Wednesday, 5 August 2009

'Carrier of the Seed' Available as a Free Ebook

My poem Carrier of the Seed is now out as a free ebook with Blazevox. You can download it at:

http://www.blazevox.org/ebook.htm

What the critics have said about it:

Jake Berry:

'Excellent, mythopoeic, my kind of stuff.'

Marjorie Perloff:

'It’s very striking. The reader is propelled forward, thematically and mythologically. The result is extremely interesting.'

Hank Lazer:

'An engaging avalanche of a poem, and I like the collision of various registers of language throughout the poem. Overall, a feel of contemporary myth-dream propelled narrative to it. A truly contemporary quest.'

Andrew Duncan:

‘It negates a whole repertoire of well-loved effects and also demands the reader to switch off their routine response and find a new way of reacting to the text. Carrier, presented as one long continuous strip, has a straightforward phonetic organisation: every line is three words long. This disconnects the line break from the flow of sense of the text. The telltales, which show someone's emotional state, which make it possible to slip into the rhythm of a text and a situation, are effaced. The text thus breaks free from the limits of a soul and could for example be the voices of several different people, standing at different points of a situation. It ceases to be owned by a personality, which we could try to reconstruct in order to identify with it and share what it owns.’

Pam Brown:

‘The poem is breathlessly written, imbued with distinctive imagining and, perhaps surprisingly, it also maintains a satisfying, dynamic-yet-steady rhythm, reading like a long, measured monologue or song. Side intersperses antiquated traces that sometimes suggest classic fairy-tales - robes, kingdoms, forests, parlours, maidens, minstrels, pilgrims, with a contemporary everyday lexicon of cybernetics and with plain speech. The made-up language overtakes the poet intrinsically and emphasises the suffusion of feeling that pulses throughout the poem.’

Adam Fieled:

‘Reading the poem is like riding on a high-velocity train; it doesn't get sluggish, and there are no breaks in the continuity of the sustained, rapid rhythm. This is a poem that takes what someone like Barrett Watten did and extends its range. It has the kind of heart and soul that Watten does not, yet it maintains the sleek feeling and pungent sharpness of Watten.’

John Couth:

'All the way through to the poem's conclusion, with its implied continuation, the reader will have embarked down an extraordinary route of languages, registers and vocabularies, which function to arrest, surprise and disrupt, languages that flow together, collide and cut across each other's current like a plaited waterway. In turn, this flow has been enriched by the assimilation of artefacts from different generations of writers; these deepen the work interlacing it with echoes and experiences from different times and cultures. The integration of so many disparate elements into one cogent construct is the poem's triumph.'

John M. Bennett:

'Say, this is an excellent piece.'

Michael Rothenberg:

'I like it a lot.'

Reviews of it can be found at the following sites:

Stoning the Devil:

http://adamfieled.blogspot.com/2007/12/jeffrey-side-carrier-of-seed.html

Jacket:

http://jacketmagazine.com/35/r-side-rb-brown.shtml

Apochryphaltext:

http://www.apocryphaltextpoetry.com/Vol._2,_No.2_3/carrier_of_the_seed_jeffrey_side.htm

Big Bridge:

http://www.bigbridge.org/REV-CAR.HTM

Exultations & Difficulties:

http://timtim.typepad.com/exultationsdifficulties/2008/04/melting-into-na.html

Shearsman:

http://www.shearsman.com/pages/editorial/reviews2008/jc_side.html

The haunting cover photo was done by my friend Rachel Lisi whose other photography, artworks and writings can be found at:

http://www.kundavega.com/