Thursday, May 30, 2019

issue four: guest-edited by Anthony Etherin

edited by Anthony Etherin

see here for Anthony Etherin’s introduction and biography

the fourth issue features new work by:

Clara Daneri
Billy Mavreas
James Knight
Stefan Mohamed
Luke Bradford
Lucy Dawkins
Petra Schulze-Wollgast
Derek Beaulieu
Sacha Archer
Christian Bök

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Author biographies:

Clara Daneri is an artist and illustrator, exploring the relationship between digital and traditional media. She runs Penteract Press and tweets @ClaraDaneri.

Billy Mavreas is a Montréal based artist and writer of Hellenic heritage, working in the zone between text and image, producing more-or-less regular comics as well as abstract comics, word-based poetry as well as visual poetry and asemic writing. He operates a curious art space in Montreal called Monastiraki.

James Knight is an experimental writer and digital artist. Void Voices, his reimagining of Dante’s Inferno, was published by Hesterglock Press in 2018. Website: Twitter: @badbadpoet.

Stefan Mohamed is a poet and author based in Bristol. His novels Falling Leaves and the Bitter Sixteen Trilogy are published by Salt Publishing, and his poetry collection PANIC! is published by Burning Eye Books.

Luke Bradford is an experimental poet living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His latest collection of constrained poetry, Glossology, is available for free download as a PDF or for purchase as a book at His work has been published in print and online by Spacecraft Press, Penteract Press, Timglaset,, and ToCall magazine.

Lucy Dawkins is a British-American model, poetess and world wanderer. You might find her over on Twitter, playing with words, @lucykdawkins.

Petra Schulze-Wollgast (psw) is an artistic discoverer of old printmaking techniques and has her printing studio in Rostock, Germany. She creates abstract typographics with typewriters, Letraset alphabets and metal type letters. She experiments with an old Gestetner 320 mimeograph and prints on a letterpress proofing press, turning her works into artist's books.

Derek Beaulieu is the author / editor of 20 collections of poetry, prose and criticism including two volumes of his selected work Please No More Poetry: the poetry of derek beaulieu (2013) and Konzeptuelle Arbeiten (2017). His most recent volume of fiction, a, A Novel was published by Paris’s Jean Boîte Editions. Beaulieu has spoken, performed and exhibited his visual work across Canada, the United States and Europe and has won multiple local and national awards for his teaching and dedication to students. Derek Beaulieu was the 2014–2016 Poet Laureate of Calgary, Canada and is Director of Literary Arts at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Sacha Archer is a writer that works in numerous mediums as well as being the editor of Simulacrum Press ( His work has been published Internationally. Archer has two full-length collections, Detour (gradient books, 2017) and Zoning Cycle (Simulacrum Press, 2017), as well as a number of chapbooks, the most recent being TSK oomph (Inspiritus Press, 2018), Contemporary Meat (The Blasted Tree, 2018) and Autopsy Report (above/ground). His neglected website is Archer lives in Ontario, Canada.

Christian Bök is the author of Eunoia (Coach House Books, 2001), a bestselling work of experimental literature that has gone on to win the Griffin Prize for Poetic Excellence (2002). Crystallography (Coach House Press, 1994), his first book of poetry, has been nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award (1995). Nature has interviewed Bök about his work on The Xenotext (making him the first poet ever to appear in this famous journal of science). Bök has also exhibited artworks derived from The Xenotext at galleries around the world, including (among others) the Bury Art Gallery in Bury, the Olga Korper Gallery in Toronto, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, the Power Plant in Toronto, and the Broad Art Museum in East Lansing. Bök teaches students of Creative Writing in the School of Creative Arts and Humanities at Charles Darwin University.

Anthony Etherin : issue four : Introduction : "Pyramids"

Poetry is an act of chronogeometry. It distinguishes itself from prose by submitting to premeditated or extemporised structures, be they rhythmic or visual (or both).
          When I started Penteract Press, in 2016, I wanted to build a venue for poems that fully embraced and celebrated their structures.
The penteract is a five-dimensional cuboid: What the cube is to the square, and the tesseract is to the cube, so the penteract is to the tesseract. It is a higher-dimensional platonic solid: simple yet complex; structurally pure, yet spatially transcendental. This reflected the poetry I wished to promote: I wanted both the traditional and the avant-garde: sonnets and sestinas, rondels and villanelles — but also strictly constrained experimentalism and visually radical forms.

Just as great verse seeks perfection by a distillation of language (“the best words in the best order”), so the ancient Egyptians sought spiritual perfection by a distillation of form. The astonishing precision of the Great Pyramid of Giza’s measurements is a testament to the sacred power humans assign structural purity.
          When rob mclennan asked me to guest edit this issue, I wanted a theme that would reflect my interest in structure-based poetry, but which would also evoke the very human need to look beyond. The pyramid, whether as a geometrical object or as a sacred monument, seemed a fitting theme.
The breadth of ideas and styles I received was astounding. Featured in this issue are ten poets: We have visual poetry, both digital and analogue; we have lyrical poetry that speaks both of and with geometrical precision; and we have a variety of literary restrictions.
          I would like to thank each of these contributors for their thoughtful responses to my submissions call — and a big thank you also to rob, for inviting me to temporarily take the reins of this fascinating journal.

A zig. Now one zag. Gaze now on Giza!—

Anthony Etherin is an experimental formalist poet. He founded Penteract Press ( and he invented the aelindrome. His published works include the collections Cellar (Penteract Press, 2018) and Danse Macabre (above/ground, 2018). For more of his poetry, find him on Twitter, @Anthony_Etherin, and via his website:

Monday, April 29, 2019

issue three: guest-edited by Geoffrey Young


edited by Geoffrey Young

the third issue features new work by:

Elaine Equi
Ron Padgett
Terence Winch
Thomas Fink
Annabel Lee
Michael Lally
Jerome Sala
Lydia Davis
Barry Schwabsky
Clark Coolidge
Tony Hoagland

Tony Hoagland (In Memoriam)

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Clark Coolidge lives in Petaluma, CA with his wife Susan. Recent books include Life Forms Here (Pressed Wafer 2016); Selected Poems 1962-1985 (Station Hill 2017); POET (Pressed Wafer 2018). He continues to play drums with the free-jazz band Ouroboros.

Lydia Davis’s most recent collection of stories is Can’t and Won’t (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2014). Her translation of Proust’s Letters to His Neighbor appeared in 2017 from New Directions, and a collection of her essays will be published by FSG in the fall of 2019. She is currently preparing a second volume of essays and completing a translation of stories by the Dutch writer A.L. Snijders.

Elaine Equi lives in New York City with her husband, the poet, Jerome Sala. Her books include Sentences and Rain, Click and Clone, and Ripple Effect: New and Selected Poems (all from Coffee House Press). A new collection, The Intangibles, is forthcoming in 2019. She teaches at New York University and in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at The New School.

Thomas Fink, Professor of English at CUNY-LaGuardia, is the author of 9 books of poetry, most recently Selected Poems & Poetic Series (Marsh Hawk P, 2016), 2 books of criticism, and 3 edited anthologies. His paintings hang in various collections. His work appears in The Best American Poetry 2007, selected by Heather McHugh and David Lehman.

Tony Hoagland was the author of seven collections of poetry, including Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God, What Narcissism Means to Me, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Donkey Gospel, winner of the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets. He was also the author of two collections of essays, Twenty Poems That Could Save America and Other Essays and Real Sofistikashun: Essays on Poetry and Craft. He received the Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers, the Mark Twain Award from the Poetry Foundation, and the O. B. Hardison, Jr. Award from the Folger Shakespeare Library. He taught for many years at the University of Houston. Hoagland died in October 2018.

Michael Lally’s thirtieth book came out in 2018, Another Way To Play: Poems 1960-2017, from 7 Stories Press, with an introduction by Eileen Myles. Award-winning books include The South Orange Sonnets (92nd Street Y “Discovery Award”), Cant Be Wrong (PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award “For Excellence In Literature”), and It’s Not Nostalgia (American Book Award). He writes a blog called Lally’s Alley.

Annabel Lee is the author of Minnesota Drift (forthcoming from Wry), Basket (Accent Editions), Continental 34s (Vehicle Editions) and At the Heart of the World, translations of Blaise Cendrars (O Press). As publisher of Vehicle Editions, in 2018 she co-published, with her daughter Irene Lee, A Book of Signs: The Women’s March, January 21, 2017. She lives in Brooklyn.

Ron Padgett lives in New York and spends time in northern Vermont, near Canada. His forthcoming (2019) book of poems is Big Cabin (Coffee House Press). Other poems of his were used in Jim Jarmusch’s film Paterson. One of Padgett’s favorite contemporary poets is George Bowering.
 Jerome Sala’s books include Corporations Are People, Too! (NYQ Books), The Cheapskates (Lunar Chandelier) and Look Slimmer Instantly (Soft Skull Press). He lives in New York City, with his wife, poet Elaine Equi. His blog – on poetry, pop culture and everyday life, is espresso bongo:
Barry Schwabsky’s most recent book of poetry is Trembling Hand Equilibrium (Black Square, 2015). Other publications include The Perpetual Guest: Art in the Unfinished Present (Verso, 2016) and Heretics of Language (Black Square, 2018); forthcoming is The Observer Effect: On Contemporary Painting (Sternberg, 2019). He is art critic for The Nation.

Terence Winch’s most recent book of poems is The Known Universe (Hanging Loose, 2018). Born and raised in the Bronx, he has lived in the Washington, DC area for many years. The son of Irish immigrants, he has also played traditional music all his life and was a founder of the original Celtic Thunder, the acclaimed Irish band. His most recent recording is a CD called This Day Too: Music from Irish America (2017).

Geoffrey Young : issue three : preface

You’re taking a shower, a heavy winter wind blowing outside, soap’s everywhere, and all of a sudden the lights go out, the water stops, and you are there in the dark, wondering what to do, how long you’ll have to wait, and will the power come back on?
          By the time it does, you’re fully dressed.  You’ve found a flashlight and you’re reading the latest issue of GUEST in the dark, enjoying the veteran voices, the satirical probes, the conceptual humor, the sustained concisions, the idiomatic bumps, the inspissate grinds, the attention to syllabic detail and image clarity.
          One thing follows another.  Another follows thing one. Time in, time out.  Different voices, different runes.  The second reading different than the first.  The text on the page, the sound in your ear.  Poems aspire to a life-time, or even longer. Enjoy, “enjoy.”

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Geoffrey Young [photo credit: Walter Robinson] has lived in Great Barrington, Massachusetts since 1982. For the last twenty-seven years he has presented hundreds of shows of contemporary art at the Geoffrey Young Gallery. His small press, The Figures, founded in Berkeley, CA, was in business for 30 years, ending in 2005, after publishing 135 books of contemporary poetry, fiction, and art criticism. Recent chapbooks of his poems and drawings include Thirty-Three (above/ground press, 2017); SAUCE (World Wide Suicide, 2018); and Sight Unseen (Giant Squid, 2018). In addition, he has written catalog essays for a baker’s dozen of artists.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

issue two: guest-edited by Brenda Iijima

edited by Brenda Iijima

the second issue features new work by:

Cecilia Vicuña
Maryam Parhizkar
Kimberly Alidio and Janice Lee
Norma Cole
Aja Couchois Duncan
Saretta Morgan
Susan Gevirtz
Aditya Bahl
Karla Kelsey
Ivy Johnson
Tati Luboviski-Acosta
Laura Hyunjhee Kim
Jose-Luis Moctezuma
Laura Woltag
Anna Gurton-Wachter
Jamie Townsend
Tyrone Williams
Linda Russo
Robin Jordan
Angie Hume and Thane Plantikow
Soham Patel
Mel Elberg

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issue four: guest-edited by Anthony Etherin

NOW AVAILABLE: G U E S T #4 edited by Anthony Etherin see here for Anthony Etherin’s introduction and biography the fourth issue features ...