The sci-fi epic Twelve Gems by Lane Milburn takes place somewhere in the outer cosmos, beyond reckoning or observation. The mysterious Dr. Z has enlisted three space heroes to search the galaxy for the fabled Twelve Gems of Power: the hulking alien-brawn Furz; the beautiful and deadly …
Published by Convulsive Editions
20p, b&w, numbered edition of 125, 5.5"x6.75"
"Michael Anichini's Calyx is a twelve-part poem that sounds a dirge for the planet, the imagination, and for language, all of which have been irrevocably singed with disaster. Calyx occupies this "painted brink/ depicting our ruin" where "an anorexic robot forages/ a plaster cast of a mammoth" and "digital marquees/ thrash us all night." Present, past and future collapse into a delerium of uncanny clarity so that "we find ourselves/ half-choked by a dream." Even so, the poem acts with nervous, valiant energy -it dances, sings, drums, builds, clenches, conjures, chops and gulps. Graphite and watercolor renderings by artist Elizabeth Chisholm illuminatesome of the "other-worldly / contours" that the poem cahnnels through its "invisible siphon.""