A THROW OF THE SNORE WILL SURGE THE POTATOES: John M. Bennett meets Stephen Mallarme
Columbus, OH: Luna Bisonte Prods, 1998
280 x 220 mm, 12
Offset, staple bound, paperback
" A booklet of poetry illustrated with clip art, particularly pictures of machines."
With images from a reprint of an early Sears Roebuck Catalogue and drawing on John M. Bennett's boisterous poetry as well as Un Coup de Dés, Clinefelter composed his book on a borrowed Macintosh SE — the late twentieth-century substitute for penmanship. Mallarmé only thought of having some images from his friend Odilon Redon separated from the text Un Coup de Dés. Clinefelter’s sense of fun and close attention to the original led him to integrate those Sears images throughout with the text to mimic Mallarmé’s textual and typographic road signs. The work also pokes fun at the original poem's emphasis on sonority despite some of its semantically and syntactically puzzling lines.