Bill Pearlman, Inzorbital, a novel of high research, the penultimate novel of the 60’s in New Mexico by the then Captain of its universe. 114 pages.
Review of Inzorbital by John Brandi
INZORBITAL with its forever ladder climbing surfboard overdose word & waterrace jetstream verbal rhythmic high makes a terrifying often pleasurablepainkiller ride thru the marl of desert New Mexico crossing america & aslant in the fog of Europe, a language so weird & intense at times that one feels blown thru a jazz sax or high on an acid rage of sex, touching down beyond the football goal with two balls in hand & the head whitely spotlighted, band playing, all the cheerleaders undressed & suddenly so many years orbits joints & songs have been passed that it is no longer possible to ride beginning to end, but to merely run for cover before, as Marilyn Kennedy puts it on the back cover, the “shooting starts”–
I’ve thought twice of Kerouac, a little of Walt & many times over of Jack [Hirschman] & the surrealists since fastly making the pulp, laying it all out before me then letting it eat me up, enclose upon me with all its music & dust & long needles of late Sixty remembrances & the empty orange iceboxes of youth staring me time after time with words & food, mud in the face & baffled girls from Bel Aire swimming pools, nightwashed bums & the dogs of Memphis, you get them all together here, backwards, forwards, empty wards, wild tracks, like Sgt Pepper, backdated, updated, spinning crazily off the track & with a million mouths . . . thanxs Bill, & Duende, for bringing INZORBITAL alive
– John Brandi lives in El Rito, New Mexico, travels a lot, teaches, writes, paints and is a major asset to the poetry and painting life of our state. See John Brandi.
But INZORBITAL blasts off all dimensions in form, laid at first in the New Mexico landscape, it has acid rhetoric peculiar to one Bill Pearlman who came here in the height of the 60’s & wrote about it. There are also choice sections of jock lib stuff, good Oregon passages in the part with the runner Prefontaine sometimes the star.
Anyway INZORBITAL does say some things about the late 60’s in America that have not been said and will probably never be said again. True there are some denser passages in this work, but the vitality is in its fantastic energy, when Pearlman gets going watch out. His his first prose book, it’s a novel of sorts, heretofore undiscovered.
Note, written October 31st, 2014. I don’t believe John Brandi’s review piece has been published and my apologies for not making that happen before, so here it is and it brings back the rush of that book. I printed it on a Davidson Press in Frank Lindsay’s printing shop in the North Valley of Albuquerque. And we had a great collating party to start the year of 1975 right there in the shop. It was a great way to start the new year.
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Larry Goodell / duende press / placitas, new mexico 2014