ISBN 13: 978-0-9619097-5-8
64 pgs, Cover by the author
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Recipient of the Columbia Book Award 1994
Selected by Robert Creeley
for Joan Retallack's brilliantly inventive Errata 5uite lies in
the coming together of that pedestrian object, the errata slip, with the
five line musical staff. But watch out, "5uite" is not just
"suite," and nothing the poet has read or thought about or imagined
turns out to be quite what it seems. For Retallack, language is never
only the means to an end; rather it is--subject, object, material,
texture--the site (sight) of all our actions and imaginings. From the "Book of Nature whole as writ (Look!)" to the Book of Culture
that is always already being (re)written, Retallack (the name itself a
play on errata?) shares with the reader what it means to engage
with the pleasure of the text.
Joan Retallack's series of utopian errata slips returns error to its rightful
place as wandering, itinerant astonishment. This is a poetry beyond right
and wrong, where correction has given way to the sweet music of language
as pure substitution, substantiation, surfeit. For prose read poetry,
for theory read practice, for Retallack read & how!
Joan Retallack's is amazing. At the point where most poets stop, she takes
off--into red shifts of imagination.