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Craig Dworkin's Homage to Clark Coolidge's The Crystal Text

By Harriet Staff


Over at The Disinhibitor, Michael Cross alerts us to very enduring news indeed. Craig Dworkin has created a piece based solely on Clark Coolidge's The Crystal Text. It's called The Crystal Text, believe it or not. More on this project:

I wanted to mention that the new Compline chapbook, Craig Dworkin's The Crystal Text, is officially ready for your minds and hearts. Printed entirely on the Heidelberg at Compline HQ, The Crystal Text is Dworkin's homage to the Clark Coolidge collection of the same name. At a reading here in the Bay Area last month, Dworkin mentioned that, after rereading, he found Coolidge's book totally different than he remembered and set out to write the poem he imagined. The result is a tightly wound syntactic puzzle that refracts and levels and refracts some more, calving into semitranslucent lyric propositions. I shouldn't have to convince you that you need this. This would make a perfect belated present for someone you haven't loved enough this year. Let Craig love them for you.

The images are gorgeous! You can buy one here (fer cheap, too).