DEAD ACADEMICS PRESS
The language of these poems is at once precise and given to mystery. This is pannarrativity, the world writ large. Things are named and made new—given new meaning for both poet and reader. These are poems that see the world as one great narration. This is logoclasody, poetry as discourse—where the reader is a conscious participant in the breaking out of signification. Where, as Carey Scott Wilkerson writes in his foreword, “knowledge and experience . . . show their metaphysical hand.”
and louder than our own
among and above all the steps
in order to
are needed, see
in that fashion
to part company
increased and further drawn
and say no more
or cannot go
to let or do or say
and see and at an end
a fold or band
the tuft and wear
“The Valise is one of the most important books of poetry in our time.”
—Daniel Y. Harris, Chairman of the Board of Directors of The New York Quarterly Foundation
“Gregory Vincent St Thomasino writes with a philosopher’s precision. Perhaps he is a refugee from paradox, finding asylum in these two-line stanzas so spare and direct. Fastidious in gathering particulars he makes statements when statements are needed and knows the time and place for a fragment. This, this and this: these poems are a lesson in ostensive definition. What St Thomasino keeps in his valise calls out in a restrained but singular voice for undivided attention.”
Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino was born in Greenwich Village, New York, and was raised in both the city and in the country across the Hudson River in New Jersey. He was educated at home, eventually to enter Fordham University where he received a degree in philosophy. In 2009 he received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Doctor of Arts in Leadership program at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire. His poetry and prose have appeared in OCHO, Barrow Street, jubilat, Verse Wisconsin, In Posse Review, Big Bridge, Cordite Poetry Review, The Germ, Onedit, Pindeldyboz, Xcp: Cross-Cultural Poetics, Rattapallax, Empty Mirror, GAMMM and EOAGH and in various anthologies including the Georgia anthology Stone, River, Sky (Negative Capability Press, 2015) and the language art anthology The Dark Would (Apple Pie Editions, 2013). His digital poetry has been anthologized in the Brazilian book Poesia Eletrônica: negociações com os processos digitais (2008). His e-chaps include The Logoclasody Manifesto, Six Comets Are Coming and The Galloping Man (Eratio Editions 2008, 2009, 2010). He is the author, most recently, of a volume of poetry entitled The Valise (Dead Academics Press, 2012). In his spare time he writes at his blog, The Postmodern Romantic, and edits the online poetry journal, Eratio. run:yes'> He is the author, most recently, of a volume of poetry entitled The Valise (Dead Academics Press, 2012). In his spare time he writes at his blog, The Postmodern Romantic, and edits the online poetry journal, Eratio.
“First you show up for the poetry reading and then you are at the reading except you are in your living room reading a book, and that's The Tragedy in My Neighborhood—it's Ken Cormier you're reading, but it sounds like he's reading to you. The active part of the poem is coming over to you, performing, projecting, gallivanting, whispering, making raucous and yahoo. His poems don't sit there—ensconced in prose settings, they race off to heaven, demand payback, take you for a ride in a convertible. No one else does what Ken Cormier does—set the poem free to the Infinite, knowing that it will always return, home, striking gold in them thar hearts.”
“Like adding facets to a diamond, Ken Cormier's talent becomes more brilliant with every new work. With his tongue lodged firmly in his cheek, Ken tackles everyday America with the right combination of weirdness and compassion. His protagonists face the disappointments of life and he handles them with a tenderness usually reserved for babies and small animals. . . . In this collection, stories ease their narrative between poems of startling surrealistic lucidity laced with heartbreaking truths.”
Ken Cormier is the author of two collections of stories and poems: Balance Act (Insomniac Press, 2000) and The Tragedy in My Neighborhood (Dead Academics Press, 2010). He has released three CDs of original music: God Damn Doghouse (2000) and Radio-Bueno (2002) with Elis Eil Records, and Nowhere Is Nowhere (2009) with Cosmodemonic Telegraph Records. His experimental documentary “Voices of the Dead” won the Missouri Review’s Audio Competition in 2011. He teaches creative writing at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT.
“To read Alan May's More Unknowns is to navigate an alluring necropolis in which the signature phrases of our own numbed and bellicose epoch continue signaling through the flames. May's canny and delicate lyrics remind us that to live in our era is to be proximate to both the technology of violence and its taxonomy; there is no one alive on earth who does not suffer this infernal fluency... Trained in May's acute and unalarmed gaze, we might be over and not know it, eating at our own profaned altars the dismaying food of the dead.”
Alan May's poems have appeared in The Laurel Review, New Orleans Review, poetrymagazines.org.uk, Pheobe, DIAGRAM, Willow Springs, Perihelion, string of small machines, Spell, The Distillery, 9th St. Laboratories, Double Room, The Nervous Breakdown, and others. He is the Editor of The Chapbook.