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A Mammal of Style A MAMMAL OF STYLE
by Ted Greenwald & Kit Robinson

Two serious laddies. Six serial works. 138 pages. Ten years in the making. One helluva book called … A Mammal of Style.

Throughout their long friendship, Ted Greenwald and Kit Robinson have developed a way of thinking, talking and writing that picks up on whatever’s “in the air” of contemporary living. In this book they channel a mystery poet whose work emerges from the close interaction of two distinct sensibilities, one on each coast, connected by the U.S. Postal Service, the Internet and the occasional coffee or drink. A Mammal of Style stands with the works of Breton and Soupault, Berrigan and Padgett, Harryman and Hejinian, an epitome of collaborative genius.

"A Mammal of Style is funny and swell. Greenwald and Robinson, two great mammals of the American idiom, combine ingenuities to make ordinary language sing. In totally transformed trad forms (sonnets, sestinas, haibun—yes, haibun!), these poems are perfectly off-kilter and full of "clean energy."
- Nada Gordon

"I LOVE SPEECH-tinkering. No accent soloist in a dialectal orchestra, "Enter: Trombon" with collocations, frozen expressions, idioms, hyponymy---preconditioned stuff of a spoken commons. A, not the. Maybe sperm whale, maybe jerboa. Mammal, not algorithm, of style, as in, not automatic. A manual transmission. Of style, not writing. Fourteen liners, phrase-prose, sestinas, an autumnal Spring N All, pithy tercets with titles that come and go. “The time is now // And then."
- Louis Cabri

"Collaboration—the kind I like anyway—creates environments in which attention and care towards the other is primary, and the ways we’ve learned to pin down subjectivities become unmoored. Greenwald and Robinson volley playful, critical, and fluid language within live forms, attuned as they are to local stations’ signals. USAmerican English idioms are twisted and reworked; computer commands are made to emote; the remix occurs concurrent with “the original,” giving lie to singularity."
- Alli Warren

"A Mammal of Style lets language light the distances between mind & matter, sound & sense, form & metamorphosis, confession & concept. This book is an unstable beauty."
- Arlo Quint

Ted Greenwald is the author of Comma Fork--Moving Parts; Clearview/LIE; In Your Dreams; 3, and other books. He lives in New York and works on breath.

Kit Robinson is the author of Determination, The Messianic Trees: Selected Poems, 1976-2003 and other books. He lives in the Bay Area and works from home.

138 pages
ISBN: 978-1-931824-51-4
Publication date: November 2013

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Balance Sheet BALANCE SHEET
by Kit Robinson

"Kit Robinson's new Roof book, Balance Sheet, includes, besides the long-lined title poem, the one-word-to-a-line four-lines-to-a-stanza poems of "Ice Cubes II" and the variously-composed numbered lyric poems that comprise the opening sequence, "Counter Meditation." The three sections of the book, though almost alarmingly discrete, do, atthe same time, compose a balanced sheet. This balance, and its happy control, is one of the enduring charms of Robinson's latest book. Balance Sheet is just that, a various, wry look at apparent life both inside and out at midpoint, balanced in the battering flux of myriad informations, all as "right" and "wrong" as ever. Kit Robinson's reflective work is articulate and compelling witness to the ominous sign sof our time."
- Robert Creeley

"The centerpiece of Kit Robinson's new book is a sort of do-it-yourself panic ode, a high-wire juggling act, a breathless farce in which every word seems to be knocked out in a fast-paced narrative of love and capitalism."
- Beverly Dahlen

"I read the entirety of Balance Sheet as the saga of an acculturated mental traveler arrived at the refractive limits of sense and still counting. The smarts line up neatly as ever, percipience beeping, tenderness written by hand."
- Bill Berkson

"Robinson's verbal phrasings make a precise match to the measure of his getting around in contemporary in-time living, and the edgy specificity that results is charged with comic energy. But in Balance Sheet, he has developed quickness and hilarity into something very like wisdom—surrounding his accuracies in another measure-one that's hard toname but which expands time. Despite the immediacy and contemporaneity of the material, Robinson is writing about the infinite and timeless."
- Lyn Hejinian

112 pages
ISBN: 978-0-937804-52-0
Publication date: September 1993

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Democracy Boulevard DEMOCRACY BOULEVARD
by Kit Robinson

"Democracy Boulevard is the accident strewn one-way street studded with industrial parks and hospitality suites that dead-ends in just front of the fortress of Consolidated Capital. The way Kit Robinson drives it, with fumes for fuel, crowding the center lane, talking an american blue streak, will wipe the smile off your face and unfasten your mind. "Nothing stands still for a moment" and in the stunned silence, "the ear that listens picks/out melody from rapidly fading traffics." You will never be a person - that is, a "cliche-ridden isomorph, a creature of habit- again."
- Steve Evans

101 pages
ISBN: 978-0-937804-76-6
Publication date: December 1998

$11.95

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Ice Cubes ICE CUBES
by Kit Robinson

"There is a pacific, morning coolness about Kit Robinson's Ice Cubes. These poems seem, in their reserved, slightly removed chilliness, to forecast the heat of the day, and the fuller poems such as "Nesting of Layer Protocols," "Rented Objects," and "Forgotten Algebra" in which the mind that talks inhabits the body that walks."
- Alan Davies

101 pages
ISBN: 978-0-937804-76-6
Publication date: December 1998
Original publication date: September 1987

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