Bruce Andrews, 5″ by 7″ Index Card Postcard, 1974

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Cover of Fervent Valley #3, Spring of 1973, drawing by Peter Karassik

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When I was sending out duende magazines and fervent valley magazines, ’60s & 70’s there were wonderful exchanges through the mail: often other poets’ magazines, notes, artwork, queries offering surprises at the US Post Office we hardly get any more, at least in my digital dominated world . . .

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Here’s a very nice large index card from poet Bruce Andrews he used as a postcard.

Thank you Bruce, after many years, you seem to wrap up your poetics here . . .

bruce andrews card message 1974

“My own interests I guess run more toward stylistic adventuresomeness & the use of language to show its own reality & importance, stressing its non-representational value & interest, its physicality, its ability to create & be its own context & content, & a stress on elements of texture, densities, silence, directionality, balance, rhythm, etc. by organizing language according to those non-representational elements (& not just using them as ornaments to more prettily get the [outside] message across.) Language, our perception of it & its self-reality & possibilities, is the message, for me. Taking this feeling from wherever I can find it: Stein, Zukofsky, Eigner, Coolidge, Palmer, Grenier, Silliman, contemporary art, etc : maybe we could talk about this sometime, since it largely shapes my perceptions & thoughts about what you are doing w/ the magazine. It’s a question of aims, largely.” Bruce Andrews

bruce andrews card frontI at the time was graphically involved in performance of a ceremonial set of poetry, serial poems for presentation before an audience, and I was absorbed in the making of all the items the poems called forth, so, really, I couldn’t have felt more disattached from Bruce’s poetics, as much as I might have been presented them from various publications of the “language” school. The poems I was writing simply forced their necessity on me. The drums of my New Mexico blood just kept beating the poems out. Larry Goodell

/Postcard is from my duende press archives here in placitas, new mexico

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About larry goodell

Poet, voice theater, open space for others, helping hands, sensual paradise here on earth reinvigorated by organic gardening, spirits of New Mexico dancing....
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