Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Poetry Swag: Jeff Encke's Most Wanted


Buy this deck yesterday.
Why aren't poets, of all people, more creative? Certainly some of us are using multi-media (to overuse a 90's buzzword) options to do new and exciting things with poetry.

Jeff Encke, brilliant fellow that he is, created a deck of playing cards with individual lines of poetry on them: Most Wanted--A Gamble in Verse. It's a book. It's a deck of cards. It's f###ing genius. Click the link for some gorgeous and provocative work.

This picks up where the Gysin/Burroughs cut-up method left off. Shuffle the deck and make a poem. Themed around the "War on Terror," the deck was originally published in 2004. Since then, all copies of the physical deck have been sold, but it exists in digital form. Now, thanks to things like Kindle and Encke's own generosity, you can download the deck from Amazon for free. Update: through Thursday night, that is.

Jeff Encke. Sexy Mofo.
Encke proves to us that being avant garde is now more and more about materials and methods, less and less about copying what Gertrude Stein and the Dadaists did with language a hundred years ago.

Jay Snodgrass's graphic poems

Stay lovely,

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