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Ed Steck Will Send You a Poem Every Day

By Harriet Staff

Ed Steck

It’s a great list: we’ve been on it for the past few days now. Not only do you get a poem that you may or may not have already read, that you will probably like, in your mailbox, sent by a guy who has good taste – your subscription also includes a little commentary from the source: Ed.

Who’s Ed Steck? Ed Steck’s an up-and-coming writer who lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA. He’s the author of The Garden: Synthetic Environment for Analysis and Simulation (forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse), Field of Vision (Reactor Press, 2012), and A Time Stream In Spaces: The Cultic Parody of Time-Induced Capital (Den Haag, 2012 – in conjunction with a show curated by David Horvitz in the Netherlands.)

Ed Steck has collaborated with a number of visual artists such as David Horvitz, who he teams up with on this latest venture.

The subscription messages come with a different subject-line everyday. This week, mine went from “Ed Steck Sends a Poem Everyday from Pittsburgh and drinks a beer” to “Ed Steck Sends a Poem Everyday from Pittsburgh and drives his car” the day after.

Yesterday, Steck’s email contained a link to a critical and genetic digital edition of the poem “The Skaters” by John Ashbery, distributed by Text/Works. Steck’s commentary about the Ashbery work is intimate, thoughtful, and honest.

July 9, 2013:

I might send this everyday this week because it is a piece of writing that I return to, always. Each time I read it, it is as if I am reading an entirely new piece – but one in which I have an eerie familiarity, one that has suctioning pockets.

This is a link to the poem “The Skaters” by John Ashbery. I was going to copy and paste it, but I didn’t want to compromise the form, or anything. I also feel very apprehensive about moving this poem anywhere else than where it is.

“The Skaters” by John Ashbery

http://www.text-works.org/Texts/Ashbery/JA-Sk_data/JA-Sk_text.html

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Posted in Poetry News on Thursday, July 11th, 2013 by Harriet Staff.