifford Burke, The Academy of Accidental Art, and Desert Rose Press
Clifford Burke, poet, master printer, baritone sax man, wrote the book on printing poetry, Printing Poetry (Scarab Press, 1980). He was an influential force in renewing interest in the letterpress arts and exquisitely crafted limited editions in the 60s and 70s of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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1 Response to Black Bart Quarterly Review Of Books

  1. jim mccrary says:

    Well done Pat. Thanks for putting this together.

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