Granary Books, 2001. Item #GB_92
8 1/2 x 11 in., 88 pp., cloth over boards, clamshell box.
“[In bill bissett’s books] the surface is not contextualized—it is not a surface of, under, or around anything—but the flow of force itself, obliterating insides and outsides, and freeing writing from the domain of the categorical...the books are not to be conceived solely from the viewpoint of their utility, but also from their character as flow, intensity and force: the urge of the words through and between the books, as if language, whilst inhering in their formats, releases a non-verbal energy above their surface.”
–Steve McCaffery, "bill bissett: A Writing Outside Writing"
“spellings changing as nuance implikaysyuns shift altr retain its theyr xpressiv being yes langwage also not statik diffrent spellings reflekting elusidating different ranges ovr time it being plural parts uv itselvs resonate mor enchance partik ularize mor aspekts uv shiftings uv kours creating manee aspekting awarenesses thru th spelling behaving mor n mor phoentikallee we can see demonstraysyuns uv how peopul oftn dont relee meen what they ar saing n sew on inklude othr radikalee diffrent opsums sum evn kontra dicktoree 2 or with the surface meenings sew that th voisings radiate n within spredin in2 a largr hemispheer.”
–bill bissett, from an interview with Adeena Karasic
From the pages of bill bissett’s Lunaria come moments filled with searching and illumination. Sights and experiences from “les moon rayze” to “happeeness in ths short life” are woven into expressive drawings and explorations of language.
Printed letterpress by Inge Bruggemann, then handpainted by bissett. Bound by Judith Ivry, and housed in cloth-covered clamshell box. The edition includes a CD of the poet reading Lunaria. This is from an edition of 42 copies, of which 12 are hors commerce and 30 are for sale; each numbered and signed by the poet. Out-of-print. As new.
Pictured: cover; pp. 5–6; 23–24; and 49–50.