Central to the myth is the notion that members of this subculture typed on single sheets, shared with friends and other members of what became known as the typewriter underground. This particular fragment describes a central character in the underground, Prolixity Ferris, an hypergraphic dakini.
This is not my usual writing process, I normally conceive my poems as I’m writing them, working through the invention and the expression in a simultaneous process. In developing the material I wrote for the typewriter underground that summer, the process was more one of conjuring characters to the point where they were ready to leap onto the page, and then delivering them quickly as full blown poems, reading them aloud, and then going through a process of careful, but rather minor editing.
her with great joy and wisdom.
Has this poem been published before? And if so where? No, but it’s been produced on stage several times, and it’s been the inspiration for a silent film.
Eric Edelman, illustrator of La Commedia Sotterranea, is an accomplished collage artist who resides in New York. His work can be found at Art of RetroCollage — The Metaphysical Art of Eric Edelman
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by Marc Zegans