Beyond Baroque Books

Los Angeles

 

 

 

 

Beyond Baroque books was founded in 1998 and is dedicated to emerging, over-looked and out-of-print poetry, especially from Los Angeles-based writers. Titles include the first translation of exiled Iranian poet Majid Naficy; American Zen Bones, a collection of stories from Maezumi Roshi, founder of the Zen Center of Los Angeles; and Whiting Award Winner Joel Brouwer's first book. The press continues to unearth cult rarities as well as collections by noted performance poets, educators and cultural leaders.

Beyond Baroque is a Literary Arts Center located in Venice California. Our latest calendar of events and a schedule of writing workshops can be found at www.beyondbaroque.org.

 

 

  COMMON OBJECTS
April Durham, Olive Martin

ISBN 978-1-892184-21-4
VOLUME 28 #3 OF BEYOND BAROQUE BOOKS

Paperback $9.00 [includes shipping]

In Common Objects, the texts form a collection of exquisite, cinematic portraits, which gain their profundity and truth from real experiences and from plunging the depth of memory. The photographs of Olive Martin are collaborative images that join with the texts to tell a strange story. The images reenact scenes presented by the Thematic Aperception Test (TAT), a Jungian psychological exam developed in the 1940s at the Harvard Psychological Clinic, and evoke the sketchy memories of madness. April Durham is a writer and visual artist and has exhibited in the US and Europe. She has an MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. Olive Martin is a photographer and filmmaker. The photographic series, "Apres le TAT," of which the images in Common Objects are a part, is in the collection of the Artotheque Nantaise and was shown at Gallerie Jennifer Flay, Paris (2003) and the Musee de Beaux Arts de Pau (2004).

 

 

 

  BEYOND BAROQUE
VOLUME 28 #2, magazine: TRUTH Etc.
Wanda Coleman, Jean-Luc Godard, Simone Forti, Jack Hirschman, John Thomas, Philomene Long, Ammiel Alcalay, David Meltzer, Claro, etc.

ISBN 1-892184-22-2
$5.00 [includes shipping]

Poetry, fiction, essays, politics, and art entered on the ever-pressing issue of seeking much-needed truth, TRUTH, Etc. is the latest literary magazine from Beyond Baroque Books.  Featuring a thought-provoking call-to-arms introduction from the editor, Fred Dewey, TRUTH Etc. contains work from all over the world: the U.S., France, Germany, Israel, Mexico, and China.  Included within, such prominent voices as Simone Forti, current Poet Laureate of San Francisco - Jack Hirschman, Ammiel Alcalay, Diane Di Prima, and Venice Poet Laureate - Philomene Long.

 

 

  UNBUTTONED SLEEVES
Simone Forti, Terrence Luke Johnson, Sarah Swenson, Douglas Wadle

ISBN 1-892184-21-4
VOLUME 29 #1 OF BEYOND BAROQUE BOOKS

Paperback $13.00 [includes shipping]

Unbuttoned Sleeves is a literary/dance/theater cross-genre experiment conducted by renowned dancer and writer Simone Forti, theater artist Terrence Luke Johnson, dancer and composer Sarah Swenson, and Douglas Wade, musician and composer.  Drawn from and inspired by two of Forti’s performances, Unbuttoned Sleeves is an all-encompassing experience from page to page, a discourse between the written word, the world at large, the writer and the reader, all in the same brilliant moment.

 

 

  VIGILANCE
Benjamin Hollander

ISBN 1-892184-17-6
VOLUME 27 #1 OF BEYOND BAROQUE BOOKS

Paperback $15.00 [includes shipping]

Benjamin Hollander’s new collection of poetry takes the reader on an evocative journey though word and white space.  Also included, a correspondence with Joshua Schuster and a discussion with John Sakkis.  An essayist, teacher, scholar, as well as poet, Hollander made the pilgrimage from his birthplace of Israel to New York in 1958, and then finally to the literary Mecca of San Francisco in 1978.  Vigilance vibrantly reflects his continually changing setting.

 

BEYOND BAROQUE
VOLUME 26 #2, magazine
Bayraaqdar, Guston, Ruscha, Gerstler, Laabi, Alcalay, Ferrini, Claro, Prado, Sikelianos, Day etc.

ISBN 1-892184-16-8
$5.00 [includes shipping]

An exceptional and varied journal, published by Beyond Baroque Books in Venice, California, includes new work by many vanguard writers, thinkers, translators, and artists. Editor Fred Dewey, "The writing and art featured in this new BEYOND BAROQUE explore the imagination in all its power. The imagination can give us creations that are impossible; it can give us things a political caste hoped would remain impossible." Featuring work by Ammiel Alcalay, Shimon Ballas, Faraj Bayraqdar, Cal Bedient, Claro, Amy Gerstler, Abdellatif Laabi, Lewis MacAdams, Harry Northup, Ed Ruscha, Eleni Sikelianos, Paul Vangelesti, and Bob Zoell.

  TREES & WORDS
Lucas Reiner

Paperback $8.00 [includes shipping]

  ELECTRIC CHURCH
K. Curtis Lyle

ISBN 1-892184-12-5
VOLUME 25 #2 OF BEYOND BAROQUE BOOKS

$13.00 [includes shipping]

Referred to by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as “the most succinct collection of his poetry”, K. Curtis Lyle’s Electric Church is a selection of poems from previous books and chapbooks.  Electric Church is a sweeping, lyrical, rhythmic, and surreal force.  Born and raised in Watts, Lyle moved to St. Louis in the 1960s.  He was fundamental in the founding of the Watts Writers Workshop and instrumental in the Los Angeles renaissance.

  OH, TONGUE
Simone Forti

ISBN 1-892184-11-7
VOLUME 25 #1 OF BEYOND BAROQUE BOOKS

Paperback $13.00 [includes shipping]

Simone Forti’s engaging experimental texts in Oh, Tongue include poetry, dialogue, political letters, and drawings. Born in Florence, Italy, Forti is likened by some to the writers of the Beat generation.  She is also a renowned dancer/performer, cofounder of Judson Church, and revered pioneer of avant-garde in dance and theater.

     

  FROM THE WARRING FACTIONS
Ammiel Alcalay

ISBN 1-892184-10-9
VOLUME 24 #1 OF BEYOND BAROQUE BOOKS


[OUT OF PRINT]

  PRINCESS FREAK
Nancy Agabian

ISBN 1-892184-07-9
VOLUME 23 #1 OF BEYOND BAROQUE BOOKS


[OUT OF PRINT]

 

AMERICAN ZEN BONES: MAEZUMI ROSHI STORIES
Philomene Long

ISBN 1-892184-02-8
VOLUME 22 #3 OF BEYOND BAROQUE BOOKS

Paperback $33.00 [includes shipping]

Venice Poet Laureate and a former Catholic nun, Philomene Long writes with poetic self assurance in this record of almost a hundred koan-like moments from the life of widely-respected Zen master Maezumi Roshi, who died in 1995. Allen Ginsberg visited Roshi, as did many famous visitors. Roshi's tranquility was unwavering in the face of any question or situation. Philomene Long passed away in 2007.

  MUDDY SHOES
Majid Naficy

ISBN 1-892184-01-X
VOLUME 22 #2 OF BEYOND BAROQUE BOOKS


[OUT OF PRINT]

  Black Love
Michael Datcher, Editor

ISBN 1-892184-24-09
VOLUME 22 #1 OF BEYOND BAROQUE BOOKS


[OUT OF PRINT]

  ECHO 681
Wednesday Night Poetry Workshop
Jessica Pompei, Holaday Mason, Sarah Maclay, Editors

ISBN 1-892184-06-0
VOLUME 21 #4 OF BEYOND BAROQUE BOOKS

Paperback $11.00
[includes shipping]

ECHO 681, the collected poetry of thirty-four poets from Beyond Baroque’s Wednesday Night Poetry Workshop, spans the spectrum of style and subject.  It is a valuable glimpse into Los Angeles’ contemporary literary world. Beyond Baroque’s Wednesday Night Poetry Workshop is the West Coast’s longest running, free workshop, and the poets showcased here reflect its profound literary grounding.

  A VOICE IN THE GARDEN
Sandor Tadjeck, Translated by Kurt Brown

ISBN 1-892184-13-3
VOLUME 21 #3 OF BEYOND BAROQUE BOOKS


[OUT OF PRINT]

  THIS JUST IN
Joel Brouwer

ISBN 1-892184-05-2
VOLUME 21 #2 OF BEYOND BAROQUE BOOKS


[OUT OF PRINT]

  PAPER FRANKENSTEIN
Eve Wood

ISBN 1-892184-00-1
VOLUME 21 #1 OF BEYOND BAROQUE BOOKS


[OUT OF PRINT]

  CHINESE FOLK POETRY
Translated by Cecelia Liang

VOLUME 12 #4 OF BEYOND BAROQUE BOOKS
Paperback $7.00
[includes shipping]

    Beyond Baroque Books publications can be purchased through Small Press Distribution (800 869 7553). They can also be found at our bookstore, open Fridays from 11AM to 6PM, at 681 Venice Boulevard in Venice California.

681 VENICE BLVD
VENICE, CA 90291
310.822.3006

beyondbaroque@aol.com

 

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