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15 unedited poems by Mario Diacono
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This is one of those audaciously simple bks that a person probably publishes as a sort of 'idea-in-a-nutshell' meant to be neatly self-contained, no explanation needed. I have a signed copy - not b/c the author gave it to me but b/c Monty Cantsin / Istvan Kantor gave me a slew of things from the Vehicule Archive when I visted there in early 1981 to participate in the 2nd International neoist Apartment Festival. Those glorious & thrilling days of being treated w/ respect as a fellow conspirator to overthrow oppressive 'realities'.

Each of these poems is a red grid. "poem 1" having 15 x 30 blocks labelled "15 x 30 words", "poem 2" having 14 x 28, so forth & so on. Either the blocks themselves are the "words" or they can be imagined filled in by words. Just another formal structure like a sonnet or whatever. Much has been sd & written about writer/reader relationships & the text as the bridge between them. Here's a case where the text is largely removed & just the form remains. Fill in the blanks in the form, sir &/or madam. Indeed, the text as interface between writer & reader is flagrantly forefronted here.
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message 1: by Allan (new)

Allan Interested to read your comments. I published (and constructed!) the book in 1974 with Vehicule Press. I can't remember how the book came about but I know Diacono was in the city, possibly for an exhibition of his work at Vehicule. The production was a challenge considering the alignments and diecutting but I think it was a success and I'm happy that I still have a copy enscribed by Mario.


tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE Hey! THX for yr comment! It's great to get info straight from the publisher's mouth! Esp for something this obscure! May the obscure flourish & the LCD rot away..


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