2 new books by Jack Galmitz

Contributing editor of R’r, Jack Galmitz, has two new books out: Views (Cyberwit), and The Word ‘Dog’ Does Not Bark (Lulu Press).

Beth Vieira, a former professor at the University of California at Berkeley, wrote the introduction for Views. Here’s a small excerpt to give you an idea:

“[Jack Galmitz’s] Views (. . .) shows the power of allowing perspectival seeing, the layering of views, to accumulate on a topic that might be a bit like an elephant in miniature—contemporary haiku. Like the blind men in the [famous Buddhist] parable, people cling to their own views of haiku even though they have grasped just a part. Galmitz, in tandem with fourteen poets, follows Nietzsche’s lead to allow “more affects . . . more eyes” to the matter.

Through interviews, book reviews, and critical pieces, Galmitz covers the poetry and larger concerns of a broad range of writers: paul m., Peter Yovu, Chris Gordon, john martone, Ban’ya Natsuishi, Tateo Fukutomi, Tohta Kaneko, Robert Boldman, Marlene Mountain, Grant Hackett, Richard Gilbert, Dimitar Anakiev, Mark Truscott, and Fay Aoyagi. Each writer appears in exquisite specificity, as if Galmitz can disappear into each’s shadow and yet at the same time be so active that he pulls them into the spotlight to take a fine-tuned look at the work each does.”

The Word ‘Dog’ Does Not Bark is a new collection of recent work by Jack. The poems in the collection are each given a title. Here are two examples that appeared in slightly different forms in R’r 12.1:

Ancestry

Descendant

of a star

that coexisting

Ancestry II

Impose do not

on the blank space

that pinioned the burial

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One thought on “2 new books by Jack Galmitz

  1. I wish to encourage you to get a copy of Jack’s book *Views*. As we have seen in various places online, he is exceptionally good with his discussions of individual poems– this is abundantly evident in this book, but what emerges is his equal talent for exploring themes and directions in the larger body of a writer’s work. He has enlarged my understanding and enjoyment of writers such as Hackett, Aoyagi and Boldman. He is generous and loving in his readings, and also with his knowledge of philosophy, and with his grapplings with post-modernism. He educates in the best sense of the word.

    My hope is that a more careful and caring publisher than cyberwit will eventually pick this up, give it the editing it deserves. (Do editors exist anymore)?

    And I would love to see more from Jack– there are writers discussion of whose work I was disappointed to find missing.

    Something else is missing, and perhaps Jack is the one to address it: a view of the larger picture of haiku and haiku related writing in the past decade– directions, connections, influences and so on– a survey of what has developed and continues to develop. I would love to see a well written essay on this theme in Poetry Magazine.

    In the meantime, there is *Views*.

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