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News: Disparate Beasts by Basil King

A year ago today:   Disparate Beasts: Basil King’s Beastiary, Part 2 was published in the midst of the year Covid-19 stole

It was announced by the publisher, Marsh Hawk Press, and followed by a wonderful review in Don Yorty’s blog, with a video of Basil reading a few selections.Take a look and buy a book! (Or ask mheditor for a review copy!)

Basil King reads from Disparate Beasts

 

ISBN: 9780996991179 (pbk.)   Price: $18.95   Publication Date: May 22, 2020

Advance Praise

“It helps to have had one’s hands covered with paint. Someone, after a long life, is standing at the door of some facet of wisdom.” –Nathaniel Tarn

“[From the} perspective of someone who has been trained not just to look but to see, and to not miss anything in his field of vision.” —Ammiel Alcalay

“King dissects a variety of paintings principally from the modern movements of nineteenth and twentieth century painting…. He moves through their lives as a demanding Vasari, with whom we test our own visual experience.”  —Roy Skodnick

For further information email: mheditor@marshhawkpress.org

 

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NEWS: Updated website for Martha and Basil King

Our website is now   basilking-marthaking.com (The old name will continue to work for a while.)   Lots of new content as we’ve been busy during the year that wasn’t.   Take a click.

 

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News about Max Sees Red

Comment & a review

“I love Martha King’s astutely roving eyes & ears, what & who she notices, how deftly she weaves perceptive commentary in & out of encounters, & especially how accurately she pegs the now faint smells of 1970s NYC’s low-key squalor crisscrossed by the ambitions & conflicts of its “aht” world. The book paces like a great film script, which makes this an absorbing page turner.”    –Patrick Brennan

“Not only a clever mystery but a meditation on the fragility and interdependence of a community as it shakily weathers a blow to its integrity.” –Jim Feast from his glowing review in the current issue of Sensitive Skin

Please order from the publisher http://www.spuytenduyvil.net/max-sees-red.html Or a friendly indie bookseller. Or (gulp) Amazon.

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New book from Martha King

MAX SEES RED — is King’s first-ever novel, a murder mystery in which a painter named Max tries to find out who murdered a young literary editor in her Hudson Valley summer house. One of his oldest friends, an experimental novelist, has bumbled into making himself a prime suspect.

The action takes place in the late 1970’s in SoHo bars, lofts, and galleries, and in Dutchess and Hudson counties just north of New York’s suburbia, then a landscape of impoverished small towns and abandoned farms. Artists who have begun to settle there have uneasy relationships with the rural poor and elite establishment landowners, and sometimes encounter a shadow neo-Nazi subculture.

Max Sees Red – cover

The book is populated with painters, sculptors, poets, potters, critics, dealers, and hangers-on, both gay and straight, including newly rich Wall Street patrons and people in the “uptown” world of mainstream publishing.

ISBN 978-1-949966-06-0

256 pages

Available now on Amazon and on the Spuyten Duyvil website.

http://www.spuytenduyvil.net/max-sees-red.html

There will be a New York book launch and reading in May. Please come to Zinc Bar, Sunday May19, at 4:30. (82 West 3rd Street)

 

 

 

 

 

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Our new website name

We have a new website name

You may still use www.basilking.net but when the home page opens you will see the new domain name: basilking-marthaking.com

This is the domain name going forward. The new name makes it clear that works by both of the Kings is presented here. We’ve also made some other adjustments to bring our site into 2019.

Enjoy.

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News: Prose Pros-Thursday, May 3, 2018

Ammiel Alcalay and Tiokasin Ghosthorse are the Prose Pros on Thursday, May 3.  6:30 to 7:45.  (Also good food and good company.)   We will pass the hat for the readers.  Hope to see you there.  Avenue A @ 6th Street.  —

Ammiel Alcalay

Tiokasin Ghosthorse

Martha King and Elinor Nauen

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History Now is here

Basil King’s new book, History Now, Marsh Hawk Press, 2017, is here.

It is the latest segment in what poet Laurie Duggan is calling King’s epic, Learning to Draw.  Eileen Tabios in her online “poetry engagement” Galetea Ressurects, calls it HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

 

All five books to date are pictured below.  Another publication, a beautiful chapbook In the Field Where Daffodils Grow was published by Vincent Katz’s Libellum Books, but is not pictured as the text also appears in the large Learning to Draw/A History in the middle of the photo below.  We are grateful to him and to other publishers who issued chapbooks or published segments of this work in their magazines, explicitly Mark Lamoureux, Sanjay Agnihotri, Ed Foster, David Caddy, Dale Smith and Hoa Nguyen, and Peter Ganick.

Order from SPD [www.spdbooks.org] for $15 plus S&H, or, if you must, from Amazon Books, also $15 plus S&H.

Books in Basil King’s epic LEARNING TO DRAW sequence.

 

 

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Basil King in John Tranter’s online magazine, JPR 04

John Tranter, who created the essential JACKET and published its first 40 issues is at it again! This new venture, JOURNAL OF POETICS RESEARCH is already up to issue #4, in which Basil’s prose poem, “A Pigeon in Delacroix’s Garden” has just been posted. Click for full text!

http://poeticsresearch.com/article/basil-king-delacroixs-pigeon/

 

Mixed media on paper, dimension, Basil King, 2014
From the series, Pigeons in Delacrox’s Garden.  Mixed media on Strathmore paper, 30″ x 23″  2014

Rocking back and forth from texts to image, more pigeons can be seen here:

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And more of interest to read in JPR.

Cover of issue #4
Cover of issue #4

JPR is issued twice a year, online only, with new material added as seen fit. Further information at poeticsresearch.com/about/   In the meantime JACKET 2, is being produced by Al Filreis and his able colleagues at Kelly Writers House. Visit   jacket2.org