edited by Jerome Rothenberg & David Guss


ISBN 1-887123-08-3. Paperback, $21.95

Essays, musings, pictures, interviews, by Stéphane Mallarmé, Edmond Jabès, Becky Cohen, Alison Knowles, George Quasha, Dick Higgins, Karl Young, David Meltzer, Tina Oldknow, J. Stephen Lansing, Paul Eluard, David Guss, Jed Rasula, Gershom Scholem, Jerome Rothenberg and Herbert Blau.

"Prefaced by Mallarmé's famous dictum that 'everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book,' this spirited collection demonstrates the reverse as well: everything in the book exists in order to end up in the world. Edited in 1982 by Jerome Rothenberg, the greatest American anthologist of the postwar years, and his associate, anthropologist and translator David Guss, The Book, Spiritual Instrument pushes the envelope not only on what books contain but also on what they are. Rothenberg and company read the book as metaphor for aesthetic framing devices, but they also read frames as metaphoric books. In a series of exemplary essays on, and demonstrations of, what might be called the ethnopoetics of the book, books from a wide range of cultural traditions are portrayed as radical extenders of form rather than neutral vessels of content. The result is a vision of books as laboratories for the invention and performance of perceptual systems: new worlds carved out of the wilderness of human thought and language." —Charles Bernstein, Poet, Editor and David Gray Professor of Poetry and Poetics, SUNY-Buffalo

. . . there is a primal book as there is a primal voice, & it is the task of our poetry & art to recover it — in our minds & in the world at large. — Jerome Rothenberg

ISBN 1-887123-08-3. Paperback, $21.95







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