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Black, Noel—Fine Print
Black, Noel. "Toeing the Lines." Fine Print (January 31- February 6, 2002).

This is John Ashbery (of a generation before) at his most accessible smugness, which isn't saying much. His "entries," which range from a laundry list of names and oil companies to faux diary moments, is made bearable by Joe Brainard's always gorgeous black-and-white pop doodles of cartoon rain, the toilet, bacon and eggs, and other illuminated mundanities.

The Angel Hair Anthology, edited by Anne Waldman and Lewis Warsh, Granary Books, 2001.

Like Donald Allen's seminal 1960 anthology The New American Poetry, this collection of avant-irreverance reads like notes from a collective of disillusioned scientists furtively searching for a new feeling. Gathered from the archives of poets Waldman and Warsh's underground magazine and press of the same name, The Angel Hair Anthology rounds up works of brilliant then-young poets the likes of Bernadette Mayer, Ted Berrigan, John Wieners, Rene Ricard, Dick Gallup, and Joanne Kyger. Like all anthologies, the poems are hit-and-miss, but it's great to see works by many lesser-known and less-published authors like Mary Ferrari and Charles Stein. A great look into Angel Hair's sphere of influences and progressions.

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