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The Plum in Mr. Blum’s Pudding is Los Angeles native Tosh Berman’s first printed collection of poetry. In 1989, Berman left the United States behind, moving to Japan after learning his wife's (artist Lun*na Menoh) mother was ill in Kitakyushu. The Plum in Mr. Blum’s Pudding was penned while both rapt and lost by this transition. Gracefully toiling between the quirky and ea ...more
Paperback, First Edition (Re-issue), 112 pages
Published November 18th 2014 by Penny-Ante Editions (first published January 1990)
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Jeff Jackson
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Tosh Berman's poetry collection "The Plum in Mr. Blum's Pudding" is full of unexpected associations, images, and jump-cuts. The poems are unfailingly charming, but they're also occasionally cut with poison, so that you're never certain what lurks around the next line break. The book is beautifully sequenced so each of the short pieces echoes off one another, creating a whole that's far more ineffable and mysterious than any individual verse. The writing is often masterful, but in an offhanded an ...more
Eddie Watkins
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
The fifteen minutes it took me to read this book transported me to a place that lingers. So I reread it three more times to reinforce that place. And placed the book on my coffee table to place that place in the place where I live.

What kind of place? It is a heart on top of the head kind of place, with volcanoes and Glenn Gould, and the Sea of Japan making things sad and sticky and beautiful. It is a place where people die to the tune of a light pop tune. It is an innocent and a jaded place whe
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Tosh
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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A review from the author - good god know! But on the other hand I will be doing an event for this book in Los Angeles at the incredible Skylight Bookstore on Vermont in Los Feliz.

Here's the info:

http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/to...

And here is the Facebook announcement for the November 21, 2014 signing and event for "The Plum in Mr. Blum's Pudding."

https://www.facebook.com/events/91179...

Dennis Cooper did a Tosh special blog with music, "Tosh Talks," and of course poetry.

http://denniscooper
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Jeff
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 20x25-iii
Tosh Berman's poems have an edgy guildsmanship to them, they emerge from a kind of Venn diagram of West Coast surrealism, art world personalism, and pop classicism: "In that morbid June | I took a big gun | & with Tchaikovski's 'Sleeping Beauty' | on my mind, | I shot the stupid Milanese tailor | & his gangrenous girlfriend | Dead." These lines may simply be the poet's projection of being the subject of some useless beauty. They are whimsical but not dead. Many are no doubt found. The rest may r ...more
Kimley
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So happy to see this coming back in print. Mr. Berman at his finest!
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I'm the publisher and editor of TamTam Books. I publish the works by and on Boris Vian, Guy Debord, Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Mesrine and Ron Mael & Russell Mael (Sparks), and Lun*na Menoh.

My books are:

"Sparks-Tastic" (published by Rare Bird/A Barnacle Book).

"The Plum in Mr. Blum's Pudding" (published by Penny-Ante Editions)

"Tosh: Growing up in Wallace Berman's World" (City Lights Books) 2019


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