Check out our financial and activity report over 2020: 36 new books, 2 new imprints, and a lot of behind-the-scenes developments: https://punctumbooks.pubpub.org/pub/punctum-financial-activity-report-2020/
The artist Karin Bolender wants a world in which humans and equines arrange their lives as equals. In Paris, Tennessee, in 2002, Bolender married an American Spotted Ass, a pregnant donkey, and the two rode off into the sunset at a pace of two miles per hour.
Read Mari Bastashevski's review of Karen Bolender's punctum book The Unnaming of Aliass in Burlington Contemporary Reviews: https://contemporary.burlington.org.uk/reviews/reviews/the-unnaming-of-aliass
[T]his volume focuses attention on those parts of books often dismissed with the word “ancillary” (prefaces, forewords, introductions, epigraphs, notes, references, afterwords, bibliographies), providing vagabond insight into how they can both provoke writing and perpetuate it. As such, the book celebrates what’s becoming more and more mysterious: old-fashioned scholarly methodology, as dependent on chance and good fortune and networks of friends as meticulous research habits
Read Joe Safdie's review of Ammiel Alcalay's punctum book A Bibliography for After Jews and Arabs in Caesura: https://caesuramag.org/posts/joe-safdie-ammiel-alcalay-after-jews-and-arabs-ghost-talk
In Incomparable Poetry, Robert Kiely provides us with one of the strongest explorations yet of the impact of not just the global recession of 2008 on Irish poetry and writing but a convincing analysis of the way in which the very language of finance and late capitalism is part of the vocabulary of contemporary Irish writing. A poet in his own right, this sharp assessment of the impact of the financial crisis in Ireland on three poets is clear, concise and thought-provoking
Read David Toms's review of Robert Kiely's punctum book Incomparable Poetry: An Essay on the Financial Crisis of 2007–2008 and Irish Literature in the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry: https://poetry.openlibhums.org/article/id/3030/
Following Lao Tzu, alchemists like Li Bo sought to refine the subtle elements of body and mind to produce a perfect expression of harmony, an elixir of immortality, impervious to change and time. Following Confucius, Chinese poets emulated the lyrics in the ancient collection The Book of Songs, which, the sage asserted, would continue to purify language. Poetry does this by extending yearning and meaning beyond the limits of space and time. Intoxicated, spellbound, we return to a kind of communication, both primordial and undying.
Read Douglas Penick's appreciation of 3 ancient poets, including the Chinese poet Li Bo, featured in Kidder Smith's punctum book Li Bo Unkempt, in Tricycle: https://tricycle.org/magazine/master-buddhist-poets/
Get an in-depth introduction to the important (late) noise artist Minóy, the pseudonym of Stanley Keith Bowza, who held a key position in the independent cassette culture scene of the 1980s, and featured in Joseph Nechvatal's punctum book Minóy: https://www.ma3azef.live/show-info/?show=2878
Hear Ant Lightfoot narrate Chapter 1 of John Schad's punctum book Paris Bride: A Modernist Life: https://youtu.be/95tGpO0SVzs
Jeff T. Johnson – The Book / Or / The Woods
Jonathan Goldberg – Come As You Are, After Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Peter Valente – Essays on the Peripheries
M.H. Bowker – The Anguished and the Enchanted: The Little Prince, Revisited
Dorothy Kim & Adeline Koh, eds. – Alternative Historiographies of the Digital Humanities
Richard Dworkin – Helicography
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