The new ebook from Argotist Ebooks is “Thirty-Two Short Poems for Bill Bronk, plus One” by Mark Weiss
William Bronk's work is characterized by extreme care. Metaphors are few and deployed gingerly, and the matter of daily life enters most often just enough to suggest a context. And his concerns are almost exclusively with final things: on the fugitive nature of both the self and any kind of external reality, Being as if lost in the chaos of before the Biblical creation. 'What we want is a here with a meaning' he says in one of his poems, and goes on to demonstrate that we can't have it.
Of this collection of poems inspired by Bronk’s writing practice, Mark Weiss says, ‘Few of these poems dedicated to his practice really attempt to achieve it, and he probably would have found most of them in different ways totally scandalous. Rather, they seem to me to dance around his work as a fixed point. It's in fact “Sometimes,” a poem outside the group, that may come closest to Bill's poetry, though longer than all but a few of his, and I've chosen to place it immediately after them, as a sort of envoi’.
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