The Morbid Anatomy Anthology by Joanna Ebenstein & Colin Dickey (Morbid Anatomy Press) $30.00 - 28 lavishly illustrated essays about the intersections of the history of anatomy and medicine as well as death and the macabre. Topics include the catacombs of Palermo, books bound in human skin, …
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.""