Wednesday, October 10, 2007

 

THE GRAND PIANO, PART 4
is now available!

An Experiment in Collective Autobiography, San Francisco, 1975-1980, by Carla Harryman, Kit Robinson, Tom Mandel, Barrett Watten, Rae Armantrout, Ted Pearson, Lyn Hejinian, Bob Perelman, Ron Silliman & Steve Benson.

Like the early avant-gardes, the poets who gathered at the Grand Piano developed not only an exacting and liberating poetics, but also a way of living-in-art. Its chronicle here is many things, among them a deeply human and amusing map to building community through literature in this most unlikely of times.

— Cole Swensen

The Grand Piano is an on-going experiment in collective autobiography by ten writers identified with Language Poetry in San Francisco. It takes its name from a coffeehouse at 1607 Haight Street, where from 1976-79 the authors took part in a reading and performance series. The writing project was undertaken as an online collaboration, first via an interactive web site and later through a listserv. When completed, The Grand Piano will comprise ten volumes, with the authors appearing in different sequence in each volume.

New volumes are scheduled to appear at three-month intervals.

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