While there they produced a portfolio of poetry by Ed & Jenny Dorn
, Joanne Kyger, film-maker Samuel Fuller, Joel Oppenheimer, Devo, Ines Brolaski and Barbara Einzig.
...The two Dorn items, "Mesozoic Landscape" and "Green Poems" are a complex of metal type, in many different styles arranged at angles, and include found art (Hitler shaking hand with a giant) & Myers' linoleum cuts that replicate Dorn's writing as well as a brace with an arrow pointing to it.
...Dorn was a great teacher of Callahan and gave them the manuscript of Recollections of Gran Apacheria which was turned into a comic book by Teter and Myers.
...Though Dorn returned to England to teach at the University of Essex, he was now deeply involved with Zephyrus Image.
...Dorn was now teaching at U.C. San Diego in La Jolla and was driving his van up and down the length of the state to work, quite an achievement.
had been working on a film script, at the behest of Stan Brakhage, entitled "Abilene!
Edward Dorn, Limberlost Press
, 17 Canyon Trail, Boise, Idaho 83716, www.limberlostpress.com, 50 p, 7 x 10 letterpress sewn, $20; fifty copies bound in boards and signed by Jennifer Dunbar Dorn
and cover artist Ray Obermayr, $85
"On My 28, 1997, Ed was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer after exploratory surgery," writes Jennifer Dunbar Dorn
in a preface to this letterpress chapbook.
By archaic, I mean there are no higher forces for Dorn
to call on, no absolute vision underlying the rude and mundane core of his
experience.There were just the words and actions of his
professional healers, their practices and his
reception of them within a greater frame of State.
, following his teacher Charles Olson, engages in his work the world, rather than more domestic or local spaces.
You might say with Dorn
that everything mankind has accomplished since the late Paleolithic has been a mistake, particularly where agriculture and civilization are concerned.In the same interview, he
By using the horrific accumulation of images in the oncology lab, Dorn
environment to make a penetrating revelation of the world, as it is, through the screen or magazine photos.
Other poems, like "Linear Acceleration," continue to look at his
condition with unflinching sincerity, seeking relations of meaning.It's not just a personal disease for Dorn
, but an esoteric socio-ritual performance where Los Alamos and the volcanoes of Meso-America are linked in the topology of his
treatment.Other poems are from direct, inner experiences with radiation blasting the "seat of the soul."In "Iodine Fire," he
It is with profound effort that Dorn
insisted on the world, on a world.For there was a world as long as a man like Dorn engaged it.That difference of engagement he
mentions in himself and Oppen, of world address vs. local realities, is one that will be with usâ€"with myself certainlyâ€"for a while.
Then one weekend all of us, Kim and me, Ed and Jenny
went up to Balcombe, near Southwold, to stay with Mike Lofthouse in his big old mansion, on the side of the marshes.
played and Ed sat there in a big old armchair reading one of Simon's books.
and Ed walked around the town with us.