Light Years Selected Early Works 1969-1972 (A Dynamite book)
The selection includes prose-poems and poetry from earlier books Truck; Ten Cents; Skyliner; and 9:15; as well as previously unpublished work. Merrill Gilfillan explores the essential content of our culture(s) through a linguistic 'jump-cut' editing technique. He uses any and all the phenomena of human experience as information, and refuses to see any category of experienc...more
Paperback, 54 pages
Published June 1st 1977 by Blue Wind Pr
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The cover pictures a satellite image of the eastern half of the United States, and the writing in this volume is just that ocularly raptorial. The style holds up surprisingly well, considering the sheer tendency to attitudinize about what Gilfillan is looking at, whether it be a woman's "tits" or the dimples in her back, or "30 Spanish-speaking men unloading a small electric pump from a pickup truck". (Can that be accurate? If so, the excess of it is trying to tell us something -- something abou...more