Saturday, July 29, 2006
Sylvester Pollet’s Backwoods Broadsides have finally come to a conclusion, with the publication of Jonathan Green’s Songs of Farewell, a gathering of 15 poems published on a single sheet of paper, the 100th such “broadside” in Pollet’s series. In its 12 years, Backwoods Broadsides has been a Who’s Who of mostly post-New American poetics, including such authors as
Lee Ann Brown
Mary de Rachelwitz
Tsering Wangmo Dhompa
Diane Di Prima
Rachel Blau DuPlessis
Jackson Mac Low
Stephen Paul Miller
Sheila E. Murphy
Robert Vas Dias
Plus maybe 40 more. I do believe that he only “repeated” two contributors in the entire series, Sheila Murphy (once solo, once in a collaboration with Doug Barbour) and Clayton Eshleman (once in his own right, once as translator for César Vallejo).
One amazing aspect of this series is that you can still get it all or in parts. Back issues – and they’re all back issues now – go for $1 postpaid in the
Here is Jonathan Greene’s title poem from the last “chaplet,” “Songs for Farewell”:
They say his robe is flowing.
He, too, flowing downstream . . .
To leave like a winning dive,
clean into the water like a knife,