This situation of not having a very large audience has something good in it too. I mean that it educates you in a certain way: not to consider that great audiences are the most important reward on this earth. I consider that even if I have three people who read me. I mean really read me, it is enough. That reminds me of a conversation I had once upon a time during the only glimpse I ever had of Henri Michaux. It was when he had a stop-over in Athens, coming from Egypt, I think. He came ashore while his ship was in Piraeus just in order to have a look at the Acropolis. And he told me on that occasion:" You know, my dear, a man who has only one reader is not a writer. A man who has two readers is not a writer either. But a man who has three readers (and he pronounced "three readers" as though they were three million), that man is really a writer. — G E O R G E S E F E R I S
George Seferis, 1920
from Sweet Theft a poet's commonplace book J.D. McClatchy Counterpoint 2016
"The composer Karlheinz Stockhausen who composed his series Moments between 1962 and 1969 and later wrote the work SATURDAY FROM LIGHT defined his concept of the MOMENT FORM as 'AN ETERNITY THAT DOES NOT BEGIN AT THE END OF TIME BUT WHICH IS ATTAINABLE AT EVERY MOMENT'. 'Depending on their characteristics, moments can be as long or as short as one likes', he added. In so doing, he referred to a dispute he once claimed to have had with Werner Heisenberg (when he was staying at the Siemens studio for electronic music in Munich). And it may be he misunderstood him, at least to the effect that — in the same way that at the level of Planck space the beginning of the world repeats itself in every tem- poral interval of now-time, in other words, the universe renews and produces itself at the elementary level from one second to the next while still possessing a beginning and a distant future, as far, that is, as light has been able to travel, meaning that all things have a life in duration and a life in the moment — everything that can enter into the sounds of a piece of music always does so in a two-fold manner: as a now and as a duration, as a puncture and as an entire piece. — Can a sound also be rooted in both? — No. — Why not? — Because our access to the moment and our access to the end of the world belong to two different worlds. — Parallel worlds? — Antiworlds! "
A poem (or more) will be offered by the hour or with the day and at the very least once a week. So stay on your webbed toes. The aim is to share good hearty-to-eat poetry. This is a birdhouse size file from the larger Longhouse which has been publishing from backwoods Vermont since 1971 books, hundreds of foldout booklets, postcards, sheafs, CD, landscape art, street readings, web publication, and notes left for the milkman. Established by Bob & Susan Arnold for your pleasure. The poems, essays, films & photographs on this site are copyrighted and may not be reproduced without the author's go-ahead.
Bob Arnold's first children's book "Rain Bear" New and available now from Longhouse ~ 50 pages. Perfect bound softcover with photographs ~ & drawings by Jason Clark
The Woodcutter Talks by Bob Arnold
Available from Longhouse. Please link on the image for ordering information. Drawing from years of poetry and also new poems, The Woodcutter Talks is Bob Arnold at his finest branching love poems with back country work poems and settlement with community, family and individual portraits. The extensive collection also showcases vintage photographs from woodcutters and woodchoppers and big-saw-pullers of old. Sweat runs down the cheeks of the mere literary and they adore one another.
Stone Hut by Bob Arnold
"Once again, my friends, this is your best book! Exquisite in design, fat enough to be a feast, pretty enough to just wade around in, but deep enough to dive into and stay with, all I can say is WOW, you guys really did it – it’s the first of its kind, a scrapbook novel that is also a how-to and a mystery -- how did he do it, and how does he make rocks balance like Thor? — Gerald Hausman" ~
New and available now from Longhouse ~ Janine Pommy Vega Janina Visions, Tales & Lovesongs 288 pages perfect bound packed with poems and photographs. Janine's full course album of photographs, travel journals, poems, facsimile notebooks of poems, childhood photographs, and family, Beat family, plus her unfinished memoir of Jerusalem.
Cid Corman's Of, Volumes 4 & 5 from Longhouse.
ANNOUNCING. The final volumes to Corman's opus in one book ~ of, volumes 4 & by Cid Corman. 1500 poems, 850 pages edited by Bob Arnold, now available in a limited edition from Longhouse, 2015. Please link on the cover image for details & Paypal payment information ~
'Fully a book ~
An interview with Bob Arnold on Cid Corman’s ‘of’
"Heretic" by John Phillips from Longhouse
New from Longhouse ~ John Phillips "Heretic". Poems with collages by the author. Click on the image for more ~
Malcolm Ritchie's "The Crows of Gravity"
New and available now from Longhouse ~ Malcolm Ritchie "The Crow of Gravity A Correspondence of Wounds". 392 pages perfect bound. "Get this book! Malcolm has written the autobiography of his/ our generation across four continents from “angry young man” to spiritual pilgrim to poet of the great ley-lined earth 392 pages of astonishment." J O H N M A R T O N E
New! from Longhouse ~ Island Dreams by Gerald Hausman Please link for details & Paypal payment
ISLAND DREAMS by GERALD HAUSMAN Selected Poems 1968 ~ 2015 chosen & edited by Bob Arnold New and available now from Longhouse ~ 160 pages Perfect bound softcover. Please link on the cover image for details & Paypal payment information PLUS more from Longhouse
John Bradley's "And Thereby Everything"
L O N G H O U S E is very proud to announce a new book by John Bradley in their on going series of S C O U T book publications — other titles from the series have been by Kent Johnson, Janine Pommy Vega, James Koller, Bob Arnold and Lorine Niedecker with more in the works. An opening salvo at the front of the book by Patrick Lawler should provide ample cover for what the reader should come to expect. And Thereby Everything John Bradley Longhouse 2015 First edition only issued in softcover 208 pages, perfect bound illustrated throughout by Bob Arnold with 150 photographs
J.D. WHITNEY'S SELECTED POEMS ~ NEW FROM LONGHOUSE!
J.D. Whitney ~Sweeping the Broom Shorter Selected Poems 1964-2014 from ~ Longhouse 2014. 192 pages. Please link on the cover image for details & Paypal payment information PLUS more from Longhouse
Kim Dorman — "Owner"
"Owner" by Kim Dorman. Including photographs by Kim Dorman. Selected and edited by Bob Arnold. New and available now from Longhouse 2016 ~ 80 pages. Perfect bound softcover
New! from Longhouse, 2015 ~ Kent Johnson ~ I Once Met, A Partial Memoir of the Poetry Field
An expanded and revised edition from Longhouse, 2015. 176 pages. Please link on the cover image for details & Paypal payment information PLUS more from Longhouse ~
Walking Woman with the Tambourine is the final book of poems by Janine Pommy Vega.
"Walking Woman with the Tambourine is the final book of poems by Janine Pommy Vega. The author completed the manuscript and left it as she wished with her executor Bob Arnold … New and available now from Longhouse ~ Poetry. 144 pages. Perfect bound softcover. Please link on the image for ordering information
OPENINGS by JAMES KOLLER
Selected poems 1959 ~ 1985 edited by Bob Arnold. New and available now from Longhouse ~ 72 pages . Perfect bound softcover. Please link on the cover image for details & Paypal payment information PLUS more from Longhouse
Lorine Niedecker's A Cooking Book
A Cooking Book Lorine Niedecker Longhouse 2015 72 pages, perfect bound. Please link on the image to purchase this new title from Longhouse.
Dudley Laufman's Islandian Poems
The Islandian Poems & Fables Dudley Laufman Longhouse 2015. 72 pages, perfect bound. Please link on the image to purchase this new title from Longhouse.
NEW ! MALCOLM RITCHIE ~
Malcolm Ritchie. small lines on the great earth. Longhouse 2014 112 pages. Perfect bound softcover. Please link on the cover image for details & Paypal payment information PLUS more from Longhouse
MIRZA ABD AL-QADER BIDEL / ROBIN MAGOWAN ~
New from Longhouse. Please click on the image
New from Longouse ~ Robin Magowan
New from Longhouse. Robin Magowan. The Garden of Amazement, Scattered Gems After Sâeb. large softcover glossy bound with an introduction by the translator, 112 pages