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Limited Edition: Intellectual Pretensions

Intellectual Pretensions
Prose Poems by Pat Nolan

Nearly a century ago Max Jacob wrote “Many prose poems have been written in the last thirty or forty years; I hardly know of any poet who’s understood what it’s all about and who’s known how to sacrifice his ambitions as an author to the prose poem’s formal constitution.  Dimension counts for nothing in the beauty of a work, its situation and style are everything.”  Those words are presciently accurate today.

The prose poems in Pat Nolan’s Intellectual Pretensions draw their inspiration directly from the mysticism of the French poet Max Jacob and his revolutionary volume, Le cornet à dés, first published in 1916.  Here, each prose poem, paragraph or sequence of paragraphs is a portal into a separate and uniquely fantastic universe that runs the gamut from the phantasm of a dream landscape to the playful meandering byways of a shaggy dog tale.     

Intellectual Pretension was published in 2009 in a limited edition on Gainsborough cover stock, the design mimicking that of editions of Max Jacob’s poems published by Gallimard/Nouvelle Revue Française, and individually hand sewn in the Japanese side stitch style binding. 41 pages, 8.5×5.5 inches (21.5×14.1 cm)  Copies of Intellectual Pretension are no longer available.  However, you may view the pdf of INTELLECTUAL PRETENSIONS 2009 here.

Intellectual Pretension was also published in its entirety in The Corpse Annual #2 (2010), and reviewed by Gabriel Ricard in the Unlikely Stories blog.





Limited Edition: Fly By Night

Selected Poems, 1975 −1992
by Pat Nolan

Doris Green Editions originally published Fly By Night as a limited edition specifically for the author’s readings at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and at The Poetry Project in New York City in November of 1992.  In 2006, Re:issue Press reprinted the selection of poems in the original edition adding the subheading Selected Poems, 1975 −1992. A few modest editorial changes were also made, and the biographical information updated.  Surplus covers from the original edition were recycled and cut down to fit the current format, from 8×10 to 5×7.  The hand-sewn Japanese style binding and the folded leading edge of the page are unique to the reissued edition.  A review of Fly By Night by Gabriel Ricard was published at the Unlikely Stories blog.  Here then is the full text of that 1992 selection of poems: Fly By Night Selected Poems 1975-1992