beautiful show on books by artists at The Liminal in valencia, spain. it includes the deluxe edition of terri witek’s gorgeous, gorgeous poetry collection, ‘exit island.’ each book of this numbered edition, comes with one print from a suite of 7 images that I created especially for the book. the show closes on may 26.
EXIT ISLAND – POEMS BY TERRI WITEK – ORCHISES PRESS
Exit Island is a Blue Plato Special that seeks to remake nothing less than the language. Witek’s work (but really play) tops Whitman sexed with Carson, unleashing multi-vocal, -tongued, -genred, and just plain multi-poetry in extremis: word bubble, snakework, doll clothes, with a tender ear and a wildness metaphysical and physical.
Terri Witek’s Exit Island is a book of voyages, both terrestrial and temporal—explorations mythical and poetic. The reigning deities are Ariadne and Fernando Pessoa, and in verse lyrics and experimental. Witek creates a world filled with snake handlers, sea nymphs, sea chants, and mutinies. Hold on, dear reader, this is a book like no other, a swirling microcosm of the tragic and playful, of betrayal and deep and abiding love.
Terri Witek takes us on a journey deep inside, inside a particularly well-attuned imagination, as well as to a place of collective knowing. In this fine poet’s hands the actual world is broken up and rearranged into a kaleidoscopic vision of a love affair which spans time and space. This is a book wet with the sea and its uncertainties, in all their possible manifestations, yet the moments on dry land are also breathtaking.