Just picked up Medeski Martin and Wood's Notes From The Underground. I am liking it a lot so far. What a range!
I have found music without words works best when I am writing. Or perhaps words in another language (I'll see about that when I try out some opera).
Also just finished reading _Rome, A Mobile Home_ by Jerry Estrin and immediately wanted to re-read it straight through. I really really needed to read this book (I'm always searching for that book I need to read right now).
Here's just a small sampling of the lines that made me linger:
"People have often said the city when they meant / capitalism."
"Fantasy is clipped from living material. / Responsibility is unjustifiable."
"The powers of order are never naive / power works by normalization."
"Stoicism of unironic singularity."
You made get the idea it's theory heavy. But it's everything. surreal images, "confession," celebrities, demotic speech, humor.
This is a book with a mind to match its heart.
I think I am going to interrupt my regulary scheduled reading plan and start reading Laura Moriarty's _Rondeaux_. Not that I expect husband and wife to have the same sense of language, but I am very curious now. I would imagine poet partners/husbands/wives would have some kind of effect(s). Maybe a school of two?
I like it best when I know nothing (or very little) about an artist and find their work by accident. I think that's why presses with editorial visions matter to me. I may not like everything Roof puts out, but I can trust their consistent sense of excellence. Verse press also has a strong editorial vision.
The danger for a press with vision is of course producing the same type of work and becoming stale/boring etc.
I think I am going to look for more Roof books. Anyone have a particular press they "trust" in terms of the quality of the work they publish?