Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Aimless Reading: The O's, Part 10 (Joel Oppenheimer)

Oppenheimer, Joel
Names & Local Habitations

Given to me by someone at the UB Poetry Collection -- either Mike Basinski or Matt Chambers.

Both Joel Oppenheimer books I own came to me in this manner. In fact, I would wager that the majority of people on the planet who own the same two books acquired them the same way.

The poetry collection hands them out at readings, leaves them sitting on the counter as you enter beneath a sign saying "Take one -- it's free," sends them out as Christmas gifts, etc., and yet they never seem to be able to get rid of them.

I think everyone who visits the poetry collection has at least one of these two books by Joel Oppenheimer. Now, the real question is this: Is the number of people who actually read the books larger than the number that use them as door stops?

A question for the ages.

from Names & Local Habitations


in time, in time they
will say it all i mean images of
death and the act of
a flaring pomegranate has
more seeds than one man can
possibly spit
out, the juice runs down
from the same corners of
the chin where the
beard refuses to grow.

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