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Michael Leong defaces Michael Leong’s Midnight’s Marsupium.

September 27, 2010 \am\30 11:41 am

A note from poet Michael Leong on defacing the chapbook Midnight’s Marsupium by poet Michael Leong:

Because of a software glitch (which, from what I understand, can be blamed solely on Apple), I happened upon a small box of incorrectly printed copies of Michael Leong’s Midnight’s Marsupium (The Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2010). Rather than recycling the copies, I decided to reuse them, to deform and deface them, to somehow turn error into opportunity.

The chapbook, itself, consists of two intertwined helices: a series of visual poems composed with the help of and a series of haibun (a mixed form of prose and haiku invented by Matsuo Bashō). I therefore decided to review these two sets of poems by way of collage and erasure respectively. Here are three of each:

  1. September 27, 2010 \am\30 11:45 am 11:45 am

    My Aunt Etta calls poet Michael Leong “adorable” and poet Michael Leong “precious.”

    • September 27, 2010 \pm\30 3:48 pm 3:48 pm

      Those would make killer blurbs, Melissa! I might have to ask your Aunt Etta for permission to use them for my next book!

      Thanks for running the self-review.


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