from Cutting Time with a Knife
“This typographic hieroglyph is the first page from my forthcoming book Cutting Time with a Knife, which is an appropriation of three sources: the periodic table of elements, T.S. Eliot's classic essay "Tradition and the Individual Talent," and Wikipedia articles about the chemical elements. My long serial poem responds in particular to Eliot's statement, "The mind of the poet is the shred of platinum." Cutting Time with a Knife asks, "Why just the poet's mind?" and "Why just platinum?""-- Michael Leong
Michael Leong is the author of two books of poetry, e.s.p. (Silenced Press, 2009). and Cutting Time with a Knife (Black Square Editions, 2012), which won a FACE OUT grant from the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses. His translation of the Chilean poet Estela Lamat, I, theWorst of All, was published by BlazeVOX [books] in 2009. He has also written several chapbooks including Midnight's Marsupium (The Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2010); The Great Archivist's / Cloudy Quotient (Beard of Bees Press, 2010); and The Philosophy ofDecomposition/Re-composition as Explanation (Delete Press, 2011). His work is forthcoming in The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing (Lake Forest College Press, 2013). He lives in New York City and teaches creative writing at Rutgers University. You can find him online here: http://michaelleong.wordpress.com/.
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