Laura Boss and I will be putting together a proposal this
fall for a Selected Poems of Michael Benedikt and sending it to you. It will include work from his five published
books of poetry as well as from three decades of uncollected work. Here's a bit of biographical info on Benedikt:
Anyone have any suggestions of who I should be hitting up
Any publisher want to save me the
trouble and jumping on this right away?
Here are two short poems from Mole Notes
, to give you a feel
for the prose poems that make up about half of his collected work (most are a bit longer
than these; I’m being a lazy typer this morning):
Waking, Mole’s greatest social concern at present is this
The earth must have rolled
around until the mouth of his burrow was directly under it; then it
I invited our favorite famous writer, who happens to be a
distant friend, to our wedding.
celebrate, he gets high and cuts up the manuscript of one of his most famous
love poems, using a paper punch; then he throws it all over us in our hotel
room, like confetti.
considers us just one more nice normal average couple when I tell them that we
spent the first night of our love in a motel room crawling around on our hands