February 09, 2007

first adventures of col and sem

publication #21
first adventures of col and sem
by Dan Waber
total run: open

Lyric narrative punctuation poetry, what else can be said? Well, here's what others are saying:

<[brick]> it’s sort of a love story between the colon and the semicolon
<devin> ahh, those two have had a thing going for centuries
<[brick]> she’s totally hot in palatino linotype
<devin> oh i know

“i like the way this is simple but symbolically charged. romantic but
smart. concrete but abstract.”—Jim Andrews

“Brill!”—Mairéad Byrne

“Loved it. [...] so romantic!”—K.S. Ernst

“Love poems like no one has ever seen.”—Michael Harold

“...bits of punctuation set free to mean, to make, to be.”—Geof Huth

“o this is way beyond punctuation poetry.”—Karl Kempton

“It’s cheeky.”—Chris Mansell

“...a display of what can only be called heorically wordless subminimality
in the sense of utter alphabetical absence...”—Irving Weiss.

review by Geof Huth

review by Eileen Tabios

For information on how to purchase a copy, please send an email to your
favorite word, whatever that may be, at logolalia dot com.

Posted by dwaber at 09:12 PM

October 19, 2006

Boys, A-Z (A Primer)



publication # 17
Boys, A-Z (A Primer)
by Dan Waber
total run: open

The abecedarius is a poem with 26 words. The first word starts with
"a", the second with "b", the third with "c", and so on.

A cycle of abecedarius re-envisions the alphabet as a loop, instead of
a line. The first poem goes from a-z, the second from b-a (through z),
the third from c-b (through z then a), and so on.

The book is a cycle of abecedarius poems which aims to instruct young
girls about the various types of boys to be avoided (in short, all of

Includes illustrations by the author.

The first four poems:

Adam builds computers,
digital engineerings finagle gates,
his insistent keystrokes lay most networks open,
plunder quarantined remote systems.
This uninhibited vandal will X10 your zippers.

Billy can dance,
every Friday goes hip-hopping,
it's just kicks, limbo, mambo,
no orchestra plays quick rhythm steps,
the upstairs vanishes when XM-enabled yahoos zootsuit around.

Charlie doesn't eat fish,
grains, hamburger, instant juice,
kiwi, lemons, mangoes, nectarines or pork.
Queer religious sects take unhealthy vows.
Why X-rate your zaftigness? Appetites belong.

David's experimental fashions grow hilarious.
Imagine Jello knickers. Lavender maribou nightshirts.
Off-center pinstriped quilted red shoulderpads.
Tight underwear. Various weird x-shaped yarmulkes.
Zany aluminum boots. Cowbells.

Perfect-bound softcover books are US$8 if you want to stop by the
press and pick one up in person, or US$10 including shipping to
anywhere with postal service.

Signed and numbered hardcover copies are also available for US$25.

Institutional and teaching discounts available, please inquire.

To express your interest in owning a copy of this book, please send an
email to your favorite word (whatever that may be) at logolalia.com
requesting method of payment details.

To read a review of this book by Eileen Tabios, please see Galatea Resurrects.

Posted by dwaber at 06:23 PM