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Couldn't You?


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Couldn't You? by John A Hall
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Couldn't You? brings together most of John Hall's poems for the page written since the publication of Else Here in 1999 - and writing for the page here assumes black ink on white rectangular paper, but with the permissions that come with poems to engage that visual space of meaning with different tactics, ranging from the minimal and laconic forms of 'Gloss' and 'Harder than Ease' to the loquacious blocks of 'Here and There'. In each case the margins are part of the poems: the not writing of the margins confronting the writing with its omissions and limits, with its repetitive silences or obsessive utterances. What can poems - as poems - know? And is this the same as asking how many nos are bound up with a poem's knowing anything? As the poem says, avoidance and repetition.

Author Biography

John Hall was born in 1945 in the country since named Zambia and has lived in England from 1958, mostly in Devon. He has worked for many years at Dartington College of Arts, where he was one of the founders of 'performance writing' and where he is now part-time.His first collection of poems, Between the Cities, was published in 1968 by Grosseteste Press. He was included in the anthology A Various Art. His last book publication of poems was Else Here: Selected Poems (etruscan books,1999). This included a section of previously unpublished work. His most recent publication - though by no means his most recent writing - is a 'brief textual adventure' called Apricot Pages, from Reality Street (2005).Since the early 1990s he has worked as a poet across the different formal and cultural environments of page and frame. In this same period he has become increasingly absorbed in enquiries about these environments and their relation to both writing and reading. A number of these enquiries have appeared as published articles.
Release date Australia
November 15th, 2007
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Shearsman Books
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