11 - Inventions II (CD) by Carol Novack Oct 21, 2008 19:31:59 GMT 2
Post by shayepoet on Oct 21, 2008 19:31:59 GMT 2
Inventions II: Fictions, Fusions & Poems (CD)
Accompanied by Benjamin Rush Miller & Donald C. Meyer
This CD is a lyrical, rhythm and image-focused spoken word album of writings recited by author Carol Novack, publisher of Mad Hatters' Review, with most tracks accompanied by custom-made music and sound affects composed by Benjamin Rush Miller and Donald C. Meyer. It contains (in order of tracks) writings published in Diagram, American Letters & Commentary, Web Del Sol, Notre Dame Review, Action Yes, Big Bridge, Otoliths, LIT, Tears in the Fence, and Segue. The original version Inventions 1 is identical to this CD, but with fewer tracks accompanied by music. Cicily Janus wrote a review of Inventions 1 in Eclectica Magazine:"When are words not enough to place an uncomplicated description in the mind of a human? Right about now. The CD, Inventions I: Fictions, Fusions and Poems written and recited by Carol Novack, is a collection of works spanning the idioms of experimental poetry and prose. . . .
Each piece is read with a steadfast voice and throughout the collection are enough ideas to stir the tower of deliberation within one's own mind. A fluidity of words from start to finish flow at once through your ideology of what prose is, was, and is not. Novack, who is also the founder and editor of Mad Hatters' Review (one of the Internet's best sites for multi-media presentations of literature, art, and music) entrances the listener with a fluting tone of voice rivaling a daze of accents lost and found amid the audiology of our overt-technological-sound- filled society."
The first track "Destination" was a Twin East Coast Feature of the Week this past July.
"Destination" and other tracks may be heard at MySpace.
Poet Larissa Smailo noted in her recent review:
"Imagination's Form: Carol Novack's Inventions II: Fictions, Fusions, & Poems"
Carol Novack is a conundrum to literary editors whose ideas of poetry and fiction as forms are rigid. To such editors, Novack might say, as one of the personae on her CD does, "Your imagination has closed walls." The best term for Novack's literary form— flash fiction qua prose poem qua fusion—is Novack's own, invention. The eloquent inventions of this CD are witty, lyrical, and new, even as they reinvent the themes of family, myth, art, and self.
The introductory piece on the CD is "Destination," invoking ideas of perception, longing, and individual reality.
On the hill, there is an easel holding a painting of a town. You are always traveling to the town, but whenever you think you've arrived, there is nothing but stones, statutes and indigestible bread. You return to the painting. You wonder if there's a detail you've missed, a clue that will help you find the town. You let your eyes be deceived. They are connected to your heart with its longing to nest; you are possessed with owning. You lose your perspective again and again, wanting perspective, you are cursed.
In this elusive world, as in ours, the homeless are arrested when they stay still. ("In those towns they lock up the homeless when they remain in one spot and throw stones at Gypsies.") The town of the painting, a longed for destination and artifice both, has a claim on both reality and alternate realities.
The crux of Novack's art is her imaginative power to bring alternate realities to vibrant lift. To this end, Novack's language is richly inventive. The inventions are replete with alliteration, vivid figures, and witty word play . . .."
--Larissa Shmailo is a poet and translator whose new chapbook is A Cure for Suicide and new CD is Exorcism.
About the author:
Carol is a writer of sociopolitical neuroerotic rants and raves, poems, prose poems, and image drenched, lyrical whatnots, also a play, collaborative films/video’s and a collaborative CD. She has a JD and an MSW, but no MFA.
Carol authored a chapbook of poetry, Living Alone without a Dictionary, published many years ago while she was living in Sydney. The Arts Council of Australia awarded her a writer’s grant. Carol returned to her native NYC in 1978, and became a people’s lawyer, representing all sorts of alleged miscreants, including street artists arrested for selling their works awithout a vendor’s license (she fought City Hall and won the case on First Amendment grounds). She pursued a Masters degree in social work (concentrating in community organizing and group work), and managed to trap it in 2004. Needless to say, Carol’s doing absolutely nothing with this third degree other than running this e-journal, the occasional workshop, fundraising extravaganzas and Mad Hatters’ Review series reading at The KGB Bar in the East Village; the other, multi-media, at Haven Arts Gallery, South Bronx.
Mad Hatters' Review: tinyurl.com/6k3ylq
© 2008 Carol Novack (634479812743) (format: CD-R)
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