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Subject: TapRoot Reviews #1 (poetry etc.)
Date: 13 Dec 1992 23:34:13 GMT
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Issue #1.1                                               12/92
TapRoot is a quarterly publication of Independent, Underground,
and Experimental language-centered arts. Over the past 10 years,
we have published 40+ collections of poetry, writing, and visio-
verbal art in a variety of formats. In the August of 1992, we
began publish TapRoot Reviews, featuring a wide range of "Micro-
Press" publications, primarily language-oriented.  The printed
version appears as part of a local (Cleveland Ohio) poetry
tabloid, the Cleveland Review. This posting is the electronic
version, containing all of the short reviews that seem to be
of general interest.  We provide this information in the hope
that netters do not limit their reading to E-mail & BBSs.
Please e-mail your feedback to the editor, Luigi-Bob Drake, at:


Requests for e-mail subsctiptions should be sent to the same
address--they are free, please indicate what you are requesting.
Hard-copies of The Cleveland Review contain additional review
material--in this issue, reviews & articles by John M. Bennett,
geof huth, Micheal Basinski, Tom Willoch--as well as a variety
of poetry prose & grafix.  It is available from: Burning Press,
PO Box 585, Lakewood OH 44107--$2.50 pp. Both the print &
electronic versions of TapRoot are copyright 1992 by Burning
Press, Cleveland. Burning Press is a non-profit educational
corporation. Permission granted to reproduce this material FOR
NON-COMMERCIAL PURPOSES, provided that this introductory notice
is included.  Burning Press is supported, in part, with funds
from the Ohio Arts Council.

Reviewers: Deidre Wickers, Jake Berry, Bill Paulauskas, Nico
Vassilakis, Bob Grumman, Tom Beckett, Roger Kyle-Keith, and
Luigi-Bob Drake.  Many thanx to all contributors.


BACKWOODS--(#16), 224 Elizabeth St., Athens GA 30601.  $3.00.
Classic underground mag includes bizarre artwork, collages,
comics, gritty and even transcendent poetry, some good stories
and a great back cover of Jesus catching a few rays on a stolen
Holiday Inn towel.  Irreverence with style, the heart of the

BLANK GUN SILENCER--1240 William St., Racine WI 53402. 40 pages,
$2.  A magazine that takes chances and publishes a wide variety
of edge poets. Lists addresses of contributors as well as listing
other interesting magazines.--bp

BREAK TO OPEN--(#1), 2965 13th St., Boulder Colorado 80304.
$3.50. Experimental open form poetry and visuals--most of it very
good, inviting the ordinary mind into new spaces.  Also a review
section.  Let's hope this one remains in publication.--jb

CENTRAL PARK--(#21, Spring 1992), PO Box 1446, New York NY 10023.
222 pp.,  $7.50.  Strong committed work--fictions poetry drama
essays--all informed by a political engagement with the world.
Sometimes fiction & poetry can address "worldly" concerns even
better than exposition; seeming to let in more of the complexity
of the real world.  But even Margaret Randall's essay, on being
a political/lesbian/artist in the land of the NEA and INS, goes
further than an over-simplified "censorship is evil" chant (not,
of course, to suggest that censorship is not evil...).  Mostly
writing, with some strong photographic images, including a series
of Navajos who are threatened with forced relocation.  Only a
little ironic that such radical politics comes in such a slick

CO-LINGUA--6735 SE 78th, Portland OR 97206.  $5.00?  An anthology
of over 15 years of Dan Raphael's magazine NRG.  If you want to
understand what's happening on the edges of literary, and
visualature work then this is the place to begin.  One gets a
sense of both the "avant garde" and Raphael's editorial vision
evolving from one wonderfully open perspective to another.  The
work leaps and sings hungry for new experience, hungry for some
other that defies ordinary syntax, sensibility and logic.  After
a while a kind of lunatic joy emerges, implying there may be some
small hope for the species after all.  Three large tabloid
sections of excellent artistry.--jb

COFFEEHOUSE POETS QUARTERLY--(Spring 1992), 3412 Erving, Berthoud
CO 80513.  38 pp., $3.00.  The poetry is sincere & conversational,
but subject matter & voice run the gamut.  Heartfelt poems about
AmerIndians & whales to funny stuff about the Kennedy clan to
dead serious memories of Nam--the editors have eclectic tastes,
self-described as "meat & potatoes".  Beyond the poetry basics,
they sponsor a sort of poetry pen-pal listing called the Poets
Dialog Network, as well as the Chapbook Exchange--listings of
folks who will send you copies of their work for the price of
postage.  Generous & friendly.--lbd

COKEFISHING ON MOODY STREET--(#27, spring 1992), 31 A. Waterloo
St., New Hope PA 18938.  52 pp.  Cohabitation of Cokefish
magazine (frm AlphaBeat Press, address ibid) and the Moody
Street Irregular's Jack Kerouac newsletter (PO Box 157, Clarence
Center NY, 14032).

DREAMS & NIGHTMARES--(#38!), 1300 Kicker Rd., Tuscaloosa AL
35404.  20 pp.,  $10/yr.  A magazine of fantastic poetry that's
also nicely illustrated.  An entertaining sample of its poetry
is one by W.  Gregory Stewart about Sisyphus--who "does not
understand/ TGIF," among other things, but does know things like
diddly and squat, "And while he has no proof/ that the gods wear
pocket protectors/ he strongly suspects it."--bg
Mostly poetry in the sci-fi/fantasy vein, avoiding blood & gore
as well as cliches.  Even has some surreal and cut-up kinds of
stuff, including an exquisite corpse collaboration done on the
GEnie electronic bulletin board.  Seems to have won awards in
the SF fandom world, and would be a good introduction to the
genre for non-fans.--lbd

DUSTY DOG REVIEWS--(#s 6&7, 1992), 1904-A Gladden, Gallup NM
87301. 52 pp., $2.  Reviews of 100+ small press poetry books &
chapbooks.  Very thoughtful and wide-ranging, with most reviews
running to several substantial paragraphs.  The reviewer has
strong opinions about good & bad, which he backs up with reasoning
& (often) quotations from the works.  But I never got a good fix
on how his particular tastes ran--on the stuff I was familiar
with, could never predict if he'd give it a "yea" or "nay". --lbd
A small price for a lot of reading; a magazine of good solid
reviews, focusing on small press chapbooks and poetry books.
Literate, informed as well as informative.  David Castleman's
reviews in particular show a keen insight into voice and style,
but may be more enjoyable for people who already have a groundwork
in poetic theory than than non-academic enthusiasts.--rkk

EXPERIMENTAL (BASEMENT)--(#1, Feb. 1991), 3740 N. Romero Rd.
#A-191, Tucson AZ 85705.  52 PP., $4.  Appealing to the senses
rather than the sense--triangular pages, layout twisted to match
the syntax, neologisms, & metaphors that've never met before.
Some people complain that this kind of work doesn't "mean"
anything--when really, it's just words that can't be put into
other words ("translated", in otherwords). --lbd

FAT FREE--(Aug.), Box 80743, Athens GA 30608.  10 pp., free?
A valuable showcase for new writers and illustrators.  Its editor
seems open to a wide variety of material--this issue ranges from
a sophisticated cover drawing by Homer Springer to a somewhat
childlike (but likeable) illustrated poem by Random Art Transfer:
"Ants climb my ankles/ like to bite the flesh/ don't like my
voodoo feet./ stamping out their nest."--bg

FISH DRUM--(#9), 626 Kathryn Ave., Santa Fe NM 87501.  36 pp.,
$2.50.  A chapbook masquerading as a magazine, or vice versa:
Unborn Baby by Miriam Sagan.   Transplanted from the east coast,
Miriam's at her best when she's just who she is, tourist or or
writer or expectant mother; other times she strains a little,
stretching to embrace the exotic space of New Mexico or Zen.
A performance of these poems is available on cassette from Rotcod
Zzaj, aka Dick Metcalf (HQ  19th SUPCOM, Unit 15015  PO Box 2879,
APO AP 96218-0171)--interesting to hear a male & techno-processed
voice interpreting these woman-centered words.--lbd
This issue is called Unborn Baby, a virtual chapbook of Miriam
Sagan's poetry.  Her work here is straight down the line,
traditional free verse, breaking no new stylistic ground.  It is,
however, vivid, concrete, highly understandable, perhaps
too schmoozy at times.  Real plots and narratives in every
piece, stepping over the line into prosey at times, but never

FUEL--(#1, 1992), PO Box 146640, Chicago IL 60614. 42 pp., $3.00.