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|Indefinite Space XIII|
An A5 booklet that is issued once a year. A coffee-time light read, but some of the subject matter is quite heavy. The centre pages are visuals. A favourite piece is Nathan Parker's
SOULSCAPE WITH A SHRINKING CRAYONAnother piece on the subject of artwork is Maria Borrelli's EXHIBITION which is given in full:
intensity broke out of the canvas boundaries absorbing our senses blended paint flow crawling colors on the loose
|reviewer: Doreen King.|
|Indefinite Space XIV|
Twenty three poets are featured in Vol XIV of this magazine under the current editorship of Marcia Arrieta, and as the title suggests the ethos of the work is about the use of space, often graphically exploited on the page by the use of pattern, photography and the manipulated surfaces of the visualingual poems of Andrew Topel. In this anthology there are serious questions being asked. The enigmatic, almost algebraic puzzle posed by Marton Koppany in THE SECRET takes the idea of abstraction full circle, where everything is in parenthesis
The cleverly manipulated map of ancient Greece peppered with aphoristic phrases by Ray Hsu reminds us of old history lessons steeped in Homer:
the weight of a body on your spearand
Go among them unharmed: this is a storyElsewhere, the fragmentary nature of Celina Su's SPLIT ENDS sprinkles partial questions towards the reader.
What if that which equals silence. Then generous breath. As if they know what to.And concluding
When the colour is clear. Praying, will I know it's. Please know that, even if. As.Charlie Burgess offers FISH
feeling fills space i recall waterJohn Elsberg
the future and the past in between I love her nowAmongst the thirty-one poems in INDEFINITE SPACE are crammed profound ideas and pertinent questions, sharp observations and conundrums. All are relevant, and possibly summed up by editor Marcia Arrieta in WAITING
in the design of a fugue by chance. by encounter. silent. imagined. wild grass & river
|reviewer: John Cartmel-Crossley.|
|Indefinite Space XV|
I'm afraid I had great difficulty extracting much pleasure from reading this magazine. There is a lot of open-ended, and — to me — inconsequential navel gazing that simply fails to engage me as a reader. There is much messing-about with fonts, there are visual tics of the kind I thought went out in the 1960s and which are certainly no advance on the work of Cummings or Pound.
Fernando Aguiar's untitled visual in which a heap of letters makes a kind of landscape is quite effective, but I had to wait until Diane Webster's brilliant little NESTING HABITS before I found a poem I really liked:
Sparrow picks through abandoned leaf pile like bag lady searching half-eaten sandwiches, aluminum cans, or silken scarf frayed on one end.Also good was Richard Kostelanetz' tiny, but clever, SHUFFLINGS:
Float a loft.On the whole, a disappointing read — I felt the magazine was trapped in the past, metaphorically leaping up and down shouting
Look — concrete poetry! and, look — surrealism!Sadly, it was all done much more effectively more than 50 years ago.
|reviewer: John Francis Haines.|