Friday, January 05, 2007


Okay -- now THIS is SPECIAL!!!!

Sugar Mule is presenting a double issue on "collaborative textual poetry," guest-edited by stellar poet Sheila Murphy!

Sheila's Introduction certainly makes for interesting reading; click on this excerpt for the whole thing:

Textual collaboration has not yet established a presence as a category of work, yet examples of it appear, intermingled with individual writing, within print magazines and web-based publications, including blogzines. Typically, venues characterized as avant tend to feature collaboration more frequently than relatively more traditional periodicals. As with many categorical avenues in the arts, collaborative textual writing is better characterized by examples of excellence than by theoretical arguments for its existence.

I am lucky to have two collaborations in this issue, one with Nick Carbo and one with David-Baptiste Chirot. And, actually, in looking at the participants in this project, I have to say I am honored by being in this company. I respect, admire and even love the works of many of these poets. Just look at this participant list:

Contributors by section:

- section one -

Mary Rising Higgins and George Kalamaras
Maria Damon and mIEKAL aND
Natalie Basinski and Michael Basinski
Robert Garlitz and Rupert Loydell
John M. Bennett and Jim Leftwich
John Crouse and Jim Leftwich
Luke Kennard and Rupert M Loydell
Dan Waber and Jennifer Hill-Kaucher
J.S. Murnet

- section two -
Penn Kemp and Gloria Alvernaz Mulcahy
Alan Halsey and Jesse Glass
Nico Vassilakis and Geof Huth
John M. Bennett and Geof Huth
Bob Grumman and Geof Huth
Geof Huth and Bob Grumman
Nick Carbo and Eileen Tabios
Eileen Tabios with David Baptiste-Chirot
Vernon Frazer and Michelle Greenblatt
John M. Bennett and K.S. Ernst
Jim Leftwich and Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
John M. Bennett and Stacey Allam
Bob Brueckl and Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
erica kaufman, Anny Ballardini and kari edwards
Steve Dalachinsky and Jim Leftwich
Scott Macleod, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen and Michelle Greenblatt

- section three -
Scott Macleod and Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
Mark Young and Martin Edmond
Nico Vassilakis and Crystal Curry
Peter Ganick and Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
Bob Grumman and Geof Huth
Nico Vassilakis and Robert Mittenthal
John Crouse and Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
Michelle Greenblatt and Tom Taylor
Jim Leftwich and Andrew Topel
Susan McMaster and Penn Kemp
David Baratier and Sean Karns
Mackenzie Carignan and Scott Glassman
Frances Presley and Tilla Brading
Maria Damon, mIEKAL aND, jUStin!katKO
Tom Beckett and Thomas Fink

Hop you enjoy all these works--these poems working for you!