Par\adoxes becoming: notes for a poem by Philip Kuhn, no. 27 of a limited edition of 47 ‘artisan books’, published by itinerant press in 2009, ISBN 978-1-906322-05-2, pbk., 69 pp., with silk ribbon as placemarker. In impeccable condition.
Philip Kuhn is a poet of so far just one collection (from Shearsman Books), at maimonides table, a book 'rooted in the Talmud'.
This is a beautifully produced ‘artisan’ booklet printed on high-quality paper, and with infolded illustrations, or at least accompanying artwork. It contains a long poem apparently very much in note form, in that the text consists of interconnected experimental fragments of verse, all in lower case, and somewhat reminiscent in appearance of the long poems of David Jones or the Cantos of Ezra Pound. Like the Cantos it blends history, philosophy, natural description and passages of implied autobiography: a challenging read, as is any modernist poetic text, but well worth the effort. Definitely a thing of beauty, though only posterity will decide if it’s to be a joy forever. It’s certainly a joy to look at and to handle. Rare and collectable. £14.99