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Marcel Duchamp once said: “It all started with Gustave Courbet.” Should the avant garde of today pay for the mistakes of its inspirational predecessors? In The Present Work, movement and moment, Marcel Duchamp and Gustave Courbet, crows and poets, progress and chance, all toggle back and forth between each other, contesting history, primacy, ideas of beginning and ending. ...more
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Matvei
Aug 13, 2007 Matvei added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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one thing I know about The Present Work is that the author's name isn't "MATVEL"

I'm pretty sure of it, since it's my book.
but they won't let me change it, hence, i'm nobody...

kafkaesque? a little?

-matvei, a.k.a. "r. mutt"
William Owen
Oct 27, 2007 William Owen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone, poets
Shelves: poetry
I've seen him read from this and look forward to the experience again. The epigram at the beginning is about as packed an opening as you could find, except for maybe that first line in Heather McHugh's Not a Prayer, and it flips you over onto your back when your not expecting it so that it can show you the vaulting sky that sits above you.
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Aug 22, 2007 Dusie Press rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: POETS
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This book is great! I am really excited that I got it in my Palm Press packet. I highly recommend it to all my po-friends, dadaesque or not!
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Matvei Yankelevich is a translator of things Russian, and a writer of things English. He is the translator and editor of TODAY I WROTE NOTHING: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (Overlook, 2007). He is a co-translator of OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism (Northwestern UP, 2006). His own writing has appeared in various journals, and he is the author of a long poem, THE PRESENT WORK, pr ...more
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