Shearsman Books has just published a collection of Laurie Duggan's wonderful notational poems from his various strayings to diverse places.
The publicity :
The Pursuit of Happiness collects shorter poems written during and after the composition of Crab & Winkle, and concludes with 'The Nathan Papers', an earlier and longer work written in Australia. The poems address the state of the art and the state of the nation, investigating the spaces left for pleasure in this new dark age. As anthropological investigations, they shift from Robert Creeley, burgers and South African wine on Charing Cross Road to images of Santa Claus in Anglo-Greek Paphos and Japanese tourist signs in the Brontë country.
Tony Baker's blurb:
Duggan’s poetry has the virtue too that it never "abandons the local". Like Paul Blackburn . . . he builds his work out of what he finds in, on or about the premises.
The cover painting, Flight from reason, is by the Australian-born Modernist painter Stella Bowen.
To read a sample poem and for ordering info click here.