Action in the Orchards

Action in the Orchards

by Fred Schmalz

Published by: Nightboat Books

144 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781937658984
  • Published: April 2019


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Action in the Orchards’ explores ekphrastic poetry and its possibilities through experiences and encounters, with art and architecture, with friends and lovers, with our own pasts and futures, how they intersect with language, and how language acts as a filter through which our relations to experiences are communicated. Fred Schmalz follows the energy of those exchanges, in hopes of witnessing new opportunities for language. Formally experimental and musical, the poems coalesce through a kaleidoscopic mix of speech fragments, elision, mistranslation, collage, appropriated language, dream transcription, and wordplay.